The Daily Sentinel from Grand Junction, Colorado on November 12, 1985 · 11
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The Daily Sentinel from Grand Junction, Colorado · 11

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Tuesday, November 12, 1985
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f i u Scoreboard page 2C Spurs triumph, page 3C Fridge speaks, page 4C Section PrepRecreationBaseball 'Scoreboard The Dally Sentinel Tuesday, November 12, 1S8S Elwmy mims Scrambling clutch pass sets up Karlis winning kick in Denver Aaaooleled Fr,s 1 DENVER In a night of many big plays, both offensively and defensively, none was bigger than the completion pulled off by Denver Broncos quarterback John Elway, running for his life with San Francisco cornerback Ronnie Lott in hot pursuit. Trailing 16-14 with time running out, the Broncos faced a third-and-10 situation at the San Francisco 31 yard line, not really close enough for Rich Karlis to kick a field goal in frigid, foggy Mile High Stadium. Lott came roaring up the middle, untouched, at Elway, but the nimble quarterback managed to sprint outside, racing to his right and, on the run, rifling a 22-yard pass to Steve Watson. Elways clutch play set up a 24-yard field goal by Karlis with' 1.27 remaining that lifted the Broncos to a 17-16 National Football League victory Monday night. The triumph raised Denvers record to 7-3 and gave them a one-game lead over the Los Angeles Raiders and Seattle Seahawks in the AFC West. Defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco, its hopes for another title fading fast, fell to 5-5 and remained three games behind the NFC West-leading Los Angeles Rams. Denver Coach Dan Reeves credited Elway's "tremendous athletic ability" for evading Lott and getting the ball to Watson. "I had to get rid of the football, said Elway. "I knew he (Lott) was right there. I saw him come through unblocked. 1 knew we were out of field-goal range, I saw Blade (Watson) out there and he made a good catch." Watson said the velocity with which Elway threw the ball was the key to the completion. "1 moved outside my man and it was just that quick the ball was there," he said. "I didnt have time to react. Saberhagen says son is top reward KANSAS CITY, Mo. Honors and awards keep coming in, but Bret Saberhagen says nothing can beat the birth of a son. A spindly right-hander who went 20-6 for Kansas City and won two World Series games, Saberhagen was named Monday the youngest winner of the Cy Young Award in American League history. Saberhagen, 21, was earlier voted the Most Valuable Player in the World Series. Asked to list his biggest thrill, Saberhagen gestured across the room to his wife and son, Drew William, who was born the day before he pitched the Royals to an 11-0 victory over St. Louis in the deciding seventh game of the World Series. Drew William is definitely No. 1 with me," he said. "You cant beat that." New York Yankees ace Ron Guidry, 35, who went 22-6 with a 3.27 earned run average, was runner-up to Saberhagen. Bert Blyleven of Minnesota finished third in ballot Denvers Quotes and quips: - New York Giants General Manager George Young on the difference between Denver s young John Elway and San Francisco star Joe Montana: What Montana does is a lot more programmed ... My reaction to Elway is he's still a raw talent. He's an Ozark Ike type quarterback. That's what I called Terry Bradshaw, too." Battle Mountain High School football coach Steve Moran on his team's success this year, which resulted in the Huskies first Class 2A playoff appearance ever and a semifinal berth against Pagosa Springs: It's like a dream ... And Im not so darn sure we wont win the whole thing Mesa College football coach Bob Cortese on his team's 38-21 win over New Mexico Highlands a game in which Mesa quarterback Mark Miller threw only seven passes and the Mavericks ground out 342 rushing yards: We felt going into the game that we would have to control the football Our line enabled us to I "Elway made a miraculous play on that final completion, said 49er Coach Bill Walsh. Lott said he thought I had John on that final completion, but 1 was just one step away. Not too many quarterbacks in the league could complete that pass on the run. Elway, who had failed to throw a touchdown pass during his four previous games, provided Denvers other points on two first-half touchdown passes to Gene Lang and Watson. "Going against the world champions and with the whole nation seeing us, I really wanted to play well, said Elway. I think it was the most ready I've ever been in a game. This is a great victory, especially after playing so poorly last week (in a 30-10 loss to San Diego), said Reeves. We were very aggressive and played extremely hard. There were a lot of big, big plays out there. Our defense really kept us in the game when we were struggling a little on offense. The 49ers, trailing 14-3 at the half, rallied behind the arm of Joe Montana, the legs of Roger Craig and the foot of Ray Wersching to take a 16-14 lead with 3.46 remaining. Wersching kicked a 45-yard field goal to put San Francisco ahead for the first time. Denver countered with a 63-yard drive, highlighted by a pass-interference penalty on 49er safety Dwight Hicks that covered 42 yards and by Elways game-saving pass to Watson. The Broncos reached the 49er 7 yard line and Karlis connected on his second game-winning kick of the season. "I felt very relaxed, said Karlis. "Keith (Bishop) made a great snap, and Gary (Kubiak) made a classic hold. I had lined up very carefully, and when the ball left my foot I knew it was good. In a first half characterized by kicking-game errors on both sides, the first Denver score was set up by ing by members of the Baseball Writers Association of America. Saberhagen, in just his second year in the major leagues and third year out of high school, had an earned run average of 2.87 for the season and 0.50 in World Series games 3 and 7. This is great for me and great for Kansas City, he said at a news conference. With remarkable control and poise and sharp command of several pitches, Saberhagen had 158 strikeouts and issued only 38 walks. An award like this is definitely a team award, he said. "If you dont have 25 guys fighting for you every time you go out there, then you dont have a chance. Saberhagen surpassed Vida Blue, who was 22 years old with Oakland in 1971, as the youngest Cy Young winner in AL history. The youngest ever to win a Cy Young was Fernando Valenzuela, who was a 20-year-old pitcher with Los Angeles in 1981. Please check Winner, page 3C Elway likened to Bradshaw, Ozark Ike keep the ball." Mesa College assistant coach Bill Kralicek, the guy who coaches the offensive linemen: "We talked all week long about ball control. When we got down (to Las Vegas, N.M.) we felt the wind was to our advantage. Being an offensive line coach, I was happy to see it To me, that meant we'd keep the ball on the ground. I loved iL" Mesa center Joe Cotroneo on the game: "(Highlands) wasnt the most physical defensive team weve played. We just outmuscled them. Air Force Coach Fisher DeBerry, on the fifth-ranked Falcons' 45-7 trouncing of Army: That might have been the best our team has played this year. They took a team that in five of its eight games had scored over 40 points and almost shut them out 'They shut down a dadgum good offensive machine, I guarantee you. And Army Coach Jim Young They just beat us, outcoached us, outplayed us and made the big plays. (Quarterback) Bart Weiss i sis ttfimni inmuns uatt J n A. . y i',v Vn.L 1 v .--.i t! v..- O' A i- f For the second time this season, Rich Karlis celebrated a gamewinning kick Monday. The Denver Bronco connected for a field goal with 1:27 remaining, lifting the Broncos to a 17-16 National Football League victory over San Francisco. I felt very relaxed," said Karlis. "When the ball left my foot I knew it was good. a shanked, 1-yard punt by San half but scored only a field goal. Franciscos Max Runager. The Holder Matt Cavanaugh mishan-49ers drove inside the Denver 10 died a 49er snap from center on a yard line three times in the first short field-goal attempt. 1905 Cy Young Bret Saberhagen K.C. Royals AGE W-l ERA SO IP 21 20-6 2.87 158 235 Af grspHtO Rick Jussel Sports ecwo' Overtime gave us a lesson in Wishbone football. University of Colorado Coach Bill McCartney on bis team's 6-3 season so far and the possibility of a bowl bid: When the season began. I doubt very seriously if any of us thought after nine games we'd be 6- J iir -w; ; f 2 "yi GJs Warmack wary of Broomfield Eagles Riofc JusmI Daily Sentmei Dave Warmack has some bad news. It concerns the Broomfield High School football team. Unfortunately, said Warmack, Grand Junction High School football coach, they have a very good team this year." The Broomfield Eagles are his teams foe in the Class 3A state quarterfinal round Saturday. We were kind of hoping they'd have lost a lot of people (from last year's state championship team) and not be very good. But that's not the case. Warmack and his coaching staff made the trip to Broomfield last Saturday and watched the Eagles, winners of four of the last five state Class 3A titles (they shared two due to ties), shut out Sierra 22-0 in the snow in the first round of playoffs The win improved their record to 9-2 on the season. "Yeah, I was pretty impressed," said Warmack. "We had seen them once before (in the regular-season finale, a 33-0 win over CentaurusV- 3. Really there are no stars on this team. It's just as bunch of guys who have come together. And CU veteran defensive back Mickey Pruitt, a guy who's been through the tough times with McCartney: It's been so tough here. Last year, we hated just going to practice. It was real hard to face the students, fans and alumni. A lot of us had never gone through a sea- son like that before, and we wanted to make sure it never happened again Brigham Young quarterback Robbie Bosco, who ignored a blinding snowstorm and passed for 220 yards and two touchdowns as the No. 18 Cougars crushed Utah State 44-0 Once in the first half it was so hard to see. all 1 could see was the receivers' thigh pads You couldn't see above their legs, so I just threw to spots. I aimed for blue pants. "We're kind of like a J V game for the Lakers. Forward Cedric Maxwell of the Los Angeles Clippers, on how the team is regarded by basketball fans in Los Broncos have help from fans AMooltd PrM DENVER When Denver Broncos Coach Dan Reeves talked about fan support, he wasnt kidding. "When you come out in this kind of weather (20 degrees) and cheer us on like they did, that's showing terrific support, ' said Reeves. "They helped us win the game. The 73,173 hardy souls did more than cheer. One of them, anyway. Late in the first half, a snowball launched fromhe stands landed just in front of San Francisco's Matt Cavanaugh, who was holding for a short field-goal' attempt. Cavanaugh mishandled the snap from the center, and threw a desperation pass that fell incomplete. Randy Cross, the long snapper on the play, said it was a factor in the botched field-goal try. I saw the snowball explode right after I snapped the ball," Cross said. "The ball and the snowball hit right at the same time. It definitely made a difference." The failed attempt left Denver with a 14-3 lead, and the Broncos went on to beat the 49ers 17-16 Monday night. I do not condone the snowball throwing, said Reeves. "There is no place for that kind of activity in pro football. Referee Jim Tunney said the officials were powerless to penalize anyone for the incident. Rich Karlis, the target of some fan criticism for his erratic kicking, had his second game-winning field goal of the season Monday night. Asked if his winning 24-yarder will silence the critics, he said, "The pressure's never off. Youre only as good as your next kick. and were impressed with them then. We knew they'd be a good team. The thing Im kind of worried about now is just how much weve seen from them. "It was kind of hard to evaluate them. It was snowing and slippery and they didn't want to show us any more than they had to. Theyve played two games that weve seen and really havent had to do too much to win. They didn't run any option stuff and they didnt put the ball up much." Warmack said the scouting reports he and his staff put together did give him the impression that Broomfield hadn't changed much from last year, despite replacing the head coach. That could be bad news for the Tigers because Broomfield traveled to Grand Junction last year for the 3A semifinals and came away with a 38-0 win "I think they are right on as good as they were last year." the second-year Tigers coach said. Maybe not quite as good offensively as they were last year, but close. They look Please check Warmack, page 4C Angeles. Miami Coach Jimmy Johnson, whose eighth-ranked Hurricanes downed Maryland 29-22. This team has won eight straight ballgames, six of them on the road In the last month, we've beaten Oklahoma. Florida State and Maryland Anyone who doesn't vote this team as one of the top two or three m the country is either biased, uninformed or extremely uninformed " When you're out on the highway, feeling young, strong and rich, you just can't drive 55." Alfrederick Hughes, the San Antonio Spurs' rookie forward, after being caught for speeding Iowa Coach Hayden Fry, whose sixth-ranked Hawkeyes clobbered Illinois 59-0 "I guess you'd have to call it momentum." If he can hit 350. we figured he could see." Harley Duncan, a Kansas state official, on why Kansas City Royals' star George Brett received a driver's license without being required to take a vision test Things to come GJ-Broomfield playoff tickets to go on sale Tickets for Grand Junction High's state Class 3A quarterfinal football game against Broomfield will be on sale at the high school from Wednesday morning through 2 30 p m Friday. Game time is 1 p m. Tickets also will be sold at the gate Saturday. No school or league passes will be accepted. Two-day school concerned with avalanche safety7 The 19th annual Silverton Avalanche School, sponsored by San Juan Mountain Search and Rescue, will be held Jan. 24th through Jan. 26th in Silverton. The seminar is designed to increase avalanche awareness and to develop basic skills in avalanche rescue. In addition to recreational cross-country skiers, the Silverton Avalanche School is recommended for those involved in ski-patrol, winter mountaineering, mountain search and rescue teams, nor-dic ski guides and instructors, ski area personnel, mountain highway workers and law enforcement offi-' cials. Tuition is $65 and must be paid upon advance registration. Applications and more information may be obtained from San Juan Mountain Search and Rescue, Box 4, Silverton, 81433, or by calling secretary Sue Cooper at 387-5862. Race schedule announced for telemark skiers The U.S. Ski Association has announced the 1986 North American Telemark Series (NATS), with events scheduled in four western states and Canada. NATS is a feature of the newly-formed National Telemark Program, administrated by the Summit Telemark Series. Scheduled races are: Jan. 11. Bogus Basin. Idaho: Jan. 18. Aspen; Feb. 1, Snowbird, Utah, Feb. 22, Bridger Bowl, Montana: March 22, Black Comb Mountain, Whistler, British Columbia. Canada; and April 4-6, North American Telemark Championships Steamboat Springs. The Summit Telemark Senes schedule includes: Dec. 7, Vail. Jan. 18. Aspen; Feb. 8, Taos, N M.; March 1. Brecken-ridge; and March 29, Crested Butte. TV-Radio v" Highlights to local television and radio sports programming: TELEVISION Tuesday Programming is subject to change by respective networks or stations: 6 pm. Wrestling. Channels 12 and 16. 6:05 pm. NBA Basketball. Phoenix Suns at New York Knicks. Channel 13. 6 30 pm. NBA Basketball. Denver Nuggets at Houston Rockets. Channel 2. 9.30 p.m. Sport-scenter. Channel 12. 9 30 pm. Sports Tonight. Channel 17. 10 pm. Sportslook. Channel 12. 11:30 pm PKA Full Contact Karate. Channel 12. Wednesday 12.30 am. Sport-scenter. Channel 12. 1 2 30 a m. Sports La-temght. Channel 1 7.

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