Cards go 0-4 in district play

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Mercer County pulls away from Taylor County in second half 44-7

By Bobby Brockman


Taylor County head coach Eric Graves knows where the problem is. But, he’s not sure how to solve it.
“We just can’t get anything going with all the turnovers,” Graves admitted after Friday night’s 44-7 loss at home to Mercer County.
“Would we have won some more games without so many, I don’t know,” Graves questioned. “But, it wouldn’t have been like this.”
After Tyler Bragg returned the opening kick-off to the Titan 24-yard line, the Cardinals coughed up the pigskin before what would have been a third and 1 from the Mercer County 15.
The Titans went 85 yards in five plays to take the lead and also added a field goal later in the opening frame.
Taylor County cut the deficit to 10-7 when seven Dylan Bright runs set up a 16-yard Hunter Christie to Connor Fair touchdown and an Aaron Gray point-after kick. Bright finished with 120 rushing yards.
However, once again, the Titans went 72 yards in four minutes to lead 17-7 at half-time.
Three third-period touchdowns and another one in the fourth put the Cardinals out of striking distance.
Taylor County (3-5) concludes the season with home games vs. Barren County this week and Green County on Nov. 1.

Mercer County 44, Taylor County 7
at Taylor County
Mercer County    10    7    21    6    —    44
Taylor County    0    7    0    0    —    7
MCHS — Russell Sims, 59, pass from Chris Crawley-Goodman (Travis Fox kick) MCHS — Fox, 29, field goal TCHS — Connor Fair, 16, pass from Hunter Christie (Aaron Gray kick) MCHS — Braxton Bradshaw, 10, run (Fox kick) MCHS — Crawley-Goodman, 8, run (Trey Woods kick) MCHS — Chris Voris, 6, pass from Crawley-Goodman (Woods kick) MCHS — Kobe Ford, 51, run (Woods kick) MCHS — Voris, 9, run (Woods kick)
    MC    LC
First downs    18    10
Rushing    33-343    36-222
Passing    6-15-0    3-13-1
Passing yards    119    55
Total yards    462    277
Punts-avg    1-37    2-38
Penalties    10-61    8-70
Fumbles lost    0    2
    Rushing — Taylor County: Dylan Bright 18-120, Jarrett Benningfield 10-58, Hunter Christie 5-33, Connor Fair 1-7, Brandon Williams 1-4, Garrett Haggerty 1-0. Passing — Taylor County: Christie 3-13-1 for 55. Receiving — Taylor County: Fair 2-53, Williams 1-2.