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I'nge 10 Garden T.ily Telegram Monday, November 28, 1M77 Baltimore Joins the Believers: Denver Is For Real By The Associated Press Ted Marchibroda and the Baltimore Colts are the latest to learn what is becoming gospel around the National Football League: the Denver Broncos are for real. The Broncos jumped to a 140 half time lead over Baltimore in Sunday's battle of division leaders, saw the Colls close to within 14-13, then turned them back with two fourth-quarter touchdowns in posting a 27-13 victory. "You have to give Denver credit," said Marchibroda, impressed by the offense led by surprising Craig Morion and the rugged Orange Crush defense. "This was probably the biggest game they've been in, and they played almost errorless football." The Broncos now are 10-1, 1 he best record in the league. They lead defending Super Bowl champion Oakland by 1V 2 games in the American Football Conference's West Division. Denver is a newcomer to the ranks of the NFL's elite, bul Buster Grapplers Fourth By JIM TOMAYKO Sophomore heavyweighl David Drennan was the lone individual champion for Garden City Community College at its invitalional wrestling lournament Saturday. The 210-pounder decisioned Dale Denner of Colby 5-3 for ihe title. Colby swept to the team crown with 127 points. Claremore, Okla., was second with 116. Northeastern Colorado took I bird (86 points). Next came Garden City (67) Oscar Rose of Oklahoma (60) and Dodge City (40). Drennan went off to an early 3-1 lead, but had a dificult lime cornering the much larger Denner. The Colby wrestler gained a free point when the Broncbuster was tabbed for stalling. Score stood at 3-2 going into the "final period. Denner successfully escaped from Drennan's grasp to knot the tally. The two behemoths spent most of the period looking for a handle, the winner finally scoring a takedown with seconds left. Garden City had two other wrestlers in the finals: At 134 pounds Buster freshman Herb Tolbert went against Robert Monlanez of Norlheastern. They were closely matched through the first two periods with the score tied at 4-4 beginning the third frame. Montanez got some near-fall points to win 85, thus Tolbert was tourney second-placer. Other Broncbuster finalist also finished second: Mike Meadors, former Garden City High School stand-out and now a sophomore 150-pounder at GCCC, was pinned by Tom Alstrom of Colby. Alstrom twice was stale runnerup while at Oberlin High School and floored Meadors with 1:10 left in the second period. In consolation bracket action Ihe Busters collected three fourths and two sixths. Clay Hickles (150 pounds), Dan Barnhardl (177), and Dennis Hughes (190) notched fourths. Randy ("Maag (142) and Jesse Graham (150) collected a point each. Next action for the Bronc- busters will be the prestigious Fiesta Bowl Tournament Friday and Saturday in Phoenix, Ariz. four more familiar names — Dallas, Pitlsburgh, Minnesota and Los Angeles — strengthened their playoff chances with victories Sunday. The Dallas Cowboys, 9-2, look a commanding two-game lead over St. Louis in the National Football Conference's Eastern Division by edging arch-rival Washington 14-7 on a fourthquarter touchdown by rookie Tony Dorsetl. The Redskins now are three games back at 6-5, but have a slim chance at the NFC wildcard playoff berth. The Pittsburgh Steelers, 7-4, took over sole possession of first place in the AFC Central, beating the New York Jets 2320 as Terry Bradshaw threw two touchdown passes and the Steelers picked off five Jets aerials. The other three teams in the division, Cincinnali, Cleveland and Houston, are lied for second place at 6-5 in the league's closest divisional race. • The Minnesota Vikings got back on the winning track with a 13-6 triumph over Green Bay as Chuck Foreman ran through' the snow for 101 yards. Thai put the Vikings, 74, one game ahead of Chicago in the NFC Central. And Ihe Los Angeles Rams stayed two games ahead of Atlanta in the NFC West, blanking the Cleveland Browns 9-0 in another game played in snow. It was only Ihe fifth lime the Browns have been blanked in 367 regular-season games. Elsewhere in the NFL Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals beal Ihe New York Giants 3013, the Houslon Oilers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 34-20, the Atlanta Falcons blanked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 17-0, Ihe New England Palriols lopped the Philadelphia Eagles 14-6, the San Diego Chargers trimmed Ihe Seattle Seahawks 30-28 and the San Francisco 49ers edged the New Orleans Saints 20-17. Chicago beat Detroit 31-14 and Miami walloped St. Louis 55-14 Thursday. -Buffalo plays al Oakland tonight in a game which Ihe Raiders, 8-2, must win to slay Telegram's Sports within striking distance of Denver in Ihe AFC West and remain the front-runner for the AFC wild card. Morion staked the Broncos to their early lead with touchdown passes of 41 yards to Rick Upchurch and 19 lo Jack Dolbin. Baltimore came back in the second half for a touchdown and two field goals behind the crisp, short passing of Bert Jones. Bul Jones, who completed 11 passes to Don McCauley and nine lo Lydell Mitchell, both running backs, suffered a critical interception in the final period. With 7:20 lo go in Ihe game, he Iried to dump a pass lo McCauley in Ihe flat. Bul Denver linebacker Tom Jackson stepped in front of McCauley, picked off (he ball and dashed 73 yards for the clinching touchdown. Morion ran 6 yards for an insurance score with 1:14 left, bul Jackson's TD was what lamed the Colls. Cowboys 14, Redskins 7 With the score tied 7-7 in the fourth period, Dallas had the ball on the Redskins' 2-yard line with fourth down and one yard needed for a firsl down. "My first inclination was to go for the field goal," said Cowboys Coach Tom Landry. "I jusl felt like thai when you get in Ihere, you oughl not come oul wilhoul any points." Landry changed his mind, however, and Roger Staubach sneaked over for a firsl down. On Ihe nexl play, Dorsell hurdled the line for Ihe game-winning score. Steelers 23, Jets 20 Bradshaw completed scoring strikes of 37 yards lo John Si all worth and 5 yards lo Lynn ' Swann, and Franco Harris ran 1 yard for a Pill- sburgh touchdown, but Roy Gerela's 37-yard field goal with 5:58 lo play proved lo be the winning margin. Harris gaitied 83 yards and became only ihe third player in NFL history lo pile up over 6,-OOQ yards in his first six seasons, joining Jimmy Brown and O.J. Simpson. Vikings 13, Packers 6 Chuck Foreman rushed for 101 yards and Bob Lee hooked up with Sammy While for a 40- yard scoring strike through the snow as Minnesota beal Green Bay. Rams 9, Browns 0 Pal Haden completed 20 of 29 passes for 172 yards for Los Angeles while Lawrence McCutcheon and John Cappel- lelli led a solid ground game. Cappelletti's 7-yard louch- down run and Rafael Seplien's 18-yard field goal were Ihe only scores, bul il was Los Angeles' defense which dominated the game. Bengals 30, Giants 13 The Bengals beat Ihe Giants by beating the weather. Ken Anderson fired Ihree first-half touchdown passes, including a 58-yard bomb to wide receiver Billy Brooks on Cincinnati's firsl play from scrimmage, before the snow came. Oilers 34, Chiefs 20 Houslon built a 34-6 lead as Dan Paslorini threw three touchdown passes, including two lo Ken Burrough, Ihen coasted past Kansas City. Rob Carpenter rushed for 149 yards and Ronnie Coleman for 101 for the Oilers, while Tim Wilson scored on a pair of 1- yard runs. Falcons 17, Buccaneers 0 "It's back lo Ihe praclice field on Monday," said Tampa Bay Coach John McKay, whose club now is 0-25 over two years afler ils fiflh shulout of Ihe season. Haskel Slanback scored both Atlanla touchdowns on 1- yard plunges. The Falcons have given up just 83 points in 11 games and have a shot al Ihe record for fewest poinls allowed in a 14- game season, 133 by Minnesota in 1969. Patriots 14, Eagles 6 Steve Grogan passed for iwo touchdowns in Ihe firsl half and Ihe New England defense made them stand up, sacking' Philadelphia quarterback Ron Jaworski eight limes. Chargers 30, Seahawks 28 Dan Fouls, who rejoined San Diego last week afler a 125-day holdoul, found Charlie Joiner wilh a 17-yard louch- down pass and defensive end Fred Dean raced 22 yards with an interception for another fourth-quarter score, leading the Chargers over Seattle. Fouls completed 19 of 26 passes for 199 yards in his season debut. 49ers 20, Saints 17 Ray Wersching's 42-yard field goal as lime ran oul provided the winning poinls for the 49ers, who gol 190 yards rushing from Wilbur Jackson. TOM OSTRANDER, Garden City High School wrestling coach, takes a close look at a human pile-up Saturday during the annual Brown and White scrimmage. David Coen and Phil Herrera tangle, with Coen later recording a fall. Jim Tomayko Photo Pins Highlight Mat Scrimmage Pins galore marked the annual Brown-While wrestling scrimmage at Garden City High School Saturday aflernoon: seven of Ihe 12 matches were won by falls and three others by decisions. Coach Tom Oslrander acted as referee in the event that helps him choose the varsity squad that, will open Ihe Buffalo season Tuesday at Colby. These are (he results: 98 pounds — Jon Bigler pinned Joe Arellano in the second period. 105 — Kurt Brungardi won a 15-0 decision over Brian Tabor. 112 — David Coen pinned Phil Herrera in the second period. 119 — Jon Ruiter scored a 13-0 decision over Ryan Russell. 126 — Kevin Miller pinned Randy Waddle in the second period. 132 —Jim Wagner pinned LeWayne Tresner in ihe third period. 138 — Bryan Holmes decisioned Carlos Ibarra 4-3. 145 — Marly Nelson pinned Casey Huelskamp in the firsl period. 155 — Chuck Nelson won by a fall over Vince Bull. 167 — Jeff Collins whipped Gregg Rains, 10-1. 185 — Kevin Bascue edged Kevin Mehringer l-o. Heavyweighl — Tom Ingalls defeated Rod Montney 172. Longhoriis Have Lock on National Crown? By The Associated Press If No. l-ranked Texas defeats Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl, does anyone else have a realistic shot at Ihe national championship? "Nah, they gol il," says Barry Switzer, who coaches thirdranked Oklahoma, "and if they beal Noire Dame they deserve il." But? In other words, what if fifth- ranked Noire Dame knocks off Texas? That probably would touch off a bunch of No. l claims for The Associated Press Trophy that would make Ihe Gold Rush resemble a leisurely stroll in Ihe park. In fact, the anticipation is already beginning even though front-running Texas, the nation's only unbeaten learn, completed an ll-o Scoreboard Saturday's College Basketball Results By The Associated Press EAST Brooklyn 70, MIT 68 Canisius 91, Geneseo 83 Connecticut 73, Fordham 62 Manhattan 87, C.W. Pwsl 83 Morris Harvey 76, Pittsburgh 72 Princeton 80, Colgate 53 Spring Garden 82, Ursinus 76 Syracuse 88, Cornell 61 SOUTH Austin Peay 71, Belmonl 53 Delta Si 87, Jacksonville Si 85 Duke 95, Johns Hopkins 49 Furman 94, Presbyterian 65 Hampton 90, Md E-Shore 84 Kentucky 110, SMU 86 Memphis Si 103, NE Oklahoma 81 Buffs Host Perryton; Area Action Opens Garden City High School's boys basketball learn will open ils 1977-78 season al 7:30 p.m. Tuesday when it hosts Perryion, Texas in the GCHS gymnasium. The Buffaloes, who finished 13-7 last year, have been practicing for about a month under third-year head coach Ivan Williams. They will be missing Ihe lop Inree scorers and rebounders from the 1976 squad — guard Kirk Burrows, forward Darren Woodson, and center Ernie Livingston. Thai trio graduated in May. But returners Brad Taylor, Lance Ringler, and Rod Haney are expected 10 fill their places. GCHS defeated Perryion, 73-66, lasl year. Elsewhere in Southwest Kansas, Healy visits Moreland, Jetmore Iravels lo Ingalls, Cimarron invades Monlezuma and Syracuse visits Elkhart. Holcomb will invade Sublette and Hanston will host Protection. Ensign journies to Mullinville, Leoti entertains Lakin, Salanla goes lo Meade, Hugolon invades Southwestern Heights, Deerfield hosts Weskan, and Copeland entertains Yarbrough, Okla. MIDWEST Ball SI 80, Houston Baptist 67 Cincinnati 91, Akron 81 Daylon 87, Cal-Hayward 50 Indiana 75, E Carolina 59 Iowa Si 79, Iowa 78 Michigan 87, W Kentucky 81 Montana77,Stout SI, Wis. 67 Moniana Si 79, Seattle Pacific 74 Norih Dakota 101, Rocky Mountain St 62 Northwestern 92, W Illinois 78 Noire Dame 111, Mississippi 62 Oklahoma 65, Oklahoma Cily 63 Okla Slate 77, Tulsa 69 Purdue 90, Xavier, Ohio 82 S. Dakota 128, West mar 88 Toledo 98, Oakland 43 Valparaiso 90, W Michigan 79 Wichita Si 79, Hardin-Simmons 72 FAR WEST Arizona 72, Arizona Si 70 California 92, Cal Poly-Pomona 59 Colorado Si 97, Portland St 93 Fresno Si. 65, Idaho St. 40 Loyola, LA 88, Los Angeles Si 68 Nevada-Las Vegas 85, NW Louisiana 80 San Francisco 100, San Francisco SI 67 Southern Cal 65, Texas 64 Stanford 81, San Jose SI. 80, OT UCLA 75, Brigham Young 73 Washington SI 67, Pugei Sound 65 regular-season Saturday with ils own version of The Campbells Are Coming in a 57-28 thrashing of 12lhranked Texas A&M. That's running back Earl (27 carries, 222 yards, four touchdowns) Campbell and defensive end Tim (four tackles, one sack) Campbell. "If Texas doesn't beal Noire Dame, then we deserve the national championship if we beal Arkansas in the Orange Bowl," Swilzer said following Oklahoma's 38-7 rout of lllh- ranked Nebraska on Friday. Bul what about second- ranked Alabama, a 48-21 winner over Auburn and headed for a Sugar Bowl meeting with No. 8Ohio Slate? "Alabama played Nebraska and lost while we destroyed Nebraska," Swilzer said. "I think Alabama's got lo go out and kind of do to Ohio Stale — which we also beal — like we did lo Nebraska." Alabama and Oklahoma have 10-1 records. So do No. 4 Michigan, which meets No. 14 Washington in the Rose Bowl; No. 6 Arkansas, a 17-14 come- frombehind winner over Texas Tech on Thanksgiving Day; No. 7 Kentucky, whose season is over because of NCAA probation, and No. 9 Penn Slate, which edged No. 10 Pill 15-13 and has a Fiesta Bowl dale with No. 19 Arizona Stale. The Sun Devils became ihe Wesiern Alhlelic Conference's Fiesta representa- live Friday nighl by swatting Arizona 23-7. And you can make book that Noire Dame, 9-1 wilh a regular season game remaining against Miami of Florida next Saturday night, will have a few things lo say about the rankings if il disposes of Texas. The post-season bowl line-up was completed over the weekend and it looks like this: Cotton Bowl — No. 1 Texas vs. No. 5 Notre Dame. Sugar Bowl — No. 2 Alabama vs. No. 8 Ohio Slate. Orange Bowl — No. 3 Oklahoma vs. No. 6 Arkansas. Rose Bowl — No. 4 Michigan vs. No. 14 Washington. Fiesta Bowl — No. 9 Penn Stale vs. No. 19 Arizona Slate. Gaior Bowl — No. 10 Pill vs. No. 13 Clemson. Liberty Bowl — No. 11 Nebraska vs. No. 15 North Carolina. Bluebonnel Bowl — No. 12 Texas A&M vs. Southern California. Tangerine Bowl — No. 20 Florida Stale vs. Texas Tech. Sun Bowl — Louisiana State vs. Stanford. Peach Bowl — Iowa Stale vs. North Carolina Slale. Hall of Fame Classic — Maryland vs. Missouri. Independence Bowl — Loui, siana Tech vs. Louisville. Of course, those rankings are likely lo change a bit when The AP releases ils final regularseason poll lonight. Not only did Pill, Nebraska and Texas A&M lose, so did No. 17 UCLA, which dropped a 29-27 thriller lo Southern Cal on Frank Jordan's 38-yard field goal wilh Iwo seconds left. That kick knocked UCLA oui of ihe Rose Bowl in favor of Washington and enabled Southern Cal lo win ils way to ihe Bluebonnel Bowl. , The only olher Top Twenty ieam 10 see action over the holiday weekend was No. 18 Brigham Young, which walloped Texas-El Paso 68-19 and gained a share of the WAC championship with Arizona Stale. However, the Cougars wouldn't have gone to the Fiesi a Bowl in any event — (1) because they lost lo Arizona Siaie and (2) because ihe game is on a Sunday, which is a day of rest in the Mormon Church. Instead, BYU has lined up a post-season trip to Japan. In other traditional windups, Army beal Navy for the first lime in five years, 17-14, and Holy Cross shocked Boston College 35-20. Texas' Campbell won the national rushing crown wilh 1,744 yards lo 1,686 for Louisiana State's Charles Alexander, who carried 43 limes — a school record — for 231 yards in a 66-7 romp over Wyoming. Byles, Darby Lead GCCC to Third Place PTTV — FYpshmpn Darhv a fi-R forward InecoH in f>ti* i V»« o,,r,t n «« ...u:i n A mn »;n n ,j,«.r-~i _ j i . EVnnir DU:IH H » /on\ DODGE CITY - Freshmen Tony Byles and Mike Darby combined for 44 points here Saturday night, leading the Garden City Community College Broncbuslers to a 9280 victory over Frank Phillips and third place in the Cowboy Capital Classic. GCCC, which stands 3-4, iravels lo Manhattan tonighl to lake on the Kansas Stale University junior varsity. Byles, a 6-3 guard, pumped in 13 free throws en route lo a 23-point outburst, while Darby, a 6-5 forward, tossed in 21. The Busters, under new head coach Dave Lindsey, connecled on 51 percent of iheir field goal tries and on 77 percent from Ihe free throw stripe. Frank Phillips, of Borger, Texas, hit 46 percent from the floor and 73 percent from the line. GCCC claimed 39 rebounds 10 Frank Phillips' 30. The Busters committed 16 turnovers, the losers 17. Gilbert Maxwell, a 6-6 freshman center, lossed in 12 poinls for ihe Busters, while sophomore Doug Beforl added 11 and guard Kirk Hemmerl eighi. Frank Phillips placed five players in double figures — Shelby wilh 14, Giddings wilh 12, and Richardson, Edwards and Souls wilh il apiece. Dodge City claimed ihe title with a 70-59 win over Prall. The Conqs stand 5-1 under new mentor Duncan Reid. In ihe Pancake Classic in Liberal, Western Oklahoma nabbed ihe crown wilh an 8560 win over McCook, Neb. Amarillo defeated host Seward Counly, 77-75, for third place. Garden City (92) Hemmeri Dreihling Darby Brown Byles Befori Carrol Murphy Maxwell 1 3 9 0 5 4 0 0 6 6 1 3 6 13 3 0 2 0 8 7 21 6 23 11 0 2 12 Frank Phillips Shelby Branily Richardson, Giddings . Edwards Souls Smith Jacobsen Warren Darby Jones Toials (80) 6 1 4 6 4 4 0 0 2 2 2 32 2 0 3 0 3 3 0 0 4 1 0 16 14 2 11 12 11 11 0 0 8 5 4 80 Dyck Toials 022 28 36 92 Garden City Frank Phillips 49 43 92 38 42 80 Stabler May Ride Bench; O.J. Takes to Mike TOURNAMENTS Clemson 82, Rhode Island 75 Ohio 78, TCU 64 SI John's, NY 81, Old Dominion 75 Lafayette 71, Niagara 60 OAKLAND (AP) — Since Ken Stabler is questionable, Mike Rae becomes Ihe probable starling quarterback for the Oakland Raiders in tonight's National Football League game against the Buffalo Bills. Going without Stabler, who suffered an injured knee in last Sunday's 12-7 loss lo the San Diego Chargers, would seem to be a low-risk proposition for Ihe Super Bowl champions. Buffalo has a 2-8 record and also is without ils star attraction, injured O.J. Simpson, whose only 'appearance will be as one of the weekly guesis in Ihe crowded broadcasting booth of ihe Monday nighi television series. Stabler still was limping over the weekend, and Coach John Madden said, "I may not make the final decision until Monday." Unless Ihe doctors rule it oul, however, Ihe No. 1 quarterback is sure lo be in uniform and available for emergency duty if he doesn't start. The Raiders, 8-2, can't afford another slipup such as they experienced against the Chargers — noi with the Los Angeles Rams and Minnesota Vikings nexl on Iheir schedule. The defending NFL champions need a victory lo remain one game behind Denver in ihe American Football Conference West race, and a loss could seriously jeopardize their chances of making Ihe playoffs even as a wild card i earn. Rae was rushed into lasl week's game al San Diego afler Stabler was hurl, and Ihe former University of Southern California quarterback hit jusl one of six pass al tempts for 16 yards. He had practiced very little with ihe firsl offensive unil during ihe week, however. The past week, he has done almost all the passing and feels, "this makes a lot of difference." Rae gol Iwo starling assignments lasl year, first when Stabler resled a sore knee and the second lime in Ihe final game of the regular season as Madden gave Stabler a day off. Oakland won both games, against Houslon and San Diego. Buffalo quarterback Joe Ferguson has had a rough year, being intercepted 17 limes, but at least has slayed heallhy. He missed Ihe final seven games of lasl season. The Bills' offense ranks sixth in Ihe AFC, while the Raiders fell from first lo second (behind Pittsburgh) afler being limited lo 142 yards by Ihe Chargers.