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Buchanan named Coach of the Year

Mercer County Football Coach David Buchanan was named Class AAAA Coach of the Year Sunday night.

Daarik Gray

Herald Staff

Mercer County Head Football Coach David Buchanan was named the Class AAAA Coach of the Year by the Kentucky Football Coaches Association (KFCA) Sunday night during the Class AAAA State Championship.

Buchanan, who just finished his first season as head coach of the Titans, led Mercer County to a 6-6 record, but it was what he did in the second half of the season which was most impressive.

After a brutal schedule to start the season put the Titans at an 0-5 record, Buchanan led the team to six straight wins and a number one seed in the KHSAA State Football Playoffs.

“We focused on the positives but always told our guys the truth about what had to be better. But, there were so many positives, even at 0-5, that our kids could see that we had a shot at being pretty good down the road,” said Buchanan.

The Titans season ended in the second round of the playoffs, a 19-17 loss to Knox Central. But Buchanan still said the season was a success in his eyes.

“I had two goals when the season started: I wanted our kids to have a great experience playing high school football and I wanted to get to November with a chance to win every time we stepped on the field. Our guys made that happen,” said Buchanan.

Although Buchanan has won a host of awards in his 25 years as a head football coach, this was the first time he has been given the KFCA Coach of the Year Award.

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