Pioneers face big road test

November 05, 2003|MIKE MARSEE

HARRODSBURG - There aren't many No. 4 seeds with better records than Harrodsburg. On the other hand, there aren't many tougher draws than the one the Pioneers have for the first round of the Class A, Region 2 playoffs.

One too many district losses left Harrodsburg facing a trip to Louisville Holy Cross, one of two undefeated teams in Class A, in its return to the postseason Friday.

The Pioneers are in this predicament because they lost three of their five district games after a 5-0 start.

"We kind of saw we were headed in that direction," Harrodsburg coach Terry Yeast said.

Still, only three other teams in all four classes have a better record than Harrodsburg (7-3, 2-3 District 4). Among Class A playoff teams, the Pioneers are listed higher in the Durden Ratings than not only every other No. 4 seed, but also seven of the eight No. 3s, five No. 2s and one No. 1 seed.


"I feel pretty good that whether we were a first or a fourth, whoever we were going to be playing in the playoffs, we'd at least have a chance. A lot of teams can't say that," Yeast said.

The Harrodsburg coach said his team will have a better chance with all of its injured players back in the lineup, and he said he expects them all to be ready to play Friday.

"I think when we get everybody back, we're going to be OK," Yeast said.

Running back-linebacker Mark Dunn, who still needs 86 yards to break Harrodsburg's career rushing record, was at less than his best last week against Danville and left the game after the third quarter. Yeast said Dunn went through a full practice Monday. David Hunt and Shane Webb were injured in the Danville game, but Yeast said they should be ready to play as well.

"Getting those guys back will certainly benefit us," Yeast said.

Harrodsburg will need to throw everything it has at Holy Cross (10-0, 7-0 District 3), which has evolved from a finesse team to a power team and has become a Class A power in recent years.

"They're extremely strong," Yeast said. "They've got really nice-size backs who run extremely hard, and they're going to just try to pound us."

Holy Cross line averages 260

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