Danville grounds up Garrard

August 22, 2004|JILL ERWIN

Danville went with an old-school look Saturday night at the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic, and it paid off.

The Admirals used their running attack to control the ball - and the game - against Garrard County in a 43-6 win.

Danville used its considerable running talent to open up the passing game, and the combination was more than enough to put Garrard away.

"We wanted to come out early and try to be physical and see how they responded," Danville coach Sam Harp said. "We wanted to control the ball and take time off the clock because their fort is spreading the field. We had some good drives in the first half that gave our team some needed confidence."


Danville scored on its first four possessions of the game, and the only first-half possession on which it didn't score when the Ads took possession with 29 seconds to play before halftime.

"We played a lot better than I expected in the first half," Harp said. "I was really worried going into the game, and I never anticipated us starting out this well."

Sophomore Darren Ross ran for two touchdowns in the first half, while Kelvin Turner had 102 first-half yards and one score. Their play opened up the Garrard defense for a 43-yard scoring strike to Daylen Morris from Ronnie Hawkins on the first play after a Garrard turnover with 2:12 to play in the first quarter that put Danville up 15-0.

Crutchfield injured in third quarter

That was already too much for the Golden Lions to overcome. Things got harder for the Lions when quarterback Spencer Crutchfield was injured and left the game midway through the third quarter.

Facing a second-and-10 from his own 14, Crutchfield was chased down by Turner in the backfield. Turner grabbed onto Crutchfield and held on as the Garrard quarterback struggled to get free. He eventually went down at the 4-yard line, but got up very gingerly. He limped off the field, and Garrard coach Steve Stonebraker said Crutchfield injured the same hip that ended his season last year.

"It popped out, but we think it popped back in," Stonebraker said. "We won't know for sure until Monday."

Garrard had scored on its previous possession to cut Danville's lead to 29-6, but the Lions gained only 37 yards the rest of the game.

Garrard finished with 134 yards and seven first downs.

"We didn't play like we needed to play to beat a team like Danville," Stonebraker said. "We made too many mistakes to have a chance to win."

Turner named MVP

Danville didn't make very many mistakes. The Admirals had just one turnover (Garrard had three) and picked up 386 yards of total offense, including 292 on the ground. Turner earned game most valuable player honors with 179 yards and two scores on 24 carries.

However, Harp said there are still improvements that need to be made.

"We really looked good in spots, but we certainly did not come close to playing a perfect game," Harp said.

The first half certainly looked good for the Ads. Ross scored the Ads' first touchdown on a 10-yard run with 3:00 to play in the first quarter, followed by Turner's two-point conversion. Two plays later, Garrard fumbled the ball and George Brown recovered it, setting the stage for Hawkins' pass to Morris with 2:12 to play to put Danville up 15-0.

Turner added a 4-yard score with 6:43 to play in the second and Ross scored again with :57 left in the first half to open up a 29-0 lead.

Crutchfield hooked up with Jared Prewitt for a 12-yard score with 9:23 to play in the third quarter. Prewitt would replace Crutchfield at quarterback and finished 2-for-8 for 11 yards and threw two interceptions.

Turner (39 yards) and Justin Hill (11) added second-half scores for the Admirals.

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