Vaught's Views: Lots of big numbers for local players

October 21, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

Some thoughts and impressive numbers on the rapidly moving high school football season:

* Boyle County quarterback Brandon Smith is within range of going over 10,000 yards of total offense in his career.

He has thrown for 7,278 yards and rushed for 1,997 yards, a total of 9,275 yards, in the last three seasons. He also has one reception for 16 yards, giving him 9,291 all-purpose yards.

Smith has two regular-season games left and at least one playoff game. Considering he's averaging 61 yards rushing and 236 yards passing per game, he would easily go over the 10,000-yard mark in those three games with his normal production.

But if Boyle can get back to a sixth straight state title game, meaning Smith would have two regular-season games and five playoff games to go, he could easily surpass the 11,000-yard mark in total offense.


Smith has already moved into 16th place on the all-time passing list in Kentucky. If Boyle plays seven more games, he could wind up in third place. Ballard's Andy Ahrens is currently third with 8,686 yards, or 1,408 more than Smith has now.

* Danville running back Kelvin Turner is accumulating some impressive career numbers, too.

Turner should become only the 24th running back in Kentucky to go over 6,000 yards rushing Friday at Frankfort. He has 1,436 yards on only 136 carries, an average of 10.5 yards per run, this season to boost his career total to 5,949 yards.

Like Smith, he could have seven more games left if the Admirals get back to the state title game. If that happens, he could become just the seventh Kentucky runner to reach 7,000 yards rushing.

He already has 82 career rushing touchdowns, the ninth-best mark in state history, and 94 total touchdowns, the seventh-best mark in state history. Turner needs six more scores to become just the fifth player in Kentucky to score 100 career touchdowns.

* Danville was not optimistic about its chances today of having a Kentucky High School Athletic Association appeals committee overturn a ruling that calls for the Admirals to forfeit wins earlier this season over Garrard County and Lincoln County for using an ineligible player.

"We are going to lay out our case and then see what happens," Sam Harp, Danville's athletics director and football coach, said Wednesday. "There's really no way to know what they will, or won't, take into consideration. We are going to present our case based on the player not filling out any information wrong and us going by the KHSAA form that we had."

Danville used the player for a total of five plays at the end of the two lopsided wins.

But an organization that penalizes athletes who move for academic reasons, won't let golfers wear mock turtlenecks in the state tourney and can't make it clear what format should be used for postseason volleyball tournaments is not likely to use a lot of logic when it evaluates this appeal, either.

* Garrard County's Spencer Crutchfield is having the type of year that certainly deserves more recognition than he's been receiving.

Going into Friday's game with Russell County, Crutchfield has rushed for 932 yards, an average of 116.5 per game, and thrown for 1,073 yards, an average of 134.1 per game. That's 250.6 yards of total offense he's accounting for each game.

He's averaging 8.4 yards per carry and 14.6 yards per completion. He's scored 11 touchdowns and thrown for 14 more.

If that's not enough, he's also been a key for Garrard's defense.

"I am well aware of what he means to our team. No one here takes him for granted," Garrard coach Steve Stonebraker said. "He is having a good season, and I've been impressed with his mental development. He's doing a better job with reads and his checks at the line of scrimmage. He has cut down on the mistakes he had previously made."

* Mercer County running back Andrew McCloud will reach one of those special plateaus Friday against Lloyd Memorial.

He needs just 46 yards rushing to reach the 5,000-yard mark, a number only 23 previous Kentucky running backs have matched. However, Mercer also has to hope he reaches 2,000 yards for this season. He needs 237 yards to do that, but if he gets to 2,000 Friday it certainly would help Mercer's chances to win.

That lofty mark is not out of McCloud's reach, either. He has five games where he's rushed for more than 237 yards, including a school record 350 yards against Fleming County last year.

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