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Delaware County Daily Times (Newspaper) - August 6, 1975, Chester, Pennsylvania Bird con fly with speedy receivers Touchdowns fine, Lavender prefers "Defense is my game. Were a group out fhere. Joe ByGENEGOMOLKA Dally Times Sports Writer CHESTER- JOE (BIRD) LAVENDER saw Bill Bergey make the initial hit. The ball popped out and onto the turf at Veterans Stadium. "1 was in a pursuit Lavender said at the Philadelphia Widener College training camp Tuesday. "I turned and there it was bouncing along in front of me. I picked it up and then it was just a matter of Lavender, the Eagles' right cornerback, talked of the events leading-up to his first touchdown ever. He didn't play football in high school and was a defen- sive back for San Diego State when he was Philadelphia's 12th-round draft choice in 1973. Scoring was always a privilege belonging to somebody else until that particular play against the Dallas Cowboys last year. LAVENDER made his touchdown debut a spec- tacular one. He picked up the fumble "on the Eagles'four-yard line and with Randy Logan providing the escort, took it 96 yards. About fans at the Vet saw Lavender's rumble. Another million or so saw it on Monday night football Game of the Week. To add to his satisfaction, the Eagles won the game, first of seven Philadelphia victories in 1974. Still smacking his lips from the taste of the end zone, Lavender followed that excursion with a 37- yard touchdown return after. intercepting a Baltimore Colts' pass. Despite the scoring thrills, Lavender doesn 't yearn to be an offensive player. "Defense is my Lavender said. "We're really a close-knit group out there. I'm relying on ten other people to do their job and ten other people are rely ing on me." The Eagles' includes 5-10 John Outlaw at left cornerback, Logan at. strong safety, Bill Bradley at free safety and combined to help limit the opposition to nine touchdown passes last year. It's difficult to imagine that anyone else will break into the combination. "You know if someone gets behind you, it's going to be six Lavender said. "We don't like to let that kind of thing happen." Lavender allowed just one TD pass to get by him last season. BELIEVEDto be the only player in the NFL to wear glasses while he plays, Lavender had only one year of college football behind him when he was discovered by the Eagles. The 64, 190-pound athlete was a San Diego State basketball star who joined the football team in his senior year. "A lot of people took an interest in he said. Among his Aztec teammates were Willie Buchanon of the Green Bay Packers, Tom Hayes of, the Atlanta Falcons, Nate Wright of the Vikings and Bob Howard of the San Diego Chargers. Also helping Lavender make the transitionifrom basketball to football was Aztec defensive backfield .coach Ernie Zampese. He repaid the team by blocking four extra point and two field goal attempts that year. When Lavender joined the Eagles in 1973 as a rookie, the team had Nate Ramsay at right cor- nerback. Two days before the team's final preseason game against the New York Jets in Tampa, the Eagles cut Ramsay and put Lavender in his place. The both the Eagles and Lavender- have been gratifying. HE HAS a deep interest in youngsters and spent five months in American Samao doing missionary- type work before he graduated from college. He and classmate Tuffy Avii, a Samoari, were supposed to help build a Catholic church in Pago Pago but a dock worker's strike prevented the importation of materials. "So. we helped the kids in he said. When he departed for the United States, -the entire population of a small Samoan village went to the airport to see him off. "That really touched he said. "Some day, I'd like to go back." Eagles visit Pittsburgh Saturday Steelers will be r Delaware County WEDNESDAY, AUGUST It does matter wins the Eagles-Steelers preseason game Saturday. That's the; deduction ne'ws'men had following Tuesday's conference with Pjliladelphia Head coach .Mike McCormack. "Among other things, there's a state championship on the McCormack said. is a big game for us from several standpoints. A win over the Super Bowl champions would .-give us all a lift psychologically." DAWN BORCHERT of Ridley Park is about to be tagged out by Upper Darby's Donna Gudmundsen after making wide turn at third base in first inning of PhirDel League playoff game. Story on Page 17. Philadelphia, which "meets the Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium, is conducting -6ne-a- day drills in preparation for its first of six preseason games. A full 14-game, National Football League championship schedule follows openers against the Steelers, Cleveland, New England, Angeles and Atlanta; McCormack. who has .given the starting quarterback to.. Roman Gabriel, said he ex- pected the Steelers to be "up" for the game following Pitt- sburgh's escape from the College All-Stars last Friday. The Steelers rallied to win 21- 14 against a team hastily assembled. They'll 'be ready for McCormack predicted. "1 know how Chuck-. Noll (Pittsburgh coach) operates. He'll be using as many veterans as he can." The billed as an enable McCormack and his staff get a better look at the 66 players still remaining at the Eagles' Widener College training camp. NFL teams must cut back to 43 players before the start of the regular season.' "We'll get a look at as many, as we McCormack Other' than a .win, Mc- Cormack said the next best thing he hopes to accomplish is see a game free of mistakes. "A good performance" would also help us, "he said. The Eagles will rotate the quarterbacks but McCormack said he would delay making an official announcement on who would be how Gabriel starts. He expects the Steelers to start Terry Bradshaw at quarterback but was impressed with Joe Gilliamfs reserve performance that eventually produced the win over the All- Stars. "Gilliam established the running game for Pittsburgh." McCormack said. He compared the Steelers quarterbacks, to the Sonny .Kilmer team when McCormack was an assistant at Washington. "Jurgenson detested the McCormack said. "Even if it was thri third down and a half-yard, he wanted to pass. Billy came in and had con- fidence in the running game. "He actually helped Sonny develop, into a complete ...THE EAGLES return to their afternoon practice schedule today following two days of morning sessions in an attempt to beat the heat. GENE GOMOLKA Correction It was incorrectly reported in the Daily Times Tuesday that Tinicum AC clinched the pennant in the Fenza Division of the Delco Baseball League. Tinicum AC clinched its second consecutive pennant in the Barrett Division of the Delco League. Section 3 SPORTS Phi-De I finals deadlocked Patty Wertman halts UD 1 By LINDA DEMEGLIO Daily Times Sports Writer RIDLEY PARK Patty Wertman found the strike zone and her Ridley Park team- mates found some' of the power that carried them to a 16-4 season as they beat Upper Darby 7-5 Tuesday night and evened the three-game Phi-Del League Championship playoffs at one game each. The first game Monday saw UD win 54 as Wertman walked 10 and hit two batters, but Tuesday in front of a hometown crowd she walked only one and pitched a beautiful game after an unsteady first inning. "Patty had much better RP coach Jim Nicholas said, "and we were hitting better." Karen Bosch, UD's coach, agreed Patty was much better, and also said her players didn't field as well. Wertman gave up four hits, a walk and three runs in the first inning and except for two errors and two hits, which produced two runs in the third, she pitched hitless, scoreless Softball. Carol Simons led off the top of the first with a bunt single and was sacrificed to second by Theresa Maguire. Dorina- Lamberto, who made two beautiful running catches in centerfield, walked-and Joanne Gentry followed with single to load the bases. Karen Wills, who smacked a double in the sixth inning to win the game Monday night, hadn't cooled off and sent two runs home with a single to center. Donna Gudmundsen grounded to third for the second out of the inning, but Debbie Descano knocked in the third run with a single to left. Gail Smith struck out: to end the rally. Ridley got one run back in their half of the inning. After two outs, Laurie Mu'rtaugh singled and went to second on a throwing error by third baseman Sue Kochersperger. Dawn Borchert singled to center for an rbi before Karen Wittig grounded out to short. An error started a three-run rally in the fourth. Kocher- sperger bobbled a grounder by Wittig, who. was safe at first. Gail Lenz singled to put runners at first arid second for Wert- man, who bunted them .both into scoring position. Mary Ellen Barker, who had tripled in the second, walked to load the bases. Betsy Tenuto sent one run home with a bunt single and the second run came in when Joanne Langguth walked. The third run scored on an unusual play. Cindy Salisbury grounded a ball to Gudmundsen at short, who threw to second for the force. Langguth was called safe and Barker scored, but Langguth moved off the base and was tagged out to end the inning. RP was still down a run as UD had scored two in the third on a single by, Maguire, two successive errors by Cindy Salisbury at second anci a single by Wills for her third rbi of the .game. The third game ,pf the playoffs 'will be "at-- p.m. today at Springfield High School. Upper Darby ab r h rb Simons 2b Maguire If :i 0 Lamberto cf '2 2'fi o Genlry rl Wills fb G'm'senss Descano c Smith sf K'sp'gersb Raiburn p 3110 it 2 3 3 o (I 0 (I 1 l 3 I) (I 0 1 I) II (I 3000 Ridley Part ab r h rb Langguth c 1 1 0 1 Sal'bury 2b 4023 M'taugnss 4110 Borchert 3b 3 0 l 1 Wittig Ib 3110 Lenz If 3 1 10 Wertman p Barker cf Tenuto rf Mamola sf 2100 2110 2011 3110 1.0 0 n _____ i 27 7 9 6 Total 30 a 6 4 C. DARBY RIDLEY PARK 1 0 0 3 0 3 x 5 Winning Pitcher: Patty Wertman Losing Pitcher'. Ralburn Umpires: Joe V'olpone, John ShaJlet Blue-Gold more than game to Locklear harry chaykun H WAS Picture Day Tuesday and Rob Locklear reported in his blue and gold football uniform with a big numeral 10 on front and back. He fingered nervously at the helmet he wore last fall as he quarterbacked Archmere Academy's football team to an 3-1 record, matching the school record for wins in one season. He began peeling off green footballs from the back of the helmet. There were 15 footballs to be peeled off, one for each touchdown he scored. THEN THE action began. First, he posed for a photograph with a lovely young lady and then he had to toss a football to a reporter's daughter so the reporter could take a few feet of home movies (I can't wait to see how the film turns Later it was more poses in his best quarterback- looking stance, left arm cocked ready to toss a pass (something he really didn't have to do that often at Then it was interview time. First a female reporter from Delaware: Then an inquiring journalist anxious to tell the folks'back home (Aston) what their favorite son was up to. ROB LOCKLEAR accepted all his chores Tuesday graciously and with a smile. But there was something on his mind. A young retarded youngster who was to be his 'huddv' during the two weeks of preparation for the 20th annual Delaware High School All-Star Football Game could not be located. x That was quite disappointing to Rob Locklear, who had looked forward to meeting this youngster, one of thousands throughout the state of Delaware for whom this football game is played. I "THESE LITTLE CDS mean so Rob said. t ti he watched of his teammates play catch wUfc and otherwise shower love on these little tykes who responded in the only way they know how, by shining back plenty of love on their'buddy'in shoulder pads. "That's more important and more of an honor than playing in the football Rob Locklear said. "We couldn't be doing all this for a better cause." he remarked. 'ALL THIS' includes workouts (which began Tuesday afternoon under head coach Carmen Bianco of Brandy wine High) which will take a lot out of the 'Blue' All-Stars (players from the Wilmington schools and the schools north of the "I'm glad we had that storm last Rob said. "It should help cool things off a little. But just getting into these things (pads, helmet and other football gear) feels kind of strange." The players reported for camp Monday evening and were issued a play book. Coach Bianco, plans to have his squad operate from the Veer offense, which is a system much like that Locklear directed at Archmere. "IT'S GOING to take a lot of studying." Locklear reported. "It will probably be worse than it will be at college he decided. "It (The Veer) requires a lot of reading (at the line of scrimmage) on the part of the he explained. "Fortunately, I had a coach (Joe Moglia) who ran the Veer." who left Archmere in June to become head coach at Penncrest High, took a chance in converting Locklear to quarterback last fall. The results were nothing short of spectacular. ROB RAN Archmere's option-offense like he had been doing it all his life instead of for the first time. His ball-handling was superb. He executed fakes like a master and was adept at tucking the ball in and sprinting around end. He racked up 896 yards on 99 carries for a school record and scored 15 TDs, When the postseason All-State teams were an- nounced, was overlooked. "LIKE I told that other reporter, Archmere always seems to get the Rob said. That's why he was a bit surprised to be asked to play in the Blue-Gold contest. "I was glad when Mr. Moglia called me but I was kind of he said. RUNNING BACK Marty Holmes, of Chester, who also scored 94 points for Archmere last fall wouldn't let anyone else Locklear kidded) was also selected for the game but decided to con- tinue working to raise money for college (he will attend Lebanon Tackle Mike Leone, a South Philadelphia native who figures to make a contribution to Lafayette College's football-program for the next four years, is Archmere's other All-Star game participant. Quarterback Tom Smith of Claymont is one of three other signal callers Locklear will battle for the starting job (the others are from Howard High of Wilmington and Brandy wine LOCKLEAR, who will attend Widener College, is looking forward to the challenge of college football. "I can't wait to see what it's like and what they have in store for me he said. Butch Ryan, who coached Locklear during his Aston AA football days, was one of the people most responsible for talking him into choosing Widener is really some Rob HE BEGAN preparing for the game several weeks ago by working out in the evenings at Sun Valley High with his former Aston AA teammate' Carmen Lex (Sun Valley High's All-Delco quarterback in 1973) and John Alvantakis, one of Lex' favorite receivers during Sun Valley's 11-0-0 73 season, who now plays for Cheyney State. "I really didn't throw that he said. "1 ran pass patterns and Carmen did the throwing." Now it will be different, though. He will throw some passes and do some running with the football as a quarterback (first string, he hopes) as the Blue team attempts to avenge last season's 44-0 setback. THE LOCKLEAR family will be at Stadium in, force game day (Aug. Rob is the youngest ofsix children (four of whom are "My mom ordered at least 25 Rob said. Rob hopes to have his little 'buddy' on the field that afternoon to join In the touching scene that precedes the kickoff when all the youngsters march out on to the field to wish their football playing hero good luck. There aren't too many dry eyes after a moment like Even if he scores ten touchdowns, Rob Locklear won't remember them as well as he will know the instant thai young child walks up and puts his or her arms around him. It's a moment we can ail share. ROB LOCKLEAR ...'these little kids mean so much...'
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