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September 11, 1974

Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 16

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Bruce Stapleton Elkins Elks Plot Demise Of Farmington Cardinal Regime If you missed David Goliath in Its first running, don't worry, because there's a new version in the making and you won't have to go any f u r - ther than the sodden turf of Elkins Field to see it in person. The co-directors are William Alvarez and Ray Hamilton, with the cast of 13 small bill ambitious Elkins Elks playing tht lead role. At least that's the impression on« gels from talking wilh Alvarez and Hamilton, as they plot the destruction of the mighty Farmington football dynasty this Friday night in Elkins. "We have a good chance lo beat them," offensive coach Hamilton said, "The boys ·re high and working good, and they really want this one. We're having a pep rally this Thursday and everyone is real en thusiaslic." Hamillon, along wilh defensive coach Alvarez, came lo Etkins from Buna, Tex., where they compiled an impressive 3- year record of 29-0. That was their first coaching assignment after college at Lamar Tech, and so Elkins' 16-0 loss to the Springdale JVs in their opener last Saturday was the first setback Hamilton and Alvarez have experienced as coaches. "It hurt a lot," Hamilton said of th« loss. "We played a pretty good ball game, and . we're trying to correct the mistakes which lost it for us. If we can beat Farminglon," he added, "We'll be all right again." The Elks fumbled three time.' «nd had a pass intercepted in the JV loss, including two fumbles lost inside their own 10-yard line, which led to both Springdale touchdowns. "Our offense didn't look as good lasl week as I thought they would," Hamilton said of that defeat, and he's making some changes this week for Farmington. One of them is to switch Jimmy Harrelson from halfback to tackle and Robert Paschal from tackle to halfback. That -will give, the Elks three strong runners in the Elks 1 Wing-T backfield, as Pascha: joins halfback John Bunch anc fullback Rick Ledbetter. Bunch picked up 61 yards on nine carries lasl week and was Elkins' top rusher in 1973 with more than MO yards to his ere dit. Ledbefcter had an injurec foot in the JV game, but is operating at 100 per cent efficiency this week, according to Hamilton, which means Elkins will be at full strength agains Farmington. With only 13 players on the team, that's almost a necessity. One of the Elks' most effec live offensive weapons is the · passing combination of 'quarter back Mark Johonson to end Miks Johns. That twosome accounted for five pas recep tions and 143 yards through the air against Springdale. In all Johnson had six of nine comple tions for 153 yards in tha game. Concerning Rarmington, Ham llton said, "Anytime you've go a tea mlikc that playing a tearr which hasn't won loo many bal games, it's going to be hard getting the boys up for the game, and we're hoping that'l oe the case with them. "De fensively," he added, "coach Alvarez is changing things a llltle to deal wilh Cooper and Stevens," (Farmington's top runners), but neither coach is saying what those changes are. On paper, at least, Elkins doesn't appear any match fo Farmington. The Cardinal: have won two state titles am boast a 24-game winning streak while the Elks have never had a winning grid season, and las fall's 3-7 record was the bes in recent memory. In addltioi ,. to tradition, Farmington ha; nearly twice as many player: on their roster, and mitweigl the Elks at every position ex cept tackle, where the Elk: have 220-pound Ray Powell. Nonetheless, first-year Farm ington coach Charlie Phillip isn't taking the Elkins challeng lightly. The first thing Phillip did following last Friday's 25- win over Prairie Grove was t tell his squad to be ready fo a hard practice -- in pads -come Monday. "Enjoy the win for two days," Phillips announ- . ced, "we still have a lot of things to work on starting Monday." Last year Elkins held Farmington to its lowest scoring and total offense production in regular season play, at least partially attributed to a letdown after an opening rout of Prairie Grove. Phillips doesn't want that kind of lapse to happen . this year, while the only real hope for Hamilton, Alvarez and the Elkins Elks i that it will. Elsewhere in area football openers last week, the biggest surprise was the general lack of surprises. Everything went pretty much according to form, although the margin of victory in a couple of games was a little unexpected. Gravetfe stomped Decatur 4916 behind the passing of Robert Hatfielil, who completed 16 of 23 aerials for 276 yards. That had lo come as something of * shock, considering Decatur btat the Lions in their opener last year, and the Bulldogs are expected lo be contenders in the Ozarks Conference again this fall. Another turnabout from last ·eason was the ma4chup between Gentry and Pea Ridge. The Black Hawks upset the Pioneers in their opener last season, but this lime it was 26-0. Gentry. The Pioneers must be considered the most improved team in the area, and nd despite the visions of gran- leur .In Elkins, it looks like ^entry has the best chance pi nseaiing Ihe Cardinals in eague play this year. One of the best pair-offs mong this Friday's games will e Ihe a n n u a l Genlry-Gravelte nidge match, and the two earns go into the donnybrook ated just about even. It'll 'be [entry's ground attack, and the 'ioneers will have a big weight advantage going for them in the "me. At least three other games n this week's agenda are potential cliff-hangers -- Lin- oln and West Fork, Norlhside and Springdale. and Fayelte- Mlle and Kickapoo. West Fork coach Alvy Early :ays Lincoln might have won its 'ame last week against Clarks- rille if the Wolves hadn't umblcd so much. The Tigers Iso had some bad breaks lasl vcck against Class B power Danville, and the Lincoln-West "ork contest must be rated oss-up. Each team will be rying lo start out right in con- erence play, and this looms as a key 1-A North match-up. '"They're going to be bigger nan we are," according to larly, "but probably net as quick as Danville. I understand hat Brock (Lincoln quarterback) is a strong to be passer, so ready for ve'l! have hat." The other 'pick-em' games his Friday are Norlhside- Springdale and Fayelteville- Bickapoo. Norlhside jusl barely gol by Rogers last week, and ince the Bulldogs rate on a par with the Mounties, it looks ike the Grizzlies will b« in for challenge. Not much is known about Kickapoo, although the Spring- 'ield, Mo. team did whip West Plains, Mo. 39-1). which could ·nean trouble for Fayetteville. Kickapoo competes in Missouri Ilass AA, which according to rayetiteville mentor Doyne Davis is equivalent to Arkansas ass AAA. The long road trip won't help any and the Bulldogs should have their hands full Friday night. My Super Rookafar crystal ill worked almost to perfec- .ion last week, zeroing in on 11 of 12 games forecast. This week's top dozen shape up as follows: Bentonville 20, Alma 12 Rogers 21, Si loam Springs 9 Hunlsville 19, Prairie Grove Gravette 21, Gentry 18 Lincoln. 16, West Fork 13 Farmington 26, Elkins 8 Fayetleville 15, Kickapoo 13 Northside 17, Springdale 14 Greenland 22, Mountainburg 12 Pea Ridge 18, Altus 14 Yellville 34. Winslow 6 Southside 20. Conway 7 Otoliths Are 'Lucky Bones' Early a re heo log is Is digging in ancient Indian villages in the Mississippi River valley were puzzled by discovery of some round, pearl-like stones that had L-shaped grooves on one side. Research finally disclosed that the strange objects were otoliths, ear bones which had been rerrjoied from large fresh water drum, a fish commonly used by Indians as food. Circumstances surrounding the Indian-site otoliths have p r o m p t e d archeologists t o speculate that they probably were used for ceremonial 'Or m e d i c i n a l purposes. A n d research shows that many early settlers in America considered possession of the ear bones desirable because of the good luck tliey supposedly brought. Consequently, in many areas of the country, ololiths are still called "lucky brines." Anglers who have listened to the fish make their grunting or drumming sound can understand the awe which Indians felt toward this strange creature. On calm days when the fish are near the surface, the weird noise seems to rise mys- ·verything seems to ing into place for fall- title bid this fall. Farmington is still ttw major obstacle In tht goal, ly from the water. Bio- tiie fish "drum" muscles an enlarged air bladder. Although drum aren't sought as sport fish, they a r e frequently caught on both artificial lures and live bait. They put "P a good fight, and large specimens sometimes attain a weight of 50 pounds. Ololiths found in excavated Indian sites indicate that they caught drum weighing as much as 200 pounds. Lineman Is Traded FOXBORO, Mass. (AP) Tony McGee, a starling defensive end or tackle in his three years with the Chicago Bears has been traded to the New England Patriots for two unclis- c l o s e d National Foolball League college d r a f t choices McGee, who was traded Tuesday, is a 6-foot-4, 250-poun lineman from Bishop College in Dallas. 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