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Northwert Arkansas TIMES, Friday, Sept. 27, 1974 FAVETTEVILLE, ARKANSAS :E Bruce Stapleton Alvarez, Hamilton Give Elkins Optimism New Twist Optimistic is a cheap com- Hamilton, one gels the feeling Hogs To Open Up More Against TU Grab Share Of 1st With Cards way modity in football. It is found chiefy among winners riding for a fall and losers who have little else to boost their own sagging spirits. In the psychological warfare which precedes action on the field, the coach holding the aces seldom shows his hand, while the man with ID-high tries to blufl his way to victory. That ' sometimes works in poker 'but 1 never in football. A football quarters, coach always has to show his Phillips, hand and the bluffer is even- Double-A tually exposed. For this reason, optimism in football is o f t e n associated with complacency, and a tendency to overestimate yourself and underestimate the opposition. . If ever there was an example of the detrimental effects of football optimism down through the years, it has been the El- kins'Elks. A yearly succession of new coaches there have pledged solemn vows to end the school's long losing tradition and transform the Elks into Ozark Conference contenders.. It's generally the same refrain: This should be the best team at Elkins in years, and so-and-so is a Â· sure-fire high school All-America candidate. Then the season begins, the defeats start coming, and the All-America candidate doesn't even get honorable mention all- district. Suffice to say at Elkins optimism has been more a curse than a blessing. So this year when a new set of coaches started putting out "the b e s t in years" and a chance to be a contender" propaganda, nobody took much notice. II sounded like .the same old Elkins line which usually preceded the basic 2-8 and wait- till-next-year type of season. ANOTHER SIDE But there is another side to the optimism coin, and first- year mentors William Alvarez and Ray Hamilton are starting to prove it. They've added a new element to simple optimism -- something called hard work and dedication -- and its's already started paying big divi- and who last that if anybody can make winners ot the Elkins Elks, they can do it, and that's exactly what they intend to do this fall. Alvarez went way out on a limb before the season and said the Elks would upset state champion Farminglon, which was carrying things a little far. But even the Cardinals had their p r o b 1 ems against Eikins, leading only 12-0 after three ' coach Charlie coached in year, couldn't help wonder why everybody had been downgrading the Elks. "FINEST GROUP EVER" Alvarez, meanwhile, has never doubted his players' desire, but it seems that their ability is finally starting to catch up with that desire. "This is the finest group of boys I've ever worked with," Alvarez said. "They're smart and they're catching on to our system very well. I feel like we have a chance to go all the That's saying something, considering Alvarez and Hamilton come to Elkins from Buna, dends. Last Friday night the Elks pulled off the biggest upset so far in area football by romping p a s t a betler-lhan-average Greenland team 40-0. The Elks didn't measure up to the Pirates at all on paper. Greenland had won two games by scares of 62-0 and 20-0. while Elkins was losing 16-0 and 28-0, although lo much better teams. And while depth is not Greenland's long suit, the Pirates can at least count on five or six Tex., where they compiled a 3-year record of 29-0 in their first coaching assignment out of college. 'This week Elkins should get another good test when they play their homecoming game against league foe Decatur. The Bulldogs, raled as a contender before the season, have b e e n inconsistent so far and could also be ripe for an upset at the hands of the Elks. Elsewhere in the area, key games loom in both District 1-A and Region 1-AA. In 1-A. West Fork is paired with Prairie Grove, while Lincoln plays host to Berryville. Pairie Grove and Berryville are both 1-0 in league play and will be out to keep that record unblemished against a pair of formidable challengers. Prairie Grove has two of the best all-around players in the district in fullback-linebacker Jackie Hulet, and halfback-cor- nerback Ryan McDonald. They should have a slight edge over hard-luck West Fork, which is gelling a rough initiation into 1-A this fall. Both Prairie Grove and West Fork feature multiple offenses, and it should be an exciting, wide-open game to watch. WOLVES NEED UPSET Lincoln took it on the chin 16-6 rom arch-rival Prairie Grove last week, a f t e r the Wolves had downed West Fork Fond memories are a no-no for football learns. Let Arkansas Coach Frank Jroyles explain: "We were a little bit bullheaded last week because of our success against Southern Cal," Broyles said. "We won't be bull-headed this week." Arkansas threw only twice in a 22-7 upset of Southern California in the' 1974 season opener. The Razorbacks threw one pass in the first lialf last week against Oklahoma Stale although the running game was nonexistent--41 yards on 26 rushing plays in the first half. In fact, Arkansas made only two first downs on its first 12 possessions and lost 26-7. "We were very conservative on offense," Broyles said. "We've got to throw more on first down." The Razorbacks m a t c h 1-1 records with Tulsa Saturday at Fayetteville. Broyles had trouble explaining Arkansas' reversal. "Oklahoma State had a good team, we knew they had a chance to be a great learn. We had hoped that the momentum that we got from the USC game would carry us through, but we just weren't the sa-me. "We were sure we were going to win against Southern Cal. Last week, we thought we Oklahoma Slate surprised Arkansas by running nonwishbone plays from Iheir wishbone alignment. Broyles was asked if Arkansas might employe the same strategy against Tulsa. "We have nonwishbone plays in our attack. We ran Houston handoffs to (Ike) Forte and Barnabas White with good success against Southern Cal. They are a vital part of our offense but we fumbled on the firsl piny against Oklahoma State and we didn't use them after that. Hopefully, we'll be better orgamzi Hoped lized w ith our offense." Broyles said it was obvious ,hat the Razorbacks "lost a ittle confidence" against OSU. Broyles knows Tulsa wil throw--the Golden Hurricane las thrown 62 passes white los ing to Kansas State and beating North Texas State--but h fears the Houston veer that ha been added to the Tulsa attack Broyles said the veer had given Tulsa a balanced attack. .Arkansas' secondary was out standing against the passing o USC's Pat Haden, but Tuls Ccach F.A. Dry says he won' change his game plan. "The pass is part of our ol fense," he said. The kickoff is set for 2 p.m. had to win and we may have tightened up. Without alibing, the Southern Cal game took more out of us than Ilhought possible. The. players realized the feeling on the bench was not the same." Broyles said no team, to his knowledge, can play good every Week. "When we had the undefeated teams, we played poorly at times but the other teams also played poorly. Against Oklahoma State, we played poorly and they played great." Broyles also said he did not believe there would be m o r e ban one undefeated, untied col- ege team in the country at the end of the season. He said relaxed entrance requirements had increased the number of football players available for college teams. "To my knowledge, we haven't played against anybody with linemen less than 230 pounds. We have them 230-235, put so does everybody else." Grrd Coach Search COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - . committee has been named t look for a new football coach a the University of South Caro lina. EVEREST JENNINQS WHEELCHAIRS FOLDS TO 10" RENTALS t SAIB Fayetteville Drur E. Side Squire 442-73(1 ASU Indians Ready To Play JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) -16-9 in their league opener the - Â· . ; , . week before. The Wolves will Arkansas State University went fairly capable regular action, reserves for while Elkins lave to upset front-running Berryville if they hope to make out Thursday and afterwards, hour of light work- suited up a toial of 12 players for the game. Last fall, moreover Greenland played probably its best game of the season in whipping the Elks 38-0 with a total offense of 500 yards plus. But positions were reversed this time around -- Greenland managed only 16 yards total offense -- and the surprising thing is the 40-0 score could have been even worse had not Elkins shifted Mark Johnson to split end to give newcomer . Jimmy Harrelson some experience at quarterback. With Elkins out front 40 0 still in the third quarter, there wasn't much else Alvarez and Hamilton could do to hold down the score against the befuddled and : badly-fluslercd Pirates, Greenland obviously never expected Elkins lo dominate the game that way, and Â· after an early blocked punt (Greenland kicker T o m m y Shackleford never drops back far enough to punt) the Pirates -just couldn't regroup. PROGRAM GOING "It looks like we've got our program going now," Alvarez told a group of Elkins fans con- gratualting him after the game. Anybody who saw the Elks play last year would have to share both Greenland's surprise and Alvarez and 1-A title bid this fall. Gravette is still the co-favorite with Berryville, and the L i o n s should keep rolling' against league doormat Green Forest this Friday. In Region 1-AA, Huntsville will try to keep up its momentum against Siloam Springs. Huntsville took a surprisingly easy 25-6 victory over Mountain Home last Friday, and the Eagles look like a real threat to perennial 1-AA honcho Harrison. Huntsville has a new coach this year in Tom Tice, who coached at Ramay Junior High last season and played quarterback for Huntsville in his high school days. The Eagles' opponent this week, Siloam Springs, suffered a hard - luck 14-6 loss to Bentonville last Friday, this is a must game if the Panthers are to stay in the race. In Triple-A West, Fayetteville also has a must game coming up against Fort Smith Southside, and that's a tough foe to be playing when your back's already against the wall. Russelville and Conway will be another key Tripe-A match-up. My Super Rookafar crystal ball was in the shop for preventive maintenance last week, although my detractors will say Davidson the Elks' elation. First of all. Hamilton have made a topnotch quarterback of Mark Johnson, who lost almost as many yards as he gained last year, and put three of the team's fastest players with him in the backfield -- Rich Lcd- better, John Bunch and Robert Paschal. They give the Elks a 'round- oriented attack, and split end Mike Johns adds a nifty pass threat. To set things in motion. C o a c h Hamilton installed a new wins-T offense and jazzed it up with a quick pitch play to Bunch which had the Pirate defense reeling all night. Talking to Alvarz and Ruggers To Play Jacksonville Club The Arkansas will play the Rugby Club Jacksonville Rirgby Club immediately after the Razorback football game Saturday on the practice field between the stadium and the new baseball diamond. The game originally was scheduled with the Oklahoma State University club, but OSU cancelled late this week. Jacksonville agreed to travel to Fayetteville for a make-up match. Arkansas' B-tcam will play a Â·econd game Saturday and has tentatively scheduled a match with the WestArk Club at Fort Smith Sunday. VhÂ» T : :/lES Is On Top of ThÂ» Nawi Dny* a Wokl season, for 22 I was scared away by the many potential upsets on the Â· schedule. Nonetheless, in the first two weeks of t h e Rookafar accounted correct picks in 24 attempts. This week's top dozen: Huntsville 20 Siloam Springs 15 Berryville 21 Lincoln 8. Gravette 25 Green Forest 8 Prairie Grove 16 West Fork 14. 3outhslde 20 Fayetteville 12. B e n t o n v i l l e 19 McDonald County, Mo. 13 Farmimngton 42 Mountainburg -nez.6 H S HS HSHS Elkins 19 Decatur 16. Gentry 24 Greenland 12. Pea Ridge 16 YeHville 12. Altus 24 Winslow 6. Springsdale 15 Springfield Glendale " gs 13. Morocross Race Set The biggest motorcross race of the season is set for Sunday at 1 p.m. at the World of Two Wheels. Riders from four states are expected to vie for a share of the $1000 pruse. In addition to the prize m o n e y , trophies' will be awarded as usual. The race will be run, rain or shine. UA Harriers Try OU The University of Arkansas cross country team will continue its season this afternoon at 4 against Oklahoma. The rsce will be rur. at Razorback Park. Four-Under-Par 68 LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Jim Laxson of Fresno, Calif., worked his way lo a four-under- par 68 and a .one-stroke lead after the second round of the $75,0000 U.S. National senior classic golf tournament. Hospital Economics: Out $125 a-Day Hospitals Where Does all That Money Go? "I know one institution, for jmlmix, that pays $7J50 far tape Tneasiaes it could buy for 25 cents." This week FAMILY WEEKLY takes you inside the hospital accounting officefor a look at what K costs to get well. Hospital costs have risen 500 percent In the last 10 years. You'll find out wtiy and what consumerists think should be done to bring health cam back down to reality. In four Copy Of ThÂ» Nnrtrrmwt ffmÂ» Big Bats Pace Bucs 77-5 NEW YORK (AP) -- The 'illsburgh Pirates were s h o t , mentally and physically. They ad lost a gut-busting game in t. Louis Wednesday n i g h t, Â·ilh the Cardinals scoring [our utis in the bottom of the Hth nnlng tor a 13-12 victory. Now it was Thursday morn- ng -- 5 a.m. EOT, to be exact -- and the Pirates were j u s t getting into New York, at sec- nd-place team again. They railed the front-running Cardi- lals by one-half game -in the National League East. And they were corning to Shea Stadium, scene of a series jf nightmares last year when hey had folded and helped the vlets win the title. But Manager Danny Mur- augh put the whole matter into jerspective in about 10 seconds, lust before the Pirates went to sleep in the predawn hours. "Forget last night ..'.- forget last year," lie told them. "Just .hink about tonight." And on Thursday night,' the nightmare belonged to Â· the Mets, thanks mainly to Al Oliver and Willie Stargell. Oliver, batting third in the Pirates' lineup, went 5-for-5, with a run-scorin'g single and his 10th and llth home runs of the year, each a two-run shot. And Slargell, batting fourth, drove in four runs with a single and a three-run homer, his 25th of the season. And with veteran Juan Pizarro, a refugee from the Mexican League, turning in eight solid innings of pitching, the Pirales batlcred the Mets 11-5 and muscled their way into a share of first place with the idle Cards. Each team has six gsmes remaining. Jerry Koosman, 14-11, go) burned by both Stargell and Oliver in the first inning, when the Pirates erupted for four runs. Singles by Rennie Sten nett, Manny Sanguillen and Oil ver scored one run, then Star gell belted his homer into tht right-field seats. The winning runs came one inning later when Stennelt sin gled again and Oliver homered for a 6-0 lead. Meanwhile, in the Natlona League West, the Los Angele Dodgers reduced their pennant clinching number to two, beat ing the San Diego Padres 5^2 in 10 innings. The second-placi Cincinnati Heds kept their fain hopes alive, ripping the Hous ton Astros 10-0. Any combination of two Lo Farmer's Mutual Insurance Co. Gentry, Arkansas We Write FIRE Â· LIGHTNING Â· WIND Â· HAIL Â· and EXTENDED COVERAGE Â· (Non Deductible) Prompt and Courteous Settlement oF All Claims WRITE or CAIL DALE LYNCH Rt. 1, Box 317 -- Phone 361-2257 -- Springdate, Ark. igcles victories or two Cine in- tl losses will give the Dodg- s the title. 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