Mercer pulls away from Taylor 43-7

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Cards host Barren County in home finale on Friday.

By Bobby Brockman

Mercer County scored the game’s final 36 points to upend home-standing Taylor County 43-7 on Friday night at Thomas Porter Stadium.
The Titans (4-4) needed only 57 seconds to score the game’s first touchdown after a short delay when the lights would not turn on at Clay Marcum Field.
After Mercer County did not connect on a 27-yard field goal, Taylor County went 80 yards on 14 plays to knot the score at 7-7 on Dylan Bright’s 11-yard score and Raphael Cunha’s extra-point boot.
Cody Newton’s 17-yard gainer on a draw play and Daulton Turpin’s 28-yard quarterback keeper around left end were huge plays for the Cardinals.
However, the Titans tallied two touchdowns in a three-minute stretch midway in the second quarter to lead 21-7 at intermission.
Mercer County held the Cardinals starting the second half and tacked on a third-period score and field goal to increase its advantage to 30-7 before adding a pair of fourth-quarter TDs for the final cushion.
Blake Dudgeon, who blocked  pair of Titan extra-point tries, returned a kick-off to the Titan 25-yard line early in the fourth, but the Cards could not muster a first down.
Newton led Taylor County with 44 rushing yards while Dudgeon had 39, Bright 34, Turpin 28 and Jarrett Benningfield 22. Dudgeon had both TCHS catches.
The Cardinals (3-5) conclude regular-season play at home by hosting Barren County on Friday. TCHS visits Hart County in the season finale on Oct. 28.