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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 25

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How Hawks, Injuns Compare In Friday Night Showdown DOWN'S HIGH SCHOOLS By Chuck Otterson Let's analyze the Vero Beach and Seacrest High football teams, who collide Friday night at Vero Beach: OFFENSE Running Vero Beach's Charlie Russ is probably the best all-around runner on either club, but Seacrest has a big advantage in speed with sprinters like Dennis Matthews, Ronnie Mack and sophomore Van Davis. Seacrest's David Sanderson (1967 Suncoast East rushing leader) and Mike Hotchkiss have missed several games with injuries, but should be ready for this one, which will help the Seahawks' blocking as well as the running. Fullback Robert Allen is the man 'the Hawks count on for short yardage up the middle. Vero's Dennis Downs is small but elusive and possesses great balance, while Bobby Hudson, Buddy Mixon and Albert Valdes are capable reserves. Slight edge to Seacrest, mainly because speedsters like Matthews and Mack can go all the way any time. Passing Not much to choose between quarterbacks Tim Testerman of Vero Beach and Steve Hardin of Seacrest. Hardin was the league's leading passer until two weeks ago, when Testerman moved ahead of him. Testerman, however, has more help in the aerial department. Jesse Swords is a competent passer and field general who plays mostly on defense but is available for signal-calling duties If needed. Russ is perhaps the best in the area at throwing the halfback pass (he has completed eight of 12 attempts for 161 yards and three touchdowns. ) STEVE HARDIN : Seacrest Passing Ace The Palm Beach Posti Best Fishing Bet If predicted northeast winds materialize today continued hluefish and mackerel action is likely all along this stretch of coast, and pompano may begin to show up in larger numbers. Schools of small migratory gamefish should enter the waters of Lake Worth today. Receiving Each club has a player who has ranked among the league's top receivers throughout the season Vero's Downs and Sea-crest's Ernest Williams but the receiver Vero Beach opponents fear most Is Gary Parrls, the Indians' 6 4, 192-pound all-state end. When crucial third or fourth down yardage is needed, they usually throw to Parris. Seacrest's Leon Jenkins is a capable receiver and hard to bring down after he catches the ball, while teammates Mack and Matthews are threats to turn a routine short yardage pass into a home run. Vero has other fine receivers in Russ, end Kent Radford and flanker Gregg Carter. The two teams appear to be about even in this department. DEFENSE Running Statistically, Seacrest has been the toughest club in the Eastern Division to run against, yielding only 32.8 yards per game. Vero Beach Is a strong second with an average of 51.6 yards allowed. Seacrest tackle Gordon Ready, a tough 220 pounder, can hold his own with anyone in the league. The Hawks have a pair of outstanding defensive ends In Williams and Woody Larson, a small but agile middle linebacker in the 140-oound Mack, a hard-hitting cornerback in the 6-1, 183-pound Jenkins and an occasionally brilliant tackle In 228-pound John Carter. The Hawks are mobile and pursue extremely well; therefore some clubs have been more successful running straight at them than trying to run around them. Vero's Parrls is as good an end as you'll find in the state of Florida and tackle Bernie Blanton Is a rugged 195-pound tackle with unusually good mobility. Tom McCall and Junior Knowles are bigger than Blanton but not as agile. Jim Montuoro, the other end, is like a smaller version of Parris, tenacious and tough. Linebackers Swords and Olie Luther are quick and sure tacklers. Seacrest has a slight edge here. PASSING This may be the biggest difference between the two ball clubs. Vero Beach has given up only 38 yards per game passing, Seacrest 81.8. These figures may be a bit misleading, however, since most clubs find out early they can't run against the Seahawks and fill the air with passes the rest of the night. Jenkins is the only man in the Seacrest secondary with much size or experience, but all of the Hawk defenders are quick, as shown by their total of 19 interceptions, Including 12 in the last three games. Semmie Taylor is a small but rapidly-improving safetyman. Vero's Henry Block, Mike Lyda and Steve Bartolucci have formed a near-impenetrable deep triangle. However, both touchdowns given up by the Indians this season have come through the air. Vero Beach has the advantage in this department. KICKING Seacrest's Tom Plgnato has not been as consistent this season as he was last year as a sophomore, but generally can be counted on for extra points and short-yardage field goals. Harris handled Vero's place-kicking until he suffered an ankle injury and Lyda has been a capable replacement. Pignato has averaged onlv about 30 yards per punt but kicks the ball high enough to Die-vent long runbacks. Vero's Mark Henry, like Plgnato, has' not been called upon to punt very often. His average Is quite a bit better than Plgnato's, but unless he keeps the ball high players like Matthews, Mack and Davis may run It back farther than he kicks it. Each club has a player who specializes in making the tackle on klckoffs Steve Harp of Vero Beach and Joe Mcrritt of Seacrest. Merritt likes to meet the ball-carrier head-on, while Harp generally tries to sneak around behind the Interference. They're about even here, with any edge Vero might have offset by the chance of a long Seacrest runback. SCORING Check the Vero Beach scoreboard about 10 p.m. Friday. Palm Beach Post, Thurs., November 14, 1968 CI l r t i Johnny On The Spot With Lowly Badgers 4k it- : S -At. 7t ED PLAISTED Executive Sports Editor didn't make it up. Schedules are made 10 years ahead, so I guess we will just have to live with It." The 39-year-old Coatta, however, may not have to suffer through the 1969 season. After 18 games without a loss, many of the Badger faithful are predicting his resignation after the finale against Minnesota. That might not be so bad for Johnny a few years ago where coaches had tenure at Wisconsin and he could look forward to an assistant athletic director's job like Bruhn's. Not now. Coaches are contract people and Coatta's pact has only a year left. There is no magic in change for producing a winner in college football. Some seem to believe that a new coach Is the answer to failure. That Isn't always true. You read about the success stories but the failures are burled in short stories on the inside pages of Sunday sports sections throughout the autumn. Take the University of Wisconsin for instance. Badger boosters grew cool to Milt Bruhn, who had taken Wisconsin to the 1963 Rose Bowl. They forgot his past successes and rejoiced when he was fired near the end of the 1966 season. Bruhn's Badgers beat traditional foe Minnesota for their coach on the last game of the season. And that turned out to be the last time a Wisconsin football team won a game. Bruhn was replaced by Johnny Coatta, a handsome and personable man who during the 1949-51 era was a star quarterback for the Badgers. Coatta set a Big Ten Conference record in passing accuracy while leading Wisconsin to an 18-7 won-lost mark during that period. Coatta had served time under Coach Bill Peterson at Florida State before returning to Madison as an assistant to Bruhn. There Is no secret to the fact that Peterson and Coatta were not the best of friends during John's stay in Tallahassee. Wisconsin must have been dreaming of national glory when It hired Coatta because It expanded the seating capacity of the football stadium and got rid of the non-Big Ten weak-sister foes. Instead the Badgers added such breathers as Syracuse, UCLA and Oklahoma to their schedule. In fact, these teams are the first three dates on the UW schedule In 1969. Will Coatta Resign Soon? "That's a torture schedule," said Coatta over the long distance phone from his Madison office Wednesday afternoon. "I No Tears By Unitas Over Hurt &luk til LJ J L-l PETERSON COATTA BRUHN (lOATTA HOLDS HIS IIKAI) As lluriucrs Lose Another "I'm not going to quit," said Johnny. "You know me better than that, Ed. The UW administrators may have other plans but I'm not quitting. No way. They won't get rid of me that easy." Following last week's rout to No. 2 ranked Ohio State, the NEW YORK (NE , - A foot ball was tucked under Johnny Northwester Chases Blues, Macks South to m faithful showed up with signs reading "Bring on Vassar," "Goodbye Coatta" and even "We want Bruhn." Didn't Gamble With Iowa Bruhn 'Uncle MUtle as he is known by the Wisconsin press) apparently isn't Interested in the job. He seemed very Jovial during the 1967 season from his seat in the press box. 1967 just wasn't Coatta's year. Maybe It should have been an advance warning when the uniforms showed up as maroon Instead of cardinal red. The only bright spot on the 1967 card was a 21-21 tie with Iowa and even that game drew a cry of protest that John played for a tie instead of going for the two-pointer and a win. The 1968 Badger record looks like this: Arizona State, 55-7; Washington, 21-17; Michigan State, 39-0; Utah State, 20-0; Iowa, 41-0; Northwestern, 13-10; Indiana, 21-20, and Ohio State 43-8. This week It's fourth-ranked Michigan at Ann Arbor. Michigan Is the Big Ten co-leader with OSL' with a 5-0 record. If Coatta can't get a win in these last two games It will go Into the record book as the worst football season In 79 years at Wisconsin. Such a record isn't helping John in recruiting. "Our recruiters have two strikes against them," he said. "First the campus demonstrators have hurt the Image of Wlscon- OUTDOORS By Ed Buckow Unitas' arm as he stood on the sidelines with hands deep In his jacket pockets and shoulders hunched In the manner of Ed Sullivan. He watched his quarterback replacement, Earl Mor-rall, lead the Baltimore Colts downfield, and crossed his feet with ankle-high football shoes while leaning against a post, except there was no post. A relaxed yet intense control marks Unitas. He displays It when in the pocket picking out a receiver as Immense rushers descend upon him. The trait was also apparent on I he sidelines as he watched from behind the bars of his faceguard. Unitas Is on the outside looking in now an unlikely turn of events for one of pro football's greatest quarterbacks. His right elbow has pained him since the season began and Morrall, obtained from New York two months ago, has been outstanding. "Johnny's a great help," says SCHOOLS OF SPANISH MACKEREL and bluefish streamed southward into local waters Wednesday as the season's first biting northwester turned the current southward. Fishermen at the Juno Beach Pier took advantage of a run of blues that was hotter than any that occurred there last winter, and mackerel made it all the way to Delray Beach. The mackerel action extended from Delray Beach to the Hone Sound area, and schools of blues were scattered from Riviera Beach to the surf at Jensen Beach. 4 fsoi-5 it. I A K t Morrall. "The Colt defense is very complicated and different from anything I've ever known. He talks with me, and with the receivers, and suggests patterns for them to run." ("Then we call up to Don McCafferty, the offensive back-field coach, who's watching from the press box. He gives his opinion. It comes back to coach RYAN TODD VOKJT Shula. He decides. It's involved, but It's been working." ) Unitas never sits. He Is always there along the sideline stripe. He crosses and recrosses his legs. Then he'll stand, legs apart, and tap his foot, like a man waiting for a bus. With northeast winds of 10-15 m.p.h. forecast for today, the outlook is continued mackerel and bluefish activity along the coast, and an increase in bluefish, pompano and possibly mackerel action in the waters of Lake Worth. Pompano should also be showing up in the surf. The consensus of fishermen at the Juno Beach Pier was that the total day's bluefish catch there was approximately 2,000. Most of the blues were taken on artificial lures, but late in the day some of the fishermen turned to cut bait. Bluefish catches logged at the pier tackle shop were as follows: LES FREE, 100; Billy Martin, 45; Jim Lip-ton, 40; John McGillick, 15; Jack Brown, 30; Elmer Swartz, 25; Ed Boosin, 60; Frank Williams, 35; Buzz Hatch, 48; Wilder Clapp, 14; Frank Logan, 50; Bill Williams, 26; Charlie Behm, 30; Al Monte, 39; Elder Parkerson, 20; Sam Etheredge, 18; Richard Edwards, 50; S. Ritter, 21; Rick VanTol, 65; A. L. Zill, 40; Sam Jones, 59; Arnold Eckes, 18, and John Chambers, 21. Many of the pier fishermen also took large mackerel casting artificial lures, the catches running up to seven per angler. Commercial net fishermen took catches of big mackerel ranging up to 4,000 to 5,000 pounds per boat from Singer Island to the "Cove"at Hobe Sound, and commercial kingfishermen loaded up trolling with hand lines. Catches of 50 mackerel and more came In aboard the charter boats at Boynton Inlet Dock, and Capt. Gene Hunt's Jessinda pulled into Bill's Marina on Palm Beach Shores with 79 mackerel. Hunt found the fish between Palm Beach Inlet and Juno. Bluefish activity picked up in Lake Worth, south of Peanut Island, and the light coloration of the fish made it evident they are new to the lake. Jim McCurdy got out on the lake late on the tide, but he managed to catch 13. A few mackerel were taken at the small east span of the Riviera Beach causeway during the morning, and pompano fishing on the lake improved slightly. JOHNNY CRAWFORD, OPERATOR of the Snook Nook at Jensen Beach, said catches of blues in the surf ranged from a dozen to two dozen per angler. Most of the blues were taken on plugs. Johnny Unitas lejthanded warmup The Colts were winning big and the game was nearly over. Coach Shula walked over, said a few words, left. Then a cop sidled alongside Unitas. 'You goin' to work, Johnny?" sin. Many parents don't want their boys associating with a bunch of hippies, even if they are In the minority on campus. And secondly a losing team doesn't help attract talent to your program." Clip Call Cost First W in Coatta also blames the UW requirement that freshmen have a 2.0 or "C" average after their first six weeks to compete In football. Other Big Ten schools require only 1.7. That's why Wisconsin did not even field a freshman team this year. Of course John has a point when he says, "It really hurts when I recall the games we could have won this year but didn't. We should have beaten Indiana but we lost by missing six field goals and we had a touchdown by Lynn Bass called back on a questionable clipping penalty. With breaks we might have beaten Washington and Northwestern, too." Wisconsin's biggest problem Is the lack of a quarterback. John Ryan, a senior, has passed tor only two touchdowns. Wayne Todd and John Smith, both seniors, are the lead inn ground-gainers. Todd has averaged 1.7 yards a game and Smith J . That Isn't very impressive. Johnny Coatta likes to talk of the future. "Building a winner won't take place overnight," he said. "They've got to realize that." Alas, time is running out for Coatta. He may not get another chance. It Is unfortunate because there Isn't a nicer guy than Johnny Coatta. But maybe Leo Durocher was right. "Nice guys always finish last." the cop asked. 'Not yet," replied Unitas, smiling. Must be rough, not playing." You do get tired standing around." (In a recent game, Johnny Un itas Jr., age 10, was on the side-tine, with his father's arm around him. Unitas bent and asked, "Want to get in the game, learns to accept things like this, to control his emotions." An assistant coach, as protective of Unitas as an offensive guard, marched over and told the Interviewer, spitting out the words, that he'd better leave the star alone to undress and shower. The vehemence surprised both Unitas and the Interviewer. The coach left. Unitas turned to the speechless interviewer and said, "Do whatever you feel is right, my friend." The Interview continued. In another corner of the locker room, soneone asked Willie Richardson, the flanker, how he thought Unitas felt not playing. "He's eating his heart ouf," said Richardson. "I'm talking from the standpoint of another player. He'd never say anything like that himself. After all, Johnny Is a real pro." (Newspaper Enterprise Assn. ) Johnny?" The boy grinned.) In the locker room, a radio interviewer knelt beside Unitas, who sat on a stool peeling off his uniform. Turkey Shoot Slated Sunday Johnny," the interviewer said, "how do you accept not playing?" 'Well, I can t throw, so I can play," replied Unitas. "I don't Stall FhMo By Tony lln BLUES ARE RUNNING! A tremendous catch of bluefish was scored at the Juno Beach Pier Wednesday as a northwester sent the fish scurring southward. One of the successful pier anglers was Rick VanToI, of Lake Park, who landed 65 bluefish and nine mackerel during the day. Road. Only 22-caliber rifles will be used. The club will furnish guns and ammunition, but anyone wanting to use his own rifle may do so. Children under 16 must be accompanies by adults. The annual turkey shoot of the Everlgades Rifle and Pistol Club will be Sunday from 10 a.m. to dusk, at the club's range, one-half mile west of Jog Road between Forest Hill Blvd. and Lake Worth Road on Plnehurst know when my arm will get bet ter. Tomorrow, next week, next month. I don't know. But a man

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