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6—Ukiah Pally Journal, Ukiah,,Calif. Tuesday, January 10, 1978 Dallas Will avenge NFC Script promises a super Super Bowl By Murray Oldennaii •1 HEV/ ORLEANS, La.— Y NEA)—For eight out of nine years, or ever since an ex- pool room hustler from Beaver Falls, Pa:, known as Jo^. Willie Namath, defied the cognoscenti, the '>America|i, Football Conference anci its pretjecesspr, the American Football League, has dominated professional football's ,extravaganza, the, Super Bowl. On the 10th year, in the Superdome here on Jan. 15, it will end. That doesn't mean the AFC still doesn't produce the better grade of teams overall in the National Football League. It simply means — at least, that's my prediction — the Dallas Cowboys will beat the Denver Broncos in a fine football game, 20-16, and prove definitively that for now at least they are the best team in the sport. */ It's significant that the Cowboys, who are making their fourth appearance in the Super Bowl (a record equalled only, surprisingly, by the Minnesota Vikings), were also the last National Football Conference to win one of the classics, trouncing the Miami Dolphins, 24-3, on Jan. 16,1972; - , A dozen players from that Super Bowl championship contingent are still active ojii the 1978 Cowboys — among them such key performers as quarterback Roger Staubach on offense and safeties Charlie Waters and Cliff Harris on defense, all of them all-pros. The Broncos, the surprise squad of the 1977 pro season, had never in their history been to a playoff game before this, let alone an overwhelming spectacle like the Super Bowl, with its tremendous focUs of pressure. Only two of the Bropco players — , veteran quarterback Craig Morton, an ex-CoAjvboy, ahd placekicker Jim Turner, . who kicked three field goals that were decisive in Joe Willie Namath's glory game of 1969 — have had any previous exposure to this kind of concentrated hoopla. But experience won't be the decisive factor. The Cowboys, for offensive and defensive balance and, equally important, for basic squad depth, are a better team than the inspirational Broncos, who benefitted from the driving leadership of their new coach, Red Miller, an unusual comeback from their born-again quarterback, Morton, and an opportunistic defense . that turned around many of their big games. This is how the high drama, for that is what each Super Bowl game has become, will unfold: The casts for Super Bowl XIJ OFFENSE Wide Receivers: Dallas Drew Pearson, Golden Richards, Butch Johnson , Denver Haven Moses, Jack Dolbin, Rick Upchurch Comment: Edge to Cowboy cast. Pearson close to best in game. Richards, Johnson alternate carrying in plays. Moses only real threat Broncos have and he can be covered tteep. Tight Ends Dallas Billy Joe Dupree, Jay Saldi Denver Riley Odojns, Randy Egloff Comment: Standoff because Saldi is much better backup than anything Broncos have,: Qdoms more dangerous receiving threat than DuPree, leading Bronc catcher, but they're about even as blockers. Offensive Line Dallas Ralph Neely, LT,: Herbert ^cott, LG, John Fitgerald, C.Tom Rafferty, RG, Pat Donovan, RT Denver ' Andy Maurer, LT, Tom Classic, LG, Mike Montler, C. Paul Howard, RG, Claudie Minor, RT Comment: Both teams stronger on right side, with an edge to the Broncs because that's tbe direction they run when they need the tough yards. Centers are both solid. Dallas gets the nod for reserve strength, with Burton Lawless, Rayfield Wright. Quarterbacks Dallas Roger Staubach, Danny White Denver Craig Morton, Craig Penrose Coimmentf Despite MiJrton's gutsy performance in '77, Staubach is far superior in skills and leadership. K[e could don>inate the •; game. White, in fact, better ^ than.£inything Broncos have. SUPER BOWL xu7 M .baaa.i| Running Backs Dallas Tony Dorsett, Robert Newhouse, Preston Pearson, Doug Dennison penver Otis Armstrong, Jon Keyworth, Rob Lytle, Lonnie Perrin Comment: Dx)rsett's most exciting back on field, but for depth, consisitericy the Comment: White gets little more distance,, but Dilts has been uncanny in coffin corner. White the better athlete, too. Kick Returns Dallas Butch Johnson, Tony Hill Denver > Rfck Upchurch, John Schultz Comment: None more the game early, as they did against Chicago and Minnesota in the playoffs, they're almost impossible to contain. . That's the way I think it'll happen. Dallas,,will scorfe first and set the tempo for an eventual victory. And a return to respectability of the NFC. , •(NEWPPAPEHENTERPRI.SE ASSN ) Catcher drafted by Blue Jays NEW YORK (UP 1[) - The Toronto Blue Jays, hopeful they have discovered another Carlton Fisk or Jim Sundberg among a list of junior college players and college dropouts, made catcher Mike Lebo of and North Coast Section and Middletown, Pa., the' No. 1 statn Chamninnshins at thp selection today in ma:jor league baseball's 13th annual winter draft of amateur free agents. Lebo, a dropout from the University of South Carolina, is a sturdily built athlete with a. strong throwing arm and major league home ryn poterttial. The 19-year-old catcher batted .475 for the American Legion team in Middletown this summer where he attracted scouts from practically every major league team. ' "Lebo is without question the best player available in the country," said a scoiit for the New York Mets. "He's a big strong catcher with good power and a strong arm. He's got a lot to learn, but he's got a lot of talent." CL ioisrney nice, buf Catgrapplers host SF^ Panthers tomorrow 25 earlyhasehaW atMC Coach Jerry Aikman of Ukiahi's' Varsity wi-estler^' feels that his young men did h super job, in the Clear Lake Invitational Tournament at Lakeport on Saturday, when they outdistanced their closest competitor, host Clear Lake, by 50 points and were more than 100 points ahead of Fortuna, Concord and other traditionally strong mat teams. However, none of .that will count come 5:30 p.m. Wednesday when the Wildcats host Santa Rosa in the opening Jayvee and Varsity dual matches of the season. The Cats now, in Jayvee and Varsity, must concentrate on winning 'em one dual match at a time, then peak for the NBL Broncs;'contingent is better, jdangerous than Upchurch, Quartet is interchangeable, #who can break game open. and add Jim Jensen. Arm- strohg, in off year, might thrive in Super Bowl environment. Pearson a receiving threat. Placekickers Dallas Efren Herrera Denver ,Jim Turner Comment: Herrera, turned erratic late in season. Turner wasn't so hot either, but he's more experienced and likely to hold up better under pressui'fe of Super Bowl. Perrin kicks off for Broncs. DEFENSE Defensive Linemen Dallas Edgar Jones, LE, Jethro Pugh, LT, Randy White, RT, Harvey Martin, RE Denver Barney Chavous, LE, Rubin Carter, NG, John Grant, NG, Lyle Alzado, RE Comment: The Cowboys' famous "flex" against the Broncos' three-man front. Dallas superb against rush, and has jacked up pass rush dramatically this year with Randy White, who makeis things happen. Denver smartly alternates units to assure freshness, using Grant, Paul Smith, Brison Manor as subs. Alzado overrunning Neely could be crucial up-front battle. Overall edge to Dallas. Linebackers Dallas Tom Henderson, Lf^, Bob Breuning, MLB, D.D:. Lewis, RLB, Mike Hegman, OLB ' Denver Bob Swenson, LLB, Joe Rizzo, ILB, Randy Gradishar, ILB, Tom Jackson, RLB Comment: All-pro acclaim went to Jackson, Gradishar, but Henderson best linebacker on field. Can run at Jackson! Both units very active against pass. In pass situation. Broncos often sub another lineman. Grant, for Rizzo. Cowboys have better depth. Defensive Backs Dallas Benny Barnes, LCB, Aaron Kyle, RCB, Charhe Waters, SS, Cliff Harris, FS Denver Louis Wright, LCB, Steve Foley, RCB, Bill Thompson, SS, Bernard Jackson, FS Comment: Except for Wright at one corner, it's Cowboys all the way, though Bill Thompson at strong safety matches off well against Waters. Dallias.can go, to six-man deep defense with Mark Washington, Randy Hughes. Even have Mel Renfro. Brdncs would be in trouble if they got any injuries. Harris is dominat-, Ing free safety. Punters Dallas , Danny White Denver Bucky Dilts , But Johnson, Hill aren't bad. Overall, Cowboy special teams feature better athletes, which can be important factor in game. THE SCRIPT FOR SUPER BOWL XII Because of the prestige and money at stake — an ultimate $32,000 to each member of the winning team — Super Bowls have tended to be conservatively played. The Cowboys shouldn't fall into that mold because Torn* I^ndry is astute arid innovative and, with Tony Dorsett in the lineup, can grab up big gulps of yardage in single plays. The Broncos lean to a more conservative offense, ' but Red Miller, who alternates his running backs to call the plays, must realize it's going to be tough to run against that Dallas flexed front four and should put the ball up in the air early to get the Cowboys off balance. 1 look for Randy White to be the pivotal figure in getting to Craig Morton and disrupting the Denver offense. Harvey Martin got the publicity for his 23 sacks this season, but White in the middle makes things happen. Morton will not try to throw in the center of the field because there is no better pair of safeties in the game than Waters aqd Harris. Unless Armstrong has a strong comeback effort after a desultory cam- piaign, I can't see the Broncos moving the ball cbhsist- ently. On the Denver side, Lyle Alzado and Rubin Carter can be the pressure forces to keep the Cowboys in check. When Dallas goes to the shotgun in passing situations. Carter can be disruptive playing on the nose of center John Fitzgerald. The Cowboys running game will be designed to spring Dorsett and Newhouse on quick traps because it's tough to run wide against the pursuing Broncos. Denver's big hope is an early turnover and a quick lead. If they have to play catchup football, I think it'll all be over in the first half. When the Cowboys control The Atlanta Braves chose second and went for right- handed pitcher Joe Housey of Miami-Dade» North Junior College. Housey, a 6-fool-l, 160-pounder from Hollywood, Fla., compiled a 2.:i9 earned- run average with 63 strikeouts and 40 walks in 71 2-3 innings for Miami-Dade North, last fall. "He is a, major league prospect," said his junior college coach Demi Mainieri. "At times he has a big-league breaking pitch and his velocity will get better as he gets stronger. He's an outstanding young man—a real winnerf' The Oakland A's chose righthanded pitcher Dave Grier from Valencia Junior College and the New York Mets went for Gerard Miller, a first baseman from Boone Junior College. The Seattle Mariners also chose a first baseman, selecting James Maler from Miami-Dade South Junior College, and the San Diego Padres chose lefthanded pitcher Donald Johnson from Eastern Michigan University. The Milwaukee Brewers named right-handed pitcher Weldon Swift of ; Baltimore, Md., as their first^round choice in the regular phase anc} the San Francisco Giants took first baseman Gregory Byrd from Columbia State Junior College in Tennessee. State Championships at the end of the season. Jayvee matches are 5:30 p.m., Varsity about 7 p.m. Wednesday in Chessall gymnasium. In between there is the big Masonite-Ukiah Invitational on Jan. 21, and before that, and after, other Saturday tournaments to sharpen the team still more. Saturday, Hugo Lopez advanced by forfeit, pinned his Fortuna opponent ahd then defeated a Cleaf Lake foe, 11-0 in the 97 pound Championship match. Robert Myers of Ukiah lost his opening bout to Armitage of Fort Bragg at 105, then came' back to win two consolation bouts and then tangled with Armitage again in the Consolation finals and vVon, 18 to 10, in a wild but successful struggle for third place with the man who first beat him! At 114 pounds, Richard Navin \von by, a pin; lost a 4-2 decision; won two Consolation decisions and took third on a Consolation final pin! (Every victory is an advancement point; every pin a bonus point to the team.), Henry Kunitzle won two decisions, the second a close, 9-7 match; lost a Championship match to Manning of Clear Lake, in anotjher fine showing. Fales of Fort Bragg , won one, lost to Kuintzle in a tough match, won a consolation bout, then lost to .Fortuna's Maher in the consolation finals. • • 'Robert Kuibtzle, deter^, mined to be one of the finest of his division in all of California, polished off his opponents, one on a- major Superior decision; another on a decision and won the championship at 129 pounds on a pin. Gerardo Lopez won his 135 opener on a 20 to 4 decision, advanced on another decision, then won the championship on a 13-0 decision over Strauss of Fort Bragg. Chuck Navin of Ukiah won the 140 pound championship, one of seven championships in the Clear Lake Tourney . claimed by Ukiah. He pinned Pacific and Fortuna opponents, then took an 8-0 win over Grothe of Clear Lake for the gold medal. Lee Johnson of Ukiah took the 147 pound title by pinning Fortuna and Terra Linda opponents and then won a 6-3 decision over Beard of the Minutemen from Concord. Richard Pai of Ukiah, pinned by the eventual champiori, came back to win two consolation bouts before losing a Consolation championship t6 Waite of Concord at 156. Ukiah did not have a 167 pounder make weight or enter. But Cliff Yaple of Ukiah, wrestling,at 177 pounds, did a niasterful job, not giving up a single point on a takedown or any other way as he wpn by forfeit; pinned Farmer of Qear Lake, then defeated .Turner of Pacific 8-0 in the Championship match. He was voted the Most Outstanding Wrestler over some pretty fine ones wrestling from 145 to heavyweight Saturday. Steve Knedler, Yaple's teammate at 191, did a job himself, winning on pins over Concord, Fortuna and Santa Rosa wrestlers to take that title on three straight pins. Doug Johns," Ukiah heavyweight, lost his only two matches. Seven champions and 11 first-through-foUrth place winners out of 12 divisions where Ukiah had an entry, was a truly strong, balanced mat showing. However, from now on things get down to tougher^NBL business. Coach Dan Drew, of Mendocino College, Monday greeted 25 early candidates for the 1978 Eagles' baseball team in Room 803 at the ^Fairgrounds interim campus, and today hopes to have his charges running and getting into condition, rain or i)o rain. It is possible thatstill more ing immediately.' Jeff Burrell, a catcher last season, wifj give first base a try this year; while Gary Davison, Mark Sterbenk and Brian Miller are back to pitch again, for the Eagles, taking up where they left off last seasorj. And Drew has a nuhibei* of returnirig outfield' players -will report for the.' candidates, including Gary team. Those not now out for basketball are urged td report to Drew at the college as soon as possible, or leave their names and phone numbers so Drew can contact them within the next few days. It is urgent that players begin condition- Venturi, who has played infield.; Kevin West, Matt Howard, .Rick Heath and Keith Ohleyer. Among other signees Monday were Dennis Willeford and Dale Fisher and others who can play infield or outfield. Knox, Clark in Detfoif coach derby PONTIAC, Mich. (UPI) — Los Angeles Coach Chuck Knox and former San Francisco Coach Mopte Clark appear to be the prime candidates for head coach of the Detroit Lions now that the NFL club has officially fired Head Coach Tommy Hudspeth and his entire eight-man staff. Lions' owner William Clay Ford announced the long- rumored firings Monday, but refused to reyeal the name of the new head coach or even when he planned to make the announcement. The Detroit Free Press today quoted "one usually wellinformed source" as sayihg that Knox would be the man to replace Hudspeth. The indication was that Stanford Coach Bill Walsh "has had the LA job" for two weeks or so, which w6uld make Knox fair game, the newspaper said. However, Knox said last week he had no intentions of breakii^g his contract with the Rams and that he fully intends to be back with the club next year. Last month, Clark confirmed reports there had been talks concerning a move to the Lions. Clark is also considered a strong candidate for the Buffalo Bills' coaching job, vacant since the firing of Jim Ringo. The assistant coaches released along with Hudspeth were Ed Hughes, John Payne, Wally English, Bill Belichick, Fritz Shurmur, Rollife Dotsch, Burnie Miller and Floyd Reese. However, Ford had previously said that he planned to have the situation cleared up by the Super Bowl this Sunday. Ford said the existing contracts for Hudspeth, who has , two years left on a three-year pact, and his assistants will be honored|. , "i have the highest personal regard for Tommy," Ford said. "He is an Outstanding individual. But for the sake of loyal Lion fans and the general good of the football team, we just felt a change was necessary at this time." Hudspeth came to the Lions in 1974 as a pro scout, later was personnel director, then was named to replace Rick Forzano four games into the 1976 season. The Lions suffered through two straight 6-8 seasons and haven't posted a winning season mark since Joe Schmidt's final season in 1972 (8-51). 'Peanut' winner SAN CARLOS (UPI) - Top- seeded Ann Kiyomura was upset by 17-year-old Mareen (Peanut) Louie pf San Francisco 6-7,7-5,6-0, Monday night in the firgt round of the Avon Futures tennis tournament. Louie, who has decided to remain an amateur through 1978, played a nearly flawles? third round set against the veteran pro from San Mateo. In other first round action, fifth-seed Lesley Hunt of Mill Valley topped Carrie Meyer of ^ Indianapolis 6-0, 6-3; Mariana' Simionescu of Romania upset third-seed Linda Mottram of England 6-4, 1-6, 64; and fourth-seed Kate Latham of Palo Alto fell to Jean DuVall of Dallas 6-4, 6-1. McTear, other frack stars off fast LONG BEACH, Calif, (UPI) — Houston McTear says he'll try for a world record every time he competes in a track meet this year. It worked his first time out, in the 60 meters during the first annual Muhammad Ali Invitational Saturday night, as he outran one of the finest sprint fields ever gathered in a record time of 6.54 seconds. That was three hundredths of a second faster than the old mark set by Gerhard Wucherer of West Germany in 1972, and twelve hundredths faster than the American record set by Steve Riddick last year. ' > Riddick, winner of twelve straight indoor sprints last year, finished second with a pace four hundredths of a second faster than his old mark. Two-time NCAA champion Harvey Glance of Auburn was third, followed by Charley Wells, World Cup 100-meter champion Steve Williams, Olympic 200-meter gold medalist Don Quarrie, World Cup 200-meter chanpion Qancy Edwards of University of Southern California and Olympic 200-meter bronze medalist Dwayne Evans. . Herman Frazier and Mike Tully also set world records in the meet before a crowd of 6,700. Frazier, from Philadelphia, pounded out 500 meters in 1:01.3, trimrning 1.1 seconds off the mark set by American Stan Vinson in 1974 and matched by Aubrey Wilson of Guyana last year. Tully, a UCLA senior who attended Long Beach Millikan High School, cleared 18-4 in he pole vault to top the world record of IB-S^/, set by Dan Ripley in 1974. He made the record leap on his third attempt. 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