Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on September 10, 1972 · Page 90
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 90

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, September 10, 1972
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Nitro: 6 Top Scorers Gone, But . The No. 1 scorer from last year's explosive Nitro football team is gone. The No. 2 scorer also is gone, and so are the Nos. 3, 4, 5 and 6 scorers. But Jon Loftis, the Wildcats' energetic young coach, isn't discouraged. In f a c t , h e ' s e n c o u r a g e d a l t h o u g h t h e N o . 7 scorer--Frank Sergent--is the only returning Wildcat who scored as much as a point last season w h e n t h e t e a m averaged 23 a game. "We're very optimistic about this season," Loftis says. "A lot of people said that with Eastwood gone, Thornton gone and Mathes gone, we'd be down this year. But we're not down. We're going to have a good football team. Jack Eastwood led the Wildcats in scoring last season with 68 points; Steve Thornton was No. 2 with 50, and Mathes, a placekicker, was No. 3 with 32. MTRO AT A GLANCE Coach: Jon Loftis 1971 Record: 9-1 1972 Outlook: Although small, the Wildcats are expected to have another winning season. They've lost the 'name' players such as Jack Eastwood, Steve Thornton and Kevin Mathes, but they have enough regulars and other lettermen returning to too .500 easily. r 1972 Schedule Sept. 2 Sept. 8 Sept. 23 Sept. 30 Oct. 6 Oct. 14 Oct. 21 Oct. 27 Nov. 3 Nov. 11 1971 Score H, Stonewall Jackson DNP A, Hurricane ','.'.'.'.'. 54-0 H, HuntingtonEast 6-0 H, DuPont 27-6 A, Dunbar ' 0-9 A, Montgomery _[ '^.g H, Sissonville 27-0 A, George Washington '.'.I.'.'.'.'.'.'.'.'. !?.6-0 A, South Charleston 28-12 H, St. Albans 1443 "Sure, we lost a lot of o f f e n s i v e p u n c h w i t h Eastwood, Thornton and Mathes graduating,, but we had good kids behind them last y e a r , " Loftis said. "Sergent was one of them. He scored a few points for us." * * * LOFTIS ALSO could have named others although they didn't score points. The offensive punch is expected to be supplied by five, including Sergent, and all of them are seniors-quarterbacks Randy Workman and Mike Sheppard, tailbacks Sergent and Bobby Ball, and wingback Jeff Tincher. "They aren't big, but they can get the job done for us " Loftis said, noting that Ball is the biggest of the quintet at 59, 161 pounds, and that Shep- pard is the smallest at 5-7,153. "Our chief concern is our size," Loftis continued. "Last year, our center was only 5-6, 155 pounds, but he started on a 9-1 squad, so maybe size is no handicap. "All my blue chip football players, with a couple of exceptions, are small--just like last year when they proved durable. Perhaps size doesn't matter if the player Is a well- conditioned, hard, sturdily- built boy." The big exception Is two- way tackle Greg Spencer, a 64, 200-pound senior. "He's a m a j o r college f o o t b a l l prospect," Loftis said. "He likes to play defense better than offense, but this year we hope he finds offense just as much fun." BANK OF NITRO WISHING ALL AREA AND COLLEGE TEAMS THE BEST OF LUCK! 1st A VC--NITRO--755-4356 Madison: New Coach, New Hopes Be A Winner! Before you decide to buy your tires, see DICK VAUGHN-he knows tires-and knows what type ASTROSTAR to put on your car! SAVE$$ Hew ASTKOSTAK SKYMASTER Class BELTED "78' 4 1 4 34F ON ALL SIZES (Bring this ad with you!) Outstanding Quality Design Construction! *W»^ ~ ~* -- -- i-M-rf-kjr»xj*^^ Be Sure You're driving on GOOD TIRES! come to CHARLESTON TIRES, lA/allino*o_ fM. m * ton St. E. INC. Phone 346-6701 MADISON-A new coach and a new system greeted 11 veterans at Scott High this season and the Skyhawks have hopes of soaring to an excellent record. Robert Holstein moved from Charleston Catholic Into the Boone County school and brought with him a new system. The Skyhawks will be operating from a pro defense and a variety of offenses. Returning at Scott this season are guard Jerry Bias, f u l l b a c k Frank Pierson, quarterback Dana Bell, halfback Mike Brumfield, defensive back Terry Walker, tackle James Bryant, end Andy Dolin, center Jim Vickers, end Mike Lucas, halfback James Stollings and tackle Don Weaver. All are seniors except Stollings, Bell and Weaver. Scott has dropped into Class AA this season and athletic director Robert Sholl is pleased with the alignment. "At least it gives us a chance to make the playoffs once in a while," he said. Scholl said Holstein has been greeted very well by the players. "They all seem to have a lot of respect in his j u d g m e n t and are reall trying hard. I think he's going to do a fine job for us," he added. Holstein is hoping the different types of offense can get Scott moving this season. The Skyhawks played to three scoreless ties last season. All 9-1 Records The six top-ranked teams in Class AAA last season--all with 9-1 records-were East Bank, Morgantown, Woodrow Wilson, Bridgeport, Oak Hill and JVitro. Jon Loftis Fourth Year At Nitro SCOTT AT A GLANCE Coach: HobertHolstein 1971 Record: 3-4-3 1972 Outlook: Excellent with the return of 11 players with experience. However, it may take a while to get a new system operating properly Sept. 1 Sept. 8 Sept. 15 Sept. 22 Sept. 29 Oct. 6 Oct. 13 Oct. 20 Oct. 27 Nov. 3 1972 Schedule ,, ... · 1971 Score Chapmanville, home o-O Ouval, Home '.'.'.'.'. !20-14 Richwood, away ' 'DNP Hurricane, away .0-0 Sherman, away .0-0 Van, home '.'.'.'.'. *25-8 Williamson, away j ' \ o-18 Braxton County, home 16-0 Milton, away .19-24 Man, home ...!!!. .3-0 FALL HUNTER'S SPECIALS Remington Model 1100 SALE $ 149 9 ' See us for Hunting License 30" plain barrel 12 Co., Full Choke SHELL SHOCKERS Remington Expr«» "fluage 16 fl uog. ST. ALBANS SUPPLY 103 6th Ave., St. Albant Phon* 72 7-6 5 31 Sunday Gazette-Mail .

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