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THE BAYTOWIS SUN Friday, August 21. 1987 1-B SPORTS U will be the Robert £. Lee football team that hits the field tonight for its first scrimmage o/l 987. See how they do in Sunday's Sun. Sterling scrimmage draws mixed reviews By MIKE SIMMONS BEAUMONT - Ross S. Sterling's first dress rehearsal of the 1987 football season played to mixed reviews Thursday night at Alex Durley Memorial Stadium. The defense wasn't much of a surprise as it drew raves, with the No. 1 unit holding the potent Beaumont West Brook to only one touchdown. The second squad didn't fare as well, surrendering two .scores, but also showed signs of solidness. On offense, however, the Rangers didn't receive such positive notices from Head Coach Gaylard Fenley. Sterling's execution was off for much of the evening, which made moving the ball difficult. Considering the quality of opponent in the season's first scrimmage, Fenley was encouraged. "They (West Brook) are a fine football team." he said following the two-hour scrimmage. "I think we showed that we can play with them. I'm really encouraged by the way we played tonight." It was no big surprise that the defense would turn in a solid performance. Fenley was counting onthat. "I'm not worried about them," he said of his defensive players. "I know they're going to come on and really play well. They go after people. I'm not concerned about them in the least." The Rangers' No. 1 defense was on the field for two of the Bruins' three possessions and allowed only one score, a 60-yard run on the first series which came on a quarterback scramble. Besides that. Sterling kept West Brook under control, with linebackers Bobby Byer and B.J. Fenley leading the charge. Byer, a junior up from last year's junior varsity, was especially impressive in the scrimmage. In West Brook's opening series, he nailed the quarterback for one 11-yard loss, then eight plays later intercepted a pass. That was only the beginning as he shined throughout the evening. Fenley, a senior who is returning to the starting lineup for Sterling, provided big hits on West Brook ballcarriers also. He called the signals for the defense, which came up with two interceptions and caused three fumbles. One of the question marks defensively this year for the Rangers is at down lineman. Graduation left the team with no experienced players at either tackle or nose guard, but it certainly didn't look like any greenhorns were lining up for Sterling against West Brook. "They did a good job," Fenley said of the defensive linemen. "I felt they would all along. They're good athletes and good players and I expect good things out of them." Sterling's second unit on defense was on the field for West Brook's second possession and surrendered touchdowns on a seven-yard pass and 63-yard run off a trap play. Except for those plays and a 36-yard run off the same trap play early in the 20- play series, the Rangers' No. 2 defense also turned in a solid showing. West Brook's defense was also on its game in the scrimmage, giving the Rangers' No. 1 offense problems all night. Sterling's only score came on its second possession when quarterback Pat Hendricks scored from 22 yards out on a rollout down the left sideline. The problems encountered on offense were what bothered Fenley most about the scrimmage. "I'm disappointed we didn't move the ball a little better," he said. "We had trouble blocking a couple of their people. If this had been a ballgame and not just a scrimmage we would have had Doran hopes Astros keep momentum HOUSTON <AP) - Bill Doran appreciates ihe seven-game winning streak that is Houston's longest of the season, but he's not ready to call it the launch point for an Astros pennant drive. "We've had momentum before and it's seemed to leave us at times." said Doran, whose three-run homer heipvd the Astros defeat the St. Louis Cardinals 5-4 Thursday, sweeping their three-game series. "I just hope this time it stays with us." he added. "We've just been hanging in there for it to happen. Better late than never, 1 guess " Doran's 15th homer of the season gave the Astros a 3-0 lead in the fifth inning, but the Cardinals look a 4-3 lead in the seventh, aided by pinch hitter Terry Pendleton's two-run triple and Jack Clark's 33rd homer of the season. Houston tied it in their half of the seventh when third baseman Jose Oquendo's throwing error allowed Craig Reynolds to score from third base. Glenn Davis follosved with a sacrifice fly. scoring Gerald Young with the winning run Young went 4-for-i in the game, hitting three singles and a double prior to scoring the winning run. He fell trying to catch Pendleton's triple in the seventh, allowing two runs to score. 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C W lil'.i T- : ii A ••».»» Kins UaiiKwv VINCE COLEMAN of the St. Louis Cardinals, as well as many loyal fans, is wondering what is happening to his team lately. The Astros completed a three-game sweep of the Redbirds Thursday afternoon to run the Cards' losing streak to five games and extend the Astros' win streak to seven. The Cardinals' lead in the N.L. East has shrunk to only 2Vj games ahead of the New York Mets. (AP file photo) Mora to see Moon in different light NEW ORLEANS (AP) - New Orleans Saints Coach Jim Mora will be seeing Houston Oilers quarterback Warren Moon from a different perspective Saturday night. The Oilers and Saints meet in a preseason game in the Super- dome, and Moon is expected to start at quarterback for Houston. "I've known Warren for a long time," Mora said. "He played at the University of Washington when I was coaching there. In fact. 1 helped recruit him. My wife sold him his first house in Seattle." These days, he said, Moon is quarterbacking a pretty good football team. "I think they're much better than their record (5-11 last year) indicates," he said. "I think they're on the verge of being pretty competitive in the AFC Central." Moon played only about two series in the preseason opener, a 32-20 loss to Kansas City. He hit eight of 12 passing attempts for 105 yards and two touchdowns. Second-round draft ' choice Cody Carlson had a good pro debut at quarterback in a short relief appearance, going 6-8-0 passing for 50 yards ~'e also ran three times for 27 y.-;js. The Saints' qua. orback picture was a bit cloudy. Starter Dave Wilson had a sore back during the week and couldn't throw in practices, but Mora said he'll play against the Oilers if he recovers by game time. The New Orleans fans want Bobby Hebert. the Cajun cannon who won the starting job last preseason, but lost it to Wilson when he broke his foot in the third game. Wilson was booed for his first incompletion in the 23-17 victory over Minnesota on Saturday, and the boos got louder when his second pass failed to connect. He finished his two quarters of work 7-16-0 for 69 yards, and the Saints trailed 17-3athalftime. Hebert played the second half with the Saints reserves against Minnesota's reserves and led a three-touchdown rally with a 6-70.78-yard passing performance. Dalton Hilliard, who lost his starting job to Rueben Mayes last season, had 11 carries for 62 yards and scored two touchdowns in the rally. Mayes, Rookie of the Year with 1,353 yards last year, got 13 yards on eight carries. Both teams go into Saturday's game without first-round draft choices — two of 10 first-round picks unsigned across the league. New Orleans is offering about S225.000 less than the SI.65 million that defensive lineman Shawn Knight has asked for a four-year contract. Houston is about Si million shy of the S3 million that fullba'ck Alonzo Highsmith is asking. General Manager Ladd Herzeg said. The Oilers will still have a first-round choice in the game — wide receiver Haywood Jeffires. He caught two passes against Kansas City, but the Oilers are so deep in receivers that he's battling for a roster spot. Saints wide receivers, except for starter Mike Jones, have been criticized roundly by Mora. Eric Martin, the incumbent at the other starting receiver slot, missed last game with a sore knee and is expected to see his first game action Saturday night. U MftRl * K.PSWOI Houston was expected to have Mike Rozier in the starting lineup. He overslept last week, got to the stadium about 30 minutes before kickoff and didn't play in the Kansas City game. Mora said he'll start Jim Dombrowski at left tackle and Ralph Williams at left guard, and flip- flop tackles Bill Contz and Darren Gilbert to see if they can play both sides. No promotions or demotions involved, he said, just preseason experiments. SEUVKIOSdelllUMIGRACIOH ^^B^^^^^^Bv^F w B^^B v ^^^V^^^^^^^V V^P tod* toumMM W«MM: CMTIMI VvMHt PMH CRYER Pools 8e Spas to come up with some different schemes to get around that. But we didn't want to make changes because of what was happening in a scrimmage." One cog misfiring can shut an offense down quickly, according to Fenley. "If one guy's breaking down on defense the other 10 players can help cover for him," he said. "But there's nobody to back him up on offense. Eleven players have to execute on offense. Execution is everything." Sterling failed to generate a first down during its first possession of the night, but with Brian Gore and Hendricks splitting duty at quarterback the Rangers showed signs of progress the second time it had the ball. Gore's 10-play stint during the series was highlighted by a 28-yard pass, while Hendricks' touchdown was the top play during his time under center. Tailback Ellis Hubbard, the backup for two-year starter Kerry Henderson, added a 23- yard run in the second series. Kelly Plato, the third quarterback candidate for Sterling, enjoyed success passing the ball on the third offensive series, completing three of his four attempts. Fenley planned to have the team view the film of the scrimmage today before returning to its regular work schdule. ''We'll look at it real close and spend a lot of time with it," he said. "I think when we do look at it. we'll see we had a lot of kids playing well, on defense and on offense, too." Ranger notes: Dean Hanks, one of the top wide receiver candidates for Sterling, did not suit out for the scrimmage. A pitcher on the South Belt baseball team which went to the Palomino World Series, Hanks had practiced only once with the team prior to the scrimmage. Old Cardinal fan loyalty dies hard Just when I began to realize that being a Houston Astros fan wasn't so bad after all, those guys with the funny-looking uniforms did something to destroy my loyalty. They swept the St. Louis Cardinals in a three-game series. In my old stomping grounds, that act is akin to hanging Jackie Sherrill in effigy. (For you Texas Longhorns fans, think of the dangling subject as David McWilliams.). For a guy who remembers fondly the stolen-base artistry of Lou Brock and the smoke-'em- • under-the-chin fastball magic of Bob Gibson, it wasn't easy to adopt a second-favorite major league baseball team. For so many years, it was the Cardinals and no one else. Let a Chicago Cubs fan close to within emery board-tossing distance, and I might have lost my temper. In central Illinois, you were one or the other. Since I lived closer to St. Louis, nothing but the mellow tones of announcers Jack Buck and Mike Shannon were heard through our house on a summer evening. 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