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fo) o) 0 NHL roundup . 23 Q CoRagt bowl previews....... 33 D Cooper takee over Buckeyes....... 43 Great Falls Tribune Friday, January 1, 1988 Ccr.':n - Uln (i"senlor) 64, 2C8; John Bamett (Uur") M3, 1 1 f - i-T if .i Grat Fs"j Hich) 64, 23; Mike Campbell (: "),. ;f sJ;::t -n(-TiWMt)M,JM. 1; -I .11 ' ""J Weit) 6-1, ro; Greg Chrtetewan (:' ' t) 1 1. "U C:i :rT3ry (CM. Russell) 6-1, 23. T U i - S:: 3 EiXJi (Terry) M, 23; Grea Dsn (Great Falls K" )J,i). . V 1 1 1 - R"-?r rra (CM. Ruuell) 54, 140; Jim Vior Our:.- )tn. f "-rr:i(CIARuiaen)Wl,13J;KniigAt! C -.)I3.L"1 J t t - St Ry? (---- Weit) 5-10, 170; Bucky Kayna f C 81, n; tJ Tih (Utoteau) Ml, 1G5; Jason Schwen (.jr-.-jur.i Cera I ; - E'sw ""(Graat Falls Hh) 64, 23; Jan tar-t ( . -- -!) 13, 1 ); I ravwtUmd (Wolf Pctot) 6 23; Ctaia K:" r ( i V .) 1, : Cc2y Eenboe (T2r-t Shyview) 6-4, 13; Li; 1 . ...i (.;:.) C3.U; E"iiice KufceJi (Giendive) 6-1, 13. - ' - . " - LJj - TV-a Lc -. : (Z.::r --) 62, 13; Scott Evans (Great Fi" E! -:) JL 13; John :.;- p... i Cetttril) 8-4, 13. LL.:-- - Csve (CU. Rues"") 66, 175; Jaason Klwch (Tr ! Cr) t l, IT; J . puao West) HO, 13; Justin k Ji'Tili - 'Kay Kowie (Havre) 54, 175; David Rots C fces) HI. 173; I'jL-t DcSourg (BlUlnss Skyview) 54, ICS; LJa (Oreit Fil;) 57, 13. , ' ' ' ) "iT 'NATES ,, ' ' , , , ' Cc- - Kyle aJ' "arn USrclae) 6-2, 23. Guarfi - Larry Esk ("Trow .) M3, i.3; ILts Coon (JOes City) 5-10, 175. Tact - Joiy Kzrl (Havre) 6 3k 13; Katt Lafcko (LUHrci Skyview) 64, n: Kant r-".tt f c) Ml. 13, Tt and - Butch Crawford GIi:-s r) 62, U; Cr-tr-ar CHctae Lake) 64, ICS. I'Js nt.JS - L-'a t j.-aca (C 1"T) S3; Klnch (Choteau) 66. la Ctsck - Stve Fried (E-angs Skyview) 6-2, 175. Rurl g ti l - Duhe D.wt (Gmt f 2) 54, 13; Greg Eamea (Cut Bad;) 6-2. 2,3; Ct1t Kuna C.'o!f FC.U) 5-10, 13; Jason Branstetter (Uurel) 5-10,13. trm t i - Cte-y r "y (C?M. Russell) 5-11, 1C0; Greg Kanie (a.-) 63, 1 r-"? J lI-iy Project) 64, 23; John Muse-rM (Cc0 6 3, 1 ' L j - Gary Jotason (Big Timber) 64, 23; Kcr Ar s 6 X I.). Vzzt ' fan - Ken Wooley (Chester) 6- 6, 175; R-i S-i-cn (rjjr) 6-1, 23; Ken Fksa (Shelby) HO, 175; t'sitn AP-i (C-ir) Ml, 13 CdaeJve kacia - Chris DiForoo : (C:iry) 60, U; Jsy I'sA (GLaiJw Ml, 170; Matt Peterson (Cut Eank) 56, 13; i:oe tizu (Uvii :an) 6-1, 13. t Shirme teams. Capilt3il9 West By MIKE TOWNE Tribune Sports Writer Class AA state champion Helena Capital, runner-up Butte and also-ran Billings West head the rosters for the 1988 East-West Shrine Game, the oldest continuous all-star high school football game in the country. Capital landed seven players four on offense and three on defense and Butte placed six on the West squad. Billings West, which failed to make the AA playoffs, placed six players on the East team. Despite the fact that it failed to qualify a team for the playoffs for the first time since 1970, Great Falls will be well represented on the East squad. Five Great Falls High players and four from CM. Russell High were chosen by the board of coaches that serves as the Shrine selection committee. Flathead High of Kalispell also has four representatives. They will play for the West. . Once again, the game in its 42nd year will be played at Me mortal Stadium in Great Falls. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. on Satuday, Aug. 6. A total of 40 Class AA players, representing 11 schools, are on the two 36-man rosters. The West has 22 AA players, the East 18. There are 20 Class A players, 11 on the East squad and nine on the West. Fifteen A schools are represented. Rounding out the rosters are 10 Class B players, six on the East and four on the West, and one Class C player on both squads. Eight B schools are represented. The West offense will feature four players who led Capital to its first state football championship since 1978: quarterback Jeff Tuss, AA's most valuable offensive player; wide receiver Kam Wrigg; tight end Cory Johnson; and guard Mike Mlekush. They will join three offensive standouts from Butte, a 14-12 loser to Capital in the AA state title game: guard Shane Kelly, tackle Kevin Cain and quarterback Todd Paffhausen. Capital's representatives on the West defense include linebacker Shane Maharg, the defensive MVP in AA; down lineman Jay Korth; and end John Trudnowski. Down lineman Rob Lee, end Dean Gransberry and linebacker Leon Ostrowski will represent Butte on the West defense. Playing for Kalispell on the West will be offensive tackle Corey Pilsch, tight end Jason Kress, defensive down lineman Derek Bunnell and defensive See SHRINE, 2B West team OFFENSE Centers - Jeff Newton (Bigfork) 6-1, 215; Rick Jansen (Ronan) 64, 200. - Guards - Shane Kelly (Butte) 5-10, 180; Mike Mlekush (Helena Capital) 5-10, 180; Justin Bennett (Poison) 64, 21-5. Tackles - David Kraus (Llbby) 64, 200; Corey Pilsch (Kalispell) 6-5, 230; Kevin Cain (Butte) M, 215. Tight ends - Jason Kress (Kalispell) 64, 190; Cory Johnson (Helena Capital) M, 190. Wide receivers Shane Bryson (Missoula Big Sky) 6-3, 180; Kam Wrigg (Helena Capital) 6-2, 170. Quarterbacks - Jeff Tuss (Helena Capital) 6-3, 190; Todd Paffhausen (Butte) M, 170. Running backs Casey Dressier (Townsend) 5-10, 180; Mike Cutler (Philipsburg) 5-11, 190; Bill Arvish (Hamilton) Ml, 165; John Winston (Butte Central) 54, 185. DEFENSE Down linemen - Jay Korth (Helena Capital) 64, 195; Tim Messer (Anaconda) 64, 210; Rob Lee (Butte) 64, 190; Darren Lewis (Helena High) 5-10, 175; Derek Bunnell (Kalispell) 5-9, 190; Rourk Price (Belgrade) Ml, 205; Steve Stout (Three Forks) 64, 225. Ends John Trudnowski (Helena Capital) 6-2, 195; Dean Gransberry (Butte) Ml, 180; Monte Peretto (Whitefish) 64, 205. Linebackers Shane Mahrg (Helena Capital) 6-2, 190; Troy Den-nlson (Missoula Sentinel) 6-2, 205; Leon Ostrowski (Butte) 5-11, 180; Tom Peterson (Anaconda) Ml, 205. Defensive backs Corey Steele (Missoula Sentinel) 5-9, 155; John Fischer (Missoula Big Sky) 5-7, 155; Rick Wilson (Libby) 54, 150; Jamie Banna (Kalispell) 5-9, 155. ALTERNATES OFFENSE Centers Gus Knauth (Butte) 54, 200; Greg Liedle (Helena Capital) 6-2, 240. Guards Bret Charlton (Boulder) 6-3, 195; Shane Prevost (Whitefish) 64, 205. Tackles - Greg Belcourt (Hellgate) 64, 275. Tight ends Tom Kingston (Butte Central) 64, 180. Fullback Aaron Florence (Ronan) 54, 180. Wide receivers Jake Christiansen (Libby) 6-2, 170; Brian Wilson (Missoula Sentinel) 5-11, 100. Quarterback -Todd Bitterman (Libby) 6-2, 180. Running backs James Sheridan (Helena Capital) Ml, 190; Tom Michelotti (Butte) 5-9, 180; Ken Kostecki (Missoula Sentinel) M0, 190; Kurt Urisch (Helena High) Ml, 190; John Wagner (Missoula HeUgate); Russ Allen (Butte) Ml, 180; Gary Ferris (Dillon), 64, 180. DEFENSE Down linemen Dan Lindner (Bigfork) 6-1, 235; Greg Washington (Missoula Big Sky) M, 225; Dave Umstead (Florence) 6-1, 215. Ends Jeff Hermes (Missoula Sentinel) 6-1, 190; Todd Farell (Poison) 6-1, 185; Eric McCullough (Townsend) 6-1, 190. Linebackers Dave Casto (Belgrade) 64, 201; Bob Gupttll (Helena High) 5-10, 185; Matt Murphy (HeUgate) 6-1, 195. Defensive backs Jon Doyle (Ronan) 5-11, 175; Tom McMahon (Helena Capital) 54, 160; Randy Street (Butte) 5-9, 150; Bill English (Butte) 54, 150. Kicker - Kirk Duce (Missoula Hellgate) Ml, 168. I 1 iU V- ft ( : J "V l;t n' X VVLj: LSU blitzes Gamecocks LSU's Sam Martin (left) finds his way blocked by Brad Edwards. AP Photo JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -South Carolina's blitzing defense backfired Thursday against seventh-ranked Louisiana State, which beat the Gamecocks 30-13 in the Gator Bowl. LSU quarterback Tom Hodson eluded the South Carolina rush and threw three touchdown passes to wide receiver Wendell was able' to get open against the Gamecocks' one-on-one coverage. "You either live by the blitz or die by the blitz," first-year LSU coach Mike Archer said. "They died by the blitz." V South Carolina Coach Joe Morrison said he was very impressed with Hodson, who completed 20 of 32 144 lead. Louisiana State opened a 274 before ninth-ranked South Carolina, 8-4, scored its only touchdown on a 10-yard run by Harold Green at the start of the fourth quarter. South Carolina quarterback Todd Ellis, who broke a finger on his left hand in the second quarter, threw four interceptions and was sacked seven times for losses totaling 62 yards. "We had Ellis on the run the whole day," said LSU defensive end complete the LSU scoring. Tommy Clapp, who sacked the Hodson's first two scoring passes Gamecock quarterback twice for to Davis came in the first five min- losses totaling 29 yards, utes of the game as the Tigers, who finished 10-1-1, jumped to an early See GATOR, 2B passes for 224 yards. "I thought he did not only an excellent job not only checking at the line of scrimmage and eating the clock, but throwing the football as well," Morrison said. Davis, LSU's all-time leading receiver, caught nine passes for 132 vards. The touchdown recent inns Davis, who covered 39, 12 and 26 yards. .1 it' ..itrl a li . wnen uiey line up une-un-une, i smile from ear-to-ear," Davis said. David Browndyke booted field of 27, 18 and 23 yards to . mm,, inK.ii.lj John Elway is NFL's most valuable player John Elway NEW YORK (AP) - John Elway of the Denver Broncos, who carried the injury-decimated Denver Broncos to the best record in the AFC, was named the NFL's Most Valuable Player by The Associated Press on Thursday. Elway was one of only three players to receive votes for the award, beating out wide receiver Jerry Rice of San Francisco, who was named the AP's offensive player, and 49ers quarterback Joe Montana. In fact, he was beaten out by Montana for the first-team quarterback spot on the AP's All-Pro team. "It's very flattering," Elway said in Denver. "But without the team behind you, you don't have a chance to win an award like this. A quarterback tends to get more credit than he deserves sometimes." Of 84 votes cast by three broadcasters and sports writers from each NFL city Elway received 36 votes to 30 for Rice. Montana got 18 votes. Elway carried the Broncos to a 10-4-1 record this season, good enough for the home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, even after losing to injury such stars as running backs Gerald Willhite and Steve Sewell, safety Dennis Smith, wide receiver Steve Watson and center Billy Bryan. Also, five defensive players from the team that went to the Super Bowl last season retired. Elway entered the league as the first choice in the 1983 draft, but got off to a shaky start, thrown in as the savior of the Denver franchise. Still, in his last four years, the Broncos have been 44-17-1 with him as the starter. "It makes me feel like I've come a long way in five years," Elway said. "As a rookie, I hit rock bottom. When you start down-and-out and then come back to this level, it makes all the hard work seem worthwhile. That makes this award seem even more special." How far he has come was evident during a four-game stretch in mid- season when he carried the Broncos to four straight victories after a loss in Buffalo that dropped the Broncos to 4-3-1. He threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-29 win over the Bears and 347 and two TDs in a key 31-17 victory in San Diego. "Since he's been here he's played an awful lot of good games," coach Dan Reeves said after the San Diego game. "But I don't know that he's been as consistent as he's been in these past three." Mora wins another football coaching award - NEW ORLEANS (AP) - For the second time in four seasons, Jim Mora is Coach of the Year in a professional football league, but he still can't explain how he does it. In only his second season as an NFL head coach, Mora, 52, guided the New Orleans Saints to their first winning season, a 12-3 record second only to San Francisco's 13-2, and a first berth in the playoffs. He was the overwhelming choice for Coach of the Year In voting conducted by The Associated Press and announced on Thursday. Mora received 72 of 84 votes. Three sports reporters in each of the NFL cities made up the selection panel. San Francisco's Bill Walsh finished second with four votes. Mora was also Coach of the Year in the USFL in 1984, the year in which he guided the Philadelphia Stars to the first of two league championships. It was also his second year as a head coach in that league. The Stars finished second in his first season. "We work hard, but everybody works hard. We try to be organized, but everybody tries to be organized. I don't know what the difference is," Mora said. "It's a reflection of the organiza tion. No one person does something like that oneself," he said. , "Individual awards are a reflection of the whole organization, starting with the players and the coaching staff. - v "Because I need a lot of help, I work hard at getting good people around me." General Manager Jim Finks hired Mora as one of his first moves after being hired to run the team for owner Tom Benson. Finks said he couldn't pinpoint what it is about Mora that makes the difference. "Whatever it is, 1 hope he doesn't lose it," Finks said. .O . "You're going to make me pull out all the cliches. He's just a good person who happens to be a football coach. He's organized, he's consist ent." I ii? ; Jim Mora Oklahoma, Miami ready to decide national title By HERSCHEL NISSENSON AP Football Writer MIAMI Oklahoma and Miami are not novices when it comes to a shootout between No. 1 and No. 2, but Friday night's national championship battle in the Orange Bowl could be the biggest one yet. "I've never been involved in a bowl game between No. 1 and No. 2," coach Barry Switzer of top-ranked Oklahoma said Thursday at a joint news conference with Miami's Jimmy Johnson, during which they reiterated most of the same things they have been saying all week. "I've been involved in No. 1 vs. No. 2 during the regular season, but this one obviously has the most glitter. It's old hat for him." Friday night's showdown is the 23rd time No. 1 has played No. 2 in the 52-year history of the Associated Press poll. It's the fourth such game in the last two years and the third for both Oklahoma and second-ranked Miami. Switzer's Sooners were No. 1 when they dropped a 28-16 decision to No. 2 Miami during the 1986 regular season. Last month, they were No. 2 and beat No. 1 Nebraska 17-7 to win the Big Eight crown. After defeating Oklahoma for the second year in a row in 1966 and vaulting over the Sooners to the No. 1 ranking, Miami lost the national championship Fiesta Bowl game to No. 2 Perm State 14-10. "I don't know if it's old hat,H Johnson said. "But this is the best one I've ever been in because I didn't like the one I was in last year." jui. 1. 1 ml, i :t These "Games of the Century" seem to be coming along at an tilarming clip. Rarely do they live up to expectations and this one may be no different, regardless of the prize at stake. "When two good defensive teams play each other and I find this out every year when Oklahoma plays Nebraska the defenses dominate the ballgames and keep the score close," Switzer said. "If both teams play defense like they're capable of doing and the kicking games make us start each drive a long way from the goal line, 1 don't think the offenses can dominate." Both teams have had dominating offenses all season. Oklahoma led the nation in scoring (43.5 points a game), total offense (499.7 yards) and rushing (428.8). Miami was fifth In scoring (35.6). But Oklahoma also led in scoring defense (7.5 points), total defense (206.1 yards) and passing defense (102.4). The Sooners are a running team. See Bowls 3B They rushed 730 times this season for 4,717 yards and threw only 99 passes, completing just 34. It would be "fairly accurate," Switzer said, to call Oklahoma a one-dimensional offensive team. "We'll throw the football," he said. "I just can't remember the last time we threw it a lot." Johnson said he doesn't see the Sooners as one-dimensional. "It's not that they throw the football a lot, but they have the capability to throw it," he said. "And when they throw it, it's not for a first down but for a touchdown (the 34 completions produced 780 yards and nine touchdowns). If we don't guard against (tight end) Keith Jackson and who's the wide receiver, uh, Carl Cabbiness we'll give up easy points." "He knows 10 players on my team," Switzer joked. "I know your wide receivers." He called the Hurricanes "a great offensive team, a two-dimensional team." Although Miami's passing game gets most of the headlines with Steve Walsh throwing to wideouts Michael Irvin and Brian Blades and running backs Warren Williams and Melvin Bratton, the Hurricanes scored more touchdowns on the ground (24) than in the air (21) for the first time since their 1983 national championship season. "Obviously, a key to the ballgame will be the quarterbacks," Switzer said. "If Walsh can do what he's See ORANGE, 2B

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