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Oilers should be solid contenders Alton Evening Telegraph Tuesday, Sept. 12,1972 B-ll Nineteen lettermen return at Wood River to bolster an outfit that was 6-3 overall and 6-1 in the Mississippi Valley Conference, finishing 1971 on a five-game winning streak. Sound good? Better look again. The Oilers are hurting at key spots. "For the first time sinco I've been at Wood River we are going to be without proven people at the most crucial spots — quarterback and linebacker," reminds coach Carl Crawford. "In years past we've been blessed with such outstanding people as Greg Burk, Chuck Meller, Jim, Duncan, Te«l Altenritter and, last year, Bill Culp and Mark Kirkpatrick. "Quarterbacks have been Mike Grimsley, Mike Hudock, Roy Morris and Bill Culp," Crawford pointed out, particularly bemoaning his more recent losses of Culp arid Kirkpatrick. "Those are pretty big shoes to fill," praised Crawford, even though Kirkpatrick sustained a knee injury in Wood River's opener, a 45-12 thumping by Alton, and didn't play thereafter. Crawford says Bob Buttvy, who came on late last year as a 5-fool-8 160-pound sophomore, or Gary Hahnenkamp. a 6-2 170-pound senior, are quarterbacking possibles. Cricket Smith, a 160-pound junior lettermen, and Kon Campbell, 163-pound halfback, are the top linebacking candidates. "Much will depend on the two positions already mentioned and the rebuilding of the right side of our line, which graduated," analyzes Crawford. "And much will depend on the running of Don Broadway, who is long on talent but short on size at 135 pounds." Crawford went on to nam« Bob Musulla, Mikt Spann, Mark Carnes and Tom To 4 - zell, all returning lettermen. who should give the Oilers needed line strength Darrell Retzer, Mike Sands and Smith are fullback competitors. "Our defensive backfield, which was completely inexperienced last year, will have Gary Goforth, Keith Zumwalt, Buttry and all-conference John Elaine returning," no f ed the Oiler boss. Besides Elaine, Crawford has another flanker, Howard Jenkins, returning. "As you can see, we ha<'o more people returning than usual," Crawford admitted, "but several of them lettere.l by playing on specialty teams or late in the game." Eleven of Wood River's veterans are seniors, with Broadway being the only two- year letterman. Last year's losses include! They're ready guards Daryl Dolbee and Stan Emerick; tackles Dave Moran and Mike Amizich; center Mark Houston; end M.nrK Long; fullback Ron Minor, besides Culp and Kirkpatrick. "Without a doubt this was the nucleus of our team last year. Five were three-year lettermen," Crawford said. Wood River's ready for the '72 season and so are these six lettermen. In front are John Blaine, Don Broadway and Martin Carnes. In back are Bob Masulla, Mike Spann and Tim Totzell. Culp's dual value — quarterback and linebacker — made him the least expendable and rate the plaudits of Crawford as being, "one of the finest football playerj I've seen." . Despiite repeated injuries from game-to-game, the Oil- ers came on late to win second place in the MVC, beating Roxana, 34-33, in their final game of the season. WOOD RIVER LETTERMEN: (15) John BInlne, HB, 169, ST.; Don Broadway, H, 135, Sr.; Mark Carnes, G, 175, Sr.; Howard Jenkins, F, 157, Sr.; John Masulla, .HB, 150, Sr.; Bob Masulla, G, 195, Sr.; Mike Sands, FB, 165, Sr.; Mike Spann, T, 195, Sr.; Darrell Retzer, FB, 162, Sr.; Eric Stephenson, E, 175, Sr.; Tim Tot- zcll, E, 185, Sr.; Bob Buttry, QB, 160, Jr.; Ron Campbell, HB, 163, Jr.; Gary Goforth, HB, 150, Jr.; Mike Grenzcback, HB, 158, Jr. SAVE $44.88 OLYMPIC 6 PIECE RADIO/TAPE SOUNDSATIONAL STEREO SYSTEM ON A STAND How to build a bank that doesn't seem like a bank, First you build a lobby that doesn't look like a lobby, I but more like a family'room instead. With cozy conversation areas, plush carpeting and solt sofas you can sink into. You build a Community Room, too. Furnish it with comfortable chaiis, lots of tables. And make it big enough to hold any organization or civic group that wants to use it. To use it, they just reserve it — no charge. 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