Turner's three scores help Ads win 30-12

November 07, 2004|KENT BROWN

The Danville Admirals are one game closer to the Class A state championship, and Kelvin Turner is three touchdowns closer to a state record.

With a performance that left head coach Sam Harp far from pleased, Danville held off Campbellsville 30-12 in the opening round of the playoffs Friday night at Admiral Stadium.

"It was ugly, but it was a win," said Harp, who was recognized after the game for winning his 200th game at Danville.

Turner's three touchdowns give him 104 for his career, moving the senior running back with1in eight scores of Derek Homer's state-record 112. His touchdowns came on runs of 1, 9 and 14 yards, as the Eagles did a good job of keeping him from breaking a long run for a score.


For the night, he carried 30 times for 185 yards, getting much of that total by breaking tackles and carrying tacklers for extra yardage.

"Turner ran hard and had a good game even though a lot of times it didn't look like he had much help out there," Harp said. "I didn't like our intensity or our urgency tonight. There comes a point when you have to be mentally tougher and motivate yourself. We had better start doing that."

Turner agreed with his coach.

"If you're going to play with intensity, you've got to practice with intensity during the week and we're not doing that like we should," he said.

Danville grabs lead

Turner's 1-yard run and Zach Hampton's extra point kick put Danville (7-4) ahead 7-0 with 6:47 left in the first quarter. The Admirals used 10 plays to drive 65 yards for a lead they never relinquished. Turner had seven carries during the drive, but the big play was a 29-yard pass from quarterback Jeffery Guest to Ronnie Hawkins.

Hawkins had three catches for 98 yards in the game, including a 68-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. Guest completed five of 10 passes for 107 yards. He threw one interception.

A 10-play, 62-yard drive in the second quarter ended with Turner going in from the 9-yard-line and extended Danville's lead to 13-0. Ronnie Hawkins then threw to Darius Baughman for a two-point conversion.

Campbellsville threatened to score twice in the first half, but the Admirals' defense stiffened both times. Ben McCubbin returned a kickoff from his 10-yard-line to Danville's 25 to set up the first scoring opportunity, which ended with a missed 24-yard field goal. A 30-yard pass from quarterback Nick Holmes to Chris Anderson sparked the second threat late in the half. It ended, however, at the Danville 14-yard-line with two straight incomplete passes.

"We had our opportunities to put some points on the board, but Danville made the plays when it had to," Campbellsville head coach Herb Wiseman said. "I'm proud of the way my kids fought tonight, though. We knew we had to play our best game of the year to beat Danville, and we gave it everything we had."

Leading 15-0 at halftime, the Admirals seemingly put the game away when Guest and Hawkins connected on a 68-yard TD pass on the third play of the second half. On the play, Guest eluded pressure by rolling to his right and found Hawkins open behind the Eagles' defense.

Another two-point conversion - this one with Hawkins, the holder, taking the snap and taking off running instead of placing it - extended Danville's lead to 23-0 with 10:36 still remaining in the third quarter.

Eagles come back

Campbellsville (7-4) came right back, though. Holmes and McCubbin hooked up on a 64-yard pass play that took the Eagles to the Danville 10-yard-line. The drive stalled at the 5, but Campbellsville held and forced Danville to punt, getting the ball back at the Admirals' 27-yard-line. Three plays later, Holmes hit Chris Anderson with a 14-yard touchdown pass.

Behind 23-6, the Eagles ended the third quarter by turning away a Danville scoring threat with an interception inside their 10-yard-line. After both teams were unable to score on their next possessions, Holmes and McCubbin teamed up on another long pass play, this one going for 71 yards and a touchdown.

Holmes threw for 200 yards in the game, completing seven of 19 passes.

"That was the worst game our secondary has played all year," Harp said. "But you have to give credit to Campbellsville. They've got a quarterback who can throw the ball and several good receivers."

With 4:21 still left in the game and their lead cut to 23-12, the Admirals responded like the defending state champions that they are. Recovering an onside kick at their 47, they used six rushing plays to go 53 yards and score their final touchdown. Turner ran 22 yards to the 14-yard-line, then reached paydirt on the next play.

The Admirals had 391 yards of total offense, gaining 284 yards on the ground and 107 yards through the air.

Danville will host Bardstown, a 42-21 winner over Carroll County Friday night, in the second round of the Class AA playoffs this week.

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