As the pregame national anthem began at the Mercer County versus Bowling Green football game, so did the pouring rain, which resulted in sloppy play from both teams in the first half.
Mercer County came into the game looking to start the season off on the right foot after having one of its best seasons in school history a year ago, while the Purples of Bowling Green were looking to extend their winning streak to 45 games.
The first series for the Titans was not the start they were looking for.
After a quick three plays, the Titans lined up to punt, but a bad snap into their own end zone led to a safety for Bowling Green just two minutes into the game.
A quick drive and punt by Bowling Green had Mercer County with the ball again at their own 5-yard-line.
On third down and four yards to go, the Titans fumbled the ball at their own 9-yard-line, leading to a Bowling Green passing touchdown by Senior quarterback Campbell Gott to receiver Deangelo Wilson just five minutes into the game.
Bowling Green had their own ball security issues, fumbling the ball on a punt at their own 25-yard-line, with two minutes left in the quarter.
On Mercer’s first play of the second quarter, sophomore quarterback Dustin Baker rolled to his right and scrabbled nine yards for a touchdown, capping off a five-play, 25-yard drive. The Titans extra-point attempt went wide left, making the score 9-6.