Danville, Harrodsburg seem headed in different directions

October 28, 2004|MARTY WARREN

Danville coach Sam Harp warned his team last week before it struggled to a 22-14 win that Frankfort was a better football team than the Admirals were giving them credit for being.

Harrodsburg coach Terry Yeast is telling his team that another lackluster effort like last week's 46-23 loss to Carroll County would not be acceptable against a team as good as Danville.

Those two Class A teams heading in opposite directions square off Friday night at Admiral Stadium. The Admirals have won four straight since district play began, while Harrodsburg has won just two of its last five decisions.

Yeast said the Pioneers (6-3, 2-2 district) had a lot to play for last week with a number three seed in the district at stake, but played uninspired football from the outset. He said that cannot happen this week against Danville (5-4, 4-0).


"You would have thought things would have been different with it being Senior Night, but we came out lethargic, even in pregame warm-ups," Yeast said. "We have been a fast starting team all year, but we never seemed to be in the game last week. We scored just before the half and you would have thought that would have given us some momentum, but we fumbled to start the second half and it all went downhill from there."

The Harrodsburg coach said this year's Danville team is no different from past Danville teams.

"They are a typical Danville team that has lots of speed and excellent line play on both sides of the ball," Yeast said. "They are one of those teams that you have to play an all-around football game to have a chance to win. You hear a lot about Kelvin Turner, but they have other backs, too. If we just try to stop Turner, the other players will hurt us. We have to play disciplined football and step it up to another level."

Turner has rushed for 1,582 yards, an average of 176 yards per game, and has scored 22 rushing touchdowns. He leads all area scorers with 172 total points.

Pioneers have speed

Harp said Harrodsburg's speed is a worry for the Admirals.

Sophomores Brandon Ford and Cory Jackson continue to lead the Pioneers' ground attack. Ford has rushed for 1,546 yards and 18 touchdowns while Jackson has gained 652 yards and scored eight times.

"Jackson and Ford can fly," the Danville coach said. "They have as much, or more, overall speed than we do. You can't count them out. You can stop them two or three series in a row where they don't do anything, then all of a sudden they will hit you with a big play. They have been up and down at times this year, but you see something different from them every game out."

Harrodsburg continues to be led on defense by senior linebackers Shane Webb and Travis White.

"Defensively, they are small but they do a pretty good job finding the football," Harp said. "They are probably the smallest team that we have faced. That being said, they're a very quick unit, too."

The Danville coach was pleased with the way his defense played against Frankfort.

"We did an excellent job for the most part," Harp said. "They gained 61 yards on 47 offensive plays, but also had 124 yards on just three other plays. Harrodsburg has the same capabilities. Ford and Jackson are capable of putting points on the board at any time."

He was disappointed with the way his offense performed last week, though.

"I was disappointed with our offensive output," Harp said. "I never thought we got in sync the whole night and that is usually our strong suit. Hopefully, we'll get that back on track this week."

Harp said Jeffrey Guest, who has started at quarterback since district play began, continues to show improvement.

"He didn't have his best game Friday night, but he is still making progress," Harp said. "He was adequate, but he threw into coverage a couple times. He'll learn from that. He can't get into the habit of locking in on one receiver, but we also dropped some passes that should have been caught. We're trying to be positive with him, and he has responded well."

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