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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas                                Breanna Ortega plays flute for the New PORTS October 2005 HERALDZEITUNO Page 5A HERALDZEITUNG Payback time Can fcxas finally beat Oklahoma To have your sports event publi contact Will Wright at or by email at sports@heraldzeitung.com FHE DAILY 274A football begins Defending champ Lake Travis is at NB Canyon visits Burnet to start league Time Cougarcttes at Lady Cavs Canyon volleyhallers are also on the road will continue 274A play at Lake time Astros continue playoffs At Houston tries for 21 lead over Braves in NL divisional Time FOX NL DIVISIONAL SERIES Braves Astros Series tied 11 Houston Atlanta 5 Thursday Houston 1 Saturday Atlanta Sosa 133 at Houston Oswalt FOX 9 Atlanta at If necessary ESPN 10 Houston at If necessary FOX PLAYOFF RESULTS LATE WEDNESDAY American League Los Angeles New York 3 series tied 11 THURSDAY National League Louis San Diego 2 Cardinals lead series 20 TODAYS GAMES American League Chicago Garcia 148 at Boston Wakefield ESPN2 Sox lead series 20 Los Angeles Byrd 1211 at New York Johnson ESPN Braves hammer Houston ATLANTA AP Braves rocked the John Smoltz picked up where he left off six years and Atlanta finds itself all even with the Hous ton Astros in the NL Rookie Brian McCannhit a threerun homer in his first postseason which were all the runs Smoltz needed to lead the Braves past Roger Clemens and the Astros 71 on Thursday tying the best offive series at one game Smoltz broke a oneday tie with Houstons Andy Pettitte to reclaim the title of baseballs winningest postseason pitch The righthander improved to 154 with seven strong innings in his first October start since the 1999 World With the NL East champion Braves having bounced back from a 105 loss in Game the series shifts to Twen tygame winner Roy Oswalt is set to go against Atlantas sur prising 13game Jorge on The Astros hope Oswalt looks better than who led the majors in ERA at age 43 but was homered late in the season by a sore McCann sent the Turner Field crowd into a frenzy when he connected with two outs and two on in the driv ing a fastball into the rightfield seats to put the Braves up The Braves stretched their lead to 51 in the Clemens left after the his line showing five six three walks and only two It equaled the most earned runs he allowed during a regularseason and Houstons offensive support was about par for the In 20 of the Rockets 32 starts coming into the the Astros scored three runs or less nine Roger Clemens Unicorns take aim at Lake Travis By Will Wright Sports Editor New Braunfels footballers have enjoyed the past two glowing in their first win of the We feel pretty good com ing off the big win over Del receiver Josh Smith said of the 457 decision 22 that snapped the Uni corns fourgame season opening losing That definitely helped our morale a We know Lake Travis has a good team with a lot of good Well have to be pretty well prepared for Todays the start of a new season for the who will host ninthranked Lake Travis in their District 274A opener at Unicorn The players were relaxed going through Thursdays final walkthrough and happy theyll be playing at home for only the second time this The Unicorns are the underdog and some believe theyll have an uphill climb to avoid missing the playoffs for the first time since They were in the same position last when they faced mustwins in their final two games to make the post so being here is noth ing We need to play it one week at a offensive lineman Garrett Mechler This week its Lake and well worry about the rest of them as they Each of these next five games are but the Unicorns get three of them at home all against the dis trict In addition to theres Burnet on MANDY It will be a battle of quarterbacks featuring New Braunfels Zach who has passed for yards and 11 touchdowns this against LakeTravisTodd who has thrown for yards and 20 21 and archrival Canyon on take Mechler and can score a lot of points in a They are underrat This is the point in the sea Its a sure bet that Lake ed on I they son where you have to play Travis 50 wont be Del Valle do a good job of not giving well against everybody if up big New Braunfels you then anybody will Lake Travis is very talented head coach Chuck Caniford LAKE TRAVIS AT NEW BRAUNFELS 14 Unicorn Stadium Radio KGNBAM 1420 Last year Lake Travis New Braunfels OT Tickets reserved general admission THE UNICORNS Coach Chuck Caniford 14 at New Braunfels 827 in his fourth season overall Last week New Braunfels Del Valle 7 22 Offense Multiple Defense Multiple Top players QB Zach Rhodes WRDB Kurtis Kostan THE CAVALIERS Coach Jeff Dicus 1610 in his third season at Lake Travis 4632 overall Last week Lake Travis Elgin 7 Offense Spread and oneback Defense Eagle Top players QB Todd Reesing WR Fred Robinson Joshua Joseph GAME OUTLOOK Lake Travis Reesing has been almost unstoppable for the ninth ranked having thrown 110 pass es without an Hes totaled yards and 20 IDs thus Robinson is his main with 35 catches for 715 With star RB Luke Lagera out torn Reesing has run for 261 yards on 40 carries Mike DeWitt has 284 yards on 20 car Lake Travis is scoring points and averaging 424 yards per New Braunfels The Unicorns final ly got into the win but this week theyll be facing a team a lot stronger than Del Averaging yards on New Braunfels has been led by Rhodes 8615198 11 IDs and Kostan The yield ing yards per is led by back Brooks Radla 52 stops and linemen Calven Ayala 39 tackles and Austin Wendell It will certainly have its hands full against one of the most potent offenses in the But the thing with them is controlling the ball to keep their offense off the field and make them work See Page 6A Memories of Burnet fire up Canyon By Rick Breland StaffWriter BURNET Canyon coach Les Davis has a On the second year coach was hunkered down in his feeling the aches and pains from one of lifes most common infirmi And while it is pure spec ulation as to the cause of Davis it could be the fact that Canyon will face its toughest test of the season tonight when the Cougars open District 274A play at Last the Bulldogs handed Canyon its first loss of the a 3634 quadru ple overtime slugfest that was more damaging to Canyons playoff chances than its confi That along with the Wurst Bowl defeat by New kept the Cougars from advancing to the play despite their 82 That was a big Davis We can look back at that game and know that if we had won that we would have made it to the Much of the storyline from last years matchup is pres ent again this Canyon 5 0 is undefeated heading into this game for the second year in a Burnet 32 has a winning record just as it did last Once again the Bulldogs strength lies in their mammoth offensive and defensive Theyre very big up front on both sides of the Davis They match up pretty well with us along the The line of scrimmage isnt the only similarity between the Both rely on the same philosophy to winning games ground control offense backed by solid defen sive They do a lot of the same things we Davis they want to line up and primarily run the foot The thing they can get you offbalance and throw the ball Burnet wont have an advantage in several individ ual but the Bull dogs pick of the litter is a kick Sophomore Ross a former soccer has one of the strongest legs in the Three weeks ago against San Evans hit a 53yard field While that is impressive enough for a high school he reportedly has hit from as far as 65 although never during a Evans booted field goals of 32 and 27 yards against the Cougars last Another standout for Bur net include running back Dar ius Although only a Nesby has been productive in the starting role and has had several long runs this Hes but he looks like a real good Davis See Page 6A MANDY Canyon quarterback who has passed for 408 yards and three IDs this will lead the Cougars in their District 274A opener tonight at Rangers to reach for running game against MacArthur By Will Wright Sports Editor SMITHSON VALLEY Its a wide open race in District and two of the contenders will strap it on again tonight at Ranger San Antonio MacArthur gave Smithson Valley a scare last season before falling The 2 8 a year are now a year wiser and in the hunt for their first playoff berth since Smithson Valley was one of our better games last Mac coach Van Fuschak We moved the ball on them last and we played a lot of people close last just needed to find a way to Last years angst has turned into this years feast for which came out of the gate 30 with wins over SA Clark and The kids have played except Trent Rios for a slip up against Reagan a few weeks ago when we just did nt play Fuschak said of the Brahmas lone 2220 to the Smithson Valley coach Larry Hill said the Brahmas are plenty able to make the They have a couple of good Cody McKinney two quarterbacks who play well and a lot of other guys who have helped them this Hill Both enter with 41 records and are two of five teams that are 11 and tied for third in Madison is 20 Reagan is 21 after its 450 victory over Lee Thursday Leading the Brahmas are alternat ing quarterbacks Kevin Schmid and Eric Udell also plays receiver and is the Both have led Macs offense to yards and See Page 6A   

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