The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 26, 1996 · Page 19
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 19

Salina, Kansas
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Saturday, October 26, 1996
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SATURDAY ocira&E-Figs, 1996 THE SALINA JOURNAL Sports WORLD SERIES / C3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL / C4 HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL / C5 c T HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Ell-Saline shuts down Knights, 21-3 Cardinals in district driver's seat with defensive-inspired victory over Sacred Heart By LARRY MORITZ The Salina Journal Ell-Saline 21 Sacred Heart 3 While the Ell-Saline offense has been putting up near state-record numbers all season, the Cardinal defense hasn't been half bad itself. In its biggest game to date this fall, the Ell-Saline defense proved the difference in a 21-3 victory over Sacred Heart on Friday night in front of a standing room only crowd at Martin Stadium. The Cardinals, 8-0 overall and now 2-0 in district play, kept Sacred Heart (7-1,11) out of the end zone and held the Knights to 33 points below their season scoring average. "If we had let Sacred Heart establish a running game, we knew it was going to be a long night for us," Ell- Saline coach Chris Barkley said. "We stressed to our two defensive tackles and two defensive guards how important they were going to be. They played great and I thought Matt Jester led the charge." "Our defense stepped up and did what it is supposed to do," said Jester, a senior defensive tackle. "We weren't fired up in the first half and realized that this is the game that could get us into the playoffs. From then on we did the job." Ell-Saline was unable to clinch the district title and a postseason berth. Canton- Galva's 39-22 victory over Inman kept Sacred Heart's playoff hopes alive, but the Cardinals can clinch the district title with a win in the regular season finale Thursday against Canton-Galva. For Sacred Heart, Friday's contest was a matter of missed opportunities. The Knights trailed 7-3 at halftime, fumbling the opening kickoff to give Ell-Saline the ball in great field position. The Cardinals scored twice in the third quarter on two completely opposite drives, then let the defense take care of the rest. "We made mistakes and they capitalized on them," Sacred Heart coach Tony Canacari said. "Ell-Saline has a fine ball club. I'm real pleased with our kids' effort but you just go back and look at some key things. Special teams didn't help us at all and when you fumble the opening kickoff, that's not very good football." It was an ominous start for the Knights, who couldn't cover the fumble on the kickoff and gave Ell-Saline the ball 22 yards from the end zone. It took two plays for the Cardinals to score, with Craig Augustine going around left end for a 19- yard touchdown carry. James Anderes tacked on the first of three extra-point kicks for a 7-0 lead only 44 seconds into the game. Sacred Heart came back on its first possession and moved inside the Cardinal 5- yard line before the drive stalled. The Knights settled for a 27-yard Mikey Schmitz field goal, the first points scored against Ell-Saline in the first half this season. "I gave the team a pretty good ripping at halftime," Barkley said. "The penalties are getting ridiculous and we were fortunate to come out of the first half with a 7-3 lead. "What we talked about at halftime is coming out and putting together a good drive. Whether we scored or not wasn't so impprtant, but we wanted to take some time off the clock and get some field position." Going against the wind to start the half, the Cardinals put together a 13-play, 67- yard drive that ate nearly seven minutes off the clock. The drive was capped by Jack O'Neal's 2-yard plunge on a fourth- and-goal play. "We sustained a drive and that kind of got us going," Augustine said. "It helped our momentum and after that it seemed like we were on top both emotionally and physically." After stopping Sacred Heart on downs on the Knights first possession of the second half, Ell-Saline needed only two plays to go 80 yards for another score. O'Neal broke through the middle and got to the outside, racing 79 yards before being tackled at the 1-yard line.-Augustine did the rest, getting into the end zone on a keeper. DAVIS TURNER/The Salina Journal Sacred Heart wide receiver Mike Losik is stopped by Ell-Saline's Nathan Martin during Friday's Class 2-1A district showdown. T HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Central cruises past T-Birds Wallace scores six TDs, breaks Hancock's record for career scoring with 282 By ERIC BROWN The Salina Journal ' It was a record-breaking performance for Salina Central running back Parker Wallace on Friday night. For the second week in a row, the senior scored six touchdowns. Wallace carried 38 times for 273 yards as the Mustangs downed Shawnee Heights 63-7 to improve to 71. Central will play Topeka Seaman for ' a Class 5A district title next week. Central was so Shawnee Hgts 7 dominating, it never had to punt. The Mustangs scored on nine of their 10 possessions on the night. On the opening drive, Wallace carried the ball all nine times. He capped off the drive with an 8-yard scamper, his 42nd of his career, tying the year-old school record of Tanner Hancock for touchdowns in a career. Five arid a half minutes later, Wal- 7 was real pleased with our team's focus for the entire game. A lot of times when you get up early, there can be a letdown and we never let that happen." Marvin Dlener Salina Central football coach lace claimed sole possession of the record, scoring on a 2-yard dive with 3:28 left in the opening quarter. In addition, Wallace also broke Hancock's school record for career scoring. Wallace now has 282 points, 30 more than Hancock. Wallace has 1,896 yards on the season and has eclipsed the 3,000 career yardage mark.' He has 3,123 career yards for the Mustangs. "I was real pleased with our team's focus for the entire game, Central Coach Marvin Diener said. "A lot of times when you get up early, there can be a letdown and we never let that happen. Even when our number twos went in, things didn't slack." The Thunderbirds, 0-8, managed only 1 yard rushing in the first half. "I was real pleased with our linebacker play," Diener said. "The last couple of games they have been a lot better. They are just starting to play well. Our secondary was really tested tonight and there were some blown coverages, but we'll get that squared away." The T-Birds' air attack was the only thing working. Quarterback Tyson Nickoley was 9-of 20 for 216 yards and one touchdown, but 138 of those came in the second half when the Mustangs were firmly in control. With Shawnee Heights trailing 14-0, Nickoley completed a 33-yarder to Brent Varnery. The T-Birds fumbled two plays later and they found themselves in a 21-0 hole before they would execute another play for positive yardage. "I've been real pleased with the way we've bounced back from our loss," Diener said. "Seaman is a tough opponent and the last few years we've had to face them for the district championship." South outlasts McPherson, 41-28 Cougars convert early Bullpup miscues, clinch Class 5A playoff berth By DARAN NEUSCHAFER The Salina Journal McPHERSON - The McPherson Bullpups rolled out the red carpet Friday night and gave visiting Salina South the sort of welcome any Chamber of Commerce would be proud of. The Bullpups appeared to be in the giving mood and the Cougars, as should g^g^Hgs||^j^|^^^l sny good gUGst, @r&~ iBHHHHi ciously accepted. Salina South 41 South took advan- i^p.^^, -a ta se of a couple of KKmmm^ early McPherson miscues, converting a blocked punt and a fumble recovery, both deep in Bullpup territory, into a pair of early touchdowns. The quick strikes enabled the Cougars to jump to an early 13-0 lead before holding on for a 41-28 win in a Class 5A District 5 game. The victory pushed the Cougars overall record to 5-3 and their 2-0 mark in the district guarantees South a berth in the state playoffs regardless of the outcome of next week's game against Great Bend. "Obviously, we are extremely happy to be in the playoffs. And we feel fortunate to be there because McPherson is a good football team," said South head coach Ken Stonebraker. "We were fortunate to get those early points because they were difference." McPherson coach Karl McGee agreed. "The difference in the game was our inability to do anything in the first quarter," said McGee, whose squad dropped to 5-3 overall and l-l in the district. "And we basically gave them their first two touchdowns." The strong south wind was a factor all game, but especially in the first quarter, when South, after winning the coin toss, elected to kick and take the wind. The decision paid dividends right away when South held the Bullpups to three plays on out on the game's initial series. The Cougars subsequently blocked T. J. Huffman's punt and South's Vinh • Le recovered on the McPherson 18- yard line. It took South just three plays to get the game's first touchdown - a quarterback sneak by Brian Kee from two yards out. Michael Butler's PAT kick made it 7-0. After the two teams traded possessions, the Cougars' special teams again came up with a big play. This time with South punting, Butler pinned the Bullpups at their own 6- 'yard line following a 50-yard punt. On McPherson's second play following the punt, Bullpup tailback Danny Metheny fumbled a pitch and South's Jason Pietryzk recovered at the Mac 7. Kee again took the honors with a one yard sneak to give the Cougars a 13-0 lead with 10:46 to go in the first half. "The two touchdowns early was the difference in the game. If you look at the Scoreboard we lose by 13 points and we gave those to them in the first quarter," McGee said. "You can't do that against a quality team like South. We have to learn that." Even though the Cougars owned a 21-14 lead at the break, it was in the second half that South really got its ground attack going. Kee finished with a game-high 134 yards and four touchdowns, including a 70 yarder in the second quarter. Teammate Charles Ross gained another 118 yards on 18 carries. The senior running back ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns in the second half alone. V COLLEGE FOOTBALL Sunflower State teams go against Big Red foes No. 16 K-State plays host to OU team riding momentum of back-to-back Big 12 wins By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal Oklahoma at K-State KICKOFF: 1 P.M. WHERE: KSU STADIUM (42,000); MANHATTAN. TELEVISION: NONE. RADIO: KSAL (1150- AM); WIBW (580-AM). ODDS: KANSAS STATE BY 19 1 /2. MANHATTAN — It's amazing what a couple of victories have done for the Oklahoma football program, and how opposing coaches view the Sooners these days. Oklahoma was humbled in its first four games this season before righting the Sooner Schooner with a "monumental" victory over Texas and a road win at Baylor. Suddenly, the Sooners look to be a formidable opponent heading into today's 1 p.m. Big 12 Conference game against Kansas State at KSU Stadium. The 16th-ranked Wildcats (3-1 in the conference and 6-1 overall) are still 19-point favorites to win their seventh game of the season, but head coach Bill Snyder said it'll be a different Oklahoma team coming to Manhattan than the one which started the season 0-4. "They're a lot better football team than they were given credit for early in the season," Snyder said. "They are a lot like Texas A&M (a 2320 loser to KSU last week). I see a lot of similarities. They got off to a rocky start, but they're playing well right now. Oklahoma first-year coach John Blake said opponents better get their licks in now. "It's a great opportunity for others," Blake said. "A lot of universities have taken advantage of what Oklahoma has done lately. Right now, we're building to get back there. There's been an opportunity for people to take shots, and they should. But they better do it early, because we're back." Blake agrees that his team is probably outmatched athletically against a K-State team which handed Oklahoma its worst loss (49-10) in a half-century. "You can't always just bow down and try to out-scheme people," Blake said. "You've got to line up and play football." The Sooners have started to pass the ball effectively behind quarterback Justin Fuente, who has already set a school record with eight touchdown passes in five games. Fuente has completed 80 of 160 passes for 1,163 yards. "They seem to be more confident and the last two games have certainly helped that," Snyder said of the Sooners, who bring a 2-1 conference and 2-4 overall record into today's game. "John and his staff have held together through some tough times." Nebraska focused on better execution against Jayhawks, who are struggling on offense By ED HOWARD The Associated Press KU at Nebraska KICKOFF: 6 P.M. WHERE: MEMORIAL STADIUM (72,700); LINCOLN, NEB. TELEVISION: Fox SPORTS NET (CABLE 37,43). RApio:KINA(910- AM); KSAJ (98.5-FM). ODDS: NEBRASKA BY 331/2. LINCOLN, Neb. — In addition to the possibility of contributing to a defeat, Nebraska head coach Tom Osborne says a lack of execution just plain looks bad. Fifth-ranked Nebraska (3-0 in the Big 12 Conference and 5-1 overall) didn't look very good last week as it bumbled past Texas Tech, 24-10. The Cornhuskers lost four of seven fumbles and kept five Red Raider drives going because of penalties. The day was saved for Nebraska, in part, because of the haplessness of Texas Tech. Nebraska scored on the game's first play when linebacker Terrell Farley picked up Byron Hanspard's fumble and scored untouched. Nebraska hopes to do better tonight against Kansas (1-2,3-3), at least well enough to break the current school record of 33 consecutive victories at home. The game kicks off at 6 p.m. and will be televised by Fox Sports Net (Salina cable 37,43). Osborne said the Huskers were alert to their failings at Texas Tech. He also said Nebraska's play wasn't as bad as it probably looked to most people. "The offensive effort was good," he said. "The blocking was there, the effort downfield was intense and people ran pretty well." "But the execution was poor," he said. "And when your execution is poor, everything looks bad. It makes it look like nobody is trying and nothing is working right." Penalties and fumbles had Nebraska's coaches and players talking this week, and a lot of what they said included words like concentration, execution and focus. Nebraska learned the importance of concentration by showing an almost total lack of it while losing 19-0 to Arizona State last month. The Jayhawks, who lost to Colorado last week, haven't been able to make their offense work, and they could have even more trouble against Nebraska because running back June Henley was suspended from the team Thursday. Henley was cited for suspicion of operating under the influence, a municipal equivalent of driving under the influence; driving on an expired driver's license; and failure to have proof of insurance. SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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