Garrard rolls toward clash with Corbin

October 24, 2004|KENT BROWN

LANCASTER - Garrard County passed a Class AA district test Friday night, and now it's time to get ready for the final exam.

Behind three touchdown passes from senior quarterback Spencer Crutchfield, Garrard (8-1, 3-0 district) led 28-0 after the first quarter on its way to an easy 49-20 victory over Russell County (2-7, 0-3).

The win sets up a showdown for the Class AA, District 4 title this Friday at Dyehouse Stadium with Corbin (6-3), which ran its record to 3-0 in the district with a 51-14 win over Wayne County.

Garrard has now assured itself of a home playoff game, since it can finish no worse than second in the district. If it defeats Corbin, it will play at home throughout the playoffs.


Head coach Steve Stonebraker was pleased with the way his team came out and "took care of business" against Russell.

"I was proud of the way our kids started off the game," Stonebraker said. "They had the focus that I wanted to see. I think they see that they can achieve the goals that we have set for ourselves, and that has helped them get that focus."

Despite not having played in two weeks - last week was a bye week - Garrard came out sharp, taking less than two minutes to go 65 yards and score the game's first touchdown on a 1-yard run by Zach Doan.

A 36-yard run by Crutchfield was the key play in the opening drive. For the game, he rushed for 42 yards on three carries, putting him over 1,000 yards for the season in both rushing and passing.

With a minute still remaining in the first quarter, Garrard had built its lead to four touchdowns on TD receptions by Doan (10 yards), Mackie Brock (31 yards) and J.T. Prewitt (35 yards).

The Golden Lions added two more touchdowns in the second quarter and led 42-0 at halftime. Daniel Barker scored on a 10-yard pass from Crutchfield, while Chris Penix ran it in from a yard out.

Russell only threatened to score once in the first half. An interception by Prewitt inside the 10-yard-line snuffed it out.

Without the starters in the game, Garrard's offense struggled in the second half. The defense did add a score, though, when Brock put a big hit on a Russell receiver, popping the ball into the air where Bruce Williams grabbed it and returned it 49 yards.

Crutchfield connected on 13 of 18 passes for 253 yards and four touchdowns in the first half, then watched from the sidelines in the second half.

Most of Garrard's starters watched the second half, in fact, as Stonebraker called off the Lions and played his junior varsity.

At halftime, Russell had just 15 yards of total offense, while Garrard had 343. Russell finished with 191, with most of that coming in the fourth quarter when the Lakers scored three touchdowns.

"We've got a lot of work to do with our younger players," Stonebraker said.

For the game, Garrard rushed for 101 yards on 19 carries and threw for 253 yards, connecting on 13 of 19 passes. Crutchfield was the leading rusher. Doan had 21 yards on five carries.

Dan Leavell was the leading receiver for Garrard, catching four passes for 66 yards. Prewitt had two catches for 68 yards.

Cody Horn hit all seven extra point kicks.

And now comes Corbin.

"We have to be psychologically prepared," Stonebraker said. "We have to be prepared to be the aggressor."|

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