Harp impressed by Carroll

October 09, 2003|JILL ERWIN


Danville coach Sam Harp is impressed with Carroll County and said everyone else should be too.

The Panthers, ranked sixth in this week's Associated Press poll, are 6-0, 1-0 in Class A, District 4 and coming into Friday's district game at Admiral Stadium.

However, Carroll's opponents have a combined 12-27 record. The Panthers haven't played a school larger than Class AA, while Danville has played one Class AAAA school and three Class AAA schools on the way to its 5-1, 1-0 record.

However, Harp said judging Carroll on its schedule would be a mistake.

"I think they're a good football team," Harp said. "At this point, if you're undefeated, it doesn't make any difference who you've played.


"They're not giving up very many points. They play good solid fundamental football, and they get after it when they play you. We'd better do the same."

Harp said his team, which moved up to the No. 1 ranking in the AP poll, didn't get after it last week when the Admirals beat Owen County 45-10 in their district opener. He was displeased with Danville's lack of emotion.

"I know they weren't happy with their performance," Harp said. "I think they'll respond just fine, I really do."

The Panthers are the 18th-ranked rushing team in the state, one spot ahead of Danville, with an average of 276.2 yards per game on the ground.

Senior Chaz Anderson, who weighs only 140 pounds, is the team's top option out of the backfield.

"I think they're a very physical football team," Harp said. "Overall, their backs run hard, and they've got a little speed back there. Chaz Anderson gets out in the open field, and he's capable of going to the house (end zone) if he breaks through the line. They do some hard-nosed running.

"They operate basically out of a wishbone set, but they will spread the field and go with some one-back sets as well."

Harp also credited Carroll senior quarterback Jarrod Williams with doing a good job of mixing in the pass when necessary.

On defense, Harp said Carroll works with mostly a 4-3 or 4-4 look with senior Cam Anderson (Chaz's twin brother) and junior Kyle Dermon anchoring the linebacking corps.

"They'll have one linebacker blitz quite a bit, and the other guys pretty much will read," Harp said. "They've got pretty good size on defense, though.They've only got four guys that go both ways, which is unusual for a Class A school."

Danville has a strong offense to take on Carroll's defensive unit. The Admirals have scored 232 points, an average of 39 points a game, and have one of the top backfields in the state.

Junior Kelvin Turner rushed for 198 yards and three touchdowns against Owen. Turner and senior Charles Penix are among the state's top-scoring players with 11 and 10 touchdowns, respectively. Turner has rushed for 880 yards and Penix 451 through six games.

Last week junior quarterback Ronnie Hawkins also threw for 125 yards on only five completions.

The Owen game was one Harp felt Danville could have played better in, but this week's game is one it will have to play better to win. This could turn out to be instrumental in deciding the top seed in the district, as Danville and Carroll are two of the top-ranked teams in the district.

"I think we have to come out and play our style of football the way we're capable of playing it from the opening kickoff," Harp said. "I think if we do that, we'll be fine.

"The defense has to play with emotion, and if we do that we'll be fine. Anything less than that and it can be a long night for us. They're a very well-coached team, and we'd better be ready for them"

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