Garrard County must improve defense in 2017

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Garrard County began last season by winning four of its first six games, but end the season winning just one of its last five in district play. The problem was defense.

"We had a tendency last year that we could move the ball on people, but we just couldn't stop anything," said Golden Lions' coach Jerry Perry.

The Lions could rely on multiple quarterbacks this season and one of the chores will be handing the ball off in Garrard County's run first offense.

"Yeah I guess so," said quarterback Conner Isaacs. "It just depends on how you're trying to play, but yeah we run a lot."

Garrard County will need to replace Jacob Foley, who racked up the majority of the rushing yards for the Golden Lions last season. A lot of the work load will be given to Josh Warren.

"Josh Warren carried the ball quite a bit last year," said Perry. "So we'll utilize him and there's a few other guys that didn't carry the ball last year that are good running backs as well, and we'll utilize those guys as well."

"We had a pretty solid backfield and a lot of older guys ahead of me," said Warren. "So with them leaving I've just got to kind of look up to them and just kind of see what they did good and just see what we can add to the team this year and what we need to build on."

For Jerry Perry the team's success all goes back to how his team plays on defense and one very specific thing.

"Getting to the ball, a better job of getting to the ball but actually doing something once we get there," said Perry. "Last year we had the tendency if we weren't in bad position we didn't make the play when we were there. So I think they can grow from that and I think we will."

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