Honolulu Star-Bulletin from Honolulu, Hawaii on September 17, 1978 · 21
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Sunday, September 17, 1978
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miidlavSporfs . . u f section The Sunday Star-Bulletin & Advertiser N.Y. again; sad Red Sox at half mast By THOMAS BOSWELL I The W ashmcton Post NEW YORK Rick Burleson, still in his Boston Red Sox uniform, stared down into his locker as though he wished it were the edge of a cliff. Sitting on a stool, elbows on knees, he kneaded a wad of tape into an even smaller ball, as though it were a memory he wished to crush out of existence. C "This was the icing on the cake," said the Sox 6hortstop, the leadoff man they call Rooster for his pluck. -'It's like we're destined to blow this thing. I don't see how we can win now . . . God, I don't know how we're ever going to live this down." ' ; The Sox, who had lost their previous five games to the New York Yankees by a combined score of 45-9, had their souls twisted by a 3-2 bottom-of-the-ninth defeat yesterday in Yankee Stadium. ''This was the one," lamented catcher Carlton Fisk. "If we'd won today, then Dennis Eckersley had beaten 'em tomorrow, we'd have been only half a game behind and maybe . . . maybe . . . we could still have turned this tidal wave around. - "Now, winning just one important game seems almost unattainable." This Sox defeat, their 14th in 17 games to drive them 3 1-2 games behind the Yanks with 15 to play, was quintessential torment. With the game only three batters old, the Sox had a 2-0 lead on Jim Rice's 41st homer, a 420-foot opposite-field clout off Catfish Hunter. . "Jees. I thought we finally had it going," said Sox starter and loser Mike Torrez, the battling bear of a righthander. But the Sox, hitting .184 for September, never got another man past second base against the nibbling Catfish. "My slider showed up in the third inning," Hunter, now 8-2 since returning from the land of the disabled, said with a grin. "Then my fast ball got to sailing and sinkin' like I wanted it to. 'Bout the seventh. I said to myself. 'I flat got 'em. k Church is out.' That's ' the way I used to feel." ammt Meanwhile, Torrez, mmTmmmmmmmm... who waged war in pin stripes last year, was at his combative best. Reggie Jackson, who saves his best for the na- tional TV cameras, singled home a Yankee run ijn aMaHpiiway?ijaipamiiip. iy y-- " " ,' U J J-"', 4 ' if ' ' I I 4 f- - Jr . ,- " . . j V . Prepared by the staff of The Honolulu Advertiser Sept. 17.1978 UH too green for Big Red in 56-10 blitz LINCOLN, Neb. Any delusions that the University of Hawaii may have had that it is ready for super big-time football were buried in the barrage of 28 second-quarter points which vaulted powerful Nebraska into its 56-10 orbit around the Rainbows yesterday at Memorial Stadium here. OSTON Brltsntt VslffrtiH If ) I t Jackun rl ItllM J I 0 Rndoionlb 4 2 2 Muntonc OoHvor wood HobsonJb E van rl Lvnnoft Scott lb Torrezp Totals AIM 5 3 0 i i a 4 2 I 4 12 4 1 0 jio 4 0 0 CnmDits IB 10 0 200 Netm Je 0 0 0 Pftwiiail ) I o wn.itdn 4 0 0 Dentst 3 0 0 Spencr Ml 0 0 0 Stanlvtt 0 0 0 Huntarp 0 0 0 II 4 2 i o o in the first. In the fifth. Two out wften winning run sfsrad Boston New Y 0R-N4W Vork I. LOB Boston t. New Vork 10 ?B Rivers. 3B Rivers. HR Rice (411. Jackson (211. 5B-Rem. S Hen. cock. Remy. SF Monson. IP H RCRBBSO TorreKLIS") 10 ) 3 4 3 HuntertW 10-SI t i t 4 WP-Torrel 1. T-2: 30. V SS.091 . 10 0 - -i u . ooo Jaciison irieu tu grao a o Thurman Munson foul totals 34 io j ball as he knelt in the on-deck circle. The foul SKoofci cut his thumb and bruis ed it so badly that he may lose the finger nail. After a delay for bandaging, Jackson trudged to the plate, a seemingly wounded sure out. Natu- ' rally, he crashed an 0-2 pitch over the right field fence by inches to tie the game, 2-2. "I only know one way to pitch." said Torrez, teeth clenched, "and that's to come after 'em." So. with that 0-2 pitch disaster still fresh in mind. Torrez challenged Mickey Rivers with an 0-2 strike to lead off the ninth. Rivers smashed the hanging curve into Yankee Stadium's Death Valley for a triple. The Sox, drawn in, waited for the death blow to fall. Willie Randolph grounded out, but Thurman Munson. Mr. Bat Control, lashed a fast ball on the fist to right-center. Rice made a tumbling catch that meant nothing. Rivers trotted home with the sudden-victory run on the sacrifice fly. . This was the game that finally broke the Soxr After other defeats they have swigged beer, talked bravely, and even cheered Muhammad Ali's TV boxing victory munutes after losing themselves. . ' Yesterday, the Sox stopped averting their eyes from their personal monster. Can that in itself release them from their 26-34 slump? "We can't buy a clutch hit," said Burleson. UPlohoto In a brief moment of glory, Hawaii's DeVVayne Jett latches onto a pass from Jeff Duva in first quarter action against Nebraska. The Cornhuskers' Andy Means moves in to put a stop ' to such nonsense. Ohio State tails hard COLUMBUS (UPI) Eighth-ranked Penn State drove 80 yards for a third period touchdown and added four field goals by Matt Bahr for a 19-0 victory over error-plagued and sixth-ranked Ohio State yesterday. The Nittany Lions, who led 3-0 at halftime on Bahr's first field goal of 30 yards with 9:52 left in the first quarter, mounted an 80-yard touchdown drive on its third possession of the second half. The Lions, 3-0, used up nearly six minutes during the drive, all on the ground except for a 17-yard Chuck Fusina to Bob Bassett pass to put the visitors on the Buckeye 22. Bahr added goals of 41, 25 and 30 yards in the fourth quarter. " Art Schlichter, Ohio State's much-publicized freshman quarterback, started the opening-season game for the Buckeyes with two-year starting signal-caller Rod Gerald at split end. The loss was Schlichter's first in a game in which he started at quarterback stretching to his junior high school days. ' . Buckeye coach Woody Hayes spent considerable time fuming on the sidelines, trying to cope with a situation he's not accustomed to being shut out at home. Schlichter, although he connected on 12 of 26 passes for 183 yards, was intercepted five times by the alert Penn State defense. - The Buckeyes also lost three fumbles, while Penn State's only turnover was on interception of a Fusina pass by linebacker Alvin Washington. , Suhey and Guman were the workhorses of the Penn State ground attack. Suhey finished with 91 yards in 25 carries, 62 of them in the second half. Guman added 48 yards on the ground and also grabbed three Fusina passes for 49 yards. Fusina was 11 for 22 on the day for 149 yards. Ohio State's leading rusher was senior tailback Ron Springs with 58 yards, but Springs was minus three yards in the second half. The regionally-televised contest was played before 88,203, the third largest crowd in Ohio Stadium history. r f : - f f if.? 1 I PermState : 10 7 1 Ohio State 0 0 0 00 UPI photo PSU-FG Bahr 30 PSU-M.Sunev 3 run (Bahr kick) PSU-FG Bahr 41 PSU-FG Bahr 25 PSU-FG Bahr 30 1.203 Woody Hayes 'What's going on here!?' While an enthusiastic crowd of 75,- 615 watched, the Cornhuskers of the prestigious Big Eight Conference scored all the points they needed to salt the game away in six minutes and 39 seconds of the second period. "They scored so fast," UH coach Dick Tomey said, his face showing the effects of it all. "It was a blitz." And what made that 6:39 time period hardest to take was that it came about just after UH made its last serious bid to stay in the game. "There was a point when it was still 7-0 at the end of the first quarter and we were driving," Tomey remembered. The ball was at the Nebraska 45 and the Bows had a first down. "But we lined up in the wrong formation (the second time to that point) and we fumbled and they got it." he said. "From there, there was a total collapse of our poise for the next few minutes. "We were moving the ball, looking to score at least a field goal, but then the breakdown," he lamented. "Then, we allowed it to steam roll. Up to that point, the defense was holding up fairly well and we were making first downs." The Cornhuskers didn't score until their second opportunity after that, putting together a 91-yard, systematic march. That kind of performance was expected. But what happened in the next few minutes did more damage. The kicking game broke down repeatedly, the first time a mistake on the kick-off return and the last a misfire by the punting team. Nebraska's kicker, Billy Todd, lofted a knuckleball boot toward UH's short man on the kickoff but he didn't field the ball. It drifted over his head. Dan Lindstrom pounced on it at the UH 18 and the Huskers were off to the races. A dead ball foul resulting in ejection of Nebraska's Dan Pensick moved the ball back to the UH 33. but that just delayed matters. "Our kickoff man deep (Gary Allen) called for the up man to get it, but he didn't hear him," Tomey said. Then, quarterback Tom Sorley of the Big Red pumped a 28-yard pass to I.M. Hipp at the UH 5 and three plays later Sorley sneaked in from a foot out. That made it 21-0. Next, split end Frank Lockett got behind the Bows' Burton Coloma and Sorley found him for 39 yards, a touchdown and a 28-0 lead. The final backbreaker came just four plays later. Uh couldn't move and Greg Cummins, who had been punting well to that point, slipped a shade by firing a line drive boot directly at Nebraska's Kenny Brown. That, coupled with some problems in coverage, gave Brown an opening and he scooted 52 yards down the sideline for a touchdown. There was one more error before the half. UH's Jeff Duva fired a backward pass into the flat which With the Rainbows dick fishback W -r 'ifTlS V 1 UPI Phots Tim McCrady hauls in a pass from Nebraska quarterback Tom Sorley near the end of a 35-0 Husker first half against Hawaii. missed everything, hit the ground for a fumble and Dave Liegl recovered it at the UH 37. Thankfully, the Rainbow defense shut off Tim Wurth at the one as time ran out in the half. To their credit, the Bows came back fairly well in the second half and didn't allow themselves to dissolve. But the game was far gone by then. All of this dialogue wasn't offered as a sour grapes tale by Tomey. He was lavish in his praise of the obviously superior Huskers. "The simple fact is they're a lot better than we are," he said. "Were they that much better than New Mexico? That's hard to say, but Nebraska was that much better than we were today." Husker coach Tom Osborne agreed with the latter. "This definitely is the best we've played so far this season," he said. "I really don't feel that Hawaii has a bad team. If we would have had some of the same mistakes today we had last week against California, we might have had a ballgame on our hands." The Bows now have a bye this coming weekend before hosting Cal State-Fullerton Sept. 30. And UH is happy for the week off. "This gives us a chance to get See RA1SBOWS on Page B-S ' I. BwuillMinmili'iiimmiiu illi.il I II. I .nil . I. .mini. in wiinii.niipii linn ui.juuiinwii jtijim .lal.goWMiaw i : . ' 'i v ' ' V"-' .... ,';o-v-r . . ArXiv. V" I .. .'Sl; . ' : ; , . - ',:'' v v - X , - - - i - ' i V-Jf! f --t '"i . - ft ws" .... - - ' 't . i - --c .... :.' .. Quincie MeCrav scores twice Top-ranked Punahou stung by upstart Pac-Five, 17-0 As if the New York Rivers an assist as Yankees don't know where home plate is lately, umpire Ron Luciano gives Mickey Rivers scores New York's winning run in yesterday's 3-2 triumph over hapless and psyched-out Boston at Yankee Stadium. By FERD LEWIS .Advertiser Sporlt Writer Pac-Five came up with the explosion heard round the Interscholastic League of Honolulu yesterday dynamiting Punahou, the State's top-ranked team, out of the unbeaten ranks, 17-0, at Aloha Stadium. While they were making losers out of his team, the Wolfpacks also made a prophet out of Punahou coach Doug Bennett who confided during the week that Pac-Five was, indeed, capable of springing an upset. It was a toss-up who wanted most to prove Bennett right: Punahou, which slipped the rope around its own neck with eight turnovers, or Pac-Five, which pulled the trap-door lever with a crushing defense and a thundering offense. Either way, Pac-Five, the team which has been a league doormat through most of its existence, finds itself sitting opposite Punahou with a second-place tie in the standings. The most notable achievement since the merging of the five contributing schools was a product of nearly all of them. Mid-Pacific's Quincie McCray, the league's most improved running back, kept improving right before Punahou's eyes and just beyond its grasps with 99 yards on 16 carries and a pair of touchdowns. McCray, alternately, devastating and swift afoot, picked up the tough yards on both touchdown drives and also helped set up a fourth quarter field goal. See Page B-8 for more high school football stories Eric Morales, the relief quarterback for Leroy Lutu who was sidelined with an injury, was hardly a relief for Punahou. Morales connected only four of 13 passes but he clicked for big yards in the most important spots and gave an added dimension to the Wolfpack offense with his running. All three of the Pac-Five scores were set up by Punahou turnovers. The first TD was set up by a recovery by Maryknoll's Reuben Dun-away in the second period; Richard Haas recovered a fumble in the third period and afterward Hawaii Bap- tist's Mark Shiira made the hit to open the way for the second touchdown: and Haas recovered a second fumble in the fourth period, setting up Tae Nam Kim's 32-yard field goal. Punahou, on one of its worst days, had luck that was even worse. Its leading ball carrier, Francis Sequei-ra, limped off the field in the first quarter and didn't return to action, and receiver John Kamana was ejected in the second period. While Punahou was squandering its possessions with three interception turnovers and five fumbles, the Pac was rolling. It rolled with McCray. Leon Gilchrist, and Morales for 258 yards total offense. Punahou. held to a measely 47 yards total offense in the first half, had a 184 for the game. Pac Five o J Punahou 0 0 0 0 PFMcCrav I run I K im .c ) PF McCray 1 rgn (Kim kick) Pf PC Kim 12. PP (hpa First Odwto .11 Rushina vardast .10 I) Patvna yeroas . . . 00 101 . Passu 4-13-2 t-20-1 Punts ' . 1-33.1 l-0 0 Fumbles lost . . . . 1 S Peneit.es-varep O-oo 4-00

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