The Times from Shreveport, Louisiana on December 11, 1988 · Page 16
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Shreveport, Louisiana
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Sunday, December 11, 1988
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a. 2-C Sun.TD-c. 11, 19R8 shreveport-bossieh The Times IF ison roam to Youincin iwiv. n mm Ga. Southern, Furman will meet for l-AA championship 0 It fit hi AP LoserPhoto North Dakota State football players continued their celebrating habits Saturday after the Bison beat Portland State, 35-21, for their fourth NCAA Division II national title. Ticket sales will dictate USM's cut The Associated Press North Dakota State continues to buffalo its football foes in the 1980s. The Bison won their fourth NCAA Division II championship in six years with a 35-21 victory over Portland State Saturday. "It feels awfully good, especially when you have a team with 18 seniors," North Dakota State Coach Rocky Hager said. "We've been a family." !". Tony Satter rushed for 151 yards and two touchdowns and Chris Sim-dorn also scored twice to offset a 333-yard passing performance by Portland State quarterback Chris Crawford in Florence, Ala. The triumph capped a 14-0 season for the Bison, the most victories in school history. Portland State lost for the second straight year in the title game and finished at 11-3-1. "We played seven straight great games," Portland State Coach Pokey Allen said. "It's a little disappointing that we didn't win, but I'm very proud of these guys." In other championship games, Ithaca beat Central of Iowa 39-24 to win the NCAA Division III title and Westminster downed Wisconsin-La Crosse 21-14 to capture the NAIA Division II crown. Georgia Southern edged Eastern Kentucky 21-17 and Furman routed Idaho 38-7 in NCAA Division I-AA semifinals. They will play for the championship next Saturday in Pocatello, Idaho. In NAIA Division I semifinals, Carson-Newman beat Central State 13-0 and Adams State defeated Pittsburg State 13-10. The title game will be played next Saturday at Carson-Newman. North Dakota State and Portland State were tied 14-14 at halftime, Continued from Page 1C "Even with a 9-2 (record), we just don't have the numbers in crowd support you need." As the representative team of the IBA, USM is also obligated by the contract to pay the bowl a $175,000 management fee. McLellan estimates the expenses of going to the bowl at $100,000. That figure includes everything from ticket processing to transporting and housing players and coaches to producing media brochures to coaches' bonuses. Based on those figures, USM needs to raise about $65,000 in ticket revenue to break even. According to Ole Miss athletic director Warner Alford, Ole Miss netted "just under $100,000" from its Independence Bowl appearance in 1986, when the payout was also $500,000 per team. Ole Miss requested 12,000 tickets and sold $8,269 at $20 apiece. Several factors are detrimental to ticket sales this year, including the relatively high price of a ticket. The $29 price tag is higher than tickets to such bowls as the Liberty ($25), the All America ($25) and the Sun ($24 and $12). The price of a ticket to the soldout Fiesta Bowl, which matches un-beatens Notre Dame and West Virginia for the national championship, was $31.65. The Rose Bowl is the highest at $40 a ticket. The soldout Sugar, Orange and Cotton Bowls were $30. McLellan said the game's date and time (Dec. 23 at 7 p.m.) are also hurting s&l6s "But that was set by TV (Mizlou)," he said. "We can't help that. We're just doing the best we can." McLellan has activated a clause in the TV contract to blackout the game in Mississippi. He said the blackout would be lifted if or when USM sold its "quota" of tickets. McLellan even suggested that if local TV stations want the blackout lifted, they should buy up the tickets. Mizlou reportedly is paying $150,000 for the TV rights. "The TV money is not nearly substantial enough," McLellan said. "They (the Independence Bowl) can't make their $1 million without ticket sales. ... "The end line is, without a corporate sponsor or a network TV contract, the money has to come from the sale of tickets." And that is the end line for USM, as well. Association bought an extra year Continued from Page 1C said. "But I don't know about 1990. 1 think, if we can continue the association, we'll be in good shape. But the teams have three options, they can renew, drop it, or renegotiate. If they want to cut the management fee some, it means we have a bigger gap again." The IBA teams will meet on bowl day in Shreveport and then again at the NCAA convention Jan. 7-9 in San Francisco before a determination is made on whether to continue the association. Bill McLellan, athletic director at Southern Mississippi, said there are changes needed in the agreement, but added that those changes were minor. "I think it can work," McClellan said. "There are some changes that need to be made. The date is kind of tough and it's hard for us to sell tickets at $29 a pop, when they can sell them in Shreveport for $22 (with a coupon). But the biggest thing is that the school community gets behind this. I think this can be successful." McLellan did not say if he planned on continuing USM's alliance with the association. Pulchinski said he hoped the John Curtis rules A acjsiri By RUSSELL HEDGES The Times NEW ORLEANS - The name John Curtis is synonymous with victory. Saturday night in the Louisiana Superdome, the John Curtis Patriots won their 10th state football title, defeating Washington-Marion of Lake Charles 14-7 in the Class AAA state championship game. The 10 state championships is a state record. The River Ridge school previously shared the record with Tallulah and Istrouma (Baton Rouge). The Patriots have appeared in all eight Superdome Classics and have been in the finals the last 10 years. John Curtis finished at 12-1, and Washington-Marion (Lake Charles) closed its season at 12-2. John Curtis is coached by John T. Curtis Jr. The principal of John Curtis is John T. Curtis sr. So who was John Curtis's Most Valuable Player Saturday night? Johnny Curtis, of course. Curtis, a 5-11, 190-pound sophomore defensive end, is the son of J.T. Curtis Jr. and the grandson of J.T. Curtis Sr. The youngest Curtis sacked Washington-Marion quarterback Chris Isaac twice in a row after the Indians had driven from their own 5 to the Patriot 42 in the middle of the fourth quarter. The drive was Washington- Collegc playoffs but the Bison took the second-half kickoff and drove 63 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. Satter capped the drive with a 10-run run. "All I was thinking about all game long and all week long was making sure these seniors went out winners," said Satter, a sophomore. "They taught me how to be a winner ... and I did all I could do today to make sure I did my job." North Dakota State won national championships in 1983, 1985 and 1986, and was runner-up in 1981 and 1984. Portland State reached the title game last year in its first trip to the playoffs, but was defeated by Troy State 31-17. Crawford, runner-up for the Harlon Hill Trophy that goes to the top player in Division II, completed 22 of 35 passes for three touchdowns. The Bison passed only four times, completing two for 26 yards, but they rushed for 339 yards. Division l-AA GEORGIA SOUTHERN 21, EASTERN KENTUCKY 17 - At Statesboro, Ga.: Raymond Gross ran for 152 yards and a touchdown to lead Georgia Southern over Eastern Kentucky. The Eagles, who have won the Division I-AA championship two of the last three years, extended their home winning streak to 26 games and improved their record to 12-2. Eastern Kentucky had second-half scoring threats halted by an interception and a fumble. Randell Boone intercepted a pass by Lorenzo Fields in the end zone with groups could agree on a three-year deal to keep the IBA alive. He also added that he wanted to expand the IBA to eight teams, possibly pursuing Tulane, Southwestern Louisiana and maybe Eastern schools like Temple or Rutgers in order to gain exposure in the vast Eastern TV market. "A longer deal would help provide stability and keep us from thinking year-to-year," Pulchinski said. "And we'd like to get some more teams in here, I think eight would be an ideal situation. But we have only one vote, the schools would have to decide that." Marion's only serious scoring threat of the first half. Curtis quarterback Billy Duncan threw touchdown passes of 3 and 48 yards to Gary Gatch in the first and third quarters, respectively. Curtis scoring "drives", took a grand total of 14 seconds. The first was set up by Bobby Powers' block of a Patrick Vallean punt that the Patriots recovered at the W-M 4. The second came a play after Mike Romano intercepted a tipped pass and returned it to the W-M 48. Washington-Marion also dialed long distance for its only touchdown. One play after the Indians recovered a fumble at the Curtis 45, Vincent Brisby got behind the Patriot secondary and Isaac hit him for the touchdown. Dallas Carter rallies past Permian The Associated Press AUSTIN Dallas Carter continued its controversial march through the Class 5A state playoffs with a 14-9 come-from-behind victory over Odessa-Permian Saturday afternoon in front of 10,000 fans. The Cowboys, now 14-0-1 on the year, used a 27-yard touchdown pass from Robert Hall to David Jones with 11:01 left in the game to earn a berth in the state championship game next Saturday against Converse Judson. The game, played before 10,000 fans, was plagued by 45 degree , . & I Texas playoffs temperatures and a steady downpour that flooded the field at Memorial Stadium. Permian, 12-3 and winner of three previous state championships, had taken a 9-7 lead on Alan Wyles' 31-yard field goal with 8:48 left in the third quarter. Hall led Carter completing 9-of-24 passes for 166 yards, including his 22nd and 23rd touchdown passes of the year. The Cowboys had only 41 yards rushing. But Permian, 12-3, could 4 4:53 left in the third quarter, and Fields fumbled a snap at the 5 early in the fourth period. FURMAN 38, IDAHO 7 - At Greenville, S.C.: Furman scored on its first three possessions in the third quarter to beat Idaho and set up a rematch of the 1985 title game against Georgia Southern. The Paladins, 12-2, got all the points they needed in the first half on a 2-yard touchdown run by John Bagwell and a 37-yard field goal by John Connally. Idaho, 11-2, played without starting quarterback John Friesz, who suffered a severe ankle sprain last week. Freshman Andy Beitia replaced Friesz, completing 15 of 36 passes for 149 yards and one interception. Georgia Southern beat Furman 44-42 to win the 1985 championship. Division III ITHACA 39, CENTRAL, IOWA 24 At Phenix City, Ala.: Paul Parker rushed for 208 yards and three touchdowns and Mike Scott returned a kickoff 84 yards for another score to lead Ithaca to victory in the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl. Parker scored on runs of 23, 26 and 4 yards as the Bombers, 13-1, won their second national championship. Lance Kooiker, converted from tight end to quarterback when Central lost its top two signal-callers through injury, completed 14 of 35 passes for 233 yards and two touchdowns. He was intercepted three times. NAIA Div. II WESTMINISTER, PA. 21, WISCONSIN-LACROSSE 14 - At New Wilmington, Pa.: Dave Foley caught three touchdown passes, from Joe Micchia, the last, with seven seconds left in the game, tift give Westminster its fourth NAI,; championship. Westminster, 14-0, also wa'sft Division II champion in 1970, 197Ji" and 1977. , Wisconsin-LaCrosse entered the... fourth quarter with a 14-7 lead, but;" Foley caught a 20-yard pass from A Micchia to tie the score. The win-r ning drive covered 85 yards in l" plays and ended when Foley caugh a 33-yard pass on fourth down. " " Wisconsin-LaCrosse finished witn; a 11-3 record. , NAIA Div. I CARSON-NEWMAN 13, CEN TRAL STATE, OHIO 0 - Ai Wilberforce, Ohio: Vernon Turned rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown"' as Carson-Newman advanced to the t title game. Turner scored on a 2-yard run and Robert Thomas gave Carson-New1; man its other touchdown with a 63-yard dash. Central State lost two scoring opportunities on fumbles. Drake Jack'3" son fumbled on the Carson-Newman w 14 early in the fourth quarter, and- quarterback Henderson Moseley-A lost the ball on the Carson-Newman 24 in the third quarter. ADAMS STATE 13, PITC, TSBURG STATE 10 - At Alamosa Colo.: Bobby Saiz threw for 269 vl, yards and ran for a touchdown to; lead Adams State. ll'S, Saiz, the NAIA's leading passer", scored Adams State's only touch. , down on a 3-yard run in the first ' quarter. Adams State got its other""" points on a pair of field goals by Wes Polk. '-Mil.- .v a ' it ,r " w' wY' Yfi ' , . Yh u,lL.,i:.Ll Xllil MUzl.. tA iLt aJ AP LoserPhoto Western Michigan quarterback Tony Kembrough is sacked for a loss during his team's California Bowl loss to Fresno St. FrQsno'wins CsSifoiriSa Bow only move the ball on the ground with junior fullback Chris Comer accounting for 164 yards on 35 carries. It gives Comer, who had a 31-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, 2,133 for the year. Panther quarterback Mike Winchell, who entered the game with 1,881 yards and 28 touchdowns, completed only 4-of-24 passes on the afternoon for 56 yards. Permian had the ball the final 1:05 of the game, but could not punch it in and was stopped at the Carter 24-yard line on fourth-and-six with 10 seconds left. The Associated Press FRESNO, Calif. - Darrell Rosette ran for 101 yards and two touchdowns in the third quarter to lead Fresno State to a 35-30 victory over Western Michigan in the California Bowl Saturday. After losing an early 14-point lead, Fresno State scored touchdowns on its first three possessions in the third quarter, two by Rosette and one by Myron Jones, for a 35-24 lead. Western Michigan quarterback Tony Kimbrough scored on a 6-yard keeper with 17 seconds left in the game, but the Broncos, 8-3, failed on both a two-point conversion and an onside kick. Fresno State, trailing 17-14 at halftime, scored on its first play from scrimmage in the second half as Rosette broke through the right side and outraced the defense for a 65-yard touchdown run, the longest in the California Bowl's eight-year history. Western Michigan regained the lead on its next possession when Kimbrough threw a 15-yard scoring pass to running back Rob Davis. The Broncos appeared headed for another score before Kimbrough fumbled away the snap on Fresno State's 20 possibly because of crowd noise aimed at keeping him from hearing his signals. Bulldogs quarterback Mark Barsotti and Jones then hooked up on passes of 29, 14 and 33 yards to set up a 4-yard touchdown run by Rosette that put the Bulldogs on top to stay. They extended the lead to 35-24 on their next possession when Jones ran 26 yards for a touchdown. The Bulldogs, 10-2, won for the third time in as many appearances in the California Bowl. Barsotti was up-and-down in the first half, throwing three interceptions and a sloppy pitchout that Western Michigan's Scott Lonier recovered. But the first-year quarterback also teamed with split end Andre Alexander on a 55-yard touchdown pass, the longest in California Bowl history, near the end of the first quarter. Barsotti and Alexander connected on a 38-yard scoring play in the second quarter, putting the hometown Bulldogs ahead 14-0. But Kimbrough came right back with a pass over the middle from the FSU 31-yard line to Robert Oliver who dragged a Fresno State defender the final 15 yards into the end zone. On the Broncos' next possession, Davis slipped over right tackle past a Bulldog blitz and raced 51 yards for a score that tied the game. Western Michigan went ahead just before half-time on a 29-yard field goal by John Creek that was set up by a 55-yard pass play from Kimbrough to Allan Boyko.

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