Garrard trying to find new QB

October 08, 2003|JILL ERWIN

LANCASTER - Garrard County heads into Friday's game with Wayne County with one big question and no definite answer.

The Golden Lions need to find a replacement for junior quarterback Spencer Crutchfield, who was lost for the season with a broken hip in last week's game against Casey County. But coach Steve Stonebraker said Tuesday he hadn't made a decision yet.

Stonebraker said he is looking at both senior Jake Cool and sophomore Bruce Williams. Cool is the only player on the Garrard roster besides Crutchfield to have taken a snap this year, but has settled in at wide receiver.

"They both are capable and bring some different things to the table, and I will make a decision based on what I think is best for the team," Stonebraker said.


Crutchfield will be tough to replace. He had rushed for 857 yards (third-best in the area) and 12 touchdowns (second in the area). He was the most prolific passer in the area, completing 87 of 179 passes for 1,177 yards and 10 scores. He accounted for more than 75 percent of the Golden Lions' yards.

"It hurts to lose Spencer from the standpoint that he is a great person and was developing into a great quarterback," Stonebraker said. "From a coaching standpoint, you just hate to not have the opportunity to work with him any more this season."

The Garrard coach said it will be up to the players to regroup and continue the winning ways Garrard (6-1, 1-0 Class AA, District 4) has enjoyed.

"We have some great kids who have developed a lot of mental toughness, and I expect that they will realize what they have to do to continue our successful season and work to accomplish all of our goals," Stonebraker said. "Our senior leadership has been outstanding and I am sure it will continue to be."

Wayne has won last two games

Wayne (2-4, 1-0) has won its last two games after starting off the season with four straight losses. The Cardinals have outscored their last two opponents, Knox Central and Russell County, by a combined score of 75-19. In their first four games, the Cards were outscored 139-75.

Stonebraker said the Cardinals have opened up their offense more than they have in the past, working in more passing plays while still keeping a strong running game.

Seniors Jerrod Gibbons (6-2, 260) and Coty McGinnis (6-0, 188) are the top receiving threats, while 6-0, 182-pound junior Matthew Goff is the primary ballcarrier.

On defense, Stonebraker said end Josh Humble (6-0, 206) can put on a strong rush while safety Joe Coffey, a 5-11, 170-pound sophomore, roams the field well.

"They are aggressive and get to the ball well," the Garrard coach said.

This is Garrard's final game before its open date, and Stonebraker said this game will have far-reaching effects on the rest of the season.

"This is a game that is going to be very crucial for both our mindset and playoff positioning as we head into our open week," Stonebraker said. "I have great faith in my players and assistant coaches that we can pull together and work through the adversity that we have been faced with.

"In the preseason there were not many people who thought we would have six wins right now. Now that we have lost Spencer, people are probably saying the same thing. All we have to do is prove them wrong again."

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