Garrard to face Madison Southern

September 17, 2003|MARTY WARREN

LANCASTER - One week after gaining possibly the biggest win in school history, Garrard County hopes to keep its momentum going at Madison Southern Friday.

The Golden Lions (3-1) held on to defeat Class AAAA Lexington Bryan Station 22-14 last Friday and have won three straight games after dropping their season opener to Class AAAA Dunbar 20-6.

Meanwhile, the Eagles dropped a 7-6 decision to Grant County to open the season, but have bounced back to defeat Berea and Harlan.

"Offensively, they will mix up the pass and run about 50-50," Garrard coach Steve Stonebraker said. "They will run some out of the I-formation and like the draw play a lot. They will also line up in the shotgun while throwing a lot of screens, and occasionally they will try to throw down the field.


"They return a left-handed quarterback that threw for over 2,000 yards last year. Jeremy Roberts is a quick receiver that they throw the screens to and Matt Murphy has good hands and they like to throw to him quite a bit. They also have a couple really good linemen."

Stonebraker said the Eagles could easily be 3-0 right now but lost their starting center to an injury during the first half of their loss to Grant.

'It limited what they could do offensively because they couldn't run anything out of the shotgun after that," the Garrard coach said.

After three straight wins, Stonebraker wants to see how his team will respond.

"What we have to do now is come out and see how we handle success," Stonebraker said. "Bryan Station had an athletic team and we had to play well to beat them, and I thought it was our best game of the season."

Clark, Crutchfield and Quisenberry had big game

Garrard senior Chris Clark intercepted two passes against the Defenders and accounted for 98 offensive yards. He ran for 39 yards, passed for 32 more and caught three passes for 27 yards. Spencer Crutchfield scored twice and rushed for 70 yards while Tim Quisenberry also ran for 70 yards and scored once.

"Clark is a very versatile athlete and we put in some things that could showcase what he could do," Stonebraker said. "He had a breakout game and hopefully that will be a springboard of good things to come."

Stonebraker, however, still would like to see improvement in his offense.

"I won't say I am pleased with where we are offensively because I think we are a step behind where I think we should be," Stonebraker added. "One thing I do like about this offense, though, is that everybody understands their role. We still have to execute better. We did a little better job Friday night, but we need to hold on to our passes better. We had two sure touchdown passes dropped and I think we have to establish more consistency to become a better team. We also have to understand that one block on the perimeter is the difference between a first down and a touchdown."

The Garrard coach has been pleasantly surprised with the way his defense has been playing. The Lions limited Bryan Station to only 10 yards rushing and 214 yards overall last week.

"Our rush defense has been better than I thought it would be at this point in the season," Stonebraker said. "Shelby Goldey, Morgan Lowe, Matt Berry, Mark Major, Ryan Hulett and Quisenberry have been real consistent for us."

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