Paris next foe for Pioneers

September 15, 2004|MARTY WARREN

HARRODSBURG - The Harrodsburg Pioneers don't have to go far to find out all about the Harrodsburg-Paris football rivalry. All they need to do is ask head coach Terry Yeast.

The two teams were in the same Class A district during Yeast's playing days at Harrodsburg, and the Harrodsburg coach remembers how the Greyhounds seemed to be the team that eliminated the Pioneers from the playoffs every year.

"I was hoping that the rivalry wouldn't happen so soon, but it is beginning to look that way," the Harrodsburg coach said. "They were a young team last year, and they have some good athletes that are returning this year.

"I don't know if anybody they have was around back then, but that used to be the rivalry for us when I played."


Yeast said the two teams are very similar this year.

"They remind me a lot of our team," Yeast said. "They like to run the ball and their backs are as small as ours. They run a lot of misdirection and they have a lot of speed."

Senior running back Jon McCarty ran for 226 yards on eight attempts and scored four times last week against Bourbon County on runs of 76, 32, 69 and 6 yards. He also paced the Greyhounds' defense with 11 tackles.

"He didn't get to play against us last year due to an injury, but he is a really nice back," Yeast added. "We will have to stay at home on defense."

Paris quarterback Trevor Rice has completed eight of 20 passes for 221 yards and one touchdown.

"He is very athletic and loves to sprint out," Yeast said.

Defense appears to be Greyhounds' strong suit

The Greyhounds have scored 122 points, but their strong suit appears to be defense,. They have yielded just 14 points in wins over Bracken County, Pendleton County and Bourbon.

"They use a four- and five-man front and haven't done a lot of blitzing as of yet, but I expect them to really get after us," Yeast said.

Meanwhile, the Harrodsburg coach has been pleased with his team's perfect start.

"We're playing well, but we have to improve our passing game a little more," Yeast said. "We have been running the ball well, but eventually teams will try to take that away. We have to try to open it up more and get more balance in our offense."

Sophomore Brandon Ford has rushed for 495 yards on 52 carries and seven touchdowns while sophomore Cory Jackson has carried 47 times for 288 yards and three scores. However, Yeast said none of that yardage would be possible without the play of his offensive line.

"Our line play has been solid and all five guys (Chris Sheron, Robert Artis, Richard Reilly, Travis White and Dustin Newby) have played every snap on offense for us during our first three games," Yeast said. "The one thing that I've seen, though, is sometimes we have a tendency to take a play off when the ball goes the other way, and sometimes those blocks downfield are the most important plays of the game."

The defense is led by linebackers Shane Webb and White, who blocked three punts against Casey County.

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