The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 16, 1981 · Page 11
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Monday, November 16,1981 — The Salina Journal Page 11 Delaney sets mark; Chiefs win, 23-10 By RICK GOSSELJN UPI Spocta Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. (UPI) The Kansas City Chiefs are getting the maximum out of the minimum. : Diminutive rookie running back Joe Delariey rushed for a club-record 193 yards, scored one touchdown and aet up another to help his Chiefs snap a two-game losing streak with a 23-10 victory Sunday over the Houston Oil- ers. The second-round draft pick out of Northwest Louisiana erased the 14- year-old club record of 192 yards set by Mike Garrett in a 1967 game against the New York Jets. He also broke another club record with his fifth 100- yard game of the season, erasing the old mark of four set also by Garrett in 1967. the 193 rushing yards stands as the best single-game rushing effort in the NFL this season. Delaney carried the ball 29 times in raising his season rushing total to 920 yards and also caught a pass for seven more yards. "Joe is the minimum size for a full- time NFL running back," said Kansas City coach Marv Levy of his 5-10, 184- pound dynamo. "I'm always afraid to look at the final stats to see how many times we used him. I see '29' (carries) and I've got to shake my head. We really don't want to run him that much. "But when Joe runs with it we click. The offense moves... and we certainly don't want to disrupt the rhythm of our offense. We should have passed more (only 12 times against Houston) but you never want to sacrifice success for balance." Delaney, who has only been a starter for the last six weeks, outshone Earl Campbell to move into second place in the AFC in rushing behind the bull- wark Houston fullback. Campbell was held to 99 yards by the Chiefs - the fifth straight week he has been under 100 — but he now has 1,099 yards for the season. "Delaney is only a rookie?" Campbell, snaking his bead. "Give him oil due: he's one of the beat young backs I've ever seen." "He's like Walter Payton if he's like anybody in this league," said Kansas Sports The Salina Journal Hou KC First downs 19 19 Rushes-yards 28-146 47-258 Passing yards 224 25 Sacks by-yards 2-14 2-17 Return yards 17 55 Passes 18-37-3 6-12-1 Punts 4-45.2 5-38.6 Fumbles-lost 2-2 1-1 Penalties-yards 6-45 4-25 Time of possession 24:46 35:14 INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHING — Houston-Campbell 21-99, Wilson 3- II, Armltrong 2-23, Reaves 1-13, Colemon 1-0. Kaniai Clty-Delaney 29-193, 12-47, Jackson 5-14, Kenney 1-4. PASSING — Houston-Reaves 6-15-1-47, Stabler 12-22-2-194. Kansas Clty-Kenney 6-11-0-39, Hadnot 0-1-1-0. RECEIVING — Houtton-Burrough 4-80, Renlro 662, Holston 2-37, Wllion 2-20, Armstrong 1-17, Barber 1-16, Coleman 1-5, Campbell 1-4. Kansas City-Smith 1-9, Rome 1-9, Marshall 1-7, Delaney 1-7. Dlxon 1-5, Hodnot 1-2. City offensive backfield coach Bobby Ross of his meal ticket. "Billy Sims glides; Joe is more herky-jerky. That's not a knock on him — that's Just his style. "Joe has that one trait that all great backs have — the acceleration. He's a quick-stepper: when he takes his second stop he's in full stride. For a little guy he really explodes into a hole. All of a sudden he's there ... and then by the defensive player." Delaney rushed for 11 of Kansas City's 19 total first downs to help the Chiefs raise their record to 7-4 and keep them one game back of the AFC West leading Denver Broncos. Delaney scored Kansas City's first touchdown on a 6-yard run with 1:55 remaining in the first quarter to give the Chiefs a 7-0 lead. Eric Harris intercepted a John Reaves pass to give the Kansas City the ball at the Houston 38 and Delaney accounted for 34 of the yards in the drive on only three carries. The Chiefs moved 46 yards for their second touchdown, a 1-yard run by rookie Billy Jackson, midway through the third quarter. Delaney rushed for 20 yards up the middle on the first play of that drive and collected 36 of those 46 yards on four carries. "Joe Delaney is not just another running back," said Kansas City's All-Pro defensive end Art Still. "He's becoming one of the very best running backs. He gets better with time. Each week he performs a little better than his last time out. "He's still very young; imagine what he'll be like when he gets a little experience? Keep in mind he's only been a starter the last five or six weeks. He can be as good in this league as he wants to be." Nick Lowery rounded out the Kansas City scoring with field goals of 37, 42 and 38 yards to boost his AFC-leading point total to 89. He kicked his first field goal in the second quarter and added his final two in the fourth period to put the game away after Houston had drawn to within 17-10 on a 50-yard touchdown pass from Ken Stabler to Ken Burrough. The Kansas City defense forced five turnovers with Harris intercepting two passes and recovering a fumble. Nose tackle Ken Kremer also recorded two sacks to send the Oilers down to their fourth defeat in the last five games. Houston is now 5-6 this season. Houston 0 3 0 7 — 10 Kansas City 7 3 7 6 — 23 KC-Delaney 6 run (Lowery kick) KC-FG lowery 37 Hou-FG Fritsch 21 KC-Jackson 1 run (Lowery kick) Hou-Burrough SO pass from Stabler (Fritsch kick) KC-FG Lowery 42 KC-FG Lowery 38 A — 73,984 SPOILS OF VICTORY - Kansas City Chiefs' running back Joe Delaney (left) and teammate J. T. Smith are all smiles after Delaney set a single- game club rushing record against the Houston Oil- UPI Photo ers Sunday afternoon at Arrowhead Stadium. Delaney rushed for 193 yards as the Chiefs whipped the Oilers, 23-10. Jets continue hot streak SM West 'steals' one at the buzzer By HAROLD BECHARD Sports Editor Harold Wambsgans said he'd never seen a play like it and probably never will again. . "The play" occurred Friday night in a Class 6A regional playoff game played between Shawnee Mission South and Shawnee Mission West at South District Stadium. Here was the situation: South was leading, 24-21, with five seconds left on the clock and had the ball at midfield. West called its final timeout with South facing a 4th-and- "14 situation. "I told my players to go for the 'football, that was our only chance," said Wambsgans, West's first-year head coach. John Roichart, West's quarterback-safety, did Just that. On the fourth down play, South quarterback Butch Ross took the snap and instead of falling down on the ball, turned around and sprinted 15 yards toward his own end zone holding the ball above his head in celebration, " When Ross stopped and turned around, thinking the game had ended, Reichart reached him, snatched the ball from his hands and raced in from 35 yards out with the winning touchdown. After clearing the field of confused players and fans, the officials agreed that the touchdown was good and West was awarded the 27-24 victory. "I was stunned and excited — we knew we had won the ball game," Wambsgans said in a telephone in- terview Monday. "One of the officials followed him (Reichart) into the end zone. No whistle had been blown so there was no doubt in their (the officials') minds that the play wasn't over. "I told the players after the game that I'd never seen anything like it," Wambsgans added, "and I told them that they all could live 'til they were 65 and never see anything like it either." Wambsgans conceded that his team was as good as dead as he talked to them during the timeout. "We had talked during the time out about going after the football, but we had no idea they were going to give it to us." But coach, do you feel like you stole the victory? "I think they gave it to us more than we stole it from them," Wambsgans said. "But you've got to give John credit for being alert." * * * Another unusual play took place Friday night, this time in Emporia where the Spartans were facing Chanute in a 5A regional game. Chanute had scored in the first quarter to take a 19-14 lead and lined up for the two-point conversion. Quarterback Jeff Quiot, who passed for 347 yards in the game, retreated under a big Emporia pass rush all the way back to the Chanute 47. Guiot then fired a 53-yard bomb to Britt Herron into the end zone for the two points. Emporia, however, scored the game's final 41 points to capture a 55-21 victory. Cubs' Macko dies ARLINGTON, Texas (UPI) - Chicago Cubs second baseman Steve Macko died Sunday at an Arlington hospital, where he was undergoing treatment for cancer. He was 27. Jtyicko, son of Texas Rangers equipment manager, Joe Macko, played part of two seasons for the Cubs and starred at Baylor University, where be was an All-Southwest Conference selection Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday in Arlington. Macko was injured in a collision while trying to complete a double play at.Wrigley Field on Aug. 5, 1980. Six weeks later he checked into an Arlington hospital for treatment of a swelling that was assumed related to the collision. Doctors discovered he had cancer. Macko was carried on the Cubs' roster for most of last season, according to his father, who said his ton "lived to play baseball." He had been hospitalised since last Wednesday, whan be complained of feeling weak. ,,. BY JOE CARNICELLI UPI Executive Sparta Editor Three weeks into the season Walt Michaels was a most unpopular coach. His New York Jets, who won only four games all last year, had been crushed in three games, giving up 100 points in the process. Critics called for his removal but Michaels remained calm. Eight weeks later, he is having the last laugh. During that 8-week stretch, the Jets have been among the hottest teams in football. Sparked by a defensive unit that leads the National Football League in sacks, the Jets ripped the New England Patriots, 17-6, Sunday for their sixth victory against one loss and a tie in the last eight weeks. But more importantly for the Jets, Oakland downed Miami, 33-17, and St. Louis drubbed Buffalo, 24-0, allowing New York to slip into second place in the AFC East, just one game behind Miami. The Jets and the Dolphins will square off next week in Shea Stadium, with first place on the line. Miami has not beaten the Jets in their last six meetings. Bruce Harper and Tom Newton capped long drives with scoring runs and the Jet defense had eight sacks and forced two turnovers in sending the Patriots to their ninth loss in 11 games. Harper dashed 4 yards through the driving wind and rain late in the first half and Newton added a 5-yard scoring run for his first TD of the year. Pat Leahy had a 47-yard field goal for New York. The Patriots were held to field goals of 42 and 29 yards by John Smith. The eight sacks, including three each by league leader Joe Klecko and runner-up Mark Gastineau, give the Jets 46 for the season. New York sacked Steve Grogan three times and replacement Matt Cavanaugh five times. Klecko has 15% sacks and Gastineau 14. Linebacker Greg Buttle set up 10 points with an interception and a fumble recovery to help the Jets win in Foxboro for the first time since 1975. "It's nice to come up here and finally beat them," said Buttle. "It's also a lot easier to play in November when you have something to play for and this is the first time since I've been here (six years) that we have something to play for in November." "The weather wasn't pretty. The game wasn't as scientific as we'd like it to be. But the most important thing is we're in the middle of the playoff race," said Michaels. "We said all along that if we continued to work hard and play hard and be aggressive, we would start turning things around. And we have. It doesn't happen overnight. It takes a lot of hard work to win in this league and our people have realized it. We look for 45 guys playing hard together and that's what we've been getting. If you get that every week, you're going to win your share of games." "We were pretty well dominated on both sides," said New England Coach Ron Erhardt. "We just couldn't stop them once they got going. They throttled us up both ways. Give the Jets credit. They are playing good football. There are a lot of people who think they may be the best team in the division right now." Elsewhere Sunday, it was Philadelphia 38 Baltimore 13; Green Bay 21 Chicago 17; Cincinnati 24 Los Angeles 10; Minnesota 20 New Orleans 10; Pittsburgh 34 Atlanta 20; Denver 24 Tampa Bay 7; Kansas City 23 Houston 10; Cleveland 15 San Francisco 12; Detroit 27 Dallas 24; and Washington 30 the New York Giants 27 in overtime. (See NFL, Page 12) AUTO IHHsVMHBaBlslssVHsw BMlMHMsViHBMCSMHwD •••nm •• Budget Saver Family Want Ads BUY (Except For Rentals and Real Estate) 15 Words or Less Free! Only 5 C For Each Word Over Or Run Your Ad In g The Salina Journal j 3 Times or More (any number off words) Then Run It In ETO ET |T I The Budget Saver ••%&&• II 11 "' i i _ * Free Family Want Ads limited to those people living In Saline • County, Minneapolis, Bennlngton, Solomon, Llndsborg. • Ads must be mailed or brought In to The Salina Journal • before 1 prn Thursday for Tuesday insertion. No phone • orders accepted on Budget Saver Want Ads. Phone orders I accepted only on Salina Journal Want Ads. 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