Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania on September 13, 1990 · Page 13
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Indiana Gazette from Indiana, Pennsylvania · Page 13

Indiana, Pennsylvania
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Thursday, September 13, 1990
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(fenzette ^jj.i-:;_i ^ ^iSJISji • =3£i--i=. Classifieds inside Monday, September 15,2003 — Page 13 SPORTS Ravens' Lewis shatters NFL rushing record. Page 14 Bill Balint Surprises keep coming Eight of the 10 Heritage Conference football teams already have a loss, but eight of the 10 also have won a game. The conference is so balanced right now that only one more chance remains for two unbeaten teams to face each other. Northern Cambria and Saltsburg each enter.midseason at 3-0 and could be 5-0 when they meet in Saltsburg on Oct. 3. But the Trojans must get past Marion Center and Blairsville in the interim, while Northern Cambria plays Homer-Center and Marion Center. The Colts were 3-0 last year before losing five of their final six conference games. Coach Frank Paronish's club shouldn't suffer from overconfidence given what occurred last season and what has already taken place to some other favorites this year.The early-season interaction of Blairsville, Homer-Center and Marion Center illustrates the problem of trying to predict outcomes in the conference this year. Homer-Center defeated Blairsville by a 20-0 score in the opener and Marion Center downed the Wildcats, 20-7, the following week. Marion Center should've been a favorite over the Bobcats last Saturday, particularly on its home Geld. But Blairsville handed the Stingers a 20-6 setback. ; Based on the first 15 conference games, followers should count on a lot of surprise results over the final 30 contests: With District 5-6 " playoff berths so hard to come by at the lower classifications, fans can only hope the conference remains unbalanced enough that at least a few teams get postseason invitations. .• Although the fall sports season has yet to reach its midway point, there was spring sports news of note buried within the recently released PIAA championship schedule for the next few years. The schedule indicates that baseball and softball will officially expand to four classifications beginning with the 2005 season. Although it will be several months before area teams receive their classifications, the addition of another class should be good news for the majority of those schools. Some area teams will be placed into a lower class, and those that maintain the status quo will see the number of district competitors reduced. Given that the new quartiles will involve the large Philadelphia Public League schools, it is uncertain if area schools would be bumped up in class. Indiana High has a good chance of remaining at AAA while many of the larger WPIAL teams are placed into Quad A. Some good teams will remain in AAA, but there will be fewer teams competing for the same number of postseason spots. Recall that Indiana still plays at the highest classification in every PIAA sport despite a continuing decline in enrollment. Only in hockey, which is not a PIAA-sanctioned sport, is Indiana separated from the largest schools. It is more than a coincidence that Indiana is a consistent regional contender on the ice. A downgrade in a few PIAA sports is anticipated as the decade progresses and mat could bolster.the school's fortunes. • Indiana University of Pennsylvania should retain its No. 4 spot in this week's American Football Coaches Association Division n Top 20 poll. The Indians are 2-0 after having trounced West Virginia Tech 42-0 on Saturday night. It is understandable that such rankings are taken for granted since the team has been ranked 41 consecutive times spanning four seasons. IUP was ranked 83 times during the 1990s and 44 times from 1984-89. IUP last fell out of the Top 20 in 1999 after posting a mediocre 3-3 record. That team won four in a row to earn a surprise playoff berth, and then went on to win the Northeast Region title. The pollsters haven't dared to leave out the Indians since. The 13 playoff appearances, nine Lambert/Meadowlands Cups and the eight wins or more in 17 of 18 seasons are all impressive symbols of consistent achievement. But 168 appearances and counting in the Top 20 might be the most significant symbol of all. Hall's big play sinks Steelers By DOUG TUCKER AP Sports Writer KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The stumbling, bumbling Kansas City Chiefs could do nothing right. Then Dante Hall uncorked a 100-yard kickoff return — which an official mistakenly tried to nullify— and the Chiefs could hardly do wrong, rolling to a 41-20 victory over Pittsburgh on Sunday. Priest Holmes, showing again that offseason surgery did nothing to slow the NFL's 2002 Offensive Player of the Year, rushed for 122 yards and three touchdowns as the Chiefs (2-0) scored on offense, defense and special teams. "Dante's return was the biggest play of the game for us," said guard Brian Waters. "Easily. Our offense wasn't doing anything. The defense was doing their best. But, man, when that play happened it just turned the whole game around." Hall's return, the longest for the Chiefs in almost 36 years, came immediately after the Steelers (1-1) had taken a 10-0 first- quarter lead. Hall fielded Jeff Reed's kickoff at the goal line, cut left and sped virtually untouched up the sideline. Reed, the last Steeler-between him and the end zone, flicked out his foot in an obvious attempt to trip Hall, who stumbled, regained his balance and kept going to score. A yellow flag flew, and referee Larry Nemmers brought a groan from the crowd when he announced the touchdown was nullified by a tripping penalty against Kansas City. But as the Chiefs screamed in disbelief, Nemmers huddled with other officials and reversed himself, giving Hall his fourth touchdown return in less than two years. "I wasn't worried, because I knew the guy tried to trip me and they would get togeth- •er'ahd getit right,"'said Hall, who had a 45- yard punt return in the fourth quarter that led to Holmes' 4-yard TD run and a 34-20 lead. "The blocking was terrific. We challenged those guys to step up and did they ever." Holmes capped the scoring with a 31- yard TD run in the fourth quarter when he put a beauty of a move on defensive back Mike Logan about the 5. The Chiefs revamped defense recovered a fumble and intercepted three passes UNHAPPY RETURN Dante Hall's 100-yard kickoff return in the first quarter turned the tide against Pittsburgh. (AP photo) from Tommy Maddox, who'd been nearly flawless the week before against Baltimore. That's not the way things started. The first six times the Chiefs touched the ball, they had two penalties, 4 yards rushing, one incompletion and allowed a Pittsburgh touchdown on Chad Scott's 26-yard interception return against Trent Green. "Everything mat we'd done offensively and defensively to that point, that one play took it out," said Pittsburgh coach Bill Cowher. "It was one of-the,bjj|g^f'plays of the game, because it" it." A few minutes after Scott's TD, Maddox hit Hines Ward for a 50-yard gain to the Kansas.City 7 that set up Reed's 20-yard field goal. • After Hall's return, the Steelers went up 17-7 when Maddox, following James Farrior's interception, connected with Pfaxico Burress on a 33-yard TD strike. Then, it was all Kansas City. "We came back from some real adversity against a real good football team," said Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil. "No one's going to put us on top, but I think we took a giant step today." Jerome Woods, who returned an interception 46 yards for a second-quarter touchdown, recovered a Pittsburgh fumble in the fourth period. Holmes quickly converted it into his third TD and a 41-20 lead. The Chiefs had scored three touchdowns ,mf. 10'minutes on Holmes' 3-yard run, ^'Green's 3-yard pass to Jason Dunn, and Woods' 46-yard interception return. Dexter McCleon knocked the ball loose just as it hit Antwaan Randle El and Woods caught it and had an unobstructed path to his first careerTD. "It just tipped off my hands," said Randle El. "If I get the catch right there, that return doesn't happen." Reed's 51-yard field goal as time expired in the half brought the Steelers to 27-20. Johnson eases to victory By MIKE HARRIS AP Motorsports Writer LOUDON, N.H. — Jimmie Johnson managed to keep his focus on racing after a pit accident that sent his crewmen flying. Johnson went on to win the Sylvania 300 on Sunday at New Hampshire International Speedway, where three members of his No. 48 Chevrolet crew escaped serious injury in the pit-lane accident. "We had to overcome a lot of adversity and it took the whole team to do it, and we did it," said Johnson, who won his third race of the season, second in a row in New Hampshire and the sixth of his budding career. The race almost got away from Johnson on a pit stop on lap 128, during the first of six caution flags. He had been running second, behind Dale Earnhardt Jr., before NASCAR spotted debris on the track. The lead-lap cars pitted and Jeff Gordon tried to go between Johnson, who was already stopped in his pit, and Michael Waltrip, who was heading toward the pit direcdy in front of Johnson and right behind Gordon's. Waltrip didn't see Gordon and slid into him. That sent Gordon's car against the right front of Johnson's car and knocked Johnson's right-front lire changer, Cory Quick, and tire carrier, Ryan McCray, into the air. lackman Chris Anderson also was bowled over. "When I looked up, I saw two of my guys on the windshield of tlie 24 going for a ride," Johnson said, referring to Gordon's car. "My jackman also got hit. They got up off the ground in pain and finished the stop and got us out and kept us going all day long. Chad Knaus, Johnson's crew chief, said, "McCray's got a bruised midseclion — he might have a bruised rib or something like that. "Cory Quick has some beat up shins from going-up on the hood. Chris Anderson, I think he may have just bummed up his knee a little bit. Continued on page 14 Panthers not satisfied after 2-0 start By ALAN ROBINSON AP Sports Writer PITTSBURGH — His quarterback has seven touchdown passes in five quarters; a receiver who is one of the nation's best already has five touchdown catches. There hasn't been a turnover yet, and the offense has scored eight of the nine times it has penetrated inside the opposition's 20-yard line. Seemingly, everything couldn't be going much better for No. 9 Pittsburgh, which has cruised to only its second 2-0 start in coach WaltHarris' seven seasons. Oh, how looks, and final scores, can be deceiving. Players and coaches alike apologized for the Panthers' sloppy play in their 4221 victory Saturday over Ball State, an opponent that in 30-plus years of Division I play has yet to beat a school from one of the six major conferences. Pitt (2-0) jumped out to a quick 14-0 lead, then seemed to lose focus and in- terest as Ball State (1-2) rallied for two quick scoring passes by backup quarterback Talmadge Hill to tie it at 14 at halftime. Then, for the second straight week, the Panthers relied on a dominating quarter to put away a Mid-American Conference team they were expected to beat easily. Rod Rutherford led three touchdown drives in a 21-point third quarter, a week after he threw four touchdown passes in the second quarter of a 43-3 victory over Kent State. "I expected us to make a lot of improvement from Week 1 to Week 2 and I didn't see that," Harris said. "In some areas, we're a mature football team and in some areas we're an inexperienced team." It probably didn't help that starting center Justin Belarski was out with lingering problems related to the stress fracture in his left foot. That forced Rob Frederick, a senior transfer from Tulsa, to start. As a result, running back Bran- don Miree said there may not have been as much continuity and consistency along the offensive line as in the opener. The Panthers' inconsistency is raising questions whether a season-opening three-game stretch against MAC teams will provide enough preparation once the schedule toughens up in a few weeks. Pitt plays Saturday at Toledo (2-1), a 24-17 winner at Marshall on Friday. "I think we're a lot better than that," said Harris, whose team was penalized 12 times for 90 yards. "I can't wait to get on the practice field and make it happen." Still, Harris said, "We're 2-0, and a lot of people that were supposed to be 0-2 aren't." What doesn't need any work is the passing combination of Rutherford to Larry Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald caught two touchdown passes Saturday and has 13 catches for 247 yards in two games. That prompted Ball State coach Brady Twins win despite Ryan's painful gaffe CLEVELAND. {AP) — A painful bounce turned into a lucky one for Minnesota as the Twins remained tied for the AL Central lead. Doug Mientkiewicz delivered a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning and the Twins overcame right fielder Michael Ryan being hit irt the head with a flyball to defeat the Cleveland Indians 5-3 Sunday. Mientkiewicz also hit a two- run homer for the Twins, who moved 11 games over .500 for the first time this season and remained tied with the Chicago White Sox for first place in the division. It was 3-all in the Cleveland seventh when Jhonny Peralta led off with a fly ball to right- center. Ryan, an Indiana native, shaded his eyes, then lowered his glove and the ball bounced off the side of his face — but was caught on the rebound by center fielder Dustan Mohr for the out. "It was embarrassing more than anything," Ryan said. "I had three balls hit my way and lost every one in the sun." Ryan had a large welt just above his left eye, and was replaced by Torii Hunter. Ryan said he felt his eye and thought he was bleeding — but it was just sweat. "It felt like I was stung when I was hit," he said. "I wanted to stay in me game, but they wouldn't let me." Juan Rincon (5-6) worked a hitless eighth and Eddie Guardado pitched a perfect ninth for his 36th save in 39 chances. Ryan put Minnesota ahead 1-0 in the fifth with an RBI single. He finished l-for-2, raising his average to .407 (11-for- 27). Michael Ryan, bottom, had to have the game after being hit in the face with a ffy ball in Cleveland. {AP photo) Hoke to say, "He's as good as any I've seen, and I've seen some good ones." Fitzgerald went high over two defenders to catch a 37-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter, then outrnuscled cornerback Quintin Manley along the goal line to make a 26-yard scoring catch in the third quarter. "To me, you're watching one of great talents at the University of Pittsburgh," Harris said. "He's real special." Fitzgerald's only problem so far has been the accuracy of his own throws. Harris doesn't want his players showing off following a touchdown and encourages them to hand (he bafl to an official. As a result, Fitzgerald has been seeking out an official the instant he scores. So far, his arm has been a little more erratic than Rutherford's. "He's got to work on his accuracy, but he's having fun getting ball back to the official," Harris said. "He's not any kind of a showboat. He's just got a quick release back to the official." lUP's Jemison wins award From Staff Reports Indiana University of Pennsylvania running back Mike Jemison has been chosen the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Division Offensive Player of the Week. Jemison, a junior from Greencastle, rushed for 193 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Indians' 420 trouncing of West Virginia Tech on Saturday. In his first year with the program after transfering from Pittsburgh, Jemison scored on runs of 17,3,1 and 6 yards as the Indians improved to 2-0. Last week, IUP wide receiver LeRon McCoy won the same award for his efforts in lUP's 2826 win over Nebraska-Omaha on Sept. fi. JEMISON

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