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Harrison is important game for Garrard

August 27, 2003|LARRY VAUGHT

LANCASTER - It's not a district game, but it is a game that coach Steve Stonebraker thinks is extremely important for Garrard County.

The Golden Lions travel to Harrison County Friday in search of their first win after letting a chance to beat Dunbar slip away last week due to four turnovers. Garrard lost 20-6 to Dunbar in the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic.

"It's a big game for us and one we need to win," said Stonebraker. "I don't want to go to Lincoln County next week looking for our first win because I am sure they are already looking at us as the first game they have a realistic chance to win. That's why we need to get a win this week."

Harrison will also be looking for its first win after falling 38-29 to Casey County in the Death Valley Bowl last week. The Thorobreds were behind 32-10 after three quarters before rallying to get in the game with a 19-point fourth quarter.

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"They fought hard and had an opportunity to make a play in the fourth quarter that could have got them back in the game with a chance to take the lead," Stonebraker said. "Coach Ray Graham gets his team to fight hard and there's no way they won't be ready to play us Friday."

Most of Garrard's offense came through the air last week as quarterback Spencer Crutchfield completed 10 of 34 throws for 132 yards and one touchdown. Jake Cool had six catches for 86 yards and Chris Clark had a touchdown reception.

Garrard gained just 61 yards rushing. However, Casey was able to run for 236 yards on Harrison last week.

"That might be a consideration in our game plan, but our goal is to take what the defense gives us," Stonebraker said. "We don't have a set quota on how much we will run or pass.

"Harrison mixes up its defensive fronts and we just have to make sure we take advantage of the opportunities they give us."

Harrison quarterback Michael Kolodziej was 13-for-22 passing for 153 yards, but Stonebraker is just as concerned about his running .

"The quarterback is so quick," the Garrard coach said. "We have to be able to contain him. They have a lot more size than us up front, but everybody we play will be that way.

"They are going to come right at us with a power running game, but we can't lose track of the quarterback. He's dangerous no matter whether he's running or throwing the football."

Stonebraker was pleased with his team's play last week except for the four turnovers, including three in the first half after his team had taken a 6-0 lead.

"We should have won the game," Stonebraker said. "A lot of people thought they would blow us away, but we felt we could win and we could have if not for the four turnovers we made to stop ourselves.

"But the game was a learning experience for our team. We want to be in more big-game situations like that because I still believe we have the potential to be a lot better than a lot of others think we do."

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