Boyle, Danville players top All-Area defensive team

November 28, 2003|JILL ERWIN

Boyle County and Danville were the two best teams in the area this year, and that shows on The Advocate-Messenger's 2003 All-Area defensive squad.

Area coaches voted Boyle and Danville players into a combined eight of 12 positions on the defensive team, including all three linebacking spots.

Dexter Grey of Danville and Tim Quisenberry of Garrard County return to the same spots they held last year, while Danville's Charles Penix moved from offense to defense for this year's team.

Andrew Allen of Casey County and Danville's Ronnie Hawkins both moved up from last year's honorable mention list to this year's first team.


A look at this year's honorees:

Andrew Allen, DL, Casey County

Allen won the state power-lifting title in the 235-pound class last March and would come in at 6 a.m. to lift during track season to get stronger for football. It worked, as Allen finished with 119 tackles, including 10 sacks, and caused two fumbles.

"He worked in the offseason to get a little stronger and quicker," Casey coach Andy Stephens said. "He did a nice job leading the team this year, and he mostly led by example. He worked hard on the field, and we depended on him every week to play as hard as he could."

Allen wants to major in engineering, but hasn't limited any of his college choices down. He has heard from both Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky as well as several in-state NAIA schools.

Michael Harris, DL, Harrodsburg

The senior moved from linebacker to defensive end, and while his tackles suffered (40 this year), coach Terry Yeast said that was because opponents didn't want to test him.

Harris still finished with nine tackles for loss, four sacks, two caused fumbles, two blocked kicks and one fumble recovery.

"To tell you how important he was to our defense, coaches voted him on this team despite the fact a lot people ran away from him," Yeast said. "He has great speed and just has an eye for the football. He loves to attack."

Yeast said most of the small in-state schools have contacted Harris, and that Western Kentucky has shown some interest.

Tim Quisenberry, DL, Garrard County

Quisenberry was Garrard's big-play guy on the defensive line, breaking the school record for both sacks (11.5) and tackles for loss (20). He finished with 80 tackles, three fumbles caused and three fumble recoveries.

"He's really hard to block and he was always able to come up with a key play at the right time," coach Steve Stonebraker said. "He was definitely able to provide a big spark and big plays."

Stonebraker said Quisenberry has heard from Kentucky State and has also been contacted by several NAIA schools.

Brandon Record, DL, Boyle County

Record doesn't stand out because of any one skill, but the junior does just about everything well according to Boyle coach Chuck Smith. He has 67 tackles this season for Boyle and has developed into an all-around football player for the Rebels.

"Brandon's got all the tools," Smith said. "He has a great nose for the football, he has excellent feet and quickness, he's a strong kid and a very intelligent football player. He figures things out real quick.

"He's got the potential to be a great player one day. He's had a great season."

Masaak Tagarook, DL, Danville

In Danville's defense, the key is for the defensive line to keep the offensive line where it was. Admirals coach Sam Harp said Tagarook does that as well as anyone.

Tagarook has 40 tackles this year, including one sack, but Harp said that's not indicative of the job the junior has done.

"He plays with very good technique," Harp said. "He doesn't get a lot of tackles, but he keeps the linemen off our linebackers. That's what we want from them, and he's been a very good defensive lineman for us."

Dexter Grey, LB, Danville

Grey is leading Danville in tackles for the second consecutive season, despite being only 5-7. Grey has 107 tackles for the Ads this year, almost 30 more than the next Ad, and Harp attributes that to his desire.

"Dexter is the little big man," Harp said. "He's small in stature, but he's big in heart, desire and determination. He's quick, he's heady and he loves the game.

"His motor runs wide open most of the time."

Charles Penix, LB, Danville

Penix has all the skills Harp could want in an outside linebacker, from tremendous strength to good speed to a desire to do his best on every play. He has combined all that into a strong senior season.

Penix runs a 4.6-second 40 yard dash. He has 37.5 tackles for Danville this year.

"He's extremely strong in his legs and does a great job in pass coverage for us as well as run coverage," Harp said. "It's tough to get outside of him, and he's capable of getting down on the line, taking on an offensive lineman or a tight end one on one and making the tackle.

"He's a very pleasant young man, he always has a smile on his face, and he's going to make a tremendous college player."

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