Dunn leads Pioneers to big win in opener

August 24, 2003

FRANKFORT - Mark Dunn made a triumphant return to the football field, rushing for 342 yards and five touchdowns as Harrodsburg routed Western Hills 34-7 in the season opener for both teams Friday.

Dunn scored on runs of 2, 11, 27, 49 and 92 yards and picked up his 342 yards on only 20 carries.

"I think Mark was ready to get out and prove he still had it. He found the holes well," Pioneers coach Terry Yeast said. "It was a very solid performance by our offensive line. They did a super job blocking for Mark."

Dunn also led the Pioneers on defense with 13 tackles, while Travis White had 12. Richard Reilly and Mariqus Brown each had nine and Shane Koettel had eight tackles and an interception.


Western Hills managed just 167 yards of offense and didn't score until the fourth quarter.

"We preach getting 11 guys to the football and we did a good job swarming to the ball," Yeast said. "We have speed, and that's one way we can utilize it on defense."

Harrodsburg had 447 yards of total offense. Brown and Freeman Edwards split time at quarterback, with Edwards completing 3 of 7 passes for 27 yards. Brown was 0-for-1.

Brandon Brown rushed for 38 yards on five carries, Cory Jackson had 23 yards on seven carries, Koettel rushed three times for 15 yards and Mariqus Brown had two yards on two carries.

"This was extremely important as a confidence builder for a team that went 3-7 last year," Yeast said.

"One of the things we've been emphasizing is we want to be a team of firsts, and getting that first win goes along with that."

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