The Paris News from Paris, Texas on August 27, 1987 · Page 41
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The Paris News from Paris, Texas · Page 41

Paris, Texas
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Thursday, August 27, 1987
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The Paris News. Thurs., Aug. 27, 1987 Rice (4-7, 1 year; Coach: Jerry Berndt 42-34-3, 8 years). 1986 Record: 4-7; 2-6 SWC, 7th. Offense: Multiple. Defense: 3-4. Key Owls Offense: QB Mark Comalander, 6-4, 215, sr.; T Russell Moses, 6-2, 260, sr,; G David Mayberry, 6-4, 255, jr.; SB Chris Nixon, 6-3, 190, sr.; C Courtney Hall, 6-2, 245, \r. Defense: CB Everett Coleman, 5-9, 180, soph.; CB William McClay, 5-11, 190, ir.; T Jeff Thomas, 6-4, 250, sr.; S Roy Thompson, 6-1, 200, sr.,- LB Kyle Falk, 6-2, 235, sr. Se P f - 5 LAMAR Sept. 12 at Indiana Sept- 19 a, Lsu Sept. 26...SOUTHWEST TEXAS STATE Oct - 3 at Texas Oct. 10 Tcu Oct. 17 at Texas Tech Oc '- 24 TEXAS A8.M Oct. 31 ARKANSAS Nov. 14 at Baylor NOV. 28 HOUSTON JERRY BERNDT Suddenly, Rice aims to win football games By TIM COOPER Sports Writer Football is no longer funny business at Rice. The Owls, who have earned only 18 wins in the 1980's, aren't expected to make a Cotton Bowl appearance this season. Even a winning season is considered out of the question by most SWC insiders. But the Owls, suddenly, aren't a bad bunch of football players. They probably aren't a Cotton Bowl contender, but they may have a say in who is. Rice capped the 1986 season by edging Air Force and nipping cross-town rival Houston. The wins kept Air Force from playing in a bowl game and long-time Houston coach Bill Yeoman from winning his last game. It was also only the second time in the last five years that Rice had won back-to-back games. The last time Rice had won successive games was when the Owls tripped Tulane, TCU and Texas Tech in the 1981 campaign. Rice's 4-7 record last season equaled it best record since 1981, but Berndt wasn't satisfied with his first season as the Owls' head man. See RICE, Page 11 Houston Coach: Jack Pardee (first year at UH). 1»84 Record: 1-10,- 0-8 SWC, 9th. Offense: Run and Shoot. Defense: 4-3. Key Cougars Offense: WR Jet Brown, 5-10, 180, jr; ! RB Sloan Hood, 5-11, 215, sr.; G William '' Gant, 6-2, 285, jr; G Terry Moser, 6-3, ' 250, jr.; C Tim Britlon, 6-1, 251, sr. Defense: E David Bearden, 6-3, 200, ir; LB Robert Harper, 6-1, 240, sr.; LB Derrick Hoskins, 6-2, 220, sr.; CB Johnny Jackson, 6-1, 200, sr.; T Glenn Montgomery, 61, 250, \r. Sept. 12 OKLAHOMA STATE Sept. 26 SAM HOUSTON STATE Oct. 3 BAYLOR Oct. 10 at Texas A&M Oct. 17 at Wyoming Oct. 14 at Arkansas Oct. 31 at TCU Nov. 7 TEXAS Nov. 14 at Temple NOV. 21 TEXAS TECH Nov. 28 at Rice JACK PARDEE Pardee shooting for instant improvement By TIM COOPER Sports Writer The opposition had Houston's number last season and sent Bill Yeoman packing with a 1-10 mark. The Cougars were left holding last place in the Southwest Conference. Gone is Yeoman and his veer. In their place will be Jack Pardee and the run-and-shoot. It should be a totally different game in Houston, but it's not expected to turn things around for the Cougars. At least not this year. Houston has seven starters back each way from a team that suf- fered'nine straight losses to'close out Yeoman's career. The Cougars were last in total offense while averaging only 96 yards through the air and 158 on the ground per game last season. They scored just 14 touchdowns in 11 games and at one time went 27 consecutive quarters without a rushing TD. Houston was also hurt by academic casualties and a young offensive line last year, but Pardee feels he has the cure for what ails Houston — speed. "It's the great equalizer," said the new head coach. "You need it to create running room and you use A cruel debut for Vowell Lions coach works to improve on disastrous 2-9 slide VOWELL By TIM COOPER Sports Writer Between a win over Livingston, Ala., that opened the season and another over Howard Payne that closed it, the East Texas State University Lions were saddled with nine straight losses. It was a cruel season for first- year coach Eddie Vowell. His second campaign may also provide some trying times, but mere is some optimism in the ETSU camp. "I think we're going to be improved," said Vowell, who replaced the legendary Ernest Hawkins as the Lions' head football coach. "We're going to have better depth, be bigger, stronger and be more experienced on the offensive side of the ball." Vowell's initial 2-9 mark (1-5 in the LSC) was definitely out of step with some of ETSU's past seasons. Hawkins, who coached football at Paris Junior College in the 1950s, guided the Lions for 22 years compiling* 132-82-6 record, with 14 winning seasons, four Lone Star Conference titles and one national championship. The 1987 outlook's a bit brighter for East Texas, but the Lions are still picked for the cellar by the Lone Star coaches. Texas A&I, West Texas State and Abilene Christian are expected to be the league's top teams. Vowell brought in 24 junior college players for immediate aid. "It may take them a while to gel... We could improve a lot over last year, but not help our win record because we're playing such a tough schedule." The Lions' biggest trouble in '86 was the lack of a running game. Vowell has attempted to relieve some of the pressure by bringing in Ranger Junior College transfer East Texas State Sept. 3... Sept. 12.. Sept. 19.. Sept. 26.. Oct. 3 Oct. 17... Oct. 24... Oct. 31... Nov. 7.... Nov. 14.. Nov. 21.. Erick Faulkner (6-0, 212) and Caddo Mills High School product Clint Walker, who gained 4,861 yards in three years for the Poxes. ETSU set numerous passing attempt records, throwing the ball 451 times last season compared to only 181 the previous year. Senior incumbent Mike Trigg will take a redshirt season and let an injured knee heal. The starting job is a toss-up between junior Royce Slechta and Wes Tidwell, a sophomore from Paris who had a good spring. Senior wide receiver Joseph Hopkins will probably be the main target for whoever starts at QB. The Lions' offensive line will boast the talents of Allen Roulette (6-4, 260) and Darryl Duffle (6-fi 290) at the tackles and Vance Hale (6-1, 250) at center. Defensively, the Lions will be strong up front, but the backfield is unproven and the linebackers are expected to be weak. All-LSC defensive tackle Lawrence Motton (6-2, 260) and defensive end Richard McCollum Head Coach Eddie Vowell LIVINGSTON (Ala.) at East Central Oklahoma at Southern Arkansas at Arkansas State SW OKLAHOMA at Texas A&I WEST TEXAS STATE at Eastern New Mexico ABILENE CHRISTIAN at Angelo State CENTRAL OKLAHOMA STATE (6-2, 225) are the Lions' top returnees from last season. Robert Kubicek, who was lost to grades last season, is projected as a starter at noseguard this season. The linebacker crew received a jolt during the off-season when All- American candidate Mike Ciszewski (6-2,230) was lost for the season after wrecking a knee in a pickup basketball game. Ciszewski, ET's leading tackier as a sophomore last year, has been redshirted. Aaron Muehlstein is the only one defensive back to return. Muehls- tein was among the NCAA Division II leaders in interceptions with nine. They have worked hard," said Vowell of his players. "They weren't happy last season with losing. They weren't used to it and now they've got something to prove. They're ready to win." The Lions will open their 1987 season on Thursday, Sept. 3 at home against the Livingston Tigers. 26 N. Ptua Paris, Texas 75460 7851333 785-7060 FOR BACK TO SCHOOL TIRE CENTER INC. Where You and Your Car Really Matter B.F. GOODRICH TIRE CENTER. PLUS TRUCK TIRES BY MICHELIN, BRIDGESTONE. KELLEY FARM TIRES, TAURUS & ARMSTRONG WATCH FOR ANNOUNCEMENT ON OUR NEW LOCATION COMING SOON! WHEN YOU WANT TOP QUALITY PASSENGER OR TRUCK TIRES, WE INVITE YOU TO SHOP AROUND, COMPARE THE QUALITY AND THEN COMPARE OUR PRICE-WE WILL NOT BE BEAT!! 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