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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6 Sports New Texas Jason LaRue was one of several individually outstanding football players for Smithson Valley this Rangers prove competitive Talented S V still Iqoking to improve in tough 264A ByJOEBELK Sports Editor Smithson Valley Coach Joe Matulich knows his Rangers are playing quality in the district Smithson Valley is he added that it will take another step to reach the Looking back in retrospect and trying to be we had a good Matulich Thats three years in a row weve played real good we havent been able to get over the top as far as making the playoffs or win ning a lot of games in The Rangers went 14 in an extremely tough District which had four of the top area 4A teams in Lockhart and Smithson Valley entered district with a 311 with the other loss coming to a Boerne team which qualified for the Of the teams we lost Boerne had the worst record at 73 everyone else was 82 or he We competed with them for the most and theyre all going to the playoffs expect Lockhart and Its encouraging to know you played with the two people that are represent ing your Maybe the kids gained some Smithson Valley was very close to winning games at Clemens and dominating the Rebels in a loss and having a chance to defeat districtchampion Those two games fol lowed a turning point for the as the team finished strongly after its one bad outing against playoffcontending I was encouraged by the way we played the last three ball Matulich After two los we rebounded and finished on a real good We only won but we had a chance to win all Smithson Valley opened its district season against with the Bears at the time ranked first in the state in The Rangers lost but only one of Bastrops 10 opponents Clemens held the Bears to fewer We played Bastrop real We moved the football on them real well we just didnt Matulich Weve played them good the last two He said that District 264A was extremely com petitive and not likely to any easier in future as teams such as Bastrop and Cle mens are dynasties while Hays and Lockhart have quality programs which have improved in the past few Were playing good With the over whelming strength of the you know you have to play every Friday Matulich We played hard almost every ball Its just a tough He said the Rangers proved that they had a lot of talent and playing hard and playing well against the toughest of the district As far as playing good we did play some really good Matulich Parts of the Boerne game and the Lockhart game were the only two where we really didnt We play ed for the most part pretty mistakefree Smithson Valley had a number of impact players on the with many of the top skill players and linemen having to play both ways for all or most of See Page 7 Bears go to basics MINNEAPOLIS AP The Chi cago Bears went back to the basics on third down and there was almost no stopping Using short passes and upthe middlc runs along with some Min nesota miscues the Bears con vened seven of 13 third downs and one fourth down en route to their best offensive performance of the year and a 3417 victory over the Vikings Monday The their first at the Metro dome in four gives the Bears 82 a twogame lead over Detroit in their quest for their seventh NFC Cen tral title in the last eight If theres one thing that Coach Ditka its winning the divi sion and our goaf is to win them said Chicago quarterback With five games left for the Vik ings coach Jerry Burns all but conceded the division title to the To a player and a credit for Chicagos thirddown success was given to Mike Ditkas decision to use triedandtrue plays instead of the new plays usually added to attack the weakness of that weeks They were all plays that weve run the last two Harbaugh They gave me a chance to have a little more input on the thirddown and the ones that they were calling tonight were the ones that I was really the most confortable And I felt so confident every time that one of them came in that I knew I was going to hit With the Vikings the Bears converted six thirdor fourthdown situations on their first two drives to take a 147 The Bears kept their first drive alive with two thirddown conver sions one when Reggie Rutland was called for pass interference and the other on Harbaughs 12yard pass to Wendell Five plays after Davis Neal Anderson scored on a 6yard run to tie November 1991 Rangers 1991 Rangers Frederlcksburg 7 tie Smithson Valley scored on its opening drive and then never again in a rain soaked contest at The Billies touchdown was on virtually their only big gain of the llic Ranger defense did a good job of holding off with Jeremy Stewart flying across on the field on a memorable play to knock down a pass on a faked fieldgoal Rangers Floresvllle 0 One of the most lopsided wins in school history occurred in Week 2 at as three Smithson Valley backs topped 100 Jason Boss led the way with his biggest game of the with 150 yards and four touch downs on only eight Corey Henderson and Jeremy Stewart also had more than 100 rushing yards Rangers Leander 6 This was the second rout in a row for the with Leander being held to one first down before a inconsequential scoring Boss had 132 yards and two while quarterback Jason Long passed for two touch who alternated at completed three of three pass ing Rangers Cole 14 Smithson Valley threw two passes in this with both of them being touchdowns to sophomore split end Bryan One of the passes was from Long and the other from The rushing attack was extremely with Long and Arnulfo Hernandez tying for the team lead with 66 Coles scores came on two long pass as the Cougars were other wise kept in Boerne Rangers 3 Boeme scored two touchdowns in the first seven then held on to win an otherwise tight Greyhound backs Jeff Smith and John McCrack en both had big with Smith breaking two long touchdown Smith son Valleys score followed a blocked field goal by Mark with Jason Long making two big plays to get the team downfield for a Walter Cordaro field goal which was tipped but still just cleared the uprights as the first half ran Boerne held the Rangers on a crucial fourthdown play at the 6inch line early in the third Bastrop Rangers 0 The states leading Anthony was the only Bear to hurt Smithson The Bastrop fullback ran for 167 yards and two touch Bastrop had 198 penalty yards with 19 hurting themselves as three apparent scores two touchdowns and a safety were called The Rangers had the most success of any team to that point against holding the Bears to 150 yards less than their average total offense and getting more than twice the yards 239 the Bears had been giving Jason LaRue had a phenomenal game with the linebacker stopping several wouldbe Lockhart Rangers 0 Smithson Valley played its worst game of the year against its second unde feated opponent in a The Rangers were held to five first one of which came on a fake punt that was the best offensive play of the Lock hart QB Mark Mosqueda had 163 yards and three Clemens Rangers 18 Extra points were the difference in this as the Rangers had two blocked and missed a conversion pass against the eventual 264A the game was a remarkable return to form after the Lockhart deba with Smithson Valleys adjustments paying off in a big Jason LaRue whose offensive role was expanded for the game ran for a touchdown and caught a TO from Jason while Long also ran for a Rangers Canyon 7 Smithson Valley scored all of its points in the first winning the Comal Bowl for the first time in school Jason Long and Jason LaRue each scored two with Long rushing for 144 Jason Boss added more than 90 with LaRue rushing for The Rangers rushed for while compiling almost 500 yards of total Hays Rangers 6 Turnovers hurt Smithson Valley in a game the Rangers otherwise domi with an early fumble taking away a scoring opportunity and a late one giving Hays position for the tiebreaking The Rangers held Hays to 169 total yards while amassing 307 of their own and controlling the ball for more than 29 Two Walter Cordaro field goals accounted for the teams only The Rangers had a balanced offensive led by Jeremy Stewarts 95 yards of tandem offense and Jason Boss 59 yards Bryan McElroy Stewart Steublng Juarez Daffln Three stars share Player of Week honor Unicorn basketball meeting Wednesday The New Braunfels basketball program will host a preseason meet ing for parents and boosters on The meeting is scheduled for 7 in Room Dl 1 at New Braunfels High Season are currently on and may be purchased at he meeting or at the high New Braunfels will host a scrim mage on with Dripping Lockhart and the Unicorns The scrim mage is set to run between 10 and 1 before Saturdays 2 bidi strici football playoff game at San Antonios North East Stadium byJOEBELK Sports Editor Each Comal County team had an outstanding offensive player in Week with all three sharing the HeraldZeitungs Comal County Offensive Player of the Week Dennis Bryan of New Braunfels had a pheno menal catching four passes for 68 yards and a Three of Bryans receptions came on thirdandlong with two extending drives and the other ending one with a He just played a tremendous Coach Lew Simmonds said after Bryans heroics helped the Unicorns defeat Seguin and combined with a Harlandale upset of McCollum win the District 255A He made catch after catch when we just had to have Thats probably the best game we ve had from anyone this Bryan also returned a punt 80 yards for a and intercepted a Seguin pass on Rushing for 102 yards isnt easy on but to do it against one of the toughest defensive teams in the state is a major Canyons Jeremy McElroy did that against with the Cougar singleback hitting 102 yards on IS Thats a great Canyon Coach Larry Nowomy We might have had the most yards anyones had on them all year we git 267 yards on The Cougars lost to Bastrop but held the Bears scoreless until Anthony Hubbards touch down late in the third McElroy had by far the best rushing game of any Cougar during district For Smithson Jeremy Stewart was a catalyst in Smithson Valleys offense against The wingback rushed for 52 yards on 10 and caught three passes for 43 He made what was really a great catch on one of Smithson Valley Coach Joe Matulich He just had a good game Smithson Valleys Walker Steub ing earns the Player of the Week award after an out standing game against The senior defensive tackle made 10 tackles and a sacks of Rebel standout quarterback Jamey who was sacked five times by a concen trated Ranger defensive He played a real good Matulich New Braunfels top defensive players also deserve as free safety Andrew Juarez and linebacker Jason Turner both had strong efforts against the Juarez intercepted a Seguin but was nomi nated primarily for consistent play throughout the He just graded out real Simmonds He played a real solid ball the Unicorns leading had nine tackles and 12 assists during the season In six district Turner made 92 Free safety Trey Daffin finishes as the Cougars defensive MVP for the second week in a with the junior having a strong game against Trey really had a big Nowotny He made some big nits and some big Honorable mentions for the Cougars were Mack Mills and Blake Soechting on Mills stopped Bastrop twice on fourth while Soechting was tough up front with some big plays behind the line of Anthony j had one of his best games catching four passes for 80 yards against the Rodger Mack also helped the Canyon offense with a strong effort 1 Both of them deserve a lot of Nowotny Jason Boss and Jason Long received honorable mention for Smithson with Boss rushing for 59 yards on 10 carries and Long passing for 118 yards while rushing for Jason LaRue had 10 tackles to tie Steubing for the team and he teamed with Steubing on a Mike Dwyer and Doc both had seven tackles and a while Larry Sloan added five tackles and a Three players on New Braunfels offensive line earned mentions Todd Matt Pusateri and David Theyve had great Simmonds This is one of the most consistent lines weve Theyre all good theres just not a weak Tailback Jacob Leos and quarterback Michael Sierra also played well for New Defen James Sargent had an interception and a strong overall and the Unicorns also received good from Shawn Daniel Eric Lieke Dustin We just really had good games across the Simmonds
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