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The Des Moines Register from Des Moines, Iowa · Page 40

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Aug. 31, 1975 • DBS MOINES SUNDAY REGISTER/3D Iowa loop 'well-balanced-if anybody can beat Central'! *& _»A • t M M ^fe ^ * ^^^ '^^^ Central (H'Q.0) At Pella ROW ICHIPPER lliam Perm 1»-0 20-17 >° 2 44-0 23-14 William Ptnn (9-1-1) At Oskaloosa RON RANDLEMAN I. i At Wlyn» State (Neb.) .......... . Iowa Wasleyan .' At Buena Vista I Luther II At Simpson .... itaUT,.::: 20-0 47.4 30.0 21-u 42-21 Buena Vista (5-4-0) At Storm Lake JIM HCftSHBERGER 0. Upptr Iowa (4-5-0) At Fayette OBOMOI RICHARDS }• « At Wiifconsln-La Crosse S. 13 At Carroll (WIs.) at W West Union t:?7».V 21 . A §;{1il«^"Y.•.•.•.•.Y.v••.•.•.v.! 3 ^ &-«.flW».!^^Y::::.v:.^a i 4 By GREG CLARK Coach Ron Randleman calls this a rebuilding year, but with veterans such as Jeff Parsons and Tim Mattern returning, .William Penn again should be in the thick of the Iowa Conference title fight. Randleman says the Statesmen, who were 9-M last year and tied Guilford State in the Poultry Bowl, will have to regroup on offense from the loss of some key players and will depend upon their passing game in the season's early going. That's all right with Parsons. The senior quarterback from Lincoln of Des Moines 'earned second-team all-conference honors last year, completing 79 of 144 tosses for 1,306 yards. "OUR GOAL is to win the conference," Parsons said. "We lost our offensive line but we have the whole backfield back. I think we might throw more than last year because we were rear successful in throwing. "I think that puts the pressure on the offensive line," Parsons continued, "but pass blocking is easier (than blocking on running plays). But we'll be all right running, too," In fact, running may be one of William Penn's strongest points. Mattern, who gained 638 yards in 130 attempts last year and was named to the all-conference squad, is looking forward to an even better season. Wingback Jim Dulin also returns, but tailback Carl 1974 Standings CONFERENCE ALL GAMES r . .. W. L. T W. L. T Central 7 00 11 0 0 William Penn 6 10 911 Buena Vista 4 3 o 5 4 0 Upper lowa 4 30 450 Luther 3 40 360 Simpson .2 50 261 Wartnura i 60 270 Dubuque 1 6 0 2 B 0 Johnson has graduated and his heir apparent, Kevin Groomes, is sidelined indefinitely. "WE'LL MISS Johnson a great deal," observed Randleman, who noted that Carl gained more than 1,000 yards last season even though he was injured late in the year. "Groomes filled in and did a fine job (picking up 351 Luther (3-6-0) At Decorah Iowa Conforenco Outlook nt national e to repeat 6D5BL SCHWEIZBR 13 AiMuitma (ill.) ........... 13-24 20 At Valparaiso (ind.) ........ 12-25 27 Uppar Iowa ............... «-2i , 4 At William Penn ............ 4.47 J! Central .................... 7-27 , II At Oubuque 1 ................ 2A-14 . JSBuana Vista ............... 20-7 Simpson (2-0-1) At Indianola MAURICE WAUOH S. 13 At Midland (Neb.) 7-23 S. » Illinois Benedictine 35-35 S. 27 At Dubuque ,.13-8 g. 4 Uppar lowa ...10-13 o'. j» At WaTJbur?T7Y.Y.Y.V.Y.Y.' 2-5 t Dubuque (2-8-0) At Dnbuque LARRY POHLMAN S. 6 At Milton (WIS.) 0-7 S. 13 At Illinois Benedictine A-39 S. M Eureka (III.) 25-6 S. 27 At. Simpson 8-13 ..., IWartburi . .V.V.V.V.V.V.V M 25 Central 6-25 1 At Buena Vista «-25 I Luther 31-16 WILLIAM PENN — Lett „?.",? .... Taylor . mast at runmns also natures SIMPSON — ... •re problems in • x p • r t> n e coiehed at Dul — . i last season, has by former Roose- ...shape as Darren '» top lalner, returns bacKIni Is weak 'am Lfmnulst from ----- . Oowrle may be moved JUENA VISTA - With 21 returning lettermen and top aroup ,f freshman, Beavers are chief obstacle In cantral's - to. second straloht loop, crown o. 'na Vista «-37 ithar 14-28 _. upper lowa 14-74 ff:.\TO a r,W n . n ..::::::::::::^? Wartburg (2-7-0) At Waverly DON CANFHELD S. 13 AtConcordla (Neb.) 16-0 S. JO At coe..,. 14-20 year, should help solve problems. However, quarterback position r* mains wide open. Defensive backfield loses only on* player and returns Carl -.-.- ,—. Mike Ceope/ of Sloyx CHy will tight for quarterback spot behind an alien- f.'.Y*."",* *? f h '°**s only center Mike Wiederin. His replacement may be transferred from Wal- where ha was an. slva Una may bo vers lost all-center, mers Tom Route and Ores and Ortt't brother, Dallas. more" ^3*en top oWnsive"uni r * y TMni r _ . |ek _ CM(h DUBUQUE - New Coach Larry Pohman. leavlni the hlih school ranks aftar 17 years, will try and Improve on last season's 2-1 mark. f oh man said key will be flllin* Doles in otfwnlv* Una. Hi lost thro* starters •here, one with an Inlury fti,t didn't hen and two who quit school. Du- tauaua ran wishbone affens* last year tie it !• *kmwtmt»m *A a>Kjk **• <r..« 1. but It strora WIIW WIIVMBV •••! T** 1 to pro set. Team Is . . ively except at line- Mcker. Jimmy Yokes, lack last season, has "•— " ..... ' a dafansive been moved ..—..f runnlnfl the nod . <m«wair HOB* WWII IHVWU die hi* small slje (i feet t > pounds). Kay Strom Is top icK and Bruce Kay will fat yards in 72 carries)," Randleman continued, "but he was in an accident — he fell off a roof — and he won't be able to practice the first two weeks of the season and we don't know how long after that before he'll be ready. "That hurt the depth. We could have stepped in with an all-veteran backfield." The Statesmen, however, picked up another running back that might case the pain of Groomes' loss. Scott Swartzendruber, a 60, 217-pound fullback who led Northern Iowa in rushing two years ago before suffering a broken leg, "has been working hard" and may see some action at tailback. That would put him in the same backfield with Mattern, who weighs 228 pounds, giving the Statesmen a powerful one-two punch. "THE PLAYERS know that this is a rebuilding year and they know we're going to have to improve as the season goes on," Randleman said. "We've got some good players coming back and they've got an excellent attitude but it's one of those years you just don't know what's going to happen. "Don't look for us to be real strong early in the season," Randleman said. "We open against Wayne State (Saturday) and we just aren't going to be ready. But I think by the time the conference gets here (at Buena Vista Sept. 27) we'll be ready." Defensively, the Statesmen return three backfield starters and the ends appear tough. However, there is little depth at tackle behind starters George Skinner (6-7, 300 pounds) and Herb Mayo (6-3, 250 pounds). "Specialty teams will have to carry more weight this season," noted Randleman. "Placekicker Jim Paul was the fourth-leading scorer in the conference last year and we hope he can do better. He's got a strong leg. Last year it was sore most of the season but he still made a 40- yarder. "The league has been well- balanced traditionally and I think it will continue to be. Realistically, I think it'll be REGISTER PHOTO BY FRANK S. FOLWELL i ., The Quakers are coming, by air and land Quarterback Jeff Parsons (left) and runner Tim Mattern give William Penn's Iowa Conference title an air-ground boost. Parsons hurled ball 1,306 yards and won second team all-conference honors last year. Mattern was first team all-conference, gaining 638 yards in 130 carries. well-balanced this year if anybody can beat Central," Randleman concluded. CENTRAL COACH Ron Schipper is sitting pretty. His team, which won the National Collegiate Division III championship last season, returns a wealth of starters and is a strong favorite to repeat as Iowa Conference champion. "We see the opportunity to have" a real good football team," said Schipper. "As long as you're the Iowa Conference champ and the national champ you want to defend those titles. "We want to come back and do as well as we did last year. That's an astronomical goal, but we're starting the season with that in mind. "The offensive line may be the best we've ever had," Schipper said. "We have several veterans back and we picked up a junior college transfer (Robin Lukin from Garden Grove, Calif.). "We really feel that our strength is going to rest in running this year. We should be an outstanding rushing team. We think we have more speed in Don Taylor and Mark Kramer than we've had in quite a while." Marc Humphrey of Pella, who split quarterback duties with Gary Cutler the last two years and ended up playing wide receiver in last year's post-season games, finally has the offensive reins and is rarin' to go. "I enjoyed it," said Hum, phrey, referring to his stint as a receiver, " but, of course, I've been a quarterback all my life and I still think that's my position. "I'D JUST love to go back (to the national championship game) and we should have the horses to do it. We're just going to have to be that Coe has pride, tradition...and eyes on repeat title CORNELL THREATENS . . . GRINNELL SQUAD BIGGEST IN 10 YEARS much more mentally prepared." The Flying Dutchmen have depth to spare in the defen- Coe (8-1-0) At Cedar Rapids WAYHE PHILLIPS nnell Coe tailback Dan Heeren wants to carry the ball more often this year, and it's a good bet he'll get his wish. Heeren, a first-team all- Midwest Conference performer last year, would like to rush 20-25 times per game. The 5-foot 10-inch, 185- pound senior from Charles City said he averaged 18 or 19 carries a game last year, gaining 892 yards to help the Kohawks to their second 1974 Standings CONFERENCE ALL GAMES _. «• U« 1 1 W. L. T. coe ..... .. ............. 7 oo a i o xMonmouth .............. - - - 720 Lawrence ............... 5 20 720 Rlpon .................. 5 20 720 Cornell ................. 4 30 5 4 o Carleton ............... 3 40 450 Grinnall ................ 2 50 360 xxLake Forest ............. 260 Beloit ................... i 60 270 Knox .. ................. 1 a 0 ISO xNo league standings becase of suspension. xxlnellglble for conference standings last season because not enough league games scheduled. straight Midwest League crown. That performance brought him within 133 yards of Dan Flag el's career rushing record of 1,928 yards. How- ever, Heeren isn't concerned about the mark. "I don't even think about it," he claimed. "I've got the whole season, anyway. The big thing is that I think I have to show some leadership. It's my senior year and I think I could take on some responsibility." HEEREN — who ranked eighth in National Collegiate Athletic Association scoring last year-with 76 points, will need a good season because last year's starting fullback, Steve Richard, got married and quit school. But if Heeren falters, sophomore Kent Colling is ready to take over. Coach Wayne (Phiz) Phillips said Colling looked good last year and if Heeren hadn't been a senior, he might have ;been moved to fullback-so-they-eould-play-at- the same time. "We've got a lot going for us, winning two straight," said Phillips. "There's a lot of pride and tradition at Coe and we hope we can maintain this." Phillips lost Vern Atwater, his starting quarterback last season, but he's confident Lyle Nesemeier can lake control. "Nesemeier is a junior. He and Atwater split the first two games last year and then Nesemeier suffered a sepa- -rated-shoulder in our homecoming game and Vern took over," recalled Phillips. "Nesemeier was the backup, but he has experience. The first pass he ever threw in a REGISTER PHOTO BY LARRY NEIBERGALU Coe's Tront Four' keep it cool Assistant Coach Barren Bremner plays "water boy" for Coe's defensive front four of (from left) John Nuzzo, Carl Sansone, Jim Smith and Gary Long. Kohayks, who meet Grinnell in SepU 13 opener as they bid for third consecutive Midwest Conlerence championship, have seven returning starters on defensive unit. college game went for a touchdown." NESEMEIER'S top receiver may be Kevin Enwright from Camanche, an all-conference tight end last year. Phillips said pro scouts arc interested in Enwright, • but probably would move him to linebacker. Despite the offensive potential, defense probably will be the Kohawks' strong suit with seven starters among 32 let- terwinners. However, Dean Frick of Williamsburg, a second-team all-conference linebacker last year, elected to drop football when he was accepted by the University of lowa School of Physical Therapy. Last season, Flagel quit the team under similar circumstances. The students remain at Coe under an exchange program, but can't compete because of a scheduling conflict. "This is the second year in a row a player has given up a year of eligibility," said Phillips, "and both times it's been a good year. "They only pick 30 guys out of 700 applications so they were fortunate they were chosen. That's what college is all about — getting an education." PHILLIPS SAID the secondary is untested but he credits a big front line which averages about 232 pounds for making the defense "probably the best since I've been at Coe." That's no small statement since the Ko- hawks led the league in defense last year. Despite losing five of seven all-conference players, Phillips says depth will be a strong point. "We hope we won't have to rely on freshmen but we think they'll help us," he admitted. "I think some will start, but more important, they'll give us depth and good competition for the upperclassmen." CORNELL COACH Jerry Clark is sure experience and a solid offense are going to make the Rams title contenders this season. "We've got quite a bit of experience back," sj»>d Clark, S d. S. 13 Grinnell . s. 20 Wartbura 20-14 S. 27 Lake Forest O. 4 Knox 28-0 0. 11 At Lawrence 2/-20 0. II Cornell 27-3 0. 25 At Belolt 39-3 N. 1 Carleton 46-8 N. 1 At Ripon 38-7 Lawrence (7-2-0) At Appleton, Wis. RON ROBERTS S. 13 At Lake Forest 27-19 S. 20 At Knox 13-12 . 27 Grinnell 23-25 J. 4 Chicago 45-7 O. 11 Coe 20-27 O. 18 At Rlpon 2/-14 O. 25 Carlelon 17-16 N. 1 At Belolt 55-14 N. 8 Cornell 24-19 Ripon (7-2-0) At Ripon, Wis. WILLIAM CONNOR S. 13 Knox 2M4 S. 20 At Carleton 53 II S. 27 At Cornell 26-17 0. 4 Belolt 39-12 O. II At Monmoulh 14-0 O. 18 Lawrence 14-27 O. 25 At Grinnell 42-VI N. I Lake Forest 31-0 N. 8 Coe 7-38 Cornell 5-4-0) At Mount Vernon JERRY CLARK S. 13 At Carlelon 27-7 S. 20 At Belolt 37-0 S. 27 Rlpon 17-26 O. 4 Lake Forest 42-0 O, 11 Grlnnell 40-12 O. 18 At Coe 3-2/ O. 25 Culver-Stockton N. 1 Knox 15-6 N. 8 At Lawrence 19-24 Carleton (4-5-0) At Northfield, Minn. DALE QUIST S. H Cornell 7-27 S. 20 Rlpon U-23 b. 27 At Knox 30-14 0. 4 At Grinnell 24-14 0. 11 A) Lake Forest 76 0. 18 St. OUI 7-24 0. 25 At Lawrence H-17 N. 1 Al Coo 8--I6 N. 8 Bcloil 41-12 referring to his 24 letlerwin- ners. "Offensively, we have lettermen coming back in most positions. Defense is where we lost most of our people. We only graduated seven but five of those were defensive people. Clark was specifically pleased with his offensive line, which returns intacl. Guards Gary Stanley from Conrad and Joe Lauterbach from Harlan both earned second-team all-c onference berths last season. Eddie Hadenfeldt and Dave Welter return at tackles and Mike Clark at center. "We'll be primarily a running ball club," predicted Jerry. "We've got bigger running backs than in the past and both our quarterbacks are runners. We use an option- type running game." Cornell has two huge defensive tackles in 280-pound Jim Martin of Iowa City and 260- pound Mark Wilden of Clinton, but Clark says the Rams lack depth there and at linebacker. GRINNELL COACH Edd sive line and linebacking positions, but junior Al Paris is the lone returnee in the defensive backfield. "We're good on depth," boasted Schipper. "That's one of the strong things we feel we have. We have some people coming back who know the season. That's always a problem at small schools but we think it's the strength of our program. "I think that one of the things you have to recognize is that once you win....peoplfL are going to be after you. We have to open at Northwestern College Sept. 13 so we've got our work cut out." Grinnell (3-0-0) AtGrinnell COD BOWERS S. 13 At COO 21-34 S. 20 Lake Forest .12-14 S. 27 At Lawrence 25-23 O. 4 Carleton 14-24 O. ll At Cornell 12-40 O. 18 Belolt 21-27 0. 25 Rlpon 21-42 Belolt (2-7-0) At Belolt, WIs. CHARLES ROSS S. 13 At Concordla 14-24 S. 20 Cornell 0-37 S. 27 Chicago 70-12 O. 4 At Rlpon 12-3* 8 . 11 Knox 7-42 . II At Grinnell 37-21 O. 25 Coo 3-3* N. 1 Lawrence 14-55 N. l Carleton 1241 Knox (1-0-0) AtGalesburg.Ill. ALMRT RIILLY S. 13 At Rlpon 14-27 S. 20 Lawrence 12-13 s. 27 Carleton 14-30 0. 4 At Coe 0-21 O. 11 At Belolt 42-7 O. lIMonmouth 21-44 O. 25 Lake Forest N. 1 At Cornell 4-15 N. I Grinnell ..13-21 Monmouth (7-2-0) AtMonmouth.Ill. • ILL RIICHOW S. 20 At Graceland 4-0 S. 27 At Olivet 0. 4 At Hamllne .' 13-2 O. 11 Rlpon 0-14 O, ID At Knox 44-21 O. 25 SI. Norberts N. 1 At Northeastern Illinois 54-0 N. 8 At culver-Stockton 354) Lake Forest (2-0-0) At Lake Forest, III. MIKE DAU S. 13 At Lawrence S. 20 At Grinnell 14-12 ' S. 26 Coe O. 4 At Cornell 0-42 0. 11 Carleton 4-7 O. 18 At Chicago 32-0 O. 25 At Knox N. 1 At Ripon 0-21 Bowers, with a squad of 55, his largest in 10 years, has tried to plug some holes by shifting a few of last year's starters on offense to defense. "We averaged about 23 points on offense last year but the defense was not as strong as I would have liked," explained Bowers. "We tried to divide the talent better this year." Bowers moved halfback Mark Bowman of Grinnell to the defensive secondary and shifted guards Mike Nadalas- ky and Dennis Walters to nose guard and linebacker, respectively. "I think they'll strengthen the defense a little but I hope it won't weaken the offense," said Bowers. "We have a quicker boy, Mark Schultz from Marengo, to go at halfback. He's faster, but we're questioning whether he has the blocking ability Bowman has. "We just hope to get in the first division if we can," continued Bowers, "but we think we could be a threat or a spoiler." -GREG CL* ~4tf£

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