Southern to test Garrard

September 15, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

LANCASTER - Steve Stonebraker remembers enough about Madison Southern's Jeremy Roberts to worry about how Garrard County will try to stop him Friday.

"Madison Southern has a pretty good offense and does a lot of good things in their Wing-T package," said the Garrard coach. "We must be disciplined enough to line up correctly and stick with our responsibilities to have a chance to shut them down.

"They have a good senior wingback-receiver in Jeremy Roberts, who gave us fits last year. They also have an excellent fullback in Robert Dees who runs extremely hard. We have to be able to top their traps, counters and bootlegs to have any success defensively."

Garrard (2-2) is coming off an impressive win over Bryan Station going into this Friday's home game with Southern (2-1). Quarterback Spencer Crutchfield had his best overall game at Bryan Station and is showing he may finally be fully over the effects of last year's season-ending hip injury.


"I think Spencer has gained more confidence in his ability to run the football the past couple of weeks and has put the fear of injury behind him," Stonebraker said. "Against Bryan Station he was not tentative at all running."

Crutchfield has rushed for 94.5 yards per game and is averaging 7.1 yards per carry. He's also thrown for 89.7 yards per game and has four touchdowns.

Zach Doan is averaging 35 yards per game rushing and 4.5 yards per carry. The top receiver is Dan Leavell with 11 catches for 144 yards.

"I think we are getting more consistent offensively because many of our players are getting more experience and adjusting to new roles," Stonebraker said. "This is about the time our offense came around last season."

Stonebraker says his defensive backs need to "squeeze routes" by opposing receivers better and also offer stronger run support as well.

"But the main area we must improve across the board is our toughness and ability to outhit opponents," Stonebraker said.

The Golden Lions won't start Class AA district play until Oct. 1, but preseason district favorite Corbin looks a lot more beatable. Last week the Redhounds lost 40-38 to Class A Williamsburg.

"Corbin has a lot of key players out right now," Stonebraker said. "Hopefully our kids see that if improve each week, we will have a shot at them. But the key for us is continued improvement.

"When Corbin gets all of its personnel back, they will be able to win games. How much of a shot we are going to have at Corbin will be in direct relation to our improvement in the area of toughness."

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