Garrard coach knows what to expect from Harrison

August 25, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

LANCASTER - It's not hard for Garrard County coach Steve Stonebraker to guess what Harrison County probably will do offensively against his team here Friday.

"If (Harrison coach) Ray Graham is smart, after seeing Danville line up and run over us, that's what he'll do. And I think Ray Graham is pretty smart," said Stonebraker.

Garrard was no match for host Danville in its season opener. The Admirals rushed for 292 yards in a 43-6 win in the Bob Allen Pigskin Classic.

"We just have to get tougher because we got our butts kicked by a superior team. We are inexperienced on defense, but our defensive line still has to be tougher," Stonebraker said. "If we get beat on, we have to learn to fight back."


The Golden Lions likely will be without senior quarterback Spencer Crutchfield against visiting Harrison. He was injured in the second half of Saturday's loss, but it was not a recurrence of the hip problem that caused him to miss the second half of last season.

"He's going to be fine. It's not a season-ending injury," Stonebraker said. "It was just a strained muscle. When he gets his strength back, he'll be able to go. There's no way I'll take any chances with him in this game. Even if he's close to 100 percent, I'll probably still consider not playing him."

If Crutchfield is out, Prewitt will start

If Crutchfield doesn't play, Stonebraker says sophomore Jared Prewitt will start at quarterback.

"He's got a good command of our offense," Stonebraker said. "He made a couple of mistakes against Danville, but he needs some (playing) time."

No matter who the quarterback is, Stonebraker says his receivers can't drop as many passes as they did Saturday and that his line has to maintain blocks better.

"I know they were all nervous, but we have to get past that," Stonebraker said.

He did praise senior punter Cory Horn.

"He was our kicker last year, but this was his first game punting and he did a good job," the Garrard coach said.

Harrison opened its season with a 35-14 win over Lincoln County in the PBK Bank Death Valley Bowl. Stonebraker said Harrison's offensive line impressed him as did running back James Custard and quarterback Cory Britt. However, he was most impressed with senior running back Devon Wilson.

"Wilson rushed for three touchdowns and returned an interception for a score," Stonebraker said. "Custard and Wilson don't have the quickness of (Danville's Kelvin) Turner, but they are going to run hard. They can break tackles, or they can run away from people."

Stonebraker expects Harrison to be more aggressive defensively against his team.

"They were not that aggressive against Lincoln, but Lincoln is learning a new system," Stonebraker said. "Their defensive front is pretty solid. They have good linebackers. They are a little small in the secondary and we hope to take advantage of that if we can just catch the ball."

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