Five Rebels top all-area defensive team

November 25, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

Boyle County's defense got better and better as the season progressed, and it shows in voting for the 2004 The Advocate-Messenger All-Area defensive team.

The Rebels put five players on the All-Area defensive team headed by senior linemen Brandon Record, the Area Lineman of the Year, and Jacob Arnold.

Danville had three players on the team, including the only sophomore honoree, linebacker Darren Ross.

Record and Danville lineman Masaak Tagarook were both repeat selections and also were the only two area players to earn All-Area honors on both offense and defense.

Backs Ronnie Hawkins of Danville and Greg Peck of Boyle, both seniors, were named to the team for the second straight year.


Two juniors - Kyle Allen of Casey County and Andrew Bertram of Boyle - joined 10 seniors and one sophomore on the team.

A look at this year's All-Area defensive honorees follows:

Kyle Allen, DL, Casey County

The junior lineman had 73 tackles, including four quarterback sacks, and also forced two fumbles for the Rebels. "He is one of our leaders on defense," Casey coach Andy Stephens said. "He has played nose guard, tackle and middle linebacker. He has good strength and some good athletic ability. He works hard in the weight room and could really be a force for us next year."

Jacob Arnold, DL, Boyle County

He has 74 total tackles, including 12 for losses, and 45 solo tackles for the Rebels this year.

"Jacob has really been good. People had a difficult time running inside against us and he was a large part to do with that because he's so fundamentally sound," Boyle coach Chuck Smith said. "He has taken his game to another level this year.

"He was good last year, but he's made big improvement this year. He's made a lot of tackles because people just couldn't block him. He plays with all heart and desire and his leadership this year really impressed me and helped our team."

Andrew Bertram, DL, Boyle County

The junior moved from linebacker to the defensive front this season and has 69 tackles, including seven for losses.

"Andrew is a great defensive player because he's a real physical, strong kid, but he's also very athletic for a lineman," Smith said. "He has good eye-hand coordination. He's made a sacrifice and moved around for the good of our team. But his athleticism really sticks out on the line and gives him a big advantage over the guy trying to block him."

Spencer Crutchfield, DB, Garrard County

Garrard coach Steve Stonebraker says Crutchfield is the best form tackler he's ever coached. Crutchfield broke the school record for tackles in a season with 120 this year and also had three interceptions to increase his career total to 12.

"He's a very intelligent defender who can use his knowledge of offensive football to his advantage on the defensive side. He typically drew the toughest assignments of the defensive side of the ball," Stonebraker said. "He's the best overall defensive player that I have ever coached."

Crutchfield, who threw for 2,109 yards and 22 scores and ran for 1,167 yards and 12 scores, is being recruited by Eastern Kentucky and Western Kentucky.

Danny Commarford, LB, Boyle County

He leads Boyle's defense with 114 tackles, including 63 solo stops and nine tackles for losses. He also has two interceptions and has forced two fumbles.

"He is wide open all the time. If you are in his way, he will flat lay it to you," Smith said. "He is one of the most liked kids on the team, but he also gives 110 percent every play and is very, very physical. We give a big hit award that he won last year, and he is leading by a lot this year. He will flat run over you.

"He's not very big, but he's extremely strong and really explosive when he hits you. I guarantee you know it when he hits you."

Zach Doan, DL, Garrard County

Doan finished with 73 tackles, including eight for losses and four quarterback sacks.

"He was undersized for a defensive lineman, but he was able to use his quickness and aggressiveness to his advantage," Stonebraker said. "He really became a solid playmaker for our defense. Offensive linemen had a tough time maintaining blocks on him because he could move his feet and hands so quickly."

Ronnie Hawkins, DB, Danville

He leads Danville with eight pass breakups and also has 42 total tackles, four tackles for loss and three interceptions.

"He is very good cover guy," Danville coach Sam Harp said. "He has excellent quickness and speed. He goes up and gets the ball, too. I think he's a better wide receiver than defensive back, but he does a great job on defense for us.

"We put him on the other team's best player and he does the job every game. The way we play our cornerbacks is tough because they are up tight in press coverage almost every play. He has not been beat many times, and he made a lot of plays for us."

Cory Horn, P, Garrard County

Horn punted 28 times and averaged 39.1 yards per kick in his first season as Garrard's kicker.

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