Mercer escapes with win on road

Mercer County senior Dustin Baker had 82 rushing yards on 12 carries Friday night in the Titans 28-20 win over Taylor County.

Mercer County senior Dustin Baker had 82 rushing yards on 12 carries Friday night in the Titans 28-20 win over Taylor County.

Daarik Gray

Herald Staff

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The Mercer County Titans football team secured home-field advantage in the opening round of the Class AAAA State Playoffs by defeating Taylor County 28-20 Friday night.

“To do what we want to do, we’re going to have to be able to play anywhere, but it is going to be really nice (to have home field in advantage in the first round),” said Mercer County Head Coach David Buchanan.

Although Buchanan was pleased with the victory, he was quick to admit it wasn’t all pretty.

“I knew we were going to have some bumps in the road tonight, we had more than I expected, but I’m proud of our kids for finding a way to win,” said Buchanan.

The Titans started the scoring as senior Tanner Robins scored on a bizarre play with 5:13 left in the first quarter.

Mercer started the drive at their own 7-yard line, where quarterback Gunnar Gillis found Robins 15-yards down the field. The ball was stripped from Robins at the 30-yard line, but the ball took a perfect bounce into his arms as he was in stride, and he outran the entire Taylor County defense. After Garrett Dean’s extra point, the Titans led 7-0.

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