Members of All-Area offense set rushing, scoring and kicking records

November 28, 2003|JILL ERWIN

It was a year of records and of standout performances on offense for players named to the 2003 The Advocate-Messenger All-Area Team.

Offensive honorees on the team have been responsible for school rushing records, scoring records, kicking records, and one still-perfect season.

Only one player, Boyle County's Ian Young, made both the offensive and defensive teams this year. Young made the teams as an offensive tackle and a linebacker in voting by area coaches.

Danville led the way with eight honorees on this year's team, while Boyle had six different players honored in seven positions. Garrard County had three players make the team, while Casey County, Harrodsburg, Lincoln County and Mercer County each had two.

There are two repeat selections (running backs Andrew McCloud of Mercer County and Kelvin Turner of Danville) at the same position and one (Danville's Mario Berry) that moved over from last year's defensive team. Three players - Boyle's Brad Cloud, Casey County's Blake McGinnis and Harrodsburg's Mark Dunn - made the move up from last year's honorable mention list.


A look at this year's All-Area offense honorees:

Brandon Smith, QB, Boyle County

Smith has gotten even better in his second season as Boyle's quarterback. The junior has thrown for 2,510 yards and 36 touchdowns by completing 155 of 261 passes. He has also run for 720 yards and scored 13 times on 126 carries.

Boyle coach Chuck Smith, his father, said the offseason and year of maturity helped Brandon Smith this season.

"He has stepped up his leadership like we expected him to," Chuck Smith said. "The bigger game it is, the better he plays. He's gotten into some games were, from the sidelines, it feels like he's in control of the entire game, what was happening. That's what you look for in a quarterback, that he has those types of intangibles."

Mark Dunn, RB, Harrodsburg

Dunn, who missed most of his junior season because of injuries, became Harrodsburg's all-time leading rusher, finishing with 5,106 career yards. This season, Dunn picked up 1,691 yards and 23 touchdowns on 180 carries. He also caught three passes for 168 yards and a touchdown. He was the team's punter (20 for 600 yards) and returned both kickoffs and punts.

"As a college recruiter for 10 years, I'd say that Mark, with what I know of the kid as a young man and as a football player, he would be at the top of my list every year I go out recruiting," Harrodsburg coach Terry Yeast said. "He was like a coach on the field for us, and our other players were better because he was out there."

Dunn is looking at several in-state schools, including Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky, to continue his football career.

Andrew McCloud, RB, Mercer County

McCloud was the focus of the Mercer offense, which often made him the focus of the opponent's defense. But McCloud still managed to have a standout season.

The junior broke the school's single-game rushing record - twice - and set the new mark with 350 yards on a school-record 38 carries against Fleming County. He rushed 250 times for 1,903 yards and a school-record 23 touchdowns. He also returned a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns.

"We knew he'd have a good year, but we didn't know it would be this big," Mercer coach Duane Hammons said. "He can run around you, turn the speed on and hit the corner, or he has developed into more of a power runner where he can take a hit and get another three or four yards. Several coaches this year told me he's one of the best backs they've seen this year."

Kelvin Turner, RB, Danville

Unlike the other running back honorees, Turner isn't the only 1,000 yard rusher on his team. But the junior still made a name for himself.

Turner has carried the ball 157 times for 1,831 yards and 22 touchdowns.

"He's a complete back," Danville coach Sam Harp said. "He runs well, he blocks extremely well and he's capable of catching the ball out of the backfield, which is a valuable commodity at the next level. He's averaging over 10 yards a carry this year, and he has a good work ethic. He controls his own destiny."

Brad Cloud, WR, Boyle County

When Boyle has needed a big play, more often than not the Rebels looked to Cloud.

Cloud has caught 40 passes for 673 yards and eight touchdowns, and has also carried the ball 40 times for 309 yards and six scores.

"He is the leader of our team," Chuck Smith said. "He is unbelievable as far as his desire to win. He has one speed, and that's full speed. That's the only way he knows how to play, and that's what makes him great."

Cloud hasn't made a decision on a college yet, but Smith said several in-state schools are looking.

Blake McGinnis, WR, Casey County

McGinnis was Casey's most versatile weapon because of his speed at quarterback and receiver.

He had 21 catches for 290 yards and one score, but that was because McGinnis also spent time in the backfield and at quarterback for the Rebels. Casey coach Andy Stephens said he knew McGinnis would be a tough guy to cover.

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