Mercer County Football Coach Chris Pardue said he wanted to see toughness from his team. He got what he wanted Friday night when the Titans downed the West Jessamine Colts, 41-7.
It didn’t take long for Mercer County to get on the scoreboard or for senior Chase Moore, who was playing in his first game of the season after an injury, to make an impact.
On the opening drive of the game, Mercer pushed their way into the end-zone after an eight-play, 73-yard drive, which was capped off by a 25-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Dustin Baker to Moore.
“Having Chase’s speed out there really helped us tonight. We have several guys that got to play tonight after being injured the first two weeks, and I am really proud of the way they stepped up tonight,” said Pardue.
The Titans wasted little time before adding another touchdown, scoring just before the end of the first quarter after another 73-yard drive, capped off by a one-yard touchdown run by Baker, putting the Titans up 14-0.
In the second quarter, the Colt’s defense and offense began to step up.
With just seconds remaining in the first half, West Jessamine quarterback Marcus Jones threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Josh Preston on fourth down, and after the extra-point the score was 14-7 going into halftime.
“In the first half I thought we made a lot of mistakes, but we knew a win was important, even though it wasn’t a district game,” added Pardue.