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Lions hang tough, but Dunbar wins

August 25, 2003|MARTY WARREN

Garrard County played Paul Dunbar, the state's largest public school with 2200 students, on near-even terms throughout the game become succumbing to the Bulldogs 20-6 in the opening game of the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic Saturday night.

Garrard used a combination of an option running game and wide open passing attack with three wide outs to go 80 yards in eight plays on their opening drive to reach pay dirt.

Tim Quisenberry ran for 21 yards on the game's opening play and junior quarterback Spencer Crutchfield connected for 17 yards to Jake Cool to the Dunbar 42.

Runs of 10 yards by Quisenberry and 18 by Crutchfield placed the ball at the 14 and Crutchfield hit Chris Clark in the corner of the end zone on the next play for the touchdown and a 6-0 lead with 10:01 left in the first period.

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"We took the opening kickoff and drove it right down their throats to score, but we also had periods where we slacked off and we know now that we can't do that against good teams," Garrard coach Steve Stonebraker said.

"This is the reason we made this type of schedule. We'll learn from this game. I'm disappointed we lost, and I'm disappointed we didn't score more than six points. We need to play teams like this to get better and I know we will. We played hard and played well at times but need to do the little things to get better."

Dunbar rallied on a 25-yard field goal by Jonathan Ball late in the first stanza and Sean O'Brien drilled a 44-yard field goal with plenty of room to spare as the second quarter began to knot the score at 6-6 with 11:09 to play in the half.

Following O'Brien's field goal, the Bulldogs received the first break of the game when Quisenberry fumbled trying to stretch for a first down and Kyle Parman recovered for Dunbar at the Garrard 30-yard line.

From there the Bulldogs, a state AAAA semi-finalist last year before falling to nationally-ranked Louisville Trinity, went the distance in four plays to grab their first lead of the game. Senior running back Christian Coleman ran for seven and 10 yards and fullback Wayne Thurman crashed through the middle for 11 more.

Davis Stanley, voted the Most Valuable Player of the game, then scored from two yards out on a quarterback sneak and Brian Vasiloff, the third kicker used by Dunbar in the first half, nailed the extra point to give the Bulldogs a 13-6 lead at the half.

"We had three turnovers at the half and I told the kids that we were still in the game despite them," the Garrard coach said. "We had drives stopped by turnovers and poor pass protection. This was a game we probably should have won had we done just a few more things right."

Dunbar scored in three plays as the fourth period began after a short Garrard punt gave the Bulldogs excellent field position at the Lions' 46.

Consecutive eight yard gains by Coleman and Thurman placed the ball at the Garrard 30 and Stanley connected with Keith Bailey from there for the touchdown and a 20-6 advantage.

"Our defense played pretty darn good," Stonebraker added. "They drove the ball on us some but we were able to hold them to two field goals. We gave them their first touchdown and the second one was a fluke. Overall, we played well despite being out-weighed at every position. Hopefully, they will see the things we need to correct and become a good football team."

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