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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas I 2B HBRALDZBITUNG Saturday December the Titans defense Tennessee aims to keep Dallas under 48 points BY TMttA M WALKCT AP Sports Writer NASHVILLE Tenn Start listing the NFLs best defenses and the Baltimore Ravens usually get mentioned first then the Tampa Bay Buccaneers or the Miami Dolphins Its time to remember the Tennessee Titans The Titans went to the Super Bowl last season with a defense that was middling at best by NFL standards This season they are having their best defensive season since the league went to a 16game schedule Were not a defense that just does one or two coach Jeff Fisher said We do a lot of differ ent And theyre doing mem all very well The Titans rank only behind the Ravens in both total defense and in the fewest points allowed with 191 The Titans can set a franchise record for fewest points allowed in 16 games if they prevent the Dallas Cowboys under 48 points Monday night Keep the Cowboys to fewer than 494 total yards and theyll set another team record for yards WHATS UP fannema THans vs Dallas Cowboys 8 on Monday WHERE InNaahvMa allowed in a season Opponents have scored only 20 touchdowns a big improvement from the 26 allowed in 1991 and 1993 About the only thing the Titans havent done well this year is col lect turnovers Recovered fumbles or more accurately the lack of them count as the Titans only weakness The Ravens are plus 19 in takeovers while Tampa Bay and Miami are plus 12 The Titans They have knocked the ball loose 31 times but recovered only 10 In order for us to be completely dominating we got to turn the ball defensive coordinator Gregg Williams said Weve dropped balls we should be catching We had two in our hands last Pro Bowl end Jevon Kearse said it isnt for lack of trying Turn on the tape and see a play downfield no matter where the ball is youre going to see the defensive linemen trying to run down linebackers just like a pack of wild dogs trying to get to the ball We have one obsession and thatb to get to the Kearse said Because of Fishers yean with Buddy Ryan people like to label his defense as the It may have started that way but the plan now features a mishmash of ideas from Williams and the other assistants On the field were trying to get the best matchups we can and con fuse the Williams said The Titans also think they have the best players at each position including backups that theyve had since Fisher took over at the end of the 1994 season They bolstered the middle by signing linebacker Randall Godfrey from the Cowboys and he has had a teamhigh 156 tackles Kearse has fewer sacks than last year but the Titans are a sack ahead of last year after 15 games thanks to linemates Kenny Holmes John Thornton Joe Salavea and Robaire Smith Strong safety Blaine Bishop has played well enough that he won his first starting position in the Pro Bowl after being a reserve three other times Pro Bowl cornerback Samari Rolle is tied for the AFC lead in interceptions with seven Thanks to Bishop Rolie free safety Marcus Robertson and cor nerback Denard Walker the Titans are the NFLs stingiest against the pass Rangers Royals interested in Cone BY RONALD BLUM AP Sports Writer NEW YORK The Kansas City Royals are inter ested in David Cone as their closer the Texas Rangers as a starter Cone isnt sure which team he wants to play for and could consider others He primarily has been interested in starting and corning agent Steve Fehr said Friday Hes interested in a contender and getting to 200 Texas general manager Doug Melvin met earlier this week with Cone and Fehr Alex Rodriguez has pushed for the Rangers to sign Cone 1B I would hate to characterize Fehr said There is mutual interest They can use Rick Helling Kenny Rogers and Darren Oliver are the Rangers first three starters Kansas City Cones first major league team would like him to make a switch to the bullpen What theyre saying now if their intended use for him primarily is the closers Fehr said Cone who will be 38 next season has a 184116 career record with a ERA also pitching for the New York Kansas City and Toronto He won the AL Cy Young Award with the Royals in 1994 K JESSIE Sophomore guard Chase Shipley drives to the hoop during a game earlier this season at SVHS The Rangers who were scheduled to play San Antonio Lee on Friday defeated the Rebels on Thursday 6764 1B From 1B 3427 The half ended after a Lee player hit one of two freethrows the Volunteers closed the gap 3432 but failed to capture the lead as Potter put in a layup off an assist by Niles The Ranger defense tightened and the Volunteers were forced to use a timeout to prevent a turnover Trailing 3938 after two free throws the Volunteers got called for another goaltending viola tion to extend the Ranger lead After two missed free throws by Potter Lee captured their first lead of the half with a little over one minute remaining in the quarter Niles then hit two from the charity stripe giving the Rangers a 4847 lead going into the fourth A basket by Gregory gave the Rangers the lead they would not give up for the rest of the game After a Smithson Valley time out Niles and Gregory both hit baskets to push the Rangers ahead 5449 The Volunteers took a 50 run to pull them within two with over three minutes left in the game A minute later Niles got a basket and a foul to give the Rangers a fivepoint lead Lee responded with two layups but Potter hit the second of two free throws to give the Rangers a 62 59 lead A long 3pointer by Lee tied the game with seconds left After another basket by Lee tied the game at 64 Niles hit his buzzerbeating 3pointer to give the Rangers the win The Rangers 69 play in the Uvalde tournament begining Thursday something a lot of people dont understand They would be a great football team without him Having him puts them over the Celina is trying to become the first team to win three straight 2A titles A win would tie the third longest winning streak in state his tory eight shy of the state record held by Abilene In other games Saturday Katy 150 plays Tyler John Tyler 123 for the 5A Division n title Ennis 132 plays West OrangeStark 150 for the 4A Division H title and Stratford 15l plays Burkeville 104 for the 1A title Katy beat John Tyler 2810 in the season opener In the 14 games since John Tyler has allowed less than 10 points per game and not given up a touchdown in seven of them Theyll have to stop Katy quar terback Jared Kaspar who has completed 61 percent of his passes for yards and 17 touch downs Most importantly Katy is 192 when he plays quarterback He is the most important factor of our football team without a coach Mike Johnston said Looking beyond the stats people dont understand how much we put on him as far as the checks he has to make He has to read the defen sive fronts and always has to make adjustments at the line of scrim mage Not a lot of kids can do that as well as he can but weve been blessed over the years to have quar terbacks who have that ability Hes certainly one of the best weve was conducted during the playoffs Benson wasnt the only repeat performer on the Class 5A allstate team Mission senior defensive back Eddie Vazquez was a firstteam pick for the second year in a row This sea son he was also selected as the 5A defensive player of the year after having 52 tackles and 13 interceptions two of which were returned for touchdowns He also and a kickoff return for touchdowns k The other two allstate running backs were McKinney senior Donta Hickson and RaShawn Mosley yards rushing of San Antonio Southwest While Benson has verbally committed to play at Texas Hickson yards and 28 touchdowns has said he will play another Big 12 school Oklahoma Abilene Cooper senior quarterback Jordan Neal 157of235 passing for yards 28 touchdowns and six interceptions also was named firstteam all state along with receivers Thomson Omboga of Grand Prairie 50 catches for yards and nine touch downs and Keiron Stevenson of The Colony 68 catches for 977 The offensive line consisted of five seniors Copperas Coves Josh Edwards Houston Washingtons Adrian Henderson Abilene Coopers Charles Mock Carters Jonathan Scott and Temples Dominique Steamer The allstate defensive linemen were Duncanville senior Rishone Evans 78 tackles 20 for loss and eight Killeen Ellison senior Chuck Fisher 122 and Friendswood Clear Brook senior Thadis Pegues 13 tackles for loss and nine Another Killeen Ellison defender senior Kevin Patrick 134 was an allstate linebacker along with senior Matt Bose of Midland and senior Mike Kipper of The Woodlands Vazquez was joined in the defensive backfield by Rosenberg Terry senior Tony McClain 102 tackles and eight Piano senior Trevor Nelson 77 tackles and seven interceptions and Westlake senior Huston Street seven Richland senior placekicker Russ Davis 24 extra points and nine field goals and Friendswood Clear Brook senior punter Mike Northen average on 36 punts were the 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