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C4 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 1996 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL T COLLEGE FOOTBALL Wesleyaii takes aim at win No. 1 Coyotes' Homecoming opponent Tabor also looking for first victory By BOB DAVIDSON The Saliiifi Journal Kansas Wesleyan coach Ron DuPree doesn't want to put too much emphasis on winning today's Kansas Conference game against Tabor. But... "A win wouldn't hurt, that's for sure," DuPree said. The Coyotes are 0-3 overall, 0-2 in the KCAC. They play a winless Tabor team (0-3, 0-2) today in a 2 p.m., Homecoming game at Martin Stadium. "It's like dance class," DuPree said. DuPREE "We know the paces we're supposed to do, but we're not with the music. "It's not from a lack of talent. It's from trying to remember what they're supposed to do." The biggest culprit in the Coyotes' struggles have been turnovers, particularly fumbles. Wesleyan has fumbled 15 times in three games, losing 12. They've also had three pass interceptions — an average of five turnovers per game. "The more we talk about it, the more it becomes the last thought in a kid's mind," DuPree said. "What concerns me is we've created most of the fumbles. We've had fumbles between centers and quarterbacks and between quarterbacks and running backs handing off." "We had six fumbles against Southwestern and not one of the them was the result of them hitting us. Even (tailback Michael) White had a fumble, and he never fumbles. "It's a result of youth and inex- T WESLEYAN ATHLETICS KWU to induct five in Hall of Fame Latest class includes four athletes, former Journal sports editor By The Journal Staff Four athletes and a Salina Journal sports editor will be inducted into the Kansas Wesleyan Hall of Fame this afternoon during Homecoming festivities. The five will be honored during halftime ceremonies of the Kansas Wesleyan-Tabor football game at Martin Stadium. Kickoff is at 2 p.m. The five inductees are: • Lynn Chartier — Chartier played football at Wesleyan from 1936-38. He was a starter on the 1936 KCAC championship 1 teams of Coach A.B. Mackie. His career ended in 1938 after suffering a knee injury. Chartier was the team captain in 1938. • Joedy Zimmerman — Zimmerman played basketball at Wesleyan from 1981-85. She was a four-year starter and three-time all-KCAC selection. She holds the school record for most career points and most career field goals made and attempted in a season. She also holds the record for most games won in a four-year career and twice for most.games won in a season. • Russ Pleiman — Pleiman played basketball at Wesleyan from 1982-86 and was a three- time all-conference performer. He ranked among the top 10 rebounders nationally for three years. He was a double- figure scorer during all four of his years at Wesleyan and a double-figure rebounder three years. He earned NAIA all-District 10 and honorable mention All- America honors in 1986. He was co-captain of the 1986 KCAC championship team and the team's co-MVP. • David Frederick — Frederick played basketball at Wes- leyan from 1984-86. He earned all-NAIA District 10 and all-KCAC honors as a senior. He played in the District 10 all-star game. Frederick had the fifth-highest season scoring total. He has the fifth-highest career free throw percentage and fourth- highest season free throw percentage. He has the fourth-highest single-season point total for seniors (503). Frederick played his first two seasons of college basketball at Marymount. • Stuart Dubar — Dunbar will be honored for meritorious service to Wesleyan athletes. Dunbar was sports editor at the Journal from 1924 to 1947. He left to go to work for the Topeka Capital Journal, where he worked until his death in 1953. He was replaced by Bill Burke. Dunbar also worked for the Ottawa Herald from 1992-24 and worked for Salina radio station KSAL for 13 years. perience. Regardless what people think, I'm telling them not to fumble," he said. Freshman Troy Lawson will start at quarterback. He'll be joined by White, fullback Byron Jones and block back Alton McAlister. Jones, a 240-pound sophomore from Dallas, had 120 yards on 12 carries, including a 56-yard touchdown run, in last week's 309 loss at Southwestern. He leads Wesleyan and is second in the KCAC with 319 yards rushing and is averaging six yards per carry. Wesleyan will be missing five starters for today's game, includ- ing center Telly Berry, who suffered a knee injury last week. Four others — center Sam Herrera, guard Adrion Bradford, linebacker Brad Tate and defensive tackle Damon Boswell — will miss the game for disciplinary reasons. "We're in the struggling stage right now," DuPree said. "We've got some athletes who can play. We've got the best defense in the conference. "(Neil) MacGinnis, (Dennis) Gent, (Jerry) Snider and (Javier) Avetrani played exceptionally well last week. Our tackling is improving. We're better tacklers than we were a year ago." Tabor lost at home to Sterling 24-14 last Saturday, despite rolling up 303 yards total offense. Fullback Chris Brown had 104 yards rushing and tailback Jermaine Rhodes 72 yards. The 14 points were the Blue- jays' first of the season. "They throw the ball well and that concerns us," DuPree said. "We're going to stop the run first, then the quarterback (Michael Hunter) from throwing as we go for the run. "We want to take the run away and make them one-dimensional." GAMEDAY McPherson (1-2,1-1) at Bethany (1-1,1-0) Bethany coach Ted Kessinger knows the key to beating McPherson essentially comes down to not getting outrun by a "Turtle." Stopping McPherson tailback Rudolph "Turtle" James, the Kansas Conference's leading rusher, will be imperative in tonight's battle between McPherson County rivals. "James is a very good football player," Kessinger said. "He's dangerous with his speed and he has great vision as a runner. He's a tough kid. He carries the ball 40 times a game." James, a senior, has 504 yards rushing this season and is averaging 6.2 yards per carry. He had 232 yards on 40 carries and two touchdowns last Saturday in the Bulldogs' 19-13 overtime loss to Bethel. McPherson's offensive weapons have been limited after James, Kessinger said. "They bring (Aundrey) Myers over from defense to play fullback. He's a good player and good blocker. They don't throw the ball very much or very well," he said. Bethany, ranked 21st in this TODAY'S SCHEDULE • Tabor at Kansas Wesleyan, 2 p.m. (KSKG, 99.9-FM).. • Mesa State at Fort Hays State, 7 p.m. (KAYS, 1400-AM). • McPherson at Bethany, 7 p.m. (KBBE, 96.7-FM). week's NAIA Division II poll, notched its first victory last week in a 42-7 romp at Ottawa. Senior quarterback Jorge Munoz, the KCAC's top passer, was 18 of 29 passing for 271 yards and three touchdowns. He's 41 of 67 for 480 yards and three touchdowns in two games. Wide receivers Frenchie Buckner and Van Mortensen had seven receptions each against Ottawa. Buckner scored three touchdowns, two on pass receptions and one on a 7-yard run. Mortensen caught one TD pass. "We're in the progression of a normal Bethany team," Kessinger said. "We have a complex offense and defense and it takes us a couple or three weeks to start putting it together. If we play a strong opponent in our first game, we're not ready. Last week was a good step. "Buckner is one of the better football players we've had since I've been here," he said. "We've used him at tailback, too, with (Mike) Godwin banged up. He returns punts and kickoffs, too. He's all over the place." Mesa State (1-3,1-1) at Fort Hays State (2-1,0-1) Fort Hays State has had some time to correct the mistakes that led to a stunning 24-21 home field loss to Fort Lewis in its last outing. The Tigers, ranked sixth in NCAA Division II going into the Fort Lewis game, dropped out of the poll after the Sept. 21 loss. Fort Hays was idle last week in advance of tonight's 7 o'clock homecoming game at Lewis Field Stadium. Fort Hays faces a Mesa State team that notched its first victory of the season last week in a 2421 upset of No. 17-ranked and previously unbeaten Adams State. Wide receiver Jason Derryberry led Mesa with eight receptions for 207 yards and two touchdowns. Fort Lewis receiver Seneca Holmes had seven catches for 181 yards and two touchdowns against the Tigers two weeks ago. Senior quarterback Matt Imel leads the Mesa offense. Imel is a native of Princeton, Kan., and played two seasons at Hutchinson Community College. He's thrown for 676 yards, four touchdowns and six interceptions this season. Mesa is coached by Jay Hood. Hood was defensive coordinator at Fort Hays under Tiger head coach Bob Cortese from 1990-93. Fort Hays boasts the RMAC's top rushing offense, led by senior tailback Emmett Pride and junior quarterback Joel McReynolds. Pride is averaging 126 yards per game and 6.0 yards per carry. McReynolds averages 64 yards per game and 3.7 yards per carry. The Tigers rank second in the RMAC in total offense (390 yards per game) and rushing defense (151 yards per game). That's bad news for Mesa's defense, which ranks last in the conference. Maverick opponents are averaging nearly 450 yards and 42 points per game. — By Bob Davidson BIG 12 FOOTBALL: TODAY'S GAMES DALLAS — Here are capsule previews for today's games of the Big 12 Conference. Kansas State-Nebraska, Kansas-Oklahoma are previewed onC1: Louisiana Tech (3-2) at Texas A&M (1-3) • When — 4 p.m. • Where — Kyle Field. • The series — Texas A&M has a 4-0 advantage since the teams began competing in 1981. • The teams — Both the Bulldogs and Aggies have gone to the air in recent weeks. • Key Individuals — Tech quarterback Jason Martin (104-of-187 passing for 1,460 yards, 12 TDs) is an adept operator. His key target is wide receiver Chad Mackey (30 grabs for 574 yards, ninth nationally in receiving yards per game). The Aggies' wide receiver Albert Connell doubled his 1996 receiving output with a school-record 18 catches against Colorado and needs six grabs to top his 11-game tally of 41 in 1995. Soph corner- back Toya Jones, a world-class sprinter, is jelling at his position while kicker Kyle Bryant (7-of-9 In 1996) had a streak of nine consecutive field goal successes broken vs. Colorado. Oklahoma State (3-1,0-1) at Texas (2-2,1-0) • When — 6 p.m. Fox Sports Net national ca- blecast. • Where — Darrell K. Royal Memorial Stadium. • The series — Texas prevails 9-1 through the first 10 meetings of the 80-year-old rivalry. • The teams — OSU, idle last weekend, has an effective, ball-control attack which consumed 43 minutes of clock in a 31-17 victory over Utah State Sept. 21. Texas has a tough offense to contain behind probable alternating quarterbacks James Brown and Richard Walton. Both squads employ the option as a portion of multiple offenses. • Key Individuals — Unsung dual-purpose de- BIG12 ,NCE fensive back-wide receiver R.W. McQuarters of OSU is second in Big 12 punt return average with a 13.2 norm on nine runbacks and is tied for fourth with two pass interceptions. Running back David Thompson ranks sixth nationally and fourth in the Big 12 with 122 carries for 621 yards, 5.1 yards per rush, and six TDs. Senior center Josh Henson anchors the line. Longhorns' wide receiver Mike Adams (19 catches for 281 yards in 1996) has 81 career punt returns for 896 yards and two TDs. Offensive guard Dan Neil has fought through some neck injuries in his quest for All-Big 12 laurels while defensive back Chris Carter (18 tackles against Notre Dame) is one of the staunches! defenders. Baylor (3-0,0-0) at Texas Tech (2-2,1-1) • When —.6:30 p.m. • Where — Jones Stadium. • The series —In this first football meeting of the old SWC rivals as members of the Big 12, Baylor maintains an overall lead of 32-21-1 in the 54-game series. • The teams — Tech's young defense again has its work cut out against a veteran (nine returning starters) offense for the Bears. • Key Individuals — Bears' running back Jerod Douglas (44 carries, 259 yards, 5.9 average) quietly has made his mark in '96 while cornerback Dean Jackson (15 tackles against Louisville, two interceptions in 1996) has been a playmaker. Quarterback Jeff Watson (35-of-59 passing for 402 yards, five TDs) is off to his best start in three seasons at Baylor. Red Raiders' running back Byron Hanspard seeks his sixth 200-yards-plus evening in the last seven contests after gaining 224 yards with three TDs on 22 carries against Utah State. Running back Clint Robertson is 10th nationally in kickoff returns with a 26.5 average. Defensive back Dane Johnson (three pass deflections against Kansas State) hopes to break loose on a punt return today. Missouri (1-3) at SMU (2-3) • When — 7 p.m. • Where — Cotton Bowl Stadium. • The series — Missouri and SMU tangle for the 23rd time in history as the Mustangs are 13-7-2 against their Big 12 Conference rivals. • The teams — Each team views today's State Fair of Texas clash as a chance to regain momentum prior to moving into the meat of conference scheduling. The Tigers play six consecutive Big 12 opponents (with an Oct. 19 open date) while the Mustangs re-enter WAC wars for five games from Oct. 19-Nov. 21. • Key Individuals — Tigers' quarterback Corby Jones is similar to the Mustangs' Ramon Flanigan in scrambling ability as evidenced by 135 yards on 13 rushing tries with two TDs in Mizzou's loss at Iowa State last week. Tiger running back Devin West (16 carries, 72 yards, three receptions for 45 yards at Iowa State) is Mr. Versatile while free safety DeMontie Cross (332 career tackles) is a constant defensively. The Mustangs' Flanigan is 51-of- 106 passing for 814 yards, just under 16 yards per completion. Former AII-SWC linebacker Craig Swann packs a wallop for a gritty defensive unit. —By The Associated Press COLLEGE ATHLETICS Fort Hays State to stay in RMAC After learning of FHSU's concerns, MIAA opts not to expand for now By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN Harris News Service HAMMOND HAYS — Fort Hays State University will remain in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, President Edward Hammond announced Friday morning. With polka music playing in the background, Hammond used the city's annual Oktoberfest celebration as the backdrop to announce that discussion with the Mid- America Intercollegiate Athletic Association has ceased. MIAA officials had contacted Hammond this summer asking if FHSU would like to be part of an expanded conference. The MIAA is an 11-team conference including three Kansas schools and eight from Missouri. The conference was proposing an expansion to 16 teams. Fort Hays and two other schools had expressed an interest in getting more information on the conference. But Hammond said that he received a fax from MIAA officials late Thursday afternoon stating that after looking at FH- SU's concerns, the conference leadership had decided not to expand at this time. The other two schools besides Fort Hays that expressed an interest in the MIAA expansion were Wayne (Neb.) State College and the University of Central Arkansas. Hammond stressed that he and FHSU athletic officials are not at all unhappy with the RMAC. Quite the contrary, he said. But because of the three Kansas schools involved with that conference, Hammond felt he should at least take a look at the offer. Those schools are Washburn University of Topeka, Emporia State University and Pittsburg State University all former members of the old Central States Intercollegiate Conference along with Fort Hays. "If it wouldn't have been for the old rivalries, we wouldn't have even considered a switch," Hammond said. "But we thought we needed to at least give it a look." Howeyer, Hammond wanted to T HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL "If it wouldn't have been for the old rivalries, we wouldn't have even considered a switch. But we thought we needed to at least give it a look." Edward Hammond Fort Hays State President make sure if Fort Hays did change conferences, that it was for the good of the university. The three main concerns Hammond raised with the MIAA committee were: • Scholarship limits. The MI- AA has a scholarship limit of 99 per school, while Fort Hays is at 105. "We wanted to know if we would have to reduce our scholarships to join their conference," Hammond said. • Membership status. "We wanted the right to be a full voting member," Hammond said, "and we wanted to know how long of period we would have before joining their conference." • Financial aspects. "Would the conference be going to divisional play?" That would reduce the travel for Fort Hays. Another financial plus for the RMAC over the MIAA is corporate sponsorship. The RMAC has corporate sponsors that contribute $150,000 yearly, which reduces the cost for the member institutions. Another stipulation Fort Hays had if it would join the MIAA that the conference •waive the $30,000 initiation fee and FHSU would play league fees only during ihe two-year transitional period. As it is, travel time for Fort Hays will be refluced this year with the implementation of divisional play in the 14-team RMAC. Other members of the seven- team Eastern Division with the Tigers are the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Chadron (Neb.) State University and four schools in the Denver area Colorado Christian, Colorado School of Mines, Metropolitan State College and Regis University. Although a switch to the MIAA would have renewed some old rivalries, Hammond said he hopes Fort Hays still will be able to play some of its old rivals, and that "it was in the best interest of the school to stay with the RMAC.", Mustangs / Second half triggers victory FROM PAGE C1 "We score from 30 yards out and get it called back. We have got to do something about those types of mistakes." Following Schorn's field goal, the Chargers turned the tables on the second-ranked Mustangs. West, behind the strong running of tailback Travis Johnson, drove 73 yards to take a 7-3 lead. Johnson rushed for 53 of those yards in the drive, which culminated with Charger quarterback Kenny Swart going over from the one. The 17-play drive accomplished two things. Not only did it give West the lead, but it kept the potent Mustang offense of the field for some eight minutes. "We felt pretty good there in the second quarter following our touchdown," said Topeka West coach Warren Seitz, whose team dropped to 2-3. "With a big, physical type of offense like Central has, the best thing you can do is control the ball and keep them off the field." The Mustang offense didn't see the field much in the second quarter, but when it did, it made the most of its time. Central scored twice in the quarter while only having possession of the ball for 3:42 of the stanza. Twice the Mustangs went to the air to find paydirt before intermission. First, Huseman hit junior Todd Just for a 42 yard strike to 'make the score 11-7, with 4:23 remaining. And then with just 38 seconds remaining before the half, Huseman found Brandon Weikle in the back of the end zone to p\it the 'Stangs up 18-7. "Those two touchdowns late in the first half were huge for us, because we were in a little bit of a pickle there after they scored," said Diener, whose team pushed its record to 5-0 overall and 4-0 in the I- 70 League heading into next week's showdown with Manhattan. "It gave us some nice momentum going into the second half." The Mustangs blew the doors open with a 21 point outburst in the third quarter. Wallace did all of the damage on Central's initial possession, carrying the ball on all six plays of a 72 yard drive. The senior tailback, who rushed for 237 yards in the game, scored on a six- yard carry to cap the drive. And Wallace went 53 yards for a score on the Mustangs next possession. The Central defense then got into the act, when senior defensive back Tony Grafals picked off a Swart pass and went 85 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. "We knew we had to keep the ball away from them, and we did a good job of that in the first half, but couldn't do much in the second," said Seitz. "You can't afford to get behind a team like Central to far, because their big people just keep pounding on you and sooner or later it takes its toll." For Diener, the second half was qne he had been waiting all season for. "In the second half, I thought the kids finally took it to another level on both sides of the ball. We seemed to play with the confidence we have been lacking. And we needed to do that, because next week against Manhattan will be an outstanding measuring stick of where we are at heading into district," Diener said. We Deliver News and Value the Salina Journal

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