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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas PagelOA Herald New November Rangers Hit hard by injuries in 1985 By TOM LMIMSKI Staff writer For proof that the saddest words in life are it might have look no further than the 1985 Smithson Valley football The Rangers were optimistic going into the season because the squad had lost only four players to gradua And Smithson Valley was a better team this year than in In Coach Stan Irvines the Rangers were two to three touchdowns better this although their record does not reflect Smithson Valley finished the season with a compared to 37 last Although the Rangers did not win a district like last they did not lose all five in going The one obstacle the team could not overcome was All foot ball teams get bumps and bruises and the occasional But the Rangers led the district in crutches and tape The Ranger woes began in the first scrimmage of the when fullbacklinebacker Bruce Letbeller was sidelined for six weeks with a knee The senior would return to ac tion until district play and would not carry the football until the penultimate The injuries started piling up in rapid fashion after that halfback Aaron Smith with a broken tailback Scott Balmos with a groin fullback Chris Gentry with a back injury and quarterback Mike Ir vine with a hyperextended And the list kept When you have that many in juries to that many you never know what the effect of it Coach Irvine We were forced Gamebygame Here is a gamebygame wrapup of Smithson Valleys 1985 season Somerset 14 Rangers 13 Somerset scored on Its first two possessions and then was shut out the rest of the way by Smithson After a touchdown run by Chris Gentry narrowed the score to John Lozano blocked a Bulldog punt at the Somerset 12 with to Gentry scored from one yard out a minute and a half but the twopoint attempt giving Somerset the Rangers 35 Devine 21 The heavily favored Devine Warhorses watched in awe as Smithson Valleys ollense exploded for five touchdowns in the Rangers most productive night in two Scott Balmos rushed for 192 yards and Chris Gentry added another 102 as the Rangers led 287 at The Devine game showed the kind of team we could have been if we were We were going in the right Coach Stan Irvine Cougars 13 Rangers 0 Canyon used a nohuddle offense to score two secondquarter touchdowns in a classic defensive Smithson Valley drove to the Cougar 11 on its first but a fumble killed the In the next Gentry was knocked out of the game with a back Chris had 70 yards at halftirne and we were moving the ball pretty His leaving the gnme was definitely the turning point for Irvine Yorktown 20 Rangers 0 Still reeling from the Canyon heavily favored Smithson Valley traveled to Yorktown and played with seven starters on the The Rangers could manage only four first downs In the game while the Wildcats scored a touchdown in each of the last three The low point of the Irvine termed the game a Rangers 20 Holy Cross 12 The Rangers scored the first two times they touched the ball and held off the Knights in the fourth quarter to preserve the Holy Cross advanced to the Smithson Valley 5yard but the Ranger defense held with left in the wearing a flak jacket to protect his picked up 106 yards Floresville 36 Rangers 8 Smithson Valley played the eventual district runnersup close for a but the Tigers proved too strong in the scoung 21 points in the final two quar Anthony Price ran for 141 yards to lead We fooled them for a half but you cant fool them all It was just a case of us getting beat by a better football Irvine Boerne 25 Rangers 0 Everything that could go wrong for Smithson Valley did as the Greyhounds blanked the Tommy Corcoran caught two touchdown passes and ran an interception for another Tipped penalties and bounced balls went against Smithson Valley all I feel like Boerne scored one touchdown against us and the rest were Irvine Trailing 130 at the Rangers were forced to change their game plan and throw the but were un Rangers 0 Bandera 0 Smithson Valley and defending district champs Bandera slugged it out to a 00 Both teams moved the ball well at but the defenses rose to the oc The Bulldogs has a 90yard touchdown pass called back when quarterback Jimmy Sides crossed the line of scrimmage before throwing the Gentry missed a 47yard field goal on the last Although It did not count in the Smithson Valley won the game on Rangers 7 Southside 7 In a driving rain at both teams tied their second district Southside scored first after a 66yard but a fumble recovery by Mike Wilson at the Cardinal 6 set up Smithson Valleys tying Quarterback Scott Balmos carried the final yard to even the The Rangers had a chance to win the game with 16 seconds but the exchange between center and holder on a 38yard field go try went the Rangers won the game on first Cole 13 Rangers 0 Cote scored on its first but Smithson Valley held the Cougars without a score lor the next 40 Cole scored again after a Smithson Valley fumble at the Ranger 36yard Smithson Valley had a chance to tie the game in the second drivng the ball to the Cougar 5 before another fumble killed the TMm 8V 83 161 First 42 quarter 1 28 Fourth First 144 13 pass 44 8 by penalty 6 109 per RushMyards 3921478 39161 game 287 yards per game 2810613 Passes Average punting 2716 Fumbleslost 2613 60436 Penaltiesyards per Longest scoring drive 75 yards Longest scoring play Aaron Smith 20 pass from Mike Floresville Individual Rushing Player PG TD Scott Balmos 148 648 3 Chris 148 609 5 Aaron 188 0 Phillip Ulcak 14 53 0 Kevin McCoy 13 36 0 Bruce 35 0 Greg 1 3 0 Lance 1 4 0 Mike 1354 2 Totals 3S1 1508 151 10 Passing Player PGA TD Mike 19 65 5 203 2 Scott 37 6 84 0 Bruce Letbetter 0 2 1 0 0 Taylor Heydman 0 2 1 0 000 Totals 106 16 287 2 Receiving PGA TD Scott Balmos 12 104 0 Aaron 6 65 1 Phillip Ulcak 112 1 John 6 06 0 28 287 2 Scoring Player TD FG XP Chris Gentry 5 g 0 30 Scott 3 0 0 19 Mike Irvine 2 0 0 12 Phillip 1 o 0 6 Diron Wunderlich 0 9 9 Aaron Smith 1 g 0 6 11 0 8 76 to shuffle people around and juggle our skill people Ive seen a lot of injuries in my but not like this year and this is my 19th year as a After looking sharp in the first three the Rangers found themselves in Yorktown with seven starters out of the line The result a 200 Ranger Those early injuries did not really affect us until the catastrophe In We had been somehow making It along with our injuries un til that Irvine After a tough middle portion of the Smithson Valley came back for the final four play ing well but losing to Boerne and Cole and tying Southside and We didnt look good in the middle of the but we ended up where We We were able to move the ball pretty well and our defense played Irvine H just happened that the other teams were in the same situation that we had they hadnt lost many I felt that we were a two or three touchdown a game team than we were last but everyone else was that much better Irvine Smithson Valley played a tough nondistrict but Irvine said the team needed that to get ready for district The combined record of the Rangers first four opponents was 32 Im disappointed that our record was not any better than it but we played some quality We were big underdogs in most of our and we almost won a lot of If we were we would be rich people right he The odds will be against the Rangers improving their record next as the team moves up to Class Smithson Valley will lose 17 seniors to but Irvine said he has some good talent coming up the pro Our junior varsity team only lost one district game and won a lot by wide Well have a small but solid group coming back so we feel good about he Rivera takes Wurst Run Pedro Ilivero of Austin ran a speedy to win the Wurst FiveMile Run for Heart Saturday at Landa More than 2HO runners competed in the Riveras pace put him running five The overall runnerup was Reb who ran a Robin Muskell was the topfinishing woman in Rivero led the mens division as Steven Sheehan was second in the division in and Ray Rodriguez third in Muskell topped the womens 20 29 with Sidonia Oranday second in and Jane Wojszynsky third in In the womens under 20 Shannon Albrecht was first in Kim Krohn second in and Angel In the womens 3039 Cona Flocke was first in Pat Garrett second in and Barbara Karnes in Un Sim Cox topped the 4049 division in while Carol Diane Pepin was second in and Diana Vollbrecht third in Georgia Sweezea was first in the womens over50 divi sion in Velma Rawson second in and Irma S Bozardl third in In the mens under 20 Bryon Bode was first in Billy Hockensmith second in and Gary Fowler third in David Windsor was second to Ryan in the 2029 division running a Michael Hix was third in In the 4049 Bill Little was first in 3010 Robert Kovar second in and Dennis Sweezea third Preston Reeves lopped the 5059 division in 3305 with David Duffel second in and Mickey Prejean third in oo Thomas Harwell won the 60 and older division in 5 Briefly New Braunfels Blue tops 62 The New Braunfels Blue resumed league play with a l2 victory over the New Braunfels Astros Saturday at the Soccer The Blue controlled the game from the opening as the offense kept continuous pressure on the Astros Jeff Bryan scored first for the Blue at the 20minute Five minutes Bryan scored again on a penal ty Chan Clark completed the firsthalf scoring with a breakaway The Astros picked up both their goals in the second but the Blue responded with three goals to stay in control of the Wade Ohnheiser scored early in the half with a 30yard and midway through the half Craig Morrision scored from the right wing on a cross by Ohnheiser scored the final Victor Tony Ramirez and Travis Thrift played well for the Coach Bob Thrift The Blue leads the division at Its next game is Sunday against Smithson Valley Parks department plans oneonone tournament The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department will sponsor a oneonone basketball tournament 21 beginning at 7 at the Academy Street Registration is at the Landa Recreation Center until 20 at 8 The entry fee is for the doubleelimination HeraldZeitung deer contest under way The HeraldZeitungs deer contest is now under The contest is open to whitetaiied deer killed in counties surrounding the New Braunfels All winners will be verified for sizes and Prizes will be awarded for most heaviest heaviest doe and a grand prize for the combina tion of most widest spread and heaviest The grand prize is a cailiber Magnum Ruger donated by Docs Other prizes are a guid ed striped bass fishing trip from Ca nyon Lake Tackle Shop and Guide a mounted quail under glass from Richardsons Taxidermy in Kingsville and a guided doe hunt for next season from Wildlife Manage ment in Gordon take tournament Sarah Delashmutt had the low gross and Mary Jo Gordon the low net in the A Flight of the Landa Ladies Golf Associations Irons Only In the B Maxine Furst had the low gross while Mary Boyer had the low Spring Branch Store opens buck contest The third annual Buck Contest is now in progress at the Spring Branch The buck must be shot in Kendall or Blanco Prizes and trophies will be given for most widest spread and heaviest The contest will run the entire deer Everyone is welcome to enter their no matter what the A consolation drawing will be held among all the Spring Branch Store is open seven days a week and is located at the cor ner of 281 and FM Opening day Hopefuls for the New Braunfels High School soccer team work out on the first day of practice at Seete Elementary Schools fields LESLIE The season starts 22 at San Antonio Big Warehouse store To 330 Landa Street Super Store With Super Buys We ReBtrve Limit PER SPECIALS THRU 20 IN CASE OF PMNT EMM IT NEW BRAUNFELS Dodge STRAIGHT WHISKEY Ancient Age Jack Daniel Jim Beam Brown Evan William ra Brooks Oickel TEQUILA McCormick Vodka Kamchatka Vodka Regal Vodka Smirnoff Vodka Gilbeys Gin Gordons Gin Jarez Tequila BLENDED WHISKEY Canadian Silk Canadian Mist Walkers Canadian Seagram Canadian Club BUM ft BRANDY Ron Rio Rum Bacardi Rum Cutty Sark Johnnie Walker Red Crawford Scotch Highland Mist JAB Scotch Old Smuggler Jacques Cardin Brandy 1981 Dodge Aries 4 White 4 1979 Camero Berlinetta 1981 Dodge Colt Silver 4 4 1982 Buick Skylark Limited 4 Power Tilt Vinyl 1983 Caprice Classic Sta Wagon Power 9 1912 Champ 4 Brown 4 1984 Ford LTD Blue Power Formal 1983 Dodge 400 4 Or Tutone Blue 4 Vinyl 1984 Dodge Maxivan Silver Maroon 12 Royal Cassette 1982 Suburan 350 9 1991 Dodge Ton Club Cab Royal 1983 Dodge 0150 AT Royal SE Fiberglass Camper Cowboy Welcome good luck to
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