Turner leads Ads to 52-0 win at Owen

October 03, 2004|MARTY WARREN

OWENTON - Danville didn't exactly start its first Class A district game the way it wanted as the Admirals dropped a sure touchdown pass on the first play of the game, threw an interception on the third play and lost a fumble on their second series of downs.

However, the Admirals bounced back with a purpose from that point on and posted an easy 52-0 victory over Owen County here Friday night.

Owen held the Admirals scoreless through the first period, but Danville scored on every possession during the second and third periods before coach Sam Harp inserted his reserves late in the third quarter.

Kelvin Turner ran 16 times for 129 yards and five touchdowns while sophomore quarterback Jeffery Guest, making his first start of the season, connected on four of six pass attempts while throwing for one touchdown and rushing for another.


"We started slow and wanted to try a couple things that were new, but we played well after the first quarter," Danville coach Sam Harp said. "We started out dropping the ball on the first play and then had a fumble and interception, but overall I was pleased with the way we played. I thought Jeffery did an excellent job for his first time out. He made a couple mistakes, but was able to compensate for them with his overall abilities."

Ronnie Hawkins, who started at quarterback during the first five games of the season, played well in his first start of the season at wide receiver. He missed a sure score when he dropped the pass on the opening play of the game, but more than made up for the miscue with three catches for a game-high 90 yards.

"Ronnie can do a lot of things with the ball when he gets in the open field with it," Harp said. "Jeffery made some nice throws to him over the middle and the change can open more things for us in the future offensively."

Owen tried to keep the ball away from Danville kick returners all night. Owen attempted three fake punts and was hurried on two other punts. Twice they got off punts for 25 yards and Danville forced punter Aaron Sutherland once to run out of bounds at his own nine-yard line.

Defense scored eight points

Turner scored on runs of 3, 10 and 12 yards and caught a 26-yard pass from Guest for another score, all during the second period. The Danville defense, which scored eight points of its own, tacked on a team safety one minute after Turner's first score when the Admirals smothered quarterback Sutherland after a 19-yard loss and forced a fumble that was recovered by Owen's John Sword in the end zone.

"The defense played well and was aggressive all night," the Danville coach said.

Guest scored on a 20-yard run two minutes into the third quarter and Darius Baughman, who returned from a knee injury suffered earlier in the season, returned an interception 45 yards for a score on the Rebels' next possession.

"We used Darius at three different positions tonight on offense and two on defense even though he didn't play that much on the defensive side," Harp said. "I saw some things about him tonight that I really liked and he will see more time at a running back as the season goes on. He can be a weapon at running back as well as a receiver. What I like about him is you can't key on one certain thing that he will do because he can play so many different positions."

Danville outgained Owen 383-71 in total yards, including 267-40 on the ground. The Admirals scored their final touchdown of the night when Turner ran 33 yards with 53 seconds to play in the third quarter.

Harp went to his bench freely from that point on as sophomore Rich Witten took over at quarterback and 11 different players carried the ball.

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