2021 36 Blitz: Mercer County Titans
HARRODSBURG, Ky (WTVQ) – Four of the last five seasons, the Mercer county titans have won 7 or more games. That’s the definition of consistency. The seniors on the team feel that’s the result of hard work before and during the season.
“Just our group personally, we have worked out butts off during the offseason and came together more. Just trusting each other,” said senior running back and linebacker Jackson Peavler.
“All of of my teammates we’ve gotten a lot better over four years,” says senior fullback and linebacker Wyatt Sanford. “I actually started as a freshman playing football so me and Jackson both got a lot better over the offseason and throughout these years.”
Head Coach David Buchanan is headed into his 7th season at Mercer and he says he’s not coming out every season and reinventing the wheel. Because well…if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
“You know some people don’t like this, but we don’t change a whole lot,” says Coach Buchanan. “We sort of keep the foundation stays the same. We’re always tweaking, we’re always trying to get it better, but the foundation, the offense, the defense, the fundamentals, the structure, the whole thing that never changes so when you’re doing the same things over and over again you got a better chance to get good at it.”
The Titans begin their third season in 3A district 4 with the likes of the Christian academy of Louisville, Desales, Henry County and Western Hills. Many thought the Titans couldn’t hang; they were wrong.
“You know when we got put in that district a lot of people thought it was sort of over for us and a lot of negativity, a lot of pessimism and we really liked the kids we had coming and we knew just one day at a time keep working and getting better,” says Coach Buchanan. “We’re getting in the ballpark with CAL and DeSales. I’ll tell you this, Western hills and Henry Co are getting a lot better, too.”
Playing in a tough district affects the team in a good way.
“Makes us tougher mentally and physically,” says senior quarterback Trosper Buchanan. “Because getting off that bus ride it’s obviously tough, but the mental aspect of it where everbody is already counting you out and having that chip on our shoulder that really helps us.”
Every football team wants to get better though, right? Coach Buchanan knows his team needs to work on some things. He says they don’t need to work on fighting, they can do that. It’s what happens after they fight that they need to work on.
“One thing about the Mercer kids I love our guys, they’re super, but the one thing they sort of deal with when we have adversity, we’ll fight like crazy,” Buchanan says. “They’re really good kids. What we struggle with is having success. If we have a little success, we want to take a deep breath and relax and we’ve gotta get over that. They’re tough kids, they’ll fight ya tooth and nail, it’s just we’re still learning that when there’s success, okay we gotta keep getting better. It’s not time to take the foot off the gas.”