Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on August 16, 1972 · Page 16
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16 * NorrhwMt Arkanta. TiMES, W»d., Aug. 16, 1972 Running The Tires Head coach Alvy Early's West Fork Tigers perform one of the most hated drills in loot- ball, Ihc lire drill, under I he watchful eye of student as- sistant David Beckham. (TIMESphoto by Ken Good) With LA Rams Former Texas Star Finds A Home LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) -The Los Angeles Rams are surprised they got to draft running back Jim Bertelsen.. So is Ber 'telsen. Y "I really expected .to be drafted by Dallas or Houston," said the former University of Texas star. "But I'm glad that "~ Los Angeles got me, because this Is the place to play." The Rams, who had traded away their first-round drafl choice,'got an extra pick when they traded Deacon Jones to San Diego. They used it to grab Bertelsen.' "We feel most fortunate that Bertelsen was still available on the. second round,"-said coach Tommy Prothro, -the former UCLA mentor who remembers the Texas speedster from a game between the Bruins arid Longhorns two years ago. Bertelsen was the Rams' offensive standout against Dallas last week, scoring the only Los Angeles touchdown : pn a bruising five-yard end sweep and gaining 51 yards in seven carries to lead ail rushers, despite a broken little finger suffered in the College All-Star game. He picked up 18 yards on a typical piece of Prothro trickery, a run from the blocking :back spot in punt formation. . , : - j The stocky 22-year-old,'standing 5 feet 11 and weighing 200 pounds,.gained 2,510 yards in three years at Texas and averaged six yards a carry. A good blocker as well, he figures to make the Rams, but there's: plenty of competition. : Only, five running backs are! expected to get onto the roster from a group that includes veterans Willie Ellison, Larry Smith, Les Josephson and Travis Williams, second-year man Bob' Thomas, another good fbokie-^Larry McCutcheon of Colorado State, and Bertelsen. He views his profession with even fewer illusions. "I'd probably try a line of work other than football if I could get paid the same amount of money/,' Berlelsen said. "This is a pretty tough job: I'm not very big arid I take a pretty good licking out there. "Now don't get me wrong. I like football, or T wouldn't be playing it. But...I think the day of the wide-eyed college player who comes to a pro camp is over with." As Skorich Plans Campaign Brown Blocking Problems Formidable CLEVELAND. (AP), -- Nick Skorich 'talks nbout'his Cleveland Browns making a run iU the Super Bowl, bul--on p«- per--it appears the team Is on the brink of disaster. For Skorich to succeed, he'll have, lo have young players solve major'problems al quarterback,. On the lines, in line- backing and the secondary. Skorlchihas avoided the quarterback problem the past two years because Bill Nelsen and his crippling knees have survived. Even It Nelsen can complete another campaign, il is doubtful lie can lead the team to a repeal title In the Central Division of the American Football Conference (AFC). Nelsen's unquestionable game knowledge is equalized by the facts lie cannot uin more than a few feet and cannot throw long pusses consistently. .Pressure on Nelscn was increased, last year by' failure of the offensive line to block well enough' lo establish'a good run. nlng game; despite liie' presence of 'still-brilliant halfback Lcroy Kelly 'and fullback Bo Scott.. · - ' · ' -!* · : : ; v ; Skovlch w a n t s ' M i k e ' Plilpps, the former Purdue- University star, to lake-over as Held gen- oral,! but 'Phlnps failed''to win theijob last year and'may not prove ready this . season. Phlpps 'could cliange the entire offensive .image If lie 1 could win the job because he could deliver the long passes to such receivers as Fair Hooker and Frank Pitts and could run from rushing defenders. He has good pass-catching light ends in Milt Morln and Chin Glass. , ' · · . · ' ! 'ISvoti if Phlpps can, do tlib job, thai leaves the problem.of line blocking, which.:; Skorich blamed last year on now .for- illations and two now tackles, · linoklo Doug Dlckcn started at one lackle and second-year man | Bob McKay at the- other last, season. ;Boui figuve to bo Improved; bill'if they are. injured, the present backup mail is ..Inexperienced rookie Chris Morris. , , . .The,offensive,line is strongest' al cbnter, Avliere veterans! Jim Corjolarid fimV.Fred Ifoaglirl return.-: John Demarie Is an experienced guard, and,. Bubba Pena, a highly touted draft choice of a year ago, is. expected to beat onl veteran Gene Hi-ckerson for the other; guard spot, . . . . . . If t h e ' o f f e n s e Bpntlei'S, tlic Browrts w i l l ' r e l y on cither veteran Don; Cockroft br rookie George Hunt, 'from -Tennessee; for kicking. , - ·The Browns would like to replace Cockrdft, who Is nol accurate on long field goals and ranked only ninth in the AFC in punting last year w i t h . a 39.7 average, ' : i '' · The defensive problems aie just as severe, beginning .with a line last year which ;was'easily puneluretl.by'iOpposingr.runne'rSi Defensive end Joe Jones vyas ! especially vulnerable lo the run I last year and was benched--but must come .through : this year because of ..the trade of Jack Gregory to the New York Giants. . . ; · · . T h e o t h e r ' e n d , veteran Ron Sniriow, is strong against the Reds Blank Philly, 3-0 Don Gullett Returns To Old Form. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS "That was about as close as he can get lo himself without being there," Cincinnati calch- er Johnny Bench said of battery-mate Don Gullell. How's thai again? "I can.'t really tell if I'm back to myself just yet," Gullett added. ' . . A little clarification, please. Well, Gullett, who posted a 16-6 record last season, had been expected to be a major factor in the Reds' drive to the top of the National League's West Division this year. But the 21-year-old left-hand- er contracted hepatitis in January--a condition, the Reds didn't even discover until May--and had been virtually Crescent Downs Georgetown, 15-1 C r e s c e n t Liquor downed Georgetown, 25-1, in the Western" Division - o f Men's Softball. Kit .Stoker was the winning hurler with Don Swagger assuming the loss. Rick McWhorter and Kit Stoker led Crescent's scoring with one Homer each. Ferrell Davis managed to sneak by Crescent and score Georgetowns only run of the night. 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Gullett gpt the call after just one inning in Pluladelphia : whcn Cincinnati starter Wayne Simpson was forced out of the game after reinsuring a calf muscle. The 6-foot Kenluckiari came out of the bullpen arid, for the next eight innings, hurled four- hit shutout ball/ striking out eight and walking just one to provide the Reds with a 3-0 victory over the Phillies. Elsewhere in the -National League. Los Angeles defeated Pittsburgh 8-6, the New York Mets blanked Atlanta 5-0. San Francisco .beat the Chicago Cubs 7-5. San Diego slugged St. Louis 7-1 and Montreal edged Morgan to scamper home from third.- ; ; The Dodgers, edging within two gapes of the second-place Astros in the West, used .Willie Davis' two-ru'n homer in the sixth inning, his third round- tripper in two games, to turn back .the Pirates. And the Mcls, celebrating an anniversary of sorts, began dreaming of their glory season of 1969. It was just three years ago that New York, 9% games behind first-place Chicago, began their incredible charge toward the top of the East Division. Now they trail first-place Pittsburgh by nine games. "Nothing is impossible," Jim McAndrew said before he and reliever' 1'ag McGraw combined for a five-hit shutout .against the Braves. "I think we're a better team than we were in '69. Of course, the Pirates are a better learn than the Cubs were then . . ; but the Pirates haven't had a slump. Ed Kranepool drove in two runs with a homer and a single and Tommie Agee hit a two-run homer to lead the Mets past Atlanta. : · · . - . . ; . Rookie Garry Maddox of the Giants had one of the biggest days of his career by driving in six runs with a pair of homers, one ,of them his first, major league grand-slam. It enabled Juan Marichal, 5-13, to post his first victory in more than a month although, he needed relief help to heat the Cubs. Clarence Gastqn and Fred Kendall drove in two runs apiece and Mike Caldwell scattered six hits to carry the Padres past the Cardinals. ; And Mike Jorgensen drove in two Expos runs, the latter . a tie-breaking two-out single in the 10th inning that turned back the Astros. run but only so-so m?;a pass rusher. Vnlcran Boh BrlRgs-nrid rookio' Lester 3|ms. ; a're In, 'ra- serve.' ' ' ' '.. . ; , . :·/,,,'' -,.',',', The lackles are velofflns. Jerry -Sherk and Waller, Jojiijs'oh with Irade, flcquls.itlqri': 1 Jerry Rjiish from Detroit In Irc'ser'yp.' The linebacking c.orps Vmay get a needed fncellftliii; from second-year men Rick Kingren Jn.lhe.-jriiridle and Charile Hall on ; the bdlsldf, ; ; yeterah5 |,are Jim Houston In the middle and John Garlington and Billy An- IrewsjOn the'.dillsidc. *''-, :'; Tlie secondary ranked second best In Ihe AFC in pass defcns'« laat.ye'ar, hut that-may be attributable to 'opponents' concentration ; on running 'at tha Browns. ; : · · '".'" :,','.. S k'o'r,! c h .made defensive backs Tom Darden «nd Clifford Brooks his top two d r a f t picks and both may start. Guy Homoly, who sat oul his rookie season last year with a knee injury, is pressing tor a spot along with second-year corner- back Clarence Scott, veteran cornerback Ben Davis, and safeties Mike Howell, Ernie Kellermann and Walt Sumner. Kiwanii Kids Games Friday Some HO boys will participata in the annual Kiwanis Kids Day football games Friday night starting at 7:30 at Harmon Field.' Two games will be played among boys .iri the third through the sixth.grades, ; ' Players and cheerleaders will be guests al a Kiwanis- s p o n s o r e d picnic following practice Thursday at Harmon Field. ' Tickets for the games are available from Kiwanis Club members, from players and will be sold at the gate. Proceeds go to the club's youth projects. Bob 'Blackslon is general chairman of the event. 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