Dunn's six scores lead unbeaten Pioneers to 60-0 win

September 21, 2003|MIKE MARSEE

HARRODSBURG - In a season in which Harrodsburg fans are rediscovering things they haven't seen in some time, the Pioneers showed them something they've never seen before.

For the first time, Harrodsburg was able to trigger the continuous clock rule designed to soften the blow of blowouts by shortening the second half.

In fact, Harrodsburg was able to do just about anything it wanted Friday night as it hammered Paris 60-0 for its most lopsided victory in three years.

"It does feel good," Harrodsburg senior Mark Dunn said.

Dunn led the Pioneers on both offense and defense, as he rushed for 307 yards and six touchdowns and also had a team-high 10 tackles.


"We've talked about wanting him to be more aggressive, and he ran as hard tonight as I've seen him run since he's been here," Harrodsburg coach Terry Yeast said.

That enabled Harrodsburg, which is 4-0 for the first time since 1994, to enjoy the kind of cakewalk it hadn't seen in some time. That's just what Yeast was hoping for against an overmatched Paris team with no seniors on its roster.

"I told the kids, 'I want you to hit them hard early and keep it coming. Don't give them any opportunity,'" Yeast said. "We need some games like that. It's been a long time since Harrodsburg's had that opportunity."

This was the Pioneers' largest margin of victory since a 93-12 win over Metcalfe County in 2000, one year before the rule was installed requiring the clock to run non-stop in the second half if one team leads by 45 points or more.

It was also the best rushing day in two years for Dunn, who must really enjoy playing against Paris. In 2001, the last time the Greyhounds came to Alvis Johnson Field, Dunn broke Harrodsburg's single-game rushing record by running for 419 yards and five touchdowns.

This time, Dunn took the ball to the end zone on the Pioneers' first four possessions. He also scored on their last offensive play of the first half and their first of the second half.

His six scores came on runs of 19, 10, 8, 22, 1 and 64 yards. The latter run was his longest of the night, though 14 of his 22 carries went for more than 10 yards.

"I didn't think about running the ball," he said. "All I knew was we had to execute well."

Dunn was also the linchpin for a defense that allowed Paris (2-2) just 69 yards, including 18 yards rushing.

Dunn said he also knows that although the numbers were impressive on both sides of the ball, this is not the best performance either he or Harrodsburg is capable of.

"There's always room for improvement," he said. "I probably say that every time but there is.

"(Younger players) might not see it as much as I do. They're always happy to get a win. But somebody's always got to say we still didn't play our best."

That's usually left to coaches, but Yeast said he's happy to see that attitude from the team's leader.

"He's got that hunger. He wants his team and himself to be more successful," Yeast said.

It was clear right from the start that Harrodsburg would be successful. The Pioneers scored just four plays after a 36-yard kickoff return by Cory Jackson and never looked back.

Harrodsburg scored on all but two possessions and the Pioneers never punted. They got rushing touchdowns from Jackson and Brandon Brown in addition to Dunn's six scores, and they got a defensive touchdown when Mariqus Brown returned a fumble in the second quarter.

"We came in strong and finished strong," Dunn said.

Paris had just six offensive yards at halftime, and the Greyhounds nearly tripled their total with a 40-yard pass play late in the game as they tried to avoid being shut out.

They advanced to Harrodsburg's 1-yard line in the last two minutes against the Pioneers' second-team defense, but Justin Doolin had a pass breakup at the goal line and a tackle to keep them out of the end zone.

"I wanted that extremely bad," Yeast said of the shutout.

Yeast also said he was glad to get a game in which everyone on the team got ample opportunity to play. Because of its small roster size, Harrodsburg does not play junior varsity or freshman games.

"I'm real proud of all the guys, and I'm glad everybody got to play," Yeast said.

Central Kentucky News Articles