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D4 WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 16, 1 996 SPORTS THE 8ALINA JOURNAL T COLLEGE FOOTBALL Time for midterm grades Army, Navy, Cal, Houston get high marks; Texas, Texas A&M earning failing grades By JOHN LINDSAY Scripps Howard News Service It's midterm time in college football. That's right, we're one-half way through a season that is all but assured of not providing a true national championship game. With that depressing thought in mind, here are some grades for teams that have caught our eye.. A's • Army and Navy: Has anybody noticed that these two have combined for a 9-1 mark? Both have better marks than the likes of Oklahoma, Texas, Texas A&M and Southern Cal. The 5-0 Cadets are off to their best start since 1985 heading into Saturday's Homecoming matchup with Tulane. The 4-1 Midshipmen are one play away from a perfect mark, with a tough 43-38 loss at Boston College the only blemish on their season. Still Navy is off to its best start since a 6-0 beginning under George Welsh in 1979. All these wins will add some luster to one of college football's great games when the Midshipmen and Cadets square off in Philadelphia Dec. 7. A bowl bid may await the winner. • California: New coach Steve Mariucci has the Bears (5-0) square in the middle of the Pac-10 race. Sure the Bears have a tough road ahead (at Arizona State, UCLA, Arizona at home all in the next four weeks), but remember this is the same group that was 3-8 la&t year. Mariucci deserves serious coach-of-the- year consideration. • Houston: That's right Houston. The Cougars' 4-2 start equals their number of wins combined from 1993-95. Kim Helton is still lugging around one of the ugliest records in college football (8-30-1), but his team is probably the most improved in the nation. The next step would be beating a good team (North Carolina visits the Astrodome next Saturday while Southern Miss visits Nov. 9.) B's • Utah: After a baffling season-opening loss to Utah State, the Utes have won five straight including wins over Kansas and Stanford. Very quietly, Ron McBride built a solid program in Salt Lake City, based on (hold on to your hats, WAC fans) defense! The regular-season finale against BYU on Nov. 23 is the real WAC championship game. • North Carolina: The 5-1 Tar Heels have one of the nation's best defenses. Only the offense's collapse in a 13-0 loss at Florida State keeps UNC from an A. A win at Virginia Nov. 16 might put Mack Brown's team in a big New Year's Day bowl, something the Tar Heels have not done since making the Cotton Bowl in 1950. • Ohio: The Bobcats are no longer one of the nation's doormats. In spite of dropping a 30-27 overtime loss at Ball State Saturday., Ohio is still 3-3 and coach Jim Grobe has a chance at the first winning season in Athens since 1982. • Southern Mississippi: The Golden Eagles opened some eyes by trouncing East Carolina on the road last Thursday night. Southern Miss may even take a 9-1 record into their regular-season finale at Florida State. That's where the fun will end. Still, Jeff Bower's Eagles will likely wind up in a bowl for the first time since Brett Favre quarterbacked them to the All-American Bowl in 1990. F's Texas and Texas A&M: There is simply no excuse for these two to each be 3-3. Where's all that preseason talk about how powerful the Big 12 is now? With losses to the likes of Southwestern Louisiana and winless Oklahoma, Longhorns coach John Mackovic and Aggies counterpart R.C. Slocum will deservedly hear the alumni wolves howling the rest of the season. • Indiana: At 2-4, it's time for Hoosiers coach Bill Mallory to go. Indiana's 3-0 loss to Kentucky Sept. 21 may have been the worst game of this decade. Indiana has also lost 11 consecutive Big 10 games dating back to 1994. There's just no reason for this program to sink so low. • Maryland: Since opening the season with two wins over patsies Northern Illinois and Alabama-Birmingham, the Terps have dropped four straight and scored just 18 points. Joy remains high at OU after Texas win Sooner fans, players rejuvenated after first victory of the season By OWEN CANFIELD The Associated Press NORMAN, Okla. — Judging by all the joy in Norman, you would think Oklahoma's football team was 4-1 instead of 1-4. A few thousand people attended a rally on campus Monday afternoon that was put together to herald Oklahoma's 30-27 overtime victory over Texas. Athletic director Steve Owens, who won a Heisman Trophy at Oklahoma and knows a little something about playing in big games, told the crowd that Saturday's performance in the Cotton Bowl was the greatest experience of«his life. Now comes another test for the Sooners: trying to put the Texas game behind them while preparing for Baylor this week. "This team has nothing to be just tremendously proud about other BLAKE than winning the game, because we made a lot of mistakes," coach John Blake said Tuesday. "There were a lot of things that took place that we could have easily lost that football game. So we're going to be ready to play. "These coaches understand what it takes. We're not letting the kids back off any. We can't afford to back off any." The Texas-Oklahoma game is always big for both teams, but it wound up being huge for the Soon- ers. The victory ended an 0-4 start and showed what the coaches had been saying all along — that if the Sooners ever played without making numerous mistakes, they would have a chance to win. Prior to the Texas game, many wondered if Oklahoma might go winless. Now the team's confidence is swelling as it heads into the rest of the Big 12 season. "I think it's given our kids an attitude that they can win," Blake said. "Some of the things that we tell these kids they can use now to grab ahold of. You can only tell kids so much, but they need something to grab ahold of. Thank God it was the Texas game so we can use that and continue to get better." T PRO FOOTBALL Green Bay takes over the NFL penthouse The Associated Press Green Bay place-kicker Chris Jacke (13) and holder Craig Hentrich celebrate Jacke's 53- yard, game-winning field goal against the 49ers Monday night. GREEN BAY, Wis. — The world is their oyster. No, that could be a San Francisco reference. The world is their bratwurst. Better. It happened for the Green Bay Packers on Monday night, with much of thejcnown world watching. They defeated the San Francisco 49ers in overtime, 23-20. For the moment at least, the Packers will have to glance downward to find the rest of the National Football Conference. And if you have to glance downward to find the NFC, you don't have to look up to glimpse the entire American Football Conference. This was the main bout of the young 1996 season. The Packers, green and gold and emerging, against the always elite 49ers. True, the Packers had beaten the 49ers, convincingly and at their place, just nine months ago. But for the purposes of this contest, that might as well have occurred on another planet. You could say that the rest of the Central Division had conspired in giving the Packers room at the top. And certainly the Bears had lost to the Saints, for Halas' sake. The Lions had self- destructed against the Raiders. And those pesky Vikings had shot — themselves in the foot, if MICHAEL not in higher and more BAUMAN prominent portions of their TheMiwaukee collective anatomy, with a journal Sentinel loss to Tampa Bay. » But all of that simply left the door ajar. It was solely up to the Packers to step into the space occupied previously by the 49ers. They did this with yet another remarkable defensive effort and just enough offense to succeed. There may be those who will try to take some of the luster off this performance by noting that San Francisco did not have Steve Young throwing the football to Jerry Rice. Instead, they had Elvis Grbac. Look, it could have been Elvis Costello and it doesn't diminish things all that much. Rice is the greatest wide receiver in the history of humankind. He's still wearing the San Francisco uniform. And he isn't exactly slowing down. He caught two touchdown passes in the second quarter. No, you don't have to put any asterisks by this one. If there was any sort of distress to be taken out of the evening, it came on the injury front. Robert Brooks left with a sprained knee, and Earl Dotson left with a sprained ankle. Edgar Bennett went out with a shoulder injury. These injuries are cause for concern, but they also made what the Packers did here even more remarkable. Brooks goes out. You cannot overstate his importance to this team. But Don Beebe enters and makes a touchdown out of almost nothing. This is how the truly good teams do it; finding a way, finding a player, filling a hole no matter how large. Or, how about character as a measuring stick? They gave up 17 unanswered points ' in the second quarter. Catastrophe, right? But that was it. The only three points the 49ers got after that was a field goal off a turnover. This stuff isn't accidental. Heart never is. The score, the record and all the visible evidence say that these teams are close, close, close. But there is that matter of Green Bay's 2-0 record against San Francisco in calendar 1996. This issue is not settled for eternity. These two teams may very well be matched again, in the depths of January. But now there is a somewhat better chance that a meeting of that sort will occur at Lambeau Field. Only that won't be in the leafy autumnal splendor of the upper Midwest. That will be in the grip of Wisconsin winter, on the frozen tundra, with the snowmobile's fuel line frozen. It won't be 49ers weather. The edge belongs to the Packers. So for the moment does the top of the National Football League. It's only mid-October, but you are allowed to celebrate during the bye week. HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL STANDINGS CHEYENNE CONFERENCE Kensington 306 Logan 306 Northern Valley 304 Eastern Heights 2 1 5 Morland 1 3 2 Palco 1 4 1 Lenora 051 Last Week's Results Eastern Heights 54, Natoma 6; Kensington 48, Morland 0; Northern Valley 1, Lenora (forfeit); Logan 46, Palco B. This Week's Games Friday - Eastern Heights at Northern Valley; Kensington at Logan; Lenora at Morland; Palco at Healy-Utica. COTTONWOOD VALLEY Sacred Heart Marlon Chase County Council Grove Herlngton Remington Last Week's Results Chase County 37, Council Grove 22; Sacred Heart 57, Herington 20; Marion 61, Remington 0. This Week's Games Friday - Sacred Heart at Canton-Galva; Marion at Herington; Lebo at Chase County; Santa Fe Trail at Council Grove; Moundridge at Remington. EISENHOWER Centre 5050 SJ-Military 4142 Bennington 3233 Hope 3233 Tescott 3233 Solomon 1414 White City 1415 Wakelleld 0506 Last Week's Results Centre, Idle; SJ-Military 40, Solomon 8; Tescott 36, Bennington 28 (20T); White City 57. Wakefield 12; St. Mary's Academy 54, Hope 48 (Saturday). This Week's Games Friday - Bennington at Southern Cloud (Mlltonvale); Central Christian at Tescott Qoessel at Hope; SJ-Military at Wakefield Solomon at Centre. . Saturday-Chase at White City. 1-70 Manhattan 3050 Salina Central 4151 Sallna South 2333 Junction City 1242 TopekaWest 1233 TopekaHJgh 1424 Last Week's Results Manhattan 34, Sallna Central 21; Sallna South 54, Junction City 7; Topeka West 35 TopekaHlghO. This Week's Games Friday - Hays at Sallna South; Lawrence at Topeka High; Manhattan at Junction City; Salina Central at Highland Park; Topeka West at Washbum Rural. MID-CONTINENT 6 6 Norton Smith Center Trego Ellis Hill City Stockton Plalnvllie Victoria Phlllipsburg Osbome Last Week's Results Hill City 33, Phlllipsburg 6; Norton 54, Plalnvllie 14; Ellis 52, Osbome 6; Smith Center 22, Stockton 14; Trego 47, Victoria 8. This Week's Games Friday - Ellis at Dlghton; Lincoln at Stockton; Obertin at Norton; Osbome at Plalnvllie; St. Francis at Hill City; Smith Center at Phlllipsburg; Trego at Leotl; Victoria •at LaCrosse. Holslngton Scott City Pratt Lamed TMP-Marian MID-STATE 4 2 2 1 0 Last Week's Results Scott City 30, Lamed 23; Ulysses 34, Hoislngton 7; Pratt 22, TMP-Marian 9. This Week's Games Friday - Goodland at TMP-Marian; Hoislngton at Oakley; Hugoton at Pratt; Scott City at Colby; Ulysses at Lamed. NCAA Southeast-Saline 2060 Beloit 2051 Belleville 2042 Minneapolis 2042 Ellsworth 0406 Russell 0406 Last Week's Results Beloit 60, Russell 0; Belleville 46, Ellsworth 15; Minneapolis 49, Lincoln 27; Southeast of Saline 34, Concordia 0. This Week's Games Friday - Belleville at Southeast-Saline Beloit at Minneapolis; Nickerson a Ellsworth; Smoky Valley at Russell. NORTH CENTRAL KANSAS Wameflo 3151 Marysvllle 3142 Concordia 1142 Abilene 1133 Chapman 0233 Clay Center 0215 Last Week's Results Wamego 28, Clay Center 13; Chapman 28, Colby 12; Abilene 28, Marysville 21; Southeast of Saline 34, Concordia 0. This Week's Games Friday - Abilene at Concordia; Marysvllle at Wamego; Chapman at Clay Center. NORTHWEST KANSAS St. Francis Goodland Oakley Oberiin Hoxio Atwood Colby Qulnter Last Week's Results Oberiin 31, Atwood 14; Chapman 28, Colby 12; St. Francis 55, Dundy County, Neb. 15; Oakley 27, Hoxle 21; Meade 78, Oulnter 35; Goodland 41, Sidney, Neb. 6. This Week's Games Friday - Goodland at TMP-Marian; Hoislngton at Oakley; Hoxle at Atwood; Ness City at Qulnter; Oberiin at Norton; St. Francis at Hill City; Scott City at Colby. PIKE TRAIL 6 6 Mankato Waconda East Pike Valley SJ-Belolt Hillcrest Jewell White Rock North Central Southern Cloud Last Week's Results Jewell 38, Chester-Hubbell-Byron, Neb. 32 (OT); Linn 52, Hillcrest 6; Mankato 52, Southern Cloud 0; Pike Valley 46, North Central 0; Waconda East 47, Lucas-Luray 26; SJ-Belolt 64, White Rock 24. This Week's Games Friday - Bennington at Southern Cloud (Miltonvale); Jewell at Hillcrest; Mankato at Nelson, Neb.; SJ-Beloit at Tipton; Waconda East at Pike Valley; White Rock at North Central. TWIN LAKES Sylvan 3060 Wilson 5151 Lucas-Luray 3133 Downs 2224 Tipton 1314 Chase 1515 Natoma 0305 Last Week's Results Downs 50, Chase 0; Eastern Heights 54, Natoma 6; Tipton, Idle; Waconda East 47, Lucas-Luray 26; Sylvan 32, Wilson 20. This Week's Games Friday - Downs at Sylvan; Lucas-Luray at Natoma; Ouivira Heights at Wilson; SJ- Beloit at Tipton. Saturday - Chase at White City. WESTERN KANSAS LIBERTY Division I irinnell 0041 Sharon Springs 0032 Cheylin 0033 Tribune 0023 Division II Triplalns 2060 Brewster 1015 Healy-UUca 1123 Golden Plains 0305 Last Week's Results Ransom 66, Brewster 50; Cheylin 79, Golden Plains 41; Grinnell 64, Bazlne 16; Healy-Utlca, Idle; Triplalns 40, Sharon Springs 8; Satanta 45, Tribune 12. This Week's Games Friday - Cheylin at Sharon Springs; Palco at Healy-Utica (Utica); Ransom at Golden Plains; Tribune at Grinnell; Triplalns at Brewster. OTHERS Ell-Saline 0060 Unn 0050 Hanover 0 042 Hemdon 0042 McPherson 0042 Qulvira Heights 0042 Smoky Valley 0042 Canton-Galva 0033 Washington 0023 Clifton-Clyde 0024 Hays 0024 Emmanuel Christian 0014 Lincoln 0015 Jennings 0004 Hlllsboro 0006 Last Week's Results Arthur, Neb. 75, Hemdon 52; Baileyville 46, Hanover 0; Centralia 58, Washington 17; Superior, Neb. 27, Clifton-Clyde 12; Qurvlra Heights 38, Cunningham 24; Dodge City 14, Hays 12; Smoky Valley 42, Ellinwood 14; Hildreth, Neb. 58, Jennings 34; Unn 52, Hillcrest 6; Halstead 35, Hills- bora 0; Minneapolis 49, Lincoln 27; Canton- Galva 42, Moundridge 8; McPherson 13, Newton 6; Ell-Saline 51, Sedgwlck 13. Monday's score - Emmanuel Christian 18, QuMra Heights JV14. This Week's Games Friday - Clifton-Clyde at Valley Heights; Hays at Sallna South; Hemdon at Syracuse Christian; Hesston at Hlllsboro; Inman at Ell-Saline; Jennings, Idle; Lincoln at Stockton; Linn at Blue Valley-Randolph; McPherson at Great Bend; Mktway-Denton at Hanover; Qulvira Heights at Wilson; Sacred Heart at Canton-Garva; Smoky Valley at Russell; Washington at Frankfort Monday - Emmanuel Christian at Central Christian JV. Seifert accepts criticism for conservative call By The Associated Press SANTA CLARA, Calif. — George Seifert went for the win by playing it safe. The Green Bay Packers made him regret it and the San Francisco 49ers coach admitted as much Tuesday night. Marquez Pope's interception of a pass by Brett Favre positioned the 49ers at the Green Bay 12-yard line with 2:13 remaining in the game and the score tied at 17. Rather than take a shot at the end zone, San Francisco called three run plays that netted two yards and Jeff Wilkins came on to kick a go-ahead 28-yard field goal. But there was still 1:50 remaining, and Favre drove the Packers to a tying field goal to force the game into overtime. Chris Jacke's game-winning 53-yard field goal gave Green Bay a 23-20 victory Monday night. In retrospect, Seifert said, he was too conservative. "As it turned out, it was too much of a defensive philosophy," said Seifert, who rejected offen- sive coordinator Marc Trestman's recommendation to throw at least one pass into the end zone. "As it turned out, it was the wrong decision. Do I have to eat it now? You bet I do," Seifert said. "I know a lot of people are probably upset about it, the players included, and I have to face them just like they have to face me when they make a mistake. It'll be with me for a while, there's no question." Seifert said San Francisco's defense had played well and he believed Green Bay could be stopped. \ Unite COUNTRY CURRENT Country "Bluegr ass Group Nov. 7 7:3O p.m. j.m. Limited Seating Available Lieutenant Commander John R. Pastin, USN Officer in Charge/Leader \A s. , , .S.S.\.VV\.\\\.\.\AVV\A Contemporary Country's newest and hottest music is featured throughout the concert, with hit songs by George Strait, John Michael Montgomery, Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson and many others. Country Classics Senior Chief Musician Robert Sullivan and Chief Musician Wayne Taylor bring back the old favorites by Hank Williams and Eddy Arnold. Bluegrass Hot pickin', foot tappin', and sweet harmony singin' are featured in this all-acoustic set. For free tickets come by The Salina Journal or mail a self addressed, stamped envelope with a request for number of tickets, to; The Salina Journal c/o The.Navy Band 333 South 4th / Salina, KS 67401 Sponsored by: The Salina Journal / Co. Sponsored by: Pronto Print

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