Hope Star from Hope, Arkansas on September 4, 1974 · Page 19
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Wednesday, September 14, 1074 Oliver to lead Sharks HOPfc (AMk.) STAR Page 96 JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Reggie Oliver, finding him- sc-lf more al home every game a. s a quarterback, will try to iiuitle the Jacksonville Sharks 10 an upset of the Memphis Southmen in a World Football league game tonighl. Oliver threw touchdown passes of 46 and 37 yards in the Sharks' 14-8 victory over Hawaii last week and Coach Charlie Tale says the young rookie from Marshall is improving steadily. "I think I've earned the top spot," Oliver said, "and I believe the team has confidence in me, loo, which might be the most important thing." He almost pulled off an upset of unbeaten Birmingham two weeks ago on an 80-yard touchdown drive with 1:09 to play, only to see the league leaders roar back in the last minute to win. Memphis, packing a balanced attack between John Huarte's passing and John Harvey's running, is averaging 30.7 points a name. The Southemen have a 62 record, second best in the Central Division. .Jacksonville has gone down lo the wire in every game but carries only a 3-5 record and the basement spot in the Eastern Division. "It would be a real shot in the arm if we could win this one," Tale said. "We are playing better every week." Oliver will be backed up by veteran Kay Stephenson at quarterback, with Eddie McAshan slow to come around from an injury. Tommy Durrance will have seasoned Ron Lamb as a companion at running back for the Sharks. Ricky I^ke will miss the game with a shoulder injury, and rookie Wayne Jones from Mississippi State moves up from the taxi squad for his first pro action. GO... CATS GO!! WE'RE WITH YOU GIRLS-WEAR A MS. LEE JEAN TO WATCH THE CATS. GO-TEAM-GO! THE BOBCATS PRODUCTION CREDIT ASSOCIATION > i i i LUMBER ON DOWN & SOCK IT TO 'EM BOBCATS EDWARD NINES LUMBER CO. OF ARK. HOPE, ARKANSAS WEST AYE. B. 777-5717 000000000000000000$ I > > > » > I I ' I I I ( \ ( I I I I I I I I I I I •*• Offensive Centers ••• * 4 * * OFFENSIVE CENTERS — Front row (1-r) are David Jones, Sophomore and Bo Frazier, Sophomore. Back row (1-r) are Mike Butler, Senior and Curtis East, Junior. Raiders to return some team OAKLAND (AP) - Unin- clined to tamper with success, the Oakland Raiders will field a 1974 team essentially the same as last season's ... just a year- older. Oakland is going after its seventh National Football League division championship in eight years. Whether the Raiders can get it with a minimum change in personnel is likely lo depend on how much their opposition has been able to improve. The Raiders were 9-4-1 and lost in the American Conference playoff final 27-10 to Super Bowl winner Miami. Oakland led the conference in total offense cand defense, the only AFC learn lo oul-gain foes by an average of more lhan 100 yards a game. Only four players from last year's squad have departed — Jeff Queen, Steve Sweeney, Tom Maxwell and Bob Brown. Newcomers include Iwo league oldtimers — running back Leroy Kelly, who had 10 seasons with Cleveland, and punl relurn specialist Ron Smith, acquired from San. Diego and in his 10th NFL sea- son . All this creates a problem for an unusually fine crop of Raider rookies this year, especially offense talent. It's not a new problem. Of the 1973crookie crop only punier Ray Guy has survived as a regular. And, yes, George Blanda who will be 47 Sept. 17 and is in his 25th pro season, is once more the club's placekicker. ii GO CATS' BOOSTING THE BOBCATS PLUS THE BAND MEMBERS, CHEERLEADERS, BOBBETTES AND COACHES. DELANEY'S GROCERY -WE DELIVER- 202 E. SECOND 777-3701 Good Luck We're Behind You 100 ft And Best Wishes To The Bobcats wffwif ^B^wUHP iBmi iHI HB ^&Hf GROCERY & MARKET 2181,2nd STREET PHONi 7774404 Cougars to depend on defense By MICHAEL A. LtltZ At* Sports Writef HOUSTON (AP) — Bill Yeoman says defense will have lo carry his Houston Cougars through the first five football games this year arid if that's the case, the Cougar fortune's are in good hands. While the glamour boys on offense were pounding out 5,093 yards in total offense eh route lo an 11-1 record, UH trench- men were holding the opposi-, lion to 2,690 yards in total offense and a mere 99.1 yards per game rushing. "Our defense is an experienced group and if it can hold up early in the season, it looks like we've got a chance to be half-way decent," said Yeoman, who lias eight offensive and eight defensive starters back from last year's Astro- Bluebonnet Bowl titlist. The most awesome sight UH opponents likely will see this fall is Ihe Cougars' defensive forward wall which includes lefl end Larry Keller, a senior from Orange, the "midget" of the four at 224; tackles Wilson Whitley and Lee Canalito, both sophomores; and Mack Mitchell, 6-8, 255 senior right defensive end. Mitchell, a converted basketball player, is the leading executioner along this death row. Mitchell has been the Cougars' leading quarterback sacker the past two seasons, snagging 13 last year. "I'm just repeating what a couple of pro scouting combines have said," Yeoman said. "The figure if we have a good year and he has a good year, he might be the No. 1 pick in the pro football draft." "There aren't many 6-8, 255- poiiiul kids around that run a 4.6 40-yard dash," Yeoman said. As for Keller, Yeoman said "He's never out of position. He hasn'i been out of position for three years and he has good speed." The Cougars aren't too con- remed about having a pair of sophomores al the tackle positions. Canalito is an off-season amateur boxer and Whitley is listed as potentially Houston's greatest defensive lineman. KICK OFF TIME AGAIN! WE'RE BACKING YOU 100% BOBCATS! 4-WAY GROCERY & STATION South Main Street 777-5469 Our Best Wishes To The BOBCATS GO-CATS-GO! LGVIS "Ranatek

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