The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana on September 8, 1977 · Page 21
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The Daily Inter Lake from Kalispell, Montana · Page 21

Kalispell, Montana
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Thursday, September 8, 1977
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The Dally Inter Lake, Kalispell, Montana, Thursday, September 8,1977 C--5 Bulldogs should be better Two-platoon football was football terminology which really didn't mean much to Wtiitefish coach Dick Gustafson a year ago. Faced with a scarcity of proven players in 1976, he was forced to use eight or nine guys on both offense and defense. The Bulldogs won just one game -- and none in Western A league play - using the "iron-man" theory. But this season the Bulldogs -- with one of their largest turnouts in several years -- hope to spread out the playing assignments. "I'd like to see us use 17 or 18 different starters this year," Gustafson said. "And I think we can do it because we have a lot of players with equal ability." The Bulldogs have Hi'lettermen back. There are only about five or six players returning who started in 1976, and they form the nucleus of the young squad Returning defensive standouts are Bryan Luke, Chris Sword and Wally Lengstorf. Luke, at 6-6 and 225 pounds, will be the key man against the run. "Bryan wants to play college football, and he has the body to do it. He's still growing," Gustafson said of his huge tackle. Quarterback Keith Bjorness is back for his second varsity season, as are running backs Gary Thompson and Brett Tallman. Sophomore Doug McLeod also should see plenty of action at wingback. "I feel the strength of our club should be in the offensive backfield," predicted Gustafson. "A lot will depend upon how Bjorsness has matured. A year ago he was a sophomore trying to direct a senior team, and it was tough. But he throws the ball well and he has good potential." The Bulldogs will essentially be a running team, hoping for better balance from the offense. Whitefish will operate mainly from a Power I attack. "I'm encouraged by our progress, but we're still a young team without many seniors. If we can avoid injuries to our key people, then we could be okay," Gustafson said. The Bulldog coach predicted Ronan and Columbia Falls would once again be the teams to beat, with Hamilton a third choice. The Bulldogs didn't get much of a break from the schedule maker. After opening on the road Friday at Cut Bank, the Bulldogs host Columbia Falls the next week before going to Ronan the following Friday. Three of the last four games are at home, against Bigfork, Eureka and Stevensville. WHITEFISH BULLDOGS - This year's varsity includes from front row left: Frank Wright, Gene HIM, Frank Caffero, Joe Hill, Doug McLeod, Steve Krause, Mark Tarr, Lonnie Dyck, Richie Newbury, Steve Howke, Dave Crum, Dean Carlson, Kelly Blake, Craig Johnson, Tom Gordon. Second row -- Ron Paper, Jamie Putnam, Randy Armstrong, Chuck Barker Bud House, Rusty Blake, Pat Brousseau, Darren Wlnchell, Bob Kilman, Chuck Barnes, Mike Welch, Wally Lengstorf, Keith Bjorsness, Ward Clark, Craig Johnson, Brett Lengstorf, Bill Berg, Doug Stevens; Third row -- Chris Sword, Tom Johnson, Eric Schenck, Forrest Barnes, Mike Phillips, Gary Thompson, Steve Clark, Bob Woodard, Steve Sword, Al Bacon, Pete Collins, Shayne Hatfield, Russ Cole, Larry Mace. Bryce Vandenberg, Ross Baker, Brett Tallman, Randy Adams; Fourth row Ryan Zinke, Greg Bissell, Eric Smith, Bryan Luke, Burt Needham, Jay Noffsinger. GAMBLES 412 Nuclei* Av». 892-5194 _^_ -MUST TO CONST 131 Ctntrol Av«. 162-2533 SANDRA'S 147 Central Ave. 862-2740 ABEL AGENCY 416 2nd SI. 84J-353I CHARLE'S SPORTING GOODS 232 Central Ave. 862-3888 FIRST STATE BANK OFWMTEFISH 341 Central Ave. -- COURTESY MOTOR SUPPLY automotive, truck, tractor at- ceuoriei Hwy. 93 Se. 862-4550 THE TOGGERY 122 Central Av». HAINES REXALL DRUG BRUCES UNON76 FuH line Mrvlce 3rd A Spokane ..

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