'Feisty' Carroll worries Harp

October 07, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

The numbers tell Danville coach Sam Harp that his Admirals don't want to give host Carroll County a chance to gain any extra confidence Friday.

"I think Carroll is a feisty bunch. If we let them hang around, they could be very dangerous," said Harp. "We need to go up there and take care of business right away. It's not an easy place to go play. You dress a long way from the field and it's a long bus ride. We need to stay focused and be sharp right from the start."

Danville (4-2) opened Class A district play with a 52-0 win at Owen County last week. Carroll (4-2) also started district play with a big win as it beat Trimble County 70-12. Carroll also scored 71 points in a win over Evangel Christian, but it was held to one touchdown in a 22-7 loss to Henry County.

"They beat Washington County and North Oldham, too," Harp said. "They have a good mix on offense. They will line up in the wishbone and try to run over you and mix in a little pass about like we do. But they will also get in a one-back set similar to what Georgetown College does and spread you out."


Running back Nick Rose has run for 391 yards and nine touchdowns on 65 carries while Kyle Dermon has 365 yards and three scores on 41 carries. Quarterback Corey Stark is 57-for-113 passing for 607 yards and eight touchdowns, including six to Justin Blankenship. He has thrown six interceptions.

"Stark is a left-handed quarterback who does a good job running their offense," Harp said. "Nick Rose played against us last year and is a good player. He's not that big, but he runs hard. Dermon played fullback last year and now he's at halfback. Both Dermon and Rose have good speed. They have a 215-pound senior fullback in Derrick Cole and they have decent size in the line."

Unlike most Class A teams, Carroll has only four starters going both ways. Cole plays defensive end, guard Kyle Perkins plays linebacker, Dermon plays linebacker and split end, Blankenship plays safety.

"They have typically tried not to play many kids both ways," Harp said. "That's not how it is at most Class A schools, but that's the philosophy they use."

Guess starting again

Danville's offense had a new look last week with sophomore Jeffery Guest starting at quarterback and Ronnie Hawkins moving to receiver, where he had three catches for 90 yards. Harp plans to give Guest another start at quarterback Friday.

"He gives us another good athlete on the field. Ronnie is better at receiver than Jeffery and they are close at quarterback," Harp said. "Ronnie runs a 4.5 (second) 40 (yard dash) and has excellent hands. Jeffery did well enough to warrant another start, but I also think Ronnie really likes playing receiver. That's his favorite position and I like the idea of getting him the ball in the open field.

"It also gives us a look at what we might have next year. I wanted to go with Jeffery at quarterback when the season started, but he wasn't ready then. I didn't want to just throw him to the wolves. Now we have to see how he'll play under pressure in a close game."

Danville's offense is averaging 41 points and 424 yards per game, including 333 yards rushing. Kelvin Turner continues to be the offensive leader with 1,069 yards rushing and 17 total touchdowns. Darren Ross has rushed for 337 yards and four scores while Hawkins has 311 yards. Hawkins has also thrown for 412 yards and four touchdowns. Guest is now 5-for-8 passing for 125 yards and one touchdown.

Harp used Ross, a sophomore, some at tight end last week and will also continue to use Darius Baughman at receiver, tight end and running back. Ross also plays running back, nose guard and linebacker.

"Darren is strong and gives us added blocking at tight end that we need," Harp said. "We toyed with the move in practice and liked what we saw. We've got to be able to get on the edge and he helps us get that done. He can run a reverse, too.

"We don't have to run different personnel on the field and let the defense know what we are doing when we move him to tight end. It's the same with Darius in the backfield. These moves make us a little more difficult to defend."

Harp also praised lineman George Brown for his play against Owen.

"He didn't play last year, but at 250 pounds, he runs well for his size and has been a big help to us," Harp said. "He crushed the people he lined up over last week."

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