The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 17, 1996 · Page 17
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THURSDAY OCHOB£RW19 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports SCOREBOARD / D2 BASEBALL / D3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL / D3 D T PRO FOOTBALL Seahawks out to earn KC's respect Chiefs have dominated series, winning 10 of last 11 meetings and holding Warren in check By CLARE FARNSWORTH The Seattle Post-Intelligencer KIRKLAND, Wash. — Ask a player a pointed question after an NFL game, and he will tell you he can't comment until after seeing the videotapes. Ask a player about a certain play or scheme that was successful, and he will tell you he can't comment because the two teams meet again later in the season. Not on Sept. 15. Not after the Kansas City Chiefs had thrashed the Seahawks 35-17 at the Kingdome. The Chiefs manhandled the Seahawks on the field, then maligned them in the locker room. .;"• "They don't have a good line at all," said Chiefs linebacker Anthony Davis, who played with Seattle in 1993 and grew up in Pasco rooting for the Seahawks. "Chris (Warren) looked like he was dancing more than running. Chris is a north-south guy. He's not a sideline player, but he was dancing too much. We were always in the backfield, so he had to do a lot of dancing to escape us." Then there was this from Chiefs defensive end Vaughn Booker: "I heard they went out and signed some guys to help their 0-line. Maybe they have to do a better job of recruiting." Unfortunately for the Seahawks, who visit the Chiefs tonight, at Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs have compiled statistics to back up their words. The Chiefs have won their past three games against the Seahawks by a combined score of 95-30. In the past two games, Warren has been held to 7 and 6' yards, on 25 carries. In the Week 3 rout in • Game capsule / Page D3 * Key matchup: Chiefs' Dave Szott- Seahawks' Cortez Kennedy / Page D3 Seattle, the Chiefs had seven sacks. Even second-year coach Dennis Erickson has to admit, "All three games I've been involved in, they've handled us pretty good up front." This mismatched series began when Erickson was offensive coordinator at Fresno State. The Chiefs have won 14 of the 18 games played in Kansas City, including 13 of the past 14. Overall, the Chiefs have won 10 of the past 11 meetings. But only once have the players gone against etiquette by popping off after a win. "I don't like things like that being said about us," said Seahawks line coach Howard Mudd, who held the same position with the Chiefs from 1989-92. "When peo- ple start talking, they must believe what they say. "Until we change their perception of us, I guess we'll have to live with their words." In the Week 3 matchup, the Chiefs were sand-kicking beach bullies — especially the defensive tackle trio of Dan Saleau- mua, Joe Phillips and Keith Traylor, which combined for three sacks, 13 tackles and a season's-worth of collapsed pockets. The Seahawks' line unwittingly played the part of the 98-pound weaklings. A few things have changed since the Week 3 game. The Chiefs have lost back-to-back games for the first time since late in the 1994 season, and the Seahawks have won two of their past three games. But only one thing is sure to silence the sand-kickers. "Our guys need to not have sand kicked in their faces," Mudd said. "We've got to go do something about that. SEATTLE AT KANSAS CITY WHEN: 7, TONIGHT. WHERE: ARROWHEAD STADIUM. TELEVISION: TNT, SALINA CABLE, 41. RADIO: KIN A, 910-AM; KSKG, 99.9 FM. RECORDS: SEATTLE 2-4; KANSAS CITY 4-2. LAST GAME: SEATTLE DEFEATED MIAMI 22-15; KANSAS CITY LOST TO PITTSBURGH, 17-7. T BASEBALL PLAYOFFS Braves force Game? Maddux's strong performance allows Atlanta to turn back Cardinals and even series By BEN WALKER Tfie Associated Press ATLANTA — Once Greg Maddux got into the groove, little else mattered. There was no way the St. Louis Cardinals were going to win this one, either. Maddux put aside his past October struggles, pitching the Atlanta Braves into Game 7 of the NL championship series with a 3-1 victory Wednesday night. They'll meet again tonight, with the winner advancing to the World Series. "I think we figured that somehow it would end up like this," Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said. . Backed by a louder-than-usual sellout crowd of 52,067 that began cheering before the players took the field, Maddux followed John Smoltz's strong performance in Game 5 with one of his own. Maddux left after 7 2 /s innings having allowed six Mark Wohlers relieved and threw a St. Louis Atlanta 1 hits. wild pitch that scored a run but retired Ron Gant on a routine fly to strand the possible tying run at second base. "I knew he was going to have this kind of game tonight," Braves catcher Javy Lopez said of Maddux. Coming off the Braves' 14-0 rout in the previous game, Maddux evened his career postseason record at 5-5, and the defending World Series champions tied the playoffs at three wins each. Tom Glavine, the 1995 World Series MVP, will start Thursday night for the Braves and Donovan Osborne, given his regular four days' rest when La Russa shuffled his rotation, will go for St. Louis. "Tommy has pitched all the big games," Braves manager Bobby Cox said. "I just really believe we can do it." The winner will face the New York Yankees in the Series opener on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium. It will be baseball's first Game 7 since the 1992 NL playoffs, in which Atlanta beat Pittsburgh on Francisco Cabrera's two-out, two- run single in the bottom of the ninth. • Series notes / Page D3 The Associated Press Atlanta Braves pitcher Greg Maddux shut down St. Louis In Wednesday's Game 6, allowing just six hits before leaving with two outs in the eighth inning. fifth. The Braves thought they had made it 3-0 in the seventh, but Lemke was called out for leaving third base early on an apparent sacrifice fly by Chipper Jones. Third base umpire Bob Davidson made the call as Lemke was getting high-fives in the dugout, though replays made it look like the tag was legal. "Clearly, in my opinion, it was 100 percent correct," Davidson said. "I don't care what they show on TV, and that's the name of the game." That play almost proved costly to the Braves before they added an insurance run for real in the eighth on an RBI single by Rafael Belliard that shortstop Royce Clayton almost caught. Maddux, tagged for a career high-tying eight runs in a Game 2 loss, bounced back to look every bit the pitcher who has won four straight Cy Young Awards. For the Braves, it's another chance to enhance their reputation for playoff rallies. They won the 1991 NLCS by pitching two consecutive shutouts to overcome Pittsburgh, then beat the Pirates the next year by scoring three runs in the bottom of the ninth. For the Cardinals, it's a last chance to hold off the Braves, and their own history. Of the 47 teams to hold 3-1 leads, 40 have gone on to win the series — St. Louis is the only club to blow that edge twice. La Russa gambled by starting rookie Alan Benes in order to give his tired pitchers a break. Benes gave up only three hits over five innings as the Braves managed just a sacrifice fly by Jermaine Dye in the second and an RBI single by Mark Lemke in the COLLEGE BASKETBALL Duties as WSU assistant have kept Parr busy Salina native a member of Smithson's staff intent on rebuilding Shockers By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal PARR WICHITA — Donn Parr was hired as an assistant basketball coach at Wichita State in April. So far, he has been working day and night helping new Shocker coach Randy Smithson frantically get ready for the upcoming season. But it wasn't until Tuesday — the first official day of practice — that Parr actually got to do what his job title implies. Coach. "The coaching part is only 20 to 25 percent of the job," Parr said last week during Wichita State's annual media day. "It will be nice to get down on the court and start putting the whole thing together." Parr, a Salina native and former Salina Central coach, was hired by Smithson after two seasons as a part-time assistant at St. Louis University. Parr wanted a fulltime assistant's position to broaden his horizons as a coach. He knew Smithson previously and viewed a job on his staff as an opportunity to be involved in all aspects of coaching in a program that is virtually starting over. He hasn't been disappointed. He has had time to. "It's been really busy," Parr said. "Coach Smithson is a workaholic. He knows what it takes to get a program on the right track. It's been a team effort by the staff to get things done." Parr has been involved with numerous speaking engagements, scheduling, fall conditioning, player academics and recruiting. Especially recruiting. Smithson's arrival has sparked renewed interest in Shocker bas- ketball after eight consecutive losing seasons. "Anytime you have a new program, there will be more of that," Parr said. "The interest level rises. "This community knows what Randy is all about. The excitement level in Wichita hasn't been this high in a long time. We've answered countless phone calls from boosters and other people. There's a great amount of enthusiasm. "Randy's done a good job putting the puzzle together to this point. He understands the task at hand. We're doing our part to get things going," he said." With expectations souring, Parr said the staff has faced the delicate job keeping things upbeat but in proper perspective. "We take it one day at a time," he said. "Coach has said several times this is not a three-year project. "He always been a winner and he knows what it takes to get things done. He doesn't have patience for losing. He was hired to get things in a short period of time. "But you also have to make sure you do things right." The first right step, of course, is on the recruiting trail. Parr has spent considerable time on the road searching for players to help Smithson rebuild the downtrodden WSU program. He and fellow assistant Carlos Diggins have become frequent flyers and have become familiar with motels that "leave the light on for ya." "(Recruiting) is never ending," Parr said. "We've had to hustle as hard as we could. I've really enjoyed it. "We got a late start with Coach not being hired until late April," he said. "We couldn't be happier with the kids we've brought in." Despite the late start, six players — three junior college transfers and three freshmen — were signed in the spring to go along with one freshman signed last November by former coach Scott Thompson. See PARR, Page D3 T COLLEGE FOOTBALL Mason looking for improvement against No. 9 Colorado KU set to avert breakdowns that led to its second-half collapse in loss to Texas Tech- By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal Kansas football coach Glen Mason promised some changes after Saturday's second-half collapse and ensuing 30-17 loss to Texas Tech. But Mason isn't about to give out any secrets to the media at his weekly press conference. "Well, you aren't going to see us come out in the wishbone or anything like that, but there are some things we're doing that we have tp be better at," Mason said earlier in the MASON week. "I'm one of those guys that when things are going wrong, let's get back to fundamentals." And one of those fundamentals is better blocking. The Jayhawks were held to 61 yards on the ground against Texas Tech as they fell to 1-1 in the Big 12 Confer, ence's northern division and 3-2 overall. "Traditionally, we have played better," he said. "We should be playing better on the offensive line." The next opponent for the Jayhawks — ninth-ranked Colorado, 11:30 a.m. in Lawrence on Saturday — isn't exactly the kind of team to try and correct some problems against. The Buffaloes have slipped just once this season (at home against Michigan) and are looking to run the table the rest of the season for a chance to play in a major bowl game. "They don't have many weak spots at all," Mason said. "When you watch them "There are some things we're doing that we have to be better at. I'm one of those guys that when things are going wrong, let's get back to fundamentals," Glen Mason Kansas football coach on tape, the first thing that jumps out is the wide receivers. It's not a week to be timid if you're a secondary coach." The Buffaloes (4-1) feature outstanding receivers in Rae Carruth (25 catches, 471 yards), Phil Savoy (23, 276) and James Kidd (16,247). Quarterback Koy Detmer is the Big 12 Conference leader in total offense, with 309 yards per game. "I've never coached at the NFL level, but those guys look like they're there al- ready," Mason said. "They're fun to watch ... it's just too bad you have to play them. "And Detmer, he's an exciting football player. He has a quick delivery, keeps the ball alive, plays with a lot of enthusiasm, and is a tough guy. They are hard to defend." But, it was the defense that played better against Texas Tech. The offense, after a good first half, fell apart in the second. "I think when you have some setbacks, you need to look at how we can improve as much as possible," Mason said. "You can sit around and worry all you want about how much you are going to win ... that doesn't accomplish anything. "But if you use your energy to figure out how you are going to improve and get better, you have a better chance of improving. And when you improve, you have a better chance of winning." And that's just what the Jayhawks did last year against Colorado, rolling to a 4024 victory in Boulder. However, Mason said that 16-point win won't mean a thing Saturday. "Comparing scores doesn't mean much," Mason said. "I think we've come to a point here at Kansas where if we play well, we have a chance to beat anyone. But if we don't.play well, we have a chance to lose to anybody. And last week, we had too many breakdowns." SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-8363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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