Smith, Turner top all-area offensive team

November 25, 2004|LARRY VAUGHT

Two record-setting players who have made a habit of turning in big performances on offense head the 2004 The Advocate-Messenger All-Area Football Team picked by area coaches.

Seniors Brandon Smith of Boyle County and Kelvin Turner of Danville have established themselves as two of the state's premier players. Smith became the 11th player in state history to go over 8,000 yards passing and ranks seventh all-time with 8,314 yards. He also went over the 10,000-yard mark in total offense and has 10,722. He has thrown 111 career touchdown passes and has run for 42 touchdowns.

Turner became the first area player to rush for over 2,000 yards in two straight years and also became the first Danville player to reach 5,000 yards in his career. He has 6,926 career rushing yards and is first in the state in all-time scoring with 113 touchdowns.

Turner made the All-Area team for the third straight year while Smith, Mercer County running back Andrew McCloud and Boyle tight end Evan Teague are repeat selections.


The offensive team includes eight seniors, five juniors and one sophomore - running back Brandon Ford of Harrodsburg.

Linemen Brandon Record of Boyle and Masaak Tagarook of Danville made the team on both offense and defense after making it only on defense last year. Record was named Area Lineman of the Year.

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

Adam Dickinson, PK, Boyle County

He's made 70 extra points and six field goals for the Rebels this year.

"He's had an outstanding year. He missed a field goal at Lexington Catholic that could have won the game, but after he missed that field goal he quit being so hard on himself. It was like he hit rock bottom and that loosened him up," Boyle coach Chuck Smith said. "Since that miss he has really taken off as a kicker and has struck the ball well throughout the year. His leg strength really improved this year and his kickoffs got a lot deeper. He also made several saving tackles on kickoff returns."

Deangleo Durham, OL, Danville

Danville coach Sam Harp thinks Durham, a junior, has the potential to be a special player next year.

"He is a good drive blocker when a guy is lined up on him. Harp said. "He's only going to get better. He is our next guy to potentially be a special offensive lineman. He has to get better in space with his blocking, but I think he will. He is intelligent, works hard and has a great demeanor. He always has that big smile on his face."

Brandon Ford, RB, Harrodsburg

Even though he's just a sophomore, Ford averaged 8.9 yards per carry while gaining 1,793 yards and scoring 18 touchdowns. He also caught 10 passes for 177 yards and one score.

"He has great vision. He understands the game and allows the play to develop," Harrodsburg coach Terry Yeast said. "He is stronger than he looks and almost always makes the first guy miss.

"In order to get better, he needs to work harder in the offseason so he can cut down on injuries. He has to get in better shape. Once he is able to play four quarters at full speed, he will be a great weapon. When he becomes a great leader and does a better job catching the ball out of the backfield, he will improve his chances of being recruited by several great schools."

Josh Hardman, OL, Mercer County

Mercer coach Duane Hammons said he moved Hardman around to make sure he was always matched against the best defensive lineman Mercer was facing.

"He has good size and really worked hard during the offseason," Hammons said. "He worked on getting quicker and stronger, and both made him the most consistent lineman we had this year. He started both ways and most games would not come off the field, but he would never take a play off.

"With another good offseason coming up and the way he works on the track and in the weight room, I could see Josh doing very well at the next level."

Dan Leavell, WR, Garrard County

Leavell had 40 catches for 703 yards, both team highs, and five touchdowns. He averaged 17.5 yards per catch.

"He turned out to be our go-to guy at receiver," Garrard coach Steve Stonebraker said. "He improved leaps and bounds between his junior and senior years with the work he did in the offseason. The main reason he was able to become such a big playmaker was the development of his technique."

Ryan Marshall, C, Boyle County

Smith wasn't sure who would fill Boyle's need for a center until Marshall proved he wanted the job.

"During the offseason he really wanted to be a starter," Smith said. "He loves football and is eat up with it. He loves the work it takes to get better. He goes 110 percent every day in practice. He cannot get enough of playing football. He has really improved from the first of season until now. He is one of our best blockers because of the work he's done."

Andrew McCloud, RB, Mercer County

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