Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on September 10, 1972 · Page 62
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 62

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, September 10, 1972
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Talk .Already Has East Bank in Championship n MAIN STREET. c'oes.-.'t ackr.ow^dge ;t. He doesn't even like to think a sou I a 'ooicai! cha.T.pionshic 'y-.'ti'ii his East Bank P;or.eers ge'. caught up :r. their I72 footbai; season Arthur will admit, however. 'hat on paper the Pioneers .".ave a shot at retaining the Cass AAA grid crown which t,vr\ -Aor, ,r. Ij7; with a 22-16 o v e r Hank Hnck*: '·'.";·, second team ail-suter De Wayne Daniels returning at halfback. Arthur fully expects East Bank to have an offense stronger than it had a year ago. "We should have more finesse and quickness than we had on offense last year." said the coach who guided the Pioneers to 10 straight wins ;aii season after they opened with a 15-14 loss to Oak Hill. /. Danii'Lt, I). Daniels THE PLACE TO BUY NEW GUNS, TOO! ·n if. "But. the question is. will we have the brute power that we had a year ago." » » » WITH DANIELS returning, power shouldn't be too much of a problem since he bulled his way to 68 points as a junior. The Pioneers also have more speed and power in the presence of junior Claude Geiger. who scored 48 points in a r e s e r v e r o l e as a sophomore. A n o t h e r D a n i c - l s , D e Wayne's younger brother, Mel. gives the Pioneers experience at quarterback. The 5-7. 146-pound junior started three games last fall before yielding the post to a senior, David O'Neal. East Bank is equally well supplied on the offensive line, where it has All-Stater Gary Walker i6-4. 2641 returning at tackle. Other regulars coming back include ends Keith Bigler and Bruce Milarn, and guard Darnell Penn. If the Pioneers have a w e a k n e s s , it w i l l be on defense, according to Arthur. "We should have a good secondary and line, but I ' l l have to wait and see about our linebackers." the coach said. · * « DESPITE the absence of Lester Weems who made off with a record 13 pass interceptions last fall, East Bank's secondary should pose considerable problems for aerial minded opponents. Not only is DeWayne Daniels back for another campaign at halfback, but the Pioneers have Sylvester Penn and Milam to man the other positions. Both Penn and Milam saw frequent action a year ago. With Walker, touted as a second lean: p r e - s c a s c n schoolboy A i l - A m e r i c a n , a n c h o r i n g t h e d e f e n s i v e forward wall at tackle. Arthur is confident he can throw up a good line of defense to go with him and Bigler. a veteran defensive end. All-in-all, the Pioneers look like a team that will have to be reckoned w i t h before Don Arthur Fourth Year At East Bank another Class AAA grid crown is decided. Don Arthur has heard the talk, too, even if he isn't a c k n o w l e d g i n g i t . HEADQUARTERS FOR ALL YOUR HUNTING NEEDS! BB HAS ALL THI FAMOUS BRAND NAME NEW GUNS AT THE BEST PRICES ALL NEW AND USED GUNS ARE GUARANTEED EAST BANK AT A GLANCE Coach: Don Arthur 1971 Record: 10-1-0 1972 Outlook: With five regulars returning on offense and four on defense, the Pioneers look like they are a sure bet to be in the running for the playoffs come November. But, they will have to get through a demanding schedule. 1S72 Schedule The World's Smallest Department Store 1 - - , -- . - . ' V . . . V I W I I , ^^^RAI^^^^ Opfn k C h a r g e Summers St.-346-9431-Cor. Fife Summers St. B«NKAv£firsRD A . CC J""" '" Opposite Greyhound ftui Terminal ···· J Minute AUTHORIZED OEAUH BROWNING Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27 Nov. 4 Nov. 10 H, Oak Hill ] m . S lul A, Dunbar " " jg.g H. GreenbrierEast DNP H, George Washington '..'.'.'.'.','. .5T-fl H. Charleston '..'......, 14-0 H. Nicholas County .'....... 42-6 A. Stonewall 30 8 A, Bluefield '.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. '26-6 A. St. Albans '.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. 6-3 A. Hoover '.'.'.'.'. .DiNP Sunday Gazette-Mail

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