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.THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 1997 B3 COACHES BIG 12$(coiB'EI&NCE NORTH DIVISION Selected comments from Big 12 Soaches at Monday's weekly conference call: Kansas (3-1,1-0) Next game vs. Oklahoma, Sat. Kansas coach Terry Allen said Okla- -homa should prove to be a formidable opponent as trie Jayhawks re- 'sume conference The thing We've been impressed with during the off week as we've scouted •Oklahoma Is ,,they've been get- ..._.. ting better and ALLEN better each week," he said. 'They seem to be • making quantum leaps each every • week, and that scares you as a footfall team." ' After Cincinnati upset Kansas two 'weeks ago, Allen was grateful for this past bye week. "We have to adjust to the things Oklahoma does," he said. "It's a good situation to have the bye week to get some of those adjustments in." Kansas State (3-0, 0-0) Next game at Nebraska, Sat. The No. 17 Wildcats' 58-0 victory 'over Bowling Green boosted Kansas •State's confi- 'dence as they enter the Big 12 season with a perfect record, coach Bill Snyder said. "I think we put ourselves In a little better position to feel more com. fortable going in- SNYDER , to the Big 12 Conference," he said. "But anytime you open conference play with Nebraska, that's a tall order to begin with." While a victory over the North Division favorites would put the Wildcats • In the driver's seat for a title, Snyder . said he's not necessarily thinking in Jhose terms. . "We didn't have overly ambitious /goals of winning championships, etc.,' 1 he said. "My idea is to get better every day and do the intrinsic 'things. Winning takes care of itself." Nebraska (3-0, 0-0) Next game vs. Kansas St., Sat. Nebraska coach Tom Osborne sees a tougher, more run-oriented Kansas State team on the horizon than he's seen recently. ' "Bowling Green had played Ohio State fairly tough and then really had ; 'a hard time with K-State," he said. • ."Overall, K-State has made an im- provement over the last couple of weeks. I don't remember a K-State team ever running for 400 yards." The No. 3 Cornhuskers will wait to decide on whether to redshlrt tailback DeAngelo Evans, who has missed the season so far with a groin injury. "We'll see how much time is left in the season and the overall health of our other running backs and make a decision at that time," said Osborne, . adding that Evans "couldn't play now if he wanted to" anyway.. Evans rushed 148 times for 776 yards and 14 touchdowns last year. Colorado (2-1, 0-0) Next game vs. Texas A&M, Sat. No. 16 Colorado realizes that No. 21 Texas A&M probably is using their upcoming clash as a barometer after the Aggies' 6-6 season a year ago, coach Rick Neuhelsel said. "We know they have a program rich in tradition and rich In pride. We know they want to make amends for a disappointing season," he said. "One way Is to get off to a great start in the conference race." After squeaking past Wyoming 2019 last weekend, the Buffaloes are focusing on their once-mighty offense, which has struggled so far. "We're just not making any big plays, and everyone's got to take responsl- . bility for that: the quarterbacks, the running backs the receivers and the line," Neuhelsel said. "We're all indicted when there are no big plays. Until we make big plays, it's going to be a little claustrophobic around the ball." Missouri (2-2, 0-1) Next game vs. Iowa State, Sat. Lack of consistency was the overriding culprit in Missouri's 31-10 loss to Ohio State, Tigers coach Larry Smith said. It's something that must be repaired if Missouri can bounce back against Iowa State. "We're sitting here at 2-2, a mediocre football team that's got to make a decision where it wants to go," he said. 'That decision lies with us." A wrist injury might slow down quarterback Corby Jones, the catalyst for Missouri's offense. Iowa State (0-4, 0-1) Next game at Missouri, Sat. The strength of Iowa State's early schedule has taken its toll on the Cyclones, particularly their winless record. "We've played some teams in the early part of the season that have a 13-4 combined record," coach Dan McCarney said. "We've had some Injuries defensively and we've not been very effective. We've not been very physical against the run." A young offensive line, coupled with the loss of star rusher Troy Davis, has devastated Iowa State's attack. SOUTH DIVISION Oklahoma (2-2, 0-0) Next game at Kansas, Sat. , Oklahoma coach John Blake said , the Sooners' underclassmen continued to improve In a 35-14 victory over ''-•Louisville, something that must contin- •'' ue if they're going to make a splash in - league play. .iffThe young kids are really playing •• well, but we need to get them playing . a,, lot better than they are, and they . know that," he said. As the six South Division teams enter the brunt gf Big 12 play in an apparent horse race, Blake said Texas - 'remains the favorite until another ' team proves otherwise. They won it last year," Blake said. "(They should be favored) until somebody knocks them completely out of it. I'll let you know at the end of the season." Oklahoma State (4-0,1-0) 'Next game vs. Texas, Sat. Undefeated Oklahoma State faces • .the first major test of its undefeated • : record against Texas after finishing a , perfect nonconference season with a .38-7 victory over Northeast Louisiana. . "We're very excited about our record ' and really more excited to be .going (back) into the Big 12," coach Bob Simmons said. "We do have a challenge this week in playing this Texas football team." Simmons called Texas running back 'Ricky Williams his defense's "biggest : 'test to date," especially after Williams' " five touchdowns last week at Rice. " -"(Williams) having the title of 'Little > Earl' is well Justified," Simmons said. ,. ^He has excellent strength inside and great speed outside. He will be a great challenge for our defense." Texas (2-1,0-0) ,. Next game at O-State, SaL 1 Having gotten back on the winning •" 'track by winning a 38-31 thriller against Rice, Texas must lick its numerous wounds while facing seven straight Big 12 opponents. "We really expect Oklahoma State will be a real battle for us," Texas coach John Mackovic said. "You ' could say they're clearly one of the 'two or three most improved teams in • the conference this year. They've done it by improving their defense, but also their offense Is moving along nicely." •'*.. -Defensive tackles Chris Akins and •••' Casey Hampton are out for an "extended period of time" with knee injuries, Mackovic said. Same goes for ' receiver Wane McGarity and reserve linebacker Josh Taft. . OSU has been stiff against the run, which could mean tougher sledding for Williams, who chewed up Rice at Will- That fact won't change the Longhorns' growing reliance on rushing, Mackovic said. "We have to go with the things we do well, so (running) has to be a big part of the offensive game plan for here on out," he said. Texas Tech (1-2, 0-0) Next game at Baylor, Sat. Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes said the Red Raiders used the bye week to heal and study what went wrong in their 30-27 loss to North Texas the weekend before. "We were beat up a little bit," Dykes said. "We got a lot of work done over the last week and we certainly needed to. There were a lot of things we didn't do too well against North Texas, but now we're playing for keeps (in league play)." Tech's youth still gets the Raiders into trouble, Dykes said. With Baylor having won four of its last five games against Tech in Waco, he said his players are going to have to grow up quickly. "The jury's still out on our football team," Dykes said. "We've got a good nucleus, good seniors surrounded by a lot of young guys in so many instances. ... We've got to make a stand; we're just going to have to play well for 60 minutes." Baylor (1-2, 0-0) Next game vs. Texas Tech, Sat. More than a month after their last home game, a loss to Miami on Aug. 30, Baylor coach Dave Roberts said his Bears are stoked about kicking conference play off with Texas Tech. "We're glad to finally get going and play straight through," said Roberts, whose team doesn't have another off week. The Bears have improved over the bye week and are prepared to make their Big 12 run, Roberts said. Texas A&M (3-0, 0-0) Next game at Colorado, Sat. No. 21 Texas A&M closed out a weak non-conference slate with a 3610 victory over North Texas, depriving the Eagles of a second straight stunner. Now, the Aggies face a trial by fire against No. 16 Colorado, which has lost only to 12th-ranked Michigan. "They've played tougher opponents than we've played," Texas A&M coach R.C. Slocum said when asked If this was a lesser edition of the usually powerful Buffaloes. "Who's to know what the score would have been if we'd played Michigan?" Slocum believes that the Buffaloes, who have struggled offensively, could be a time bomb if the Aggies aren't careful. "I think they're just a hair away from some really big plays," he said. "I seem them as being every bit as potent and explosive as they've been in the past. Their defense is excellent and their offensive receivers are dangerous guys." — The Associated Press V PRO FOOTBALL V HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 49ers topple Carolina, 34 - 21 By The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N,C. — This Monday night, the San Francisco 49ers made sure it wouldn't come down to a last-second field goal attempt. Steve Young threw for one touchdown and ran for another, Garrison Hearst rushed for 141 yards on 28 carries and Merton Hanks set up two scores with two interceptions as the 49ers avenged two losses from last season, beating the Carolina Panthers 34-21. Unlike the Pittsburgh-Jacksonville and Philadelphia-Dallas games the last two Monday nights, this one was over early. San Francisco, which won its fourth straight after an opening loss to Tampa Bay in which it lost Jerry Rice, scored off the opening kickoff on an 8-yard pass from Young to Terrell Owens. They led 17-0 after 18 minutes after outgaining Carolina 131-0 in the first quarter and finished with 219 rushing yards, the most given up in the Panthers' 3-year history. By midway through the third quarter, it was 27-7 as Young scored on a 2-yard scramble; an interception by Hanks led to a 3- yard TD run by Hearst; and Gary Anderson kicked field goals of 25 and 48 yards, the first on Hanks' other interception. Young finished 16-of-24 for 152 yards. The game continued a season of trouble for the Panthers (2-3), who had won three of four games from the 49ers in their two seasons. It was their third loss without a win this season at Ericsson Stadium, where they were 9-0 last season. And it dropped them two games and a tiebreaker behind San Francisco in the NFC West, which they won last season as a second-year team, largely because they beat the 49ers twice. Kerry Collins, the third-year quarterback who came back two weeks ago from a fractured jaw sustained in the exhibition season, had four turnovers for the second straight game — three interceptions and a fumble on a snap at the San Francisco 18 in the second quarter. The high spot of his evening was a 17-yard touchdown pass to Rae Carruth with four minutes left in the first half that cut San Francisco's lead to 17-7. Collins, who finished ll-of-24 for 126 yards, left after being shaken up early in the fourth quarter and backup Steve Beuerlein continued a drive that was capped by an 8-yard TD pass to Rocket Ismail, who spun away from two tacklers into the end zone. Then the 49ers literally ran out the clock, taking the ball on the ground from their own 19, using up 9:56 and capping it with Terry Kirby's 3-yard TD run. Stires signs 1-year deal with ABL's Quest COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former Kansas State and Salina Central standout Shanele Stires has earned a roster spot with the Columbus Quest of the women's professional American Basketball League, Questgeneral manager and head coach Brian Agler announced Monday. Stires, a 5-foot-ll forward, who played part of last season for the Quest on a 30-day contract, will sign a one-year deal with the team. Financial terms of the contract were not disclosed. Stires appeared in nine games for the Quest last year, scoring 7 points and grabbing eight rebounds in 40 minutes of action. "This is an incredible feeling," Stires said. "I've worked my whole life for this. This past year has been filled with heartach and sorrow and now I've finally made it. "The hard work has paid off. I am so proud to be a part of the world champion Quest and I could care less what my role will be. I'm looking forward to doing whatever I can to help this team." Andria Jones, who also played at Kansas State, has left the Quest's training camp to pursue her student teaching at K-State. Jones was not cut or released by the team, Agler said, but made a personal decision to go back to school. K-State-Missouri game time changed for TV MANHATTAN — Kansas State's Oct. 11 home game against Missouri has been chosen for television as the Big 12 syndicated game of the week. Kickoff for the game has been moved to 11:30 a.m. The game will be carried in the Salina area on Kansas City's WDAF (Salina cable channel 7), Wichita's KWCH (ch. 12) and Topeka's WIBW (ch. 5). Also, around 200 tickets for Kansas State's Oct. 18 homecoming game against Texas A&M have been returned and are on sale at the K-State ticket office in Bramlage Coliseum. Phone numbers for the ticket office are 785532-7606 or 1-800-221-CATS. Tickets also are available for the Nov. 15 Colorado game. Big 12 honors Kelly, Williams, Merkerson • DALLAS — Texas running back Ricky Williams, Colorado linebacker Ron Merkerson and Colorado cornerback Ben Kelly were named Big 12 Conference players of the week. Williams, who received offensive honors for leading his team to a 38-31 win over Rice, rushed for a career-best 249 yards on 28 carries with five touchdowns to set both Texas and Big 12 marks for touchdowns scored in one game. Williams also moved up to fifth place in Texas' career rushing with 2,702 yards. Merkerson notched 12 total tackles before making the pivotal defensive play in the Buffaloes' 20-19 victory over Wyoming. Merkerson had a 33-yard fumble return to set up Jeremy Aldrich's 18-yard field goal. Kelly was named special teams player of the week for a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown that kept the Buffaloes' alive. FHS's Gregory earned RMAC offense honor COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Fort Hays State running back Donald Gregory has been named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference co-offensive player of the week for his performance in the Tigers' 62-12 victory over Wayne State. Mesa State quarterback Josh Penry shared the honor with Gregory while Chadron State linebacker Kevin Homer was named top defensive player and Mesa State kicker Toby Sheers special teams player of the week. Gregory, a 6-foot-2,215-pound junior from Point Reyes, Calif., rushed 38 times for 234 yards and three touchdowns in FHSU's win. Steiner, Benavides earn KCAC honors LINDSBORG — Chris Steiner of Ottawa and Ben Benavides of Bethel were named players of the week Monday by the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference. Steiner, an offensive guard from Claflin, made key blocks as Ottawa rolled up 502 yards on offense and five rushing touchdowns in a 43-35 win over Bethany on Saturday. Benavides, a linebacker from San Antonio, had 20 tackles and recovered one fumble as Bethel beat McPherson 34-19. National American sweeps KW in soccer The Kansas Wesleyan men's soccer team concluded a difficult no- conference stretch in its schedule Monday with its four straight loss, dropping a 6-3 decision at Martin Stadium to National American University. National American's team, which is made up primarily of Brazilian and, German players, rolled to a 4-0 lead and never looked back against Wesleyan, which fell to 5-4 on the season. The Coyotes trailed 5-2 at halftime. "We actually played them pretty even," said Wesleyan coach Brian Berner, whose Coyotes were out- shot just 18-17. "What hurt us was we allowed the third goal on a penalty kick, the first goal they beat us far post and the second we let them go up the middle unmarked. "The best thing to come out of it is we're gaining so much experience playing the caliber of team we just don't face in the KCAC." The Coyotes, who also lost 7-2 to No. 20-ranked (NAIA) Westmar on Saturday in Iowa, return to Kansas Conference action Wednesday at Tabor. The women start at 4 p.m. and the men at 6. Against National American, the Coyotes got two goals from Mike Dibbini and one from Lauren Humphrey. Fabio Bidelwein had three goals and Nermin Ramie two goals and a pair of assists for National American. National American dominated the women's game, winning 7-2. Wesleyan was outshot 33-2 by the visitors. A high point for the Coyotes was the play of goalkeeper Carrie Stryjek, who made 25 saves. From Staff and Wire Reports The Salina Journal CLASS 6A Team W-L 1. Olalhe North (1) 4-0 2. Manhattan (2) 4-0 3. Shawnee Mission West (NR) 3-1 4. Olathe East (NR) 4-0 5. Emporla (5) 4-0 This week — Olalhe North at Leavenworth; Manhattan at Salina South; Shawnee Mission West at Lawrence Free State; Olathe East at Shawnee Mission Northwest; Emporla at Highland Park. CLASS 5A Team W-L 1. Liberal (1) 4-0 2. Salina Central (2) 4-0 3. Wichita Carroll (3) 4-0 4. Wlntield (4) 4-0 5. Blue Valley Stllwell (NR) 4-0 This week — Liberal vs. Denver Monbel- lo (Saturday); Salina Central at Topeka West; Wichita Carroll at Wichita South (Thursday); Wlnfleld vs. Arkansas City; Blue Valley Stllwell vs. Aquinas. CLASS 4A Team W-L 1. Smoky Valley (2) 4-0 2. Ulysses (8) 4-0 3. Augusta (4) 4-0 4. Topeka Hayden (7) 3-1 5. Loulsburg (5) 4-0 6. Osawatomie (6) 4-0 7. Andale (3) 3-1 8. Scott City (1) 3-1 9. Santa Fe Trail (NR) 4-0 10. Abilene (NR) 3-1 This week — Smoky Valley vs. Haven; Ulysses at TMP-Marlan; Augusta vs. Maize; Topeka Hayden at Topeka Seaman; Louisburg vs. Prairie View; Osawatomie vs. Spring Mill; Andale vs. Medicine Lodge; Scott City at Holslngton; Santa Fe Trail vs. lola; Abilene at Belolt. CLASS 3A Team W-L 1. Smith Center (1) 4-0 2. Holslngton (2) 4-0 3. Rlverton (4) 4-0 4. Holcomb (6) 4-0 5. Silver Lake (8) 3-1 6. Eureka (9) 4-0 7. Marlon (7) 4-0 8. Belleville (10) 4-0 9. Southwestern Heights (NR) 4-0 10. Norton (NR) 3-1 This week — Smith Center at Plalnville; Holslngton vs. Scott City; Rlverton vs. Girard; Holcomb at Leoti; Sliver Lake vs. Osage City; Eureka vs. Humboldt; Marion vs. Sacred Heart; Belleville at Concordla; Southwestern Heights at Elkhart; Norton vs. Hill City. CLASS 2-1A Team W-L 1. Garden Plain (1) 4-0 2. Claflin (3) 4-0 3. St. Francis (4) 4-0 4. Hill City (5) 3-1 5. Centralia (7) .' 4-0 6. Frankfort (6) 4-0 7. Atwood (8) 4-0 8. Slanton County (2) 3-1 9. Lyndon (9) 4-0 10. Troy (NR) 4-0 This week — Garden Plain at Conway Springs; Claflin at Kinsley; St. Francis at Oakley; Hill City at Norton; Centralia vs. Burllnghame; Frankfort vs. Onaga^Atwood vs. Dlghton; Stanton County vs. Hugoton; Lyndon vs. Madison; Troy at Pleasant Ridge. EIGHT-MAN I Team W-L 1. Mankato (1) 4-0 2. Satanta (3) 4-0 3. Waconda East (4) 4-0 4. Spearvllle (5) 3-1 5. Minneola (6) 3-1 6. Coldwater (7) 3-1 7. Ashland (8) 3-1 8. Centre (9) 3-1 9. Midway Denton (NR) 4-0 10. Wilson (NR) 4-0 This week — Mankato at Jewell; Satanta vs. Hanston; Waconda East vs. Hillcrest; Spearvllle at Minneola; Coldwater at Protection; Ashland vs. Jetmore; Centre at Wakefleld; Midway Denton vs. St. Marys Academy; Wilson vs. Downs. EIGHT-MAN II Team W-L 1. Sylvan (1) 4-0 2. Hanston (2) 4-0 3. Hope (3) ; 4-0 4. Trlplalns (4) 4-0 5. Northern Valley (5) 3-1 6. Protection (6) 3-1 7. Lewis (7) 3-1 8. Balleyvllle (9) 3-1 9. Tescott (10) 3-1 10. Bern (NR) 3-1 This week — Sylvan at Tipton; Hanston at Satanta; Hope at St.. John's Military; Trlplalns at Grlnnell; Northern Valley at Ransom; Protection vs. Coldwater; Lewis at Macksvllle; Balleyvllle at Linn; Tescott at Qulvira Heights; Bern vs. Hanover. Abilene / Tough early slate helping Cowboys FROM PAGE B1 kids toughen up early. We were outsized badly in both the South and Great Bend games on the line of scrimmage, so it forced our linemen to learn to play hard all the time. I thought our offensive line had an outstanding game against Wamego." In the Wamego game, the Cowboys had two backs break the 100- yard rushing barrier. Josh Elliott, who had been sidelined since the Great Bend game, missing a 38-14 victory the following week over Minneapolis, carried for 113 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Britt Desbien, last year's rushing leader, had 110 yards. "A lot of things came together for our line in that game," Wade said. "We had actually been passing the ball better up to that point, which is unusual for us." Senior quarterback Tate Wyatt, who had missed most of the past . two seasons with knee injuries, has thrown for about 400 yards. "Some of the quarterbacks we've had, that's a season for them," Wade said. "It's amazing how well he's doing, no more snaps than he's had the last two years." The defense also came together U.S. National Team beat KSU spikers By The Associated Press MANHATTAN — Allison Weston and Karrie Downey each had 11 kills and 10 digs to help the USA National Team shut out Kansas State 15-4,16-14 and 15-5 in exhibition volleyball Monday night at Ahearn Field House. Weston and Downey are former Big Eight players. Weston played for Nebraska, Downey for Colorado. The National Team opened a 10-1 lead in game one, outkilling the Wildcats 19 : 6 and outblocking them 2-0. Kansas State led 13-11 in game two before the National Team came back. In game three, the Wildcats took an early 4-3 lead before losing 12 of the next 13 points. Kansas State's Kim Zschau recorded 12 kills and 11 digs. Dawn Cady also had 12 kills for the Wildcats. for the Cowboys in the Wamego game. "One factor was we were able to shut down the effectiveness of their running game," Wade said. "We had four of what we call strikeouts in the first quarter, where they get three plays and out. We established our defense early. "I thought Elliott and Curtis Hall at our inside linebackers really played well, and so did (lineman) David Hettenbach on both sides." Despite the quality of the first two opponents in the Cowboys' losses, a victory over Wamego was critical, Wade said. "You can only tell your athletes for so long when they lose that they're getting better and still improve," he said. "I think we were kind of at that stage against Wamego. "We needed a win against a good team. (The North Central Kansas League) seems to be stacked with some very good teams this year. (Wamego) beat Concordia and the Concordia turns around and beats Marysville." Wamego, Concordia and Marysville all are 3-1 and have been ranked in Class 4A this season. Abilene now goes on the road for games Friday at Beloit and the following week at Marysville, then opens district play at home against Concordia. 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