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si, Ft I Wtf0K!..YOrKCOWn keeps its dream alive By TIM CIELAND Evening Press sports editor Hamilton Heights has been added to Yorktown's regular-season football schedule next fall as a replacement for Southside. But now, the two teams are going to meet one year early. Yorktown will host Hamilton Heights next Friday night in the semifinals of Class 3A, Sectional 20. Yorktown, in the continuation of a dream season that is the school's most successful Since 1972, improved to 9-0 with a 35-13 home-field victory over Elwood. Yorktown is ranked No. 5 in V 4 i 1 - Towne INSTANT REPLAY: Midway through the first half, Yorktown defensive end Matt Brady made a jarv ring hit of Elwood quarterback Jimmie Nichols. The collision forced a fumble, which Lance Hunsaker recovered. STAR OF THE GAME: Yorktown sophomore quarterback Andy Towne enjoyed his best game of the season. He was 13 of 18 for 165 yards and three TD passes. " KEY STAT: Each of Yorktown's first 10 Offensive plays gained at least seven yards. .. QUOTABLE: Yorktown Coach Doug Denny: "This is our third home game where the crowd has been as big as any crowd in my 10 years here. Our kids have done a good job of using that emotion from the crowd in a positive way." NEXT: Yorktown (9-0) hosts Hamilton Heights (4-5) at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the semifinals of Class 3A, Sectional 20. the Class 3A media poll and No. 10 in the coaches' poll. "That's a very good team with a lot of depth," said Elwood Coach Tony INSTANT REPLAY: After Central's first TD, the Bearcats' Robert Barnes - the holder on the extra-point kick - executed a fake by running for a two-point conversion, barely getting into the corner of the end zone. Central put the play in Tuesday during practice. STAR OF THE GAME: Central's Eddie Faulkner rushed for a career-high 243 yards on 27 carries. . KEY STAT: Central overcame five turnovers and 101 yards in penalties. 1 . . ; QUOTABLE: Faulkner on Dan Sebastian's winning field goal: "That's all he's talked about all year ... and when he was up there I knew he was going to get it. I mean, it's just his mentality." B NEXT: Central (6-3) plays Harrison (54) in the second round at 7:30 p.m. Friday in West Lafayette. Harrison eliminated Huntington North 13-7. ' Boley, whose team finished 6-3. "It's going to take an awfully nice team to See YORKTOWN Page 22 eareate h ufo? play By CHUCK LANDIS Evening Press (ports writer . Dan Sebastian seemed ill-prepared for the job at hand Friday evening. Asked to kick a game-winning field goal, Sebastian had only one previous attempt this season - in the jamboree. "I did what I know I can do," Sebastian said later. Sebastian With a cool -... . ' 'i v ... .' . - '.fV--'-- : . Rebels;.. pile up S2 wmls By MIKE MUDD Evening Press sports writer ' ANDERSON, Ind. - It was, as expected, a wild one. Just three weeks ago, Southside and Anderson Highland met at South's Barnett Field and treated fans to a 45-27 offensive festival. That game - won by Highland - featured 869 yards of total I- -J i ' r ft -i: Guidon offense. And, at one point, four touchdowns in just 94 seconds. So when the two teams met again Friday night in a first-round Class 4A, Sectional 12 game at Highland, the INSTANT REPLAY: Southside's Gary Manship, a senior, rendered a bone-crunching hit on Highland quarterback Tom Johns. Early in the second quarter, Manship, playing linebacker, bolted through Highland's line and leveled Johns with a head-first tackle. The force of the sack sent Johns up in the air, then down for a five-yard loss. STAR OF THE GAME: Southside junior running back Michael Gulden gained a season-high 231 yards on 17 carries. He also scored four of South's seven touchdowns. KEY STAT: Southside helped expand its lead by capitalizing on 4-of-5 two-point conversions. QUOTABLE: Southside Coach Mike Paul: "We just have an awful lot of weapons. I think this is the greatest offensive attack we've ever had." NEXT: Southside (4-5) hosts Bellmont (7-2) in the second round of Class 4A, Sectional 12. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Friday. Bellmont beat Anderson 69-20 in its first-round contest ' 'l! Kurt Hostetler Yorktown defensive end Matt Brady smashes Elwood quarterback Jimmie Nichols, forcing a first-half fumble. scoring possibilities were limitless. Maybe 28-21? Probably not 35-30? A good chance, but no. Try 84 combined points. The final: Southside 52, Highland 32. For the Rebels, it was another step forward at the right time. "They beat us by three touchdowns last time. Tonight, we came See SOUTHSIDE Page 22 -r r oot. Marion fife, 17-16 that could freeze over the Equator, Sebastian nailed a 30-yard field goal with 3:33 remaining to lift Central past visiting Marion 17-16 in the Class 5A, Sectional 4 playoff opener. Sebastian, who admitted he hasn't always been the steadiest placekicker this season, propelled Central (6-3) into a second-round matchup against Harrison (5-4) next Friday in West Lafayette. "I tried to be aim," said Sebastian, who made the field goal with plenty of distance to spare. "If the heart is pumping too hard, who knows what See CENTRAL Page 23 Central's Kim King (22) looks for openings during an interception return. :. ' -If. it', ,"v " - ' i Kyl Evens m wii) mm K;f:iJ: j -k-k-k-k .. .Don't miss . . . .Worth watching ..... .Maybe if it's raining Check the movies Rules against taunting are inconsistent SUNDAY Noon, NBC, Channel 13 Ettsburgh at NY Giants 3 p.m., FOX, Channel 11 Atlanta at LA Raiders , -k-k MONDAY 8 p.m., ABC, Channel 6 Houston at Philadelphia -k ALSO THIS WEEK SUNDAY isjcic ' Chicago at Detroit, noon Seattle at Kansas City, noon Washington at Indianapolis, noon LA Rams at New Orleans, noon Dallas at Arizona, 3 p.m. Denver at San Diego, 3 p.m. Cincinnati at Qeveand, noon Tampa Bay at San Francisco, 3 p.m. OPEN DATE: Buffalo, Miami,' New England, NY Jets. By GARY MYERS New York Daily News Billy "White Shoes-Johnson says he was the first NFL player to dance in the end zone after scoring a touchdown. Twenty years ago, it was new, it was harmless, it was entertaining. "Elmo Wright ran in place. He wasn't a dancer. I was the first to dance," said Johnson, now the Atlanta Falcons' coordinator of player programs. "I first did it in college. It was kind of a dare. If I score, I would dance. It was a premeditated thing. The first time I did in the NFL, it was not I was just so ecstatic." These days, NFL teams need a choreographer not only for cheerleaders, but for players, as well. Three years ago, sensitive to criticism it had become the "No-Fun League," the NFL relaxed rules on celebrating and pretty much let players dance away unless their antics could be considered taunting and led to a fight But there are inherent inconsistencies in the rules. The Giants' Chris Calloway got called for taunting when he spiked the ball near a fallen defender. But the Niners' Deion Sanders didn't draw a flag for showboating his way down the field with an interception, carrying on with the Falcons' bench along the way, then looking like a "Dance Fever" contestant when he finally high-stepped his way into the end zone. "Which of those acts was most likely to lead to a fight?" said Gene Washington, the league's director of football development "If you're a defensive back and the guy spikes the ball at your feet? Or if Deion is running past you? The thing we are trying to avoid is physical confrontations.". You never see a flag when Kansas City's Neil Smith sacks the quarterback, then makes believe he is Barry Bonds and goes through the motions of hitting the ball over the fence. Or when the Rams' Sean Gilbert does his Earthquake Sack Dance. Player demonstrations don't get flagged unless they are considered taunting. And taunting, as described by the league, covers "any flagrant acts that deride, mock, bait or embarrass an opponent" And if taunting is . not called by the game officials, Washington said, it's very unlikely the league would fine a player for taunting after reviewing the V (TV t ,. -y . ;v m. Associated Press Deion Sanders and Andre Rison mix it up last weekend. , tapes. . The irony with the Sanders dance show last week was he did get into a fight, but it came before the journey down the sideline. After some bumping with Andre Rison, Sanders began punching him. For a time, they stood toe to toe engaging in a fist fight Washington, in charge of handing out fines, nailed Sanders and Rison for $7,500 apiece. Sanders, because he was deemed the instigator, received a 15-yard penalty in die game. But neither player was thrown out of the game. Rison and Sanders meet for Round 2 on Dec. 4 in San Francisco. Knight-Ridder Newspapers The Minnesota Vikings picked a peculiar way to warm up for their Thursday night game against the Green Bay Packers - a locker-room brawl. The trouble apparently started when tight end Adrian Cooper refused to give up his space on the treatment table in the trainer's room to defensive tackle Henry Thomas. Cooper and Thomas started mixing it up. Defensive tackle John Randle then got involved, trading punches with Cooper as the trouble spilled out into the locker room. After a brief cooling-off period, Randle went after Cooper again. Head coach Dennis Green slapped a gag order on everyone involved, but he reportedly blew a fuse himself at a team meeting, screaming at the players for losing their focus. Knight-Ridder Newspapers Just because the Colts are seven-point favorites at home against an untested quarterback (Washington's Gus Frerotte), they are not exactly a sure thing. Remember Joe Dufek with Buffalo in 1984? He posted his only NFL victory against the Colts. Dan McGwire played only the first half against the Colts in his first NFL start but launched the Seattle Seahawks toward a victory in 1 991 . And how about Tom Ramsey, Tommy Hodson and Scott Zolak of New England? Ramsey beat the Colts in his first NFL start In 1987. Hodson left the Patriots with a 1-11 record as a starter. His only victory? The 1991 opener against the Colts. And the Patriots beat the Colts, 37-34, in overtime in 1992 in Zolak's first start. Knight-Ridder Newspapers The Green Bay Packers vehemently oppose a realignment proposal that would move Tampa Bay out of the NFC Central and Indianapolis Into It. They don't care about losing the Bucs as a division neighbor. But they don't like the idea of having three dome teams In the division. "Our people would just as soon not be on a lot of turf if they can help It," Packers president Bob Harlan said. Orange County Register -Jim Everett brought something bad with him to New Orleans, all right. But, Saints head coach Jim Mora said, it wasn't his arm, character or attitude. Calling him "as tough as any quarterback I've coached," Mora said Everett was the victim of a bad rap in his final seasons with the Los Angeles Rams, when he was accused of having happy feet and being skittish and gun-shy. The criticsm reached a head when some LA media started calling him "Chris Evert", an attempt to question Everett's toughness. "I have absolutely no question about his toughness," Mora said. "Once you get a reputation in this business, it's hard to live it down because everybody talks about it and enlarges upon it." Everett will face his former team for the first time Sunday In the Superdome. Knight-Ridder Newspapers Giants head coach Dan Reeves, who benched John Elway as a rookie quarterback at Denver, has put first-year starter Dave Brown on notice. "A quarterback's got to win," Reeves said. "A quarterback's got to make plays to help you win ball-games. We haven't had that happen over the last three weeks. So Dave has to start making plays." Brown, who has thrown seven Interceptions and two touchdown passes In the Giants' three-game losing streak, will start Sunday against Pittsburgh, but another poor performance could bring a quarterback change for the Oct. 30 game against the Lions. Knight-Ridder Newspapers Sometimes, the imitation is better than the real thing. The San Francisco 49ers are 4-0 in games In which they've worn the club's 1955 uniforms - the result of the NFL's "Throwback" uniform promotion. That's a3 many wins as the actual '55 Niners had. They were 4-8. The NFL recently informed the Niners that they won't be allowed to wear the nostalgia uniforms in any more games. : "l ' i : - a:' HMtfJi 111 iiijiwwn Mil tK Numbers to the left are team rankings. Numbers to the right are the current power ratings. To determine the projected margin of a game, compare the ratings of rival teams and allow four points for typical home-field advantage. r ,,.",:","...,:;.v I.San Diego 58.3 2. Dallas 57.9 3. San Francisco 56.4 4. Philadelphia ....55.7 5. Minnesota 54.6 6. Kansas City ..54.0 7. Miami 53.6 8. Cleveland ..53.6 9. Chicago 53.4 10. Green Day ...52.9 11. NY Jets .............51.2 12. Pittsburgh ....50.6 13. Seattle 50.0 14. Atlanta 49.5 15. LA Rams 49.1 16. Buffalo 49.1 17. LA Raiders 48.0 18. Indianapolis 43.0 19. NY Giants 47.8 20. Detroit 47.8 21. New England ....47.6 22. Arizona 46.3 23. Denver 46.1 24. Tampa Bay 45.9 25. New Orleans 45.5 26. Washington 43.3 27. Houston .....43.1 28. Cincinnati ....40.8 Kickoff: Noon Sunday (no TV). Site: RCA Stadium, Indianapolis. Line: Indianapolis by 7. Last time met: Last year, Redskins won at RFK Stadium 30-24 in a Sunday night game. Last week: Redskins lost in overtime to Cardinals 19-16 after blowing seven-point lead in final seconds. Colts upset Bills 27-17 for only second win at Buffalo since 1981. Redskins offense: QB Heath Shuler threw five interceptions last week and lost his starting job, partially due to sprained ankle. Another rookie QB, Gus Frerotte, a seventh-round draft choice out of Tulsa, makes his pro debut. WR Henry Ellard leads NFC with 680 yards receiving on 34 catches and four TDs. Team is averaging just 2.9 yards a rush (26th in NFL) and have only two rushing TDs. OT Jim Lachey missed last week's game, but is probable this week. Colts offense: QBJim Harbaugh had his best game of season (18-22-0-206 and two TDs) last week. Harbaugh, who injured his hand, is probable this week. WR Sean Dawkins had six catches for 105 yards, his first 100-yard game this season. RB Marshall Faulk leads AFC in rushing (616) and yards from scrimmage (838). Redskins defense: CB Darrell Green had two INTs last week and returned one 27 yards for TD. Green and CB Tom Carter lead team with three INTs. OLB Ken Harvey has 6.5 sacks (third in NFC). Have allowed NFL-high 12 rushing TDs. Colts defense: OLB Tony Bennett is tied for AFC lead with seven sacks. He had two last week vs. Bills. Defense held RB Thurmao Thomas and Bills' running game to just 79 yards after surrendering a 127.5 average through first six weeks. DT Tony McCoy was big part of run defense with eight tackles vs. Bills. Have allowed league-high 14 TD passes. Our prediction: Colts 27, Redskins 13. McCoy 3

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