Russell's triple option concerns Mercer County coach

September 15, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

HARRODSBURG - Even if it was winless Taylor County that yielded 54 points to Russell County, it was still enough offense by Russell to worry Mercer County coach Duane Hammons going into Friday's game at Russell Springs.

"When you put 50 points on the scoreboard, you are doing something right," said Hammons. "They were able to score a lot of points and even though they also gave up 32, most of those points came late against reserves. Basically, the game was total domination by Russell County."

The Lakers had managed just 13 points in losses to Adair County, Somerset and Pulaski Southwestern before their triple option offense broke loose last week.

"I really like their quarterback, Nick Huckaby. They live and die with him running the triple option and we have to be able to stop that," Hammons said. "We've got to be able to stop the fullback, Scott George, as well. He's an excellent power runner that makes the option go."


Mercer's offense also came alive last week in a 31-6 win over Anderson County as Andrew McCloud ran for 108 yards and two scores and Jordan Lyons threw for 156 yards.

"Putting the ball in the air and catching it is a positive," Hammons said.

Lyons was moved to quarterback two weeks and former starting quarterback Michael Bottoms had five catches for 66 yards against Anderson.

"We had to make some changes to get people in the right spots for our district games," Hammons said. "Andrew looked healthier Monday than he has all year. He had 18 carries last week, but we want to get him the ball more. But I like the fact we were able to come off him and do other things last week. In the past, if he didn't break loose, we lost.

"Anderson had 10 or 11 guys on the line, but we were able to throw some play-action passes and loosen them him. I'm sure Russell County will try to do the same thing with its defense this week, but we are developing other weapons and having other guys contributing to the offense."

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