The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on September 28, 1996 · Page 19
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SEP THE SAC 996 OURNAL Sports BASEBALL/ C3 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL / C4 COLLEGE FOOTBALL/ C5 c T COLLEGE FOOTBALL KU faces stiff challenge at Utah Utes, who upset Jayhawks three years ago in Lawrence, go after fourth straight win By Staff and Wire Reports SALT LAKE CITY - The on-again, off- again football season for the University of Kansas is back on tonight when the Jay- hawks face the potent Utah Utes. The 20th-ranked Jay- hawks are 2% -point favorites over a Utah team that has played twice the amount of games as KU. Kickoff at Rice Stadium is set for 8:05 p.m. on ES- PN-2 (Salina cable 39). A victory against Kansas tonight could re- MASON deem Utah (3-1) for its loss in the season opener and possibly boost the Utes into the national rankings. T HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Central gets past Junction City, 17-14 Mustangs ride defense, late strike to stop Bluejays in matchup of 1-70 unbeatens "This is a game that we can tell the media what kind of team this is, whether we're a top 20 team or not," said Utah safety Brandon Dart. "It gives us a chance to maybe go to a bigger bowl and get some respect for the WAC." "Sure we'd like to be ranked" Utah coach Ron McBride said. "We've got a chance to set ourselves up for what we lost in the opening game," a 20-17 loss at Logan to Utah State. Utah is 3-1 following last Saturday's 4517 victory over Fresno State, while Kansas brings a 2-0 record and the best rushing attack in the Big 12 outside Nebraska. The Utes went into Lawrence three years ago and beat the Jayhawks 41-16. "They beat us every which way but loose," said ninth-year Kansas coach Glen Mason, who knows McBride from the time they were both offensive line coaches in the Big Ten, with Mason at Ohio State arid McBride at Wisconsin. "We weren't upset, we were trounced. I By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal Salina Central 17 30-yard line. KU at Utah • Kickoff— 8:05, tonight. • Where — Rice Stadium (32,500); Salt Lake City. « Television -ESPN-2 (Salina cable 3d). • Radio —KINA (910-AM); KSAJ (98.5-FM). . • • ,• Odds — Kansas by 2%. did a poor job getting my team ready to play. They played well and we played bad. "I've got a lot of respect for Ron McBride," said Mason. And McBride is not lacking respect for KU. "They're a legitimate top 10 team," he said. "They're right there with Nebraska and Colorado (in the Big 12)." The Jayhawks defeated Ball State, 3510, in their season opener, then after a week off traveled to Fort Worth to down TCU, 52-17. They arrive at Salt Lake City after another bye week. Mason fears the time off has cost the Jayhawks some momentum. "We played one game, took a week off, then played another game and took another week off," he said. "We'll go without playing a home game for something like (40) days. I'm not happy with the schedule. But hey, what do I know? I'm just the coach." In the two games, Kansas has averaged 292 yards rushing, with tailback June Henley carrying most of the load. The 215- pound senior had 195 yards against Ball State and 201 against TCU. He scored seven touchdowns in the two games and also has caught six passes. "He's an Emmitt Smith type — great lateral moves and great balance," says Ute defensive coordinator Kyle Whitting- JUNCTION CITY - Salina Central's running game pounded at Junction City in typical fashion, but in the end it was the Mustangs' defense and passing attack that came of age Friday at Al Simpler Stadium. The defense shut Junction City out in the second half and quarterback John Huseman hit tight end Brian Lamone on a 22-yard touchdown bomb with 3:55 left as the Mustangs rallied for a 17-141-70 League victory over the Bluejays. "It pulled us out of the fire," said Central coach Marvin Diener, whose Mustangs came from behind for the second time this season in running their record to 4-0. "It took a great throw and a great catch. "Our defense, particularly in the second half, just played great. The game landed square on the defense's shoulders." Central, which trailed 14-10 at the half, came up empty on two previous drives deep into Junction City territory before striking for the game winner. The Mustangs made a defensive stand with 7:49 left by holding Junction City on HUSH 3GHQOL four th down at their own Matt Jordan, who Junction City 14 scored both Bluejay touchdowns and finished with 160 yards rushing, fumbled a pitchout on fourth-and-2, and Tony Grafals recovered for Central at the Mustang 37. Parker Wallace, who finished with 189 yards on 42 carries, ran the first five plays of the drive and Huseman's quarterback sneak on a fourth-and-1 gave the Mustangs first down on the Junction 23. Following two running plays that netted just 1 yard, Huseman rolled right on third down, saw his short receiver covered and launched the ball toward the middle of the end zone. Lamone got behind the Bluejay defender and pulled it down for the score. "The near receiver on the short route fell down, so the only thing I could do was go deep," said Huseman, who completed four of nine passes for 48 yards and rushed 11 times for 83. "A guy was right in my lap, but as soon as I released it I knew it would be a touchdown. "It wasn't a perfect ball. (Lamone) had to adjust to it and he made a great catch. It's plays like that that are going to win us championships, or not." The Mustang defense held on the next possession and the offense picked up two first downs to run out the clock. "They made the play," said Junction City coach Randall Zimmerman, whose Bluejays fell to 3-1 with an 0-1 league record. "It wasn't a breakdown on our part. Our corner was there, and when you're in the end zone you've got to force them to make a perfect throw. It was a great play by both of their kids. "I was extremely proud of our kids. They played well enough to win, which is why this is so disappointing." Central controlled the ball much of the game, finishing with 372 yards total offense - 324 rushing - in 70 plays. Junction City ran just 44 plays and finished with 210 yards, all on the ground. "What hurt us was that we had a lot of kids playing both ways and they wore us down," Zimmerman said. The first half featured Junction City's quick-strike running attack against Central's ball-control ground game. Central scored first, driving 52 yards in seven plays for a 3-yard Wallace touchdown run with 2:59 left in the first quarter. But Junction City's Jordan answered with a 25-yard run, capping an eight-play, 60-yard march. -: v :"'••> KELLY PRESNELL/The Salina Journal Southeast of Saline's Ryan Kejr holds on to Russell's Jamie Suchy as teammate Ryan Ross closes in to assist on the tackle In Friday's North Central Activities Association league game. Southeast won 37-0 to improve to 4-0. SE-Saline solid, shuts out Russell Thane Douglas-led Trojans roll up 459 yards of total offense, improve to 4-0 By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal GYPSUM — Despite his team's unbeaten record after three games, Southeast of Saline coach Phil Katzenmeier was still waiting for his team to put together four quarters of good football. Katzenmeier got his wish Friday night against Russell. The Class 3A fifth-ranked Trojans wore down the Broncos with a dominating second half on the way to a 37-0 victory at Trojan Field. The Trojans, now 1-0 in the NCAA and 4-0 overall, rolled up 459 yards of total offense and 23 first downs to keep Russell winless. "We needed to really play well. We were due for a game like this," said Katzenmeier, whose team scored in every quarter. "Nothing ever stays the same. You either get a little better or a little worse each day. We got better this week." Junior quarterback Thane Douglas was the catalyst, scoring three touchdowns and totaling 217 yards of offense (60 running and 157 passing). "Thane had all day back there and he has a nice arm," Katzenmeier said. "The one thing about him is he can stretch the field with m _ u .;,.„„„ his arm." «•• IvIHHH. Russell first-year Russell 0 coach Phil Wilson was SE-Sallno 37 impressed. * ;> , . "He's a good athlete," said Wilson. "He's a threat to run and he's the best runner on their team. He can also put the ball on target, so the defense has no room for error." The Trojans scored first with 48 seconds remaining in the first quarter when Andy Thiel booted a 28-yard field goal. Thiel was on the receiving end of two big pass plays from Douglas to give Southeast two touchdowns in the second quarter. A 28-yard pass from Douglas to Thiel gave the Trojans the ball on the Russell 4-yard line. Three plays later, Douglas ran it in from 3 yards out and Thiel added the PAT to make it a 10-0 game at the 5:29 mark of the period. The Trojans got the ball back with three minutes last before halftime and the Douglas-Thiel combination worked again. Douglas found Thiel wide open down the left sideline and the 146-pound senior raced 67 yards to the Russell 15- yard line. Russell looked like it would hold the Trojans to at least a field goal after an in- completion on third and 2, but the Broncos were called for a roughing-the-passer penalty, giving Southeast a first-and- goal at the Russell 3. One play later, Douglas scored again, this time with 1:14 remaining. The Trojans used some trickery in the third quarter to score when Jason Redden fired a 14-yard TD pass to Douglas on a fake field goal play. See TROJANS, Page C4 Sacred Heart topples Council Grove Knights force six turnovers, keep Braves from scoring until late to stay unbeaten By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal COUNCIL GROVE — Winning pretty isn't necessarily a high priority for Sacred Heart coach Tony Canacari, particularly when his Knights are playing in unfriendly territory in the Cottonwood Valley League. Sacred Heart went on the road for the third time in four games and kept its IIIOH fipufifll record perfect with a Hlin IvMQUl 28-6 league victory over Sacred Heart 28 Council Grove on Fri- Councll Grove 6 day night. Now 4-0 overall and 30 in CVL play, the Knights did the job by forcing six turnovers and keeping the Braves out of the end zone until late in the game. "I'm just pleased to come away with a win because this is always a tough place to play," Canacari said. "It's a big win because Council Grove is better than their record and they will play some peo- ple tough this year." The Braves, 1-3, struggled to get their offense on track and finished the night with 123 yards total offense. Sacred Heart focused on stopping the Council Grove passing attack and did just that, intercepting five passes and limiting the Braves to 49 yards through the air on 3 of 22 completions. "We knew what they were doing and we read their offense well," said Sacred Heart linebacker Michael Bonilla, who had an interception and a fumble recovery. "We let up a few times, but overall we stopped the run and shut out their passing game." The Knights' offense was good enough to run up 331 yards, including 127 yards rushing and three touchdowns for junior running back Nathan Knipp. Sacred Heart led 14-0 to start the fourth quarter, before a 91-yard scoring pass from Ryan Ash to Mike Losik put the Knights up by three touchdowns. Knipp sealed the win when he scored for the third time on a 5-yard carry with 6:29 remaining, with Mikey Schmitz's fourth extra-point kick making it a 28-0 lead. After the Knights forced four turnovers in the first half, freshman de- fensive back Jeremy Ryan came up with two interceptions in the fourth quarter. Canacari would have liked to see his team put the game away after the Council Grove miscues, but Sacred Heart scored after only two of the six turnovers. "I was real pleased with the number of turnovers we had," Canacari said. "On the other hand, they can be momentum builders if we take it and put the ball in the end zone. That is what takes teams out of it." The Knights kept the ball on the ground as they opened the game with a 12-play, 66-yard scoring drive. Knipp, who had eight of the 12 carries in the drive, capped it with a 1-yard touchdown run. Bonilla's fumble recovery deep in Council Grove territory set up Sacred Heart's second score. It took the Knights four plays to get the ball into the end zone, with Knipp again getting the score on a 4-yard carry on fourth-and-1 with 8:30 to play in the second quarter. Council Grove's final drive of the half went 14 plays but came up empty when Losik intercepted Gabriel Gant's fourth- down pass with 1:34 remaining. ham. "Give him a crease and he'll make something happen." Utah quarterback Mike Fouts will be starting his 14th straight game for the Utes. He has thrown for 865 yards and eight touchdowns while completing 66 percent of his passes this season. He has thrown no interceptions in his last five games, 163 passes, dating back to last year. "He's got as strong an arm as any quarterback I've ever coached," said quarterback coach Tommy Lee. "He's also got a quick release, good mobility and a sharp mind — all the things you look for." It's a formidable challenge that faces KU's defense. "A (66) percent completion rate, been sacked only once and eight touchdowns. When you face those type of attacks, you also have to pay attention to those big running backs also," Mason said. "The game plan is to cover the receivers and put pressure on the quarterback, but that's easier said than done." Topeka High deals South 28-7 setback Trojans get big games from Fulton, Wheeler, force five turnovers in league victory By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal Topeka High's one-two punch of Termaine Fulton and Derric Wheeler was more than enough to knock out Salina South. Fulton caught eight passes, one for a touchdown, and Wheeler rushed for 130 yards and scored twice as the Trojans rolled to a convincing 28-71-70 League victory Friday night at Salina Stadium. Fulton's status before the game was questionable after the Trojan senior suffered a slightly separated shoulder last week against Manhattan. He wasted little tune inflicting his own brand of pain on South's defense. He caught a 13-yard pass from quarterback Robbie Watkins with 1:26 left in the first half, giving Topeka a 21-7 halftime lead. He had four receptions for 58 yards in the first half. When Fulton wasn't catching the ball, Wheeler was darting around and through the Cougar defense. He scored Topeka's second touchdown on a 1-yard run with 5:39 left in the half that broke a 7-7 tie. "When you can run, you can throw," Topeka coach Frank Walton said. "Termaine's shoulder wasn't too bad. He didn't practice all week, but thought Topeka High 28 he could play tonight. sallna South 7 "The way teams cover ' Termaine helps out, too. When you put 13 guys on him, something's got to be open." Friday's "something" was a running game that rolled up 194 yards. Topeka broke on top 7-0 on Watkins' 54- yard touchdown pass to Woody Carter on the sixth play of the game. Watkins faked a handoff, rolled to his left and connected with Carter at the South 45. Carter eluded one tackier and scooted untouched down the sideline. South quickly tied the game three plays later on Charles Ross' 33-yard touchdown through the middle of the Trojan defense.' But it was the last hurrah for th'fc Cougars. Topeka's defense forced five turnovers, including three interceptions/Jeff Soendker's interception on fourth down at the Trojans' 17-yard line killed South's opening drive of the second half. The pass was the Cougars' first after nine consecutive running plays. "Turnovers weren't the key," South coach Ken Stonebraker said. "We were not ready to play in any phase of the game. It's terribly disappointing." Stonebraker said he knew his team was in trouble before the game. "I could sense it in the locker room," he said. "There aren't any switches you can turn on and off on these kids. They have to get ready to play themselves. "I would be disappointed if it was a ref suit of last week's loss (to city rival Salina Central)." 5 High (2-2) held South to 179 yards total offense. Quarterback Brian Kee was 6 of 14 passing for 63 yards and three interceptions. "It's about time," Walton said of the Trojans' inspired defensive effort. "We hadn't played a good defensive game yet. It's the result of a lot of hard work in practice. We didn't think they'd throw at all. We expected them to run the option all night." Ross led South (2-2) with 56 yards rushing on 11 carries, but he had just 19 yards on nine carries after his touchdown run. High was hampered by nine penalties for 74 yards. "They kept saving us with penalties, but we still couldn't get it done," Stonebraker said. "Our tackling was poor. We'd hit somebody but didn't finish them off. It was very frustrating." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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