Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 24, 1975 · Page 86
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August 24, 1975

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 86

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22F -August 24,1975 Sumla **· ^ ' _Th*fiH Nitro, DuPont Led By Standout QBs Brightwell Brightens Outlook For Wildcats GARY BRIGHTWELL . . . All-K.V.C. Quarterback Returns {Williams To Guide ^Panthers 'Just two short years ago Danny Wil- :-· liams was the terror of the Kanawha Val';, ley Conference as he led DuPont to the i Class AAA state championship game. ·'i Danny was a do-everything quarter* back, two time all-stater and the only * player to ever win the Kennedy Award * twice. He left records at DuPont that will "be hard to surpass. ·; But, there is another Williams. And, this * one may be just as good. ·",, Mike Williams, Danny's younger broth- : ; er, has DuPont coach Dana "Corkey" ~- Griffith smiling from ear to ear when he " talks of the Panthers' passing game. ;· "We're going to be passing the football, v no question about that," Griffith said. "I Nitro has nine returning regulars, but none of them are defensive backs or running backs. And, only one is an offensive lineman. That's enough to make any football coach cry the blues. But, there's no 'Wildcat Lament' coming from Pat Vance. "No. we aren't crying the blues," Vance said. "We lost some good people, but I have some good people coming in, too." In fact, he thinks the '75 Wildcats can be just as good or maybe better than last year's 6-4 team. " "The potential is there," he said. "We just need some game experience. I think once they get a couple of games under their belts they'll be okay." Of course, any coach can be confident when he has the all-conference quarterback returning to lead the offense. "We're real happy to have Gary Brightwell," Vance said. "If you have to re- N/tro PAT VANCE 3rd Year: 11-19 1974: -4 MIKE WILLIAMS . . . DuPont QB believe Mike may just pick up where his big brother left off." Griffith has a lot of praise for the 5-10, DuPont DANA GRIFFITH 2nd Year: 6-4 1974: 6-4 W75 SCHEDULE Date -- Opponent ('74 Score) Site Aug. 29 -- East Bank (dnp) Away Sept. 5 -- South Chas. (12-6) Home 13 - St. Albans (19-30) Away 20 -- Sissonville (6-0) Awa 26 - Nitro (13-30) Home Oct. 3 -- Hoover (12-21) Away 17 -- G. Washington (12-8).Home" 24 - Dunbar (6-20) Home 31 -- Huntington East (dnp)Awa\ Nov. 7 - Charleston (14-8) ..Home Home games 8 p:m. FOR THE BEST SELECTION IN FOOTBALL EQUIPMENT... Sport Mart · on Q Ucirrier / Charleston 170-pound junior quarterback. "He is an excellent passer. I really feel he will be one of the best quarterbacks in the KVC, maybe even the state. "We will be throwing more than I am used to, but with a kid like Mike, you have to let him do his own thing and passing is the thing he does best," Griffith added. There will be more to DuPont than Williams. Griffith has seasoned veterans along the line and he's hopeful the mainstays will live up to pre-season billing. "We're going to be real strong at center and guards," the DuPont coach said. John Sizemore, a 210-pound senior, returns to his center position while Terry Tucker, 165-pound senior, returns to guard. "We have several returning regulars from last year, mostly along the line. We're going to have to come up with some pass receivers because we lost our top ones from last year," Griffith said. Eddie Harper, 205-pound senior, returns at tackle position while John Craddock, 185-pound senior, is back at linebacker. In the backfield, Griffith has Jerry Tucker returning to build a ground game around. Jose Thompson returns to a defensive halfback spot for the Panthers. "Our line won't be big or strong, but I'm counting on the veterans and I'm hopeful we can build around them," Griffith said. "We're going to he boiler. 1 believe we'll beat that 6-4 record we luid tosi With another Williams at quarterback, Griffith has every reason to expect a big winner. build, quarterback is a good position to build around. And, especially if you have the best quarterback in the conference." And even though no other starters return in the backfield, Vance is confident there, too. "We have five running backs returning who lettered last season," he said. "All of them are experienced and all of them are about even in talent. Right now they're running neck-and-neck. So, we have depth back there." The only thin spot in Nitro's offense is the unproven line. "The only interior lineman we have coming back is our center, Tony Finney," Vance said. "But, we have our tight end Richard Fisher returning, too. "Actually, I'm not worried about the line. I've got the people to do the job. I just have to make sure they get their experience early." Some of the linemen Vance is counting on are John Steinmetz, Kenny Shaffer, Mark Rader, Jack Slaughter, Lee Coon, Greg Young and Kenny Campbell. Nitro's offense will be different this year, as Vance is leaving the Wishbone for the Houston Veer. But, the basic style will remain the same. "We really won't be much different," he said. "Last season we were probably 60-40 in rushing and passing and I expect to keep that same percentage this year. In fact, we think our passing game will be better this year. Gary Surface looks like he's going to be a real fine wide receiver, so 1 think our passing game will work pretty well." If it doesn't, Nitro still has five returning regulars on defense. "We have both ends (Mark Atkins and Phil Litton), a defensive guard (Kenny Coiner) and two linebackers (Eddie and Dana Casto) back, so we'll be strong outside and in the middle. "We lost all three of our regulars in the secondary, but we have three defensive backs coming back who lettered there last season. So I'm not worried about our defense, either." Just for good measure, Nitro has one of the best placekickers in the state coming back, too. John Hogshead will be trying to better his '74 performance of five field goals. Crying the blues? 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