Grant County will be big test for Pioneers

September 22, 2004|MARTY WARREN

HARRODSBURG - Grant County will be the biggest team that Harrodsburg has faced this year when the Pioneers go for their fifth straight win Friday night when they host the Braves.

Grant has 325-pound Jared Webster anchoring the defensive line from the nose guard position while 295-pound Jeremy Faust mans one tackle position on a defense that Harrodsburg coach Terry Yeast said will blitz on every play.

"They will open in a 3-5 defense, but they will blitz more than any team I've ever coached against," said the Harrodsburg coach. "They will put everybody in the box and stunt every play. What we will probably have to do to combat that is spread the field more and hope they will drop more people off so they they won't be able to come every play."

Senior quarterback Matt Dixon leads the Braves in rushing with 346 yards and has completed 21 of 57 passes for four scores. His primary target has been senior wide receiver Derrick Holland, who had nine receptions for 98 yards in a 21-6 win over Bellevue. Senior Nick Edwards and junior Cory Haar will share time at the tailback position.


"They like to get in a three-back set and will send the lead blocker off tackle," Yeast said. "Edwards has done a really nice job following his blocks in the films that we has seen. They will mix it up well between the run and the pass. Against Covington Scott, they threw the ball a lot but that might have been because they were behind. Against Taylor County, they opened the game throwing the ball and then went with the running game more."

Harrodsburg sophomore quarterback Freeman Edwards had his best passing game for the Pioneers (4-0) while throwing for 154 yards and two scores last week against Paris.

"We needed some balance in our offense and he did a nice job throwing the ball," Yeast said. "He will have to get his throws off quick this week, though, because of all of the pressure he will see."

Jackson, Ford nearly rushed for 100 yards apiece

Sophomores Cory Jackson and Brandon Ford nearly rushed for 100 yards apiece for the second time this season last week. Jackson scored three times, including once on a 45-yard punt return, and rushed for 97 yards while Ford gained 183 yards and scored twice.

"Both of them did a nice job again, but they will find the going tougher getting outside on Grant's defense," Yeast said. "They defended the corners as well as anybody we played last year."

The two teams were tied 0-0 at the half last year before the Pioneers pulled away for a 22-3 win.

Defensively, Harrodsburg blew most of a 26-6 lead in the second half last week, but Yeast said overall the defense played well against a team that was similar to his.

"We bent some in the second half, but we didn't break," Yeast added. "Overall, I thought they played extremely well. We gave up a couple of big plays but those things happen from time to time.

"DeMarkus Masterson and Richard Reilly did an excellent job on the corners and Freeman (Edwards) had two more interceptions, his third and fourth of the season. Rashad Buster collected 11 tackles and had his best game of the season while Travis White had 15 tackles and was all over the field."

Yeast said his young team is excited about the way it is playing.

"They are having fun and playing decent, but there are still some things we need to work on," the Harrodsburg coach said. "We have to cut down on turnovers and we can't relax when we get a lead. We were in the same position last year, and we just have to stay focused."

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