Defenders big test for Lions

September 10, 2003|LARRY VAUGHT

LANCASTER -This might not be a crucial game in Garrard County's season, but it could be.

The Golden Lions (2-1) host Bryan Station Friday in their first home game of the season and coach Steve Stonebraker is expecting a special atmosphere when the Golden Lions face the Defenders for the first time.

"It should be an electric atmosphere," said Stonebraker. "It's our first home game, we're having a lot of alumni events and we are playing a Lexington AAAA school. If we can pull off this upset it could go a long way to pushing us to the next level."

The Hall of Fame Game will include the induction of former players Barry Davis, Wilber Dunn and Hugh McCulley into the Hall of Fame at halftime along with former coach Waddell Murphy.


"I feel like the Hall of Fame Game is very important to our program as is the Alumni Association," Stonebraker said. "It's important to keep the alumni involved in the program for support and it is great for the players to see that support. Our alumni have been able to get some big things done for us since I got them organized two years ago.

"There are certainly a lot of people that have been part of the program who deserve to have their efforts recognized and the Hall of Fame is a great way to do it."

The only problem in making the night a success could be an athletic Bryan Station team that features 190-pound tailback Chris Seals.

"Offensively, they like to spread the field to get their athletes into open space," Stonebraker said. "Seals is their best offensive weapon. We must wrap him up because he is a hard runner who has the ability to score from anywhere on the field.

"Their top receiver is Jamuan Andrews, who has the ability to make acrobatic catches and runs well after the catch."

The Garrard coach says 310-pound Kevin Jacobs, 360-pound Zac Hiller and 268-pound Elijah Truman give the Defenders a huge size advantage over his Lions.

"They will have more size in the offensive line than anybody we face all year, but that will let us gauge how well our guys up front are going to do against that type of player," Stonebraker said. "Our linemen have not backed down yet and we will have to counter their size with quickness and aggressiveness."

Stonebraker's main offensive worry continues to be turnovers. Miscues cost the Golden Lions several chances to score more points in last week's 18-7 win at Lincoln County. The Lions have turned the ball over four times inside the opponents' 20-yard line in three games.

"Basically we have blown four scoring opportunities because we have not been conscientious about taking care of the ball," the Garrard coach said. "It is something we must talk about and work on in order to become a more efficient scoring team."

Stonebraker says his team has no major injuries going into Friday's game.

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