Ads force eight turnovers in 68-8 win

October 26, 2003|LARRY VAUGHT

Danville's defense might have trouble reading opposing alignments at times, but the same players have no trouble reading the newspaper.

They took coach Sam Harp's stinging criticism of their lackadaisical play in last week's The Advocate-Messenger to heart against Frankfort here Friday. The Admirals turned the Class A district showdown into a mismatch by forcing eight turnovers while rolling to a surprisingly easy 68-8 victory.

"We knew we could win, but not like this," said Danville senior defensive back Davis Teater. "But this was kind of typical of our season. We play up or down depending on the competition. The coaches hammered us all week about how good Frankfort was and how bad our defense had been. Hopefully we showed tonight what we can do."

Danville (8-1) never let Frankfort (7-2) have a chance after Teater's interception on the game's fourth play. His 18-yard return put the ball at the Frankfort 38-yard line and four plays later Kelvin Turner scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 9-yard run less than three minutes into the game.


"I think my interception sparked us. If they had completed that pass and had a first down in our territory, it might have given them some confidence. Instead, it created a lot of doubt," Teater said.

If it didn't, Turner's 81-yard scoring run on Danville's next possession must have. If not, then a 6-yard scoring run by Charles Penix to cap a quick four-play, 28-yard drive certainly should have.

Just in case that wasn't enough, the Ads scored twice on fumble returns - 31 yards by linebacker Dan White and 30 yards by Turner - to complete a 33-point first quarter.

"I think Davis' interception took some wind out of their sails, " Harp said. "Frankfort is not that bad. Things just snowballed on them because we were on top of our game.

"If our guys decide to play defense like they did tonight, we are as good as anybody you'll find. If not, we are just an average team. Defense is where we can win a state championship. I meant what I said about the defense's focus. I'm not going to spend 25 to 30 hours busting my butt every weekend watching film and stuff if they can't focus on what it takes to play and do what we ask."

Danville's offense has done plenty all year and did again Friday. Turner ran for 156 yards and two touchdowns on six carries. Penix had seven carries for 74 yards and a score.

Danville averaged more that 13 yards a run

The Admirals averaged over 13 yards per run while amassing 393 yards rushing on just 30 carries.

"Charles and Kelvin are two legitimate big-time backs," Harp said. "We know what they can do. We just have to learn to play defense."

After quarterback Ronnie Hawkins' 55-yard run made it 40-0 early in period two, the Ads got three more turnovers. First, senior linebacker Dexter Grey intercepted a pass. Next, Penix recovered a fumble at the Frankfort 47 that set up an 11-yard scoring run by Grey. Then Grey blocked a punt that freshman Daylen Morris returned 23 yards for a score.

That gave Grey his first blocked punt, first interception and first score of the season all in his final regular-season game at Admiral Stadium.

"We knew our defense had to step up, and we did," Grey said. "Coach Harp was right to say the things about us that he did. We played with a lot more emotion and purpose tonight. That's why we got eight turnovers."

"Dexter had an outstanding game," Harp said. "I think that was the first touchdown he ever scored. He doesn't get many opportunities to run the ball, but he doesn't complain. He just plays and does his job for us every game."

Hawkins opened the second half with a 57-yard scoring pass - his only completion of the game - to sophomore Darius Baughman.

Junior Ryan Harper got the first of two second-half interceptions to set up an 8-yard scoring run by freshman Darren Ross to complete Danville's scoring with 5:38 still left in period three.

The Ads had two other chances to score as Harper returned his second interception 60 yards to the Frankfort 10-yard line and freshman quarterback Jeffery Guest sprinted 55 yards to the Frankfort 15. However, both times the Danville reserves failed to get the ball into the end zone and Harp had Guest take a knee on the last two plays to avoid scoring even though the Ads had the ball less than a yard from the end zone.

Frankfort's lone score came on an 83-yard run by Alonzo Tillman late in the fourth quarter. That play accounted for more than half of Frankfort's rushing offense.

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