The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 19, 1996 · Page 22
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J»4 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19, 1996 FOOTBALL THE SALINA JOURNAL T COLLEGE GAMEDAY Sterling (1-4,1-3) at Bethany (3-1,3-0) Bethany coach Ted Kessinger doesn't mince words when asked for his opinion of Swedes' quarterback Jorge Munoz. "I think he's the best throwing quarterback in Kansas, high school or college," Kessinger said. "I don't have a question about that." Munoz leads 15th-ranked Bethany into its Homecoming game this afternoon against Sterling. Whether Munoz is the best in the state is debatable. But there's no debating whether he's the best in NAIA Division II. Munoz, a senior from San Diego, is tops in individual total offense (343.8 yards per game) and second in passing (338.3). He has completed 97 of 145 passes (66.9 percent) for 1,353 yards, 11 touchdowns and only two interceptions. Munoz threw for 410 yards and four touchdowns in just over a half in Bethany's 54-14 rout of Bethel last Saturday "He's really throwing the ball well," Kessinger said. "We've done some different things with our passing game and it's opened up some more options. "He understands defenses and coverages and reads blitzes very well. And we've got good receivers. We've got the top three in the (Kansas) conference (Van Mortensen, Bobby Lugo and Frenchie Buckner)." Sterling comes to Lindsborg on the heels of last week's 25-8 home-field loss to Kansas Wesleyan, a game in which the Coyotes shredded Sterling's defense with a punishing running game. This week, the Warriors face the top passing team in NAIA Division II. "In Sterling we see a young football team with great enthusiasm," Kessinger said. "They're well-coached and run a class program. Their biggest weakness is they lack experience, especially on defense." Sterling's offense starts nine underclassmen along with one junior and one senior. The Warriors' lone victory came BIG 12 FOOTBALL: TODAY'S GAMES DALLAS — Here are capsule previews for the Big 12 intraconference games today. Colorado-KU and Kansas State-Texas A&M are previewed elsewhere. Iowa State (2-3,1-1) at Oklahoma State (3-3, 0-3) • When: 2 p.m. • Where: Lewis Field, 2 p.m. • The series: The Cowboys hold a 20-14-3 edge over ISU. • The teams: Neither squad makes bones about seeking to keep the oval away from opposing defenses and from using ball control to keep de- M fenders fresh. The ninth-ranked nationally (258.8 rushing yards per game) Cyclones and 16th-best in Division I-A (223.2 yards each tilt) Cow, boys are capable of ramming the ball , down the throats of the best of defenses. Both utilize fine option schemes and have improving defenses. • Key individuals: ISU punter Marc Harris helps his squad keep field position (44.2 average, 18th in the country) for the likes of running back Troy Davis, who with 1,047 yards rushing is the first player In major college history to reach the 1,000-yard mark in his first five games of consecutive campaigns. .' Defensive backs Tracy Williams and • Mike Lincavage (two interceptions -. each) spark the secondary. Cowboys' running back David Thompson is fourth nationally (168 carries, 864 rushing yards) to Davis' second spot and averages 28 rushing attempts per game. Defensive back deluxe R.W. McQuarters (10 punt returns, 134 yards, two pass interceptions) plays with more savvy than his sophomore experience. OLB Louis Adams is a senior defensive leader. Nebraska (4-1,2-0) at Texas Tech (4-2,3-1) • When: 2:30 p.m. • Where: Jones Stadium, ABC regional telecast. • The series: Nebraska leads 3-0 in a 16-year-old series between the two new members of the same league. • The teams: Both leading their respective divisions of the conference, North-pacing Nebraska has allowed , just three points in a 39-3 victory over Kansas State at Manhattan and a 49-0 blanking of Baylor in Lincoln to start Big 12 competition. South-topping Tech sports some of the best balance on both sides of the ball in the circuit as evidenced by the nation's fourth-best rushing offense (322 yards per tilt) and 100 points surrendered in six games (16.7 average). • Key Individuals: Huskers' comer- back Mike Pullman (17 punt returns, 210 yards, one TD) is an unsung hero ' on the specialty teams while running back standouts Ahman Green (387 V Standings Colorado Nebraska Kansas State Kansas Iowa State Missouri North Division Conference W L 2 0 2 0 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 3 South Division Conference Texas Tech Texas Texas A&M Oklahoma Baylor Oklahoma State W 3 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 0 2 0 3 Overal W L 4 1 4 1 5 1 3 2 2 3 2 4 Overal W L 4 2 3 3 3 3 1 4 3 2 3 3 against Tabor (24-14) three weeks ago. Fort Hays State (3-2,1-2) at Western State (2-4, 2-1) It's early in the season. Fort Hays State has four conference games left after today. But the defending Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference co-champion Tigers play a crucial game today in Gunnison, Colo., against Western State. A game that is equally crucial for Western State. Both teams have struggled this season. Fort Hays has lost two of its last three games, both in the conference. They lost 4214 at Nebraska-Kearney last week. Western State started the season 0-3, but has rebounded of late, including a 41-23 victory at Adams State last week. The two teams shared last year's RMAC title and have combined to win the last five conference crowns. The two teams battled to a 27-27 tie last season in Gunnison. Fort Hays rolled up 413 yards of offense at Nebraska-Kearney, but couldn't keep up with the Antelopes, who had 520 yards. Senior running back Emmett Pride, the RMAC's leading rusher, had 133 yards rushing on 15 carries, including an 82- yard touchdown. Xavier Brown, the conference's leading receiver, caught eight passes for 207 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Joel McReynolds has thrown for 901 yards and seven touchdowns and rushed for 227 yards and four TDs. Western State rode the passing of senior quarterback Jason Davis last week. Davis completed 24 of 39 passes for i 411 yards and three touchdowns. Davis has thrown for 1,314 yards, seven touchdowns and nine interceptions this season. The Mountaineers are last in the RMAC in rushing offense, 60.2 yards per game. Western State ranks third .in the total defense (334.2 yards per game) and Fort Hays sixth (368.6 yards). — Bob Davidson yards), freshman DeAngelo Evans (347) and Damon Benning (281) have combined for 1,015 rushing yards and 12 TDs despite the absence of Green and Benning from two contests due to injuries. Texas Tech's Byron Hanspard leads the nation in rushing with a 217.7 yards per game average (180 carries, 1,306 yards) while quarterback Zebbie Lethridge (197 rushing yards, 771 passing yards) contributes in multiple areas. Raiders' converted quarterback-wide receirver (now comer back) Tony Darden leads the squad with three interceptions. Oklahoma (1-4,1-1) at Baylor (3-2,0-2) • When: 6 p.m. • Where: Floyd Casey Stadium. • The series: Oklahoma owns a 5-0 advantage over the Bears since they began playing one another in 1901. • The teams: Oklahoma returns to the Lone Star State after knocking off Texas 30-27 in overtime last week at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas while the Bears play just their second home game this season. BU routed Oregon State of the Pacific-10 Conference 4210 in its earlier Sept. 21 appearance at Casey Stadium. • Key Individuals: Sooners' running back James Allen notched Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week laurels last Saturday against Texas with 159 yards on 23 carries and five pass catches for 51 yards against Texas. Freshman quarterback Justin Fuente (65-of-132 passing for 979 yards and five TDs) is a rifle-armed thrower. Freshman punt return ace Jarrail Jackson had a 51- yard scoring sortie to lead Oil's comeback against the Longhorns. Baylor defensive end Donnie Embra, a former defender at Oklahoma, is one of just two seniors starting for the Bears' defense. BU punter Ty Atteberry leads the nation in punting with a 47.8 average and is on course to break the school's season record. Brother place kicker Kyle Atteberry joins him to form one of the best 1-2 combinations in college grid ranks. — The Associated Press KWU tackles Colorado College Improved Coyotes go on the road to play NCAA Division III team By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal Ron DuPree can see the jigsaw puzzle that is Kansas Wesleyan football starting to come together. "We're seeing marked improvement each week," DuPree said. "We've been pretty steady." Wesleyan, winners in its last two games and 23 overall, takes a break from Kansas Conference play today for a game in Colorado Springs against Colorado College. Kickoff is 2 p.m. Central time. DuPree attributes the Coyotes' improved play to the mammoth offensive line, freshman quarter- DuPREE back Troy Lawson and the running of sophomore fullback Byron Jones. "The advent of Jones and the (offensive line) together is a good mixture," DuPree said. "That and the quarterback making the right reads." Jones, this week's KCAC Offensive Player of the Week, is second in the conference in rushing with 577 yards. He had 131 yards last week against Sterling, 119 in the second half. Wesleyan is the runaway-team leader in rushing offense, averaging 277 yards per game. Converse• ly, they rank eighth out of nine teams in passing offense with 49 yards per game. Wesleyan will be minus senior tailback Michael White today. White suffered a knee injury last week against Sterling and will be replaced by freshman Ricky Moss. Wesleyan's offensive line averages 346 pounds per man and will line up against a Colorado College team that is giving up 380 yards per game, 231 passing. Colorado College (2-4) lost to Black Hills State College, S.D., 5246 last week. The Tigers' two victories are over Gustavus Adolphus (14-7) and Nebraska Wesleyan (16-10). They've also lost to Pomona-Pitzer (17-10 in overtime), Austin College (15-13) and Trinity University (38-15). The Tigers are led by sophomore quarterback Michael Johnson, who has thrown for 948 yards and five touchdowns this season. He has completed 44.7 percent of his passes and had eight intercepted. Sophomore Brian O'Sullivan is the top receiver with 46 receptions for 483 yards. Senior fullback Paul Leroux has 408 yards rushing and sophomore tailback Ezra Jones 343 yards. "Everybody's thrown against them and nobody's run," DuPree said. "We're going to do what we do best and that's run it. "They look better (on film) than they did last year. We're a better running team than we were a year ago and they're a better passing team. But we're better defensively. "You never know what you're going to get with a (NCAA) Division III team," he said. "It's an unknown." DuPree said the Coyotes might look to pass more with Lawson, who was one of the top high school passers in the state of Texas last year at Huntsville. "He'd never scored a touchdown and never rushed for over 60 yards before this year," DuPree said. "He's a very intelligent football player. He has an attitude like a running back. He's a tough customer." DuPree is concerned about the mountain elevation and its effect on his team. "Back when Oklahoma used to dominate the Big Eight, they'd lose a game every other year at Boulder," he said. "That speaks for itself. It's an advantage for the team that plays there." Restraining order lets Tech guard play By The Associated Press LUBBOCK, Texas — The most important block in Texas Tech offensive lineman Casey Jones' career appears to have come in a courtroom, not on the playing field. State District Judge John McFall has granted Jones' request for a temporary restraining order against the NCAA, allowing Jones to play today against No. 5 Nebraska and next week at Texas A&M. . Jones, a fifth-year senior, has not played this season because of an eligibility question related to the NCAA's "75 percent rule." The rule requires student athletes to have three-quarters of their coursework completed toward a major by the ninth semester. "I'm overwhelmed, and I can't wipe this smile off my face," said Jones, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound guard. Jones changed his major in midstream, leaving much of his prior coursework no longer counted toward his requirements. He was informed of the problem one day .before the Aug. 31 opener against Ka'nsas State. The NCAA, which had no representatives at the hearing Thursday, had denied Jones' third and final appeal on Oct. 7. McFall scheduled a hearing for Oct. 30, when he will decide whether to issue an injunction against the NCAA. McFall at first cited an NCAA operating bylaw stipulating that member institution^ are subject to sanctions, including forfeitures, if they allow players ruled ineligible to compete under an injunction or restraining order and the lawsuit eventually is overturned. "This Bylaw 19.8 blows me away," McFall said shortly before making his ruling. "This thing should be stricken down. It in effect does away with the right to appeal." NCAA spokeswoman Kathryn Reith declined to comment Friday" on the merits of McFall's order. "Obviously, we're always concerned when its something involving academic requirements," Reith said. "We'll be interested in seeing what happens with this case." Pat Campbell, an attorney for Texas Tech, said he believed the restraining order protects the university should Jones return to the field. Jones was not expected to be in the starting lineup against the Cornhuskers. K-State/ Canty versatile player for 'Cats FROM PAGE C1 ."They get nine men over there to stop the run and if you can't run very well and your wide receivers can't catch the ball, you are going to have a long day," he said. Slocum expects quarterback Branndon Stewart and Albert Connell, the Big 12's leading receiver, to give the Aggies an edge against the Wildcat defense. Connell thinks he can do the job against the Wildcats cornerbacks Chris Canty and Joe Gordon. "They have two great corners, but I will approach this game like T HIGH SCHOOL all others, they put on the uniform just like me," Connell said. "It will be a great matchup. "I'm not saying they are going to get me or I'm going to get them but I think this week we'll prove we throw the football on anyone." Connell ranks 10th nationally with 41 receptions for 589 yards and four- touchdowns. He played last season after transferring from junior college, but he has become the Aggies' major weapon this year. Last season, Connell caught the ball. This season, he's catching it and adding a dimension. "You see a lot of kids who can catch the ball but then can't do anything with it," A&M receivers coach Les Koenning said. "Last year, he caught the deep ball. This year he's going underneath and showing his versatility." Canty has been as outstanding on defense and he's also contributing on kick returns and has caught two passes as a wide receiver. "I'm just starting to do a few more things that I haven't done in the past," Canty said. "Usually, it's defensive things, but now I'm starting to contribute more on special teams." The Aggies have a good running game spread among Sirr Parker Eric Bernard and D'Andre Hardeman. The Wildcats will counter with Mike Lawrence at running back. Their balanced attack ranks No. 7 nationally in total offense. Canty sees a victory over the Aggies as helping the Wildcats' prestige. "I think this is just another stepping stone for us," Canty said. "Obviously, when it gets down to the seventh, eighth game of the season, the games start getting a little bit more crucial. It takes that time for us to pick it up a little bit." Sacred Heart blanks Canton-Galva Three touchdowns in three-minute span fuel Knights' district shutout By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal CANTON — If the Sacred Heart football squad was looking for any kind of sign that things were going to go its way Friday night, that sign came midway through the IHCU «ninm second quarter of ratal SUIUUL ^ s contest with Sacred Heart 47 Canton-Galva. Canton-Galva 0 After an excellent Eagle punt pinned the Knights at their own 4- yard line, Sacred Heart quarterback Ryan Ash hooked up with receiver Mike Losik on a 96-yard touchdown reception. That was the first of three Sacred Heart touchdowns in a three-minute span that ignited the Knights to a 47-0 victory. Sacred Heart's win in its Class 2- 1A District 9 opener improved the Knights to 7-0 overall and sets up next week's confrontation with unbeaten Ell-Saline at Salina. "We're real pleased with where we are at right now," Sacred Heart coach Tony Canacari said. "This is always where you want to be in this situation, and next week should be a great game. "Ell-Saline is a fine ballclub, and we think we have a fine ball- club, too. This is the reason why you play football, for games like the one next week." Sacred Heart looked impressive in putting a stop to Canton-Galva's three-game winning streak. The Eagles (3-4,0-1) could not establish a running game and moved the ball with some success through the air. But four turnovers helped keep Canton-Galva out of the end zone the entire game. "We were extremely concerned about their passing game," Canacari said. "They have a decent running game and an outstanding passing game. "But we put in a completely new defensive package this week. Some of the kids struggled with it early in the week and had some concerns. But they picked it up, and I couldn't ask more from my kids than they gave tonight." The Knights took advantage of three Canton-Galva turnovers in building a 32-0 halftime lead. After Losik's long scoring reception made it 20-0, Sacred Heart stopped the Eagles with interceptions on each of their next two possessions. Ash returned the first interception for a 40-yard touchdown, and Nathan Knipp capped a quick three-play drive with a 34-yard scoring carry. "Our kids absolutely played tremendous in the first half of this game," Canacari said. "We came out a little flat to start the second half, but that sometimes happens with a 32-point halftime lead." The Knights exhibited a balanced offensive attack. Michael Bonilla had his best night running the football this season with 161 yards on 14 carries and two touch- downs. "Michael Bonilla, what a great ball game that young man had tonight," Canacari said. "He did it all for us, blocking and running the football." The Knights finished with 390 yards rushing as Knipp added 129 yards on 20 carries. Ash threw for 116 yards and scored two rushing touchdowns in addition to his interception return. While the Eagles were held to 38 yards rushing on 19 carries, senior quarterback Zac Hoppes had 122 yards passing. Half of Hoppes' 12 completions went to junior Josh McMannis, who finished with 75 yards receiving. Canton-Galva's best scoring opportunity came midway through the fourth quarter when the Eagles put together a 14-play, 63-yard drive that eventually stalled on the Knights' 9-yard line. Sacred Heart then closed the scoring with a th'ree-play, 90-yard drive, as Ash went the final 19 yards on a keeper with 5:09 remaining. Central overwhelms Highland Park Wallace rushes for 276 yards, six touchdowns as Mustangs cruise From Staff and Wire reports TOPEKA — It didn't take Salina Central long to recover from its rare regular-season loss one week ago to Man- ^^ hattan. MMl SCHOOL Central run- Salina Central 58 ning back Parker Wallace scored Highland Park 7 on 54-yard run on the second play fromscrimmage and the Mustangs were off and running in a 58-7 victory over Highland Park. The Mustangs (6-1) dominated their Class 5A District 3 opener in nearly every aspect of the game, leading 44-0 at halftime and piling up 524 yards total offense. Central also held Highland Park to 170 yards, 99 of that coming on one play in the fourth quarter. Wallace carried the ball 34 times for 276 yards and six touchdowns, sending his season total over the 1,600-yard mark and increasing his rushing touchdown total to 21. "Number one, Salina Central is a good football team," Highland Park coach Nick McGrain said. "Number two, I don't think our kids realize sometimes just how close we are to being a decent football team if we make a block here, make a cut there. "We by no means had the personnel or firepower to stay with these guys." Wallace had scoring runs of 54, 47, 4, 1 and 13 yards in the first half and Terence Newman added a 10-yard interception return during the Mustangs 28-point.second quarter. After Wallace's 4-yard touch- down run with 5:04 remaining in the third quarter, the 5-foot-8,165- pound senior took the rest of the night off. Junior Ken Brown got his second career touchdown on a 14-yard carry in the fourth quarter. The Scots put their only points on the board on a Josh Collier to Grywin Parks pass play that covered 99 yards and established a Highland Park record for longest scoring play. Highland Park fell to 0-7 and O-J. Central will face another winless team next week in 0-7 Shawnee Heights, in the Mustangs final regular season game at Salina Stadium. 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