Turner's six TDs propel Danville to 77-0 romp

October 17, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

Kelvin Turner didn't have a perfect first half, but it was close.

The Danville senior scored six touchdowns, including five in the first quarter, in a variety of ways as the host Admirals amassed 64 points in the first half on their way to a 77-0 victory over outmanned Trimble County Friday.

Turner scored on runs of 46, 33 and 40 yards in the first quarter, recovered a blocked punt in the end zone for another touchdown and returned an interception 30 yards for a score. In the second quarter, he added a 48-yard scoring jaunt.

"It was quite a half," said Turner, who did not play in the second half. "I've never scored six touchdowns in a half like that. That's real big for me and my teammates."


Turner came close to an even bigger first half. He just missed blocking a punt and collided with a teammate or he would have had another interception that he would have returned for a score.

"I would have liked to got that second interception. That really would have been nice," Turner said.

Turner gained 172 yards on just five carries in the first half. Four times he basically ripped through the line untouched and then easily outran the defense to the end zone.

"I think I was only touched on one of my runs. The linemen just opened some wide holes, and I ran through them with no problem," he said.

Danville coach Sam Harp knows numbers are important for Turner, a Mr. Football candidate, but he wasn't going to risk an injury to Turner or embarrass Trimble by running Turner more.

"It would have been nice to get him over 200 yards, but it really would not have served any purpose other than just to pad statistics and I'm not going to do that," Harp said.

Harper gets Ads going

Trimble (0-8, 0-3 district), which has lost 22 straight games, never had a chance against Danville (6-2, 3-0). Ryan Harper blocked a punt on the opening series that Turner got in the end zone to open the scoring. That started the first-quarter onslaught that also featured a 10-yard interception return for a touchdown by Daylen Morris.

Turner said Harper deserved credit for two of his scores.

"Ryan blocked the punt but when a whistle blew, he just stopped and everybody else did, too," Turner said. "I went ahead and fell on the ball and got the touchdown.

"On my interception, Ryan actually made a mistake in calling the (pass) coverage and brought me over to that side. I saw the quarterback look where he was going to throw and he just threw it right to me."

It was one of five passes the Admirals intercepted. Sophomore David Harlan returned one 41 yards to the Trimble 1-yard line in period two that set up Justin Hill's 1-yard scoring run on the next play. In the third quarter, Roderick Payne picked off a pass and raced 70 yards untouched to score.

Those plays were one reason Danville only had 284 yards of total offense despite scoring a season-high 77 points. The Admirals ran only eight offensive plays - and scored on six of them - in the first half and had 13 of only 22 plays in the fourth quarter.

That kept Harp from being able to get the work he wanted for sophomore quarterback Jeffery Guest, who was making only his third start. Guest did throw a 7-yard scoring pass to Ronnie Hawkins to open the second quarter. His only other pass attempt was a 13-yard completion to Darius Baughman in the first quarter.

"I wish I could have got him some more work," Harp said. "I wanted to throw more, but it's hard to do that in this type of game. He threw only twice and one was a nice ball to Ronnie. But we just couldn't do a lot more.

"I considered just punting the ball back to them in the second half, but I thought that might be rubbing it more in their face than by just letting our young kids play. I really don't know how their kids have stuck with it. They know before the step on the field what the outcome is going to be, but they keep playing. It says a lot about their character."

Key district game Friday

Danville will find out about its character starting next week. The Admirals will go to Frankfort, which is also 3-0 in district play, before finishing the season by hosting Harrodsburg. If the Admirals win both games, they would play at home in the Class A playoffs as long as they win until the state title game.

Harp thinks his team will face an inspired opponent at Frankfort because of his team's 68-8 win over the Panthers last year.

"I would be willing to bet it is a standing room only crowd," Harp said. "They have some guys who can fly. I'm sure they want to atone for what happened to them here last year and if we want to win the district championship, then we have to be ready to play our best game because that's what it will take to win."

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