The Mercer County Titans Football team is coming off of its best season since the team won the 2006 State Championship. The team finished with an 8-5 record and advanced to the third round in state last year, all despite losing their starting quarterback, Drew Davis, to an injury mid-way through the season. Even though many spectators thought the Titans over-achieved by defeating Boyle County on the round in the second round of the state tournament and by making it to the final-eight, thirdyear Mercer County Head Coach Chris Pardue expects the team to make even further strides this season.
Below are questions and answers with Coach Pardue on the upcoming season:
Q: Who are the key returning players to the 2014 team?
A: “The senior class will all be key to our success. This group has learned a lot and their work ethic has really improved. The seniors had a great off-season and have put in a lot of work. I expect them to lead the underclassmen and I expect big things out of the entire group.”
Q: Who are the key players lost off of last year’s team?
A: “It really hurt us losing the leadership of Chris Crawley-Goodman and Tommy Craig. Both guys contributed so much to this program over their four years. Tommy had started for Mercer all four seasons. He was a part of this program in the good times and some of the bad times. Chris was just a big time athlete. Last year when I had to move him to quarterback, he really embraced the position. He took the leadership role that comes with being a quarterback and he really led this team.”