The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 30, 1981 · Page 12
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MUDDIED MUNCIE - San Diego running back Chuck Muncie runs 14 yards for a touchdown Sunday afternoon against Denver. Despite the DPI Photo wet and muddy conditions, Muncie scored four times to lead the Chargers to a 34-17 victory. 49ers clinch playoff berth By IRA KAUFMAN UPI Sports Writer The San Francisco 49ers completed their madcap dance to an NFC West title Sunday, but the race for the NFL's remaining nine playoff berths features more characters than a Busby Berkeley musical. The 49ers, who had compiled a 10-38 record for the three previous seasons, became the only NFL team assured of post-season competition with a 17-10 triumph over the New York Giants that gave San Francisco, 10-3, its first division title since 1972. Four of the five other NFL divisions, however, are packed tighter than an offensive line in a short-yardage situation. With three weeks left in the regular season, both the NFC Central and the AFC West sport three-way ties for the division lead. The top three teams in the AFC East are separated by a half- game and Dallas owns a half-game lead in the NFC East. The torrid Cincinnati Bengals maintained their "whopping" two-game advantage over Pittsburgh in the AFC Central. "We have played solid football week after week," said jubilant San Francisco coach Bill Walsh, who successfully integrated three rookie starters into his secondary in 1981. "We haven't had ups and downs and we have always managed to win the close one." San Franclfco'B triumph over the Gl- anta came in typical style, with quarterback Joe Montana maintaining ball control with a precise abort pasting game and the swarming, young defense forcing mistakes. Touchdown runs by Montana and fullback Johnny Davis plus a 23-yard field goal by Ray Worsening produced the points after San Francisco's aggressive defense throttled the Giants' attack and induced six turnovers. New York slipped to 6-7 and now has only an outside shot at a wild card spot. The 49ers used a pass interception and a fumble recovery to score on a 1- yard smash by Davis and a 20-yard run by Montana. When the game ended, long-suffering 49ers' fans poured onto the field to congratulate their team, which won a playoff berth for the first time since 1972. "Of course, our players are ecstatic," Walsh said. "But they have been that way week after week. This was an excellent victory for us because it got us the division but we have had other excellent wins, like beating the Rams twice." Beating the Rams, though, is hardly a mark of excellence these days. In the first rematch since Pittsburgh and Los Angeles met in Super Bowl XIV nearly two years ago, the resurgent Steelers blanked the reeling Rams, 24-0, to improve to 8-5 and remain in the hunt for an AFC playoff •pot. SALINA AUTO SALVAGE l'/j Miles North on 81 827-5686 "Let Cincinnati keep on winning," said Terry Bradshaw, who passed for one Pittsburgh TD and ran for another score. "We'll beat them when they get here (Dec. 13). We owe them one. "We're a much better football team (than when the Bengals beat the Steel- ers 34-7 on Oct. 18). We've worked out our problems. We're playing as good as anybody. The attitude is here now. We know we're going to win." Franco Harris, who passed O.J. Simpson as the NFL's all-time leader in rushing attempts, ran for 118 yards and a touchdown as the Rams, shut out for the first time since 1976, dropped to 5-8. Elsewhere Sunday, San Diego whipped Denver, 34-17, Green Bay upset Minnesota, 35-23, the New York Jets blanked Baltimore, 25-0, Cincinnati routed Cleveland, 41-21, Buffalo defeated Washington, 21-14, Tampa Bay beat New Orleans, 31-14, Atlanta beat Houston, 31-27, St. Louis topped New England, 27-20, and Oakland edged Seattle, 32-31. Philadelphia is at Miami Monday night. On Thursday,'Detroit whipped Kansas City, 27-10, and Dallas edged Chicago, 10-9. Chargers 34, Broncos 17 Chuck Muncie ran for four first-half TDs as the Chargers, 8-5, forged a 3- way tie atop the AFC West with Denver and Kansas City. Muncie, whose 18 rushing TDs this season is one shy of the NFL record, scored on runs of 14 and one yard in the first quarter and four and three yards in the second quarter. "He (Muncie) makes us look good," said Charger guard Billy Shields. "We don't have to open as big a hole because he can break through arm tackles." Packers 35, Vikings 23 Harlan Huckleby rushed for two TDs and caught one of Lynn Dickey's three TD passes to spark the Packers' upset. The loss dropped Minnesota, 7-6, into a three-way tie with Detroit and Tampa Bay for first in the NFC Central. Minnesota's Tommy Kramer completed 38- of-55 passes for 384 yards and two TDs but was intercepted five times. Jets 25, Colts 0 Rookie Freeman McNeil registered his first two pro rushing touchdowns on runs of 30 and 1 yard and Pat Leahy kicked four field goals as the Jets won their fifth straight to assume sole possession of first place in the AFC East with an .8-4-1 record. New York posted its first shutout in five years as the Colts dropped their 12th straight. "I was hungry for a touchdown," said McNeil, the third player selected in the NFL draft. "We've been working on that play for quite a long time and it broke the way it was supposed to break — I had 30 yards of daylight in front of me." Bengals 41, Browns 21 Ken Anderson, continuing a fabulous comeback season, threw four TD (SM NFL, Page 12) The Auction House Sale Every Wednesday Evening. 304 E. Pacific, Salina 913437-9347 LonnltWIIwn Thursday at BiCenter Monday, November 30,1981 — The Salina Journal Page 11 Cade on boxing card By HAROLD BECHARD Sports Editor Henry Grooms has been in the boxing business for 22 years, so he knows a good fighter when he sees one. Grooms managed and trained Leon Spinks for a year after Spinka lost the second fight to Muhammed All. He was also the trainer for light-heavyweight boxer Lynn Hutchins when Hutchins twice fought for the world title. Grooms thinks he has another boxer with the potential to fight world-class bouts — Richard Cade of Salina. Cade, a 6-4, 230-pound heavyweight, will be one of the featured boxers on the fight card Thursday night at the Bicentennial Center when he squares off with Rick Smith of Wichita in an eight- round bout. The bout will be one of six during the evening. Cade, who turned pro a year ago after a brilliant amateur career, brings a 4-0 record into Thursday's fight. His most recent outing came on Nov. 24 when he defeated Larry Sims of Cleveland, Ohio, with a TKO in the second round. "He's the finest heavyweight I've Sports The Salina Journal ever worked with in boxing," Grooms said of Cade, "and that's from the viewpoints of attitude, desire and sound boxing fundamentals." Grooms, the president of Professional Management Enterprises, Inc., in Kalamazoo, Mich., said Cade is already on the same level with Spinks. "I'd put him in the ring with Spinks right now and feel confident with the outcome," he said. Cade has been training in Kalamazoo for most of the year, but Grooms is excited about his boxer performing in front of the home folks. "In order to campaign effectively, every fighter has to come home," Grooms said. "I really feel that Rich- KU, K-State at home tonight Kansas will try to rebound from a tough loss while Kansas State looks for its second victory of the season Monday night when both teams will be at home. Kansas, coming off a 74-67 loss to top-ranked North Carolina, will host Arizona State at Allen Fieldhouse and Kansas State will entertain South Dakota at Ahearn Fieldhouse. Both games begin at 7:35 p.m. It will be the season-opener for Arizona State and a rematch of last year's NCAA Midwest Regional game when the Jayhawks upset the Sun Devils, 88-71, behind Tony Guy's 36-point performance. Only one starter — Lafayette "Fats" Lever - is back from ASU's 24-4 team of a year ago. The Sun De- vils have been hurt by graduation, academic ineligibilities and NCAA sanctions. Kansas State routed Northern Iowa last Saturday, 86-50, and will be looking for the same result Monday against South Dakota. The Coyotes are 2-1 after defeating Dakota Wesleyan (77-72) and Sioux Falls (96-87) over the weekend. Three starters and three other lettermen are back off last year's 9-16 team. The Wildcats got a balanced scoring attack in Saturday's victory, paced by senior Ed Nealy's career- high 28 points. Tyrone Adams added 16, Randy Reed 15 and junior center Les Craft 10. ard can rise into the heavyweight picture and fight some major people in Salina in the future. His family is here, his mother is here. It's important for him to come back and fight in his hometown." Grooms has fallen in love with the Bicentennial Center. "I've seen hundreds of buildings, but this one compares favorably with any arena in the country," he said. "It needs something 'major' happening in it." By 'major,' Grooms is talking about bringing in Top 15 fighters to mix it up with Cade. "Then you're talking about national exposure and cable TV," he said. "The national exposure will be good for everyone involved." Cade, 25, compiled a 70-14 record as an amateur and was a four-time Missouri Valley champion, three-time Kansas-Oklahoma Class A Golden Gloves champion and the 1980 Mid- South champ. As an amateur, Cade fought such heavyweights as James 'Quick' Tillis, Renaldo Snipes, Greg Page, John Tate and Tony Tubbs. He split two decisions with Tillis, who recently went the distance with heavyweight champ Larry Holmes, and scored a decision win over Snipes. "That's good news," Grooms said of Cade's fights with Tillis and Snipes. "Since Tillis could go the distance with Holmes, it shows that Cade could do as well or better. "Those are two guys (Tillis and Snipes) who have already fought for the world title, so there's no reason why Richard couldn't do the same thing," Grooms continued. "He's a big, strong kid and a better puncher. He's going to make an excellent heavyweight." Other bouts Thursday include Ralph Twining (17-4) of Muskegon, Mich., against Rudy Vasquez of Kansas City; Curtis Isaac (4-1) of Kalamazoo, Mich., against Jim Phillips of Omaha, Neb.; Terry Holmes (5-0) of Kalamazoo against Sam Leonard of Wichita; Joe Byrd (5-1) of Flint, Mich., against Jim Hearn of Omaha; and Mel Twining (10) of Muskegon, Mich., against Tony Hemlock of Wichita. The fight card begins at 8 p.m. The Great Brake Offer From Midas. Ragin' Cajuns win Alaska Shootout ANCHORAGE, Alaska (UPI) Southwestern Louisiana rode a 26-point performance by senior guard Alford Turner and an eight-minute scoring drought by Marquette to an 81-62 victory Sunday night in the championship game of the 1981 Great Alaska Shootout college basketball tournament. The unbeaten, unranked Ragin' Cajuns, who knocked off No. 5 Georgetown in the opening round, scored the last, point of the first half for a 35-33 lead. They then stole and fast-breaked to a 49-33 margin in the second half before the Warriors, 2-1, broke the ice on a Dwayne Johnson basket with 12:47 left. Lombardi Award narrowed to four HOUSTON (UPI) - Kenneth Sims of Texas and Billy Ray Smith of Arkansas are among four finalists for the prestigious Lombardi Award. Notre Dame linebacker Bob Crable and Perm State guard Sean Farrell were the other finalists in balloting by 95 voters choosing from among 12 nominees, a Lombardi spokesman said. The voters will now choose from among the four. The award annually goes to a top collegiate lineman in honor of the late Vince Lombardi, who coached the Green Bay Packers. The winner will be announced at a Dec. 10 dinner benefiting American Cancer Society research. 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