Compared to the previous week the Mercer County Football Team looked like a completely different team Friday against the Lexington Catholic Knights.
The Titans lost to the Anderson County Bearcats 36-0 a week prior, and Mercer County Head Coach Chris Pardue knew things had to change in order for his team have any success.
Although the Titans lost 57-28 to the Knights, things were visibly different as the Titans threw the ball 30 times, compared to only six the week before, and even had a chance to win the game, despite the lopsided score.
“We knew we couldn’t keep doing the same things we had been doing. Our offensive line also did a nice job tonight, giving him (Dustin Baker) time to throw the ball,” said Pardue after the game.
It didn’t take long into the game to see the improvements on the defensive side of the ball.
On Lexington Catholic’s first possession, Mercer County junior Christian Crawley made a diving interception in the redzone to kill the Knights’ drive.
The Titans ensuing drive stalled, and the Knights used an eight-play, 56-yard drive, capped off by an 18-yard touchdown run by quarterback Reese Ryan to take a 7-0 lead on their next possession.