Win would help Garrard's confidence

September 08, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

LANCASTER - Bryan Station is not a district game for Garrard County, but a win Friday in Lexington could help the Golden Lions when they do begin Class AA district play.

"We can still have a very good football team," said Garrard coach Steve Stonebraker. "We are going to continue to improve all year and hopefully hit our peak in district play before we head into the playoffs.

"If we could pull off an upset on the road this week, it would greatly help instill the confidence level in our players that we need against some of the teams we will face down the road."

Garrard and Bryan Station both bring 1-2 records into the game. Garrard beat Lincoln County 20-15 last week for its first victory while Bryan Station blanked Bourbon County 40-0 for its initial win.


The Defenders gave up 78 points in losses to Madison Central and George Rogers Clark, but they still impressed Stonebraker with their defense.

"Bryan Station's strength is its defense," Stonebraker said. "They have great speed and can cause so many problems with their stunts. They caused eight turnovers against George Rogers Clark and held Madison Central to less than 150 yards of total offense, so they can get after it. Their aggressiveness and ability to recover in the secondary worry me the most."

Corey Blackburn has two interceptions and two fumble recoveries for Bryan Station.

Receiver is their best player

Offensively, Stonebraker says senior receiver Jamuan Andrews is "hands down" the best player on the Bryan Station's team. He has nine catches for 109 yards and one score this season.

"Bryan Station is very athletic. They have a lot of receivers that run very well," the Garrard coach said. "Andrews is capable of making acrobatic catches and also turning short throws into big gains. Larmont Lawson is another player who we will key on. He's also a force for them defensively as well."

Quarterback Chris Tichenor has completed 18 of 52 passes for 290 yards and three touchdowns this season. He's been intercepted twice.

Garrard's offense is led by quarterback Spencer Crutchfield, who has rushed for 208 yards and one score and thrown for 286 yards and three touchdowns. His top receivers have been Dan Leavell, who has nine catches for 102 yards, and Daniel Barker, who has five catches for 59 yards and one score.

"Offensively, we must improve our consistency in catching the football and maintaining our blocks," Stonebraker said. "Defensively, our front has improved as kids have gained more experience. Chris Penix and Bruce Williams are playing well at linebacker. But we still must get better play from our line and secondary to shut down good teams like Bryan Station.

"We also have to improve our toughness. We had a good week of practice last week and saw marked improvement from our kids with in-your-face style practices. I told our kids that if that's what I have to do every single day in practice to get them going, then that's what will happen. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but we just have to do whatever it takes to develop the toughness we need to compete."

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