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* feed Bulldogs Come Back From Zulpo's Gem Catapults Springdale Past Fayetteville ·"·' By GRANT HAU, , TIMES Sports Editor '·'If ever one play turned a- r'ound a ball game, it was Mark 5Sulpo's 72-yard run for a Springdale touchdown here Friday night. Trailing 12-0 and fijld to two first downs in the Brst 32 minutes of play, Spring- osle came alive with Zulpo's Unbelievable run and defeated Fayetteville 13-12. ^For a comparison, one thinks back to James Street's run against Arkansas in 1969 that catapulted Texas from 0-14 to (· 15-14 win and championship. the national Zulpo is a 5-10, 225-pounder !Kho helped beat Fayetteville last year as a sophomore. Besides slinging people down as ^'replacement for injured monger man Steve Travis, he played more than expected at fullback in the first half. -But by the t h i r d quarler, Fa'yetteville's inspired young defenders had chased Springdale out of its' Wishbone by simptj S\varming everything the visi tors did. So Coach Jarrell Wil lams switched to the I-forma- ion, previously reserved for goal-line plays, and put Zulpo at tailback. On the first play of Springdale's Ihird possession in the second half. Zulpo look a pitch 'rom quarterback David Reynolds and both of them set sail from Iheir 28-yard line through a big hole. The gain looked to e about 10 yards. KEPT GOING But somehow, some way, Zulpo ducked two tackles, tagg' ed the ground twice and emerged from a traffic jam in t h e middle. He sprinted for the left sideline, but sensed Fayetteville monster man Jeems Love gain- him. So he cut hack ing on toward the middle, got a block from Reynolds at the 15-yard line and shook off tackle Dayton Lierley at the five. During the entire 72-yard trip, it never appeared Zulpo After the game, sporlswrit- ers argued over whether Zulpo made four cutbacks or five dur- ng the run. But most agreed t was Ihe best high school run hey'd ever seen. Willia-ms, however, noted, -'We've come to expect runs .ike that out of Mark every once in awhile. He's a good r u n n e r who's even better in the open field. After he scored. I told him to go get a drink because we might need another one later." What they got instead was a 12-play. 65-yard drive that used the first 4:08 of the fourth quarter and put them on top 13-12. Qaurterback David Reynolds, who was held to 19 net yards in 15 carries for the night, fueled the march by running and passing for 43 yards. . ANKLE HURT "When David h u r t his knee would score. But he did, anc Springdale went wild. Stacy Cox kicked an important extra poin to make the score 12-7 with 3:09 left in the third quarter. two his weeks ago, he ankle," said also hurt Williams. Tonight it was his ankle thai kept him from being at fill speed. But we taped it at half time so he could slay in there.' Reynolds opened the drive by ;aining seven yards and Zulpo idded three for a first down it the 45. Reynolds then ompleted his only pass of the light in four attempts, a 14- ·arder to split end Tom McGet- ick. Zulpo ran twice for nine 'ards, setting up third and one it the 32. Reynolds risked a oss by going outside, but cut ipfield for 10 yards and a first down at the 22. Fayetteville then stiffened, landing Springdale a fourth and hree at the 15. Reynolds gol hat and three more for a first md goal at the nine. Zulpo ranged to the five, selling up Reynolds' bootleg keeper ar o u n . d the left side for Ihe .ouchdown. Springdale went for two joints to preclude getting beat jy a field goal, but halfback Clark Lewis broke up Reynolds nass for McGelrick. The score held at 13-12 with 7:52 to go. Fayelteville had three more goal, and scored in three plays. The first was a 19-yard reception by tight 'end Larry Atha. Jacksox followed by gaining hree yards to (he one. and (ull- oaek Brian Ricks scored from (here. Faycllcvillc led 6-0 with 8:09 left in the half. IMPORTANT POINT Then came an important extra-point try. Fayelleville called timeout, so that McClelland could change his shoe. "Greg was a little unsettled,and he just missed il," said Fayetteville Coach Doyne Davis. "It's really a bad situation when your kicker is also an offensive player." When Fayetteville scored again with 7:23 left in the third quarter, "we had to go for two points," noted D a v i s . McOlel- land's pass was deflected anc Ihen inlercepled by Zulpo, holding the score at 12-0. That touchdown was sel up by McCulcheon, who intercept ed a Reynolds pass at the Springdale 18 and returned to he six, Budd took n beautifully executed option pitch from McClelland, got a block f r o m Jackson and raced around I h e ·ight side into the end none. Perhaps the game's most .mporlant possession came between Springdale's two touchdowns. After Zulpo scored, Fay- ctievilte launched its best drive of the night. Taylor returned the kickoff 22 yards to the 36, from where McClelland completed a 30-yard pass to Atha. McGetrick saved a touchdown from his safety position by pulling down Atha at the 28. Ricks forged another first down at the 15, and little Charles Ducll slipped to the 12 on his first varsity carry of the year. But on second and seven, McClelland failed to do what he had done expertly before -- ·;«· · Northwert Arkanwi TIMES, Sat., Oct. 26, 1974 Farmington Keeps Rolling By BILL KENNAN ; Of the Times Sports Staff 6 GENTRY -- The home- standing Gentry Pioneers had upset on their minds, but the Farmington Cardinals had experience, size and the state's longest active winning streak on their side. In the end Farmington' prevailed 14-0 over a hard fighting Pioneer bunch. It was the Cardinals victory. 31st straight !i Gentry won the opening toss and marched smartly from their own 20 to the Farmington 36 in' nine plays. However, a procedure infraction slowed the drive and quarterback Randy Ransom's failure to pick up yardage on fourth down gave the Cardinals possession at their own 36. · The Farmington crew in turn looked like possible scorers. The Cards covered 29 yards to the Gentry 35 in seven plays. Running backs Weslev-wStevens and Bill Cooper performed well running .out of the Wishbone. T_he inside lanes picked up a consistent five to eight yards until Cooper lost one yard on a - second : down situation and then picked up only Ihree on third down. ·' The visiting defense held well on the next series and presented the Farmington offense with the ball on their own 43 From there Stevens got four on ·first'down and Cooper exploded for 15 yards on second to Ihe Gentry 38. Doug Edwards then hit end Jeff Langford for 13 yards t o ' t h e 25. The Pioneers held for the next three downs Instead of punting or passing on fourth the Cardinals le Floyd Shelley try a field goa from 37 yards out. The kick was plenty far enough but hlst off to the side. i! BLEW CHANCE ^ Gentry produced a golden scoring opportunity late in the half when Farmington al- temted to convert a fourth 'down at their own 40. However, Edwards was just short on a quarterback sneak. The Pion- eers ran well, but it was a pass nterference call in the endzone hat put the ball on the Farm- ngton eight. Gentry incurred a raiding penalty, however, and lansom was sacked to place he ball far out of scoring terri- ory. Farminglon produced their irst touchdown when they drove 42 yards in two plays. 'he Cards took possession on he Gentry 42 after a short punt. Wesley Stevens got nine ards on first down to the 33 and then broke off tackle for he remaining 33 and the touchdown. The missed extra point eft Farmington with a precar- ous 6-0 lead. Gentry pulled out all the stops n d starting throwing. A r l i n Oxford neatly stopped that hreat with an interception at be Gentry 23. From there Bill hooper scooted 21 yards for the :ouchdown. However, the offi- Cjals dfilected unsportsmanlike conduct and put the ball on the 23, stepping t h e penalty off from the point of infraction. That really didn't deter Little Rock Central won 33 in a row under Wilson Matthews in the 1950s for the second best streak, and that's Farmington's next goal. Ft. Smith St. Anne's had the longest streak, 45 games. Farmington, very next though. On the play Edwards smacked Oxford with a 23-yard pass that was good for the touchdown with 9:51 left in the game. Cooper bulled his way over right tackle for the two- point conversion and a more comfortable 14-0 lead. STRONG RUNNING The Gentry passing attack was still socked in, but Farmington was running better than ever and moved to the s e v e r but Gentry Larry Crawford recovered a Cardinal fumble inside his own 10. Farmington finished with 1,' first downs, 258 yards rushing and 47 yards passing. Bil Cooper and Wesley Stevens finished the contest with 99 yards each. Floyd Shelley managed 36. The Cardinals are now 8-0 this season. Their three-year winning streak is the longes ever in Class B. and the third longest in Arkansas history ; ' (TIMESphoto By Ken Good) ! · FIGHTING FOR THE RECEPTION ; ... Farmington's Wesley Stevens (30), left, and Geni try's Wally Millsap (24) fight vigorously for a pass thrown by the Pioneers' Randy Random during Fri' day evening's District 1-B football contest. The Farm. ington Cardinals went on to post a 14-0 victory, Elkins Elks Run Wild Over Winslow ELKINS -- If you thought it r as something when Elkins unning back John Bunch ushed for 441 yards against 'eilville two weeks ago, jusl et a load of this:, Friday night gainst Winslow, Bunch ran for )8 yards on 38 carries to set national high school record. At halftime, Elkins led 50-( nd Bunch had gained 292 ards. Referee Dr. Barry Town of the University ol .rkansas asked the coaches il ley'd like to run the clock in second half, but William Uvarcz opted to let Bunch go ir the record. Alvarez instructed his player: ol to score, however. So tin Elks four times kicked field ;oals after driving to the Wins ow one-yard line. They scorei ine touchdown early in thi econd half and added anolhc on an interception return b;, ATark Johnson to win the gam 4-0. The record Bunch broke hai loocl since 1953, when Kenn; iall of Sugarland, Tex., gaine 520 yards. In the second hall 3unch carried the ball for a" but Ihe final few plays. Fo he season, he has now gaine 1873 yards for a 234-yard aver age per game. The 5-10, 167-pound senio scored five touchdowns in Ih ame. Rob Paschal, Mik Johns, Rick Ledbetter an Johnson added a touchdow apiece. Ray Powell kicked thre "ield goals am! four extr points. Johnson added one fiel ?oal, and Ledbetter ran for tw ;wo-point conversions. Altogether. Elkins gained 66 yards rushing and 95 passin for a total of 756. The Elk had 34 first downs to one fo Winslow. and the lone Squirr first down came by penally Elkins let several punls roi refused most penalties and ra ont of bounds intenlionally i an effort to keep from r u n n i r up the score. Alvarez noted thai Ihe Elk 4-3-1 for the year and 4-1-1 i Class IB, still have a chanc at a wild card playoff berth If Murfreesboro wins the Re River Conference, Elkins con have a better record than eithe Bradley of Mineral Springs that league. But the Elks must win their final two games. Winslow is winless in i games this season. possessions, but really only two more chances. The Purple Bulldogs' last seKjcs consisted of four incomplete passes f r o m their 20 with only seconds remaining. Their best shot came right after they fell behind. Slarting from their 32, Ihey moved to midfield on four straight rushes by game little tailback Michael Jackson. Wingback A r t h u r Budd then gained three yards, Citing up fourth and two at e Springdale 47. Jackson picked up the neces ary yards, but fumbled t h e backwards a s h e w e n t own. Quarterback Greg Mclelland recovered, but Spring- ale took over on downs at its BACKWARD FUMBLE Three plays later, Fayette- lle got the ball back at its 0 when linebacker John Mc- umble. It was the fifth turn- ver of the game by Springdale nd the third grabbed by Me- utcheon recovered Reynolds' srcepted a pass and recovered nother fumble. Keith Striegler !so recovered two fumbles for ayetleville. On first down, McClelland's omb for split end Rick Taylor a step and a half t o o ' f a r . IcClelland was then sacked by ackle Cliff Cordes for a seven- ard loss. Cordes had also made the key stop on Budd in IB previous series. Fayetteville nded up going for the yardage n fourth and 22 with 2:04 left, nd not make it. The home team played bril- antly in the first half, controll- ig the game with its defense not its offense. Neither team ould make a first down in the pening 'quarter. Fayetteville squandered good arly field position when Me ground the legally whcr his receiver was covered. Alh couldn't get off the line ol scrimmage, and McClelland threw the ball right to defensive ·ipringdale's game-winning .ouchdown by reluming lo his 'TAKES RESPONSIBILITY "1 lake responsibility for that play," said Davis. "We should uive run the option outside, but we'd had trouble wilh it earlier. We were ahead, and I was loo conservalive. I don't think the ids should feel the responsibility for this loss -- I'd arther lake it myself." Davis and defensive coordinator Carl Fox should be credited, however, with designing Ihe defense that held Springdale lo only 71 yards in the first half and 185 for the game. Zulpo had 128 of the yards in 17 carries. Fayetteville gained 81 yards rushing and 74 passing for 155. McClelland completed three of six passes, with Atha catching all three. Jackson led the Fayetteville rushers 52 yards in 21 carries. Springdale finished wilh a 9-7 edge in first downs, afler Irailing 3-2 at the Said Williams, "This was s typical Fayclleville- Springdale game. I told someone this week [hat it would be a one-point ball game. Yes, we played poorly at first, but you have lo givo Fayetteville credit for that. They're well-coached and lough. They forced us completely out of our Wishbone. Fayetleville fell to 3-4 for the season and 1-3 in AAA-West with the homecoming loss. The Purple Dogs will play at Siloam Springs next week. Springdale is now (i-1 for the season and 3-0 in Ihe conference. Next week the Red Bulldogs face a showdown with Fort Smith Soulhside. In t h e first .inlf Friday night, when Springdale was losing three fumbles, a Southside scout said, "I wish they'd hold onto the ball. How are we supposed to learn anything about their offense?" When Zulpo made his incredible r u n , the scout nearly fell , off the pressbox roof. Midland fumbled a bad center nap from punt formation and pringdale's Mike Pearce re- overed. But Springdale lost its advantage when Handy Bilder- 'lack fumbled and Striegler re- :overed. Striegler's second recovery up the first score of the ;ame. It came when Steve Ro- jerts forced Reynolds into an all-advised pitch. Fayetteville ook over just 23 yards from the V (TIMESphoto By Ken Good) 'I'VE GOT IT!' ... says Fayetteville linebacker John McCutcheon (51) as he pounces on a -fumble by Springdale's Mark Zulpo. Later, McCutcheon victimized quarterback David Reynolds for a fumble recovery and an interception. Steve Roberts (.40) and Alex Montez (25) come up to help on this play. Tigers Pop Green Forest PRAIRIE GROVE -- T h e Prairie Grove Tigers shook off a couple of hard-to-lake defeats by Gravette and Berryville and proceeded lo bash conference foe Green Forest 30-15 here" Friday evening. "I was very prouci of our effort," said Prairie Grove in the second period on a 49- yard drive. Steve Moore capped that effort with a six-yard r u n . The big play in that drive was a 40-yard pass play from quarterback Aaron Smith to Mike Phipps. Hulett ran the extra point attempt for a 14-7 margin. BEAUTIFUL DRIVE In Ihe third period Prairie -..,,--, Grove went 78 yards in 17 coach Vol Eads afler Ihe I plays. "That drive was just beautiful." beamed Eads. "We ook the ball and didn't throw i pass. We ran real well and Tigers Handle Mountain Home MOUNTAIN HOME -- The Bentonville Tigers clinched second place in District 1AA and stayed mathematically alive for first Friday night by defeating Mountain Home 29-12. The Tigers completed conference play with a 3-1 record. Harrison is 2-0-1, with only Mountain Home to play. Overall, Bentonville is 5-3 and the Bombers are 1-7. Mountain Home took an early 6-0 lead, but Benlnville answered with a 14 yard touchdown pass from Marty Casey to Felix Robinson. Monty Sliers kicked Ihe extra point for a 7-6 lead. In the third quarler, fullback Scott Bailey scored from four yards out for Benlonville. Sliers missed Ihe PAT try, but the Tigers led 13-6. That became 15-6 when Sliers tackled Mountain Home quarterback Joe Whitlcnlon in the end zone for a safety. Tailback Alan Dean then put the game away by scoring on runs of three and 70 yards in the fourth quarter. Stiers converted after each. Bentonville led in total offense. 330 yards to 154. Dean gained 170 yards on 22 carries and Bailey added 88 on 15. Casey passed for 53 yards. The Tigers will close their season with games against Seneca, Mo., and Gravette. conlesl. "We had a couple of tough losses but our kids have just kept coming back. We got behind early in this one but we just came right back. We're gelling beller every week. I think we can finish Ihe season as a very good learn." Green Forest put quite a scare into the Prairie Grove team by scoring first in the opening stanza. Quarterback Rodney Kilburn rifled a 29-yard pass to Jim Grow for the score and Mark Potterton kicked the extra point for a 7-0 lead. Prairie Grove retaliated with a 35-yard drive that was capped by Jackie Hulett's two-yard run. However, Ihe extra point failed, leaving Green Forest in command 7-6. The Tigers then took the lead Iberia Builds Two Game Streak IBERIA, Mo. -- Last week. Iberia ended its nation-longesl losing streak at 71 games wilh with a 28-0 win over Stradford Friday night. Iberia establishec a two-game winning streak will a 12-6 win over Class-AAA Eldon. "The team we beat last week had only been playing for a said Iberia Coach Ron Cole. "But this one was no year,' fluke. We beat a good team." Cole was an all-conference tackle for Fayetteville High Sc hool 10 years ago. He also made all-AIC while al Arkansas Tech HE moved to Iberia this year afler building Cassville inlo a winner. Iberia is now 2-5 wilh one game remaining. VOTE For PAT WATKINS Pos. 2 (Ward 2) · 41 YEARS OI,D · BUSINESS GRADUATE UofA 1954 · LONG TIME FAYETTEVILLE RESIDENT · MARRIED--2 CHILDREN · EMPLOYED WITH BALDWIN PIANO CO. "Proven Effective Leadership For the City of Fayetteville" Paid Political Adv. by Hugh Brewer ADB ot good blocking. I think lhat shows that our kids are really Jetting better." Hulett capped hat drive with a one-yard run and Ryan McDonald added the extra point for a 22-7 score. In the fourth period S t e v e Woore intercepted a Green forest aerial and returned to the visitor's 32. Five plays later Aaron Smith crossed the goal inc and Hulelt produced the extra point for a 30-7 score. Green Forest made il respectable when Kilhurn hit oens on a 72-yarcler. Kilburn .hen hit Goens for the two-point play and the final 30-15 score. For Prairie Grove Steve VIoore finished the evening with 94 yards on 15 carries. Jackie Hulctl managed 69 yards on 16 carries and. in addition, scored Lwo touchdowns and two extra points. As a whole the Tigers produced 244 yards rushing and 125 yards passing for a 369 tolal offense mark. Mike Phipps caught five passes for 137 yards and quarterback Aaron Smith completed six of eleven for 125 yards. Green Forest hacl only 68 yards rushing bnt Rodney Kilburn passed for a whopping 201 yards and two touchdowns and one two-point conversion. Defensively Mitchell Jones had five tackles, six assists and one pass intercention while teammate Bill McCIure had six- tackles, five assists and one fumble recovery. The Tigers now stand 3-5 on the season and will play Deca- tnr next week. Gravelle Spoils West Fork Tigers Homecoming WEST FORK -- The Gravetts Lions remained unbeaten in District 2A here Friday night by defeating West Fork 15-13. It was Ihe second narrow defeat in a row for the Tigers, who lost 13-10 to Farmington last week. The game also marked the first homecoming defeat for West Fork in 10 years. Gravette opened the scoring with 5:54 to play in the first quarler when Robert Hatfield passed three yards to Mark Plummer for a touchdown. Don Donnell added the extra point for a 7-0 Lion lead. With 7:34 left in the first half, West Fork tied the score 7-7 on a six-yard touchdown run by Rex Sparkman and a conversion by Duane Dunkle. : Just 1:38 before halftime, Gil Eaton scored from four yards out for Gravelle. West Fork Lwice blocked the extra-point try, but was penalized half the dislance to the goal after each play for being offside. From three-quarters of a* yard away, Gravette decided to go for two points. Eaton got inlo Ihe end zone to make the score 15-7. Lions. It stayed that way until 5:03 remained in the game, when Sparkman intercepted a pass and returned il 85 yards for his second touchdown. The Tigers' two-point t"\' failed, leaving the score 15-13. G r a v e t t e used u p the: remaining lime by - Iwice converting fourth and one for first downs. West Fork Coach Alvy Early singled out the play of Rex S p a r k m a n . John Schn ct »r. Duane Dunkle and Don Rollins for praise. "They all did a ?ood job for us tonight," he said. iust rlidn't li«vn a night blocking." Early said. "We couldn't make a th-" f l down all night, but they did it just about every time. I llii"k that was the main difference. It's really kind of frustrat'ii. 'We've lost so many close Samrs. If we'd won llmse we'd be 6-2 now instead of 3-5." The West Fork homecoming royalty inducted queen Becky Griffith and maids Ronda O's- well, Cheryl Moon. Karen Logsdon and Dnwn Raker. West Fork, 3-5 for the season, complctc-d il s first year nf ' A compclilion wilh n 2-3 record. C.-1 and 4-fl. wil' i""! Bcrryville, also unbeaten in the conference, Berryville. next Friday at It's Time for a Change Elect BRUCE CRIDER Washington County Judge Bruce Crider is at this time working on a Regional Juvenile Detention School and Home. The present out-of-counfy facilities are too inconvenient for parents to visit. Bruce Crider will expand the Juvenile Court fo a full time court. Free from politics. He will employ professional personnel to assist our Juvenile Judge. Elect A Judge Who Believes Our Children Should Be Our First Concern. A VOTE FOR BRUCE CRIDER IS A VOTE FOR IMPROVING EVERY PHASE OF COUNTY GOVERNMENT. Paid for by Margie Crider

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