SPORTS THE UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18,1987 Wolverines host S. Fork tonight Tough home-opening assignment By DAVE CURL Journal Sports Editor Coming off a season opening 13-0 victory over Richmond's . Salesian High, Willits is going to . have its hands full with South Fork in tonight's home opener at Willits' Earl Maize Field. South Fork, from the ; Garberville/Southern Humboldt • area also enters the game with a 1-0 mark, handing the always-tough Fort Bragg a 7-6 loss last week. The Bear Cubs held a 7-0 lead over the Timberwolves for most of the game, before Fort bragg finally scored on a 60 yard pass in the final 2 minutes. Fort Bragg coach Jack Moyer opted for the kick- I conversion, knowing that an over•• time rule was in effect, allowing ' each team to gain as much yardage as possible in four plays, with the team gaining the most yards earning the win. Unfortunately for the 'Wolves, > Moyer's squad didn't get to over; time, as usually reliable Jean-Paul ' Arlie shanked his extra-point at• tempt into the middle of the line, preserving a 7-6 win for South Fork. Willits meanwhile relied on the tough running of tailback Jesse Martinez, who gained 150 yards in 28 tough carries, scoring both Wolverine touchdown, from 1 and 28 yards out. Martinez was virtually the entire offense on a clear, windy afternoon, as the breezy conditions made passing difficult for sophomore signal-caller Rod Wilburn. The Wolverines took a 21-6 decision from South Fork a year ago, and are hoping to make it two wins in a row against the Bear Cubs. Willits' head coach Dave Clark looks for improvements on all fronts to keep up with South Fork, who he considers "the toughest test of the season for us". Despite winning^in a 43*0 shut-, out; Claflc felt that his sqilad was k sloppy at times,; especially on offense, which picked up only 21 yards in non-Jesse Martinez yardage. Clark did single out the offensive line's performance for praise, say- ing they came around after a slow start. The senior dominated line, with Anthony Wallace, Ken McAllister, Kyle Mercer, Doobie Barlow and sophomore Matt Morati deserve part of the credit for Martinez's strong effort. Despite not completing a pass last week, Clark's offense is a pass-oriented one, as his teams have thrown about 55 percent of the time in past years. Clark is keeping the same offensive philosophy this season, as he plans to have sophomore quarterback Rod Wilburn "throw around 17 times" tonight. He feels the Wolverines will have to throw, and throw well, as South Fork will obviously be keying on Martinez. Clark, who has scouted the Bear Cubs twice already this season, feels that his Wolverines can match South Fork in quickness, but the Humboldt County squad will have a definite size advantage. Defensively, Willits gave up yardage to Salesian, but took advantage of key turnovers to preserve the shutout. The Wolverine defense will have to contend with senior quarterback Bret Culbert, a 6-2, 200 pounder who passed for 997 yards and 9 touchdowns during South Fork's final six games of last season. During the final games, the Bear Cubs made a transformation into what many Humboldt County observers felt was the best football team in the county (including 3A Eureka), thrashing Calistoga (then ranked among the top small schools in the state) 45-28 in the North Coast Section playoffs before falling to eventual class A champion Valley Christian 20-8 in the NCS semifinals. South Fork runs a pro-set offense, with two backs lined up either split or in an I formation. ,.Head coach Mike Qezario,jn his* second season at -the hemv is a y stickler for a balanced offense. His idea of a perfect game would be 150 yards running, 150 yards passing. Gametime for the Wolverines is 8 p.m., with KLLK (1250 a.m.) covering the action live. Downfield dribble The Ukiahl soccer girls, one of whom Is pictured above dribbling downfleld against Petaluma In their season opener, play El Mollno at 4 p.m. today on the Ukiahl field, while the boys play Marin Academy at 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. Saturday, also at home. Potter Valley's Morgan McGrew (dark no. 30) valiantly gave chase as Kelseyvllle's Jim Berganciano turned upf leld during the Bearcats' season-opening 20-0 loss to the Indians last week. Potter Valley hopes to reverse the loss, traveling to Covelo Saturday to take on the Round Valley Mustangs, the jayvees begin play at noon, with varsity action slated for 2 p.m. Bearcats challenge host Mustangs Potter Valley aims for first win of '87 By TOM SAUNAS Journal News Editor The Potter Valley Bearcats will look to the north for iheir first victory of the season Saturday when they meet Round Valley in a 2 p.m. non-league encounter following the noon jayvee match. After last week's 20-0 shutout at the hands of Kelseyville in their home opener, the Bearcats want to get that first win under their belts. The Bearcats, who gained 95 yards in total offense against the tough Indians (all on the ground), will probably put the ball up 10-15 times against the Mustangs, who are being guided by first-year coach Hal Leigh. Getting his first crack at quarterback will be sophomore Mark responding'in a way 'which must make Bearcat coach Fred Austin anxious to get him in there. Falgout completed four of 10 passes, but two went for touchdowns of 17 and 47 yards, representing all of the jayvee scoring in the 14-14 deadlock. With multi-talented running back Javiar Rau leading the way, the Bearcats will emphasize the running game, which looked good, at times, against Kelseyville. Austin said the amount of passing will depend on how the game progresses. Rau has been suffering from some back problems, but should play. Round Valley comes into the game fresh off an impressive 32-12 triumph over host California School for the Deaf in Fremont last week. "We had our ups and downs," Leigh said. The Mustangs, of the North Central League m, utilize a multi-set offensive format, with senior quarterback Filmore Hostler leading the way. Others to watch for Round Valley are runnin back Lew Whipple and fullback Mike McFaddcn. Round Valley rolled up around 400 yards on offense against CSD, mostly on the ground. "We were able to control the line of scrimmage," Leigh said. ..^Mea^vbUe Jbe Mustang "50" defense was doing its part, grabtag.twjo interceptions; one by strong safety Hostler, the other by linebacker McFadden. "The game was tough," Leigh said, noting that the score was 0-0 after one quarter. The team progressively overcame its "first-game jitters" and went on to post the victory, Leigh said. National League Roundup Giants roll on Reuschel two-hitter Reuschel treated the Houston Astros like he's treated every National League team this season — very roughly. In his two-hit, 4-0 shutout victory Thursday, the San Francisco Giants' right-hander also gave equal treatment to each hitter, as usual. "He doesn't even go over the other team's hitters before a game. He just pitches them all the same, keeps the ball low and once in a while throws a cross-seam fastball," said Manager Roger Craig, whose team has virtually locked up the Western Division title with a winning streak Reuschel extended to six games. "They leave the other team's lineup card in my locker before every game, but I throw it away," Reuschel said. "That way, I don't make any mistakes — physical ones, maybe, but no mental ones." Reuschel, 13-7, was at his best in his third two-hitter of the season, striking out five and walking one in an 88-pitch effort. Bill Doran and Gerald Young had singles, and no Houston runner got past first base. "I've never caught anyone who gets so many first-pitch outs and strikes. It amazes me. He's 0-1 on every hitter. You never see an aggressive swing against him," said catcher Bob Brenly, who also drove in the Giants' first two runs with a sixth-inning double off Danny Darwin, 8-10. "Reuschel has pitched like this through all his career," Astros Manager Hal Lanier said of the 38-year- old pitcher who was with the last- place Pittsburgh Pirates before the Giants acquired him in an Aug. 21 trade. Reuschel lowered his earned run average to 2.64, best in the league. He also leads the league in shutouts, with four, and complete games, with 12. "He's going to win-the Cy Young. He deserves it," Craig proclaimed. "He pitched great for a last-place club, had three shutouts for them, and he's pitched even better for us, a better club." Craig also announced that Reuschel will start the opening game of the National League Championship Series, something only a monumental collapse would keep the Giants from reaching. The Giants lead second-place Cincinnati by eight games and Houston, the defending division champs, by 9'/j in the NL West. Both the Giants and Reds have 15 games left. Elsewhere, Montreal beat New York 4-1, Pittsburgh blanked St. Louis 1-0, San Diego defeated Atlanta 7-1, Philadelphia edged Chicago 4-3 and Los Angeles and Cincinnati split a doubleheader. The Reds won the first game 3-2 in 10 innings and the Dodgers took the nightcap 6-3. Pirates 1, Cardinals 0 Mike Dunne, traded away by St. Louis in April, pitched three-hit ball over six innings to beat his former club for the second time this season as Pittsburgh took the visiting Car- THE GIANTS' MAGIC NUMBER The San Francisco Giants' "magic number", as listed on the front page of today's paper, has dwindled down to just eight games. What the "magic number" means is any combination of the number of Giant wins or Cincinnati losses equaling eight would give San Francisco the N.L. West pennant. Humm baby. Cheryl Steppe wins women's golf crown Cheryl Steppe was the model of consistancy is easily capturing the Ukiah Women's Golf Club championship with an excellent 54 hole total of 248, firing rounds of 83,83, and 82 over the Ukiah layout. Steppe, whose husband Verl is an outstanding local golfer as well, captured the womens' title for the sixth time, solidifying her grip as the area's best woman golfer. The real competition in the tournament, played over the span of a couple weeks before winding up Tuesday, was for second place. Both Lucy Petrich and Dede Finn were tied at the end of regulation play for second place, with Petrich able to grab the runner up crown in sudden-death. Other action in the Championship flight saw Finn capturing low neV honors, just ahead of Cindy Hannah. In First flight play, Marge Vogel and Peggy Gabehart took low gross and low net honors respectively, with Joan Ranochak and Irene Hickey grabbing runner-up honors. In the second flight, Adeline Weyland grabbed low net honors, with Debbie Coate finishing in second place. Phyllis Snyder took low net honors. Pop Warner gridders face Central Mar in By GLENN ERICKSON Journal Sport* Editor Emtrltui The Ukiah Lion Cubs, Junior Lions and Lions take their hard-hitting gridiron act on the road, for a Sunday morning and afternoon show at Marin Catholic High School, San Rafael. Their respective 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. opponents will be Central Marin. They expect to meet more quickness, size and opposition than each team did in respective 36-0, 46-0 and 36-0 victories at home last Saturday against undermanned, if game, Sonoma. Coach Brad Shear's Lions start a drive toward win 300, 100-wins away after scoring Shear's 200th Pop Warner-Youth Football victory against Sonoma. Inadvertently cut from the original story on the three Pop arner opening victories were details of the touchdowns by the Lion Cubs. Josh Heady scored a 21-yard touchdown on the third play of the game, and scored again on a one-yard sweep in the first quarter after Justin Capri's 25-yard scamper. His first TD had been set up by a fumble-recovery by Keith Squires. Ryan Parish, behind a wall of blockers, scored from 60 yards out, Heady among those laying the good wood. Mike Diaz booted his third two-point placement from the hold of Justin Capri and the snap of Josh Huff, for 22-0, and Ramsey made it 28-0 at the half, going nine around end. The Cubs managed one more touchdown on a Mike Diaz 22-yard junket around left end, which he converted for the final two Lion Cub points. The Cubs had two Antoine Williams 49 and 17-yard touchdown punt returns or sweeps for touchdowns called back. The Cubs, led by Donnie McMullen, Josh Heady, Jason Squires, Wade Walker, Ben Gomes, Justin Capri and Blain Costello and company, really tried to set up a picket line for Parrish and Williams, on their own, according to coach Jim Harrison. "They showed me a lot, considering we hadn't really worked on it before the opener,'' says the pleased Harrison. "They're a good group of boys who want to play good football."
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