Times-Advocate from Escondido, California on September 16, 1985 · 17
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Monday, September 16, 1985
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0X0 Times-Advocate Monday, September 16, 1985 Chair e seems weirw famiDoair Second-half blitz-Krieg by Seattle overcomes Fouts best first half By Jay Posner Times Advocate Sportswriter SAN DIEGO The Chargers high-powered offense flashed back to the past Sunday, but unfortunately for the team, so did its defense. On the plus side, Air Coryell returned from its one-game slumber to roll up 557 total yards and 35 points. But, on the minus side, the Chargers defense returned from its good showing of last week by allowing 489 yards and touchdowns on five consecutive Seattle possessions in the second half. 1 Chargers notes, C2 1 NFL Report, C4 The result was a 49-35 Sea-hawks victory at San Diego Stadium that no doubt looked depress-ingly familiar to all concerned with the Chargers. It brought back memories of other high-scoring Chargers defeats that date back as far as San Diegos three consecutive AFC West crowns from 1979-81. See if you can remember losses such as 33-30 and 44-37 to the L.A. Raiders last year, 34-31 to Seattle4 in 1983, 41-34 to the Raiders in 82, 33-31 to Minnesota in 81, 42-31 to Dallas in 80, 28-26 to Atlanta in 79 and so on. Sundays loss must be added to that list now, and while some credit must go to Seattles talented offense, some blame must also be placed on the San Diego defense, a group that came up with big play after big play last week in Buffalo, but gave up big play after big play Sunday. Of course, the Chargers offen-ive players refused to blame the defense We win together as a team and lose together as a team, wide receiver Wes Chandler said but its hard to place much blame on an offense that scores five touchdowns and kicks a field goal. The offense did commit three second-half turnovers, the first two of which led to Seattle touchdowns, but the real story of this game was the complete ineffectiveness of the defense in the sfecond half. ' After Dan Fouts had thrown for 306 yards and three touchdowns to help the Chargers to a 23-14 half I More major leaguers to testify Tuesday PITTSBURGH (AP) - More , major-league baseball players will 1 be called as witnesses as early as ' Tuesday in a drug distribution trial i that the prosecutor already is call-! ing an historic court case. No players were scheduled to be j called as witnesses today as U.S. Attorney J. Alan Johnson concluded the governments case against Curtis Strong, 39, a Philadelphia , caterer charged with being a cocaine pipeline to ballplayers. When Strongs attorney, Adam O. Renfroe Jr., begins pleading his ' case, he expects to call five or six ; players in an attempt to rebut the testimony of players who said Strong sold them drugs. Renfroe has said he may call former Pittsburgh Pirates captains Bill Madlock and Willie Stargell, who last week were accused by testifying players of handing out amphetamines in the teams locker room. Renfroe has said he will launch an alibi defense aimed at proving Strong was not in Pittsburgh on some of the dates he is accused of dealing drugs in the city. ! Johnson, in a lengthy weekend j interview that was his first since !! the trial started Sept. 3, said the proceeding is proving to the public the miseries cocaine causes, not only in professional sports but in society at large. Seven players have testified to date, with several including Dave Parker of the Cincinnati Reds and Keith Hernandez of the New York Mets recalling in detail the problems they encountered while using cocaine. Parker said cocaine had an adverse effect on his career I was going downhill and Hernandez talked of awakening with a severe J nose bleed and playing while under j the influence of the drug. Johnson said that because i big-name athletes are being forced time lead, the Seahawks put on an offensive display that was awesome even by Air Coryells standards. In a span of fewer than 14 minutes in the second half, Seattle tallied five touchdowns, four on scoring passes by Dave Krieg, who threw for 307 yards on the day, and one on a run by Curt Warner, who rushed for 169 yards on 28 carries. Before the half was 18 minutes old, Krieg passed for 199 yards, Daryl Turner caught three touchdown passes (he also had one in the first half) and Steve Largent pulled down one scoring pass. By the time the blitz-Krieg was over, Seattle led 49-29, and many of the 54,420 fans began using their vocal chords to let out some vicious boos and insults. It was tough to blame them. The Chargers defense had been, in a word, helpless. And no one knew why. Its a shock, safety Gill Byrd said. We came out and played well in the first half (limiting Krieg to 108 yards and one score), but then to fall apart in the second half like that. I cant explain it. Secondary Coach Jim Wagstaff tried, saying, They didnt do anything we didnt expect them to do, they just out-executed us. Getting out-executed most often was rookie cornerback Wayne Davis, who was victimized for scores three times by Turner and once by Largent. Fellow rookie John Hen-dy, who played the second half in place of Danny Walters, who became ill, was burned on Turners other score. The question now is whether the Chargers young secondary can bounce back from Sundays disaster in time to stop Cincinnati next Sunday. Coach Don Coryell said, I think they will come back, and the al-ways-confident Davis, of course, said he certainly would be back, but there have to be some doubts. Thats a question I dont know, Wagstaff said. I think you have to be around people two or three years to find out how theyre going to react, whether they can handle adversity or not. Thats what I dont know about these people. But this will be a real good test. Said rookie safety Jeffery Dale, I dont think anybody wants to go Please see Chargers, page C2 to reveal the problems that the easy availability of cocaine has had on athletics, the American public is becoming more aware of the dangers of drugs. Cocaine is a problem not just in baseball, but in society, Johnson said. Twenty million people in this country have tried cocaine. Five thousand people try it for the first time every day. It is a major problem in this country. This case has shown what happens to some people when they use cocaine. Johnson, 41, acknowledged he has received criticism for granting immunity to the players in return for their testimony. Renfroe has charged his client is so poor that he lives with his mother and has become a scapegoat for the highly paid athletes, none of whom face prosecution. Ive thrown the first punch and Ive been criticized, Johnson said. You always risk criticism when you try a high-profile case. We sought immunity for the players for a purpose to compel somebody to testify. We didnt get any volunteers. These guys (players) werent running over here volunteering to testify. They werent running over here saying so and so was dealing drugs at the Hilton. I didnt like granting immunity' to these people. But my conscience didnt let me walk away from this case. We had clandestine meetings with a buyer and a seller and no one else present. You had to grant immunity to either one or the other. Selling is a felony, buying is a misdemeanor. Given a choice, youll always go after the seller rather than the buyer, he said. I just wish that buying was a felony, and I think it should be. I just wish we could have had .wiretaps, but they are very difficult to obtain. San Diegos Eric Sievers runs past Seattles John Harris during Sundays 49-35 Seahawks victory. Seahawk offense silences rookie Davis Wayne Davis tries in vain to stop Celebrate Bobby Watkins of the Detroit Lions jumps for joy after his team held the Dallas Cowboys on the goal line in the second quarter of Sunday's NFL game. The Lions upset the Cowboys 26-21. For story, see page C4. The Associated Pres one of Daryl Turner's four TDs. The Associated Press By Bob Gaines Times Advocate Sportswriter SAN DIEGO - Daryl Turner was destined for deep trouble. At least, thats what Chargers corner-back Wayne Davis predicted. Forget Turners burning speed, clever moves, soft hands. Never mind that the second-year pro out of Michigan State averaged more than 20 yards a catch and scored 10 touchdowns last season. Davis, a rookie from Indiana State, openly boasted he would silence the Seahawks explosive wide receiver. If thats bragging, consider that, compared with Davis, even Hulk Hogan seems humble. Nobody scares me, said Davis. Im in control every time I walk onto the field. Welcome to the NFL. Davis was far from in control Sunday as Turner caught seven passes for 121 yards and a Seahawks record four touchdowns to lift Seattle to a 49-35 come-from- Cruz gets 2,000th hit as Padres fall to 4th HOUSTON (AP) Jose Cruz may not be a threat to Pete Roses all-time hit record, but the left-handed-hitting Houston outfielder was still proud when he collected his 2,000th career hit in the Astros 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. It was a good feeling to get No. 2,000, even though a hundred other guys may have that many, Cruz beamed after the victory Sunday. That last hit is the only hit I remember. The victory moved the Astros ahead of the Padres in sole possession of third place in the National League West for the first time since July 21. The win is Houstons 16th in its past 19 games. The fourth-place Padres have lost five in a row and 16 of their last 20. Cruz, a 14-year veteran and former National League all-star, belted a LaMarr Hoyt fastball into centerfield for a fourth-inning single to reach the milestone. Hes a great hitter, and Im someone whos given up a few famous hits, commented San Diegos Eric Show, who gave up Roses historic hit last week. What makes him so great is hes unpredictable. I never know what hes going to hit. He hits balls out of the strike zone as well as strikes. Hes a good clutch hitter, and he has some power too. Houston rookie Glenn Davis broke up a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning with a 475-foot tape-measure home run that landed two rows from the top of the leftfield stands. Davis blast gave him 15 homers for the season, setting an Astros rookie home run record. The old mark was 14 by Joe Morgan in 1965. Maybe I can get a few more home runs before the season is over and give some other rookie something to go after, Davis said. v Donna CosentmoThe Times Advocate behind victory. One of the few times Davis did catch Turner was after the game had ended. He thanked me, said Turner. He said that I had made him a great player. At first, I didnt understand what he meant. I guess he figured I had taught him a lesson. Davis confirmed the chat. He just made me the greatest cornerback in the NFL, said, Davis. Im not used to being beat. Until now, everything had been very easy for me. Today, I was initiated. Today, I learned. This is a low point and Im really upset with myself. I guess I played too easy at times. On every one of those touchdowns, I know I could have made the play. Davis nearly tipped two touchdowns away from Turner, but was turned around on a 30-yard score from David Krieg to Turner that gave the Seahawks a 35-29 lead Please see Seahawks, page C2 PadreWatch Sundays game Houston 2, San Diego 1 . Standings The Padres are 71-71 and in fourth place in the NL West, 1 3 games behind Los Angeles. Last year The Padres were 82-66 and in first place on Sept. 1 6, 1 984. Todays game Los Angeles (Jerry Reuss 1 2-9) vs. San Diego (Eric Show 9-1 0) 7 05 p m. Radio KFMB (760) Ive hit a few that have gone pretty far, but that one went farther than most. Astros Manager Bob Lillis said, Everyone would like to hit one like that. He hit that ball about as well as you could hit a ball. San Diego Manager Dick Williams took the blame for the loss after leaving reliever Craig Lefferts in the game to pitch to Davis. Ill take responsibility for that loss. I should have never left Lefferts in to pitch to Davis. He hits him too well, Williams said. Lefferts, 7-6, was the loser, while Houston rookie Jeff Calhoun, 2-3, got the win. Dave Smith recorded his 24th save for the Astros. The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the first after Miguel Dilone led off with a single and stole second. Dilone moved to third on a Garry Templeton bunt and scored on Tony Gwynns sacrifice fly to left. Houston tied the score in the fourth when Cruz delivered his 2,000th hit, driving in Denny Walling from second. Walling had singled and moved to second on a passed ball by San Diego catcher Terry Kennedy. f v

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