Admirals capitalize in 22-7 victory over Manual

August 25, 2003|MIKE MARSEE

There were big runs. There were big passes. There were also big stops. And big hits, too.

Danville put all of its big-play capability on display Saturday night, and it was all simply too much for duPont Manual.

The Admirals attacked from all sides on offense, and their defense kept Manual from doing the same as they cruised to a 22-7 victory in the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic at Admiral Stadium.

The game was no blowout, but Danville was never threatened because Manual's offense was seldom in position to score. The Danville defense held the Crimsons to 121 yards, including just 42 in the second half.


"I think we've got a great defense," Harp said.

"I knew the defense would be good, especially the line."

The offense wasn't up to Harp's high expectations, but it got the job done with a number of big plays.

"The offense was inept other than big plays," Harp said.

"We've got to get better."

On this night it was good enough, as Danville remained unbeaten in its bowl game, which began with Paul Dunbar's 20-6 victory over Garrard County.

Ronnie Hawkins threw a pair of touchdown passes in his debut as Danville's quarterback, Charles Penix caught one of them and ran for another score and Kelvin Turner rushed for nearly 100 yards.

The Admirals led 7-0 at halftime, stretched their lead to 14-0 in the third quarter and answered Manual's only score with another touchdown that left the Crimsons reeling.

After the game was over and the stadium emptied, the Manual coaches remained on the field for 10 to 15 minutes, talking amongst themselves about what went wrong.

Meanwhile, Danville had left to celebrate the first victory for a team that figures to contend for the school's 10th state title in a little more than three months.

A few hiccups

There were a few hiccups at the start of the game.

There were fumbles on the first three snaps from scrimmage, and Hawkins was intercepted on his first pass attempt.

But a sack by Turner backed Manual to its own 1-yard line on its second possession, and the Admirals took over at the Manual 31 after a punt.

Penix then ran the ball three times, then caught a 27-yard pass from Hawkins and fell into the end zone for Danville's first touchdown of the season.

Manual didn't move into Danville territory until late in the first half, when the Crimsons drove from their own 24 to the Danville 15 before turning the ball over on downs on the final play of the first half.

Danville carried the momentum gained from that stop over to the start of the second half, when it drove 80 yards in eight plays to score on a 4-yard touchdown run by Penix.

The biggest play of that drive came on fourth-and-11 from the Danville 19, when Turner was set to punt but instead scooped up a bad snap and ran 14 yards for a first down.

Turner, who led all rushers with 96 yards on 11 carries, also put the Admirals in scoring position with a 41-yard gainer to the Manual 4.

Danville's next possession ended with an interception, the second of three for Hawkins on the night, giving Manual the ball at the Admirals' 19-yard line.

The Crimsons scored three plays later on Austin Tiller's 6-yard pass to Rodney Carter to cut Danville's lead to 14-7.

But the Admirals answered with their longest play of the night in the final minute of the third quarter, as Hawkins hit a wide-open Davis Teater for a 45-yard scoring pass and Turner ran for a two-point conversion.

Manual got only one first down and 18 yards in the fourth quarter.

Turner led all rushers with 96 yards on 11 carries, and Penix had 40 yards on 14 carries.

Three other running backs combined for only six carries, but Harp said they must become a bigger part of the offense in the coming weeks.

"We've got to utilize other players more and get (Penix and Turner) some rest," he said.

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