Cloud has been big part of Boyle's success

November 13, 2003|LARRY VAUGHT

Brad Cloud is one of the more versatile players Chuck Smith has ever coached. However, that's not what makes the Boyle County senior receiver-defensive back so unique.

"If you watch us practice and see the first play and then see the last play three hours later, he will still be going 100 percent. The only speed he knows is full speed," said Smith. "We've had players that were big-time hustlers, but none like him. He does it in games and practice. We show our other kids film of him to let them see how it should be done."

Cloud and the Rebels will try to extend their playoff run here Friday when they host Pulaski Southwestern in the Class AAA playoffs.

Boyle (11-0) is trying to complete its fourth perfect season in the last five years. Cloud has played a major part in the team's success not only this year, but the previous two seasons as well.


He catches and runs the ball. He returns kickoffs. He's played free safety, strong safety and inside linebacker. He also snaps for punts, field goals and extra points.

"He's on every special team. He never comes off the field," Smith said. "He loves competition."

Cloud has a team-high 37 catches for 658 yards and seven touchdowns. He's also rushed 31 times for 241 yards, an average of 7.9 yards per carry, and scored five times. The senior also averages 20 yards per kickoff return.

On defense, he's the team's second leading tackler with 78 stops, including seven tackles for loss. He's forced four fumbles and recovered five. He's also intercepted five passes, broken up seven passes and blocked one kick.

Several colleges are looking

Smith says numerous colleges are looking at Cloud. Louisville, Kentucky and West Virginia have all made inquiries along with other state schools.

"If we can continue to have success in the playoffs, it could be a factor in a lot more schools getting involved with him," Smith said. "I think he'll make a great strong safety in college. He's very physical already. He's a head-hunter with good speed and he'll just get stronger in college. He's also got good hands and could play receiver because he'll catch anything close to him."

Smith hopes Cloud can have a big game against Southwestern (4-7), which was no match for Boyle in a 38-3 loss Oct. 3 in Somerset. However, Southwestern overcame a 12-0 halftime deficit last Friday to beat Central 20-19 as junior tailback Lee Renfro ran for 300 yards on 33 carries, including 202 yards and two touchdowns in the second half. Southwestern had 400 yards of offense and limited Central to 207.

"They've played a difficult schedule and Southwestern is not as bad as the record might indicate," Smith said. "Every team they have played except one is in the second round of the playoffs and that one team, Bell County, was expected to be there. They played a tough schedule, but it made them better and had paid off for them."

Renfro gained just 18 yards on nine carries against Boyle. Southwestern managed just 37 yards rushing on 31 attempts and quarterback Todd Daulton was 3-for-10 passing for 81 yards with one interception.

"Renfro is an excellent running back," the Boyle coach said. "He's playing more at tailback now than when we played them and they are featuring him a lot more. That's one reason they are better.

"They have a decent passing game and they are not scared to throw the ball. They are known as more of a running team, but they've got a good quarterback. They just prefer the run. (Coach) Dale (Anderson) has a system and he sticks with it."

Rebels only had 284 yards of total offense in first game

The Rebels had only 284 yards of total offense, including 73 rushing by Quinn Givhan and 116 passing by Brandon Smith, in their regular-season win over Southwestern.

"There's no question we need a better effort than the first time we played them," Chuck Smith said. "If we are out of sync and don't have a sharp game, we won't beat them.

"It's always hard to beat a team a second time. It's even harder to beat a good team a second time. They know what we will do because it worked the first time. We don't know what they will do because they might make some changes because we did beat them. That gives them the advantage."

That's why the Boyle coach is counting on Cloud, along with Brandon Smith and lineman Ian Young, to provide the playoff leadership the Rebels need to keep winning.

"We have a lot of players who have never been in this situation," Chuck Smith said. "Team leaders make plays with games on the line. That's what Brad has done. It's what Brandon and Ian do.

"Brad is quiet. He doesn't say a lot. You have to pry words out of him, but there's no doubt he'll have a major say in who wins Friday."

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