Winless Pats worry Garrard

September 03, 2003|MARTY WARREN

STANFORD - Rivalry games are meant to be fun and Friday night's game here should be no different as Garrard County and Lincoln County renew their rivalry.

Garrard (1-1) opened the season with a 20-6 loss to Dunbar before defeating Harrison County 33-7 last week. Lincoln has lost to a pair of unbeaten teams (East Jessamine 40-8 and Danville 50-0).

"They are a better football team than their 0-2 record indicates," Garrard coach Steve Stonebraker said. "They have played two tough teams. They are very strong up front and are running an offense that caters to their personnel. They are running out of an option this year and (quarterback) Chris Hart has been doing a good job with his reads. Logan Boyd is a hard-nosed runner that has become the main cog in their offense."

Lincoln coach Robbie Lucas was pleased with the way his senior quarterback ran the ball last week.


"Chris ran the ball more effectively last week and our offensive line did a good job of opening holes for our backs," the Lincoln coach said. "We played real well during the first half last week, but were still down 17-0. We have to get better with our tackling, though. We are going to continue to work on our fundamentals and try to improve in each part of our game every week."

Stonebraker knows this is a big game for both schools.

"The atmosphere will be electric," the Garrard coach said. "I know it is a cliche, but you can throw the records out of the window in this game. They are hungry for a win and will give us their best effort. We can't let them control the clock on us and we need to break some big plays when we have the football. We need to match their intensity. They are looking for their first win and who better to do it against than their rival. I know they will be ready to play."

Stonebraker is worried about the Pariots' size advantage in the offensive line.

"They can open up some big holes for Boyd and Hart to run through," the Garrard coach said. "Their size advantage really concerns me. If they get enough time to throw the ball, Hart can throw it to either Nate Rice or Mark Davis. They both catch the ball real well."

Stonebraker put in a new offense that combines a wide-open passing attack with an option.

"We're coming along offensively, but we also have a lot of things that we need to brush up on," Stonebraker said. "It's going to take some time to get rolling along the way I want it to, but the kids have picked it up real well. It's a good fit for our personnel."

Last week the Golden Lions grabbed a 13-7 lead at the half and had to endure a three-hour lightning delay before finally putting away Harrison in the second half.

Stonebraker was especially pleased with the play of his offensive line last week.

"The offensive line didn't have the breakdowns against Harrison that we had against Dunbar," Stonebraker said. "We were able to move the ball down field and gave (quarterback) Spencer (Crutchfield) plenty of time to throw the ball. We had three or four receivers that made some nice catches during the game."

Crutchfield ran for 98 yard and threw for 140 more to lead the offense. Senior Jake Cool had four receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown while Chris Clark had two catches for 26 yards and a touchdown.

"Garrard is a fast, athletic team that likes to throw the ball around," Lucas said. "They run out of the shotgun most of the time and their key players are Crutchfield, (Tim) Quisenberry and Cool. Defensively, they come after you quite a bit."

The Lions' defense has been a pleasant surprise for the Garrard coach.

"I've been real pleased, especially with the fact they have come up with several turnovers," Stonebraker said. "Twice they stopped drives against Dunbar and they intercepted a pass at the 10-yard line against Harrison and they didn't score."

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