Pirates nudge WHS Indians, 27-26 Fumbles hurt Redskins Friday By BOB HOWARD Of The Light Staff WACO—The LaVega Pirates stunned the Waxahachie Indians with 21 points in the first six minutes of play Friday night in Waco and hung on to scuttle the Tribe 27-26 in a District 8-AAA thriller. Take your pick. It was a case of three early fumbles that killed the Indians or our lack of extra point conversions that made the difference. The Indians fumbled the opening kickoff at the Waxahachie 34 and the Pirates scored; the Tribe held on to the ballon the next kick but lost it at the 12 on the first play and LaVega scored again; and Waxahachie had the ball the two-point conversion and two plays on the next possession before giving it tO the Pirates on a fumble at the Waxahachie 21 and it was six more for the Pirates. Holy smoke!! The Indians were down 21-0 in the first six minutes and it looked like it was going to be a long, long night in central Texas. But hold on, you doubting Thomases, this band of Indians has so much pride and ability, it isn’t going to lay down and give it up. This bunch of youngsters started putting things together with some great offensive effort and the Mean Green defense shut the Pirates down. Co-captain Sam Hargers, Nick Stover, co-captain Derek Coppedge, Mark Mullinax, Eric Moore, Dean Duggan, Clark Williams, Rodney Ramsey, Larry Odom, Lee Square, Jerome Hargers, Harold Becks and newcomer Ricky Don Sargent had a magnificent game for the Tribe defense. They held the Pirates to 96 yards rushing and 96 passing with the only real breakdown coming on the Pirates’ clinching tally, a 45-yard scoring bomb in the third stanza. The Mean Green held LaVega to 58 yards on the ground in the first two periods, 38 in the third stanza and NONE in the fourth quarter. In the air, LaVega quarterback Newton Owens hit for a pair of touchdowns, a 25-yard throw in the first quarter and the 45-yard bomb in the third, but a tremendous pass rush by the Indians kept his throwing to two other completions. After the sputtering start in the opening minutes of the game, the Green offense took advantage of a Pirate fumble at the LaVega 35 and put it into the end zone four plays later late in the first quarter. In the second half, quarterback Kelly Stubblefield was injured on the onsides kick by the Indians, but came back four plays later to direct a 7-play, 75-yard drive for the second touchdown. He was out on his feet during the drive and came out for the rest of the night. Enter sophomore Lewis Williams, an untried quarterback. Williams took command of the Tribe offense for the rest of the night and just did a fantastic job. He directed the Indians to a ground game of 132 yards and completed 4 of 9 passes for 69 yards and two touchdowns. The Tribe scooted around the Pirate ends for good gains on the running of Jerry Kelly and Leonard Chandler as well as the power running of Williams. You look at all the statistics and wonder how did Waxahachie lose??? Coach Jack Moss commented “We didn’t lose, we just ran out of time.” Statistics don’t put points on the board, however, and the Indians are now 1-1 in district action and the Pirates are 2-0, durn it!! LaVega’s Randy Nitschke scored on runs of two and one yards in the opening minutes and Ronald Shipp added an ffltrs point kick to make it 13-0 with four minutes and 10 seconds off the first quarter clock. Two minutes later Owens hit Willie williams with a 25-yard scoring toss, John Curtis took a pitchout and raced across for conversion the Indians were down 21-0. LaVega held the Indians following the kickoff, but Coppedge blasted Williams loose from the pigskin and Mullinax fell on it at the Pirates’ 42-yard line. But the Indians promptly gave it back on a fumble at the LaVega 35 and on the next play, Coppedge pounced on the Pirates’ fumble at the 35. Following the fruit basket- tumover, Kelly ripped for 11 yards to the 24; William Cash was stopped for no gain; Williams popped for five and Stubblefield found Larry Jackson wide open down the middle for 19 yards and the Tribe’s first score. It didn’t seem too important at the time, but Richard Compton’s kick was bad and the Indians trailed 21-6 with 2:20 left in the first stanza. The teams traded punts as the second quarter got underway with Compton booming a 68- yarder to the LaVega 16-yard line. The Pirate safety let the ball slip through his hands, the Indians recovered at the 16, but the striped shirt on the scene was out of position and didn’t see the Pirate touch the dang thing!! Coach Moss, the Indians and some 1,500 WHS fans did let the official know about that call. Waxahachie took over four plays later at the LaVega 39 and punched goalward. Kelly’s fourth down blast for five yards set the Tribe at the LaVega 28, but a lost fumble stopped the Tribe on the next play at the 26-yard marker. LaVega marched to the Tribe 29 before Coppedge demolished Owens on a pass play for an 18-yard loss and the Pirates punted from their own 48. The Indians made one first down on Stubblefield’s 17-yard throw to Jackson and with three seconds left in the half, “Stub” threw long to Jackson and it was out of reach at the Pirates’ 21-yard line. Jackson was knocked down at that point, but the ball was dead, the Indians didn’t get another play and the Pirates drew a 15-yard penalty on the third quarter kickoff. A check of the rule book revealed the officials were correct. “Stub” was injured on the Indians’ onsides try to open the third frame and the Indians held the Pirates to no gain in three tries forcing a punt with Waxahachie taking over at its own 25-yard line. “Stub” came back to direct the scoring thrust with a first down pass to the streaking Jackson at midfield. Jackson took the heave and hauled it to the LaVega 17 before he was ridden out of bounds. “Stub” and Williams gained a first at the three and three tries by Williams netted two yards. “Stub” sneaked across from the one for the score, but on the two-point conversion try, “Stub” was short on the run and the feeling started to grow about the importance of the missed conversion after the first score. LaVega moved for a first down after the kickoff, but the Mean Green stopped them at midfield with Odom making one fine play on a third down reverse by the Pirates. They punted to the Waxahachie 15. Williams came on to guide the offense and promptly stepped off eight yards, hit Don Price with a 13-yard gainer and Baylor battles to 14-14 tie OUR ONLY TWO—Indian Don Price clutches the 2 point conversion pass from quarterback Lewis Williams in the fourth quarter of the WHS Indians' 27-26 loss to LaVega Friday night in Waco. Price scored the touchdown moments earlier on a 14-yard pass from Williams. (Staff Photo.) ANN ARBOR, Mich. (UPI) - Senior tailback Gordon Bell dove over from a yard out with 8:10 to play Saturday, and 10th ranked Michigan survived a last minute field goal try to preserve a 14-14 tie with Baylor. The Bears, defending Southwest Conference champions, 1 id a chance to win but a 39- yard field goal attempt by senior Bubba Hicks was wide to the left with 10 seconds left in the game. Michigan tried a pass and a run before time ran out. It was the second consecutive tie for both games, leaving both teams with a 1-0-2 mark. The game was played before the third largest regular season crowd in collegiate history, 104,248. Michigan was tied, 19-19, by Stanford a week ago while Baylor and Auburn were playing to a 10-10 deadlock. Baylor did not act the part of 20-point underdogs against the defending Big Ten co-champions, pushing Michigan around with surprising ease. Quarterback Mark Jackson, who suffered a shoulder injury in Baylor’s season-opening win, returned to the starting lineup and scored the first touchdown on the ground against the Michigan team in eight games when he sneaked over from the one in the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7. Junior tailback Cleveland Franklin, who carried 37 times for 135 yards, bowled over from the 2 with 1:58 remaining in the third quarter to put the Bears up 14-7. Bell, who carried 25 times for 92 yards, scored on a six-yard sweep to cap a 35-yard drive the first time Michigan had possession of the ball in the game. His game-tying touchdown came after senior middle guard Brad Koschalk had recovered a fumble by junior split end Alcy Jackson on the Baylor 37. Baylor’s first touchdown was also the result of a fumble recovery, by senior defensive end Jim Arnold on his own 47. Nebraska overwhelms TCU Horned Frogs, 56-14 LINCOLN, Neb. (UPI) - For the second week in a row, Terry Luck directed Nebraska to an avalanche of points in less than three quarters, hitting on three touchdown passes in the Corn- huskers’ 56-14 pasting of Texas Christian Saturday. Nebraska was again too much against too little, rolling up 571 yards on offense, compared to 169 yards for TCU, and scoring two touchdowns in each quarter. The defeat made the Horned Frogs the first Southwest Conference team to lose 13 consecutive games. Luck tossed touchdown passes to Tony Davis and Brad Jenkins, both in the first half, and Chuck Malito in the third quarter. Nebraska scored on 54-yard drives the first two times it had the ball, before being stung by a well-executed 60-yard, 5-play TCU march in the second quarter, which trimmed the margin to 14-7. The first Horned Frogs’ score came on quarterback Jimmy Dan Elzner’s 21-yard pass to Mike Renfro on a 21-yard pass. The drive to the Cornhusker goal also included a 28-yard pass to Renfro and a 10-yard pitch to Vernon Wells. Late in the game, Darryl Lowe returned an intercepted pass 70 yards for the second TCU touchdown. A couple of minutes after the first Texas Christian touchdown, the Cornhuskers notched 14 points during a 21-second span to remove any lingering doubts. flipped to Kelly on the option for 15 more and a first down at the midfield stripe. But the old fumble struck again as Cash ripped up the middle for seven yards before a Pirate grabbed his arm and the ball fell to LaVega at the Pirates’ 42. LaVega picked up a first down to the Indians’ 45 and Owens hit Luther Gilton on a fly pattern for the clinching tally with 1:09 on the clock. Stover blocked Shipp’s extra point attempt and the Pirates led 27-12. Waxahachie set up at its own 40-yard line after the kickoff and a third down pass from Williams to Price ate up 23 yards to the LaVega 38. Price made a great catch on the toss. LaVega drew a 5-yard penalty as the quarter ended. Williams kept for 16 yards and first down at the LaVega 17 two plays later; Leonard Chandler banged for four and the Tribe drew a 5-yard penalty back to the 18. Williams handed to Kelly, who just blew through the line for a 16-yard gain at the 2-yard line. Williams wasted no time getting the ball into pay dirt, but his run for two was stopped short and Waxahachie was really in trouble, trailing by nine points with 10:17 left in the game. The defense shut down the Pirates, forced a punt and Waxahachie had it on the 30 with 8:23 left. Williams’ second down pass was picked off by LaVega’s Rodney Fuller and the Pirates had it at the Tribe 40. Two plays netted LaVega five yards and Owens stepped back for a third down pass attempt, but linebackers Eric Moore and Mullinax blew through to nail him for an 18-yard loss and a fourth down punt gave the ball to the Tribe at its 18-yard line with 6:17 to play. The Tribe ate up the yardage on fine runs by Cash, Chandler and Kelly, but they also ate up plenty of the clock in the 82- yard, 13-play scoring drive. At the LaVega 36, Williams passed to Price, who juggled the ball before hauling it in for a 19-yard gain at the LaVega 17-yard marker. Kelly swept for five, lost two and Williams found Price in the end zone for a 14-yard scoring pass. The same play worked for the Indians’ only conversion of the game, but with 1:40 left to play, the door was closing on the Tribe’s great comeback. Waxahachie forced a punt four plays later and took over on its own 28 with 13 seconds left. Williams’ throw to Jackson at the 50 went off his hands and the last play of the game saw Williams trapped trying to throw, but he lateraled to Cash, who regained the line of scrimmage as the final second ticked off the clock. The Indians’ offensive line did a super job in the second half and the downfield blocking was up to par with last week’s effort. The Tribe can hold its head up despite the loss and that pride they possess is gonna’ make it tough on Mexia next Friday night on the reservation. Mexia took a 32-7 drubbing from the DeSoto Eagles Friday night in Mexia. Cowboys play Cardinals Sunday IRVING, Tex. (UPI) - The same old St. Louis Cardinals — still winning games in the final seconds — meet the brand new Dallas Cowboys Sunday in an early season showdown of teams with division title hopes. Eleven of St. Louis’ 14 games were decided in the final minutes last season during the Cardinals march to the NFC East championship. Rangers win ARLINGTON, Tex. (UPI) - Roy Smalley slammed a 2-run second inning double and Jeff Burroughs drove in a pair of runs with a sacrifice fly in the fourth and sixth innings Saturday night to carry the Texas Rangers to a 5-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals. Brewers win MILWAUKEE (UPI) - Second baseman Jerry Manuel’s error in the sixth inning allowed Bobby Sheldon to score the go- ahead run Saturday and the Milwaukee Brewers went on to a 5-2 victory over the Detoit Tigers. PAGE FOUR Sunday, September 28, 1975 Gladiators crush Coolidge, 41-16 Cats clip Hawks in grid tilt RED OAK — The Red Oak Hawks ran up against a big bunch of Wampus Cats Friday night and were clawed into submission by 33-8 in a non-conference football game played at Itasca. Red Oak scored in the first quarter to take an 8-0 lead which didn’t last too long. The Hawks got their score on a 25-yard pass play from Barry Sharp to Mike Baumann. After that, it was Itasca all the way. “We just got whipped in the trenches,” Hawk Coach Gaines Wolaver said. He noted the Hawks ran up against a big line and couldn’t move the Itasca forward wall. But the big Itasca linemen moved the Hawks and that was the major factor of the game. Coach Wolaver said the Hawks fumbled seven times during the game. “We couldn’t get anything going offensively or defensively,” Coach Wolaver declared. The Hawks closed out their non-district schedule Friday with a record of one win and three defeats. Red Oak starts its District 17-A grid slate at home Friday night against Kemp. Coach Wolaver said all the Hawks are in fine physical shape for the opening of district competition this coming week. By NOLEN SMITH COOLIDGE — Italy’s Gladiators, scoring in every quarter, crushed the Coolidge Yellow- jackets by 41-16, here Friday night, in a football game featuring 14 fumbles. It was Italy’s second victory of the season against two defeats. Italy, shutout last week by Wortham, scored 21 points in the first quarter, added seven points the second round, seven in the third frame and six in the fourth period. Coolidge scored both of its touchdowns in the final period of play. With the exception of passing, the Gladiators of Coach Larry Turner dominated the statistics. Coolidge completed two of eight passes for 24 yards, while Italy completed one of two for 15 yards. Italy took the opening kickoff and moved down to the Coolidge 29 where the Gladiators fumbled the ball away. Coolidge, three plays later, fumbled the ball with Italy recovering on the 21. Six plays later Barry Pickard went over for Italy’s first score. The attempt for extra point failed. Two plays after the kickoff, Coolidge fumbled the ball away with Italy getting it on the Coolidge 16. Five plays later QB Jon Herrin passed to Jimmy Weaver for 15 yards and six points. Herrin passed to Weaver for the extra points to make it 14-0. Italy got the third touchdown of the quarter with four seconds to play when Rusty Morgan took the ball around right end into the end zone from the 10-yard stripe. Weaver kicked the extra point and it was Italy 21, Coolidge 0. About midway in the second period, Italy’s Terry Tekell recovered a Coolidge fumble to set the stage for a 66-yard scoring drive. Herrin climaxed the march on a 5-yafd quarterback keeper. Weaver again booted the extra point and the Gladiators owned a 28-0 halftime lead. Coach Turner’s Gladiators controlled the ball most of the third stanza. Chester Thompson did a good job on the defense and helped make Coolidge fumble more. At the midway point, the Gladiators struck for another touchdown with Richard Wilson going in from the 2. Weaver again converted. Indian* 18 40 169 169 8 19 1 96 2 49 1st Downs Yds. Rush. Yds. Pass. Passes Fumbles Lost Punts Avg. Scoring summary: LV—Randy Nitschke, 2 run (Ronald Shipp kick) LV—Nitschke, 1 run (kick failed) LV—Willie Williams, 25 pass from Newton Owens (John Curtis run) W—Larry Jackson, 19 pass from Kelly Stubblefield (kick failed) W—Stubblefield, 1 run (run failed) LV—Luther Gilton, 45 pass from Owens (kick failed) W—Lewis Williams, 2 run (run failed) W—Don Price, 14 pass from Williams (Williams to Price pass) Indians 6 0 6 14 26 Pirates 21 0 6 0 27 Coolidge drew first blood in the final quarter. Bobby McClendon got loose for a 53-yard run to put six points on the board. The Yellowjackets got the two extra points to make it 35-8. Italy came right back and scored minutes later with the tally coming on an 8-yard dash by Pickard. The kick was blocked. Coolidge then came back with 3:47 minutes remaining on the clock to score its second touchdown. McClendon scored on a 12-yard run and the Jackets converted for the two points. Coach Turner, after the game, said “It was a good overall team effort. The men played great.” Italy plays Oakwood at Italy Friday night. The Gladiators are 2-2 for the season. The statistics: Italy Coolidge 26 1st Downs 19 263 Y Os R ush. 156 15 Yds Pass 24 278 Tofal Ydge 180 1 for 2 Passes 2 for 8 4 Fumbles 14 0 Passes Int 0 2 for 29 Punt Avg 2 for 23 5 7 for 45 Pen8 for 85 Missouri ekes out 27-21 win COLUMBIA, Mo. (UPI) - Henry Marshall caught scoring passes of 66 yards from quarterback Steve Pisarkiewicz and 11 yards from tailback Tony Galbreath Saturday to rally fifth-ranked Missouri past Wisconsin, 27-21. Missouri trailed until midway through the third quarter when fullback John Blakeman scored on a 10-yard run up the middle for a 17-14 Tiger lead. However, the porous Missouri defense again failed to stop the Badgers, who drove 80 yards, with tailback Bill Marck scoring on a one-yard run to regain the lead. USC triumphs LOS ANGELES (UPI) - Quarterback Vince Evans took the ball in his own hand and ran over two touchdowns Saturday to lead the University of Southern California to a 19-6 victory over Purdue after the Boilermakers had held the Trojans scoreless through the first half. The Trojans came off determined to make up for their first half inability to score. They ckove 72 yards in 13 plays at the start of the second half. Ricky Bell had gains of 13 and 15 yards on the drive and Evans rolled out for 13 yards to the one, from where he scored. KELLY’S DIVING—Indian Jerry Kelly was looking for the goal line on this lé-yard burst to the LaVega 2-yard line Friday night. Grabbing a toe Is Pirate Rodney Fuller with Indians Charles Smith, 28, David Jordan, 66, and Mitch Newton, 70, trying to help Kelly. (Staff Photo.) Sooners beat Miami, 20-17 MIAMI (UPI) - Barry Switzer had warned Ms top- ranked Oklahoma Sooners all week that Miami played its best games against the best teams, remembering a scare the Sooners receivers from the Hurricanes two years ago in a narrow 24-20 win at Norman, Okla. “I told people all week long that Miami (days well against the better teams and they showed it tonight,” Switzer said Friday night after Oklahoma narrowly escaped with a 10-17 win over Miami before 37,203 stunned Orange Bowl onlookers.
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