When Boyle County has the football

September 03, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

While winning five consecutive state championships, Boyle County has had a dominating offense featuring future Division I players at various positions.

Yet from what Danville coach Sam Harp has seen, the Rebels' offense is better than ever this year because of senior quarterback Brandon Smith.

"I really believe their offense is better than it has been the last five years. I am not blowing smoke, either," said Harp as he prepares for Friday's game at Boyle. "Brandon Smith is as good a quarterback as this area has produced in quite some time.

"He can run. He can pass. He understands the game. He's a tremendous competitor. He has great field awareness. He throws the ball extremely well at key times. He's dangerous when he runs. Boyle has had some good quarterbacks, but he's better than all of them."


Certainly his numbers have been impressive this year. He's completed 29 of 57 passes for 507 yards and six touchdowns, including five to five different receivers in last week's win over Henry Clay. He's also rushed for 201 yards and five scores in two games.

Harp just wishes Smith was his only concern.

Senior running back Quinn Givhan is averaging 103 yards rushing per game and has a touchdown. Junior Seth Tamme is the top receiver with nine catches for 143 yards and one score.

However, what's most impressive about Boyle's offense is that six receivers have at least two catches and they are averaging between 12 and 24.6 yards per catch.

Senior Greg Peck leads the way in yards per catch with five receptions for 123 yards and two scores. Tight end Evan Teague had three catches for 58 yards last week. Josh Miller has six receptions for 86 yards.

"Tamme catches anything throw to him just like his brother (Jacob) did. I've seen him drop one pass in two years," Harp said. "Peck is a physical, fast player. Teague looked all-world against Henry Clay. Then you have Miller with size and the same speed his brother (Matt) had."

Harp is just as lavish in his praise of Givhan.

"He runs hard and he protects the ball when he runs inside," Harp said. "He has decent speed in the open field. He's not fancy, but you don't have to be when you run hard like he does. But Smith can hurt you running, too.

"They just have a great run-pass combination and mix it up so well. Their offensive line is pretty good, too. They look overwhelming to me."

Boyle is averaging 43 points and 504 yards per game. Danville's defense has given up just six points total in wins over Garrard County and Lincoln County.

"They play defense just like they always do," Boyle coach Chuck Smith said. "(Assistant coach) Jerry (Perry) always does a good job of having players in the right positions to make plays. They will always be that way as long as he runs the defense. They have great speed to make up for mistakes when they do make a mistake. They will be around the ball and make us execute to have any success offensively."

Harp worries a lot more about his team's ability to stop Boyle, especially if junior Darius Baughman can't play after injuring his knee in last week's win over Lincoln. He had been moved from safety to linebacker to help solidify the Admirals' defense.

"Without him, we could really be hurting at linebacker," Harp said.

Chuck Smith admits he's been pleased, but not satisfied with his offense.

"They have done what they have to do for us to win," Smith said. "But we have to do a better job with our blocking assignments and executing our passing game in terms of running routes and timing."

Harp knows one thing that could help his defense Friday.

"I need Hurricane Frances to roll in and brew up powerful winds and storms," Harp joked. "When Smith throws the ball, I want the wind so strong that it throws the ball right back at him. That's about the only way I can see anyone stopping him."

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