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Titans tame Thorobreds with ease to open 2017 season

Arpan Dixit
Herald Staff

Senior captains for home opener vs. Harrison County pictured L to R: Noah Sheperson, Gunnar Gillis, Trevon Faulkner with Head Coach David Buchanan. (The Harrodsburg Herald/Arpan Dixit)

Getting off to a good start to a season is a must for a football team expecting to make a deep run in the playoffs.

The 2017 season could not have started off better for the Mercer County Titans as they blew out the Harrison County Thorobreds by a final score of 53-7 on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Alvis Johnson Field.

The game was dominated by the Titans from the get-go, Harrison County could not provide answers for the Titans in any of the three aspects of the game: offense, defense and special teams.

The Titans had 202 passing yards compared to Harrison County’s 116. The Titans also won the battle on the ground, 185-107.

Arguably, the two biggest plays of the game came on defense and special teams.

The first points of the game for the Titans came off a Trevon Faulkner 53-yard interception return for a touchdown, which got the sidelines and Mercer crowd going early. Faulkner also had one reception for 12 yards and one receiving touchdown.

“He’s a great player and he does a really good job for us on both sides of the ball,” said Titans Head Coach David Buchanan. “He was excited and ready to play.”

Harrison County answered with a touchdown of their own, but Mercer’s Jackson Lewis had something to say about that.

Lewis took the next kick-off back 90 plus yards for a touchdown to give Mercer the 12-7 lead midway through the first quarter. Lewis wasn’t finished. He also rushed seven times for 62 yards and one rushing touchdown.

To learn more, check out this week’s issue of The Harrodsburg Herald.

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