The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 12, 1968 · Page 11
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, January 12, 1968
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Raiders Are On A Spot By FRAN TARKENTON Written for Newspaper Enterprise Assn. For Oakland to win the Super Bowl, it must overcome the myth of Green Bay and the awesome legend o£ Vince Lorn- bardi. The task is made even more difficult for two reasons: (1) no team in the last three years has accomplished it and (2) Green Bay is the finest football machine in history. Every team is at a disadvantage when it takes the field against the Packers. Their famed success under pressure has wade them like the Yankees. And they have that amazing intangible: Coach Lombard!. He's tough, but an amazing leader of men. He has a mysticism that inspires the kind of confidence and faith that great lead, ers such as Napoleon and Churchill did. The players respect him so much that they feel somehow, some way Lombard! over there pacing the sidelines will find a way to win. Take the NFL championship game. Even though the Packers were losing until the last seconds, the players, still had the. belief they would win. It was Lombard! who made them believe it. It's Lombardi's team. He took over Green Bay, as is well known, when it was one of the worst squads in the leagut and made them champions. Green Bay is a solid, experienced team in all respects. This is most evident in their defensive unit. And the defense is the key to any team. Many 01 their defensive starters have played together for seven years, and most for the past four years. To develop a tough defense, a period of maturation and togetherness is necessary. The Packers have gone through it. The Raiders, though, have not. They have strong, excellent defense which jelled this year., It lacks experience On the subject of experience, another important factor is pressure games. The Packers have been in a zillion of them over the past seven years. Usually, they have been successful. Oakland has had just one championship game in its history—the AFL title game against Houston. But Hie Raiders did pretty well, winning 40-7. * * * If Green Bay plays .its usual methodical game, I can't see how anyone can beat them — including Oakland, which is the best the AFL has ever produced. Oakland has a chance ii it can be inspired, and not be awestruck. The Raiders have to establish a running game and a short passing attack. If Daryle Lamonica tries to throw bombs early, he will be in lor a rude shock. The Packers secondary is to» fast and talented for any team to get away with that. Also, Oakland's special teams have to be exceptional. It's kickoff team, for example, can't let Travis Williams run wild. They have to hustle to make up for lack of experience and must try to establish field position- that goes for the kickoff and kickoff return squads and the punt and punt return teams/ Oakland is a younger team than the Packers, and it also seems to be made up of misfits and cast-offs who are playing better than anyone thought they were capable. Ben Davidson is a good example. He was cut by Hie Packers, Giants and Redskins. And now he's the top defensive end in the league. End Bill Miller and Lamonica were just so-so players with Buffalo. Even their coach, John Rauch, was a second choice. He got the job when Al Davis left to become league commissioner. But he's been very good. Oakland, like every team that plays Green Bay, will need luck to win. They must make the interceptions and recover the fumbles. It seems to me that Green Bay's experience, solidity and greatness under pressure— and the legend of Lombard! — will be much too much for Oakland. Celtics Given "Royal' Treatment On Road By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The fans at Cleveland saw Bill Russell give a big scoring performance and the Boston Celtics put on one of their patented blitzes. They also saw Oscar Robertson doing what he does so well—nullify good -scoring performances and blitzes. Russell scored 34 points, and the Celtics scored 16 straight points in 3 minutes, 18 seconds of the second period for a 19- point lead against Cincinnati Thursday night. But Robertson scored 40 points including four foul shots in the last nine seconds and the Royals beat Boston 120-116. In the only other NBA game, Zelmo Beatty scored five points and Len Wilkens eight in the last 4% minutes as the St Louis Hawks beat the Bullets 108-101 at Baltimore Beatty finished with 30 points and Wilkens 19. Earl Monroe topped Baltimore with 32. Losing makes Slater Martini mad, so mad that he wasn't; even see his Houston team lose Thursday night in the | American Basketball League. The M a v e r i c k's coach watched his team 'sinking until 4:13 was left in their game against Denver at Houston when he got so angry at an official's! call, he had two technicals called on him. Finally, the official, Doug Harvey, ejected the Slater Martin enraged coach and he missed the end of Denver's 100-93 victory . In other games, Pittsburgh stomped Indiana 138-115 for its 18th victory in 19 games, New Orleans trimmed Anaheim 131124 in overtime, New Jersey hammered Minnesota 110-96 and visiting Kentucky nudged Oakland 110-106. . - . . , . * * * Martin, a : star as. a player with winning NBA teams, has had his troubles as a coach as Houston's record slipped to 1526, only one game .from the Western Division cejlar. Byron Beck's 20 points in the first half and Larry Jones' total 30 paced, the Rockets, who remained only 3% games behind division leading New Orleans Host Pittsburgh strengthened its Eastern Division lead over Minnesota to two games with its third straight triumph. The Pipers, led by Charlie Williams' 37 points and Art Heyman's 25, turned a 28-alI tie into a 68-58 halftime lead and never let up. Doug Moe, who finished with 33 points, sent New Orleans into overtime at Monroe, La., with a basket with 14 seconds left for a 117-117 score. Moe then hit four quick points in the extra period and Anaheim never caught up. New Jersey, playing at home, went ahead to stay 32-30 as Minnesota lost its third straight. Walt Simon led the Americans with 22 points Louie Dampier's four field goals in the final period helped break a last period tie that put Kentucky across. Darel Carrier led the Colonels with 32 points Dampier added 26. Papooses Bow ToMacArthur Blytheville Junior High's Papooses, split a doubleheader in action last night against Jonesboro MacArthur Junior High. The junior varsity cagers edged the Jonesboro squad, 34-30, as Neil Brewer showed the way in the scoring column with IS points. Others who scored were Mike Parrish, 7, Charles Porter, 3, Reese Kogelschatz, 3, and Ronnie Bisher, Mike Brewer and Ronnie Rapert, 2 each. Coach Fred Mitchell's ninth graders lost, 36-24. • Mike Johnson netted 11 markers as Mike McCaU got 5. Terry Payton's with 4 end Ray Bunch and Charles Crigger with 2 each completed the scoring. "They have • real good ball club," Mitchell said this morning. "We .shot very,poorly, hitting-only JO percent from the field. Pont Is The Best By RON RAPOPORT Associated Press Sport* Writer NEW YORK (AP) - it's not that John Pont minds having led a team that made him the col- legefootball Coach of the Year, you understand, but when he thinks about how the 1968 Indiana team shapes up, he figures the glory could cause • few problems., "For one thing," Pont said Thursday at the luncheon where the American Football Coaches Association award was announced, "we'll lose the element of surprise. And the team won't have the nine character. It'll have a character, but net the same one." Elaborating en his clement-of- lurprise theory, Pont, whose team turned around from a 1-81 mark in 1966 to M during the regular season just completed, pointed to the only blemish on the record-*. U.7 leu to Mia- esota. "Every game before that one," he said, "people were waiting for us to get blocked off and we could prepare eunelves just for the game we were playing. "But before the Minnesota game, everyone was talking Rose Bowl and there was no way to convince the team I wasn't thinking of it too. Besides that, Minnesota was • geod football team." MAY I?—Green Bay linebacker Ray Nltschke («8> anxiously awaits the snap from center so he can attempt to take one giant step and clobber New .York quarterback Fran Tarkenton (10). The ncarncss ; 6f the Packers all- pro defender is enough to keep the bravest of quarterbacks on their toes. . Broyles To Lessen Use Of "I" Play By HARRY KING Associated Press Writer FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) —Frank Broyles, who installed the "I" formation at Arkansas in 1964 and reaped the rewards for three years, is convinced that the offensive formation's effectiveness is suffering from overexpqsure. • •• "We plan to leave the "I" formation as our basic offense," Broyles said Thursday night. ' We might use it a little but we' plan to go primarily with two split men and two tracks set anywhere." Broyles said that Texas Tech was the only member of the Southwest Conference which used the "I" when the Razorbacks switched from the Winged-T in 1964. Arkansas put together back- to-back 10-0 seasons ini964 and 1965 and led the nation In scoring in 1965, averaging 32A points a game. The Razorbacks were 8-2 in 1966 and then slipped to 4-5-1 this past season. * * i"The big thing is that almost everybody uses the "I" now," said Broyles. "Passing is becoming more and more important and the men in the "I" are further removed from getting out as pass receivers." The installation of a more wide-open formation does not mean the naturally conservative Broyles is going to pass-pass- pass. "We're putting in two split receivers so we will be able to run," said Broyles. ' That may sound like double-talk but it isn't. "We still want to run first," !)e said. "By having two split receivers we hope they will give us more of the running game, if they don't, we hope that we will have exceptional passing" "We've been wanting to do this since the middle of 1966 but we were afraid of getting into deep water," said Broyles. Broyles said the quarterback would still throw off the sprint- out as well as the dropback >attern. Broyles would not speculate on who the Razorbacks' quar- erback might be in 1968. Both Gordon Norwood and John Eichler return from the 1967 team and freshman Bill Montgomery is billed as a fine passer. ; One of the two split receivers will be Max Peacock. Peacock blossomed into a fine receiver about midway through the 1967 season. Broyles said the Shoats had employed -two split 'receivers lastfall and that the other receiver would probably come from the freshman team. * * • * Broyles also confirmed that David Dickey, a wingback in 1967, would be moved back to tailback this spring. He said he hid not decided who the other running back would be. • .Broyles' statement compliments an earlier announcement that Don Breaux, an assistant coach at Florida State, had been hired as the Razorbacks' offensive backfield coach. FSU had one of the most ex- ploiive offensive teams in the country in 1967. "They have a much more varied passing game," said Broyles. "They control the rush with their short passing game like the Green Bay Packers. They've been working on it years compared to one, two and three years at other places. "They are the most respected football team in that area," said Broyles. 'More college coaches go there during the spring then to any other two schools in this country." LOS ANGELES-Bobby Murray, 146%, San Francisco, knocked out Art Cruz, 145, Wilmington, Calif., 3. WyfltevlBe (Ark.)' Courier N«w» — FrM»jr> Jimmy U, 1M» — hgt fUnm ~\ Pressure Doesn't Pressure Players^ t •? By ED SCHUYU5R Jit. . . Associated Press Sports Writer Ron Draper and Pete Maravich both faced pressure foul situations. Both came through. Drake's Draper was at the foul line for two free throws with one second left and the Crusaders tied 74-74 with Wichita State Thursday night. He missed the first one but made the second, and Drake won its llth game in 13 starts. It was the other side of the coin for Louisiana State's Maravich, who played most of the second half against Tulane facing disqualification because he had committed four fouls. But this didn't seem to greatly impair the helter-skelter style of the nation's leading major-college scorer. He poured in 52 points as LSU beat Tulane 100- 91 at New Orleans to boost its record to 9-3. Masavich has scored 540 points in those 12 games for a 45.8 average. Draper got Hie two chances to score his 14th point of the night at DCS Monies, Iowa, when Drake's Al Williams stole the ball with 38 seconds remaining. Willie McCarter led Drake scorers with 18 points. Warren Armstrong got 22 for Wichita, whose leading scorer, Ron Washington, fouled out after scoring just nine points. The St. Louis at Dayton game also was decided by a foiil shot. This one was made by Bob Hooper with 20 seconds left for a 57-56 Dayton victory. Don May, who lied the game at 5656 with 3:14 left, scored 21 points and tied his own Dayton record of 28 rebounds. Rich Niemann paced St. Louis with 18 I points. None of The Associated Press Top Ten played Thursday night. And only top-ranked UCLA is scheduled to see action tonight,-, against California. • .7 In another Thursday night game, Kentucky Wesleyan, the No. 2 small college team, lost its second straight game, 63-62 to Southern Illinois at Owensboro, Ky. Again it was foul shots that made the difference. Bobby ". Jackson sank two with 1:07 to play to give the victory to. 1 . Southern Illinois, a former- small-college power, now listed as a major college. : Home-court victories included < Marquette's 71-56 trouncing of Wisconsin, Mississippi State's 80-64 drubbing of Delta State and New Mexico State's 81-71- defeat of Southern Colorado. it tastesHexpensive Maker's .and is. Mide from in original old slyl« sour m«sh recipe by Bill Simiult, fourth generation Kentucky Distiller. Av«ilabl«lnlnlem«tlontlW Proof, SO Proof and Limited Edition 101 Proof. TEST YOUR Basketbal SKILL! YOU MAY WIN A 00 CASH PRIZE! Enter the Weekly Basketball Contest Which Appears In Each Saturday's Paper! $ 50°° BONUS PRIZE FOR THE BEST ENTRY CARD OF THE SEASON. Entries Must Be In Our Office Or Post Marked No later Than Wednesday Midnite Of The Following Week. Blytheville Courier News

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