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The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas · Page 15

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THE BAYTOWN SUN Sunday, August 23, 19*7 1-C SPORTS Dale Murphy of the Atlanta Braves became the 57th player to reach the 300-homer plateau when he hit his 34ih of the seasot\ Friday night. See 2-C/ordejails. REL's Stroud pleased by scoreless outing Defense halts Angleton in scrimmage JDK STROUD, hMd COM* it Robert E. Lee, keep* • doe* ey« on the procmdlnp during Friday's •crlnunafe with Anjcleton at Memorial SUdlum. Stroud was especially ple«*«d with the Ganden' efforts on defence In the tcoreleat tcrlmmage. (Sun §uff photo by Angle Bracey) By DAVID BERKOWITZ If scoring was what you wanted, Memorial Stadium was the wrong place to be Friday night. Not a point was to be earned as Robert E. Lee and Angleton met in their first football scrimmage of the 1987 high school preseason. But it wasn't to the disappointment of Ganders Head Coach Jim Stroud. In fact, it was just what he anticipated. "We did it that way purposely," he said. "I like it that way, with no scoring. You just can't treat this like a regular game." Despite recovering five Angleton fumbles, REL didn't get the benefit of taking possession as would be the case in an official game. Instead, the Wildcats merely began again with a flrst-and-10 setup. One of the purposes of the near two-hour scrimmage was to allow players from both teams to strike pads with someone other than themselves. And after two weeks of two-a-day workouts. Stroud was pleased with the aggressive behavior of the defense and the progress of the offense. "1 thought we got to the ball on defense and we came off the ball well on offense," he said. "We did what we wanted to do. We showed that we aren't afraid to hit." The Ganders didn't show much else, though, as only a few basic plays were implemented on offense. With scouts representing future opponents in attendance, you couldn't even tell the players with a program since there were no numbers on REL's jerseys. The home team sideline was quite colorful. Yellow, maroon, blue and even a few green jerseys mixed together to form three levels of squads. There was plenty of action for everyone. "We just felt that everyone needed to have a chance to play," Stroud said. "We put them in there and let them go after it, so we can see who wants to play football." There was nothing fancy about the way REL's No. 1 offense performed. But the workmanlike showing met with a pat on the back by Stroud. "I thought our offensive line came off pretty good," he said. "And all of our backs ran well. They were getting three and four yards every time, and every once in a while they'd pick up 10 or 12." The junior backfield of quarterback Donald Thompson and running backs Chris McGaughey and Pascal Watty showed signs of picking up where it left off last season. As sophomores, they were instrumental in helping lead the Ganders to the playoffs. (S«e FILM, Page 4-C) Dawson, Smith end Astros' win streak CHICAGO (AP) - Andre Dawson Is having one of the most productive home run campaigns in Chicago Cubs history and Lee Smith has set a National League record for successive 30- savc seasons. But something is wrong. The Chicago Cubs are still in fifth place In the National League East. Dawson hit two home runs to give him 40 and the major league lead Friday and Smith notched his 30th save in leading the Cubs to a 7>5 victory over the Houston Astros. The loss snapped the Astros' seven-game winning streak Smith became the first National League pitcher to have four successive 30-save seasons, equalling the American League record set by Kansas City's Dan Quiscnberry. Ail of which doesn't satisfy Smith, "Despite Dawson's 40 home runs and my 30 saves, we're still a fifth-place club," said Smith. "1 would take 18 saves or even 12 if we were where the tSt. Louis > Cardinals are in first place. 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Ill 1 •- ttiifairo 1 LOB •• llautlufl 14, tTilc«uii t :j.l ... lUtihrr 3B •- i: If H » Eft BB SO Itowton !>rth*i«l. l'.ts . ; » 5 i o 3 S : i I : c 4 J U (I 0 J i : s i u i A £i.*»(o Lynefc DifmoW J2 i s Si ; j '.i m piu-hcd intuur battrri in U' ^ in tvif barter ;n T^^hih HJIJH. V\illialtt» - > UJ A • Oilers, Saints set to renew rivalry BOBBY HEBERT (3) will fet the •urtlnf nod at quarterback for the New Orleans Saint* wh«n they face the Oilers tonight at the Superdome. Back problem! suffered by Dave Wilson opened the way for Hebert's start. (AP file photo) NEW ORLEANS (AP) Bobby Hebert will start at quarterback for the New Orleans Saints tonight against the Houston Oilers in their NFL preseason game in the Super- dome because Dave Wilson is still having back problems. Coach Jim Mora said. "Dave's back has progressed, but he's stlil not 100 percent," Mora said Friday. "I don't think he'll be 100 percent, so we won't take any chances." Houston quarterback Warren Moon is expected to get a bit more playing time, along with the rest of the first unit, and second-round draft choice Cody Carlson is expected to get the major portion of relief time. Although the annual game is not as heated as it used to be, it will still be more than just another practice session. When John Mecom owned the Saints, the players knew they were fighting to see whether Mecom or Oilers owner Bud Adams would have bragging rights in the Houston business and social circles in which they both moved. Mecom sold the team to New Orleanian Tom Benson in 1985, and some of the steam went out of the rivalry. But Bum Phillips coached the Saints through that 1985 season, and his players wanted to win it for him. There was ill will between Phillips and some members of the Oilers organization. Phillips was fired by the Oilers after an 11-5 1980 season and a third straight trip to the playoffs. Houston hasn't had a winning season since; New Orleans has never had one. Neither Oilers Coach Jerry Glanvllle nor Mora were around when the rivalry was hot. They're both in their second year, and they have things other than winning exhibition games on their minds. Things like finding football players who can help the Oilers get back to winning and help the Saints have a first-ever winning season. Few rules changes made for '87 season t v By MIKE SIMMONS Football fans won't be seeing any wholesale rules changes when the 1'JfiT high school season kicks off the first week of September. Changes for the coining season have been few and not major in nature. John M c Co r m i c k. the Baytown area director of the Gulf Coast chapter of football officials, said it has been some time since so few changes were put through. "We had the fewest changes In rules than we've probably had In the last 10 years," sald'McCor- mick, who is academic dean at Lee College. "1 suppose the coaches are satisfied with the way the game is being played. The suggestions and recommendations for changes come from the coaches and arc forwiirded to the NCAA rules committee. It then acts on the suggestions." Since becoming Involved with officiating games 12 years ago, McCormick has seen a trend toward emphasizing safety in high school games through rules changes. One of the five bigger changes this year addressed another area of safety. Under this year's new set of rules, a player will be charged with a personal foul if he swings an arm or hand at another player and misses, or if he kicks at an opposing player and misses. If it is deemed * flagrant foul by an official, the player can be disqualified from the game. That, according to McCor- mtek. Is Just another step toward ensuring, safety for the players on the field. "The coaches and officials in the past 10 or 15 years have become more safety conscious," he said "That's why you've seen the rules against spearing, chop blocks and this year's change against throwing a punch or kicking at a player come about." Another rule which will be instituted this year prohibits defensive players from blocking eligible receivers below the waist after the receiver has gone beyond the line of scrimmage. In the past, Ihe defenders were given two yards in which they could throw such a block. The passing of the new rule may be a sign of things to come, according to McCormick. "A lot of officials feel blocking below the waist will eventually be outlawed altogether," he said. By paying more attention toward players' safety, McCormick feels the coaches and officials have made high school football a better game. "The game is basically the same," he said. "You still have to block and tackle and out- finesse, outspeed or outmuscle the other team. It's still just as exciting a game as it ever was." While two of this year's new rules are designed to help the safety of players, other changes (or the 19B7 season arc of a more subtle nature. One changes the penalty for an illegal forward pass from 15 yards to five yards from the point of the foul, with a loss of down still a part of the infraction. Two changes in kick coverage were also passed. Any team member of a kicking team who goes out of bounds without being blocked cannot return for that down. Also, it is no longer a foul for players on kicking teams to bat balls which are in the opponents' end zone, though it will be ruled a violation. A beanbag will be thrown instead of a penalty flag. Fans will have to be watching closely to detect some of the new changes, according to McCormick. "From a spectator's standpoint, they really won't be noticeable," he said. "They are just subtle differences." Approximately 44 officials from Baytown will be working games this season, a number which McCormick said is in keeping with past years. "It's fairly stable," he said. "Every year we seem to gain two or three and within a year or two we lose that many. They either move away, become uninterested in officiating or transfer to another chapter. Our number usually stays between 40 and 50." McCormick is beginning his second year as the Baytown area ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^_^m I MNT-A-ttk U-SAVE 422-0535 director, a role he inherited from Dean Bigham. the supervisor for the city's parks and recreation department. McCormick is sure the year's experience will be helpful in the coming season. "The more experience you have in any job the better off you are and the more comfortable you are," he said. "Dean gave me a lot of help last year. Having -somebody locally I could call if I got in trouble was a big help." For the past eight years McCormick has also worked as a back judge on the varsity level and looks forward to that role again, even though the position leaves him wide open for fans' second-guessing at times. "Most of the calls you make are right out in the middle of the field where everybody in the world can see them," he said with a laugh. "But that's where I've worked the past eight years and 1 like working back there." Getting ready physically for the season isn't something McCormick feels can be done overnight by officials. Running a few laps in August won't do the trick. "It's best to stay in shape the year round," he said. "You need to have a fitness program, such as jogging, race-walking, riding a bicycle or playing tennis. As the season nears, you may want to intensify it." Preseason scrimmages also help officials just as they benefit teams. "It helps get us thinking about football before the first varsity or sub varsity game comes along," McCormick said. 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