Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on September 10, 1972 · Page 71
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September 10, 1972

Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 71

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Ripley. Add Ripley's Vikings to the list of high school football teams using the wish-bone T offense. . "We like it," said head coach Marcus McPhail. "This will be our second year using it. I expect us to have better luck with it this season, too, because we were just teaching it to our kids last year. "One of the primary reasons we like it is because we can use a lot of counters ' and because of the power. We also go into a slot sometimes on offense. The wish-bone is good for play action passing, too." That's where Ripley diverts from the usual wish-bone T. antics. "We throw the ball a good bit out of the wish-bone," McPhail said. "We threw the ball an average of 15 times per game last season. We have two tall, strong quarterbacks who can see over the line, so we never hesitate to throw the ball. We'll throw any time on any down." McPhail's quarterbacks have fought each other to a stand-still thus far with the starting assignment a toss-up. Mike Scarberry is the older and taller of the two, being a 6-3, 188-pound senior. The other signal-caller is junior Roger Young, 6-1, 170. Scarberry and Young lead 15 returning regulars from last season's 4-6 club. The biggest loss came in the offensive backfield, where both halfbacks graduated. In the running for the vacancies are four seniors: Richard Dunbar (5-10, 160), Rich Armstead (5-8, 150), Cleo Randolph (5-10, 170) and Bob Murray (5-9, 150). Only one starter was lost from the offensive line. James Abshire is the anchor at center. The 6-1, 195-pound senior was second-team All- State lust season. Commenting on Abshire McPhail said, "We feel he's one of the best football players in the state." Two 5-10,165-pound seniors, Bill McGinley and Jim Holley, hold forth at guards, The other tackle spot is expected to be filled by Ohio transfer Ted Moates, 6-0, 200-pound junior. McPhail uses double tight ends, with senior Rod Hudson (6-3185) returning at one spot. The other tight end is vacant. RIPLEY AT A GLANCE Coach: Marcus McPhail 1971 Record: 4-6 1972 Outlook: Vikings should Improve their record with a largely veteran crew returning. Having a year's experience with the wish-bone is in their favor, but the loss of both . halfbacks is a big question mark. 1972 Schedule 1971 Score Sept. 22 H, DuPont DNP Sept. 29 A, Herbert Hoover 7-16 Oct. 6 A, St. Mary's 37-22 Oct. 13 H, Sissonville 19-8 Oct. 20 H, Pt. Pleasant . .17-27 Nov. 3 A, Ravenswood 12-14 Nov. 10 H, Montgomery DNP MCPHAIL PLANS to use a 4-4-3 alignment on defense, with first team All-State linebacker Dale Hartley leaving big shoes to fill. "We'll be a lot stronger this ·eason defensively," McPhail said. "That was our real weak point last season...that's what we've really been working on." ·Returning at one tackle spot Is junior Randy Hudson, 6-2, 215. The other tackle position is vacant, while quarterback Young and offensive tackle Casto. return at defensive ends. Linebackers are Abshire *:, Sept. 10,1972 . Goes to Wishbone and 6-1, 200-pound senior Ken Howery. The secondary will be made up of the offensive backfield. McPhail sees the key to a successful season being the elimination of mistakes. "We got beat last season a number of times by our own mistakes," he said. "We'll be a strong football team if we can keep from b e a t i n g ourselves." 810-812 QUARRIER ST. wishes the best for all area schools colleges! pne,-e B a E r R d, U f S or!v " C ° mP ' ete ' ine °' *TM Y """ games--hobbies--and crafts DECORATIONS for all school affairs Plan Now For His College Education! Start Him A SAVINGS ACCOUNT at Bank of West Virg »1 Jill" mia , ^ HELPING IS OUR » t, A FULL BANK t -^, snooo 1(3 (K '"""'"111 Sll - r vr W...WW1 % · ·.» ^ -* XNN:-^.., NS^VS "vwXf'xfeij. Sure, you want him to be a football star. Maybe, even play in the Rose Bowl. What father wouldn't? But not every player makes it to college on an athletic scholarship. So his education can cost you a lot of money. Head him in the right direction with a savings account at Bank of West Virginia. Make regu- , - * ··-:.·· "i *** | ar deposits, and Bank of West Virginia^lX est rates wi " make y° ur money grow even faster. By the time he's ready for college, the money wi || be ready, too! Start today. Open or add to your savings account now, at Bank of West Virginia ... the Center of Convenience Bank Where Parking is a PLEASURE ... BANK 1 --I *j*\ INQT a Problem! ·^ /S/ On Cnar/esfon's Convenient West S/'c/e " Of WEST VIREIHIA TENNESSEE AVE. ROANE ST. CHARLESTON'S WEST SIDE PHONE 344-1621 ^ Ample Free Parking Next To Bank *4 Convenient Drive-in Banking Windows if Out oftho Downtown Traffic, on The Convenient West Side 15F

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