Titans fall to Trojans in season opener

Mercer County junior running back Donald ‘D’ Smith ran for a team-high 54 yards Saturday night. He also had a rushing touchdown and a kickoff return for a touchdown in the game.

Daarik Gray

Herald Staff

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The Mercer County Titans would have liked a different outcome in their season opener Saturday night, but Head Coach David Buchanan still had a positive outlook for the rest of the season after a 55-20 loss to the North Hardin Trojans.

“I saw a ton of positives. I thought in spots we played really well. I thought in spots we executed well,” said Buchanan. “I loved our effort and I never felt like we quit.”

Things didn’t start out well for the Titans. North Hardin recovered the opening squib kick and scored five plays later on a 14-yard pass from Isaiah Bankhead to Martin Marlin.

North Hardin took a 14-0 lead with 6:58 remaining in the second quarter on a two-yard touchdown run by senior Taven Graves, which capped off a six-play, 85-yard drive.

Mercer responded with a score of their own almost five minutes later.

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