Ads may alter lineup Friday

September 30, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

Now that Danville is back playing Class A competition, coach Sam Harp hopes to be able to experiment with a few changes in his lineup.

If all goes as planned, he's going to give sophomore Jeffery Guest more playing time at quarterback Friday when the Admirals open district play at Owen County, and he'll also look for new ways to get the ball to junior Darius Baughman.

"We need to make ourselves use Jeffery at quarterback. He is a good quarterback and needs experience," said Harp.

Using Guest at quarterback would let Harp move starting quarterback Ronnie Hawkins to receiver to take advantage of his speed and athleticism.

"We're not doing this because Ronnie is not playing well. We just need to get Jeffery some work because you never know when we may have to have him," Harp said. "Besides, Ronnie is a tremendous wide receiver. Jeffery throws the ball well and just needs a chance to show what he can do. We know what Ronnie can do and he'll be a threat no matter where he is. We may even put him in the backfield some.


"But Jeffery can be dangerous with the ball, too. Just like Ronnie, good things are going to happen when he has the ball. He just needs to have the ball."

Baughman has recovered from a knee injury that slowed him earlier this year and will be used at tight end as well as in the backfield to also try to get him more touches.

"He's got to do a better job defensively with his tackling, but on offense we need to get him the ball," Harp said.

Guest played quarterback late in last week's 41-14 loss to Highlands and threw a scoring pass to Ryan Harper.

Hawkins is 18-for-43 passing for 412 yards and four touchdowns and has rushed for 306 yards. Kelvin Turner, despite being limited to 87 yards by Highlands, has 936 yards and 11 touchdowns on 101 carries to lead Danville's offense.

"He took a whole lot of hits," Harp said of Turner. "He ran hard. Every time he had his hands on the ball he had three or four guys on him. We did not give him much help."

Owen is junior-dominated

Danville (3-2) beat Owen 45-10 last year. Owen (1-4) has a junior-dominated team led by quarterback Shane Perkins, fullback Ryan Slone, and halfbacks Aaron Sutherland and Josh Juett, all juniors. The top lineman is senior Caleb Perkins.

"They are running the same offense and defense as last year," Harp said. "They will line up in the wishbone at times, but they will also spread the field and occasionally have used a one-back set.

"Defensively, the play a 5-2 and, like us, they have about eight kids going both ways. Nose guard Chris Ross, another junior, is a good player and Slone does a good job at linebacker."

Harp says there's no way Owen has the talent and speed of Highlands, which dominated last week's game against Danville, and that the Admirals will have a slight size advantage this week.

"We played a great team that exposed all our weak points," Harp said. "We need to try and get some things corrected for us to make a good run into the playoffs.

"If we played Highlands 10 times, they would beat us nine. They whipped us every way you could, and there was no excuse for us giving up the field position we did with our special teams. Obviously, that should have given our guys a dose of reality because some of them thought we were the greatest thing since sliced bread. They humbled us."

Harp has never played at Owen, but hopes his team, which starts six sophomores, understands the significance of district play.

"We are all 0-0 starting district play now. This is when your state title defense starts," Harp said. "It's nice if you can win those first five games, but this is what counts and from here on, you need to win every week."

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