The Pantagraph from Bloomington, Illinois on September 20, 1980 · Page 9
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Spirifs Zt gailg jaantajjrapl) Sat., Sept. 20, 1980 B SECTION A s vviison wins I ini ;rr,f dvTr, vV--"' VrV"'W Captured Redbird Fourth -down pass lifts Chenoa past AAinonk By Mark Well wood CHENOA As if his players didn't already know it, Chenoa High School football coach Ed Thomas made an observation after Friday night's "biggie" against Minonk-Dana-Rutland: "Way to go, guys we're back in the Midstate!" Thomas, whose Redbirds were last year's Class 1A state runnerups, could safely make that statement following his team's 27-8 victory over the archrivals in a Midstate Conference opener. But until a fourth-down play in the fourth quarter, the defending Midstate champs were vulnerable. On fourth-and-7 from the Minonk-Dana-Rutland 38 with 6:20 left in the game and Chenoa leading by only six points, Redbird standout quarterback Todd Reeser let loose a pass for 5-foot-6 halfback Dan Carranza. Carranza was double-covered but defenders Jim Carls and Joe McKay still couldn't stop Carranza from somehow catching the ball as he was being hit on the Mohawk 4. Two plays later, Reeser scored from a yard out with 5:40 left in the game. Only then, with a 20-8 lead, could Thomas be sure it was his team that would finish the evening with a 3-0 record. "That was a pretty gutsy call on fourth down," said Thomas, "and that was a pretty darn nice catch. Oh, man, this was a big one. This really puts you back on your feet." Not that Chenoa has ever let up from last year's playoffs the Redbirds have given up only two touchdowns in three games. Minonk-Dana-Rutland's defense was scored upon for the first time this season, and the Mohawks fell to 2-1. "We didn't stop their big play," said Mohawk coach Pat Cooper. "We had Andretti grabs pole position at Michigan BROOKLYN, Mich. (AP) - Mario Andretti, getting away briefly from the frustrations of his disappointing Formula One season, won the pole position Friday for the Michigan Grand Prix. The 40-year-old Andretti, a former Indy 500 winner and world driving champion, took only about 15 practice laps in his brown and white Penske PC-9 before zipping around Michigan International Speedway's two-mile banked track at 195.812 mph. That was a tick faster than Penske teammate Bobby Unser, who came up with a fast lap of 195.185, which was far quicker than the 192.488 which won Unser the pole for the 200-miler here last June. Andretti, who has finished only a handful of races and has not won on the Formula One circuit since he won the championship in 1978, will share the front row for today's 150-mile championship car race with Unser. Third in qualifying was Johnny Rutherford, who won that June race and already has clinched the national championship with five victories in nine Indy car races this season. Unser has won the other four, including the California 500 on Labor Day weekend. Rutherford was clocked at 194.532 mph in his lowslung yellow Chararral. Chenoa Chenoa High School split end Stu Hoselton (81) was hit from the side by a Minonk-Dana-Rutland defender after catching a second quarter pass from 'em, then that fourth-down pass really killed us. If we'd just stopped them there, the momentum would have been on our side." It was a fourth-down call by Cooper on the first play of the fourth quarter that almost turned the tide for Minonk-Dana-Rutland. After watching a balanced Redbird attack led by Reeser's passing mount up a 14-0 Chenoa lead, Cooper gambled on fourth-and-3 from the Chenoa 49. Mohawk halfback Jim Carls broke away on the right sideline for a touchdown, and Randy Ruestman passed to a wide-open Thad Jurczak for the conversion that brought the visitors within six points. "I got screened from the play for a split second I was moving around to find out where he (Carls) was," said Carranza, who had the "monster-back" assignment of chasing Carls around all night. Carranza made up for it by returning the kickoff 68 yards to the Mohawk 15 on the next play. Chenoa lost a fumble two plays later, but the first of Stu Hoselton's two fourth quarter interceptions of Ruestman passes set up the decisive scoring drive from the Mohawk 41. Hoselton picked off another pass with 5:33 to go, then Don Nagel came up with Chenoa's fourth interception on the last play of the game. Hoselton grabbed a 14-yard scoring strike from Reeser with 32 seconds left to account for the deceiving final score. "Some college is going to get one heckuva quarterback." said Thomas of Reeser, the calm senior who completed 10 of 15 passes for 137 yards. "It's not only his body and his arm he has that intangible leadership quality." Workhorse Carranza rushed 18 times for 63 yards, and caught three passes for 59 yards. Carls was the game's leading rusher with 114 yards on 15 carries, but First wn Bridges7 running paces By Fred Kroner LINCOLN First, Terry McCombs made his point. "The offense has to be more productive," said McCombs, whose Bloom-ington High School team was shut out in its first two games. Then, the BHS offense made its point time after time. And when the Purple Raiders were done scoring Friday night, they had topped Lincoln, 24-6 at Handlin Field in the Big 12 Conference opener for both squads. Three of those touchdowns came during a 6-minute, 56-second span in the second quarter. If McCombs had any regrets, it would be that the Purple Raiders didn't make good on any of their conversion tries. But the third-year coach wasn't about to dwell on a failure in a game that found BHS successful. "It's nice to smile again," McCombs said while accepting post-game congratulations. "We're a defensive club. In fact, we'll rest kids on offense to have them fresh for defense but it's nice to have some points up on the board." Junior quarterback Steve Bridges took Todd Reeser. The Mohawks' Ron Marshall reached for Hoselton from behind. (Pantagraph photos by Marc Featherly) was consistently covered on his pass routes. "Their quarterback would pump and look for Carls, but he was always covered," said Thomas. "Whenever they put the ball up, we had three guys around it." "We're a young team. We just didn't go out and make the big plays," said Cooper. "We didn't consistently stop them they didn't have to punt once. "That was a tough game to lose. But our guys aren't quitters. We've got a long way to go now , but so does Chenoa . ' ' Minonk Chenoa 000 B-8 0 7 7 13-27 Chenoa Carranza 4-yard run (Reeser Kick) Chenoa Reeser 2-yard run ( Reeser kick) Minonk Carls 49-yard run (Jurczak pass from Ruestman) Chenoa Reeser 1-yard run (kick failed) Chenoa Hoselton 14-yard pass from Reeser (Reeser kick) M Total First Downs 11 By rushing 8 By passing 2 By penalty 1 Net yards gained from scrimmage 173 By Rushing 145 By passing 28 Passes attempted 11 Completed 5 Intercepted by 0 Number of punts 2 Average distanre 35.5 Number of Fumb.es 0 Own fumbles recovered 0 Yards penalized 45 C 22 13 8 1 333 196 137 15 10 4 0 0 4 1 50 Metamora Olympia in STANFORD (PNS) - Metamora High School defeated Olympia, 27-0, here Friday night in a Corn Belt conference football game. The Redbirds raised their record to 3-0 while Olympia dropped to 2-1. Scott Adami scored on runs of 29 and one yards Joe Kiesewetter also scored on a seven-yard run. Pat Ryan tallied on a 1-yard run. splendid care of the offense, playing like a poised veteran in his third varsity start. He rushed for 203 yards and would have had more except for a 15-yard loss on a passing attempt and three penalties which nullified gains for an additional 70 yards and played the option well. He also completed five of eight passes. "Steve had an excellent game. He only mis-read the option once that I remember and that'a a rate I can accept," said McCombs, still smiling. The majority of Bridges' gains came on the basic option play, faking the pitch and keeping himself. "We only ran about four different plays in the second half," McCombs added. "It may have looked like more, but it was just different blocking assignments." While McCombs had predicted during the week "that our quarterback would get a lot of yards," Lincoln did everything it could to stop Bridges, according to second-year coach Larry Shoop. "Every time we lined up, we had one guy assigned to the quarterback," Shoop said. "We just didn't react well. Normally we haven't had that problem on options." case, can play today SPRINGFIELD (AP) - A state appellate court ruled Friday that University of Illinois quarterback David Wilson can play in today's football game against Missouri. The ruling, which came 20 hours before the 1:30 p.m. kickoff at Columbia, Mo., overturns Wednesday's ruling at Champaign by a circuit court judge, which had left Wilson ineligible for the football contest. The Big Ten Conference has been trying to keep Wilson off the field this year, saying the junior college transfer student from California has not made enough academic progress. Wilson, who led the Illini to victories in their first two games this season despite his on-again, off-again eligibility, did not travel to Missouri with the team Friday. But his attorney, Robert Auler, called the Illini quarterback in Champaign from the court clerk's office and said, "Dave, we won. Get on that airplane to Missouri. This is a great victory. This is legal, as well as sports, history." Big Ten attorney Byron Gregory said he did not know if the conference would appeal the appellate court decision to the Illinois Supreme Court. But he acknowledged it was almost impossible for the Big Ten to appeal the decision quickly enough to stop Wilson from playing in today's game. "I'm happy for Dave Wilson," Gregory said. "If there was any way he could play and the (academic) principles we're trying to preserve would remain intact, we would do it." The three-judge appeals panel was split 2-1 on Friday's decision. Justices Richard Mills and James C. Craven ruled in favor of Wilson, while Justice A.G. Webber dissented. Craven is the only Illinois graduate among the three judges. Morton defeats Canton, 29-7 CANTON (PNS) - The Morton High School Potters defeated Canton, 29-7, in a Heartland Conference football game here Friday night. Morton's record is now 3-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play. Canton is 1-2 overall and 0-1 in the Heartland. The Potters rolled up 301 yards total offense and held Canton to 183 yards. Morton Canton 7-29 0 -7 SCORING SUMMARY: Morton Touchdowns Schild 2 (14-yard and 31-yard passes from Kinner); Muhl (28-yard pass from Kinner); Kinner (1-yard run). Points After Touchdown Kindred 2 (runs) ; Rives (kick). Canton Touchdowns Fitton (2-yard run). Points After Touchdown Fitton (kick). shuts out Corn Belt Olympia had three passes intercepted. Metamora 14 6 7 0 27 Olympia 0 0 0 0 0 SCORING SUMMARY: Metamora Touchdowns Adami 2 (29- and 1-yard runs); Kiesewetter (7-yard run); Ryan (1-yard run). Points After Touchdowns Ryan (1-yard run); Rickard (kick). With the Purple Raiders generating 410 yards total offense helped by Rick Wills' 66 yards rushing, Joe Hileman's 42 yards on the ground and David Gordon's 51 yards on four pass receptions the BHS defense nearly got overlooked. BHS limited the Railsplitters to 29 yards rushing (on 15 attempts) and allowed its own offensive team to run 69 plays while Lincoln ran just 37 plays from scrimmage. "We never could sustain a drive," said Shoop, whose team is winless in three starts. Lincoln moved downfield at the end of the first half, gaining 61 yards on four successive completions by quarterback Ty Miller, but only got as close as the BHS 11 by intermission. Miller threw for 137 yards (with Terry Wolpert receiving six passes for 82 yards) but 44 yards came after a BHS defender deflected a pass and Lincoln's Mark Styninger happened to be in position to make the reception. "Roger Scott and Rich Krueger (assistant coaches) did an outstanding job preparing our defense," said McCombs. "I knew it would be a matter of time before we got going. We had concentration problems the first couple weeks and that's what we spent time on in practice Auler said the university's Athletic Department had made arrangements to fly Wilson to Missouri for the game, but did not know what they were. Wilson's eligibilty problems stemmed Jrom an injury early in the first game in 1977 for Fullerton (Calif.) College. After the injury, he withdrew from school without attending class or playing in another game. He played in 1978 and 1979 and then came to Illinois. But he found that the Big Ten had counted 1977 as his freshman year and told him he had too few academic credits to play in 1980. He asked the conference eligibility committee to waive that rule, and on May 6 it did. But the more powerful faculty representatives reversed that decision, and Wilson filed suit in an effort to play this season. Circuit Court Judge Harry E. Clem ruled Sept. 2 that the eligibility committee's decision should have been final, and issued an injunction allowing Wilson to play this year while his lawsuit is pending. But Gregory said the first eligibility committee decision was based on false information, so the committee looked at the facts again and ruled Sept. 11 that Wilson was ineligible. Clem said that committee had the Busch, Oxier ramble as Pioneers triumph By Mark Lewis When Jim Busch wasn't darting around, squirming for extra yardage for University High School's football team Friday night, burly fullback Ken Oxier was bulling his way through the middle of the Clinton defense. When it was all over, Busch had gained 145 yards, one more than Oxier, and U High had dusted off Clinton, 37-0, in a Corn Belt Conference game at Hancock Stadium. The Pioneer offense rolled up 449 yards including some deft, if sparse, passing from quarterback Bob Denton while the defense held Clinton to a scant 37 yards of total offense. "The offensive line did a good job," Chiodo said, pointing to a quotation by Vince Lombardi concerning the importance of blocking. "The line blocked well and opened up some holes." When the holes did close up, though, Busch and Oxier had the knack of opening a few for themselves. Each scored a touchdown and each thrilled the small crowd with superb individual efforts. Oxier set up the third U High touchdown with a 53-yard run deep into Clinton territory. The play appeared to be designed to gain four or five yards. But Oxier burst from the middle like a man possessed and only a shoestring tackle kept him from a touchdown. Busch showed fancy footwork on a 35-yard gain late in the third quarter. He headed right on a sweep and seemed to be hemmed in before he put on some moves and broke down the sidelines. "Busch ran well for us," Chiodo said. "He picks his holes. You think he's stopped and he finds a hole and keeps a drive going. "Both Oxier and Busch blocked well and that's the name of the game." U High, 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the Corn Raiders this week." BHS' first scoring drive covered 69 yards, all on the ground. Wills picked up 49 yards, carrying seven times before Bridges scored from one-yard out at the 8:27 mark. The Purple Raiders marched 88 yards on their next possession with Bridges' audible accouting for the first 34 yards after BHS started at the Lincoln 12. John Thomas' fumble recovery at the BHS 27 set the stage for the third Puprle Raider touchdown a 22-yard pass from Bridges to Rod James. Bloomington 0 18 6 0 - Lincoln 0 0 0 6- BHS Bridges, 1 yd. run (run failed) BHS Traylor, 2-yd run (pass failed) BHS James, 22-yd. pass from Bridges (run failed) BHS Allen, 1-yd. run (kick blocked) Lincoln Rainforth, 1-yd. run (kick failed YARDSTICK BHS Lin. Total First Downs 22 12 By rushing 17 2 By passing 4 g By penalty 1 2 Net yards gained from scrimmage 410 192 By Rushing 337 29 By passing 73 163 Passes attempted 8 22 Completed 5 10 Intercepted by 1 0 Number of punts 3 5 Average distance 30 0 29 5 Number of Fumbies 1 2 Own fumbles recovered 0 0 Yards penalized 111 42 1 right to review a case, so he dissolved his injunction last Wednesday. That move provoked speculation that Illinois might have to forfeit its two victories this season because Wilson was ineligible. Mills and Craven agreed with Clem's first injunction, saying, "We determine that many and serious issues of constitutional dimensions are here present and that upon the merits the plaintiff (Wilson) will likely prevail. Accordingly, he is entitled to an injunction until the final adjudication." Webber gave no explanation for his dissent, saying only that he agreed with Clem's Sept. 11 decision to dissolve the injunction. The judges heard more than two hours of arguments in a packed courtroom. They returned in about 30 minutes with the decision, which prompted cheers from Auler and the numerous Illini fans looking on. Auler maintained in arguments before the three appeals judges that the eligibility committee should not have considered the Wilson case while it was pending in the courts. He also maintained that Wilson was not represented by an attorney or a university 'faculty representative at the later hearing in which the eligibility committee reversed its decision. Belt, opened the contest with a 91-yard, 15-play drive that culminated when Oxier scored on a sweep from three yards out with 4:04 left in the quarter. After holding Clinton on four plays, the Pioneers came right back, scoring when Denton tossed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Fred Szabados. Szabados caught the ball on the left sideline and danced in from the 10-yard line with 11:19 left in the second quarter. U High used another Denton pass, this one a 6-yarder to halfback Todd Fred, for a touchdown with 5:03 left in the half. Denton added the points after with a run. The Pioneers added a safety as time ran out in the first half when the Clinton center snapped the ball out of the end zone with the Maroons in punt formation. The third quarter was scoreless, thanks mainly to a pair of U High fumbles and a big clipping penalty assessed the Pioneers. U High added a pair of touchdowns in the final quarter. Busch scored from three yards out and reserve Tim Biddle added a 36-yard run for a touchdown with 1:47 left. Clinton, 0-3 and 0-2 in the Corn Belt, was looking at a big deficit in the second half and was forced to pass. The Maroons completed 4 of 22 for the game. "They were tough," Clinton coach Greg Douglas said. "They out-hit us and we couldn't control their tackles. They out-played -us. "We had them in bad field position right off the bat, but they drove the length of the field on us." Clinton 0 0 0 University High 6 16 0 0-0 15 - 37 U High Oxier 3-yd run (kick tailed) U High Szabados 24-yd. pass from Denton (run failed) U High Fred 6-yd. pass from Denton (Denton run) U High Safety when Clinton center snap sailed out of end zone U High Busch 3-yd. run (Busch kick) U High Biddle 36-yd run (Henson run) YARDSTICK Total First Downs By rushing By passing By penalty Net yards gained from scrimmage By Rushing By passing Passes attempted Completed Intercepted by Number ot punts Average distance Number of Fumbles Own fumbles recovered Yards penalized UH 22 19 2 1 449 413 36 6 3 0 0 5 1 70 33 22 4 0 7 31 0 0 35 Italy takes Davis Cup lead over Australia ROME (AP) - Italy took a 1-0 lead over Australia Friday in the Davis Cup tennis semifinals as Adriano Panatta overcame Paul McNamee 5-7, 6-4 6-0 6-4. ' ' The second singles match of the day at Rome's Foro Italico stadium was interrupted because of darkness after three sets, with Australia's Peter McNamara leading Italy's Corrado Barazzutti 10-8, 1-6, 6-4. It is to resume today. In the last game of the third set of the second match, the crowd whistled and shouted "thieves," and several threw beer cans and other objects to protest an umpire's decision.

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