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''y '11 ifafy TC Friday, October 11, 1991 THE C INCINNATI F.NQUIRFR Pro fOOtballD-5 Bo flunks Raiders physical THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NOW to have his injured left knee examined by the surgeon who operated on it July 22. The All-Pro underwent a brief examination by Dr. Robert Andrews at the Alabama Sports Medicine clinic in Birmingham, Ala., according to clinic spokesman Lanier Johnson. Smith is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Indianapolis. Sullivan back in court PROVIDENCE, R.I. Former New England Patriots owner William Sullivan Jr. was back in court Thursday, trying to revive his $348 million antitrust lawsuit against the NFL. A federal magistrate ruled in August that the NFL did not have enough business connections in Rhode Island for Sullivan to sue here. Sullivan wants U.S. District Judge Francis Boyle to overrule that. Boyle gave no indication when he would rule. EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Bo Jackson flunked his physical with the Los Angeles Raiders and will not play football this season or maybe ever again. The two-sport star, who played the final month of the baseball season for the Chicago White Sox while recovering from a hip injury, failed the examination earlier this week, the Raiders said Thursday. "Our doctors are not optimistic," Raiders executive assistant Al LoCasale said. "His doctor has not closed the door on 1992; our doctors are less optimistic." Jackson sustained the injury to his right hip in a playoff game last Jan. 13 against Cincinnati. New problem for Montana SANTA CLARA, Calif. A doctor who treated Joe Montana's elbow also found an unstable and weakened shoulder that might hinder the San Francisco quarterback's attempt at a comback next season. "There are some problems with his shoulder," said Dr. Ben Kibler, the attending physician for the U.S. Tennis Association who examined Montana on Tuesday. "He could get by with it with a good elbow. Now that his elbow is not 100 percent " A torn tendon to Montana's right elbow was reattached in a 90-minute procedure Wednesday night by Dr. Michael Dillingham, the team physician. Dillingham said the surgery was technically successful and said there is "a good chance" Montana will play again, although he probably won't be able to throw until next May. Smith has knee examined ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. Buffalo Bills defensive end Bruce Smith flew to Alabama Thursday 0)5) We've Come Down. Why Don't You? ...But Hurry! Outlook for the weekend's top high school football games and Dave Schutte's selections (Saturday games noted): Mariemont (6-0) vs. CAPE (6-0) at Woodward, 7:30 p.m.: A loss to the Division V Warriors would virtually eliminate CAPE from the Division III playoff picture. On the other hand, a victory by Mariemont would give the Warriors enough points to lock up a postseason berth. Mariemont's defense should offset the Crusaders' lightning-quick offense. The teams match up well on the lines; both coaches like to run the ball. Pick: Mariemont. Elder (6-0) at St. Xavier (3-3), 8 p.m.: After last week's emotional win over Moeller, the Panthers could be in danger of an emotional letdown. Lucky for them, they play another heated rival tonight in St. Xavier. Led by a tough defensive unit that has allowed 134 yards a game and only 28 points, Elder will be a major obstacle for a young St. Xavier offense, featuring sophomore quarterback Damion Doo-ros and junior running back Scott Sollmann. Elder's offense, averaging 344 yards per game, is as good as its defense, with strong players in quarterback Tim Austing, tailback Ennis Jim and a host of receivers. Again this week, the Panther defense will prevail. Pick: Elder. La Salle (4-2) vs. Moeller (4-2) at Galbreath Field, 8 p.m.: Coach Steve Klonne and the Moeller Crusaders understand the importance of this game. Another loss would virtually eliminate any hopes for a postseason berth. Quarterback Shawn Brennan and company must overcome a tough Lancer defense. But the outcome rests in the hands of a Crusader defense that must stop La Salle's outstanding tailback, Ty Douthard, who has rushed for 786 yards in six outings. With the pressure on, Moeller will hang tough. Pick: Moeller. Hamilton (4-2) at Princeton (6-0), 8 p.m.: Surprise, surprise. After failing miserably in their first two non-league games, the Big Blue's stingy defense has pulled out four consecutive Greater Miami Conference triumphs. In six games, Hamilton has allowed an average of 88 yards a game and 69 points. Top-ranked Princeton will counter with an equally tough defensive unit and a well-rounded offense propelled by quarterback Lamont Houston and tailback James Olverson. The Big Blue bubble will burst in this outing. Pick: Princeton. Oak Hills (3-3) at Aiken (2-4), 8 p.m.: This game features two of Cincinnati's best passing quarterbacks: Aiken's Priest Love and Oak Hills' Rob Jones. Love has thrown for 821 yards, 160 more than Jones. Martin Jones and Antoine Clay are Priest's favorite receivers, while Rob Jones spreads it out among six receivers and backs. Tailback Shadd Wetterich gives the Highlanders a running game that the Falcons lack, but the outcome will be determined through the air. Pick: Oak Hills. Withrow (1-4) at Colerain (2-4), 8 p.m.: Turnovers and mistakes have plagued Withrow, giving first-year coach Dave Schneider reason to believe the Tigers are due for a good game. Colerain holds the edge on defense. Pick: Colerain. Fairfield (1-5) at Sycamore (1-5), 8 p.m.: Something has to give in this battle between two disappointing teams. Hank Ray will lead an Aviator squad that relies on the running game, while Fairfield will attempt to break out of a scoring slump. The Indians have scored only 23 points this season. Defense will determine this game. Pick: Fairfield. Lockland (5-1) at Batavia (4-2), Saturday, 2 p.m.: Always tough at home, the Bulldogs will provide stiff opposition for a Lockland team that has an outstanding running game featuring Shane Bay-nard and a strong passing attack with quarterback Brian Wilschevick and receiver Josh Havens. The Bulldogs will counter with a strong running attack built around option quarterback Brian Seibert. Pick: Lockland. Cincinnati Country Day (6-0) at Summit (2-4), Saturday, 2 p.m.: Records mean nothing when these two rivals clash. CCD's offense is loaded, with running back Beau Parry, who has rushed for 746 yards (7.1 average) and scored 42 points. Besides a potent offense (280 yards a game), the Indians also have a strong defense. Summit relies on a balanced attack behind quarterback Brian Nurre. Pick: CCD. Western Hills (4-2) at Mount Healthy (4-2), 8 p.m.: After upsetting La Salle the second week of the season, the Owls went into a slump, losing two games. But the Owls have regained confidence the past two weeks. Led by quarterback Brian Cannon, Mount Healthy poses a difficult problem for the Mustang defense. Offensively, these teams are evenly matched. Mount Healthy averages 294 yards, while the Mustangs have racked up 288 yards per game. Defense and speed could be the difference, but both teams are equal in this area, too. Pick: Western Hills. Last week: 8-2; overall 48-12. ... . i i $ Ml Now through the end of October, you can get luxurious weekend accommodations in the heart of downtown Cincinnati at far less than our normal weekend rate. With a Friday or Saturday stay, we'll even extend this sensational weekend rate toincludeaThursdayor Sunday night. Call The Westin Hotel at (5l3)62l-7700or(800)228-3000. Notapplicabletogroupbookings or in conjunction with other discounts. The Westin Hotel Cincinnati Bengals hate being Rodney Dangerfields BY JACK BRENNAN The Cincinnati Enquirer Talk is cheap, but one sentiment seems genuine at Spinney Field this week. The Bengals are not taking 0-5 with any sense of resignation. They are over being stunned, and the reality of being one of two winless teams is sinking in. It is ugly. "Pride is a factor now, but so is embarrassment," said Anthony Munoz. "Nobody expects this team to win now. It doesn't matter if you're in our city or across the league. They don't expect us to win." Cornerback Eric Thomas senses disdain from Dallas, this week's opponent at Texas Stadium. "They're sitting down there in Dallas, looking at that 0-5 record," he said. "They know we've got some good players, but still they're thinking, "0-and-5)? Nahhh, they can't be that good." The Bengals may not be a good team in Dallas on Sunday. But they'll be an angry one. Center Bruce Kozerski faced several questions regarding motivation for practice, and he bristled at the image of Spinney as a safe haven for screw-ups. "We're out here and working hard every day," he said. "There's not a day that we say, 'Let's just kid around because whatever we do today isn't going to matter.' "Anybody thinking that has to take a different look at what's going on out here. Guys are beating their heads in against each other, and it's difficult to come out and practice the next day because of the way you practiced the first day." References to Bengals bright spots have been met this week mostly with disdain. Asked about Cincinnati's solid defensive effort against Seattle, strong safety David Fulcher said: "We played well, maybe well enough to win. But it still says 0-5. It didn't change a thing." Kozerski, on the team's recent status as a winner (two division titles in three years), spat: "We haven't proven a thing to anybody. We've got a lot of people who have played well in the past, but we haven't proven a thing this year." Coach Sam Wyche says he expected this week would be a mentally tough one. The players genuinely took Wyche's emotional bait for Seattle. They liked the idea of "marking" their season with a bye week and starting a new one against the Seahawks. But they lost again. "We had two weeks to get ready for a new start, a fresh start, and then we didn't get it," Wyche said. "We had a real emotional high against Seattle; and it may take us all week to get that back." Said cornerback Eric Thomas: "Seattle was the game we felt would put us back on track; losing that makes you really see where you are. "I think we all did a lot of thinking about Seattle on our off day (Tuesday)." But Munoz thinks the Bengals' low standing in the public eye, along with a bit of self-disgusting anger, can work as a positive in Dallas. "It's great for us," he said. "Our thing now is just to go out and have fun. To work hard and surprise people with the fact we can win." Dallas coach Jimmy Johnson, as would be expected, expresses no doubt at all that the Bengals can win. "As I told our players, I don't look at the record," Johnson said. "I look at the talent on the team. If it wasn't for their turnover ratio (minus-7), I think you'd see a completely different record. We've got to be prepared for Cincinnati as they're capable of playing." 03R CHOICE GOLFERS Permanent starting limes with riding carls Available Saturday Mornings 1992 Season Call Kingswood 398-5252 lift QCOREBOARfi CJ FREE SCORES fj TheAssociated Press The Bengals might activate third-round pick Bob Dahl because of injuries on the defensive line. Dahl may be added for Cowboys game BY JACK BRENNAN The Cincinnati Enquirer Rookie defensive lineman Bob Dahl jumped into the Bengals' player activation picture Thursday as the team's defensive line health showed more signs of deterioration. Though starting ends Alonzo Mitz (back) and David Grant (knee) returned to practice, both may be playing at less than 100 Sunday in Dallas. And Skip McClendon, the top backup at end, sat out Thursday's practice with a flareup of knee soreness. "I'd rate Skip as doubtful for this one," said general manager Mike Brown. "As for guys like Mitz and Grant, we think they can play but we wonder how long they'll last." Thus the Bengals might try to activate Dahl, their third-round draft pick from Notre Dame. Chances for a running back activation probably Mike Dingle from the cab squad have lessened. The Bengals' active roster returned to the 47-player limit as Bernard Clark, claimed on waivers from Seattle, returned to practice Thursday. Someone must be removed from the roster for Dingle or Dahl to be activated. McClendon is now a possibility. REAL IMPROVEMENT: The Bengals still rank a lowly 19th in total rushing yards allowed. But they are tied for 10th in the NFL for best defensive average per rush, at 3.9 yards. Last year, Cincinnati finished tied for 26th in that category at 4.7. "I don't study those stats very much," said coach Sam Wyche, "but based on gut feelings and eyeball evaluation, I know we're playing better. "Our inside (rush) defense was the part of our team we were least happy with and criticized the most, but they're bigger and better now. " IN THE 20s: Boomer Esiason has dipped to 20th place in the NFL passing ratings at 64.4. Among qualifiers in the AFC, Esiason's rating is ahead of only San Diego's John Friesz, New England's Hugh Millen and Seattle's Jeff Kemp. Buffalo's Jim Kelly leads the ratings at 109.5, followed by San Francisco's Steve Young (97.3), Cleveland's Bernie Kosar (91.2) and Dallas' Troy Aikman (91.1). FROM AIKEN TO DALLAS: Cincinnatian Dixon Edwards, who played at Aiken High and Michigan State, has been active for Dallas as a special teams player the last two games. 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