The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 12, 1996 · Page 22
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C4 SATURDAY. OCTOBER 12, 1996 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL Game family affair for Jenkinses FHSU's Travis, Justin Jenkins play UNK team their father helps coach By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal As passing game coordinator for the Nebraska-Kearney Antelopes, first-year assistant coach Brad Jenkins has had to become familiar with Fort Hays State's defensive players in a short period of time. Nine of the Tigers' 11 defenders were unknowns as Jenkins began preparations earlier this week for today's game in Kearney, Neb. The other two Jenkins knows well. Very well. Like a father knows his sons. Like Jenkins does Tiger defenders Travis and Justin Jenkins, his sons. "We've been discussing this game since August first," said Jenkins, who resigned as head coach at Kansas Wesleyan Aug. 1 to become an assistant at Nebraska-Kearney. "We talk on the phone about once a week. At first, there was a lot of jabbing back and forth, stuff like 'we're going to kick your tail.' "That's faded now. We talk about generalities. Family stuff." Travis Jenkins is a starting defensive end for the Tigers. Justin "We've been discussing this game since August first. At first, there was a lot of jabbing back and forth. That's faded now. We talk about generalities. Family stuff." Brad Jenkins former Kansas Wesleyan football coach now an assistant at Nebraska-Kearney JENKINS moves into the starting lineup this week at outside linebacker in place of Scott Karl, who suffered a season-ending back injury last week. Both are former Salina Central standouts and are sophomores at Fort Hays. "The whole idea has been kinda weird," Travis said Friday. "I don't know how to take it or what to say. "I've had a funny feeling about it ever since last sumer. I'm looking forward to seeing what it's about and getting,it over with. Everybody's been talking about it here and in Kearney. "I think it's more exciting for everybody else than us. Our coach (Bob Cortese) has made sure not to make a big deal of it." Brad Jenkins said he's looking forward to the challenge of Fort Hays' defense and to competing against his sons. "I wonder if I'm not looking forward to this more than I would if I was coaching with them," he said. "I coached them in football, basketball and base- ball. My expectation level was higher when I coached them, more than I had for the other kids on the team. "We get after it when we play basketball or wrestle on the living room floor. We compete with each other and I expect that this weekend." Travis Jenkins credits his father for his competitiveness. "We used to box and do everything," he said. "We'd play one-on- one in basketball. Beating him was a big deal. I think I've beaten him only once. I think age is starting to slow him down. At least I'm getting closer." Jenkins' coaching duties during the game will keep him from watching Travis and Justin. "Unless they're making a lot of sacks, I won't know how they're playing. I'll be too busy looking at charts and plotting the next three or four plays," he said. "I'll have to watch the film to see how they do." "It'll be weird if he's on the field before the game," Travis said. "I probably won't say anything to him. Our coaches are pretty uptight before the game and we tiptoe around. "Afterwards, I'll probably give him a big hug and have a normal conversation," Travis said. "I haven't seen my dad in a long time and I kinda miss him. I want to see how he's doing. I hear he's lost a lot of weight and I want to see what that's all about." The Antelopes have the third- ranked passing attack in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and are averaging 228 yards per game while alternating Joel Staehr and Chad Rutar at quarterback. Fort Hays' defense ranks third in the RMAC, giving up 162 yards per game. Travis sees several of his dad's coaching tendencies in the Antelopes' offense. "Their receivers run good routes and they catch the ball. They do their assignments well," he said. "Dad was a wide receiver at Nebraska and he understands the game. He's a great technician." "Their defense is playing well," Brad Jenkins said. "Their whole scheme is disruption. They dare you throw the ball down field in a limited amount of time. "My hope is those two kids play great, and their team loses." "That's my sentiments in reverse," Travis said. "He's a great father and great friend. I'm thankful for him and for everything he's done for us." Improved Wesleyan meets Sterling Coyotes aim for more progress, second win in KCAC road contest By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal It wasn't a perfect performance by any means, but Ron DuPree saw some improvement in the play of his Kansas Wesleyan football team during last Saturday's 36-12 victory over Tabor. More of the same is the Coyotes' goal in to- DuPREE day's game at Sterling. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. "We played better pass defense," DuPree said. "We're almost understanding the princi- T HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL pies of zone (coverage). We stopped them behind the line of scrimmage 16 times and they stopped us three. "We ran the ball pretty good. Every position (quarterback, fullback, tailback) went over a hundred yards. That makes it tough for opponents to gear for who they're going to stop,", he said. Wesleyan shredded Tabor for 390 yards rushing, led by freshman quarterback Troy Lawson's 134 yards. Tailback Michael White had 99 yards and fullback Byron Jones 94. "Troy did a better job of reading the defense," DuPree said. "He did a good job up to the third quarter. "He had what I call negative success. There were some times when he should have handed it off and some times when he should have pitched it. He had some misreads, but what I liked was they were aggressive misreads. "I saw some signs of cohesion in our team. We kept coming at them and coming at them. We showed some discipline," he said. Wesleyan's defense forced five Tabor turnovers — four fumbles and an interception — and held the Bluejays to 191 yards total offense. Wesleyan (1-3 overall, 1-2 in the Kansas Conference) plays a Sterling team that statistically dominated Bethel last week, but lost the game 17-10 at Sterling. Sterling (1-2, 1-3) had 307 yards total offense — 155 passing and 152 rushing. Bethel totaled 173. Running back Darren Johnson had 83 yards rushing to lead the Sterling offense. Freshman quarterback Jesse Vincent was 11 of 30 passing for 152 yards and two interceptions. "I'm very impressed with their quarterback," DuPree said. "(Johnson) is a shifty runner. He's pretty gifted. They have good skill people." Wesleyan leads the KCAC in rushing offense (273 yards per game), but is eighth in passing offense (50 yards). Sterling ranks third in total defense (266 yards), but is fifth in rushing defense (178 yards per game). Jones, a powerful 240-pound sophomore from Dallas, is the second-leading rusher in the KCAC with 440 yards and is averaging 5.7 yards per carry. White, a senior from Taft, Texas, is fifth with 300 yards and a 7.3 average. McPherson's Rudolph James leads the KCAC with 713 yards and a 7.0 average. Sterling's lone victory, like Wesleyan, was over winless Tabor — .24-14 on Sept. 28 at Hillsboro. Sacred Heart claims CVL tide in 57-20 win Knights stay unbeaten in game marred by 34 penalties for 341 yards By DARAN NEUSCHAFER Tlie Salina Journal Sacred Heart beat Herington Friday night at Martin Stadium, but only because the officials couldn't score any points. In a marathon matchup by high school standards, the Knights re- uieu ofiunni mained unbeaten (UGH SCHOOL on the S eason Herington 20 and wrappe( i U p Sacred Heart 57 their first-ever outright Cottonwood Valley League championship with an unusual 57-20 victory. The officiating crew outgained both teams in yardage, tossing the yellow hankies 34 times for an amazing 341 yards in penalties. There were also four players ejected in the game that took nearly three hours to complete. Sacred Heart coach Tony Canacari was happy with his club's sixth victory in six games, but felt his team still has room to improve. "We didn't play very well defensively. In fact, I was very disappointed in our effort," Canacari said. "And at times our offense looked good and then at other times, very sluggish. But with all the penalties, it was tough." Sacred Heart, leading 42-6 at the end of the third quarter, put the game away with a pair of quick touchdowns to open the fourth quarter. Nathan Knipp scored his fourth touchdown on a one-yard plunge to cap a seven-play, 74 yard drive. The play was redemption for Knipp, who earlier in the drive had a 47-yard touchdown run called back due to a holding penalty. CANACARI Then, on just the second play following the kickoff, Herington quarterback Matt Beavers threw an interception to the Knights' Michael Jaquay, who returned it 19 yards for a touchdown. Tempers flared throughout the game and several personal foul penalties were called, including three in the span of five snaps. "I think a lot of that had to due with our frustration and maybe a little bit with our being a young inexperienced team," said Herington coach Stephen Herrmann, whose Railers dropped to 2-4 overall. ."That is not indicative of the type of team we have. "With Sacred Heart's size and experience, we knew we would have to play error-free ball, and obviously we didn't do that." Canacari shared the sentiments, saying that much of it is just the aggressive nature of the sport. "All the penalties really made it tough to get much of anything going,"' Canacari said. "It was just one of those games. I want my football players to be aggressive, but we need to stop the stupid penalties and show some maturity when we get into those situations." The penalties overshadowed a couple of fine individual efforts for the Knights. Quarterback Ryan Ash completed 8-of-12 passes for 95 yards and two touchdowns. The only blemish for the 6-foot-l, 175 pound senior was an interception, but Ash made up for it by picking off a Railer pass in the second quarter and returning it 68 yards for a touchdown just seconds before halftime. Knipp's night was also solid. The junior running back gained 145 yards on just 14 carries. He also scored four touchdowns. With the Cottonwood Valley League title now under their belts, the seventh-ranked (Class 2-1A) Knights now turn their attention to district play. They travel to Canton-Galva next Friday before entertaining Saline County rival and second-ranked Ell-Saline in a huge matchup in two weeks. Ell-Saline keeps rolling, downs Sedgwick Consensus top-ranked team in 2-1A scores on five of its first 13 plays By ERIC BROWN The Salina Journal BROOKVILLE - The Ell-Saline Cardinals wasted little time in disposing of Sedgwick and running their record to 6-0 in the process. Ell-Saline, the consensus top- ranked team in Class 2-1A, rang WGHiftHOAl Up 513 var ^ s of Mil fvnWIl offense in post- Sedgwlck 13 ing a 61 . 13 victo . - ElhSallne gi ry over a Sedg- • " wick team that finished the game with 17 players. The Cardinals scored on all nine ••• possessions before pulling their starters late in the third quarter. They scored on five of their first 13 plays of the game. I "We did what we should have done," Ell-Saline coach Chris Barkley said. "We're a better team than Sedgwick but they have a real numbers problem. A lot of people say that we haven't played anybody yet, but we have league games and we have to take what we're given. "I'm not the least bit concerned about not RADUTI CV DAHM.eY down the road because we've been in big games before for the last three years." Ell-Saline came within 45 seconds of a shutout before the second team allowed a fourth- down completion for a score followed by a 46-yard fumble re- V turn for a touchdown. The defense held Sedgwick to 137 yards on the game, 46 of which came on their final offensive play of the game. The Cardinal defense limited Sedgwick to 1.4 yards per carry. "Defensively, you have to refuse to be blocked and take care of your responsibilities," Barkley said. "We've had a bit of a problem with starting off sluggish on defense and maybe that's a little of feeling the other team out. Sedgwick was doing some things and after that one possession early, we did a good job." Ell-Saline led at halftime, 48-0. It could have been a lot worse. Sedgwick's offense mounted a 17 play that chewed up nine minutes, ending in a 'missed field goal of 43 yards. Playing in his first game of the season, senior running back Jack O'Neal made up for lost time. He carried 13 times for 209 yards and scored five touchdowns. Craig Augustine carried five times for 76 yards and two touchdowns. He threw for another score and was 7-of-9 through the air for 135 yards. "We have a very talented football team," Barkley said. "The offense has a lot of good kids. The offensive line is maybe the best since we've been here. We have^ good back's and Augustine is a great quarterback. They have good speed and make good decisions." Ell-Saline opens district play next Friday when the Cardinals entertain Inman. The Teutons roll ed past Peabody 36-0 Friday. The Cardinals then play Saline County rival Sacred Heart the following week in a matchup of state- ranked teams at Martin Stadium. GAMEDAY Bethany (2-1, 2-0) at Bethel (3-1, 3-0) Ask Bethany coach Ted Kessinger for his choice as the surprise team in the Kansas Conference so far this season and he offers a quick answer. "I'd certainly have to say it's Bethel," Kessinger said. "After watching them on film they look like a very good team. They're very aggressive defensively are giving up few points. "They play with enthusiasm and play hard. They keep battling." Bethel lost its opener to Concordia, Neb., but has beaten Ottawa, McPherson and Sterling on consecutive Saturdays. The Threshers suffered a blow two weeks ago against McPherson when tailback Robert Alvarez, the leading rusher, suffered a broken foot and was lost for the season. Bethel downed Sterling last week 17-10 despite being out- gained 307-179 in total yardage. Senior quarterback Troy Morris leads Bethel's offense. He's the KCAC's second-leading passer, having thrown for 601 yards and six touchdowns while completing 48 percent of his passes. "Morris is an experienced quarterback," Kessinger said. "When he's on he's good, but when he's not having a good day, he's way off." Brandon Carter is Bethel's top receiver with 21 catches for 283 yards. The 16th-ranked Swedes demolished McPherson 51-26 last week • as senior quarterback Jorge Munoz completed 31 of 45 passes for 463 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Van Mortensen caught 11 passes for 169 yards and Bobby Lugo eight for 101 yards. Munoz is the KCAC's runaway passing leader with 943 yards in three games. He's completing 65.2 percent of his passes. Mortensen is the conference's leading receiver with 26 receptions for 358 yards. Frenchie Buckner is third with 15 for 241 yards. "Our (first-team) defense played very well against McPherson," Kessinger said. "They gave up 45 yards to (tailback Rudolph) James and only a couple of first downs in the first half. "We played a lot of our young Today's schedule • Fort Hays State at Nebraska-Kearney, 1 p.m. (KAYS. 1400-AM). • Kansas Wesleyan at Sterling, 1:30 p.m. (KSKG t 99.9-FM). • Bethany at Bethel, 7 p.m. (KBBE, 96.7-FM). people in the second half and they got to see a very good back (James)." Fort Hays State (3-1,1-1) at Neb.-Kearney (2-3, 2-1) Two longtime rivals collide today in a pivotal Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference clash. Both teams are coming off victories last week — Fort Hays State a 46-7 victory over Mesa State and Nebraska-Kearney a 35-30 victory over Fort Lewis. Fort Hays was led by tailback Emmett Pride, who rushed for 183 yards on 21 carries and scored two touchdowns against Mesa State. Pride leads the RMAC in rushing with a 140.3 average. The Tigers lead the conference in rushing offense, 248 yards per game. Keith Eck, forced to move from safety to cornerback because of injuries, led the Tigers' defense with nine tackles, eight unassisted. Fort Hays will play without linebacker Scott Karl, who is lost for the season with a back injury. Karl, a Hays High product, suffered a broken vertebrae in the middle of his back last Saturday. Mike Smith led the Antelopes in their victory over Fort Lewis. He returned a kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown and caught five passes for 102 yards. The Lopers use two quarterbacks, Chad Rutar and Joel Staehr. Both have five touchdown passes this season. Nebraska-Kearney has struggled defensively. The Lopers allow an average of 395 yards per game, eighth in the nine-team RMAC. Nebraska-Kearney leads the overall series 27-20-1, but the home team has won the last five games in the series. Fort Hays won last year's game 31-6 at Hays. —By BOB DAVIDSON BIG 1Z FOOTBALL: lAY'S GAMES DALLAS — Here are capsule previews for today's Big 12 Conference games. Kansas-Texas Tech and Kansas State- Missouri are previewed on C1. Texas A&M (2-3,0-1 Big 12) at Iowa State (2-2,1-0) • When — 11:30 a.m., Fox Sports Net syndicated telecast. • Where — Memorial Stadium. • The series — Texas A&M leads 2-0 in a rivalry that started In 1978 in the Hall of Fame Bowl in Birmingham, Ala. • The teams —.Texas A&M has played for four weeks consecutively after having two open weeks following its 41 37 loss at Brigham Young in the Pigskin Classic. Saturday's encounter marks a string of seven consecutive Big 12 games for the Aggies. Iowa State, coming off a bye week, pits its rewed-up running attack (286.3 yards per game, fifth nationally) against an A&M front seven that can be rigid. • Key Individuals— The Aggies'pass- ing prowess has been enhanced by the throwing of quarterback Branndon Stewart (95-of-168 passing for 1,232 yards, all Big 12 bests). His prime targets are wide receivers Albert Connell (37 catches for 498 yards) and Donte Hawkins (21 receptions for 265 yards). Cyclones' running back Troy Davis accounts for 80 percent (229.3 of 286.3) of his team's rush- Ing yardage while freshman linebacker Dave Brcka (52 tackles) and Junior linebacker Derrik Clark (36 stops, three sacks) pace ISU's defense. Baylor (3-1,0-1) at Nebraska (3-1,1-0) • When — 1 p.m. • Where — Memorial Stadium. • The series — Nebraska leads 3-1 as all four previous bouts have been contested In Lincoln. • The teams — The Bears' youthful edition has been tough on some road opponents in recent campaigns. Baylor fought Texas down to the wire before falling 2113 last Thanksgiving night. Nebraska flexed its offensive muscle with 432 yards of total offense against stingy Kansas State last weekend and features one of the nations most vaunted rushing attacks. • Key Individuals — BU's dynamic trio of running back Jerod Douglas (60 carries, 317 yards), Kalief Muhammad (17 catches In '96, 3,248 career all-purpose yards — third In school annals) and Pearce Pegross (seven catches for 154 yards against Texas Tech) causes headaches for opponents. Cornhuskers' linebackers Tyrrell Farley and Jamel Williams are two of the quickest front seven defenders nationally. Freshman running back DeAngelo Evans (career- best 168 rushing yards on 21 carries against Kansas State) Is an up-and- coming standout on the Big 12 running backs' scene. Oklahoma (0-4,0-1) vs.Texas (3-2, 2-0) • When —2:30 p.m, ABC regional telecast . • Where — Dallas, Cotton Bowl Stadium. • The series — Prior to the 91st meet- Ing of the Red River rivals, Texas has a 52-33-5 advantage over the Sooners In a rivalry which began in 1900. • The teams — Oklahoma outgained Kansas 538-368 in last week's Big 12 opener for the Sooners and features one of the conference's highest-output pass-J ing games (932 yards in four contests). The Longhorns zipped to 71 points In their victory over Oklahoma State (which blanked Oklahoma 12-0 in 1995) last week. Texas is tied with Nebraska for the Big 12 rushing touchdowns lead at 17. • Key Individuals — Longhorns' nose tackle'Chris Aklns (two fumble recoveries, one fumble forced against OSU last week) is a formidable force in the middle. Texas' Shon Mitchell (12 carries, 117 yards against Oklahoma- State) had a season- best game last Saturday while wide receiver Mike Adams (21 receptions, 357 yards, one TD) is sixth In the circuit. OU's Justin Fuente (50-of-98 passing for 814 yards, four TDs) has been a strong cog in the aerial attack, and one of his favorite targets Is Michael McDaniel (five catches for 125 yards against Kansas), Senior defensive tackle Baron Tanner (nine tackles against KU) returns to the area near his home of Athens, Texas, In hopes of helping OU pull an upset. Oklahoma State (3-2,0-2) at Colorado (3-1,1-0) • When — 7 p.m. (CDT), FOX Sports Net national cablecast. • Where —Folsom Field. » The series — In a rivalry about to reach the 40-game mark, the Buffaloes are 22-15-1 against the Cowboys. • The teams — Oklahoma State has shown flashes of brilliance in such wins as a 30-9 victory over Tulsa and a 31-17 triumph over Utah State. At one point from 1995 to '96 the Cowboys were 5-2 over a seven-game span. The Buffs have been unbeatable on the road (8-0 since Sept., 1995) and are steeled for tough opposition within the league after downing Washington State 37-19 and falling to Michigan 20-13. • Key Individuals — Cowboys' running back David Thompson is sixth In NCAA Division I-A rushing with 142 carries for 774 yards and seven TDs. He enjoyed a 252-yard evening against Tulsa behind the blocking of 6-2, 320- pound right tackle Calvin Menephee, Buffaloes' wldeout Rae Carruth (19 catches, 305 yards, three rushing attempts on end-arounds for 53 yards and two touchdowns) Is a breakaway performer while running back Herchell Troutman has great consistency. —By The Associated Press

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