Garrard, Mercer post road victories

September 12, 2004

Garrard County got its most consistent offensive game of the season Friday to beat host Bryan Station 33-7 in Lexington.

"We had probably our most consistent game tonight of-fensively that we've had this season," Garrard coach Steve Stonebraker said. "(Quarterback) Spencer (Crutchfield) was able to get into a little bit of a groove and he ran the ball better than he has all season.

"Actually, all of our offensive backs ran the ball very hard and the linemen and receivers also did a better job executing their blocking assignments."

Crutchfield ran for 179 yards and scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter and 31-yard run in the third quarter. He also was 5-for-11 passing for 71 yards and another touchdown.


Garrard (2-2) opened the scoring in the first quarter when Crutchfield hit Bruce Williams with a 13-yard scoring strike.

The Golden Lions were threatening again before Bryan Station's Corey Blackburn picked off a pass in the end zone and returned it for a touchdown to give the Defenders (1-3) a 7-6 lead.

Crutchfield's scoring runs pushed Garrard to a 19-7 lead in the third period before Zach Doan, who rushed for 72 yards, tallied on a 1-yard run in the fourth quarter. Williams completed the scoring with a 3-yard run and Cory Horn kicked his third extra point.

Dan Leavell had two catches for 28 yards and Daniel Barker was for 23 yards. Mackie Brock also had 21 yards rushing as Garrard amassed 331 yards to just 202 (78 rushing and 124 passing) for Bryan Station.

"Defensively, this was also an outstanding effort by our kids," Stonebraker said. "We have started to turn the corner on getting better with our run support. Our defensive linemen did a much better job of getting off blocks and working themselves into position to make plays."

Crutchfield had 11 tackles for Garrard, while Chris Penix and Williams both had 10 tackles.

Stonebraker said going into the game that a win could provide needed momentum for his team's upcoming Class AA district contests.

"It is a good step to get this road win and be able to win the game in such a decisive fashion," Stonebraker said.

Mercer County 31, Anderson County 6 - At Lawrenceburg, Mercer (2-2) ran for 208 yards and got two touchdowns each from Andrew McCloud and Brandon Scheller to easily beat host Anderson.

McCloud ran for 108 yards on 18 carries and also had two catches for 42 yards. Scheller rushed 11 times for 44 yards. Luke Robinson ran five times for 63 yards.

McCloud opened the scoring with a 9-yard run in the first quarter and added a 14-yard touchdown run in period two. Josh Ewing, who made all four extra points, kicked a 25-yard field goal in the second quarter to give Mercer a 17-0 halftime lead.

Scheller scored on a 4-yard run in the third quarter and 3-yard run in period four. Anderson (0-3) got its only touchdown on a 23-yard pass in the fourth quarter.

Jordan Lyons was 9-for-19 passing for 156 yards in his second start at quarterback for the Scotties. Michael Bottoms was his top receiver with five catches for 66 yards and Joe Collins had two for 48.

The Scotties limited Anderson, which had one of the state's top-ranked passing offenses coming into the game, to just 98 yards rushing and 92 yards passing.

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