Titans win overtime thriller in second round of playoffs

Mercer County senior Grayson Blevins, left, and senior Tanner Robins celebrated Friday night following the Titans’ 31-30 win over Rockcastle County in the second rounf of the KHSAA State Playoffs.

Mercer County senior Grayson Blevins, left, and senior Tanner Robins celebrated Friday night following the Titans’ 31-30 win over Rockcastle County in the second rounf of the KHSAA State Playoffs.

Daarik Gray

Herald Staff

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Grayson Blevins was determined to make sure the Mercer County Titans had at least one more week to suit up on the football field  Friday night, as the senior made the game winning tackle at the one-yard line, giving his team a 31-30 win over Rockcastle County in overtime in the second round of the KHSAA State Playoffs.

“We knew they were going to run power and I was wide open to make the tackle. I was in the middle and I took my step to the left and he was there, and I thought he was going to go to the outside, but he cut back and I hit him right in the waist,” said Blevins, who stopped Rockcastle County’s two-point conversion attempt in overtime. “I’m just so happy I’ve got another week with my team.”

Following Blevins crucial tackle, the Titans bench stormed the field to celebrate with the senior and the rest of the Mercer County defense, but it wasn’t all happy times for the team Friday night.

Rockcastle County, who was considered one of the top teams in Class AAAA, jumped out to a 14-0 lead after one quarter, a situation Head Coach David Buchanan would rather not have been in.

“I didn’t want to start off down 14-0, but I’ve been in a lot of situations where I felt like teams and coaches panic, and if you just keep playing, and don’t worry about the scoreboard, then you’ve got a chance,” said Buchanan.

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