Fox 5 dubbed Friday night’s Our Lady of Mercy-Landmark Christian matchup the Game of the Week. Landmark put on a show for the cameras, lighting up the scoreboard early in a 48-14 victory.
The War Eagle offense went to the air early with great success. Their first two plays of the game were passes that chewed up 70 yards. Lofton Tidwell plunged in from three yards out to cap off the opening drive with a 7-0 lead.
Mercy looked prepared to answer back. Lawrence Tillman returned the kickoff back to almost midfield, then ran for 38 yards deep into Landmark territory. The drive would stall out on a failed fourth down conversion.
Landmark went back to the air, Sam Dobbs hauling in a pass for 35 yards and Tidwell catching a 38 yard pass on a wheel route. Ben Baggett scored from two yards out for a 14-0 lead.
Dobbs added a spectacular one-handed catch on their next series, setting up a six-yard score from Tidwell at the start of the second quarter.
The War Eagles defense took the ball right back, foiling a trick play on the Bobcats next play as Drew McMurrain recovered a fumble in Mercy territory. Stockton McGuire would score on a three-yard run for a 28-0 lead.
Sloppy play would plague both teams to finish off the first half as three straight drives ended in turnovers. Dylan Gabrielson recovered a fumble and Baggett snared and interception for Landmark with Adrian Andrews recovering a fumble for Mercy in between.
DJ Brown’s interception and return set up Landmark for their next score deep in the third quarter. Tidwell tallied his third touchdown of the game on a 16-yard run.
Mercy got on the board, Jameson Vest punching it in from four yards out to cap off a 60-yard drive to make it 35-7.
Brown got involved in the scoring on Landmark’s next possession with a 20-yard touchdown for a 41-7 lead.
Joshua Cobb recovered a fumble to squash the next promising Bobcat drive. Tidwell followed with his four touchdown of the night, this one an 80-yard rumble.
Our Lady of Mercy finished the night’s scoring with a six-yard touchdown pass from Charlie Feldner to Jervon Kyles.
Landmark’s offense piled up 522 yards of offense, including 336 on the ground.
Jameson Vest completed 18 of 32 passes for 162 yards and two interceptions, while running for 48 yards and a score. Charlie Feldner was 5 for 6 for 71 yards and the late touchdown.
Lawrence Tillman ran for 87 yards on five attempts.
Charles Oakley had a big night for the Bobcats, catching nine passes for 118 yards.