The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 5, 1996 · Page 19
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 19

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, October 5, 1996
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Sports BASEBALL / C3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL / C4 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL / C5 c V COLLEGE FOOTBALL 'Cats poised for Husker showdown Competitive in recent years, Kansas State looks to finally knock down Big Red door By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal MANHATTAN — BUI Snyder believes he may have been a little naive during his first couple seasons as the Kansas State football coach when it came to games against Nebraska. "Maybe I was (naive) in the early years," Snyder said, "but I can't think of a ball game that we went into with Nebraska, when we didn't think we had an excellent opportunity to win the game." Of course, the Wildcats weren't close in those days, losing 58-7 in 1989 and 45-8 a year later. But all that changed in 1991 when the Wildcats traveled to Lincoln and scared NEBRASKA AT KANSAS STATE WHEN: 2:30 P.M. WHERE: KSU STADIUM, MANHATTAN. TELEVISION: ABC (SALINA CABLE CHANNELS 9, 10). RADIO: KSAL (1150-AM); WIBW (580-AM). ODDS: NEBRASKA BY 13. SNYDER the daylights out of Nebraska before dropping a 38-31 decision. K-State has been competitive hi every game after that until last year when Nebraska opened up a 42-6 lead midway through the third quarter before winning by 24 points. The 16th-ranked and unbeaten Wildcats will try once again to knock down the Big Red door when they face No. 7 Nebraska in a 2:30 p.m. regionally televised game (ABC) in sold-out KSU Stadium. Nebraska (2-1) enters today's game as a 13-point favorite, but without the invincibility of previous years. The two-time defending national champions had its 27- game winning streak snapped two weeks ago at Arizona State when the Sun Devils posted a stunning 19-0 victory. But Snyder doesn't expect to see the "Arizona State" Cornhuskers today in the Big 12 Conference game. He believes last week's 65-9 thumping of Colorado State best illustrates what the Cornhuskers bring to the table. "I think they proved just exactly what type of football team they are, the quality of people they have and the ability to bounce back with such a commanding performance against Colorado State," Snyder said. "I don't think they missed a beat." One thing is certain: The Cornhuskers are expected to put a ferocious pass rush on K-State quarterback Brian Kavanagh. The Nebraska defense has also been bolstered by the return of all-conference linebacker Terrell Farley from a three-game suspension. "I expect to see a whole lot of (Grant) Wistrom and (Jared) Tomich," Kavanagh said of the Huskers' two rush ends. "Those are two great players. You can't ask your tackles to stop them all game. You just hope to slow them down and contain them the best you can." Kavanagh is no stranger to the Huskers. When Matt Miller was knocked out of their game last year in Lincoln, Kavanagh came in and produced two fourth- quarter touchdown drives before the Huskers finally won a 49-25 decision. "Some of the wind was out of their sails," Kavanagh said. "We scored a couple of touchdowns and they put their starters back in. We didn't move too much after that." For both teams, the game is huge. Kansas State's rise from the bottdm of college football to an annual bowl team has been hailed by coaches and experts throughout the country. But before the Wildcats are accepted as a national power, they're going to have to beat one. So far, they haven't. "This year, it's more of a settled feeling, a calm nature about us playing Nebras- ka," said K-State cornerback Joe Gordon, who will be playing his first game of the season after suffering a preseason ankle injury. "We feel like they have a great program. But so do we." Kansas State's defense, ranked No. 1 in the Big 12, will have to contend with another huge offensive line which protects quarterback Scott Frost and opens holes for a stable of big and strong I-backs. One of those backs will be true freshman and Kansas legend DeAngelo Evans, formerly of Wichita Collegiate High School. Evans has already moved up steadily on the depth chart and is expected to see consid* erable action this afternoon. Two weeks ago, Arizona State forced Frost to beat them, and the junior quarterback couldn't, throwing for just 66 yards. Snyder doesn't expect that strategy to work too many more tunes. Frost had 199 yards of total offense last week against Colorado State and accounted for three touchdowns. "Ask (Colorado State head coach) Sonny Lubick about that one," Snyder said. "It's the same Nebraska team to me. They have a couple great I-backs and their offense stretches you across the field." T COLLEGE FOOTBALL KU meets struggling oo o Oklahoma Jayhawks open Big 12 play against Sooner team that has been hurt by mistakes V HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL By OWEN CANFIELD The Associated Press NORMAN, Okla. — John Blake sees in the Kansas football team what he hopes to see in Oklahoma someday — talent and experience. "All those guys,.on that team are experienced players, they play tpgfcther, | they're a unit," ;said the first-year Sooner head coach. "That's what makes them a team you need to be scared of, a team that has been successful. "Teams that don't play together, don't have time to mold together, understand the scheme and the continuity are teams that you really feel good about (playing against). I know that's why teams feel good about coming ftere and playing us right now." - Blake's Sooners are 0-3 and, with a loss today to Kansas, would be 0-4 for the first time since Bud Wilkinson's 1961 team started the year by losing five straight. The kickoff is set for 11:38 a.m., with the Big 12 Conference game televised by WIBW (Salina cable 5) and WDAF (7). Part of Oklahoma's problem is Its in;! experience. The depth chart is'filled with players who are freshmen and sophomores, and they have made mistakes. Oklahoma's offense has shown improvement since scoring only seven points in a season-opening loss to Texas Christian. With redshirt freshmen Justin Fuente starting at quarterback and De'Mond Parker at tailback, the Sooners have scored 31 and 24 points in the past two weeks. But turnovers and other mistakes have hurt. Parker fumbled twice last week against Tulsa, and most of the 10 penalties came against the offense. Kansas was ranked No. 20 before losing to Utah last week, 45-42. The Jay- hawks (2-1) haven't tasted many losses lately — they have won 13 of their past 16 dating to final game of 1994 and are 10 H -point favorites today to make it 14 of 17. This year's team features a powerful offense, led by tailback June Henley, and an opportunistic defense. Henley's 216 yards rushing last week raised his per-game average to 201. And while the Jayhawks gave up several big plays to Utah, they lead the country in turnover ratio — 10 takeaways, two giveaways. Those 10 turnovers have resulted in 42 points. If the Sooners load up too much on the run, it could backfire. Kansas quarterback Matt Johner threw for a career-high 210 yards and four touchdowns against Utah, and has completed 56 percent of his passes. : Mason said he is surprised by Oklahoma's start. KANSAS AT OKLAHOMA WHEN: 11:38 A.M. WHERE: OWEN FIELD, NORMAN, OKLA. TELEVISION: WIBW (SALINA CABLE 5), WDAF (7). RADIO: KINA (910-AM); KSAJ (98.5- FM). Oops: KU BY 10H DAVIS TURNEFVThe Salina Journal Salina Central's Parker Wallace tries to break from the grasp of Topeka West's Jim Calvert during the first quarter of Friday's 1-70 League game at Salina Stadium. The Mustangs improved to 5-0 with their Homecoming win. Central pastes Topeka West Mustangs overcome slow start, Chargers with run of 43 unanswered points By DARAN NEUSCHAFER The Salina Journal Salina Central's toughest opponent Friday night might have been itself. The Mustangs twice drove deep into Topeka West territory during the earlier going against the Chargers. And twice Central missed excellent opportunities to score touchdowns due to its own errors. But midway through the second quarter, it was "Katie, bar the door," as the Mustangs scored 43 Topeka West 14 unanswered points from then on in rolling over West, 46-14, on homecoming night at Salina Stadium. Parker Wallace, Central's standout tailback, appeared to put the Mustangs up early just minutes into the contest, only to have his 34-yard touchdown run called back due to a holding penalty. Central was forced to punt three plays later. Then on its next possession, Central drove inside the Charger ten-yard line. But on a second and goal from the West seven, Mustang quarterback John Huseman, off the play action, had three open receivers in the endzone, but had his pass fall incomplete. Central had to settle for a Andy Schorn 23 yard field goal. Two impressive drives...three points. "The disappointing thing was the first penalty," said Salina Central coach Marvin Diener. See MUSTANGS, Page C4 Sacred Heart turns back Marion Knights move to 5-0, into league driver's seat with 14-6 win By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal Sacred Heart coach Tony Canacari ranked it right at the top of his team's five victories in the 1996 season. But the \f~ i fyVti- o * •* A . . . , ,,,4 . 6 win over »8MR*I*WS1 Marion on Marion 6 Friday night at Martin Stadium also included a number of milestones for Canacari and his club. The victory moved Sacred Heart to 5-0 this season — its best start since 1981 — and clinched at least a tie for the Cottonwood Valley League title. At 4-0 in league play, the Knights can earn the title outright with a win next Friday against Herington. Sacred Heart receiver Ryan Stottman had both of his team's touchdowns, scoring on a 17-yard reception in the second quarter and an 8- yard strike in the fourth. It was the sophomore's first touchdown catches of his high school career. Canacari won his 16th game as head of the Knight program, moving him into second place in total victories among the 10 Sacred Heart coaches since 1960. It was also the first league loss suffered by Marion since 1993.'The best the Warriors (3-2, 2-1) can hope for now is a Herington win next week and a chance to tie for the league title. "At this point it is a huge win for us and the biggest win of the season," Canacari said. "And the key reason was it was the first time we've been down this season. "You can't take anything away from Marion because they have an outstanding program, and Grant (Thierolf) does a great job with his kids. But I'm just real pleased with the way our kids competed." The Knights led 7-6 midway through the fourth quarter and had not thrown a pass in the second half until quarterback Ryan Ash hit Mike Losik on a 29-yard reception to get Sacred Heart to the Marion 8-yard line. On the very next play, Ash rolled right and hit Stottman at the goal line for the touchdown with 4:56 remaining in the game. "The last pass I got tipped right into my hands," Stottman said. "I thought I was on the 5-yard line, but I was on the goal line and got knocked back right when I caught it." Marion moved across midfield on its next possession, but lost yardage on three consecutive plays after a fumbled handoff and two sacks by Sacred Heart's Dahx Marrs and Mikey Schmitz. The Warriors final pass attempt on fourth- and-24 fell incomplete, and the Knights were able to run out the clock. "During that final drive there was a timeout and defensive coach Troy Marseline said, 'Fellows, we need a big play,' " Schmitz said. "Then Dahx comes through and makes the sack and I got one on the next play. We take a lot of pride in our defense." "We played hard but mentally didn't play as sharp as we have the last three weeks," Thierolf said. "We've got to get the kids better prepared and that's the coaches fault. But take nothing away from Sacred Heart because they flat whipped us off the ball in the second half." All of the first half scoring came in the final two minutes of the second quarter. The Warriors put together a 12- play, 72-yard drive capped by sophomore Mike Williams' 1- yard touchdown run with 1:51 to play in the half, Sacred Heart responded quickly with a 72-yard drive of its own. The two big plays in the drive were Ash-to- Stottman pass plays. The first went for 35 yards on fourth-and-2, the second a 17- yard touchdown reception with only two seconds remaining in the half. Junior Nathan Knipp had 149 yards on 22 carries for the Knights, while Ash finished with 128 yards passing. Williams had 73 yards rushing on 18 carries for the Warriors. Cougars' upset bid falls short Manhattan, ranked second in Class 6A, needs two overtimes before turning back determined South By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal MANHATTAN - Salina South deserved better Friday night. The Cougars deserved a victory over the powerful Manhattan Indians, but instead, were handed one of the more gut-wrenching losses in school history. South had Manhattan flat whipped with eight minutes remaining in this 1-70 League game at Bishop Stadium. The Cougars were up by 14 points and had dominated the line of scrimmage like no team had in recent memory against the second-ranked team in Class 6A. But, somehow, some way, Manhattan fought back: The unbeaten (4-0) Indians, play- '. HfiH SCMOlE Salina South 14 Manhattan 20 ing in front of a large Homecoming crowd, scored two touchdowns in the final six minutes and added another in the second overtime to win a stunning 2014 decision. The victory was the 20th in a row by Manhattan over South in one of the more lopsided high school football series in Kansas. But there's no question that South head coach Ken Stonebraker, his staff and players, and the Cougar fans who made the hour-long trip from Salina, deserved a better fate than the brutal six-point loss. "I feel very badly for Ken," Manhattan coach Lew Lane said. "That's a horrible feeling to play as well as they did and not get rewarded for it." South did dominate, rushing for 315 yards, piling up 21 first downs and holding the ball for an amazing 31 minutes. But in the end, it wasn't enough. "We should have won the game ... we should have won the game," a bitterly disappointed Stonebraker said. "God bless, we beat them all over the field... we beat them all over the field." It shouldn't have happened. South was the far superior team for 3'/2 quarters as it built a 14-0 lead behind a ferocious ground game. Wade Porter scored from 25 yards out at the 8:51 mark of the third quarter, but Michael Butler's PAT was wide left, making it 6-0. The Cougars then got a 5-yard run from quarterback Brian Kee with 8:07 left in the game to cap a 12- play, 65-yard drive. Charles Ross, who rushed for 145 yards in the game, scored the two-point conversion to make it a 14-point game. Down 14-0 and looking totally out of it, Manhattan struck back. And it started when Michael Nash swept left end, fumbled the ball, picked it up and raced 23 yards for a first down. Five plays later, Nash scored from a yard out. Travis Spire's PAT made it 14-7. What followed in the next 20 seconds was a roller- coaster ride for both teams. Manhattan kicked off deep and the ball skidded past Ross to the 1-yard line. The South senior picked the ball up, looked like he went to one knee at the 3- yard line and then fumbled it away. But on Manhattan's first play at the South 3, Oleen fumbled away the snap to South. South had to punt the ball away with 2:10 remaining. Eight plays later, Manhattan scored on a 4-yard pass from Oleen to Jay Langton with 39 seconds left. Spire's PAT sent the game into overtime. Manhattan won the overtime coin toss and chose to play defense first. On third down, South's Porter fumbled the ball into the end zone while being tackled at the Manhattan 2-yard line and the Indians recovered for the touchback. The Indians then ran three plays before a 19-yard field goal by Spires was blocked by Travis Graham. In the second overtime, it took Manhattan just two plays to score as Oleen hooked up with Voos for a nine-yard TD pass. The extra point was blocked. South failed to convert on its next possession. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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