Turner sparks Danville romp

September 12, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

The more others can contribute to Danville's offense, the happier Kelvin Turner will be. However, for now he's more than happy to do whatever he can to be the focal point of the Admirals' offense.

Turner ran for 211 yards and four touchdowns on 20 carries Friday as host Danville routed Somerset 56-7.

"He danced a little too much the first half, but the second half he hit the holes like he was shot through a cannon," Danville coach Sam Harp said. "His running is obvious. What most people don't see is the way he blocks. I love to see him knock someone off their feet. He also takes over the leadership on game night. Now I've just got to get him to do that every day in practice."

Turner has been sick the last two weeks, but said he started to feel better Thursday and hopes to be back to full speed when the Admirals play next Sept. 24 against Highlands.


"I should be back to full strength by the time we play Highlands," Turner said.

His play helped the Admirals rush for a season-high 470 yards. Quarterback Ronnie Hawkins also threw for 76 yards and a score as Danville had a season-high 546 total yards.

Turner got his four touchdowns on vastly different runs.

The first came on a 4-yard run off the right side behind Jacob Moore and Deangelo Durham to cap an 11-play, 75-yard drive to start the game. "I just hit the hole and scored," Turner said.

The second score came on a 35-yard run to end a four-play, 75-yard drive. This time Turner ran through a hole, cut outside, broke a tackle and then outran the final defender to the end zone. "I got a couple more good blocks and then just had one defender to outrun," Turner said.

The third touchdown came on a 24-yard run in the third quarter one play after Turner partially blocked a Somerset punt. "I made the linebacker miss and nobody was in the secondary to tackle me," Turner said.

His final score came on Danville's next series. He used a stiff arm to knock down a would-be tackler after breaking into the secondary and coasted into the end zone for a 35-yard run. "I had good blocking and then just made a good stiff arm to get by the last guy," Turner said.

Other Admirals made big plays

The best part of the game for Turner, though, was that other plays also made big offensive plays for the Admirals. Sophomore Darren Ross, who had 76 yards on seven first-half carries, scored on a 13-yard run in the second quarter.

"Darren has great speed and strength. He just got to learn to stop trying to juke everybody and just outrun them," Turner said.

"He runs hard inside," Harp said. "He's not a great outside runner yet, but he's tough to tackle inside."

Backup quarterback Jeffery Guest went back to pass on the fourth quarter's first play but was forced to scramble. He eluded the rush, spun around one tackler, cut back across the field and went untouched for a 48-yard score.

"I think he's very capable of that, or even more," Harp said. "Ronnie just has a little better grasp of the offense now, but that run shows what Jeffery is capable of. He's dangerous with the ball."

Junior Brandon Lofton got his first touchdown on a 69-yard run midway through the fourth quarter to end the scoring.

Hawkins, who had a 20-yard run out of punt formation, threw 27 yards to Daylen Morris for a third-quarter score after a Jacob Bryant fumble recovery

"Ronnie has a good arm," Turner said. "If people want to try and key on me, he can hurt them."

"We cut our offensive package back some and stuck more with what Ronnie can do best," Harp said.

Morris also made two big plays on defense as he picked off a halfback option pass on Somerset's first series and then got another interception in the third quarter. Hawkins also intercepted a pass in the end zone.

Harp was not happy that his defense allowed Scott Newell to rush for 165 yards on 24 carries before he left the game in the fourth quarter after being blocked by Hawkins on Guest's touchdown run.

"The second half our defense did a good job, but not the first half," Harp said. "You've got to be intense and emotional to play defense. We didn't have a sense of urgency and were not flying to the ball the first half. The second half we did much better."

Harp liked the way backup defensive back LaMario Myles, a junior, played in the second half. "He was coming up and making hits and plays," Harp said. "If he'll play like that, he could work himself into the starting lineup because we need that kind of enthusiasm and play."

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