The Santa Fe New Mexican from Santa Fe, New Mexico on November 15, 1985 · 11
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The Santa Fe New Mexican from Santa Fe, New Mexico · 11

Santa Fe, New Mexico
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Friday, November 15, 1985
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Santa Fe, N.M., Friday, November 15, 1985 THE NEW MEX ICAN R-5 Reserve, Tatamru mmeeH: for Class A tMe By PETE HERRERA The Associated Press Bill Richards has never been a generic type football coach. The veteran leader of the Reserve High School football program was home this week at an hour In the day when most coaches of teams bidding for a state championship would be on the practice field. "Its raining so we cut practice short, said Richards. Anyway, If you dont know what youre doing by now, Its probably too late. Richards will take his Mountaineers to Tatum for tonights Class A state championship clash with the Coyotes. The title game also will mark Richards final coaching assignment, since he is leaving New Mexico and the teaching profession to enter private business In Austin, Texas. Richards, an administrator, teacher and coach at Reserve during the past 25 Prep football years, said this week hes approaching his last game with a minimum of emotion. "I just dont think about it, he said. Reserve will be seeking its fourth Class A title in the last six years. The Mountaineers are the defending champions and also won it all in 1981 and 1983. The 1982 team finished second, j Employing the single-wing offense that Richards installed soon after his arrival at Reserve, this years team has run up a 7-1-1 record. The only loss was to top-ranked Class AA power Animas, 28-0, and the tie was a scoreless duel with Colonia Juarez in the third game of the year. Tailback Gary Zuniga, a 5-foot-ll, 185-pounder, Js the teams offensive leader. "Hes a college prospect, said Richards. The only problem is you tend to get overlooked when you play at a small school. Richards two sons, Todd and Toby, also are two-way starters. Todd plays linebacker and center while Toby doubles as a wide receiver and defensive back. Tatum posted a 6-4 regular season record and downed Carrizozo, 25-8, in the first round of the playoffs last week. The Coyotes have won four straight. They are quicker than we are and probably a little bigger, said Richards. It will take a good effort from our kids to win. The states Class AAAA teams complete regular season play this week, as do AAA members Deming and Silver City, who meet in a game that has no bearing on the playoff situation since Silver City, 10-0, has clinched the District 3AAA title. In a pre-playoff AAA elimination round, St. Pius, 7-2, hosts Lovington, 5-5, and Grants, 7-2, travels to Artesia, 8-3. Both of those games will be played tonight. The eight AA teams in the playoffs begin the elimination process to the title in quarterfinal round action. First round pairings will see District 2AA runner-up Clayton, 7-4, at District 3AA champ Animas, 9-0, and 3AA runner-up Tularosa, 3-6, is at 4AA champion Jal, 8-2 tonight. On Saturday, 1AA runner-up Dulce, 6-2, visits 2AA champ Academy, 8-1, and 1AA winner Questa, 8-2, is home against 4AA runner-up Dexter, 5-4. Only three of the eight playoff berths in Class AAAA have been decided. The rest of the spots will be filled after this week. Alamogordo, which can finish either first or second in District 4AAAA, District 1AAAA champion Santa Fe and runner-up Del Norte are assured of post-season play. Four-time defending champion Clovis, 7-3, will need an assist from No. 1 ranked Alamogordo tonight to make the playoffs. Clovis can make the playoffs with a win over Hobbs and an Alamogordo victory over No. 2 Roswell, 8-2. Highland, West Mesa, and Valley, all 5-4 going into the final week, are battling for the two playoff spots from District 2AAAA. West Mesa takes on Highland on Saturday while Valley can clinch its first playoff bid ever with a win Friday night over Albuquerque. In District 3AAAA, Eldorado, 5-4, and Mayfield, 5-4, have a slight edge over Cibola, 6-3, in the final week. Eldorado meets winless Manzano and Mayfield faces Las Cruces, 3-6, while Cibola finishes against Gadsden, 4-5. Victories by Mayfield and Eldorado will give those two teams the playoff berths. Bromic focus mosH: DoyaD By DAVE GOLDBERG The Associated Press Dan Reeves knows the two sides of Denver Broncos fans. Some of them, after all, wanted his head after the Broncos had the affront to lose a game to Seattle last season and fell to 11-2 after 10 straight wins. But after Reeves Broncos beat the San Francisco 49ers Monday night, he gave them full credit. When they come out in this kind of weather and cheer us on like they did, thats showing terrific support, he said. They helped us win the game. More precisely, one snow-ball-throwing fan helped them win the game. The missile in question, one of numerous snowballs flung from the stands at Mile High Stadium during the game, landed in front of San Franciscos Matt Cavanaugh as he was about to spot the ball for Ray Werschings 19-yard field-goal attempt. The best Cavanaugh could do was pick up the ball and heave it awkwardly (and unsuccessfully) into the end zone. The 49ers ended up losing 17-16. The police ended up escorting five people from the stadium on what detective Ken Chavez said was a charge of throwing missiles. And the incident tarnished Denvers image. As Dan Gayer of Commerce City, Colo., said after the game: It makes us look bad, especially when its on national television. Denver fans are probably the most blindly loyal in the National Football League 73,173 of them showed up Monday in 20-degree weather and despite a 30-10 defeat in San Diego the previous week. They would have been there had the Broncos entered the game 3-6 instead of 6-3. The waiting list for season tickets is as long as the waiting lists in Washington and New York, where the population base is millions larger. There have been divorce cases in which the battle for custody of the Broncos tickets is more bitter than the battle for custody of the kids. And memories linger. Lou Saban, who hasnt coached the Broncos since 1971, is still known there scornfully as Half-a-Loaf, because he played for a tie against the Dolphins that season and excused his actions by saying: Half a loaf is better than none. Last season, after the Broncos had the temerity to lose to the Seahawks, the mood in a town where the two daily papers treat a Broncos game with the attention of a declaration of war lay somewhere between betrayal and denial. But Denver fans are also pacifists compared to those in cities some fans feel theyve lost their fanhood if they go home without bloodying a neighbor or two. Then came the snowball and Instant outrage. I dont condone the snowball throwing, said Reeves. There is no place for that kind of activity in pro football. I hope we dont ever see that again. Its a disgrace when you have a game thats decided on something like a snowball, said General Manager George Young of the New York Giants. CSN is looking for an audience By BARRY WILNER The Associated Press Add to the alphabet soup of ESPNs, USAs and TBSs on cable television the letters CSN. But with a difference. CSN Commercial Satellite Network and-or Cable Sports Network offers a new concept for cable television affiliates no subscribers fee. Unlike ESPN, USA, et al, CSN provides its programming without charge to local cable companies, instead making its money from advertising on its programs. Its president, Tom Ficara, expects to make a profit on CSNs first-year outlay of $2 million. Were set up on a very tight budget, says Ficara, whose network went to 24-hour programming on Sept. 8. Weekends are devoted entirely to sports, while weekdays from 6 p.m. through 6 a.m. also are reserved for sports. The other hours offer films, religious and family-oriented shows. When you take up the numbers on all of our contracts, we have a 6-million subscriber base. But that might not be the number on right now. It will take six months before we know its like trying to nail Jello to the wall finding out who is watching. ' . N But Ficara has been convinced by the interest shown by advertisers, cable companies and sports entrepreneurs that the audience is there. We believe we have the elements to make CSN very attractive, he claims. Our philoso phy is to hold our own weight with advertising support. Our contracts (with affiliates) are longterm with no subscriber fee. There are no hidden tricks on that. There is a need for a cable service that has good sports events and no subscriber fee. While ESPN and the other cable networks with heavy sports emphasis fight expensive battles for telecast rights, CSN wont play that game. We are a bottom line operation, says Ficara, and we wont bid against anybody for rights to events. CSN will provide a variety of programming ranging from live sports coverage, tape-delayed events, tape events and other exclusives. We do intend to compete with networks like ESPN and USA for rights fees. Indeed, some sports promoters have come to CSN seeking to have their events televised in what Ficara calls vanity agreements. No rights fees are paid to those promoters but they get their games and attractions on the air. We have to take chances to make a name for ourselves, says Ficara. Were not afraid to. So you will see things like the Great American Truck Racing Tour on CSN. Or the ladies bowling tour. There also will be plenty of the more conventional sports available. CSN has signed an exclusive agreement with Mizlou, which will produce all of its live events. Denver's snowball hurler apologizes SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -The young man whose snowball may have cost the San Francisco 49ers a victory against the Denver Broncos says hes sorry and wont take a $500 reward offered for his story, the San Francisco Examiner said on Thursday. The misguided missile landed near backup quarterback Matt Cavanaugh on Monday night as he was about to spot the ball for a Ray Wersching field goal. Cavanaugh said the snowball distracted him and caused him to bobble the snap. 9K-9UJ Wersching was unable to kick the ball and Cavanaugh launched a pass that was incomplete. The score at the time was 14-3; the 49ers went on to lose 17-16, dropping their National Football League record to 5-5. Im really sorry about what I did and I want to apologize to the 49ers and to 49er fans, said the young man, who asked that his name not be used because he fears retaliation or loss of his parents season tickets. I dont want the money, he said of the reward posted for the snowball throwers story. I feel bad enough already. Everybody thinks Im a jerk, and I just dont want the people in San Francisco to think all Bronco fans are jerks. 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