The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 11, 1997 · Page 19
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' SATURDAY • H timf UtorffriMilff Jir afc^E- 5 ?* * Je OCTOBifff ff 1997 THE SALfWA'tlODRNAL Sports MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL / C3 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL / C4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL / C5 c V HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Central whips Manhattan, wins 1-70 Mustangs move to 6-0 with shutout of Indians in battle of state-ranked powers By LARRY MORITZ The Sallna Journal MANHATTAN — Any more nonbelievers out there? Anybody still doubting how good the defending Class 5A state ::-,Mu*»uiu*- champion Salina Central foot- ''AP*? P"""* ball team might be? Central 28 Not likely. Not after the Mustangs, ranked No. 2 in 5A, Manhattan put a major whippin' on Manhattan Friday night at Cico Park. Central improved to 6-0 this season with a 280 victory over the No. 2-ranked (6A) and previ- ously unbeaten Indians. The Mustangs not only shut out an opponent for the third consecutive game, they secured the 1-70 League title they lost to Manhattan a year ago. "That was really important, because it was our third league title in four years, and I don't think a lot of people realize that," said Central coach Marvin Diener, whose team went 5-0 in league play. "We're very proud to have the league trophy back in our trophy case." Central used two time-consuming scoring drives in the first half, then struck twice via the big play in the second half as part of a huge offensive night. The Mustangs collected 421 yards of total offense, including 197 yards passing and three touchdowns for quarterback Clete Wilson. The defense was equally dominating. Central limited Manhattan to 106 yards in 46 plays, and the Indians had as many punts (seven) as first downs. Senior running back Kelvin Jones was averaging 187 yards a game and 8.8 yards a carry, but was held to 70 yards on 22 attempts against the Mustangs. "Manhattan has a good offense, and I give a lot of credit to Jones because he's a good back," Central linebacker Ramon Perez said. "But we've developed and matured a lot and we stud- ied the scouting reports this week and knew all their formations. "We wanted the shutout really bad and that's what we got." "Defensively we knew they were good," Manhattan coach Lew Lane said. "But they were better than we thought." Manhattan threatened to score only once and that was after a high snap led to a blocked Central punt late in the third quarter. Already down 28-0, the Indians managed to get a first-and-goal at the 7-yard line, but were held to only three See MUSTANGS, Page C4 Cougars roll past Blue Jays Salina South capitalizes on five Junction City fumbles, holds Jordan to just 51 yards , KELLY PRESNELUThe Salina Journal Southeast of Saline running back Tyson Douglas stiff arms his way around Concordia's Josh Petersen for a big second-quarter gain during Friday's game. SE-Saline pulls away from Concordia By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal GYPSUM — The Southeast of Saline Trojans rolled into their shpwdown against Concordia with a full head of steam and showed no signs of slowing uMuoMimi down Friday night at ?PM SCHOOL ,, Steve Fritz Field. Concordia 13 Southeast, riding a three-game winning streak, outmuscled Con- SE-Saline cordia in the first half, came up with a big defensive play in the fourth quarter, then added a pair of late touchdowns to shut down the Panthers 32-13. "This was a great win," said Southeast quarterback Thane Douglas, who rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns, plus threw for another to tight end Kevin Peterson. "It was homecoming and everybody was pumped up. We came out and T COLLEGE FOOTBALL played the way we wanted to." The Trojans, 4-2, came up big in the fourth quarter after Concordia had trimmed a 12-point halftime deficit to 1813 on Jacob Letourneau's 8-yard third-period score. With less than seven minutes left and the Panthers on the move at their own 35- yard line, sophomore Cole Eilders picked off a Letourneau pass and returned it to the Concordia 34-yard line. A personal foul call moved it to the 19. From there, Southeast needed just three plays to score on Douglas' 10-yard run. Thane Douglas then threw to Tyson Douglas for the two-point conversion and a 26-13 Trojan advantage. Douglas added a 26-yard touchdown run with 1:01 left to put it out of reach. "Momentum is definitely in our favor now," said Southeast coach Phil Katzenmeier, whose Trojans open district play next week at Belleville. "This team has so much character and so much heart." The Trojans controlled the line of scrimmage against Concordia, 4-2, rushing 53 times for 265 yards and passing for 102 more. Letourneau threw for 164 yards to lead Concordia, but completed just 11 of 28 passes in a heavy breeze. The Panthers were limited to 94 yards on the ground. For Southeast, Tyson Douglas had 71 yards on 15 carries and Nathan Kejr 64 yards on 14 attempts, plus one touchdown. Travis Esslinger led Concordia with 67 yards rushing on 16 carries. "They've beaten the two best teams in our district (Belleville and Beloit), so this shows a lot for us," Thane Douglas said. "This is a great springboard into district." Concordia struck first in the game, driving 54 yards in seven plays on its first possession with Esslinger scoring on a 1- yard run. From there, it was all Southeast as the Trojans scored with 10 seconds left in the first quarter and twice in the second period for an 18-6 halftime advantage. Kejr scored the Trojans' first touchdown when he took a pitch from Thane Douglas around right end for 4 yards. Douglas set up the score with a 31-yard punt return to the Panther 18. Southeast drove 56 yards in nine plays on its next possession with Thane Douglas finding Kevin Peterson alone in the middle of the end zone on a 6-yard touchdown pass. Thane Douglas completed the Southeast first-half scoring with a 42-yard option keeper to the left side on the first play following a short Concordia punt. The Trojans also squandered one scoring opportunity in the first quarter. K-State plays host to Mizzou; KU travels to Tech By HAROLD BECHARD Tlie Salina Journal MANHATTAN — Nebraska's Scott .Freest won the battle of running quarterbacks last week. ^"Kansas State hopes Michael Bishop is jKe winner today as the Wildcats host Missouri in a Big 12 Conference tele- :yjsed game set for 11:30 a.m. at KSU Stadium. v 'Quarterbacks are always in the spotlight, but maybe even more so today. Bishop is a threat to run or pass every time he fades back in the pocket, while Missouri's Corby Jones is one of the nation's top option quarterbacks. •:» The Wildcats are favored by 11 points to put last week's 30-point loss at Ne- 'braska behind them, but know they must play a lot better than a week ago. ; K-State is 0-1 in the Big 12 North and 3-1 overall. "We'll try to find those things that need to be corrected," KSU coach Bill ^•gnyder said. "Execution can take a lot 'of different shapes and forms. It's a process that makes sure everybody does w.hat they're supposed to do the right way." Missouri (M, 3-2) comes into today's game desperately wanting to prove it can play with the big boys. The Tigers haven't had a winning season since 1983 and believe this is the season they turn it around. However, a devastating 15-7 loss to Kansas on Sept. 13 and a 21-point drub- bing by Ohio State have dampened those hopes. The Tigers built momentum last week in a 45-21 win over hapless Iowa State and head coach Larry Smith hopes his team can keep it going against a Kansas State team the Tigers haven't defeated since 1992. "We beat ourselves against Kansas," Smith said. "It was the same thing against Ohio State, we didn't give ourselves a chance to win." But Jones had perhaps the finest game of his career against Iowa State, throwing two touchdown passes to Kent Layman. He suffered a deep thigh bruise in the game and sat out the fourth quarter, but is expected to play against the Wildcats. Jones is second in the Big 12 in total offense, with 639 yards passing and a team-leading 429 yards rushing while accounting for 10 touchdowns. "I think his confidence since the KU game has grown by leaps and bounds," Snyder said, K-State counters with Bishop, who has passed for 539 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for 151 yards and three scores. "He does a lot of scrambles," Smith said. "He throws the ball well. They run some option with him. He's very dangerous." Today's game is one the Tigers have been pointing to. "For us where we are in our season, in our schedule, every game is critical," Smith said. "We have our backs to the wall every game, every game is crucial." By MARK BABINECK The Associated Press LUBBOCK, Texas — The Kansas Jay- hawks were one pinky finger away from a quarterback controversy. Or were they? < According to Kansas coach Terry Allen, the Jayhawks would have gone with backup Zac Wegner anyway against Texas Tech in today's 6:30 p.m. kickoff at Jones Stadium. And the broken pinky finger on left- handed starter Matt Johner's throwing hand made it a moot point. "I think that with the things we are going to have to do to move the football, Zac's stronger and more powerful arm will give us a better opportunity to do so," Allen said. The Jayhawks (4-1, 2-0 Big 12) have been hot with Johner starting, though their offense ranks among the nation's worst. Wegner replaced a scuffling Johner during Kansas' 20-17 victory over Oklahoma last week, though he was only slightly better. There are no quarterback questions at Tech (2-2, 1-0), where four-year starter Zebbie Lethridge has accounted for a league-leading 248 yards per game. Donnie Hart, his favorite receiver, ranks sixth nationally with a 131-yard average. "I'm just impressed with all the different receivers they have," Allen said. "It's going to be very interesting from By DARAN NEUSCHAFER The Salina Journal our standpoint because we've yet to face an offense ... that has a quarterback that throws it the way they do." With six interceptions and just one touchdown allowed, Kansas' pass defense has been stifling to this point in the season. "Their defense changed schemes but didn't change their mannerisms," Dykes said. "They play hard, they play well and they do a heck of a job. (Tony) Blevins is probably as good a defensive back as there is in the country, and their team is laden with really good players." Tech gained momentum after beating Kansas 30-17 last year in Lawrence, and the up-and-down Raiders seek the same kind of lift again after an easy win at Baylor. Kansas, meanwhile, is undefeated at home but lost to Cincinnati in its only road game so far. Tech is a nine-point favorite coming into the game. "It's a big game because their record is so good," Dykes said. "Last year, they were ranked for a long time, but of course (all games are) big." The Red Raiders admit tonight's game is the perfect time to establish some consistency during a season that's included a blowout loss to No. 9 Tennessee (52-17) and a monumental upset loss at home to North Texas (3027). "I see us being a whole lot more successful," defensive end Taurus Rucker said. "We had a lot of things to adjust. Right now in the Big 12, we're 1-0, so 1 think we can go in and be successful." Junction City 12 Salina South 31 STONEBRAKER One quick look at the final stat sheet was all it took for Junction City coach Randall Zimmerman. The Blue Jay mentor only had to look at one category — fumbles — to find the whole story. Junction City fumbled the ball five times Friday night against Salina South and subsequently gave away any chance of leaving Salina with a victory, as the Cougars rolled to a 31-12,1-70 league victory at Salina Stadium. For Zimmerman and his coaching staff, it was an easy post-game analysis of his team's effort. "Mistakes, mistakes, mistakes," said Zimmerman, whose team dropped to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the league. "Mistakes everywhere. We played with no intensity, and you can see what happens when you don't come out with any intensity. I am just real disappointed with our effort." Over on the South sidelines, the injury-riddled Cougars gladly accepted the Blue Jay goodwill. South also turned the ball over three times, but none resulted in Junction City points. "I was real proud of the kids on both sides of the ball," said South coach Ken Stonebraker, whose team moved to 4-2 and finished the 1-70 portion of its schedule at 3-2. "We are pretty banged up right now and are fighting some injuries, so to come away with a win like this before district starts is just what we wanted to do." Overshadowed by the Blue Jay fumbles was the effort turned in by the Cougar defense. Junction City tailback Matt Jordan is considered one of the state's elite offensive players. The 5-foot-10 senior, who entered the game averaging 177 yards a contest, was coming off a huge 340-yard effort last week in a win over Topeka High. But South put the clamps on Jordan all night long, holding him to 51 yards on 21 carries. Zimmerman said South wasn't doing anything unusual to shut down Jordan. "(South) didn't do anything differently than everybody else does against Matt. They just ran everybody at him, which is what every team has been doing," Zimmerman said. "It's just that when you don't block people, it is hard to run." Junction City opened the game with a bang when junior Jamar Marks returned the game's opening kickoff 86 yards to give the Blue Jays a 6-0 lead. South then drove to the Junction City 30- yard line before its initial drive fizzled. Michael Butler's 47-yard field goal attempt fell short. But three plays later, the Cougars' Tanner Klingzell sacked Junction City quarterback Matt Devine causing the Blue Jay signal-caller to cough up the football. South's Matt Ogorzolka fell on it at the 5-yard line for the first of his two fumble recoveries on the night. Gabe Sellers took it in on fourth down for South's first score. Butler's PAT made it 76 South. Junction City answered right back, when on the first snap following the kickoff, fulj- back Emory Walker scooted 75 yards on a trap play to put the Blue Jays back in front, Junction City ran just four plays from scrimmage in the first quarter, but led 12-7. But it was all Cougars from that point, as South scored 24 unanswered points, including a 19-yard return of a fumble recovery by senior defensive end Ben Sims. Sims' touchdown followed a field goal by Butler into a stiff wind that had pulled South to within 12-10. The 37-yarder by Butler tied the South school record for longest field goal. + More Saline County and area high school football coverage / Page C4 SUGGESTIONS? CA£.L BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (785) 823-^363 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT sjbdavld8onefaljournal.com

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