The Morning Call from Allentown, Pennsylvania on November 21, 1976 · 51
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The Morning Call from Allentown, Pennsylvania · 51

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Sunday, November 21, 1976
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FIRST UN DAY CAIL-C Hockey Football AILENTOWN, PA. Bowling Outdoors SECTION C SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1976 Mules routed 36-14 STATISTICS First downs Rushing yardage Passing yardage Passfs Passes intercepted by.. Punts Fumbles lost Yards penalized 16 63 180 18-35 0 6-30 1 74 25 450 43 3-7 0 0-0 2 66 By TED WISMER Call-Chronicle Sports Writer . If ever a team was prepared for "its most important game of the season" Moravian was yesterday. As a result what had been expected to be a small college classic turned into another record-setting performance by the Greyhounds and more important a convincing 36-14 Homecoming Day victory over Muhlenberg. Coach Rocco Calvo's club had some oustanding efforts during the season but yesterday's performance at Steel Field was easily its finest two-way effort of the year. Offensivley the Greyhounds (7-2) did what they wanted and in a big way with a record 450 yards on the ground and on defense limited a high-powered Mule offense to its second lowest output of the season. Entering the game, the 25th in the series, Moravian had already set seven school records, tied another and had a chance to break five others which it did. The newest records include seven wins in a season for the first time; 2,432 yards rushing as a team; 3,394 yards in total offense; and Ken King and Bob Ternosky finished the season with 919 and 897 yards, in that order, to better Bob Gratz's single season mark of 810. They voted for only one most valu able player for Moravian and while senior quarterback Jon Van Valkenburg definitely deserved the award 121 yards on 16 carries and three TDs a handful of other Greyhounds rated somekind of an award. For example, on offense you have Ternosky who gained 167 yards on 16 carries; King 143 yards on 16 carries and a 52 yard kickoff return; and offensive lineman Mike Brichta, who may have had his best blocking game of the season. And on defense there were de fensive end Steve Vanya who spent almost the entire game in the Muhlen berg backfield and safety Colin Sand- ercock who helped shutoff the Mule option play and broke up his share of passes. Muhlenberg turned the ball over only once on its second offensive play of the game but it put the visitors in a hole and they never got out ' However, it could have gotten inter esting if the Mules had gotten a "break ' they thought they had with Moravian holding a 29-14 lead early in the final period. Muhlenberg felt that King had "touched "a punt which they recovered at the Moravian 10. But the officials, who came close to losing control of the game and had earlier called two questionable penalties against Moravian, ruled King didn't touch the ball. And it resulted in the third of three unsportsmanlike penalties against the Mules. Despite bowing for the third straight time this season and for the same number in this series, Muhlenberg had a pair of offensive standouts In sophomore quarterback John Schlechter from Southern Lehigh and freshman receiver John Sartori. Schlechter, despite suffering a knee Injury late In the first half, played the entire second half and finished with 16 of 33 passes and 164 yards and an eight-yard TD strike to Sartori. Sartori also accounted for the Mules' first TD with a diving catch of a Don Sommervllle pass. Toe TD catches were the freshman's ninth and tenth of the year. Moravian had a 7-0 lead before the game was less than two minutes old Pleas See Page C-3, Colnma 4 SOCCER By MARC MARKOWFTZ , Call-Chronicle Sports Writer READING A super sub with a nose for the ball and a gambling goalie were two significant factors In shattering Freedom's dream, but In the long run, the Inability to follow a game plan proved just as decisive. Stat College' cast aside Its bridesmaid image Saturday night with a pair of final-period scores to edge the Patriots 2-0 at Reading Municipal Sta till "Up '94 'MJ Juggling act Lehigh's Rod Cardner, one of the stars of the game, juggles the ball as he is hit by a pair of Lafayette defenders Dave Osleger (left) and The bowls are shaping up almost all spoils filled By The Associated Press Michigan and Southern California both beat their bated rivals Saturday and earned trips to the 63rd Rose Bowl game on New Year's Day. Michigan blanked Big-Ten foe Ohio State 22-0 and Southern Cal defeated Pacific-6 opponent UCLA 24-14. Russell Davis scored a pair of three-yard touchdowns in the third period to give fourth-ranked Michigan its first trip to Pasadena in five years and its first victory over Ohio State since 1971. Both teams finished with Big Ten records of 7-1, but Michigan gets the nod because it won the head-to-head confrontation. After the game, Ohio State accepted a bid to the Orange Bowl. Powerful halfback Ricky Bell gained 167 yards on 36 carries as third-ranked Southern California dumped the No. 2 and previously unbeaten Bruins. The Rose Bowl wasn't the only game to fill its holiday stocking Saturday, the first day the bowls are allowed to officially line up their teams. The Sugar Bow? announced No. 1-ranked Pitt has accepted an invitation to New Orleans New Year's Day. The Panthers will play Georgia, the Southeastern Conference champion. Both Pitt and Georgia were idle Saturday. The Cotton Bowl selected undefeated Mary-. land for its New Year's Day classic in Dallas Freedom dium to cop the fourth PIAA state soccer championship. ' The contest between a pair of defensive-minded teams was scoreless entering the final quarter, but 2Mi minutes into the stanza Mark Cunningham sent corner kick from the right side in front of the net and Dave Shelow was there to boot the ball past a diving Ned Yelovich. Bob Langton added an unassisted goal with 4:35 to play, but the damage - - - - drops tittle mniaklhi had been done already. Shelow, a non-starting senior platooned by Ken Fogleman since the Little Lions changed alignments, proved to be the offensive hero for the second straight game. Against North Allegheny In the western title contest, he had come off the bench to score a goal and assist on another In a 1-2 win. It's been somewhat of an ironic situation for the Little Lions since Fogleman switched from a 4-3-3 to a George O'Shaughnessy. Gardner period . after the Terps whipped Virginia 28-0 for their 11th victory of the season, the most in the school's history. Maryland, coranked with Georgia as No. 6, will meet the Southwest Conference champion, probably Houston. Houston, eligible for the SWC crown for the first time, ambushed previously undefeated and fifth-ranked Texas Tech 27-19. The ninth-ranked Cougars can storm into the Cotton Bowl as the host team against Maryland by defeating Rice next Saturday. The Astro-Bluebonnet Bowl in Houston was on hand to extend an invitation to losing Texas Tech to play in its New Year's eve classic. The Red Raiders voted to go to the Bluebonnet Bowl if they didn't make it to the Cotton Bowl.They could win the SWC title by beating Arkansas and Baylor, and provided Rice beats Houston. Ohio State's opponent in Miami's Orange Bowl was still uncertain. The Big-8 champion is assured a bid, but who will it be? Colorado and Oklahoma State, both 5-2 in the Big 8, are guaranteed a share of the Big-8 title after victories Saturday. No. IS Colorado beat Kansas State 35-28 and No. 16 Oklahoma Slate downed No. 14 Iowa State 42-21. But only Colorado can go to Miami New Year's Day. Nebraska and Oklahoma, both 4-2 in con- Please See Page C-S, Column 1 4-2-4 to add scoring punch, and the veteran mentor explained, "It was after the loss to Altoona (five games ago) that we decided on the switch. It's real uncanny, because Shelow and (starting outside left wing Tim) Frey have been In on 80 per cent of our goals since then." Another of the switches In State College's (16-4-2) lineup came a lot earlier in the season, and It involved making Terry Brush the first-string Photography by lett Balsai hung on to the ball in the second At a glance By The AuectaMd Press ah Timet Dec It AOMfl. BICENTENNIAL South Carolina Slate vs. Norfolk State Friday, Dec. 17 At Poxttec, Mich. North-South Shrine game, I o m.. 1i. oe. ia LIBERT At Memphis, TeiM Alabama vt UCLA, a 0 m TT BOWL FrMay, Dec. W Mf MOmflP Blue-Gray Classic. Mturday, Dec. S FIESTA BOWL At Tempe, Aril. Wyoming vs. Oklahoma. 2 p m. Monday, Dec. V GATOR BOWL At Jacksonville, Fla. Pem State vs. Notre Dame. 9 in. FrMay, Dec. 11 PEACH BOWL At Atlanta Kentucky vs. Norm Carolina. 2:30p.m. Saturday, Jan. I COTTON BOWL Maryland vt. SWC champion. I lOp m SUGAR BOWL At Near Orleans Georgia vs Plltsourgh, II a m. ROSE BOWL At Pasadena, CaW. Michigan vs Southern Cal. 1 p m. ORANOI BOWL Ohie State vs Nebraska or Color ado Ipr !"-Tmpi!"' FM. Ail-American Lions Bowl At Pah) Alt, Cam. East-West Shrine game, I p m SUN BOWL At El Pate, Tea. Texas AIM vs. Florida. I p m to SMe goalie. Brush turned In a brilliant performance with 14 saves, Including a fist stop of a Tom Morgan bullet. Brush comes out a lot further than most netminders, but his instincts are excellent. Still, Freedom had some excellent opportunities In a third-quarter thrust in which the Patriots did everything light but score. Not only did Morgan get off a hard shot on goal, Gene Hauze drew Brush out of the net, and moved Lehigh stunned 21-17 STATISTICS La First downs 25 Rushingyardage 208 Passing yardage 230 Passes 21-36 Passes intercepted by I Punts 1-30 Fumbles lost 2 Yards penalized 85 By PAUL REINHARD Call-Chronicle Sports Writer Mark Jones was throwing the ball so well in practice on Thursday that Lafa yette Coach Neil Putnam thought may be the senior quarterback had peaked too soon. "But I knew if he threw like that in the game, we'd give Lehigh all kinds of trouble, Putnam added. Jones, who could have graduated last June but stretched his education one semester longer in order to have one more chance to play football threw for one touchdown and com' pleted some clutch passes in two other drives yesterday as the Leopards shook another monkey off their backs by defeating Lehigh 21-17 in the 112th game in college football's most-played series. The Fisher Field crowd of 15,000 was dominated by Lehigh followers, most of whom expected they would see the Engineers run up a sixth con secutive win against their neighbor hood rivals. And if games were decided by the statistics sheet, Lehigh would have been a runaway winner. But there is no way to put determination on paper, and Lafayette has come a long way on -that intangible factor this season. On Oct. 23, the Leopards were 1-5 but yesterday's victory was their fourth straight since then and enabled them to walk away with what they consider an "undefeated" .500 season. For Putnam, it was the first win over Lehigh; and his players showed their affection for the coach in the lockerroom when they broke out in a postgame chant, "Putnam! Putnam! Putnam!" It was just another display of the closeness that has lifted Lafayette from adversity to success. It was by no means easy. Lehigh overcame a 7-3 halltime deficit by putting together a 17-play, 7-minute, 54-second drive to start the second half and take the lead. And even after Lafayette had seemingly put the game out of reach, the Engineers fought back. But senior comerback Tom C rouse, sometimes maligned during the season, came up with the big play when, with Lehigh on the Lafayette 16, he intercepted a deflected pass in the end zone with less than two minutes to play. During his postgame talk, Putnam said, "If ever there was a team spelled with a capital T, this is it;" and his club played it that way from start to finish while handing Lehigh its fifth loss in 11 games this season. The Leopard offense, which had been criticized early in the season for its inability to put points on the board, made the most of several opportunities and got three TDs from its 228 yards of total offense. And the defense, which spent a great deal of time on the field in the game Lehigh ran 91 plays and got 438 yards while Lafayette ran just 51 plays hung together when it counted most Jones and Lehigh runningback Rod Gardner shared Most Valuable Player honors for the game; and there couldn't have been a more competitive duel for the honor than the one waged by the two senior standouts. Jones, who set Lafayette records for career total offense and season and career pass completion percentage, got outstanding protection from his offensive line he wasn't decked once by Lehigh's defense and completed nine of 13 passes for 161 yards. Gardner, who has played hurt through the entire season but looked Please See Page C-t, Colimi 1 College in on an empty goal, but kicked the ball too hard and It hit the top of the post, falling harmlessly away. "We needed that goal." pointed out Skip Rod en bach after the game. "If that would have gone in, it would have turned around the game for us. As it was, we gave them too many corner kicks and committed too many penalties." Please See Page C-7, Cola-ma V.

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