Titans Season Comes to an End in 19-17 Second Round Loss

Mercer County junior Donald ‘D’ Smith dove in for a touchdown in the second quarter Friday night. Smith finished the game with 50 yards on 15 carries.

Daarik Gray

Herald Staff

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The Mercer County Titans season came to an end Friday night in the second round of the KHSAA Playoffs, falling 19-17 to the Knox Central Panthers. 

“It was one of the best football seasons that I have ever been a part of,” said Mercer County Head Coach David Buchanan. “We had a shot at the end. I am just very, very proud of them and just tickled to death at the job they did.”

Trailing 19-17, Mercer County nearly had a chance to win the game at the end as kicker Nick McClain’s onside kick with 52 seconds left took a perfect bounce, but  Knox Central’s Casey Patterson was able to retrieve it out of the air before a Titan player could get there.

“He (McClain) gave us a great shot. He and (kicker) Garrett (Dean) came in and did a good job tonight,” said Buchanan.

Prior to that, the Titans controlled most of the game early on. 

After falling behind 6-0 early in the first quarter, a 27-yard field goal by Garrett Dean and a 7-yard touchdown run by Donald ‘D’ Smith in the second quarter gave the Titans a 10-7 halftime lead.

With 7:31 left in the third quarter, Knox Central took a 13-10 lead on a 39-yard touchdown pass from running back Donavan Arthur to Frankie Robinson.

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