Johnson City Press from Johnson City, Tennessee on October 18, 1992 · 17
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SECTION WHAT TMl MOfll DON'T KNOW WILL HURT THIM Sunday October 18 1992 IQ) Pages 17-30 ! Nixon looks at past with fresh philosophy The Associated Press ATLANTA Some 9-year-old girls ask their father to buy them dolls Some ask to have a baseball catch Some want to know why their daddy is so terrific Otis Nixons little girl Genesis asked him why he used drugs "She understands what Im going through and what I went through" he says "and thats very important to me Nixons team the Atlanta Braves was in the World Series one year ago It is a milestone for any player especially one like Nixon who had little success in a major-league career that began in 1983 Vyi- and was marred by several detours to the minors f l Finally in 1001 he had arrived It was his first year with Atlan- Please tee NIXON Page 22 Otis Nixon The Associated Press ATLANTA Not this time Jack This time the Atlanta Braves got the big hit off Jack Morris when they needed it This time Damon Berryhills shocking three-run homer in the sixth inning put the Braves ahead and Tom Glavine pitched them past the man they couldnt beat in Game 7 last year Added up it was a 3-1 victory for Atlanta over Toronto on Saturday night in the opener of the first international World Series And it was a win that the Braves were beginning to believe they might not get "We never have really pounded on Jack Morris He pitched us tough last year and he pitched us tough tonight Braves manager Bobby Cox siad "But he got behind on the hitters and he finally hung one Morris had extended his scoreless streak against Atlanta to 18 innings including a 10-inning shutout in Game 7 last October tor Minnesota that earned him the MVP trophy before Berryhills blow The loss was Morris first in five World Series decisions and left him 0-2 in three postseason starts this year He was 2-0 with a 117 ERA in three starts last year against Atlanta "Obviously you dont want to pitch with runners on base Morris said "One bad pitch and you lose the hallgame and thats what happened Glavine meanwhile made up for a 1-5 postseason mark that including an embarrassing loss this week in the NL playoffs His only mistake was a solo home run by Joe Carter in the fourth inning He allowed four hits walked none and struck out six "To sit here the last few days and read about-how terrible Ive been its aggravating Glavine said "Everybody forgets that Ive won 20 games for two straight years I dont really' care what people say about me hut it motivates me Morris gave up a single on his first pitch of the game but no more hits until the sixth There were Please see BRAVES Page 22 Crimson Tide too physical for Tennessee KNOXVILLE - There was no October Surprise When Tennessee and Alabama met on the football field Saturday afternoon the better team won The Crimson Tide which has iffiade a habit of defeating its arch rival physically manhandled the Volunteers during its 17-10 victory at Neyland Stadium Alabama won for the seventh consecutive time in the series by WninnKntr the linp of porim mage The Tide rushed for 301 yards while holding the Vols to 78 yards on the ground and seven first downs If this were a boxingynatch it would have been stopped before 1 halftime "They were real physical said Tennessee defensive end Todd Kelly who has been on the losing end of four games against Alabama "They got off the ball quick Tennessees final two offensive series told the story of the game Despite being outplayed all afternoon the Vols actually had a chance to tie or win the game -but Alabamas defense the nations best sent Tennessee in the wrong direction Quarterback Heath Shuler already woozy from a previous hit was sacked twice around the three-minute mark setting up a fourth-and-24 situation at the Tennessee 16 Slightly more than two minutes remained: Tennessee coach Johnny Majors opted to punt despite the fact that Alabama had run through Tennessees defense almost at will all afternoon That started a mass exodus of fans toward the exits Then what looked like a miracle happened Alabamas Martin Houston fumbled and Kelly recovered giving the Vols the ball at their own 48 Mr Momentum was wearing Orange As quickly as the tide changed in the Vols favor things went awry Shuler was sacked again and on the next play he was intercepted by Chris Donnelly on a tijed pass X ' v K v'- ' V f f s-f l-'H IV x NS Y y 1 v ' i V f 1 I ' T i&LC t V if i 1 i J - -VvvV ' ' yLL t t Y fj V ) Afc-vVil V m w fft'm A y '' v "V r Sf -Pa k )v V I 'T' pr i -s V -' x- - I v f ' v ' ' 't JA '?'' N 1 9 t -y 4 ' f : - ' 1 W01 Tide defense shines AP Photo Heath Shuler looks to unload the ball as Alabamas Eric Curry grabs his jersey By Joe Avento Press Sports Writer KNOXVILLE - The streak lives on Alabama using a stifling defense and a strong running attack defeated Tennessee for the seventh consecutive time Saturday afternoon 17-10 "I wish I could do that to every team go through without losing said Alabama senior running back Derrick Lassie who rushed for 142 yards and a pair of touchdowns It was the fourth-ranked Crimson Tides 17th straight victory MinjT hark to last season Alabama improved to 7-0 overall 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference Thirteenth-ranked Tennessee which lost for the second straight week fell to 5-2 3-2 in the SEC "I really didnt want to leave here after four years not having ever beaten Alabama Tennessee safety JJ McCleskey said "I hope we get another shot at them I would really love that The chances of a rematch in the SECs inaugural championship game became a longshot witn Saturdays result The Vols fell into second place behind Georgia in the leagues Eastern Division The Bulldogs would have to lose another conference game in order for Tennessee to advance "We dont control our own destiny anymore Tennessee receiver Craig Faulkner said Tennessees best chance to get back into the SEC title picture would be for Florida to beat Georgia in two weeks "We have to put this one behind us Tennessee defensive end Todd Kelly said "We have to get ready for South Carolina Memphis State Kentucky and Vanderbilt If we can win the rest of our games maybe Georgia will lose one along the way Alabama solidified its hold on the Western Divisions top spot Mississipprbtate lose to ovum Carolina on Saturday giving the Tide a two-game lead The Tide did it with defense Alabama held Tennessee the fourth-best rushing team in the SEC to 78 yards on the ground and sacked quarterback Heath Shuler 'five times The Tide got on the board first when Lassie dove in from a yard out in the first quarter In the second quarter Michael Proctor booted a 33-yard field goal and Lassie scored on another 1-yard run to give Alabama a 17-0 lead Tennessee kicker John Beck- Please see OWNS Page 22 ucs 65-7 By Doug Janz Press Sports Writer RUSTON La In one week East Tennessee State University went from predator to prey from homecoming hero to homecoming victim It was not a good feeling The Buccaneer football team found itself outsized and outmanned Saturday afternoon against Division I-A Louisiana Tech losing 65-7 The defeat was a complete turnabout from ETSUs 62-0 homecoming win over Thundering Herd rolls19 ACC SEC roundups19 Division III Charleston Southern the previous week The roles were reversed in Ruston Y "We were talking about that on the sidelines said Buc linebacker Marcus Huff "One of the guys said 'What goes around comes around "But well bounce back Its over its be hind us The Bucs record dropped to 4-3 with an openate coming up to lick their wounds Four straight Southern Conference games follow and thats what head coach Mike Cavan is thinking about "Were going to forget about this and move on and just go back to work he said "We wont even look at the game films Well probably have a burial for this film tomorrow morning early Well just go out on the field and Ill have a shovel and well bury it real deep Louisiana Tech also 4-3 won its second J straight and made a serious run at some school single-game records In the end the Bulldogs came up short but it was an impressive display: It was the third-largest defeat in ETSU history behind a 108-0 loss to King College in 1923 and a 74-0 loss to Carson-Newman in 26 Tech ran up 615 total yards the third-highest total the Bucs have ever allowed tq ETSUs 119 the Bulldogs had 29 first downs to Ptpase see BUCS Page 22 i much for momentum Ironically Donnelly is one of just five players from Tennessee on Alabamas traveling roster The junior from Germantown transferred from Vanderbilt "I happened to be at the right place at the right time Donnelly Baid "It was nothing special for me but Im very happy I could (contribute It felt awesome in my hands I didnt want to give it up - m the game the Tide hadnt played anybody For a while on Saturday it looked as though they could say that after the Tennes-seegame as well The Vols looked awful at times Alabama had 17 first downs be- fore halftime Tennessee had three For the game Tennessee averaged less than four yards per play the contest ranked first in the nation in points and total yards allowed It proved to be no fluke Tennessee showed how much respect it had for the Tides decease see TIDE Page 22 nillffll ' '4 -x All Mahan ever wanted was to live life of cowboy Staff Photo by Tony Duncan Larry Mahan is right at home working with young horses If 8 boots and chaps Its cowboy hats If 8 steers and latigo If 8 the ropes and the reins The m and the pain And they call the thing rodeo Garth Brooks By Douglas Fritz Press Sports Writer It didnt take long for Larry Mahan to hear the call of the wild When he was just four years old he announced to his mother that he was going to be a cowboy But neither Mahan nor his mother knew that he would become known as the worlds greatest cowboy A six-time all-around World Champion i u vj f Rocking C Western Store on Saturday where he gave a clinic on the restraint-free breaking of a young horse Mahan a native of Salem Ore got his first taste of rodeo competition at age 11 He had been working two nights a week at a roping club and also had spent plenty of time at a riding club He was already hooked on the sport and winning that first rodeo just heightened the love affair even though all he pocketed was $6 and a belt buckle In 1963 Mahan joined the Rodeo Cowboy Ab&otihutm tUiu Dvguii professionally His first pro rodeo was in Klamath Falls Ore - "I won the bull riding competition Mahan said "I guess it was just beginners luck But it was a pretty good indication that this was what I wanted to do Mahan won his first all-around title in 1966 The champion is determined on a points system with each dollar earned counting as one point "You went to as many rodeos as you lATUtMl Mahan held the all-around world title from 1966-70 Injuries prevented him from winning in 1971 and 1972 but he Please see RODEO Page 22

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