The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on October 26, 1996 · Page 22
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,B4 SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26. 1996 Y COLLEGE FOOTBALL KWU looks to cut down on mistakes against Ottawa SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL Coyotes have averaged Jive turnovers per game, play host to 1-5 Braves By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal " Ron DuPree isn't concerned about any problems the Ottawa '" Braves football team has had this season. ,;• "Ottawa has no problems," ' DuPree said. "We have problems. Those are the ones I'm concerned '.'.about." ;,..' Wesleyan entertains Ottawa at n 1:30 p.m., today at Martin Stadium. , The game matches two teams ..struggling for victories. Ottawa, • picked second in the preseason, is 15 overall, 1-4 in the Kansas Conference. Wesleyan n is 24 overall, 2-2 r: in the KCAC. Wesleyan "comes into the ;,game on the heels of a 36-22 loss at Colorado 'College last DuPREE week. The Coyotes were done in by a familiar nemesis — turnovers. Wesleyan lost four fumbles and had two passes intercepted, direct- v ly resulting in 19 Colorado College ^points. Wesleyan has lost 22 fum- ,'Cbles and had six passes intercept; ed this season — an average of ^nearly five turnovers per game. *-."<.- "Fumbles were the key," iDuPree said. "I hope it's because .of youth. I hope it's something Chat's teachable. -I* "It's a result of coaching and di- "Tection. They never did stop us. :, .We just fumbled the ball." •*' A fumble early in the first quarter and an interception just before Xhalftime resulted in a two Colorado College touchdowns that produced a 29-14 halftime lead. Wesleyan rolled up 317 yards to: tal offense, including 261 rushing. •^Fullback Byron Jones, the KCAC's second-leading rusher with 713 yards, had 135 yards and two '"touchdowns. Colorado College had 451 yards total offense, including 293 passing. "We're second in the nation in rushing offense (285 yards per -Y PRO FOOTBALL game) and first in the conference in rushing defense (125.8 yards)," DuPree said. "It makes me wonder what we'd be like if we didn't fumble. We've got every ingredient to be good. It's a matter of us beating ourselves. "It was a bitter defeat. You look back on a season for games you should have won and we've let two get away — Friends and Colorado College," he said. Ottawa lost its first five games before defeating winless Tabor 257 last week in Ottawa. The Braves rank last in the KCAC in total offense (152.8 yards) and seventh in team defense (342.2 yards). Sophomore quarterback Brock Nessa has struggled mightily. He has completed just 29.7 percent of his passes, thrown no touchdown passes and had 10 intercepted. He averages just over 49 yards passing per game. "They've tried to be a drop-back team, they've tried the option and the power game," DuPree said. "They haven't decided what they want. They're still searching. "They've thrown 10 interceptions and we're a good intercepting team." DuPree said defensive back Trevis Ickler, the Coyotes' starting quarterback in their first game, will start at tailback. Regular tailback Michael White is sidelined indefinitely with a knee injury and substitutes Ricky Moss and Justin Rhodes have had problems with fumbles, DuPree said. "We're going to use him like Deion Sanders some," DuPree said of Ickler. "We're going to spot play him. We'll start him until we settle down. He had 12 tackles, eight assists and an interception last week. He's a good athlete." DuPree said he'll wait until today to choose a starting quarterback. Starter Troy Lawson has "a little bit of a concussion." Levi Kramer and Eric Wilson, a converted wide receiver, are in the running for a starting job. Blocking back Andy Caddell is lost for the season after suffering a knee injury in last week's game and defensive back Mark McGraw has an ankle injury and has missed most of this week's practices to be with his father, who had heart surgery in Dallas. Hill's role limited in Chiefs' ground plans JDesire to get Bennett, 'jyicNair more involved affects former No. 1 pick * By ADAM TEICHER ' -The Kansas City Star 'KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The "Chiefs' plans to work running -backs Donnell Bennett and Todd "McNair into their offense will '' come at a cost. It won't necessarily be paid by the club. ;^ ' There are only so many carries -'to go around, and sometimes they 'weren't enough for Marcus Allen, 'Greg Hill and Kimble Anders. .;" Now, with the Chiefs commit•ting themselves to adding Bennett and McNair into the mix, somebody's workload is going to get squeezed. "Those carries have got to come from somewhere," Hill said. Hill might be in the most precarious position among the Chiefs' runners. t Of the four — McNair is mainly a . pass receiver and the sixth back, Tony Richardson, is mainly a blocker — Hill is the least productive, according to a key statistic. The Chiefs define a winning ^running play as one where the Vack gains 4 or more yards or earns a first down or a touchdown /regardless of yardage. By this ^measure, Bennett is the Chiefs' most productive back. His carries "Tesult in winning plays more than '5,6 percent of the time. ... That's one of the reasons the o Chiefs will use Bennett more often. Hill, meanwhile, has a winning "run about 40 percent of the time. -'That's the worst percentage of the four main carriers. Coach Marty Schottenheimer agreed those statistics were an accurate gauge of a runner's productivity. ' ' "It won't necessarily come from "one guy," Schottenheimer said of "playing time for Bennett and Mc- Nair. "It might come from several HILL guys." But after thinking about it for a few minutes, Schottenheimer had a different answer. "It may in fact take time away from Greg," he said, "because of the role McNair is playing." McNair doesn't affect Hill because the Chiefs rarely use McNair in the running game. He has two carries this season. McNair played more in the most recent game against Seattle and frequently broke from the backfield to line up in a slot or wide position. It's the carries that Bennett will get that might endanger Hill's load. Hill is averaging about seven carries per game, enough to get Bennett close to what Schotten- heimer wants from him. "I'd like to be able to get eight or 10 rushes from Donnell every game," Schottenheimer said. "He is a guy who can make yardage even though there may not be a real good hole there. He's got the best overall combination of ability to run, catch and block." Bennett had 10 carries, a season high, last week against the Sea- hawks. The 240-pound Bennett is the Chiefs' most powerful runner.' Hill has better speed and more breakaway ability than the other Chiefs' backs, but he hasn't had many big runs. He's also not the versatile back that Allen, Bennett or Anders are. Hill disputes that contention. "I can do the whole thing," said Hill, the Chiefs' first-round draft pick in 1994. "That's what Schot- tenheimer told me they brought me here for. People say Greg Hill hasn't done this and Greg Hill hasn't done that and that Greg Hill is a bust. But Greg Hill hasn't had the opportunity, so you can't say those things about me." And Hill knows his playing time might decrease. "Let me do something else," Hill said. "Put me out on the wing and let me go catch passes. I just want to help this team. I've asked to go on special teams. (Schottenheimer) said he would consider it. I'm the fastest man on the team. You're telling me there isn't anything I can do to help?" GAMEDAY N.M. Highlands (4-3, 2-3) at Fort Hays State (4-2, 2-2) Fort Hays State faces another pass-happy opponent today, but it's nothing new for the Tigers. Their two previous foes, Nebraska-Kearney and Western State, also had passions for passing. Today, the Tigers will have to stop New Mexico Highlands senior quarterback Jamie Sander, the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's top-rated passer. Sander has thrown for 1,842 yards and 16 touchdowns while completing 48.7 percent of his passes. But he's also had 15 intercepted. Sander's favorite receiver is junior wide receiver Jamar Nailor, who leads the RMAC with 46 receptions for 632 yards and 11 touchdowns. Fort Hays ranks seventh in the conference in pass defense, giving up an average of 188.2 yards per game. Fort Hays climbed back into the RMAC title race last week with a thrilling 26-23 victory over Western State in a game at Gunnison, Colo. Jason Browning's 43-yard field goal with one second left gave the Tigers the victory. Browning, the RMAC special teams Player of the Week, also kicked a 35-yarder with two seconds left in the first half. The two field goals were his first of the season. Tiger quarterback Joel McReynolds was named the RMAC co-Player of the Week after his effort against Western State. He ran for 101 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown, and passed for 173 yards and one touchdown on 15 of 26 accuracy. Starting linebacker Mike Lankas, a sophomore from Atwood, will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with mononucleosis. He's the second starting linebacker the Tigers have lost this season. Scott Karl suffered a season-ending back injury against Mesa State on Oct. 5. Former women's basketball coach John Klein and former quarterback Robert Long will be inducted into the Tiger Sports Hall of Fame today. Friends (3-3, 3-1) at Bethany (4-1, 4-0) In past seasons, Bethany coach Ted Kessinger never had to wonder what the Friends Falcons would do offensively. Their attack was well-known and predictable — run, run, run. They used the option or veer behind a huge offensive line and tried to overpower their opponents. Not this season. The Falcons have tried a varied attack, with mixed results. They are third in rushing offense in the Kansas Conference, averaging 195 yards per game. They are fourth in passing offense, averaging 135 yards. But they only have a .500 record to show for their efforts. "They have a more wide-open offense. They're more dynamic than in past years," Kessinger said. "In the past, you could focus on the running game. "But with their passing game, and a small percentage of play action, they create more problems defensively. "They're still big and they still like to be physical. In that respect, they haven't changed." Senior quarterback Gilbert Alvarez has been bothered by a sprained ankle, which has affected his play. He was 8 of 18 passing for 125 yards and one touchdown in last week's 26-21 loss to Bethel. Alvarez is the No. 3-rated passer in the KCAC, having completed 50.6 percent of his passes for 579 yards and eight touchdowns. He was relieved by Ryan Shoemaker, who was seven of seven for 86 yards. Running back Felix Ramirez is leads the Falcons' running attack with 493 yards, which ranks him third in the KCAC. No. 14-ranked Bethany counters with its passing attack that ranks second in NAIA Division II with 363.3 yards per game. Quarterback Jorge Munoz is the No. 3-ranked passer (308.4 yards). Bethany clobbered Sterling 66-7 last week, relying primarily on its running game against a stiff south wind. Tailback Mike Godwin earned KCAC Player of the Week honors by rushing for 171 yards and four touchdowns. Munoz was 12 of 17 for 189 yards and four touchdowns while playing just over half the game. "Defensively, Friends runs a 4-3 and they're very physical," Kessinger said. "They have big people and big linebackers. It will be a little hard for us to go at them. "We'll have to spread them out and throw it, which is what we like to do. Our philosophy isn't to take people on, but to run for daylight." —By Bob Davidson BIG 12 FOOTBALL: lAY'S GAMES Hi DALLAS — Here are capsule previews for today's Big 12 games. K-State- Oklahoma and KU-Nebraska are previewed on C1. Texas Tech (4-3, 3-2) at Texas A&M (3-4,1-2) • When — 11:30 a.m., Fox Sports Network syndicated telecast. • The teams — Texas Tech seeks a higher percentage passing game to offset one of the Big 12's toughest defenses against the run. The home standing Aggies have lost just four times (41-4-1) at Kyle Field during the Slocum era (1989-96). • Key Individuals — RB Byron Hanspard continues to astound foes of the Raiders with a two-year total of 2,787 yards in his last 18 regular-season games. He already owns more rushing yards (1,413 in seven 1996 games) than he had during the 11-game 1995 slate, and he added 260 non-career-stats- counting yards against Air Force in the 1995 Welser Lock Copper Bowl. DB standout Dane Johnson (10 punt returns, 71 yards) is a versatile defender while DE Tony Daniels (eight TFLs) is a thorn in opponents' sides. Aggies WR Albert Connell (49 catches, 716 yards, five TDs) tops Big 12 receivers in all three categories. Lombard! Award candidate DE Brandon Mitchell (26 tackles, six TFLs) joins,OLB Keith Mitchell (49 stops, 15 stops behind the line) as defensive stalwarts. Iowa State (2-4,1-2) at Baylor (3-3, 0-3) • When — 1 p.m. • The teams —Paced by 1995 Ail- American and Heisman finalist Troy Davis, ISU rushes to the tune of 263.7 yards per game, eighth nationally. The Bears, more balanced between the run and the pass with a young offensive line, are sixth In the Big 12 with 171 yards passing per game. Baylor seeks to raise its 119-yards-per-game rushing average. • Key Individuals — Davis again leads the nation with 214.2 rushing yards per game and 15 TDs. His 224 carries and 1,285 net rushing yards have produced a nation-high 15 points per game. WR Tyrone Watley (17 catches, 224 yards) Is a possession receiver while Cyclone LB Michael Cooper (37 tackles, one Interception) has been gaining momentum defensively. Bear CB Dean Jackson (two pass Interceptions in 1996, 15 total tackles against Louisville) joins all-purpose RB-WR Kalief Muhammad (639 rushing, receiving return yards) as standouts. Punter Ty Atteberry continues to give BU great field position with a 47.1 average second in the country on 30 boots. Incidentally: On the preseason rosters, Baylor does not have a squad member from the state of Iowa while the Cyclones have three Texans on the team. Oklahoma State (4-3,1-3) at Missouri (2-4, 0-3) • When — 1 p.m. • The teams — Oklahoma State bounced back from losses at Texas and Colorado to stop Iowa State 28-27 last week. This is OSU's third road trek in four weeks. Missouri, coming off an open date, has split Its last four games. • Key Individuals — OSU RB David Thompson (187 carries, 1,022 yards, third nationally) joins RB Andre Richardson (173 rushing yards against Iowa State) as one of the Big 12's top 1-2 offensive punches. Cowboys' punter Jason Davis (42.7 yards per try, 33rd in NCAA Division I-A) compliments the Cowboys' ball-control rushing scheme. Tigers' RB Brock Olivo, who Is one of the conference's most renowned weight lifters, enjoyed a 100-yard rushing afternoon against Kansas State in his last outing. FS DeMontie Cross (77 tackles in '96) joins LB Barry Odom (53 stops, four for losses) as leaders In the Tigers' push during five straight Big 12 contests. Incidentally: Both head coaches are alumni of Bowling Green State, Smith in 1962 with a master's in 1967 and Simmons In 1971 with a master's in 1972. Each garnered All-Mid-American Conference laurels during their playing days at BGSU. Texas (3-3,2-1) at Colorado (5-1,3-0) • When — 2:30 p.m, ABC regional telecast • The teams — South Division co-topping Texas has had a key open date to prepare for Colorado's multiple offense as the Longhoms seek to tighten their defensive middle. North-co-leading Colorado not only owns nine straight (most In school annals) regular-season road wins, but the Buffs are 12-3 in Boulder since September 1994. • Key Individuals — Longhorns' RB Ricky Williams Is 20th nationally with 96 carries, 651 rushing yards, nine TDs, and five 100-yard rushing games In 1996. QB James Brown (72-of-130 passing, 938 yards, five TDs) Is an adept scrambler while PK Phil Dawson (12-of-16 field goals) tops the nation in three-point successes with two per game. Buffaloes' WR Rae Carruth (31 catches, 577 yards, second In Big 12 receptions) is a threat on end-around rushes. QB Koy Detmer (128-of-208 passing for 1,797 yards, 61.5 percent, 13 TDs) leads the Big 12 In QB rating points at 149.9 (eighth In NCAA Division I-A ratings) and TO tosses. SS Ryan Black (14 tackles last week against Kansas) keeps the Buffs In contention for the Big 12 crown along with two-way performer OQ-DL Chris Naeole. —The Associated Press Beloit rolls early, deals SB-Saline its first loss, 31-0 Beloit opens up 25-0 halftime lead, closes in on berth in 3A playoffs By BOB DAVIDSON Tlie Salina Journal BELOIT — Beloit coach Wayne Olson offered a simple explanation for his team's convincing victory. "We wanted to win," Olson said Friday night following No, 9- ranked Beloit's 31-0 victory over No. 4-ranked Class 3A Southeast of Saline in a District 10 game. "We executed well and deserved to win." Beloit (7-1) can wrap up a play- incusMinni off Dertn Thurs- IHWIBMIUUL day with a victo- SE-Sallne 0 r y over Belleville Beloit 31 at home. The victory clinched at least a tie for the NCAA league title for Beloit. The loss was Southeast's first of the season. Beloit rolled to a 25-0 halftime lead, then used several reserves in the second half. Levi Lange, the NCAA's leading rusher, gained 88 yards on 22 carries in the first half but didn't play in the second half because of an arm injury. "It may be a bruise, it may be worse," Olson said. Wide receiver Erick Grace, who caught two long touchdown passes in the first half, suffered a knee injury on the final play of the third quarter and had to be helped from the field. "I guess I don't look at it as being that easy," Olson said. "We hung in there and slugged it out. Our defense did a good job." . Southeast managed just 101 yards total offense, including 33 yards rushing. "They just line up and knocked us off the ball," Southeast coach Phil Katzenmeier said. "Beloit didn't do anything we didn't expect. We just got beat by a better team tonight. "They have good, tough kids. They have good guys up front. You have to give a lot of credit to Beloit." Beloit amassed 316 yards total offense, 220 in the first half. Senior quarterback Joe Heidrick threw for 127 yards and two touchdowns in the first half. He also scored on a 1-yard run. "Joe's a super leader," Olson said. "He's a guy who I thihk sometimes wills things to happen. He wants to win and is a great leader." Heidrick finished 5 of 10 passing for 132 yards. Southeast quarterback Thane Douglas, forced .to throw jn the second half, was 9 of 17 for 83 yards and two first-half interceptions. Southeast was also hampered by two lost fumbles. Beloit scored early and often from short and long range while thoroughly dominating the first half. Heidrick's 1-yard run with 7:59 left in the first quarter and fos two-point conversion pass to Theron Welch quickly made it $-0. Less than six minutes later, Heidrick hit Grace with a 79-yard touchdown pass. Grace grabbed a perfectly thrown bomb from Heidrick, snatching it away from ^ a Southeast defender in full stride at the Southeast 45. Grace sprinted untouched into the end zone,; Heidrick's two-point conversion pass made it 16-0 with 3:19 the quarter. ' ' Heidrick and Grace connected again on a 25-yard strike at the 11:07 mark of the second quarter. The two-point pass failed, giving Beloit a 22-0 lead. Beloit capped the first-half scoring on Casey Seyfert's 2.7- yard field goal with 2:12 left in the half. Smith Center strikes late in regulation, sinks Norton in OT No. 1 vs. No. 2 lives up to its billing as Redmen win battle of unbeatens By ARNE GREEN The Salina Journal SMITH CENTER — The Smith Center Redmen, down to their last play, couldn't have come up bigger. The Redmen came from behind to tie Norton on Clint Merritt's 54- yard fourth-down run with 53 seconds left, then outscored the Blue- jays 8-6 in overtime Friday night for a 30-28 Class 3A, District 15 victory at Hubbard Field. The victory put the Redmen, 8-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, in the district driver's seat with one game left at Oberlin. No. 1-ranked Norton, 7-1, fell to 1-1 in the district. "It's an old cliche, but that's a game that was tough for somebody to lose," said Smith Center coach Roger Barta, whose Redmen trailed 22-6 after Norton 28 •*«•*- * cerned, but our kids have a lot of heart and a lot of character. "They never did quit and never did panic. That was probably one of the best high school football games I've ever been involved in." Smith Center, which never led in regulation, got the ball first in overtime and scored on first down from the Norton 10-yard line. Andy Stewart ran for the extra point and a 30-28 advantage. In Kansas high school overtime games, each team gets the ball on the opponent's 10-yard line with a chance to score. Norton answered with a touchdown when Jesse Williams ran over on second down from the 3, but the Bluejays were called for offside as they lined up for the two-point conversion. Starting at the 8-yard line, quarterback Joe Cox rolled to his left and made a dash for the corner. Merritt was there to knock him out at the 1 and preserve the victory. "Therer was no doubt at all," said Merritt, who finished with 109 yards rushing and all four Redmen touchdowns on 19 carries. "We have faith in each other." Smith Center scored twice in the last three minutes to send the game to ovetime, tying it with 53 seconds left on Merritt's fourth- Smith,Center 30, Norton 28 GAME IN STATS N SC First downs 11 18 Rushes-yards 37-245 62-329 Passing yards 35 21 Att.-Comp.-lnt. 4-9-0 1-8-1 To)al offense 46-280 70-350 Punls-avg. 5-28.4 4-35.0 Fumbles-losl 2-1 1-1 Penaltles-yds 9-87 2-12 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS RUSHING: Norton: Williams 28-172, Cox 4-2, Stall rf-46, Philpot 1-25. Smith Center: Merritt 19-109, Stewart 17-105, Dep- perschmldt 19-98, Overmlller 2-(-1), Ramirez 5-18. PASSING: Norton: Cox 4-9-0 35. Smith Center Overoilllef 1-8121. RECEIVING: Norton: Clydesdale 1-13, Philpot 1-7, Williams 17, Jacobs 1-8. Smith Center: Scott 1-21. ' PUNTING: Norton: Williams 5-28.4. Smith Center: Hommon 435.0. SCORING SUMMARY ' Norton 0 14 8 0 6 —28 Smith Center , .006168 — 30 Second Quarter , N-Wllllams 22 run (pass failed), 9:20. N-Cox 1 run (Williams run), 4:51. Third Quarter SC-Merrltt 1 run (run failed), 6:49. N-Wllllams 1 run (Williams run), 3:51. Fourth Quarter ' SC-Merrltt 1 run (Depperschmldt run), 2:49. SC-Merrltt 54 run (Depperschmldt run), 0:53. Overtime SC-Merrltt 10 run (Stewart run). N-Wllflams run (run failed). down carry. "It was a 23 running back lead," Merritt said of the play, on fourth down and 2 at his own 46. "It went to the right, but their was a seam to the left. It just opened up and nobody was home." The drive started at the Smith Center 23-yard line with 1:58 left and covered 77 yards in six plays. "It was ours to win," said Norton coach Bruce Graber, whose Bluejays led 14-0 at the half and answered Norton's third-quarter touchdown drive with one of their own. "Unfortunately, we didn't get it done. "We played great defense $ie first half, but they came out and stretched us out a little more the second half. What else can ypu say. They beat us and they did it coming back from down 22-6. You can't take anything away from them." Norton finished with 280 yarfls total offense, led by Williams' t?2 yards and three touchdowns on 28 carries. Smith Center finished with 350 yards - 329 on the ground. Stewart added 105 yards and Depperschmidt 98. The Redskins, vyho trailed 22-6 after three quarters, closed the gap with a 13-play, 61-yard drive as Merritt dove over from the'-i- yard line. The drive took 3 minutes, 46 seconds. Mistakes and field positio'n dominated the first half as Norton turned one Smith Center turnover into a touchdown and scored oil a short drive for a 14-0 lead. l

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