Penix leads Danville to 63-3 road win

September 14, 2003|MARTY WARREN

SOMERSET - Danville coach Sam Harp finally got his wish.

He had been waiting for Charles Penix to have one of his breakout games and it happened here against Somerset.

The talented senior scored four touchdowns in nearly every possible way (two rushing, one each receiving and on a kickoff return) and accounted for 216 all-purpose yards as the Admirals raced to a 42-3 halftime advantage en route to a 63-3 win over host Somerset.

Junior quarterback Ronnie Hawkins also had an outstanding game for the Admirals (3-1) while connecting on five of seven pass attempts for 89 yards and three scores. Kelvin Turner ran for 73 yards and two touchdowns on just five carries.

"We went back to playing Danville football and had things hitting on all cylinders tonight," Harp said. "I told Charles that we needed a big game out of him before the game started and this was a nice breakout game for him. He did just about everything tonight except score on a punt return.


"Ronnie was on target the whole game as we tried to open up our passing game a little more and Dookie (Turner) had another long run just like he did last week (against Boyle County)."

Danville received the first break in the game in the opening minutes when a snap on a punt attempt short-hopped Somerset punter Heath Randall and the Admirals took over at the Briar Jumpers' 4-yard line. After a motion penalty and losing one yard on two rushing attempts, Hawkins connected with Mario Berry for six yards to the Somerset 4-yard line and the same combination hooked up again on the next play on a perfectly executed slant pattern for the touchdown. Hawkins ran for the two-point conversion to give the Ads an 8-0 lead less than four minutes into the game.

"The two pass plays to Mario helped Ronnie's confidence and really set the tone for the game," Harp said. "He had it going tonight."

Somerset's only threat of the night occurred on its next series. Senior quarterback Neal Tucker, who connected on 12 of 25 passes but was intercepted two times, found Ray Norman for 38 yards to the Ads' 11. However, the Jumpers (2-2) had to settle for a 22-yard field goal by Bosko Cupac to cut the lead to 8-3.

Harp worried about Tucker's throwing ability before the game, but was pleased with the play of his defensive unit, which gave up 45 points to Boyle County, throughout the game.

"We put pressure on Tucker at times and the defensive secondary did a much better job this week," the Danville coach said. "The difference this week from last week was they didn't beat us on third and long plays. We had Boyle backed up several times last week but gave up first downs. We didn't do that tonight."

Ads put game out of reach with 27-point second quarter

The Admirals took away all the suspense with a solid 27-point second quarter to put the game out of reach.

Turner opened the second frame by going untouched through the middle for a 68-yard touchdown jaunt, Hawkins threw his third touchdown pass of the half for 32 yards to Phillip Dunn and Penix tallied on a pair of rushing plays of 40 and three yards to give Danville a commanding 42-3 halftime advantage.

Subtle changes at the line of scrimmage enabled the offensive line to open a huge hole on Turner's touchdown run.

"Our offensive line did an outstanding job blocking tonight," Harp said. "On the play that Dookie scored on, they jumped to a 50 (five-man front) defense and brought the linebackers up. The line had to make the proper adjustments and that allowed him to take it to the house (end zone)."

Penix dropped the second half kickoff, picked it up and outran everyone to the end zone on an 89-yard kickoff return.

With the continuous clock running due to the 45-point rule, the Ads added one more touchdown in the third quarter. Taking over at the Somerset 39 after an 11-yard return by Ken Doneghy, Hawkins ran for 33 yards to the Jumpers' six-yard line and Turner scored on the next play. Hawkins ran for the two-point conversion for a 57-3 advantage.

Harp played everyone in the final period and Justin Doneghy rounded out the scoring with a 6-yard touchdown run.

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