LANCASTER - Garrard County coach Steve Stonebraker knows taking on Dunbar is not the easiest way to start the season. However, he also knows playing a Class AAAA team like Dunbar can have a positive impact on his program.
"If we could win, it would be one of the biggest wins ever for our program," sad Stonebraker. "If not, then it is a game that will still push our program ahead. Playing a good team in one of the state's best bowl games, or perhaps the state's best bowl game, can only help us."
Garrard opens its season Saturday against Dunbar in the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic at Admiral Stadium in Danville. Kickoff will be at 5:30 p.m. with host Danville playing Manual in the second game.
First-year Dunbar head coach Fred Barnott has an experienced team. He returns most of the offensive and defensive linemen that helped the Bulldogs go 9-5 last year. That includes three-year starter Zach Brewer, who is the defending state heavyweight wrestling champion after winning 35 of 36 matches last year.