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Mercer downs Marion 41-8 for first win

Mercer County junior Dustin Baker ran the ball into the endzone for his second touchdown of the game Friday night in the Titans’ 41-8 win.

Daarik Gray

Herald Staff

Mercer County Head Coach David Buchanan knew his team would win a game this season, it was just a matter of when, after they started the season 0-5. That first win came Friday night as the Titans downed the Marion County Knights 41-8.

“Probably the biggest emotion I’ve got right now is that I am relieved,” said Buchanan. “I believed that this would happen, but I am relieved that it finally has.”

It didn’t take long for anyone in the stands to realize the Titans were going to be the more dominant team.

On just their third offensive play, senior quarterback Drew Davis found Malik Dow for a 51-yard touchdown, putting the Titans ahead 6-0 with 7:32 left in the first quarter.

“I just saw that they had two safeties and one was starting to blitz,” said Dow. “I knew I could beat the other safety so I just ran a seam and went inside of him and Drew found me.”

After Brandon Ballard’s successful extra  point attempt, the Titans led 7-0.

Junior Grayson Blevins extended Mercer County’s lead to 14-0 on a 40-yard run with 11:19 left in the second quarter.

“The line really blocked well on that play. We’ve been practicing that all week and it came together on that play,” said Blevins, who finished the game with 66 yards on seven carries.

The Titans’ next possession was an 11-play, 75-yard drive, which culminated with an 11-yard touchdown run by Donald ‘D’ Smith, to increase the lead to 21-0 with 5:47 left on the clock, which is how things remained at halftime.

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