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Former Mercer Coach French Leads Southwestern to Victory

Southwestern Head Coach Larry French, left, and Mercer County Head Coach David Buchanan, right, met at midfield prior to the game Friday evening.

Mercer County quarterback Drew Davis threw for 78 yards in the Titans game Friday night.

Daarik Gray

Herald Staff

It took longer than expected for Mercer County Head Coach David Buchanan to square off against his former high school coach Larry French Friday night as the Titans’ game against the Southwestern Warriors was delayed an hour and 29 minutes Friday night. But once the two teams hit the field, it didn’t take long for the Warriors to get going, as they outgained the Titans 310-123 offensively, on their way to a 42-6 win.

Buchanan, who was coached by French at Mercer County in the early 1980s, said that although the meeting was special, it was all business once the two teams hit the field.

“I thought about it some this week when I wasn’t on the practice field. I love Coach French. He is a tremendous person and a tremendous coach,” said Buchanan. “But really, once we started playing I was focused on the game.”

Southwestern appeared to be focused early on too.

On the opening possession of the game Southwestern needed just seven plays and just over two minutes to march 64 yards for a score, giving them a 7-0 lead.

With 3:02 left the Warriors added their second touchdown of the game on a 19-yard pass from quarterback Brandon Pruitt to J.P. Vaught.

Southwestern took a 21-0 lead with 9:56 in the second quarter on a 19-yard run by Chandler Gover, capping off an eight play, 86-yard drive.

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