Andy Falls, high school football 3, Nov 1973
SB-DEL RIO (TEXAS] NEWS-HERALD, Friday. November 23, 1973 How Ramirez Sizes Up Rams (EDITOR'S NOTE: Aurelio Ramirez Jr., native of Del Rio tnc former member of the Del Rio Newt-Herald staff, K now or the staff of the San Antonio Express-News. He has been assignee by his paper to cover tonight's bi-distnct game. Here u the WET he sizes up the Ram it todty't Express-News "Gam* Plan" section.) By AURELIO RAMIREZ JR. Espre»-Newt Writer DEL RIO—Coach Claude Fesi ntt ihf Class AAAA bidisirici .pame bciveen hit Dt-l RH Rtnii End the Churchill Chargers pretty well sized up. "We'fe primarily a defensive defensive team." Fesl said earlier thii week. "If our delensm unit'has i good game, we'll give 'em fits,." Del Rie goes inle the I'M p.m. contest Friday, due tc be plived before an overflow crowd ti Del Rio High 'Stadium, with a S-I record and riding an eight-game win streak. Churchill is also S-l and has wor, nine in « row. Although Pest, & native San Anloniofin winding up his fourth season as head coach in this border city, prefers to laud his defensive unit, the visiting Chargers scored only 15 points more than the Rams over the IC-geme regular season route. The Rams, apparently, love to play defense. When Eagle Pass rushed for 177 yards in a 2&-?ioss to Del Rio last week, the Eagles became the first team to rush for over 160 yards in i gam? against the De! Rioans. Del Rio's most impressive defensive statistic is the fact that the Rams went through the entire season without giving giving up i touchdown by rushing. The Rams blanked four foes, gzve _up seven touchdowns touchdowns and 51 points and never allowed more than H points a pame. Del Rio \aelded a tola I of 1.534 yards in JO games. 664 by rushing and 87C by passing. passing. Two-way regular Tom Caldwell. Rusty Chalk. Paul Rosenovt (the lone junior defensive starter). Andy Falls and Keith Stone (who doubles as a punier and placement specialist) were the defensive leaders. Caldwell led the team in tackles with 89. Chalk cUlked up 6$ tackles and led in the recover?' of enemy tumbles mth four. Rosenow had 83 tackles while intercepting three passes and covering three opponents' fumbles. Falls led the club in interceptions interceptions with four and recovered three fumbles and Stone covered three fumbles and swiped two passes. In all, the defensive unit caused a total of 45 turnovers, swiping IS passes and recovering 21 enemy bobbles. Tbr«e-year letter-man George IfcFarten. also t two-' way regular, is joined by 'Stephen Quinones, Chalk and Richard Saiazar «n the defensive line for the Rams. Rosenow, CaMwell and Eernie Herrera are the linebackers. Stone and Ruben Cardenas play the corners and Falls and Walter Woolsey ar« the deep backs Offensively, halfbacks Oscar Oscar Ozuns and David Simpson are th« workhorses while Mario Hernandez., in his third season as a starter, provides the leadership at quarterback quarterback Gzuna has rushed 122 times for 49$ yards, leads the team in scoring with 68 points and passed for OIK of only six louckdowns the Rams have scored via the air lanes. Simpson raced his way to five touchdowns, gaining 467 yards on S? carries Hernandez has thrown four touchdown passes, completing completing 24 of 60 passes for 362 yards. The 5-9 scrambler has also rushed 87 times for 258 yards. Fullback Cst Garcia has just taken over as a.starter at the spot and shows 27 rushes for 178 yards. Fest said he moved Garcia ahead of Quinones for two reasons, because Garcia is quicker and to rest Quinones and make him more effective on defense. Ozuna and split end Ervin Rideout have each caught seven passes, Ozuna for 128 yards and Rideout for 115. Cardenas with six receptions for 87 yards and a pair of scores and Simpson with four grabs for 39 were other top receivers. The Del Rio offensive forward forward wall features Rideoul at split end and Joe F. Martinez at tight end, McFarlen and Caldwell at the tackles, Pat McElhaney and Isidore Barrera at tne guarus ana Mike Davis at center. "Churchill looks pretty tough," Fest said of the Chargers. "They run well and throw well and that should make for an interesting wen- ing." Fest said be has not per- sonalty seen Churchill "in action, action, but has studied films and gone through a few scouting reports. An Edison and Baylor graduate wno naa previous coaching stints at South San Antonio and Alamo Heights. Fest has turned the tables completely around at Del Rio. Ke suffered through a winiess season climaxed by a scoreless tie with another winless outfit, archrival San Felipe in 1970. He posted a 6-3 season in 1971 and then Dei Rio climbed into the Class AAAA ranks. The Rams bad a 5-4-1 record a year ago autf finished third in the district race. Del Rio blanked San Angek) Lake View 144 in its opener, lost a 74 decision to San Antonio Antonio St. Gerard's tad then started its victory march. The Rams outscored league foes by 171 to S8 in ripping off six straight triumphs to win the District S2-AAAA crown, their first ever in the big school ranks.