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Page 10 Garden City Telegram Monday, November 14, 1977 Busters Blitz Coffeyville, 31-7 By JIM TOMAYKO Garden CHy Community College Broncbusters sewed up a lie for the Jayhawk Juco Conference football championship . by dumping Coffeyville 31-7 in Memorial Sladium Saturday night. Both Independence and Garden City finish the regular season with 7-1 league marks. Indy edged the Busters 7-6 early in the year. Coffeyville dropped to 5-3 in the conference race. It was the first time in several years that Garden City was able to turn back the Red Ravens. Two years ago here, the Busters led by 11 points with a little more than five minutes remaining and lost. Last season Raven coach Dick Foster, angered by being passed over by the Beef Empire Bowl selection committee, ran up a 38-0 score Garden City Grabs Share of Crown on the Broncbusters. GCCC coach Moe Cotter commented that the contest was "as close to a perfect game I hat we've played all season." He had a lot of evidence to back up that statement: defensively the Ravens were prevented from establishing any sort of ground attack and their record-setting passer Mike Long hit a lone scoring sirike. It was the first lime in three years that Coffeyville was held to less than two touchdowns. A total of 73 passes sailed through I he chilled Memorial Sladium air, and when the blitz had ended I he question of who is the conference's premier signal caller was settled in favor of Buster freshman Butch Kelly. Kelly hit 15 of 29 passes for 250 yards and four touchdowns. That performance moved him to 2,030 yards passing for the season. He has connected on 20 touchdown strikes. Long wound up with 1,987 yards. He had led Kelly by two yards a couple of weeks ago. Despite the productive Buster sky attack, the Garden City rushers also had a solid game with 261 yards. Frosh fullback Floyd Smith ran for 160 of those. Mark Damilini passed the injured Calvin Hill as Garden City's leading ground gainer with a 66-yard night. He i ot aled 753 yards on t he season 10 737 for the speedy tailback. Garden City scored first on a solid drive in the initial quarter of play. Kelly found slot back Mike Nemeth open near the end zone for the tally. Coffeyville's pass defenders were giving a lot of attention to soph split end Mike Friede. The nation's leading pass Telegram * Sports receiver was double and triple-teamed all night. Thus i he pressure was away from Nemelh on his 10 yard reception and on the other five catches he made on the way to his career best. Red Ravens stormed back with their own potent passing game with Long throwing for 59 yards to Scott Cooper for ihe lieing points. Garden's Rich Balluch had missed the conversion after Nemeth's score, so Coffeyville went briefly ahead when Mike Galvin split the uprights on his PAT kick. Frosh defensive back Tim Crossland fumbled the en- suing kickoff on the Buster one yard line. But the Garden City native recovered the ball and sped 90 yards to the Coffeyville nine. Shortly after Ihe return, Friede shook off his bodyguards and slanted into the end zone on an eight-yard touchdown reception. Balluch made the extra point and Garden Cily led 13-7. If there was any doubt that Friede is of all-America quality, the Goodland soph dispelled it over the next 10 minutes of play. Twice more in I he second quarter he would catch scoring strikes from Kelly. BRONCBUSTER players signify who Is No. 1 Saturday night after their 31-7 victory over visiting Coffeyville. Garden City, which next Saturday will compete in the second annual Beef Empire Bowl, shares the Jayhawk Juco Conference title with Independence. vicomeias Cage Coaches Choose Cats KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) This is the best time of year for most college basketball coaches. Oh sure, a select few whose teams get past regular season play will argue the merits of spring and the NCAA playoffs. Bui for most, you can't beat November. The season hasn't begun yet, and it's a time of hope and high aspirations. Anything can happen. All of which explains the jovial expressions worn by most of the Big Eight coaches Sunday in Kansas Cily. The basketball bosses were present to talk about their teams and the upcoming season, but other things popped up along the way. Like Jack Harlman, the Kansas State coach and a solid opponent to the Big Eight Conference's two-tournament system, facetiously mentioning the possibility of yet another tournament. "Yeah, we talked about it loday, and took it under advisement,"he smiled. "It'll be a coaches benefit tournament. Because if they get any more damn tournaments going, they're going lo lose some coaches. "What I really need is lo play Kansas one more lime." Then there was Nebraska Coach Joe Cipriano, the dean of conference coaches with 15 years at the Cornhusker helm. "II wasn't until today that I knew if I was coming for sure," Cipriano said, his eyes twinkling. "I thought we might be in the Big 10 by this time." Cipriano's remarks were directed at a weekend report that Nebraska is thinking about withdrawing from the Big Eight. And fiery Lynn Nance of Iowa State couldn't hide a smile when someone asked if he had figured out a way to cul down on his lechnical fouls. "I'm going to try to be on my best behavior," Nance said. "I'll try not lo gel five again in the Big Eight Tournament. I'd say three would be reasonable." The feeling from the coaches was thai 'defending champion Kansas Stale; Kansas and Oklahoma had the best shot at the Big Eight crown this season. The Wildcals have back standout senior guard Mike Evans and seven other lettermen from last year's team, which was 11-3 in conference play and 23-8 overall before losing to eventual national McCook, Buster Cagers Open Season Tonight The Garden City Community College men's basketball team will receive its first lasie of official action tonight al 7:30 when it hosts McCook, Neb., in the Bronc- busler gymnasiuym. The Busters, who will operate under new head coach Dave Lindsey, appeared ragged in spols during a 69-63 viclory over an alumni team last week. Outstanding in that game was 6-5 freshman forward Mike Darby, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y. The bearded jumping jack fired in 34 points and hauled down 10 rebounds to keep the varsity above water. Also impressive at limes was sophomore guard Kirk Hemmerl. One of only four players returning from last year's 4-23 squad, the 6-0 Oakley native scored nine poinis and led the defensive charge. Lindsey, who replaced former coach Duane Channel! when the latter resigned last spring, was "nol al all satisfied" wiih Ihe Busters' effori aginsl the alumni. "1 was disappointed with Ihe way we dominated Ihe game at I imes, t hen let people off the hook," he said. "I don't Ihink we're menially lough enough yel. We are very young and we've only been logelher about three weeks. We've ihrown a lot of new stuff at ihem in thai time." The conlesl will be McCook's season opener, also. Lindsey said Ihe Nebraska squad is young, with only two sophomores on the rosier, but has "kids from all over the nation." The Busters open a hectic road trip Thursday in Amarillo, Texas. They will play three games in three days there (Amarillo, Coffeyville, Hill, Texas), then reiurn for the annual Cowboy Capiiol Classic in Dodge Cily nexi week. Lindsey said Mark Murphy, a 5-11 sophomore from Ulysses, has returned to practice after missing considerable time with a leg injury. Also back is new assistant coach Forbes Lapp. The former New York Cily high school menlor had been bat i ling an illness for more than a week. Tonight's starting lineup: G—Kirk Hemmert, 6-4 sophomore from Oakley G—Tony Byles, 6-3 freshman from Brooklyn, N.Y. '_ C — Gilbert Maxwell, 6-6 freshman from Buffalo, N.Y. F—Mike Darby, 6-5 freshman from Brooklyn, N.Y. F—Doug Befort, 6-7 sophomore from Hays FRIEDE. . three more . catches TD passes. Second TD was a 72-yard play: Friede simply oul-ran four frantic defenders under Kelly's arching loss. His ihird touchdown was on Ihe same type of play, this lime for 46 yards. Garden Cily was unable to convert after either score. Those Ihree receptions were "all" lhal Friede caughi all night. They totaled 126 yards. Al season's end the soph has 57 snags for 1,078 yards and a remarkable 17 touchdowns. He leads Busier scorers. A stunned Coffeyville offense netted a minus nine yards on the ground in Ihe second half while Long put 25 more passes in Ihe air. No scoring resulted. Garden City continued a ball-control game lhal included 15 more passes and another 130 rushing yards. Lone payoff for the Busters was a five-yard touchdown run by Calvin Hill. Hill has an ankle injury and only carried four limes in the contest. Balluch missed Ihe conversion try. The frosh kicker seemed lo be Ihe only offensive dark spot for Ihe Buslers as he missed a pair of 31-yard field goal allempls and Ihree of four exlra poinis. Saturday afternoon al 1:30 in Memorial Sladium Garden Cily will face Scollsdale, Ariz., in Ihe second annual Beef Empire Classic. Last year the Buslers defeated Northeastern Oklahoma in Ihe inaugural Beef Bowl. Garden Coffey City ville First Downs 24 12 Yards Rushing 261 49 Yards Passing 250 245 Passes 29-15-1 44-18-3 Punts G-36 11-33 Penalties 5-55 6-65 Fumbles Lost 1 1 Coffeyville 7000—7 Garden City 6 19 0 6—31 champ Marquette in Ihe NCAA regional playoffs. Evans, who will be aided by forward Curlis Redding, scored al an 18.3 clip lasl year and needs jusl 380 more poinis to become Ihe leading scorer in Big Eighl hislory. Kansas, Oklahoma and Nebraska each also have several slarters returning. Jayhawk Coach Ted Owens, whose team-was 8-6 and 18-10 last year, plans to alternate 71 Paul Mokeski al forward and cenler positions with Donnie Von Moore.and Ken Koenigs. Shooting star John Douglas will be at one guard spot and any one of Ihree players at Ihe olher. Oklahoma, 9-5 and 18-10, will be led again by forward John McCullough, who scored 15.2 poinis a game lasl year. Also back on a veteran Sooner squad are forward Drew Head, guard Gary Carrabine and cenler Al Beal. Nebraska, which buill a 7-7 and 15-14 team in 1976-77, is expected to duel Missouri for fourth place. Center Carl McPipe, a 15.2-poinl scorer last season, should lead Ihe way, backed by guard Brian Banks and forward Terry Novak. Norm Stewart's Missouri learn is probably the least experience dof any in Ihe conference, although lhat doesn't necessarily mean the least talented. The Tigers, 9-5 and 21-8 have explosive forward Clay Johnson back, along with guard Larry Drew and center Slan Ray. Tom Dore, 7-2, and freshmen Curlis Berry, Greg Boone and Kenn Stoehner may also be of help. Jim Killingsworlh, Ihe new coach al Oklahoma Slate, inherits a 4-10 and 6-21 team. Among the bonuses are forward Olus Holder and Eli Johnson, and center Andrew Johnson. Holder scored 16.8 points a game lasl season. Colorado, 5-9 and 11-16, has five slarters back, including guard Emmell Lewis. Simpson Shoots Way from Dog House By The Associated Press Until the final four seconds, Ralph Simpson was in Herb Brown's dog house. Then he shot his way out. Simpson got into hot water with some bad passes earlier in Ihe game and then unleashed a shot near Ihe end that he wasn't supposed to. But he finally made up for his mistakes with Ihe winning field goal as the Detroit Pistons edged the Washington Bullets 104-102 in the National Basketball Association Sunday night. "I wasn't supposed to take the shot at the end, and I wasn't even supposed to be in the game," said Simpson, "so it wasn't 100 bad a moment for me." Simpson was pulled off Ihe court by Del roil Coach Brown after his bad passing proved cosily to ihe Pistons. When he later came back into the lineup, Simpson looked as though he would hurt Ihe Pistons with his shooting as well. With the game tied at 102, Brown set up a shot for Eric Money. But Simpson tried a field goal prematurely with 21 seconds left. II missed — but luckily, the ball bounced out of bounds off a Washington player, giving possession back to Detroit. In oilier NBA games, ihe Los Angeles Lakers beat ihe Golden Slate Warriors 97-95; ihe Phoenix Suns trimmed ihe Indiana Pacers 116-107; Ihe Seattle Su- perSonics walloped the New Orleans Jazz 117-83 and ihe Boston Celtics defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 127-119. Lakers 97, Warriors !I5 Jamaal Wilkes, Don Ford and l»u Hudson led Los Angeles over Golden S>aie. Hudson scored un a fast break and hii a ihree-point play in a 7-0 Los Angeles spun thai opened ihe fourth quaner and overcame a two-point deficit. The Lakers never i railed again, all hough the i earns were never sepa- raied by more lhan five points. With Los Angeles leading 84-81, Ford hit i wo shots in a row and Wilkes helped cunirol the boards as ihe Lakers withstood a Golden Stale comeback. Suns 116, Pacers 107 Ronnie Lee made several key sleals and nine big points down Ihe stretch as Phoenix defeated Indiana. Early in Ihe fourih quarter, Indiana had crepl to wiihin one point of the Suns before Lee began his heroics." For the evening, Lee had a season- high 24 points to lead all Phoenix scorers, followed by Paul Westphal wiih 23 and center Alvan Adams with 22. SuperSonics 117, Jazz 83 , With Marvin Webster dominating Ihe inside, Seattle opened a 22-poinl lead in >he third quarter and coasted past New Orleans. The loss was New Orleans' fifth in a row and fourth straight on Ihe road. Websier pulled down only seven rebounds in Ihe game, but lossed in 11 poinis in ihe third period. He finished wiih 20 poinis, as did guards Fred Bri'Wii and Gus Williams. New Orleans' Pel e Maravich, who had a game high of 32 points, scored 14 of New Orleans' 19 'hird-quarier points. Celtics 127. Bucks 119 Two JD Jo While jump shots halfway through uveriime boosted Boston to a I'ive-ptiini lead and the Celtics wenl on in beai Milwaukee. The Bucks got wiihin 120-117 on Quinn Buckner's jumper. But John Havlicek, who came off I he bench to score 15 poinl s, had four of i hem in overtime afler Buckner's basket. While led all scorers with 23 points. Dave Cowens and Cedric Maxwell added 18 each. Maxwell's poinis all were in Ihe first half. FRESHMAN QUARTERBACK Butch Kelly unleashes one of 29 passes he threw against Coffeyville Saturday night while Raven defenders Mike Thomas (76) and Danny Lee (75) bear down on him. Kelly passed for four touchdowns to lead Garden City Community College to a 31-7 win and a share of the conference title, vicorndas 'Drop Is Excruciating' CHICAGO (AP) - "Let me tell you something," said Ed Podolak, who sank from hero to footnote in just 21 seconds. "The drop is excruciating." Perhaps the tumble wouldn't have been so bruising had he known what Waller Pay ton claimed to have known. "I knew we were going to win the ball game. It was just a matter of time. The guys work too hard not to win," said Pay I on, who had the advantage of being on a team with the current best runner in the National Football League, himself. Payton ran, cut 1 and bounced off defenders for 192 yards and three touchdowns as the Chicago Bears pulled out an exciting, come-from- behind, 28-27 victory Sunday over the Kansas City Chiefs on Bob Avellini's 37- yard scoring lob lo a wide-open Greg Latla wiih three seconds left and Bob Thomas' exlra poinl. The dramatic climax made Podolak's 14-yard touchdown run with 24 seconds lo go into nothing more than a tension builder that drove some of the 49,543 spectators to the exits before the final act. And it restored Pay ton's 15-yard scoring scamper with 2:02 left to a key supporting role that, with Thomas' kick, gave Chicago ils firsl lead of Ihe game, 21-20, afler (railing 17-0 al halfime. Bui Podolak, who gained 102 yards, hadn'l given up. "Two minules wiih Ihe wind behind you and Ihree poinis lo win, that's done a lot," he said. "We were confident when we went on the field thai we could make it." But what Ihe Bears did isn't done nearly as often. "When you go 57 yards in 20 seconds, that defies the odds," admitted Podolak. "Football, it's a crazy game," said Avellini, whose voice failed to hide his joy. "You go from one emotion to Ihe nexl. It's best to remain as unemotional as possible. You win some games like that and lose some games like that. If you gel too emotional, you go crazy." Jan Stenerud, whose 21-yard field goal with 3:21 left had given the Chiefs a 20-14 edge, kicked off after Podolak's touchdown. Brian Baschnagel returned the ball 22 yards and the Bears started from Iheir own 43-yard line with 19 seconds to play. Avellini hit Robin Earl for 20 yards, then Lalla for Ihe clincher. Avellini said he saw a defender deep down the middle and decided quickly to aim for Latta, who was cutting to the left. He said he didn't have time lo see if Latta was open before throwing and added, "What was it, 10 seconds lo go? II was a prayer." Lalla said he didn'l know how he got free. "I was just running and the next thing I knew the ball was in the air. I just kept running for it." "We were in zone coverage like we wanted to do," said Kansas City Coach Tom Betlis. "They jusl got behind us". "Chicago just played better in the second half. In this game you can't relax until there are Ihree zeros on Ihe time clock." The viclory improved the Bears record lo 4-5 while the Chiefs fell to 2-7.