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2B · Northwest Arkansas TIMES, Toe's., Sept. 3, 1974 FAVrTTIVILLI. ARKANSAS Last Year A Hard Act To Follow Tribe Faces Tough Job Perhaps the m o s t difficult thing to produce in junior high football is the repeat winner. Coaches rarely have the luxury of top players for more than one year, and two at the most. Ramay junior high is facing one of those rebuilding years after fielding a surprise conference champion last year for coach are minus the Gerald Daily. The Indians talents of Jim Luper, Jim Elliot and Ned Parette who, with the talents of some other solid performers, moulded a so-so junior unit into a methodical winner. Only two experienced men return, Todd Darter and Bobby Fills. Dartor will handle the quarterbacking chores this time around while Fitts will work as the fullback. That gives the Tribe a better-than-average mi cleus in the backfield, but other offensive positions and most on defense are still open. "Were 'just not looking for some people ' who can play on us. All in all .hough, we ought to have a fair ittlc club." With Darter and Fitts in the jackfield, Daily is predicting as strong a backfield as last year's and possibly even better. Work- ng with the vets will be wing- jack Darin Johnson and tailback .Curtis Mahone. ; The · offensive line is .some- :hing of a question mark, but the summer-vacation growth of some players has been a pleasant surprise. "We h a v e several players who have really matured over the summer," said D a i l y . "They've grown 3oth physically and emotionally. We think they're going to be a big help." NOW A TIGHT END A case . in point is Eddie Nichols who played quarterback but who grew so much over the summer that he'll probably be'tb'e starting"tight end. Gregg Hall will be'the'starter at center with Brett Garton and R o b e r t Rush working at.the guards. The tackles look like Wendell Harris and David Elan. Ty Hoskins should work well at split end. If there are any question marks bigger than others then they have to · be on defense. We still have several big decisions to be maade," cautioned Dailey. "But we have some players who are hitters and who ill play somewhere." That list includes Billy Baird, Elzey, Bobby Bobby Smith, Martin, Wallace, Doug Mike Mike Dillard, Mark Leichlner, Bob Shofner, Mark McKinney, Eddie Sugg. Gary Bowen, Jay Lineberger, Jarvis Kimbrough anc Jimmy Cale. Daily is finding plenty oi possibilities, but the promise ol another league championship Is still pretty distant. Rogers junior highs' and" possibly the Springdale schools to set the league pace while carefully terming his own bunch as a "fair little team." For the tribe only a little time and ex perience will tell. Illustrious Career Of John McKay Continues SCA To Challenge Reddles In AIC iy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS 'Ken Stephens sounds m o r e ike a wheat fanner than the ootball coach at Slate College if Arkansas. "We're al the mercy of the elements," Stephens said when asked about the Arkansas In- ercollegiate Conference foot- jail race. The. elements he's talking about are injuries, grades, morale problems, etc. He means nobody In the contcrense : h,as trough players. LIKES. HENDERSON- Stephens believes Henderson should repeat as confereee champions but added. "If they have a little bad luck, one of the other teams is going to do SCA is one of the "other teams," Stephens said teams such as Harding. Ouachita Henderson and Arkansas Tech have the seniors SCA is miss* ing. "Our primary goal every sea- John, Terrie and Richard. John son," says John McKay, "is to go to the Hose Bowl." Well, fulfilling that goal has become a habit for the 50-year- old head football coach and athletic director at the University of Southern California. The 1973 learn was the seventh he has taken to the Hose Bowl -- a record. McKay's Trojans have won three national championships (1962. 1967, 1972), finished in the Top Ten of the polls nine times, won eight Pacific-8 championships and gone undefeated three times. The 1962 team was 11-0, the ?969 team was 10-0-1, and the 1972 team was 12-0. All three won Rose Bowl games. USC's 1972 national champions were called by many football observers the greatest team of all time. It was the only squad ever selected as unanimous national champion in both polls. "I've never seen a team that could beat it," says McKay proudly. John's 14-year record at USC is 109-35-7, which places him 10th among all active coaches in total victories. His record the last 12 years is 101-24-6, an 80 per cent winning percentage. FOUR STRAIGHT, In the 60-year history of the Rose Bowl, only one coach -John McKay -- has taken a team to Pasadena four successive times. The Trojans played In the 1967, 1963, 1969, and 1970 versions of the classic. Witty and often outspoken. McKay is a highly sought-after banquet speaker whose dry one- liners and stories have won him a national reputation off the football field. Last year he also served as President of the American Football Coaches Association and as a member of the football rules committee. McKay first came to USC in 1959 and spend one year as an assistant on Don Clark's staff, before becoming the school's 16th head coach upon Clark's retirement In 1960. John has 10 years of experience as an assistant, spending nine of them at his alma- mater. Oregon. In 1950 he coached offense and defense under his college coach, Jim Aiken, and then spent the next eight years serving under Len Casanova. Again, he coached both offense and defense. ALL-STATE BACK Born in Everettsville, West Virginia, July 5, 1923, McKay was an All-State running back in football and star guard In basketball at Shinnston High in West Virginia. Following graduation from high school and a was the starting split end for USC in 1973 and will start again as a senior in 1974. The McKays reside in Covina, a Los Angeles suburb. SCA is getting a great deal ol attention in preseason specula tion because the Bears went .6-5 last fall--the first winning year at SCA since 1968. In addition, the Bears have quarterback Sam Coleman. Coleman led the conference in total offense as a freshman and had SCA fans recalling the glorv days of Bobby Tiner. GOOD OFFENSIVE LINE The offensive line is SCA' long suit with the l i k e s o Butch Cook, Gary Owens, Don Sheltorm, Willie Huffman and Butch Patrick. Patrick is thr only senior. Willie Huffman am Butch Patrick. Patrick is th only senior. Stephens is concerned abou the defense, but end Davi Gonzenbach is a player an Jim Wright and Danny Lyon 11 stabilize the secondary. Henderson has three all-con rence players on defense-- seman Dennis Parker, an Ivin Johnson and linebacke rnest Rhone. Dwayne Corn us is an all-conference poss ity in the secondary. The Reddles' attack feature ilback Joe Smith, but Sport arpenter is concerned abou e lack of a passing attack. Smith played an importan le in the Reddles' Noyembe ive to the 1973 championship ining 748 yards in victorie er UA--Monticello, SCA an uachita. Terry Blaylock will be th uarterback for the third year BIG MAN FOR MCKAY . . .Arkansas mil have to watch out for Anthony Davis, the Trojans' top rusher, when the two teams lock horns Sep. 14. Davis may help fulfill John McKay's goal oj another Rose -Bowl appearance jor Southern Cai. Midlands Boast Big Powers In College Grid Wars For 74 CHICAGO (AP) -- Notre Dame, Ohio State and Oklahoma last season gave the sprawling Midlands the nation's top three college football teams. " · " But two of that talented three some - have · ·· new · - problems this year and the third has a holdover fly in the ointment. National champion Notre .Dame" ran into summer woes with the loss of seven potential starters through injuries and year spent working in coal mines, he enlisted in the Airj "I Force and served in World War ,,. , n. ciat violation of campus rules. R , Big *£,,* ciMn State Ohio , Mate, Iftill- , ,, ibristling squad but an ailing In 1946, McKay entered Pur-i coach __\Voody Hayes, recov- due, where as a freshman, hei e r i n g f summer heart at- started at defensive back. ""' · then transferred to Oregon and. ' ' for the Ducks in 1918 and 1949. The 1948 Ducks, led by McKay and Norm Van Brocklln, went 9-1 and were voted into the Cotton Bowl losing to SMU. McKay paced that team in scoring with eight touchdowns, and still holds two Oregon records -- most rushing touchdowns in a game (3) and highest career average per carry (6.4). He was drafted by the New York Yankees of the old All- America n Conference, but decided instead to pursue a career In coaching. He says his high school coach, Mickey McClung, and Junior high coach, Pat Tork, first inspired him to become a coach. . . In 1950, McKay married Oregon coed Nancy Hunter of San Bernardino -- everybody calls her Corky-- and the couple have four children, Michele, Hop* Fulfilled A r k a n s a s coach Frank Broyles may have been looking for B good omen when he moved to Fayettcville from Missouri in 1953. He bought a house on Hope Street and has established a 123-47-3 record the past 16 years residing in his r 'hop«" residence. No. 3 Oklahoma, again lab- bed the Big Eight team to beat, once more is all dressed up with no place to go--bowlwise, that is. The Sooners have one more season left under conference probation for recruiting irregularities. Elsewhere in the Midlands. Tulsa is a slight favorite over North Texas State to take the Missouri Valley Conference title both shared last season, and Kent State is a strong choice to dethrone Miami ol Ohio in the.Mid-American.Con ference. Everything pointed fowarc Notre Dame catapulting from its classic .24-23 Sugar Bow! triumph over Alabama to another perfect season unti! trouble began mounting for Coach Ara Parseghian, Among the keenest losses are key running back Eric Penick, who tore an ankle in spring practice and may be benched until midseason or later, and two regulars among six players bounced recently for violation of school rules--defensive end Ross Browner and safety Lii- ther Bradley. But Parseghian still has back eight offensive starters, including talented quarterback Tom Clements, and six defensive regulars to tackle an Irish schedule starting Sept. 9 in a nationally televised game at eorgia Tech and winding u ·fov. 30 with another nationa TV contest against perhaps th sternest foe .of the season Southern California, Ohio State returns 16 regular rom the Buckeye club whic tied Michigan 10-10 for a shar of last season's Big Ten till and. then, as a controversia conference delegate to the Ros 36wl, clobbered Southern Cal fornia 42-21. Hayes' protege and curren arch-rival coach at Michigar Bo Schembechler. also has su fered a heart attack. Schembechler came bac strong from his 1972 attack. Like Michigan, again brae! eted with Ohio State as the B 2 against the Little 8 in the B Ten race, the Buckeyes hai an~ outstanding-quarterback. It could be that the Big Te title again will be settled on tl final Saturday, Nov. 23, b tween Ohio State and Michiga Ohio State is missing su standouts as offensive tack John Hicks, the nation's top i terior lineman of 1973, and demon linebacking trio in Ra dy Gradishar. Rick Middlet and Vic Koegcl. · But Hayes still has runnin back Archie · Griffin, cruised for Big Ten and Buc eye school... records of 1,5 yards last season, and t\ splendid fullbacks in Cham Henson and Pete Johnson. Michigan, bidding for fourth straight Big Ten tit! must rebuild offensive and d fensive lines, but Schembechl could have the fastest backflc in Wolverine history. Behind quarterback Denn Franklin. Chuck Healer w moved from tailback to fu back, Gil Chapman shifts fro tailback to wingback and a pa of swiflles, Gordon Bell an Rob Lytle, share tailback. As for the rest of the B Ten, Minnesota again may the closest pursuer of the Oh State-Michigan tandem with linois, Purdue, Michigan Sta and, Northwestern each havii a chance to break out of t! fourth-place tie they shared la UNENVIABLE TASK Harding Coach John Prock as the unenviable task of repla- ing od - everything tiuatier- ack Tom Ed Gooden and tail- ack Alan Dixon. Gooden and ixon combined for more thnn ,000 yards in total offense in ach of their last three years. Prock will look at Jeff Smith nd David Massey at quarter- Jack. Harding has the makings f a good passing game in split nd Jack Barber, flankers Jo? m'ith' arid Perry Brown .a'nc ight'end Eric Whitley. ,.' ; ':" '·'· Prock hopes the' defense, which should be sound, can give the offense time to dev'el p. All-AIC tackle Barney Crawford, 6-foot-5 and 237, is he defensive ringleader. Arkansas Tech has 26 letter men returning, including six starters on offense and eight on defense, but Don Dompsey I .till looking for a tailback.,. .Dethpse'y said five, player are- being "considered, 'includinj James McDaniel who playe iome last year but -was hurt Stan McClure was a-starter a quarterback as a freshman 'an ivas running No. 1 at the end o spring practice. Linebacker Greg Burl leads i defense which should be sound, Rip Powell says freshmei running backs must com .hrough if his Southern Stat Muleriders are successful i: moving the football. The hall backs will have the aid of sen ior fullback Roy McLcmore an quarterbacks Steve Lamb an Russ Bechtelheimer. In add tion, only center Ike Skagg must be replaced in the offen sive line. Linebackers Gaylon Garrison Bob Duby and Keith Arnold turn along with guard Max Ac cock, G-foot-4 and 250 pound The secondary includes Ste\ Waller, probably the team best tackier, and Terry Pe kins. Luther Guinn, Ouachita's A! AIC tailback, led the league'! rushing with 1,058 yards in 197 although he missed the last tv games because of a rib injury He may have to do even mor this fall--the Tigers graduate 10 seniors on offense. The Tigers' experience on d fense is limited to linebacke Bobby Gilliam, cornerbacl Don Elliott and Rick Lin berger and tackle Ed Willman UA--Monlicello is returnin to the slot--1 after going 2 running the triple option from It was a difficult fall for ickie Harris and the Woodland owboys, last year. Despite a ouple of stellar players, Joe ravens and Trancy Fancher, ic Pokes" felt generally miser- ble winning only enough to lake it respectable. After a highly satisfying .immer of American Legion aseball coaching, Harris is ack in .harness, trying-to field nough talent and size to con- end In the Northwest Arkansas unior h\gh conference. "We're ust a lot smaller than we were ast year," m u s e d .Harris. We're' probably a little biger n the backfield but smaller in most other places." On the offensive side of the edger Harris finds a good deal Woodland Lacks Size But Backfield Tough plit backfield. Coach Bill Jroce believes the "1" will enable the Weevils to throw more The possibilities at quarter- jack are Ronnie Massanelli, a ;enior, -and Mike Gurley, a iophomore who was impressive vith his passing during the ipring. Terry 'Lee has rushet Or more than 2,000 yards in wo season and Eddie Denton, vho gained 857 yards as E reshman. might be moved to tVide receiver. if comfort with tour returning etlermen. Jim Hcrringlon (5-5 20) will -start at tight end, Hit iTiirray (5 : 9. 145) will snap the ball, Bret Parker (5-7, 130) is he quarterback arid Greg Mon ez (5-5. 130) will pay tailback ilarris is quick to caution, how ;ver. that although the four are eltermen they don't necessarily lave a good deal of experience Parker lettered last year, bu lot at quarterback. "Parker ms no experience," says Harris, '|but he's our most im irqved player. He's come a Iqng way." Greg Montez i probably the closest thing to i .rue veteran that the Cowboyi have. Montez stepped in when workhorse Joe Cravens wa injured last year agains Ramay. The small but quiet runner gave the Idians a gooi deal of trouble and then eruptc' for 186 yards against Benton ville a week later. Harris plans an I-formation attack with the usual, yet-to-be disclosed "wrinkles". One thin is sure though, the Cowboy won't "employ a tailback oricn ted offense this year.- Craven carried the ball as much a 20 to .30 tjmes per game las season, and as he went so wen the offense, This year Ilarri finds enough size and talent t pcad things around The line is Hghl but most of 10 decisions have been made. Uchard Tyhurst (5-5, 120) will told the tight cpd post while evin Lcdbetter (6-2, IBS) and lice Brewer (0-0, ICO) will work is tackles. Bruit Cole (5-7, 130) md Jny Miller (5-5, 125) with jossible help from Tim Lewis 5-2, 130) will be the guards. In addition to Parker a n d Montez In tho 'backfield Mike ludspeth (6-1, 175) will run as fullback and Jay Trumbo (5-8, 135), an eighth grader, will play wingback. Defensively, Harris finds more question marks than any team he's ever been associated with. Plans are to run a two- platoon arrangement, .but according to the Woodland coach it may be difficult not .to switch some players. ' .·'.'.. Currently Hudspelh. Herrington Trum'bo. a n d Harry ar» playing both ways. Joe West, another eighth grader, will see action as will Malcom McPner- son, Max Thomas, John Phillips and Bill Sweeter. Depth will probably b« another problem for the Cowboys. Harris is counting .heavily on an untested crop of eighth grade linemen to fill in several of the weak spots. Overall, though, it seems to be a year of probabilities and possibilities for Woodland. On paper the backfield is'capable of scoring pnints. but the defense is questionable. 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