The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 19, 1996 · Page 19
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THE SALINit JOURNAL Sports BASEBALL/C3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL / C4 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL / C4, C5 c T WORLD SERIES Rain looms over tonight's opener Weather permitting, Braves to start Smoltz while. Yanks counter with lefty Pettitte By The Associated Press NEW YORK — With the Braves having stormed into the World Series, a storm put a big, dark cloud over tonight's opener. A day after beating the Cardinals 15-0 to win the NL pennant in a record postseason blowout, Atlanta arrived at Yankee Stadium just ahead of the rain Friday night. And weather, once again, will determine whether the Yankees use a three-man rotation or dip down for a pitcher they'd rather leave in the bullpen. T HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL "A rainout will help Atlanta," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "They'll have more of a chance to relax and set up their pitching. It won't affect us. There's not much difference from five days off or six." The Braves, who have won four of the last five NL pennants, planned to start John Smoltz against Andy Pettitte tonight in a matchup of the probable Cy Young Award winners, then go with No. 4 starter Denny Neagle on Sunday night against Jimmy Key. But forecasters said there was a 100 percent chance of rain for this afternoon and predicted it probably would continue into the evening along with gusty winds. That left the possibility of the first Series rainout since Game 7 in 1986 — also in New York, at Shea Stadium. If the game is washed out, the opener • *: e*a&,''i~l- would be pushed back to Sunday night. Braves manager Bobby Cox said he hadn't figured out what his rotation would be, but he would have the option of using Greg Maddux in Game 2 against Key on Monday night. When the defending World Series champions return home for Game 3 on Tuesday night, Tom Glavine could then pitch against David Cone. Pettitte, 21-8 with a 3.87 ERA, started the playoff openers against Texas and Baltimore, then won the Game 5 clincher against Baltimore last Sunday. The 24-year-old left-hander said he was thrilled to start the Yankees' first World Series game in 15 years, but maintained his usual low-key demeanor. Atlanta's lineup has left-handed power, including Fred McGriff and Ryan Klesko. Normally lefty pitchers to do better against lefty batters, but not so with Pettitte. While righties hit just .259 against Pettitte during the regular season, lefties hit .329. "I really struggled against them," Pet- titte said. "In the postseason, for me, I've been trying harder to get lefties out. I'm going to focus in." Atlanta outscored the Cardinals 32-1 in sweeping the final three games to overcome a 3-1 deficit, which really impressed the Yankees. "The Braves are playing unbelievable right now," Pettitte said. "What they've done in the last three games shows what kind of team they have. They've got an unbelievable pitching staff. They've got three of the best arms in the league, and we're going to have to be on top of our game." Smoltz is 1-0 in five career World Series starts, getting a win over Toronto in 1992. He led the majors in wins, going 24-8 with a 2.94 ERA. "We know we have a chance to beat the best now," Torre said. "They wore the Cardinals out." T COLLEGE FOOTBALL TOM DORSEY/The Salina Journal Belleville's Clint Spltler wraps up Southeast of Saline quarterback Thane Douglas during Friday's game at Gypsum. SE-Saline stops Belleville in OT Trojans stay unbeaten, nudge defending 3A state champion Buffaloes in District 10 thriller By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal GYPSUM — Twice in the waning moments Friday night, Southeast of Saline chose not to test Andy Thiel's ailing kicking leg. When the Trojans finally did, the senior came up big. Thiel's extra-point kick in overtime was the difference as Southeast came from behind, survived a mad Belleville rally in the closing seconds of regulation and escaped with a 2827 disctrict victory. The victory pushed the SE-Sallne No. 3-ranked Trojans' Belleville 27 record to 7-0 and 1-0 in Class 3A, District 10. Belleville fell to 4-3 with an 0-1 district mark. "It was a heck of a ballgame," said South-* east coach Phil Katzenmeier, who watched his Trojans score twice late in the fourth guarter to take the lead, then allow Belleville to tie it on a field goal on the last play of regulation. "1 don't know what else to say. Belleville played a heck«of a game. I was just glad we were able to win it. "I guess we made the plays when we absolutely had to and several times we absolutely had to." Belleville tied the game with no time on the clock when sophomore kicker Jeff Huncovsky made a 21-yard field goal. The Buffaloes had driven 40 yards in 1 minute, 21 seconds to set up the attempt. In overtime, Belleville scored first on Clint Siemsen's 6-yard second down run. The two- point conversion pass failed. Under Kansas overtime rules, each team gets an opportunity at the opponent's 10-yard line. Southeast tied it on Jason Redden's third-down run from the 4-yard line. Thiel kicked the extra point for the victory, sore right calf and all. The Trojans had chosen not to kick the extra point when they took a 21-18 lead on a Thane Douglas' 6-yard touchdown run with 1:26 left in regulation. They also faked a 37- yard field goal into the wind on fourth down to keep that drive alive. "We didn't even plan to kick a field goal there because there's no way I could have made it," Thiel said of the pivotal fake. "(But) in overtime I had so much adrenalin going I just kicked it. I didn't even feel it." The fake came with 1:38 left and Southeast facing fourth down at the Belleville 21-yard line, trailing 18-15. Following a timeout by each team, Southeast snapped the ball to holder Chance Ptacek, who flipped to Tyson Douglas. Tyson Douglas rolled to his right and threw toward Thane Douglas downfield and Belleville was whistled for pass interference. With first down at the 11, it took the Trojans two plays for Thane Douglas to score from the 6. "That was a very big call to make in a situation like that," Belleville coach Monty Bechard said of the penalty. "But our kids showed great heart with a minute, 23 left and our sophomore kicker made a big play. "It was a back and forth game. The main thing for us is to make sure our kids are taken care of and to remind them that they're still winners." The touchdown that gave Southeast its first lead came on a fumble recovery at Belleville's 46-yard line with 2:24 left. It was the Buffaloes' only fumble of the game. Southeast, on the other hand, lost four fumbles and turned the ball over four times in the first quarter to help Belleville grab a 12-0 lead. The Trojans scored on the last play of the first half to trail 12-7 at intermission. KU looks to kick offense into gear 'Hawks hope to avoid breakdowns, spring upset against Colorado By The Associated Press LAWRENCE — And then there's the case of the mysterious disappearing Kansas offense. In the Jayhawks' first three games, senior running back June Henley rushed for 604 yards. In the last two, he's managed just 106. In the first half of the last three games — two losses and one win — quarterback Matt Johner has hit 64 percent of his passes for 360 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. But in the second half of those games, Johner completed just 33 percent of his throws for 290 yards, four TD's and two interceptions. One obvious shortcoming has been the offensive line, which came under heavy fire after last week's MASON 30-17 loss to Texas Tech. Coach Glen Mason promised changes. And there will be a few when the Jay- hawks meet No. 9 Colorado in an 11:30 a.m. kickoff today in Memorial Stadium. Colorado (1-0 in the Big 12 and 41 overall) is a seven-point favorite for today's game, which will be televised by WIBW (Salina cable 5), WDAF (7) and KWCH (12). "There aren't any major changes," Mason said. "Nobody's going to notice the differences unless they really know their football. Breakdowns are our major problems. It all has to do with fundamentals. Take care of the little things and the big things will take care of themselves." Kansas (1-1, 3-2) must defend the Big 12's top passing game and a big- play wide receiver in Rae Carruth. Led by Koy Detmer, Colorado has Colorado at Kansas KicKOFF:11:30A.M. WHERE: MEMORIAL STADIUM (50,250), LAWRENCE. . ,i TELEVISION: SALINA CABLE 5, 7,12. RADIO: KINA (910-AM); KSAJ (98.5-FM). LINE: COLORADO BY 7Va. gained at least 10 yards in almost 25 percent of its 359 plays this year. In a 35-13 victory over Oklahoma State last week, Detmer passed for 402 yards and Colorado gained 10 or more yards on 24 of 67 plays. It was only the fourth 400-yard passing day in Colorado history and Detmer raised his career touchdown passes to 29, just four shy of Kordell Stewart's school record. Carruth had six catches for 166 yards, tying for sixth-best ever by a Buffalo pass-catcher. Detmer ranks eighth in the nation in pass efficiency and fifth in total offense with 309.4 yards per game. "I don't know why he isn't being mentioned with the best in the country," said Colorado coach Rick Neuheisel. "I think he's fabulous. He's been playing well all year. When we give him a chance to get his feet set and make throws on good decisions, he plays really well. The other night, we dropped three or four balls." Being at home may not do the Jayhawks much good. A victory would give the Buffs nine straight road wins going back to the 1994 final, and break the school record set in 1922-24. Being home didn't do Colorado any good a year ago. Kansas swept into Boulder and upset an unbeaten Colorado team 40-24, snapping a 10-year losing streak to the Buffs. The game proved to be a springboard to Kansas' 10-2 campaign. Wildcats brace for vocal Aggie crowd South starts district play with win Cougars score 23 points in fourth quarter to pull away from Hays High By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal The final 15 minutes of the Hays- Salina South football game was a defensive player's nightmare. In a span of 10 minutes, six touch' downs and a field i|gj|jSjjS8yjfiffl|i| goal were put on HHHKBHBH the board at Sali- Hays 22 na Stadium as the SaUna South 37 .two teams took *WES»i** turns lighting up the Scoreboard. In the end, the ground game of Salina South proved too much for ; the aerial assault of Hays High to 1 overcome, • The home-standing Cougars eel- !ebrated Homecoming in grand ; fashion with a 37-22 victory in the first round of district play as they rushed for 395 yards and scored 23 points in the fourth quarter. But the victory didn't come without a few anxious moments. Behind the strong right arm of quarterback Jason Peters, the visiting Indians were within five points with 10:27 remaining before South put the game away. "It was definitely a wild one," said South coach Ken Stonebraker, whose team improved to 4-3. "It seemed like every time we made something good happen, they would turn around and make a big play." But the Indians (2-5) couldn't come up with enough big ones to catch South, which had two backs have big games rushing. Charles Ross finished with 220 yards on 20 carries and scored two touchdowns, while quarterback Brian Kee ran for 141 yards on 10 carries and also scored twice. "Coming in here, we knew they had a very good ground game and they had three or four weapons," Hays coach Larry Mills said. "I was happy with our defense for most of the game, but South made some ad- justments and when they get you one-on-one, they can hurt you." Ross hurt Hays late in the first quarter with a 54-yard bolt up the middle for a touchdown and Wade Porter added a three-yard run with 1:57 left in the first half. A 42-yard field goal by Hays' Wes Simoneau made it a 14-3 game at halftime, and the score stayed that way until the final minute of the third quarter. Then everything went haywire. Peters, who finished the night with 273 yards passing, found his favorite target, Brad Jackson, for a 38-yard TD pass with 1:04 remaining in the third period. The TD pass started an offensive assault which saw the two teams combine for 42 points in 10 minutes and one second. The Peters-to-Jackson pass was followed quickly by a four-play, 87-yard blitz by South as Ross scored from 17 yards out on the first play of the fourth quarter. Peters and Jackson then hooked up again, this time on a 60-yard bomb off a fake-punt play, to make it a 21-16 game with 10:27 left. Three plays later, Kee optioned right and broke clear for a 74-yard run that made it a 27-16 game, at Michael Butler added a 30-yard field goal and Kee a one-yard run as South opened up a 37-16 lead with 3:33 left. Hays answered with a 36-yard pass from Peters to Jason Haworth with 3:03 left and then recovered the onside kick, but was finally stopped by the South defense. Jackson, a 165-pound junior, finished with 11 catches for 219 yards. But it wasn't enough to overcome a South team that has rushed for a whopping 1,229 yards in its last three games. "I think our running game is really coming around;" Stonebraker said. "The key is that several different guys can run it, and run it well. Charles Ross is running great between the tackles and that sets up the option to the outside." K-State faces A&M team that is 62-5-1 at home since 1985 By MICHAEL A. LUTZ The Associated Press COLLEGE STATION, Texas — No. 21 Kansas State is anxious to get into Kyle Field tonight where players say it will be quieter than their own practices. The Wildcats (5-1) will be facing Texas A&M's (3-3) vocal fans and the Aggies' home field advantage that has run to 62-5-1 since 1985. But they won't be hearing their own stadium speakers that coach Bill Sny- der nad Blaring tnis week to pre . pare his players for the hostile environment. "It won't be as loud on Saturday, Coach makes sure of that," running back Mike Lawrence said. The Wildcats are counting on their defense which ranks 16th na- InM^PKP^w ww^ffW, at Texas A&M KIQKOFP; 6 P.M, WHERE: KYLE FIELD * (70,810), CQLLEQE STATION, I TEXAS. w TELEVISION: SAUNA CABLE I 37,43., J RAp|o;KSAl(1150'AM); UNI; tionally in total defense and No. 9 in scoring defense will be enough to stop A&M's newfound passing attack when the game kicks off at 6 p.m. (televised on Salina cable 37). The Aggies usually win with a strong running game and defense. But coach R.C. Slocum says they'll have to pass to beat the Wildcats. "That's the key, we can't play this game and not complete any passes," Slocum said. "That's their style. They feel confident they can stop the wideouts and put the others up there to stop the run. See K-STATE, Page C4 SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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