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The Lincoln Star from Lincoln, Nebraska • 9

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Bellevue Edges Top-Ranked Benson Sports Signals By Bob Owens Star Sports Editor THE LINCOLN STAR Sports Saturday, October 4, 1975 9 ground, and eleven first downs. Benson frittered away an excellent first quarter opportunity to score when the Bunnies' David Henry recovered a fumbled Bellevue pitchout on the ten yard line. After moving the ball to the seven on the next play, Benson's James Morrison returned the favor, fumbling into the arms of Bellevue's Robert Rickenback with 5:54 left in the first quarter. Bellevue likely will assume No. 1 ratings status next week after the impressive victory.

The Chieftans, now 5-0, must defeat Fremont, Omaha South, Creighton and Omaha Gross to complete an unbeaten season. Bellevue 0 0 0 7-7 Benson 0 0 0 0-0 Bellevue Swenson, 13 pass from Humphrey (Barbour kick). Callahan on the crucial fourth-quarter miscue. "This kid is a tremendous punter," James said; "He parts the baU 45 to 50 yards," he added. "I think he's a major college type punter and we had to try and pressure him." Benson coach Roger Sorensen wouldn't criticize his center for the errant snap.

"Our upbacks are told to get out of the way if the snap isn't on target," he indicated. "We just didn't do the job there." James credited his entire defense for an outstanding job. "I couldn't single anyone out," he said. "It was just an excellent overall effort." Benson finished with only 112 yards total offense and eight first downs. Bellevue produced 189 yards, including 165 on the trating," the 227-pound Swenson said.

Swenson failed to see action during the first half when both Class A powers didn't generate any significant offense. His chance came in the fourth quarter. A center snap on an attempted punt hit a Benson up-back and gave the Chieftans a golden opportunity on the Bunnies' 14 yard line. It took only four plays to push the ball into the end zone. Senior quarterback Brad Humphrey rolled to his right on a bootleg play, saw Swenson get in front of Benson's Curtis Edwards, then drilled the 13 yard scoring pass with 9:47 remaining.

Bellevue's defense applied the finishing touches, checking Ben- onion yard run with 6: 19 left in the last quarter, before Beatrice's Lovell ended the scoring on a one-yard run with :49 left in the game. The contest was such an offensive show, that Pius did not punt once all evening, while Beatrice punted only once. The win over the Class A Orangemen gave Pius five bonus points in the upcoming football playoffs. The 'Bolts, who face Omaha Holy Name next week, upped their record to 5-0 while Beatrice slips to 1-3 and meets Kearney next Friday. Pius 7 6 14 835 Beatrice 7 14 0 6-27 Beatrice Lovell 8 run (Parks kick).

Pius Doggett 14 run (Doggett kick). Beatrice Brannen 1 run (Parks kick). Beatrice Diller 1 run (Parks kick). Pius Coniglio 6 pass from Rohren (kick failed). Plus Doggett 22 pass from Fuller (pass failed).

Pius Doggett 12 run (Fuller run). Pius Kobza 2 run (Fuller run). Beatrice Lovell 1 run (run failed). 16 32 238 106 8-12-1 0 1-1 0 4-30 16 53 2W 0 0- 3 3 5-0 1- 43 3-35 First downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Passes Return yards Fumbles-lost Hunts Penalties-yards Nips Defense Against Wishbone Defensing the wishbone formation In football isn't one of the easiest things to do and Miami's Hurricanes, you might say, are 1-1 in getting the job done even though their record is 0-2. Against Georgia Tech in the season opener, Miami yielded 442 yards against the Yellowjackets' rush.

A week later, against the team that probably runs the wishbone better than anybody, Miami yielded just 163 yards to Oklahoma's running game. What makes this subject interesting to Nebraska football fans is that the next two Husker opponents Kansas and Oklahoma State are primarily wishbone teams. There isn't much chance the Nebraska defensive philosophy will be changed from the way they have played wishbone teams in the past because it would mean a complete turnabout in defensive thinking. It is felt that if the Huskers can remain injury free on the front five Bob Martin, Mike Fultz, John Lee, Jerry Wled and Ray Phillips they have the tools necessary to stop just about anything an opponent can challenge them with in the way of offense. In other words, you probably won't see a Missouri-type eight or nine man front just because a team runs the wishbone.

Eleven Angry Men Miami's defense is described as "eleven angry men," led by Steadman "Stud" Scavella at end. It forced Oklahoma to score with the aid of a blocked punt and a recovered fumble deep in Miami territory, and a pair of field goals while limiting Joe Washington to only 54 yards rushing. Scavella had a super night against the Sooners. He had 13 tackles, including two quartyerback sacks, caused two fumbles and recovered a third, and deflected a pass that was intercepted. The Hurricanes could find themselves having quite a bit of trouble running against Nebraska's defense, which has been effective in three games effective enough to rank second in the nation in total defense and which has yielded just an average of 68 yards a game against the rush.

The Hurricanes left regular fullback Larry Bates at home because of an injured knee. He was their leading ball carrier against Oklahoma. This is apt to cause Miami to go to the air more than had been originally planned with quarterback Kary Baker doing the passing. He has helped the Hurricanes average 210 yards a game on aerials. Nebraska has had good success against the pass, especially against Indiana and Texas Christian.

it could all boil down to the pass defenses deciding the winner. Miami and Nebraska have played three rousing football games in past years. Miami won at home 19-7 in 1951, lost a 20-16 decision in Lincoln two years later and then fell 36-34 in the Gotham Bowl in New York in 1962. The Lineups it Jf 'v a 5 i i a 12 son to a minus five yards rushing in the second half. The Chieftans' only yield was a 25yard pass to junior end Don Mangiameli with 56 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Bellevue linebacker Joe Adams, however, snuffed out that brief surge of Benson optimism with an interception with 33 seconds remaining. Swenson made sure his new stroke of luck didn't fade. Pius X's Tom Doggett (35) (13) to the goal line for the The Monarchs were forced to punt following the kickoff. Eliker took the ball on his 26 and raced down the sideline 74 yards to give the Rockets a 12-0 lead. Fumble Recovery One minute later, Kirby Monahan recovered a Papio fumble on the Monarch 30 and three plays later, Berka hit Ted Bulling on a 20-yard touchdown pass that he wrestled from the defender's hands for the score.

Berka then hit Ron Huber on the Rockets' first conversion to make the score 20-0. Tom Svehla then intercepted a Papillion pass with one minute left in the half to halt a Monarcn drive that reached the LNE 18-yard line. around left end untouched for 44 yards and a touchdown. Bounced Back The Links bounced back Immediately after his touchdown catch, he gave the penny to junior varsity quarterback Rich Piper and ordered him "to guard it with his life." Bellevue coach Bill James acknowledged that Swenson had lost his starting job "because he wasn't concentrating or blocking. It wasn't that he couldn't catch the ball." James said his team tried to pressure Benson punter Bill 6 Mb 7 beats Beatrice's Dale Debuhr Thunderbolts' first touchdown Berka hit Eliker on a 54-yard aerial to move the Rockets to the Monarchs' two and on the fourth try, Eliker scampered around the right end to give Northeast a 26-0 lead going into the half.

The second half started with the same circumstances as Northeast defensive lineman Pat Ayars recovered a fumble at the Papillion 43. Ten plays later, Berka scooted in from the five. The Monarchs, who gained 291 rushing yards, finally scored by marching 77 yards to close the gap to 32-6 on a Scott Woodard 11-yard run as time expired in the third quarter. The Rockets' reserve team opened the fourth quarter driving 45 yards to the two-yard- DIU following one of three Southeast errors when Jim Bolin coughed up the ball on the Lincoln High 29 yard line midway through the LnS Unbeaten Rockets Breeze By Papillion 3 By RANDY YORK Prep Sports Editor Omaha Things haven't exactly been going Phil Swen-son's way the last couple of weeks. But all that ended here Friday night when Bellevue's senior tight end found a penny shortly before his team's Metro Conference football showdown against Omaha Benson.

The penny must have worked its magic. Swenson, demoted to second-team status two weeks ago, caught a 13-yard fourth quarter touchdown pass as the No. 3 Chief tans tripped the No. 1 Bunnies, 7-0, before 7,800 fans at Benson field. "I haven't been able to get my mind off this game for two weeks.

That's why I lost my job. They pulled me off the No. 1 team because I wasn't concen By DAVE SUTLER Beatrice Towered by the brilliant running effort of I-back Tom Doggett, the Lincoln Pius Thunderbolts staged a second-half rally here Friday night to overcome Beatrice, 35-27. Doggett, a 5-10, 170-pounder, displayed the running skills that earned him Journal and Star All-State honors as a junior, as he rushed for 173 yards on 23 carries. It took all the talents Doggett and his Thunderbolt teammates could muster, to overcome a fired-up Beatrice team which led 21-13 at halftime.

It was the fifth win for the undefeated 'Bolts, and the third time this season coach Vince Aldrich's club has been forced to come from behind to win. "I don't know if I'm going to live through this season," a relieved Aldrich jested after the game. "You have to give Beatrice a lot of credit for the way they played us." Coach Ernie Stark's Orangemen played the 'Bolts tough from the opening whistle, jumping to a 7-0 lead with 3:21 left in the first quarter. Quarterback Doug Lovell, who sparked Beatrice's wishbone by scoring twice and rushing for 80 yards, got the first score of the night on an eight-yard run. Following the Orangemen's opening score, it took the 'Bolts only four plays to tie the contest at It was Doggett on all four plays, as the rugged senior picked 59 yards including the touchdown on a 14-yard scamper up the middle with 1:12 left in the quarter.

Beatrice roared right back, driving 53 yards in 15 plays with halfback Ron Brannen getting the score on a one-yard blast. Brannen and fullback Larry Diller were the other cogs in Beatrice's strong rushing attack along with Lovell, as they rushed for 63 and 90 yards, respectively. The Orangemen quickly built their lead to 21-7, following a Pius fumble on the 'Bolts 34-yard line which Beatrice tackle Brad Oltman recovered. Diller got the score with 1:38 left in the first half on a one-yard run and John Parks added his third conversion of the evening. With its No.

1 Class ranking appearing a bit shakey and its unbeaten streak definitely in trouble, Pius quickly moved to the air to score with only eight second left in the half. Quarterback Pat Fuller drilled three straight completions good for 57 yards to move the 'Bolts to Beatrice's six-yard line. From there, halfback Steve Rohren caught the Beatrice defense by surprise when he flipped a touchdown pass to end Ron Coniglio. "That touchdown was very important," Aldrich said. "We needed a quick one to get back in the game and to give us some momentum." The score seemed to inspire the Pius defense, which had given up 168 yards rushing and 11 first, downs in the opening half.

Holding Beatrice to only one first down in the third quarter, Pius scored twice to take a 27-21 lead. Both touchdowns were set up when Beatrice coach Stark elected to go for first downs on fourth-down situations near mid-field. Both times Pius held. "Our defense undoubtedly made the difference in the second half," Aldrich said. "And of course Doggett was really something." Gaining 108 of his rushing yards in the final half, Doggett grabbed a 22-yard scoring pass from Fuller to move Pius within two points at 21-19.

He then put the 'Bolts ahead for the first time in the game with a 12-yard run with only :40 left in the third quarter. fullback Jerry Kobza added the insurance score on a two No Pius NEBRASKA Offense MIAMI No. Name Ht. Wt. Yr.

Pos Yr. Wt. Ht. Name No. 88 Mushinskie 6-2 217 Sr.

TE So. 203 6-2 Ciaud 86 70 Lingenfelter 6-7 282 Jr. LT Jr. 240 6-2 MKaredich 67 51 Schmidt 6-2 222 Jr. LG Sr.

256 6-1 Camut 74 54 Bonness 6-4 223 Sr. Sr. 240 6-4 Demopoulos 61 77 Costaruo 6-4 255 Sr. rg Sr. 240 6-2 Iredale 60 78 Hoins 6-3 246 Jr.

RT Sr. 246 6-5 Thompson 69 8 Thomas 5-8 162 Jr. SE Jr. 197 6-3 August 88 11 Luck 6-3 212 Sr. qb Sr.

190 6-2 Baker 12 14 O'Leary 6-1 210 Sr. ib Jr. 170 5-11 Morgan 27 25 Davis 5-11 214 Sr. fb FR. 195 6-1 Anderson 47 33 Craig 5-10 185 So.

WB Jr. 180 6-1 Cain 20 Defense 80 Phillips 6-4 225 Jr. So. 235 6-2 McGriff 96 93 Wied 6-2 228 Sr. iT jr.

237 6-4 Edwards 73 69 Lee 6-1 248 Sr. MG So. 232 6-2 Latimer 79 72 Fultz 6-5 275 Jr. RT Sr. 240 6-3 Dunn 92 87 Martin 6-1 208 Sr.

re Sr. 230 6-2 Scavella 97 61 Pillen 6-1 207 Jr. LB So. 220 6-2 Costen 34 46 Wightman 6-3 213 So. LB jr.

203 5-11 Wallick 36 34 Butterfield 5-10 182 Jr. CB Sr. 180 6-3 Jones 37 35 Jones 6-0 183 Sr. CB So. 185 6-0 Turner 26 26 Monds 6-2 204 Sr.

Mon. Jr. 195 6-2 Jenkins 35 2 Burrow 5-11 170 Sr. So. 185 5-11 Bettencourt 18 Kickoff p.m., Memorial Stadium, Lincoln.

Broadcasts KLIN, KFOR, KFAB, WOW, KRNU. Fairbury Nips Crete, 20-13 y. after breaking the tackle of the (on ground behind Doggett). line where Rob Farleigh bulled his way in for the final Rockets' score. Papillion answered with a 76-yard scoring drive to close the score to 40-13 and Woodard added another tally with a 53-yard run to end the scoring.

'Surprised' "I was surprised we couldn't move on the ground," said Northeast coach Bob Els, whose team gained 189 rushing yards. "They were able to move the ball but couldn't score," Els said. "It's worried me now for two weeks because Lincoln High was able to do the same thing against us." 1 A second quarter. Quarterback Carstens moved the Links 71 yards in eight plays Continued on page 10 1 y.r STAR PHOTO BY WEB RAY Orangemen's Mike Clancy "I guess if we can score that much on the big plays, then I can't complain," Els said, "But we won't be able to count on that next week against Lincoln East." "I think it hurts a team to fall-that far behind on big plays. They have to work so hard to contain you and then to see you break the big one really leaves them dejected," said Els.

The Rockets will face undefeated Lincoln East next Friday at Seacrest Field while Papillion will host Ralston. LNE 6 20 6 8-40 Papillion 0 0 6 14-20 LNE Haase 1 run (kick failed) LNE Eliker, 74 punt return trun failed) LNE Bulling. 20 pass from Berka (Huber pass from Berka) LNE Eliker, 4 run (kick blocked) LNE Berka, 5 run (pass failed) Pap Woodard. 11 run (pass failed) LNE Farleigh, 2 run (Farleigh run) Pap Smith. 5 run (Fataski kick) Pap Woodard, 53 run (Fantaski kick) LNE Papillion First downs Rushesyards Passing yards Passes Return yards Punts Fumbieslost Penaltiesyards 14 16 42-189 93 3-7-1 74 2- 43 6-4 3- 35 42-291 45 3-14-4 0 4-29 4-2 4-36 STAFF PHOTO BY DAVE KENNEDY Prochaska (31).

By KEN HAMBLETON Star Sports Writer PapiHion The undefeated Lincoln Northeast Rockets cashed in on the big plays to down Papillion, 40-20, here Friday night in an Eastern 1-80 conference game. LNE quarterback Doug Berka and halfback Steve Eliker provided most of the thrills and the points for the second-ranked Rockets as they boosted their record to 5-0 while dropping Papillion to 3-2. Northeast fullback Virgil Haase opened the scoring with a one-yard dive that capped a 36-yard Rocket drive, and that was the last typical score of the game. By CHUCK SINCLAIR Prep Sports Writer It's doubtful that many of the 4,164 spectators at Seacrest Field Friday night watching the Lincoln High-Southeast football game were expecting an aerial display. The two teams had scored just six touchdowns between them in the first eight games of the season.

Now they've accumulated nine touchdowns in nine games with Southeast getting the tiebreaker on one of 46 passes thrown to defeat cross-town rival Lincoln High 14-6. Southeast's Ed Davis completed 15 of 22 attempts for 128 yards and a touchdown to Gary Eager for the deciding spread midway through the third quarter. Similar Success Lincoln High's Dean Carstens had similar success hitting on 10 of 24 attempts for 132 yards, but four interceptions and a host of other miscues halted the Links upset bid and gave the Knights their third straight win after two earlier defeats. Coach Jerry Ball's Links turned the ball over on three other occasions, all critical, on one fumble and two punt blocks. The first punt block came on the opening drive when Lincoln High punter John Beaver's attempt was knocked down by Southeast's Tim McCulloch.

Luckily for the Links, Southeast ran out of downs, but left Lincoln High in poor field position for the entire first quarter. On the first play following Beaver's next punt, Southeast quarterback Ed Davis optioned fm ij I By DEAN TERRILL Southeast Nebraska Bureau Fairbury In a Class contest sprinkled with long runs, Fairbury outsprinted Crete Friday night, 20-13. Or perhaps more properly, Fairbury outlasted the Cardinals, who came in sporting a 3-1 record. Crete was on Fair-bury's four-yard line with a down left at the final gun. What appeared at-the time to be the super sensation of several sensational runs came with 55 seconds left as Crete's Scott Crees returned a punt some 65 yards to the Fairbury ten.

But even with a pass interference call against them, the Jeffs held. Wittier Scores Less than four minutes before, Fairbury's Mark Wittier had broken the game open with a 45-yard pass interception which proved to be the final tally. The versatile quarterback, just crowned homecoming king, missed an extra point placement despite two previous successes. Crete signal caller Collin Braynard had set the style for the evening on a first-quarter wide keeper which spanned 65 yards for the initial score. Zane Morton's kick put the Cardinals in front 7-0.

Fairbury was stopped on the seven by Tim Coffey's interception, the main fireworks otherwise until the third quarter. Wittler's punting kept the Cardinals deep in their territory much of the evening. A 37-yard Fairbury pass, Wittier to Gary Pingle, combined with a personal foul penalty to set up the next counter near 'the end of the third period. Doyle Garrett then scooted over from the eight and Wittier lucked to a 7-7 tie. The next score, caste five minutes later as Crete's Brad Wittstruck picked off a mid-air fumble and scrambled 68 yards to the Fairbury seven.

Braynard rammed over to make it 13-7, but Morton's kick was wide. Garrett Runs With 4:30 left, the Jeffs' Garrett raced across again from the 13 following a fumble recovery by Mike Dux. Wittler's conversion pushed to 14-13 and what then appeared to be the winning margin. His interception and 45-yard cushion came a minute later. The winners' defense was sparked by ends David Judd and Lynn Culp.

Jim Murray, Randy Dunn and Tim Coffey helped Crete. Crete i 0 6 0-13 Fairbury 0 0 7 13-20 Crtft Braynard. (2) 65, 1 rum. PAT Morton kick. Fairbury Garrett (2) 8, 13 runs; Wittier.

45 pass interception. PAT -Wittier (2) kicks. Galbreath Out For MU Clash Columbia, Mo. (AP) Tony Galbreath, Missouri's leading rusher, will be sidelined for the Michigan football game Saturday at Ann Arbor, Coach Al Onofrio said Friday. He said Galbreath, starting defensive tackle Keith Morrissey and Curtis Kirkland, a second-team defensive lineman, would not make the trip to Michigan.

Onofrio named Jornel Williams to replace Galbreath at tailback and Tom Cooper to fill in for Morrissey. Galbreath injured his right heel two weeks ago against Illinois and aggravated the injury last week against Wisconsin, a team spokesman said. Morrissey Injured his left knee in practice Wednesday night, and Kirkland was sidelined by a nerve problem In bis neck and shoulders. Lincoln High's Mike Smith (2!) upends Lincoln Southeast's Greg 1 ft.

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