The Titans suffered their second loss of the season Friday night to Anderson County in a 48-7 “whipping.”
“They got after us, they whipped us, they outcoached us, everything. There’s not much you can say about it,” Mercer Head Coach Chris Pardue said. “We’ve got to go in and re-evaluate how we’re coaching and what we’re coaching and a lot of things.”
After forcing the Titans to a three and out on their opening possession, the Bearcats marched 67-yards in five plays scoring a touchdown on a 14-yard pass from quarterback Zach Carmichael to wide receiver Dusty Puckett.
Mercer answered with a four play, 75-yard scoring drive of their own, capped off by a 45-yard touchdown run by James Johnson, tying the game at 7-all with 6:40 remaining in the first quarter. It was the last time the Titans reached the end zone.
The Bearcats, on the other hand, scored on four of their next five possessions, three on passes from Carmichael and the fourth on a 4-yard run by Chris Toomey. With 2:56 remaining in the second quarter, the Bearcats took a 34-7 lead into the half.
Mercer outran the Bearcats in the game by 51-yards, 149 to 98, and on two fewer attempts. The passing game is where the Titans struggled, on both sides of the ball, giving up 309-yards in the air while gaining only 14-yards.
“They ran the ball a lot their first game, but they’ve gone to the pass more and more,” Pardue said. “They do a good job of getting those good players the ball in the open field, and we really didn’t do a good job of covering them.”