Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on September 10, 1972 · Page 88
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 88

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, September 10, 1972
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WVV Out to Put End To Penn State Jinx After the game enjoy the evening at Charleston's newest Lounge and Restaurant 'A unique experience in elegant dining" M ON-SAT. 9P.M.-1P.M. RESERVATIONS 343-4349 ENTERTAINMENT NIGHTLY MORGANTOWN-If there is a key game on the West Virginia U. football schedule it is that with the Penn State N i t t a n y Lions, slated for Mountaineer Field on Oct. 28. Tickets for this one are gone--were gone long before the season opened. But for those who did not get tickets, all may not be lost. There is a distinct possibility that the game might be televised if the records of both teams are good enough. West Virginia hasn't beaten Penn State since the great days of coach Art "Pappy" Lewis. They won three in a row from the Lions in 1953, '54 and '55. But since then Penn State has racked up 15 victories and played to one tie in 16 consecutive games. The Lions whomped the Mountaineers, 35-7 last year at Morgantown. So it is very evident how important a victory over Penn State must be if the Mountaineers have any hopes for a successful season and a possible bowl bid. But the Lions will be just as KRAFTREADS WIDE TREAD WINTER CLEATS PICK A PAIR! $0£95 YOUR CHOICE FOR I-'TH-I I and ('. 7H-I I THIS WEEK ONLY! OTHER SIZES AT SIMILAR SAVINGS! BEAT THE RUSH SNOW! COME IN NOW WHILE SELECTION IS BEST FAST, ONE-DAY SERVICE ON YOUR CASINGS! rWE INSTALL STEEL CLEATS IN HEW TIRES AND RETREID^ PARK TIRE CO 518 Washington St. E. PHONE 343-5589 STOHEftl Plenty of Fr»» Parking Next Door To Park Pontiae Store #2-Corner West Washington Watts Sts. Phone 344-3509 Your General Tirt Distributor M 32F NEW STEEL WHEELS! BIG VALUES an all lilt hen»» duly wheels tough as ever and it's up to West Virginia to get tougher. State has a 16-1 record since Hufnagel took over the starting quarterback job in the middle of the 1970 season. He will be pushed again this season by Steve Joachim. The offensive line has strong returnees in tight end Bob Rickenbach, split end Scott Skarzynski, tackle Craig L y l e a n d g u a r d C a r l Schaukowitch. "Offensively, we must replace three solid interior linemen in Dave Joyner, Bob Knechtel and Mike Bolts plus three super players in the skill positions in Bob Parsons. Lydell Mitchell and Franco Harris," says Lion coach Joe Paterno. "You just can't lose people with that kind of ability without being hurt. At least, we can't." Tight end Parsons and running backs Mitchell and Harris all went in the early rounds of the pro draft. Rickenbach, a regular last year when the Lions lined up with two tight ends, is being tried at offensive guard this spring. Gary Debes looms as the top candidate for Parsons' vacated tight end spot. Junior John Cappelletti, an occasional starter on defense last year, could be the man to replace Mitchell. Cappelletti was brilliant as a running back on the freshman team two years ago. Tom Donchez. who played a great deal last season as a sophomore and started in the Cotton Bowl, is the top candidate to replace Harris. Speedster J i m m y Scott appears to be the logical successor t o g r a d u a t e d flanker Glen Cole. Other running back candidates i n c l u d e Dave Bland, Carl Cayette, Chuck Herd, Bob Nagle and several promising freshmen. Bland was a safetyman last year until sidelined by an injury. Herd was the Lions' second team split end. The replacement for Joyner, the Lions' consensus A l l - A m e r i c a n o f f e n s i v e :ackle, could be junior Charlie 3etty. Senior Rick Brown is he likely heir to Bolts' center ob and junior Phil LaPorta and Rickenbach top the list of candidates for Knechtel's [uard spot. "Defensively, we lose two outstanding players and eaders in Chuck Zapiec and lary Gray," Paterno notes. "That's 50 per cent of an outstanding linebacking group that was the heart of our defense. We also lose a great- underrated tackle in Frank Ahrenhold." Gray, Zapiec, Ahrenhold nd halfback Chuck Mesko are he only losses from the defen- ive unit that throltled Texas the Cotton Bowl. * * * THE DEFENSIVE return- Joe Paterno 7th Year At Penn State ees include ends Bruce Bannon and Jim Laslavic, tackle Jim Heller, linebackers John Skorupan and Tom Hull, half- b a c k B u d d y E l l i s a n d safelyman Gregg Ducatte. Junior Ed O'Neil and sophomore Joe Carlozo are the top candidates for Gray's job. Doug Allen, who missed all of last season with a head injury, and returnee Larry Ludwig are listed as the l e a d i n g c o n t e n d e r s f o r Zapiec's spot. Paterno expects a battle between Randy Crowder, M i k e S p i r e s a n d D o n Beckwith for Ahrenhold's tackle berth and predicts a wide open fight for Mesko's spot in the secondary. "We really don't know how last year's freshman group will enter inlo Ihe picture." Paterno notes, "but we expect some of them to be in contention for starting jobs." Alberto Vitiello, who broke all of Penn State's place- kicking records last year, r e t u r n s ; but Paterno is searching for a punter to replace Parsons, who handled the job for three years. See Football this Fall on Zenith Color Television From Freeland's SOLJDSTATE "1973* SUPER lOMACOILOl 25'GIANT-SCREEN LOWBOY CONSOLE Year WestsUe Zenith Headquarters Sunday Gazette-Mail

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