Public Opinion from Chambersburg, Pennsylvania on August 20, 1979 · 13
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port Public Opinion Chambersburg, Pa,, Monday, August 20, 1979 Pag 13 Cards7 2nd half comeback nips Columbus By TOM COCCAGNA Sports Editor For the last couple of years, the Chambersburg Cardinals have lived by the right arm of quarterback Greg Hare. However, it wasn't until the Cardinals generated a running game that they were able to overtake the Columbus Metros for a 26-21 victory Saturday night in front of 5,500 fans at Trojan Stadium. "We made some blocking adjustments in the second half," said Cardinal coach Don Heiges. "We put Steve Oldt in at center for a while and moved (Pat) Flaherty to guard. As coach (offensive coordinator Gary) Deitrich said, he's got those guys (offensive linemen) interchangeable.'-' Jim Abraham, who gained all but one of his 43 yards in the second half, and Charles Lucas, who scored two second-half touchdowns, got the running game moving, with the help, of course, of the guys up front. "A lot of times we were just eating them up," said offensive tackle Paul Bahn. Statistics, see page 14 The Cardinals dominated the line of scrimmage in the second half. The running game, particularly Abraham's 25-yard gain on a quick pitch, set up a Dave Schminke 37-yard field goal that cut Columbus lead to 21-12. The Metros had led 14-0 in the first quarter and 21-9 at halftime. After Johnny Duncan's interception gave the Cards possession on their 40, they ran the ball again. Two offsides penalties and bursts by Abraham and Lucas meant two first downs. "In the third quarter, after the blocking adjustments, we beat them on the line with execution," said Heiges. "We stuttered our cadence, and we got a couple of first downs the cheap way (penalties)." But the Cardinals didn't totally ignore the pass. "The key passes were there when we needed them," said Bahn. Amen. Averell Harris reacted well to an underthrown pass and turned just in time to catch a 32-yarder at the Columbus 12. Five plays later, Lucas scored from a yard out on the last play of the third period. Suddenly, the Cards trailed by only two, 21-19. Then the Cards showed Columbus something it couldn't have expected. "Early in the fourth quarter, we set them up with the straight-ahead stuff and then went to the option," said Heiges. "As soon as their 'backers pinched down on the dive, the option was open on the outside." Hare and halfback Frank Tavani executed the option perfectly. Tavani started what would be the most important Cardinal drive of the night with gains of eight and 15 yards after taking option pitchouts from Hare. The drive started at the Cardinal 22 with 9:17 left in the game. Tavani's 15-yard run gave the Cards a first down at the 46. After Lucas picked up another first down at the Columbus 42, the Cards sputtered, but only for a moment. On third-and-ten. Hare hit split end Tom Brennan. who made an incredible one-handed catch between two defenders. Brennan, who seemed to be open underneath Columbus' coverage all night, was taken out of bounds at the Columbus six. Lucas scored the winning touchdown from two yards out with 4:14 left. "Charlie Lucas is an NFL running back," said Heiges. "With his speed and his size (6-3, 232), by the end of this year, he's going to destroy people. And he's competitive as hell. When the going gets tougher, the tougher he gets." But Columbus, suberb team that it is, wasn't finished. Columbus' Cornelius Greene everything Cards expected By TOM COCCAGNA Sports Editor The worst fears of Chambersburg Cardinal football coach Don Heiges became reality on Columbus' fifth pass Saturday night. Cornelius Greene, the Metros' fleet wide receiver, got inside Cardinal cor-nerback Bill Marshall and scored on an 18-yard reception. It was no contest. Greene later scored on a 49-yard reception when he got behind Johnny Duncan. "We knew we didn't have anybody who could keep up with that guy," said Heiges. "When you can't bump a guy like that beyond five yards, it's tough." l Staff Dhoto bv Chris Bender MEETING Chambersburg coach Don Heiges, right, talks things over with his quarterback, Greg Hare, during a time out in Saturday's Cardinal win over Columbus. Actually, the Cardinal secondary didn't do that badly. In fact, except for the two touchdowns, it did quite well, thank you. When you hold the opposing quarterbacks to seven out of 22 (32 percent), you're more than doing your share. It's just that when you play the corner, people tend to remember two things: your interceptions and the times you get burned. Duncan had one of each Saturday night. After Greene flew by him for the touchdown,. Duncan intercepted a pass to set up the touchdown that brought the Cardinals to within 21-19. On Columbus' second pass of the game, Duncan nearly picked off quarterback Bob Kramer's throw. "If he had caught that, he had a clear path," said Heiges. "I thought I had it," Duncan said. Duncan usually is the Cards' free safety. He has been all-Interstate Football League at that position for the past two years. But injuries necessitated his move to the corner. "Grease (Marshall) got hurt (hip pointer) last week, then Greene turned him inside for the touchdown," said Duncan. "(Andy) Anderson got banged up, too. I had to go to the corner." "In the third quarter, none of our defensive backs were playing the same positions they played last week," said safety Jim Newcomer. Several Cardinal players discussed the crowd. "I can't get over that crowd," said Duncan. "They were great. It was like the Knicks playing in Madison Square Garden, with the crowd yelling, 'Dee-fense, dee-fense, dee-fense.' " One of the Cardinal rookies, running back Frank Tavani, was equally impressed with his first glimpse at a Chambersburg crowd. Marv Horst, the Cards' general manager, said, "Tavani came up to me and said, 'That crowd is crazy!' " NOTES: Despite close score, Cards dominated stats ... Cards ran 83 of fensive plays to Metros' 49 and out-gained Metros 356-183 ... Metros had only 60 yards rushing, less than half Cards' total ... Just goes to show how meaningless stats can sometimes be. Nothing serious reported on injury front, although linebacker Doug Fesler had his bell rung in third quarter and Anderson was in extreme pain after game ... "It was a very physical game," said Card offensive tackle Paul Bahn. Averell Harris, who received big ovation when he entered game, led Cards with six catches for 95 yards ... Charlie Lucas (17-for-59) and Jim Abraham (10-43) were leading rushers ... Greene caught three for 78 yards for Metros. Cards made gutsy call on fourth-and-one in third period ... With Columbus expecting 232-pound Lucas to go up middle, Hare handed off to 5-10, 190-pound Tavani instead ... Tavani got first down with lots to spare ... Card line has allowed just one sack in two weeks vs. two tough defenses ... Card defense has five sacks, including three Saturday. Heiges said Cards were too tight early ... "I had them or maybe they had themselves uptight early," he said. "I'm not making any excuses, but we were not ourselves early in the game. We were like robots." ... Columbus running back Tony Lazar was ejected after flagrant personal foul against Cards' Charlie Pugh during punt return. Cards supposedly will be co-ranked with the San Jose Tigers as No. 1 in Pro Football Weekly poll ... Darrell Griffin, brother of NFL performers Archie and Ray, is Metros' GM ... Hare drew Columbus offsides with stuttir count several times ... That makes at least 10 offsides calls Hare has drawn in two games ... "The discipline-type things made the difference," said Heiges. "We were holding counts and holding blocks." Cards play at Carroll County in first 1FL game next Saturday ... Next home game isn't until Sept. 8 vs. Dundalk ... Cards and Columbus meet again on Nov. 10 ... Cards are trying to fill Oct. 27 open date with home game, perhaps vs. Baltimore Eagles. Backup quarterback Tom McLaughlin, recently released by the New England Patriots, hit three straight passes, putting the Metros at the Cardinal eight. On fourth-and-goal from the ten, though, linebacker Matt Long intercepted McLaughlin's pass at the two. Long had earlier been carried off the field with a leg injury. The way things looked, Long would have been fortunate to walk, let alone return to action. "Just cramps." Long said. "Both of my calves knotted up and I couldn't even walk. I've never felt such pain in my life." Earlier, the Cardinals were feeling another kind of pain. Cornelius Greene got free for an 18-yard scoring reception, and linebacker Bruce Landis returned Hare's under-thrown pass 27 yards for a touchdown to give Columbus a 14 0 lead barely 10 minutes into the first period. "If you're gonna get down. I guess-the time to get down is early." said' Heiges. "But I feel our offense can' score on anybody." The Cards pulled within 14-9 on-Schminke's 30-yard field goal and Hare's fourth-down, seven-yard scor-: ing pass to Harris. Moments later, however, Cham-; bersburg missed a great opportunity to take the lead when Willie Buie re-. covered a fumble at the Columbus 29. ; Schminke's 43-yard field goal was blocked, and Columbus took over at the Cardinal 49 with under a minute to play in the first half. Rather than run out the clock, the Metros decided to go for broke. Greene beat Duncan deep and took Bob Kramer's pass in stride for a 49-yard scoring play. "That was the only one he got against me all night," said Duncan. Schminke then missed a 31-yard field goal as time ran out in the first half. -J Mall nhotn by Chris Bender HARE FIRES Cardinal QB Greg Hare fires a pass Laucks (89) run the other way. Defending is Columbus' to his left while Chambersburg running backs Frank Dennis Wilkerson (51). The Cards bat the Metros Tavani (32) and Charles Lucas (48) and tight end Gary 26-21 Saturday night. Willie Buie has been around By TOM COCCAGNA Sports Editor Willie Buie would make a good field representative for Rand McNally. Buie, a defensive end for the Chambersburg Cardinals, has become extremely familiar with the geography of Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. The list of places in which he has played football is as long as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. He has worn out enough tires to keep B.F. Goodrich in business: Buie has played for two Harrisburg teams, the Cap-Colts and Cowboys, in addition to the Pottstown Firebirds, Schuylkill Coal Crackers, Hagerstown (Md.) Bears, Cumberland Colts and the Cardinals. He formerly played for the Cardinals in 1972. It was not totally inaccurate when last week's Cardinal-Pittsburgh program had Buie's experience listed as "everywhere." "I've been playing 17 years," said Buie. "Seventeen years and I'm finally on top." Buie may be familiar with road maps and route signs, but he is just as familiar with opposing linemen, backs and receivers. That was evident during Saturday night's 26-21 Cardinal win over the Columbus Metros. "Willie might be 34 years old," said Cardinal coach Don Heiges, "but in his heart, he's 24." Buie is comparatively small for a defensive end. He is listed as 6-2, 220 pounds, but that weight figure just might be stretching it. a bit. But he is super quick, and that superior quickness is what gives offensive linemen fits. One time in the second quarter, Buie swooped in from right end and was hardly touched before creaming Columbus quarterback Bob Kramer for a 10-yard loss. He later recovered Columbus' only fumble of the game. And on several other occasions, Buie's speed simply negated Columbus' outside running game. "I started out with the Harrisburg Caps and was a defensive end," said Buie. "Then I had a tryout with Baltimore in '67 and they put me at defensive back. I had been a defensive back ever since, until last year." Buie, a safety for the Cardinals in 1972, switched to defensive end last year with the Harrisburg Cowboys. He made several outstanding plays against the Cardinals in last year's Interstate Football League championship game. Buie realized he might have lost that step or two that's necessary to play in the secondary. "I didn't have the speed to play defensive back anymore," Buie said. "But now I've come back home. I really felt good about coming back to defensive end. I felt I could do justice to the team that way. "! just went out there to give all I had tonight. And it paid off." It certainly did. Buie was one of the most impressive defensive linemen in last week's win over the Pittsburgh Wolf Pak. He was even better Saturday night. But had you dared to predict two months ago that Buie would become an integral part of the team, Heiges probably would've had you measured for a straight jacket and a padded room. "The first time we saw him, he wasn't in shape at all," said Heiges. "I thought he might not even be able to make this team. But he worked hard to get in shape. "We have a lot of guys like Buie. What's in their hearts ... is just unbelicveable." Buie, too, knew he had work to do. "The first time, I wasn't in shape worth a dadgum," he said. "When we were exercising, I even fell down twice. People said to me, 'Willie, you're not in shape.' But I said, 'You give me some time, and I'll be here.' " There's no doubt that Willie Buie is indeed here. Stan Bahnsen's home run boosts Montreal to 5-1 decision over Braves By The Associated Press Stan Bahnsen was burning on all cylinders Sunday. The veteran pitcher wriggled out of two jams after relieving Bill Lee in the sixth inning and also hit the first home run of his 12-year major league career, a two-run shot that helped the Montreal Expos defeat the Atlanta Braves 5-1 and remain two games behind Pittsburgh in the National Leaue East. Bahnsen's seventh-inning homer off rookie Tony Brizzolara was his first hit of the season and his first home run in 453 official big league at-bats. "Brizzolara hit my bat with a pitch and it just went out," Bahnsen explained. "I hit the ball hard, like I always try to do when I go up to the plate, but this one just took off. It was a thrill, especially at that time of the game because we only had a 3-1 lead. It made things a lot easier for me." Despite their fourth consecutive triumph, the Expos failed to gain on Pittsburgh when the Pirates blanked theLos Angeles Dodgers 2-0. Pirates 2, Dodgers 0 Bill Madlock's two-run homer with two out in the bottom of the ninth inning broke up a scoreless duel and ended Los Angeles' five-game winning streak. John Candelaria and Kent Tekulve held the Dodgers to four hits while Madlock's 12th home run of the season was Pittsburgh's seventh hit off Burt Hooton. Phillies 3, Astros 2 Garry Maddox tripled home the tying run in the ninth inning and scored the winner on Larry Bowa's single, handing the Astros their fourth consecutive setback. Joaquin Andujar took a 2-1 lead into the ninth but the Phillies took the lead before a batter was retired on Bob Boone's leadoff single, Maddox' triple and Bowa's single. Reds 6, Mets 5 Dave Collins scored twice and drove in the game-winning run with a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the eighth inning after Cincinnati reliever Doug Bair surrendered a game-tying, two-run pinch homer to Dan Norman in the seventh. Cubs 3, Padres 1 Barry Foote's two-run homer backed the five-hit pitching of Rick Reuschel and Bruce Sutter and powered the Cubs to their fifth straight triumph. Cardinals 4, Giants 0 George Hcndrick drove in three runs with his 10th and 11th homers and John i i Denny and Mark Littell combined for a six-hit shutout. AMERICAN LEAGUE Brewers 4, Rangers 3 Mike Caldwell thinks the lefty-for-lefty and righty-for-righty percentage in baseball is a bit overrated, but the Milwaukee Brewers southpaw can thank that strategy for his 13th victory. Texas Rangers right-hander Doc Medich took a three-hitter and a 3-2 lead into the ninth inning Sunday in Milwaukee. He got one out, then walked Gorman Thomas. Left-handed slugger Ben Oglivie was up next. At that juncture, Rangers Manager Pat Corrales had three choices: leave in Medich, who had worked less than 100 innings this season; bring in righthander Jim Kern, or put left-hander Sparky Lyle on the mound. . Corrales played the lefty-for-lefty percentage, sending out Lyle with his 3.72 ERA and 4-7 record. Oglivie worked the count to 3-1 and lined Lyle's next pitch, a slider up, into the right-center field bullpen, where Kern sat idly. Royals 11, Orioles 7 Willie Wilson smacked a bases-loaded triple with two out in the top of the 10th inning as Kansas City claimed its third victory in the four-game set with Baltimore. Orioles right-hander Don Stanhouse, 6-3, loaded the bases in the 10th on three walks, one intentional, before Wilson tripled. Wilson then scored on a single by Al Cowens. White Sox 3, Red Sox 2 Jorge Orta whacked a solo home run, and the White Sox scored their winning run in the eighth after a mental error by Boston catcher Gary Allenson. With one out in the eighth, Ralph Garr singled and went to third on a single by Mike Squires. Orta then grounded out to first baseman Carl Yastrzemski, who threw home. Garr was trapped between third and home, but Allenson held onto the ball, allowing Garr to retreat safely. Lamar Johnson then grounded into a forceout, which should have been the third out in the inning. Instead, it scored Garr with the winning run. Lefty Rirh Wortham, 13-11. got the win with eighth-inning relief help from Ed Farmer, who got save No. 10. Yankees 4, Twins 3 Lou Piniclla drove in two runs, his seventh-inning single providing the margin of victory, and handed Ron Guidry his sixth straight winning decision. Angels 4, Blue Jays 2 Bobby Grich drove in three runs with a two-run homer and a single, and Don Baylor drove in his 108th run of the season with a seventh-inning single for California. A's 3, Indians 2 Rickey Henderson's two-run double capped Oakland's three-run second in ning, and Mike Norris scattered six hits as the A's completed a three-game sweep of Cleveland. Oakland has won four in a row, their longest winning streak of the year. Mariners 8, Tigers 4 Leon Roberts and Willie Morton each homered, and Julio Cruz drove in two runs with a single for Seattle. Floyd Bannister, 7-12, got the win with seven innings' work. Brookens now batting .257 SEATTLE - Despite going 0-for-3 Sunday night, Tom Brookens of the Detroit Tigers had a productive weekend in Seattle. Brookens, the former Chambersburg High School and Legion star, went 1-for-3 Friday night in the Tigers' 9-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Brookens started at second base. Saturday night, Brookens had one of his best nights of the year in the Tigers' 7-4 win. Seattle pitcher Rob Dressier retired 20 straight batters after allowing three runs in the first inning Brookens, however, broke up the string in the eighth inning with his second double of the year. Brookens scored on Lou Whitaker's single to give Detroit a 4-1 lead. Then in the ninth, Brookens delivered a two-run single to put Detroit on top 7-1. The runs were important as Seattle rallied for three runs in the bottom of the ninth. Brookens committed his sixth error of the season while playing third base in the Tigers' 8-4 defeat last night. For the season, Brookens has an average of .257 (27 105), with 12 runs, 14 RBI. 2 doubles, a triple, 3 homers and 6 stolen bases. The TigTS open a series in Oakland tonight.

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