Pioneers to test Frankfort

Lincoln hosts Marion

October 01, 2003|JILL ERWIN

Undefeated Harrodsburg is going on the road Friday to test a Frankfort team that has had a week off since suffering its first loss of the season.

Harrodsburg coach Terry Yeast said his Pioneers (5-0) will have their work cut out if they want to remain unbeaten as the start Class A district play.

"I know they're ready to play us," Yeast said about the 4-1 Panthers. "This used to be a big rivalry, and I know it has certainly been pumped up that way down there. They started out like this last year, they were 5-0 going into districts, but then lost five straight. I know their coach is really drilling that into their heads."

Frankfort has its ace in Emmanuel Fields, a 6-0, 176-pound senior running back-defensive back. He is the Panthers' main offensive weapon. Yeast said he expects Frankfort to use its running game a lot.


"That's where they're certainly successful," Yeast said. "They'll run the ball 75-80 percent of the time. The only time I saw them throw the ball was against Newport, and that was probably because they were down."

Senior quarterback Brenton McNear leads the offense and 205-pound senior Myron Moore is the team's top defensive player.

Frankfort lost 34-24 to Newport two weeks ago, and has had the ensuing time to prepare for Harrodsburg and district play. The Pioneers,are coming off a 22-3 win over Grant County in which Harrodsburg faced its first deficit of the season.

Yeast said that game will help the Pioneers in the long run, especially in preparing for Frankfort and district play.

"It's a very good thing for us," the Harrodsburg coach said. "I think we didn't do a good job, the coaches didn't, of getting the kids prepared to play last week. Sunday we sat down and evaluated us.

"It's good to be able to do that at 5-0 instead of having to say, 'If we had done this, we'd have won this game or that game.' It's a growing experience for all of us. The kids were lethargic coming out, and we won't allow that to happen this week."

Marion County (0-5) at Lincoln County (1-4)

Lincoln County coach Robbie Lucas got to go see Marion County play McCreary Central last week, and despite the Knights' 15-13 overtime loss, Lucas said Marion has some talent left.

"They're big across the front, probably 270-300 pounds up front," Lucas said. "They're still athletic, even if it's not as much as they were last year. They're a very capable team."

Marion hasn't shown that much this year as the Knights have been outscored 192-48 in five games. Lincoln got its first win two weeks ago in a 10-7 victory at Casey County before it had last week off.

Lucas said the timing for the off-week couldn't have been better.

"We'll take it before district play," Lucas said. "It gave us a chance to work on some things. We've got to come out with the same focus and the same determination.

"I think the kids are still hungry. We won one game, but we're nowhere near where we need to be. I'm selling them on the fact this is a new season. Our pre-district schedule was tough, but this is where you make your money."

The Lincoln coach said Marion has an extremely balanced offense, passing it about 52 percent of the time and running it 48 percent of the time. Lucas said he expects Marion to try to spread the field against his Patriots in the Class AAA district game.

Lincoln showed a stronger passing game against Casey, and Lucas said the Patriots have to continue to improve in that area to keep the wins coming.

"We'll never get to the point where we're 50-50 run and pass, but if we can get it in the 75-25 range and be able to execute effectively, that will keep teams from stacking the box on us. We really hit that hard over the off week to try to get things going there," Lucas said.

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