TIME OF POSSESSION
Woodstock North (1-2, 1-0 KRC) only needed a six-minute span in the first half to score on their first three possessions. After Mergl’s touchdown, the Thunder added to their lead with runs from Cade Darling and Ed Flores to take a 21-0 lead.
North head coach Jeff Schroeder praised his quarterback’s performance afterward.
“He’s really coming into his own as a leader and making decisions," Schroeder said. "Any time he’s being decisive, the option game speeds up, and when it speeds up good things start happening.”
Harvard (0-3, 0-1 KRC) started the game with a 10-and-a-half minute drive only to turn the ball over on downs. It would be its best drive of the night until Shawn Bough scored in the final minute of the game to prevent the Hornets from being shutout two weeks in a row.
Mergl led the Thunder with 16 carries for 266 yards and the opening score. He credited the offensive line for the team's 360 total rushing yards.
“You got to give all the credit to the guys up front," the senior quarterback said. "That’s where it all starts is those big guys up front and they were doing a phenomenal job all game start to finish.”
Mergl threw two interceptions, both picked off by Hornets defensive back Damon Mueller. Mergl completed only one pass all game, a 44-yard strike to Joseph Grover to set up Flores’ score late in the second quarter.
Grover would find the end zone in the second half on a 2-yard run.