'Same' Pulaski to test Boyle

October 07, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

Pulaski County's personnel has changed, but the Maroons have not changed their overall philosophy from what they used against Boyle County last year.

"They are doing the same stuff in the same system. If you are a good program and a good team, you have a system you use," said Boyle coach Chuck Smith. "Their system has been working and this year they have just plugged new players into that system."

Boyle beat Pulaski only 32-27 in a regular season matchup last year before routing the Maroons 63-14 in the Class AAA playoffs. Now Pulaski (5-1) will find out how it matches up with Boyle (4-2) this year in Friday's district game here.

"They still run the spread offense, mostly out of the shotgun," Smith said. "They'll mix the pass and run, but they still have the same philosophy."


Last year Pulaski's star was Cole Draughn. This year it is senior John Allen. He plays running back, receiver and even some quarterback. He's rushed for 396 yards and five scores and caught 15 passes for 274 yards and six scores.

"He has real good speed and they get the ball to him a lot of different ways," Smith said.

Senior quarterback Brett Faulkner has completed 48 of 75 passes for 723 yards and 10 scores. Sophomore quarterback Ross Deaton has completed 23 of 50 throws for 272 yards and two scores. The top receiver has been Tyler Sexton, who has 27 catches for 450 yards and five scores.

"The senior quarterback does a good job running their offense," Smith said.

Only loss was to Breathitt

Pulaski is averaging 33.5 points and 363 yards per game. The Maroons scored 56 points against Casey County and beat winless Taylor County 62-6 last week. Their only loss was a 49-7 setback to Breathitt County.

The Maroons are allowing 20.5 points and 294 yards per game.

"They are big up front and also have big linebackers. They have big kids and they use them well," Smith said. "It will be hard to move them inside. We struggled with that last year. We just have to use our smarts and figure out how to best get the ball down the field."

Normally that has been throwing the football this year. Boyle quarterback Brandon Smith has thrown for 1,555 yards and 15 scores this year. Seth Tamme has 32 catches for 582 yards and six scores and Evan Teague has 22 receptions for 323 yards and four scores. Greg Peck has 19 catches for 272 yards and two touchdowns.

Quinn Givhan leads the running game with 517 yards and seven scores. Brandon Smith has 411 yards rushing and seven scores.

"I am sure they think they can play with us based on last year," Chuck Smith said. "We have to win these games, and that's what makes it a good game."

Peck, Record expected to play

Two injured Rebels - Peck and lineman Brandon Record - are both expected to play after missing the second half of last week's 45-13 win over Pulaski Southwestern.

"They will be sore, but I think they'll both be able to play," the Boyle coach said. "We've had a lot of bumps and bruises this year, but it is the time of year where you have to do it now. We are getting to the nitty-gritty. You can't let anything or anybody stand in your way.

"We started coming together the past couple of weeks. We have to build off that momentum. You can't let any kind of adversity stand in your way."

The coach was most encouraged by his team's defense last week. The Rebels shut down Southwestern's running game, something they have had trouble doing this season. Chuck Smith inserted Casey Brummett into the starting defense at safety and thought that helped.

"Casey did a great job. I think he may have blown one coverage, but he was where he was supposed to be and he came up and made tackles," Chuck Smith said. "That's what we expect him to do.

"(Linebacker) Danny Commarford also has had a nice game. He had a lot of nice hits and solid tackles, but that's what we expect. We just had more people understanding their role and executing their responsibility on every single play. That's why you saw more of the type of defense we have played in the past last week. Now we have to keep building on that."

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