Locals in College

Usher, Rich post 100-plus rushing efforts

MACON, Ga. (AP) - Payton Usher led the way as Mercer dominated the running game on both sides of the ball to secure a 54-21 blowout victory over Carnegie-Mellon Saturday.

Usher, a former Northgate standout and 2011 Times-Herald Co-Offensive Player of the Year, needed only seven carries to lock up his fourth 100-yard game of the year. He finished with 115 yards and sat out the entire second half.

The Bears (6-1) led 30-0 in the first half after scoring on their first five drives while holding the Tartans without a first down on their first five possessions.

Mercer rushed for five touchdowns and outgained Carnegie- Mellon on the ground 391-100. Former Newnan High standout Lendell Arnold had three tackles for the Bears in the victory.

FORMER HERITAGE SCHOOL STAR RUSHES FOR CAREER HIGH 159 YARDS: Former Heritage School Standout and Yale freshman running back Candler Rich rushed for careerhigh 159 yards and a touchdown on just 11 carries to lead the Bulldogs in a 52-31 loss at home against Fordham on Saturday.

The freshman's day included a 48-yard score and another 58 yard run to set up another Yale touchdown.

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