The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 12, 1996 · Page 19
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Sports HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL TOM DORSEY/The Salina Journal Salina Central running back Parker Wallace picks up some of his 153 rushing yards Friday against Manhattan on this first-half carry. Manhattan drops Central Loss ends Mustangs' regular-season winning streak at 28 games By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal Like all good things, Salina Central's lengthy winning streaks were eventually going to come to HGtl SCHOOL Not 'since the Manhattan 34 1993 season had the Central football squad lost a Salina Central 21 regular season game. That was the same year the Mustangs had last been beaten by an 1-70 League opponent. Both the 28-game regular season streak and 17-game league win streak came to abrupt conclusions Friday night when Manhattan came into Salina Stadium and dropped Central, 34-21. The Indians, 5-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class 6A, took control in the second half after it appeared the two teams would put on an offensive Shootout. "It was a very big win and I'm delighted for the kids," Manhattan coach Lew Lane said. "I'm glad they showed up tonight. I don't know who that bunch has been the last two weeks. "I at onetime thought it could be a trade-type thing, like Oklahoma and Nebraska, where the team that scores last wins. But we played awfully well in the second half with the exception of the last drive." "I think both football teams gave great effort on the field," said Central coach Marvin Diener, whose team fell to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in league play. "First of all you have to give a lot of credit to Manhattan because they played well. They had good defensive schemes and good offensive schemes against us." The Indians led 21-14 at halftime and controlled the ball through much of the third quarter, limiting Central to two possessions and no first downs in the period. Manhattan added to its lead with a nine-play, 70-yard drive, capped by Michael Nash's 2-yard touchdown plunge with 2:30 remaining in the third. The Mustangs did not get their initial first down of the second half until the 8:20 mark of the fourth quarter. Later in that same possession, Central could not convert on a fourth-down attempt and gave the Indians the ball at the Mustang 27-yard line. See MUSTANGS, Page C5 Cougars cruise past Junction City Ross runs for 285 yards, 3 touchdowns as South breaks skid in big way By WESS HUDELSON The Salina Journal JUNCTION CITY — What started as problems on defense turned into a green and gold nightmare for the Junction city Blue Jays. Salina South flattened Junction City 54-7 Friday •'•i^.A mM , J night in an 1-70 lyJPWWwHi' League game. Salina South 54 The stunning junction City 7 and impressive rout snapped the Cougars' three- game losing streak. South running back Charles Ross was spectacular. Ross exploited the Blue Jays' porous defense for 192 yards in the first half alone and finished with 285 yards and three touchdowns. "I've never been through any- thing like it before — never," bewildered Junction City coach Randall Zimmerman said. "We weren't disciplined on defense in the first half and in the second half that could have gone wrong, did." Salina South started its scoring after a 29-yard punt by Junction City punter Chris Staab pinned the Cougars back on their own 3-yard line. South promptly set sail on a 97- yard drive consisting of 11 plays in 3 minutes, 12 seconds. Ross led the way, running around and through the Blue Jay defenders for 92 yards. "I don't think the score is indicative of what kind of team they are," South coach Ken Stonebraker said. "Our line executed very well and from there things just began to snowball. "I feel a little sorry for their coaches and players because they're a much better team than they showed tonight." Junction City's only score came on the end of a 74-yard drive capped by a 1-yard sneak by quarterback David Hernandez, tying the score 7-7 with 10:38 left in the second quarter. It was all South from then on. The Cougars answered the Blue Jays' touchdown with three TDs of their own in rapid fashion before halftime. Quarterback Brian Kee scored his second touchdown on a 22- yard option play, making it 14-7 with 7:47 left in the half. Ross scored on the next possession from 9 yards out. South missed the extra point and led 20-7. The Cougars made it 26-7 with 1:15 left on a 25-yard run by Kee. South missed the two-point conversion. What was working most for South was Ross. "I started getting tired," Ross said. "After a couple of those runs I was hoping they would call a pass play. I have to give credit to the line for making things so easy for me tonight." South's first seven offensive plays in the third quarter resulted in three touchdowns. Add in a punt return and safety and the Cougars scored five times on nine plays to start the second half. • Ross scored on South's second play of the third quarter, making it 33-7 with 11:25 left. • He scored again on the Cougars' fifth play on a 37-yard run, making it 39-7 after a missed extra point. • Wade Porter scooped up a punt and ran 44 yards for a TD. The Blue Jays blocked the extra point, making it 45-7 with 7:43 left. • Staab had the ball snapped over his head and was tackled in the end zone for safety, making 477 with 6:45 left. • Porter scored his second touchdown on a 47-yard run for the game's final points with 6:27 left in the game. Fast start helps SE-Saline stop Concordia Trojans strike for three first-quarter scores in state-ranked matchup By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal CONCORDIA — For those Southeast of Saline football fans who ran into the traffic jam on U.S. 81 and arrived late for Friday night's game with Concordia, they missed most of the fireworks. The Trojans stunned Concordia with three first- quarter touchdowns and added two more TDs in concordl? 0 the fourth quar- -~ : -^"»<""~*~•*** '•* ter for a convincing 34-0 victory at Clark Stadium. The victory pushed the No. 5- ranked Trojans (Class 3A) to 6-0 overall and gave them a huge confidence boost heading into district play next week against Belleville. "This win is going to make us feel good," Southeast coach Phil SE-Sallne 34 Katzenmeier said. "We can call this a springboard game. It'll get us ready for our district games." Southeast dominated on both sides of the ball against the ninth- ranked team in Class 4A. The Trojans rushed for a whopping 409 yards and added another 107 through the air. The Trojan defense was nearly as good. Concordia managed just 29 yards on the ground. The Panthers (4-2) did have 135 yards passing, but junior quarterback Jacob Letourneau completed just 14 of 43 passes. "Tonight, we were just the better football team," Katzenmeier said. "Our offensive line took control early in the game and our defense controlled the whole game. "We blocked them all over the field," he added. "We blocked them at the line of scrimmage and we blocked them downfield. You have to give our offensive line a ton of credit. You don't push the ball upfleld like that without good blocking." Concordia coach Ron Culwell was impressed with the Trojans, but felt his club had a lot to do with it. "They're a good football team, but I haven't seen us play that bad all season," Culwell said. "Maybe I'll think differently after looking at the film, but I don't think they were any better than the other teams we've played this season. They might be ... I never thought we'd get shut out." The Trojans exploded for three touchdowns during a 61/2-minute span of the first quarter to rock the Panthers, who were celebrating Homecoming. Thane Douglas started the ball rolling Southeast's way by picking off a Letourneau pass on Concordia's first possession. Six plays and 71 yards later, Douglas bulled his way to a six- yard score on a quarterback sneak. His younger brother, Tyson, set up the TD with a 48- yard gallop up the middle on third-and-2 at the Trojan 37. Concordia went three plays-and- out, and an 18-yard punt into the wind by Letourneau set the Trojans up at their own 47-yard line. On first down, Ryan Kejr took the pitch and raced around right end for a 53-yard score just 70 seconds after Douglas' score. Andy Thiel's extra point was blocked, but Southeast still led 130 with 5:41 remaining in the first quarter. It got worse for Concordia. After the Panthers had another offensive series without a first down, Southeast took over at midfield and drove 50 yards in nine plays. A seven-yard run by Thane Douglas capped the drive, and Thiel's PAT made it a 20-0 game with 22 seconds left in the first quarter. After 12 minutes, the Trojans had rocked Concordia's defense with 179 yards on the ground. Douglas finished with 190 yards of total offense. Kejr rushed for 127 yards on 17 carries, Tyson Douglas 104 on 12 carries and Jason Redden 95 yards on just 8 carries. BASEBALL/ C3 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL/ C4 CLASSIFIEDS / C5 c T COLLEGE FOOTBALL KU, Tech boast standout backs Red Raiders' Hanspard, Jayhawks' Henley rank 2-3 in yards per game By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal LAWRENCE — The Big 12 Conference has been coming up short in some areas this season — most notably in the win column — but not when it comes to running the football. The Big 12 features five of the top seven rushers in the country (1-2-3-6-7) through the first half of the season and two of them will be on display this afternoon in Memorial Stadium when Texas Tech and Kansas meet in a 1 p.m. game. Tech features junior tailback Byron Hanspard, who has rushed for a nation-best 1,112 yards this season, but ranks second behind Iowa State's Troy Davis in yards per game (229 to 222). Kansas counters with senior tailback June Henley who is on course to become the Jayhawks' all-time leading ground gainer. Henley ranks No. 3 in the country with 166.8 yards per game. "It may seem like a big deal because they are No. 2 and No. 3 in rushing," said Kansas coach Glen Mason of Hanspard and Henley. "But we play good backs each and every week here on out. Everybody has a good running back." But Henley and Hanspard are two of the best. Henley is short and powerfully built (5-foot-ll, 215 pounds), while Hanspard is a little taller (6-0) and lighter (193). Henley is tied for No. 1 in the nation in scoring. Hanspard averages 7.7 yards per carry. Both are also skilled receivers. Texas Tech coach Spike Dykes compares Henley with Earl Campbell and former Tech star Byron "Bam" Morris. "He's got great vision. I guess that's why he is one of the top rushers in the nation," Dykes said. "He's got a lot of raw talent." Hanspard seems to be getting better every week. He's gone over 100 yards in 11 straight games and over 200 in six of his last seven. In a 45-24 victory over Baylor last week, he broke his own school record with 287 yards. As a team, the Red Raiders are No. 2 in the nation with 336.2 yards per game. "When you are No. 2 in the Texas Tech at KU • Klckoff-1 p.m. • Where - Memorial Stadium (50,250), Lawrence. • Television - None, ! • Radio -KINA(910-AM); KSAJ (98.5-FM). » Line-Kansas by 11/2. country in rushing the football, two things are apparent," Mason said. "One is that you have a good offensive line. No. 2, you have a pretty darn good running back. They have both of those things. "They are a high-powered offense, and we are sure going to have to play a lot better defensively than we have the last two weeks to put ourselves in position to win. We have to play better all- around, both offensively and defensively." Although they'll draw most of the attention, Henley and Hanspard are not the only weapons opponents these teams have. Tech quarterback Zebbie Lethridge threw for 1,885 passing yards last season, but also is a dangerous runner. Kansas quarterback Matt Johner is completing 60 percent of his passes for 669 yards and seven touchdowns and ranks second in the Big 12 in passing efficiency. But it was the special teams that dominated the Oklahoma game last week, supplying touchdowns with a kickoff return (by Eric Vann), a punt return (by Isaac Byrd) and the return of a blocked field goal try (by Patrick Brown). "The kicking game is what scares you the most about Kansas," said Dykes. "Against Oklahoma, they returned a punt 94 yards for a touchdown, they returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, they block a field goal and go 54 yards for a touchdown. Twenty-one points in the kicking game. Otherwise, it would have been a close ballgame." Today's game is considered a toss-up—KU is a one-point favorite — and is crucial to both team's seasons. Both need a win to stay on course for a postseason bowl game. Today's home game — 42,000 are expected for Band Day — is the first in 44 days for the Jayhawks, the longest stretch in school history between home games. Wildcats look to rebound at Mizzou No. 22 K-State goes against Tiger team banged up on defense By The Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri coach Larry Smith could take no heart in the 39-3 beating Kansas State suffered last week at the hands of Nebraska. He couldn't even take a lesson from it, he said. "It doesn't do us any good because we don't have athletes like that," said Smith, whose Tigers (23,0-2) host Kansas State today in a 1 p.m. game at Faurot Field. "People say, 'Well, they did this and they did that.' Our athletes aren't like Nebraska's athletes. If we could play like that, we'd be like that. They're a different structured defense." And the defense Missouri does have returns home battered and bruised for the first of three home games against Big 12 Conference rivals. On the injured-but-playing list are linebackers Joe Love and Darryl Chatman and safety DeMontie Cross. "Those guys, they are our leaders," Smith said. "But they're struggling with injuries. That has hurt our defense as much as anything." Smith expects No. 22 Kansas State (4-1,1-1) to take advantage of Missouri's weakened defense and keep the ball on the ground — the same way Nebraska took advantage of Kansas State. "What they try to do is balance you up between the run and the pass," Smith said of Kansas State. "But, again, we've been weak on the run, so I do expect for them to come in and try to run a lot." » Where * Faurbt Field (62,000); Co)Mrjr>bla, Mo, * Television-None. * Radio^ K$AL (1150- AM);WIBW(580-AM). * .Odds - Kansas State by 161/a. Kansas State struggled last week on special teams, especially in its kicking game. The Wildcats averaged 34 yards on nine attempts, with one punt blocked and the punter getting tackled for an 11-yard loss on another. Kansas State coach Bill Snyder said today's game would show whether the problem was an anomaly. "I think we probably will get tested to find out whether or not we've gotten things shored up," he said. A major threat to the Tigers is a balanced and versatile Kansas State offense led by quarterback Brian Kavanagh. "Kavanagh is a very, very accurate passer," Smith said. "If you give him time, he'll pick you apart." Kavanagh struggled against Nebraska, completing 5 of 19 for 34 yards and two interceptions. "I know I can do it; it's just a matter of doing it," Kavanaugh said. "There's nothing I can do about it now except make sure it doesn't happen again." ; "If we're going to be tested, it is going to be this week," Smith said. "Kansas State is very difficult to drive on. If you look at the driyp sheets against their defense, you'll see a lot of three-and-outs." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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