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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 18

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, September 3, 1974
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West Fork Now In 1A WEST FORK--It looks like a year of adjustment in more ways than one for head coach Alvy Early's West Fork Tigers. Moving up to a higher division this fall after heavy losses from .1973, the Bengals are faced with I lot of uncertainties concerning their own personnel as well as the GppGSiuOl'l. "We appear to be weaker than we were last year," according to Early, "plus the fact we're in District 1-A now, which is going to be a big adjustment for us." Last season the Tigers competed in the Class B Ozark Conference, finishing with a respectable 8-2 season record, good for second place behind eventual state champs Far- mingoln. This year, however, the opposition looks tougher. and the Tigers may not have (he 'bosses' to make a serious title bid in Hie new league. The backfield appears pretty will set, though, with three veterans returning, including a couple of last year's rushers. Senior running backs Duane Dunkle, 5-10 and 170, and John Schuster. 5-9 and 165. rushed for 480 and 375 yards respectively last fall, and should be ready to do even better this time around. Also the Bengals have their top quarterback returning senior Rex Sparkman, 5-10 anc 150. The versatile Sparkman made all-district last year as a defensive back, intercepting nine passes and returning four for touchdowns. Along the line, the center po sition is in good hands with letterman Sam McCorkle, a 5 11, 165-pound junior again readj to make the snaps The tackle posts also appear et, manned by all-district per- ormer Roland Rollins, 6-0 and 05, and Greg Griffith, 5-9 and 85. Both Rollins and Griffith are seniors. The guard silualion is a big question mark for West Fork, vilh four candidates now under consideration by Coach Early, 'hey are senior John Shipley, 5-0 and 160, and juniors Jack Vebster, 5-6 and 155. Dor Rollins, 5-G and 155, and Tom .IcBroom, 5-10 and 170. The view from the flanks is also a bit fuzzy, although scnio :huck Seibert, 5-11 and 180 appears to have nailed dowr .he tight end spot, while senior Hitch Center, 5-7 and 140, looks ike the top prospect for split end. Backing up Seibert is senior Dennis Sclby, 6-0 and 175. while sophomore Paul Coburn. 5-9 am 155, and junior Tim Helder. 5-9 and 145, are close behind Cente, at split end. Among the major weaknesse: sighted by. Early are the kick ing game and the lack of a deep threat pass receiver Among Ihe big loses from las year was punter and place-kick er Mike Clayton, along with top runnig back Ronnie Bradley. But the Tigers do have, 3 out for the team this year which is a respeclable numbe for District 1-A, and 13 of thos are leltermcn, who should b able lo make up for some o the losses from 1973. Coach Early's charges will b put to an eary Icsl this season when they tangle with Danville one of the best Class B team in the stale, in Iheir oocne Sept. 6. That game should g a long wav in determining ho\ well Ihe Tigers measure up to 1974. Alvarez Brings Great Record To Eikins Elks ELKINS -- "Small in number but big in spirit." That's the way new Eikins head coach William Alvarez describes this year's contingent of Eikins Elks -- a team which has high hopes this fall of breaking a long losing tradition. Only 15 candidates turned out for preseason practice but, according to Alvarez, "They're the best b|inch of boys as far as attitude and spirit that I've tver worked with." Coming from Alvarez, that remark .may bear more than ordinary significance. The new Eikins mentor and his associate Ray Hamilton, come to Arkan sas from Buna, Tex., where they compiled an enviable 3-year coaching record of 29-0. Tha means the Elks may be due for some big changes this fall and that should include im provement on last year's 3-' wason record. . . . To do that, Alvarez and Hamilton have nine returning lettermen around \yhich to builc the nucleus of a winning team. That group includes thre Io( backfield returnees, amoni them last year's leading rusher senior halfback John Bunch. 5- and 164. The cat-quick Bunch ne*ds o n l y some effeclivi blocking to become one of th real standout rushers in th Ozark Conference. Also returning in the back field are senior quarterbac! Mark Johnson, 5-10 and 165, an senior fullback Rick Ledbette 1 and 205. Another backfield ppeful is sophomore halfbacl immy Harrelson, 5-10 and 165. FORWARD WALL Anchoring the forward wal ill be senior center Macl achs, 5-10 and 165. At one o guard spots will be junio !arlan Sawin, 5-10 and 152. Tin ther guard position is as ye nfilled. Avarez noted. Manning the lackles will be enior Ray Powel, at 5-10 anc 225 the biggest m a n on the quad, and junior Robert Pas cual, 6-0 and 165, who was on the top \ineman on las year's team. At the flanks will be junior Mike Johns, 6-1 and 152, an David King, G-0 and 161. Bol Johns and King have "goo nands," Avarez poinled and since Johnson is a capabl passer that may indicate th Elks will be putting the ba in Ihe air quite a bit Ihis fall. Basically the Elks will to working out of Ihe slraight- formation, although they ma go with the Wishbone at times With only 15 players on th team, Alvarez obviously ha some depth problems, but hop to overcome them by usin each player at several differen positions during the season. Alvarez figures his team at least a dark horse Candida in the rugged Ozark Conferem and he has set high goals F" Ihe Elks -- among Ihem a upset victory over Farminglo Sept. 13. Greenland Pirates Pin Hopes On Fullback Dennis Caudle GREENLAND - Despite Ijtavy losses from 1973. "We're going to be better than people think," according to Greenland head oach David Kossover, and Ozark foes shouldn't be taking the Pirates lightly as the new grid campaign gets underway. Kossover lost four all-district players off that 1973 team, including backs Greg Anderson and Jeff Caudle, and linemen Jeff Knight and Larry Griffith. .On the plus side, the Pirates will have one of the strongest runners in the area in fullback Dennis Caudle. 5-10 and 230. who was switched from the line to fill in holes in the backfield. Caudle runs the 40 In 4.9 and is "going to be a good one," Kossover says. "At quarterback we'll be very adequate." he added, "athough we won't have the greai running threat like 1 a s t year." Junior Morris Lawson, 59 and 150, gets the nod to replace Anderson, with sophomore Terry Beech, 5-11 and 155, backing him up. At the halfback s l o t s , two good-sized seniors will be coun- on, i n c l u d i n g Jerry R a - mey, 5-11 and 198, and Robert Ridley, 6-2 and 190. HEFTY SENIOR Along Ihe line, anolher hefty (enior, center Gary McElhaney, 6-1 and 260, will hold sway, ^ f l a n k e d by a pair of standout guards In Steve Nimmo. 5-9 and 165, and Jesse Wingfield, 5-7 and ]55. Both rJimmo and Wingfield are seniors. At the tackles will be senior Don Winn, 5-11 and 190. and Tommy Shackleford, 6-1 and 195. The split end spot will go to junior' Brad Tomlinson, 64, and ITS, while sophomore Steve Anderson 5-11 and 160, looks like th» top candidate at afhl end. AH tW* indicates that Greenland will have plenty, of size, V net quantity. "Were bigger Carlen Hopes Duniven Can Match Barnes LUBBOCK, Tex. (AP) .-- 'ention redshirt quarterback ommy Duniven lo Texas Tech oach Jim Carlen and you'll raw a smile. "He has a chance to be gooc . really good, but I don't see ow he could ever have been in e class of Joe Barnes," says arlen. Barnes, of course, led the cd Raiders to an 11-1 recorc ist year, including a Gator owl victory over Tennessee. The slick Barnes was a mas er of the third down. Short o' tature, he eseaped onrushing nemen with his rollouts am uick sideline losses. When hi ad to run, he ran ... and very ell. Duniven spent Ihe season on he scout team after guiding le Tech Picadors to an unbeal n season his freshman year hich included victories ove uch powerhouses as Houston nd Oklahoma. fn the spring, Duniven sul ered a knee injury and didn' el much work. So there's stil n aura of mystery surroundin 6-foot-2, 190-pounder frbm IcLean, Tex. HAS THE TOOLS Carlen says Duniven has th ools. "He has a strong arm am an run," Carlen says. "He jus doesn't have a whole lot of ex erience. That can be a very jnportant thing." While Duniven's performanc the clutch is still speculation here are some proven per- ormers off the 1973 second lace Southwest Conference flashers. There's Larry Isaac, a soph- more tailback, who was The .ssociated Press* Newcomer of he Year in the SWC. Isaac ushed for 568 yards and scored 0 touchdowns. He had an eye- afching six ; ards per carry. Lawrence Williams, a big lay artist who can deliver the uick six points, caught 19 asses for 233 yards and four oiichdowns last year. He re- urned the opening kickoff 95 ards for a touchdown against "Jew Mexico and led the nation . kickoff returns in 1972. John Garner and Cliff Hos- ins give Tech strength at full- ack while Rufus Myers is an all-the-way threat at tailback. SplH end Calvin Jones, strong Tommy Lusk, quick Carry 23-Game Winning Streak 8B · Nerthwwt Arkama* TIMES, TUM., Sept. 3, 1974 c, ARKANSAS Cardinals Still Look Strong FARMINGTON - If you add [ But they don't up the offensive statistics from st for asl season and figure that most a(ips)inn .,,,,,,,.,,,. f the people who compiled hem are back in the fold, Farmington looks like n shoo-in or llieir Ihrid straight Ozark Conference title. But unfortunately for the new lead coach Charlie Phillips, cold figures alone (tout ten the vlnle story and that's what has him worried as the Cards seek to extend their 23-game winning tackle ackle John Fitzpatrick, and streak, already the longest in the state. On the plus side, the Cardinals have virtually their entire backfield returning from last 'all -- a group which piled up some 400 yards and 45 points a ball game. Thev include halfbacks Bill Cooper 6-3 and 155. Wesley Stevens, 6-1 and 185, Arlin Oxford, 5-9 and 165, and Floyd Shelley, 6-1 and 175, along with quarterback Doug Edwards, 5-10 and 155. Cooper. Stevens and Oxford are seniors, while Shelly a n d Edwards are juniors. Their 1873 statistics are impressive to say the least. Cooper had 1242 yards rushing. Stevens 1155. Oxford 386 and Shelly 322. Edwards, meanwhile, completed 34 of 65 passes for 683 yards and 15 touchdowns. That fivesome also had a lot to do with Farmington's 12-0 season record and second straight state Class B championship. ASU Hopeful In Southland Southland Conference sports information directors awarded A r k a n s a s State University second place in their pre-season football poll. State finished second in 1973 with a record of 3-2 in conference play and a 7-3 overall chart. Last year's Southland champion -- NCAA Division H Na- ional Champ Louisiana Tech -received the first place nod rpm conference scribes. After vinning the conference race hree years running, Tech to be ripe for .defeat, despite the return of 14 high quality starters. McNeese Stale University may have as good a chance as anyone to dethrone the Tech Bulldogs, having 17 starters )ack from a 7-3 team. But Arkansas State's Indiana have radition -- including the 1970 C o l l e g e Division National Championship -- and a new 6,000-seat stadium to motivate :hem to win it all this year. Louisiana Tech University vill risk its prestige by serving as the inaugural-game opponent n Arkansas State's new stadium. Both teams are planning move up_ to major college. tell the entire Farminglon, and Ihe question now facing Coach Phillips is. who's going to block for them in 1974. Indeed Farmington's losses from 1973 are almost as staggering as the returnees are impressive. Gone are four all-stale and two all-district linemen, including the likes of Keith Marrs, Tim Thomas, Danny Gilbert Roberts and Ronnie Hudson. It's a tried and tested football axiom, moreover, that "o matter ho wgood your backs are they can't g very far "" nout some blocking out front, withi The situation is not quite as bad as one might expect, however, and Phillips does have some potential, although inex- jericnced. personnel lo fill in some of those holes along the front line. At least two starters return n senior linebacker Kevin Bonish, 5-8 and 160, who Phillips describes as "real quick." a- lotig with a top-notch defensive end in senior Jeff Lankford, 6-2 and 180. Benish will be playing guard on offense, along with either sophomore Joe Kilpstrick, 5-11 and 160, or sophomore Mike Edwards, 59 and 155. SENIOR TACKLES At the tackle slots will senior Les Smith, 6-2 and 180. and senior Ricky Hammond, 510 and 170. Holding down Ihe center position will be an olher senior, Dennis Spears, 6-2 and .90. Smith, Hammond and Spears all saw considerable reserve action last season for the ardinals. They should be capable performers on the "new look" aFrmington line, although depth is likely to be a major problem. Phillirre will be counting on Iwo other newcomers, sophomore Gary Cooper, 5-10 and 155, and junior Bill Carter, 5-11 and 150. to plug holes on defense. Cooper and Carter are likely to see extensive action in the Cardinal secondary. Coach Phillips conies to as assistant coach at Sloam Springs. He replaces Alan Holland, who went to Morrilton after Doyne Davis made the move .0 Fayetteville. Phillips has had to make «e veral adjuslmenls in going from Doublc-A lo Class B. not ttm .east of which is playing people lxth ways, on offense and de- tense, instead of two-planoon- g, "I haven't been here long enough to know how we stack up against other Call B schools," Phillips said. "It looks like our backs are going lo have lo work a little harder though," he added. Wilh Ihe devastating line losses from 1973, that may be an understatement. Farmington is still the odds-on choice for another Ozark title, however, and a third straight state championship is by no means an impossibility. :ight end Pat Felux return. Defensively, "the Red Raiders lave one of the finest tackles in Am eric a--230-pound Burlcy, a junior Ecomet with tre- strength and quick- mendous ness. David Knaus is a headliner at noseguard where he made all- SWC last year. Tommy Cones, a big play end, is also a contender lor All-SWC honors. "Offensively we'll have an in experienced team, one hasn't played a lot but thai does bave ability," Carlen says. The Red Raiders again catch Texas early but in Lubbock Tech fans dream of 1968 when the Red Raiders pulled off a tremendous upset. If Duniven jells quickly, it could happen again. status NCAA Division I -within the next two years. Each would like to end its tenure in the college division ranks as national champion. Arkansas State's schedule for 1974 includes Eastern Michigan, Illinois Slate, Southern Illinois, Northeast Louisiana and Bowling Green of Ohio. With the Southland Conference reportedly well-balanced this year and this impressive intersec- lional lineup, Arkansas State will be showing great strength if it matches or beats its 1973 record. Lost Punting Champ Gerald Nesbitt was the last Arkansas punter to lead the SWC in that category. than we've ever been before Kossover points out, "but our weak point is depth. Only 20 players are out for the team, and of lhal number only about 14 will see regular aclion. At least two other players who'll be starting on defense are junior linebacker Brian Ash- KOSSOVER burn, 5-10 and 200, and junior safety Mike Nimmo, 5-9 and 135. In addition, junior David Car- rulhers, 5-9 and 150, and sophomore Jim Rulh, 5-5 and 150. will be seeing plenty of action somewhere in the lineup, Kossover added. "Because depth is such a problem," he pointed out, "each of our guys has to learn about kind of versatility should help, and how well they adapt to five different positions." That determine Greenland's success r failure this fall. nspired Football" is the rule here in Northwest Arkansas. .. and wherever those fighting RAZORBACKS go! You'll Score With: JONES LUMBER and SUPPLY PRAIRIE GROVE, ARK. 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