Area players go for titles

November 21, 2003

Notes and quotes on a variety of sports-related items.

Morehead State football.

Five area players are on the Morehead team that will be playing Valparaiso in the Pioneer Football League championship game Saturday in a game that should decide the Division I-AA mid-major national championship.

Former Boyle County standout Casey McCoy has played in all 10 Morehead games this year and has 189 all-purpose yards. He rushed for 139 yards, has 15 yards receiving and has 35 kickoff return yards.

Brian Hodge of Garrard County has played in nine games and has four solo tackles and eight assists. Justin Nichols of Boyle County, a transfer from Louisville, has been in five games and has three solo stops and one assist.


Lance Mertz of Boyle and Gene Moore of Mercer County also play for the Eagles, who have won seven straight games going into Saturday's showdown.

Morehead beat Valparaiso 32-26 Oct. 4 and goes into the game ranked number one in all three mid-major polls.

Georgetown College also starts its quest for another NAIA national championship Saturday when it plays at St. Francis (Ind.). Danville's Stephen Grubbs is a starting linebacker for the Tigers and Garrard County's John Craddock and Ryan Sarlls and Danville's Adam Schott also play for Georgetown.

KET documentary.

If you missed KET's series documenting the game of basketball in Kentucky last year, you have another chance to see it. An encore showing of the series, Basketball in Kentucky - Great Balls of Fire, will air Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 at 9 p.m. on KET1.

The series features interviews with about 130 high school and college players and coaches, media members and fans.

Kentucky Talegater.

Even though football season is almost over, there is still someone interested in your favorite recipes during football season.

Kentucky Talegating just had its first newsletter and a book is planned by founders Kelli and Jayna Oakley. The book will feature recipes, memorable stories and photos of tailgating across the state.

You don't have to be a regular tailgater to submit a recipe. If you have a favorite recipe you use during football season, they want to see it.

You can send recipes to Jayna or Kelli Oakley at 2571 Milbrook Dr., Lexington, Ky., 40503, or e-mail Or if you are going to have a big tailgating spread for the Kentucky-Tennessee game next week, just call them at 859-223-2614 or 859-277-3732.

Dennis Johnson.

The former Kentucky and Harrodsburg lineman seems to be coming into his own during his second season with the Arizona Cardinals. He's moved into a starting defensive end spot and had seven tackles in last week's game with Cleveland. The week before he had six tackles against Pittsburgh.

His only problem is that he plays for the Cardinals, who draw few fans and seldom are on TV. However, if he keeps playing the way he has in recent weeks, his next contract is going to be one he certainly will enjoy.

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