Carroll County's offense worries Harrodsburg coach

October 20, 2004|MARTY WARREN

HARRODSBURG - Carroll County has proven it can score points this season and that worries Harrodsburg coach Terry Yeast as his Pioneers prepare to host the Panthers Friday in a Class A district game at Alvis Johnson Field.

The Panthers (4-4) trailed Frankfort 27-7 in the third period last week before rallying to tie the game. They drove downfield with a chance to take the lead, but threw an interception and Frankfort scored with just 13 seconds to play to pull out the win.

"They are not a bad football team," Yeast said. "I saw them against Danville, then last week they had a chance but tried to win the game in regulation and it caught up with them. Knowing what I know about Frankfort tells me that we will have our hands full."

Unlike years past where Carroll would run first and rarely throw a pass, Yeast said this year's team will mix up the pass and the run.


Quarterback Corey Stark has completed 69 of 141 pass attempts for 754 yards and 10 touchdowns.

"(Stark) has a strong arm and they are spreading out the field more and then they will throw in a misdirection play," the Harrodsburg coach said. "Last year they would just pound it at you. By mixing up their offense, our defense will have to be more disciplined. With injuries to our secondary, we are not as strong as we would like to be."

Yeast said the Panthers will open in a 4-4 defense, but on occasions they will move a linebacker in front of the center. When they do that, they will move a safety up to the linebacker slot and dare Harrodsburg to throw the football.

Edwards' status is uncertain

That may be a problem in itself this week. Last week sophomore quarterback/defensive back Freeman Edwards injured his knee in the second quarter against Owen County and his status for Friday's game is uncertain. However, Edwards did not have a torn knee ligament as originally diagnosed after the injury.

"It limits what we can do offensively (if he can't play), Yeast said. "We can't throw the ball very much without him. We talked some about going to the single wing without him, but we have had problems handling the shotgun snap. We may have to go into the shotgun more, though, because we will need (back-up Brandon Ford) to see the entire field in case we try to pass.

"Brandon's (lack of) size hampers our passing game. It's huge. He hasn't thrown a football all year and we'll have to teach him the basics and hope our running game is effective."

Yeast said losing Edwards, who leads the area with five interceptions, would also limit what the Pioneers can do defensively.

"He is also our best defensive back," Yeast said. "He communicates the calls and makes sure we get lined up right. He does a great job in coverage and if he can't go, we will have to put a rookie out there."

Senior linebacker Travis White is also banged up with a shoulder injury, but he is expected to play. Sophomore Dustin Newby (knee) has been released to play.

The Harrodsburg coach expects a high-scoring affair.

"I think we will have to outscore them to beat them," Yeast said. "Both teams will score a lot of points and it may come down to special teams. We have to do a better job in that area. We can't botch snaps on extra points and we need to stay in our lanes on kickoffs. We can't allow them to get a return on us."

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