Missed opportunities were the story for the Mercer County Titans in a 28-13 loss to the Central Hardin Bruins (4-0) Friday night, as they stalled on four drives in Bruin territory, two of which were in the redzone.
Things started out bad for Mercer County as Central Hardin scored on a bizarre play on their first offensive play of the game.
What appeared to be a short run by Central Hardin’s Xavier Arnette, turned into a fumble, which was picked up by teammate Tyler Long who ran 48-yards for the touchdown.
“That was just an example of what we do in practice. Our guys run towards the ball, but without intentions of doing anything. We should have had that fumbled ball,” said Mercer County Head Coach Chris Pardue.
The Bruins added another seven points on their ensuing drive that covered 57-yards on 10 plays. They took a 14-0 lead on Mercer after a seven-yard touchdown scramble by quarterback Koree Krupinski.
Things continued to go south for Mercer County when junior Chase Moore suffered a serious shoulder injury on the Bruins third possession after chasing down a runner who was headed for the end-zone and forcing a fumble.