Wayne worries Casey's Stephens

September 01, 2004|MARTY WARREN

LIBERTY - Casey County coach Andy Stephens said even though Pulaski County lost quarterback Cole Draughn to graduation, he still expects the Maroons to put the ball in the air often Friday in Somerset.

Pulaski (2-0) defeated Wayne County 28-7 in its season opener before downing crosstown rival Somerset 27-20 last week.

"They beat Somerset last week and didn't play their best," Stephens said. "However, they jumped on Wayne 21-0 in the first quarter, and they must not be a bad team after seeing their score against Mercer County (a 32-13 win)."

Stephens says Pulaski's front line features a pair of 275-pound tackles and protects quarterbacks Brett Faulkner and Ross Deaton well.

"They have good size and are physical, but they are not real quick," the Casey coach said. "However, they have dominated the line of scrimmage in both games. They have a big receiver in Tyler Sexton that they will try to get the ball to at any time. They will run an occasional counter but for the most part they will line up in the shotgun and air it out."


Faulkner will most likely start at quarterback but will give way to Deaton, a sophomore, at some point. When that happens, Faulkner becomes a wide receiver.

"The two quarterbacks are no Cole Draughn by any means, but they still do a nice job throwing the ball," Stephens explained. "By moving Faulkner to a receiver, it gives them a double threat with Sexton also out there."

Defensively, the Maroons will line up in a 4-3 set and their linebackers will control everything.

"They have a pair of linebackers that go about 275 that will flat out hit you," Stephens said.

Stalling in scoring territory

Casey (0-2) has been able to move the football in its two games, but has stalled in scoring territory

"That's been our trouble for two years," Stephens said. "We were not a good team in the red zone last year and that hasn't changed this year. For some reason, when we get the ball down there, we can't seem to get it in the end zone. We continue to make mental mistakes and our execution is keeping us out."

Brandon Raney and Marcus Patterson had a pair of catches last week against Harrodsburg and Raney had a 46-yard touchdown reception.

"They are two of our better athletes and we have to find a way to get them the ball," Stephens said. "We may try to spread the field this week and use our quickness to our advantage."

Stephens said he was pleased with the way his defense performed last week.

"When you play teams with speed, you can have two or three good plays, but then have a breakdown that can really hurt you," he said.

He is concerned with his kicking game because Harrodsburg's Travis White blocked three punts last week.

"We looked at the tape and it was just missed blocking assignments," the Casey coach said.

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