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Argus (Newspaper) - November 22, 1973, Fremont, California THE ARGUS Page 18 Fremont Newark, Caiiif.. Thursday, November I Ohlone football wrap-up First two losses hurt Brown from the bench FOR OAKLAND RAIDER offensive tackle Bob Brown, this ypar's football season has been a dis- appointment. Hampered for most of the season by nagging injuries and illness, Brown has had to spend an unusual amount of time watching games from the sidelines. When a man is used to being out on the field and playing an important part in helping his team, that kind of experience could be heartbreaking. Watching the big .offensive lineman' during the progress of Oakland's 7-3 loss to th'e Cleveland Browns Sunday was an intriguing affair: Pacing up and down the sidelines he displayed as many facial expressions as .Rodney Allan Rippey. Often he muttered to himself, when quarterback' Kenny Stabler was sacked trying to pass the foot- ball, but mostly he just watched and thought. Occasionally he would wander over to talk to number 75, whom we identified as John Vella, the second year tackle out of USC who was filling in forBrown, tooffera few helpful hints. After all, he has been a pro for 10 years now, and during that period of time he has been confirmed by many sportswriters and sportscasters as the best offensive lineman in the game. A player-doesn't get named to the all-pro team seven of nine seasons without seeing a lot of ac- tion, but what is more important for Brown is that he can't help his team that much on the bench. "Hey man you wouldn't believe the depressive state I'm in when I'm standing.out there on the Brown said. Wants to be part of action "Some dudes can stand it, just watching a game and then pay checks. But I'm not that way. I am not the kind of athlete, who can just stand there on the sidelines, while someone else is earning my pay. Iliketobeapartoftheaction. "Oh it's just miserable." answers Brown, when asked how it felt watching his team drop two straight losses, while he was injured. "It's really just a hopeless feeling. "You're injured and you can't'play, but you want to do'something: Sometimes I don't know, if I should, go out there and play at half speed, and take a chance on getting beat, or just wait until I'm at full speed." continued the all-pro tackle. Brown got about as close to playing as he could without actually being in the game Sunday, as he decked out in sweat clothes and cleats a d after the game he was perspiring as if he had played. "I'll tell you honestly, I really expend an enormous amount of energy." said Brown, who can put together a rhetorical statement that would put a linguist to shame. Dies a thousand deaths "Sometimes I feel as if I am expending almost as much energy as the guys who are out there on the field. It's just thai I am so emotionally involved in what is going on out there." he added, waving his massive arms. "Really, I die a thousand deaths out there." The Raiders are not enjoying one of their better seasons, and wither is Brown. Early in training camp he caught his annual cold, which bothered him for a week, and slowed hispreperation. Then he suffered a pinched nerve in his neck about four weeks ago. which caused him to miss two games, and upon returning to action he bruised a knee and injured his ankle against the Pittsburgh Steelers. missing most of the second half. After failing to play against the Browns, the Raider lineman, is once again prepared to slip on his helmet and pads, and attack defensive oppo- nents with his patented forearm rip and shoulder drive. "The watching is all over now, because next week I come back to work." Brown said, nodding his head and serving notice to the rest of pro foot- ball. By CRAIG SMITKSON FREMONT if Jim Reynosa could have selected, his season to start as head football coach at Ohlonp College; it most definitely would have not been 1973.. The Coast Conference, always strong in foot- ball, was perhaps 'as strong in the sport as it has evrr been, with every team but the Rene- gades with a winning record for the year, and three of the six teams ranked in the top ten in the state during the season, including top- ranked Gavi Ian.' It showed' in the Renegades' record and scores, ton. with Ohlnnc finishing 0-10 overall, and being defeated soundly in evr-ry confer- encegame. Still, the key to the season may havp been in the first two games. The Renegades had good chances to beat both Merrill and Solano. butdidnot. "The fire! two games I feel had a bearing on the .season." said Reynosa, "After being so close to winning, and losing both, it had an effect on our development as a team and our morale." From this year's team, the Renegades will lose 11 players, seven of them letter- men. On the plus side. 16 performers are sched- uled to return next fall! half of the group starters on either offense or defense. Among the biggest losses for Reyonsa will be starting quarterback Steve Damele. line- men Brent Liebhardt. Barrel Sible, Ron Ley- ba.and Roy Webster. "Damele had his ups and downs, but did a good job throwing the praised Reynosa, "On the line, Liebhardt did a good job. along with Websterat If they decide to come'back next year. Art Palmpre. and David Bluford should provide Ohlonp with a good base to build the offense around. As the Renegades' tailback, Palmore. from Oakland's Skyline High, was the team's leading ground gainer, despite missing two and one half games. Split end Bluford. a high school teammate of Palmore's. was one of the top pass receivers intheconference. Injuries and depth were a-problem for the Reneagdes all season, as they lost two start- ers, Jerry Mitchell and Tim Armstrong, in the Freshman from Skylmc High of Oakland hadmg ruriwr first two games, and went from there. "It was a very tough yr-ar on us physi- cally." remarked Reynosa. "Considering some of the lacings sve took, the team came back well each week." With the new campus at Ohlonp opening up next fall. Reynosa hopes the school will be able to attract some football players. "Around the league, there are some good senior football playprs at each of the schools." said Reynosa. "1 just hope we can land a few orthem." Ohkmp will need all the incoming freshmen it can gel next year. Reynosa looks for anoth- Talking shop Since they're gathered at recent Optimists MVAL fall banquet at Elks Club, Back of the Year Steyp Noon (leftI. coach Jim Randall (second from principal Dr. Vance Nelson 'second from right) and Lineman of Year Steve Spencer, all from Mission San Jose High, can only be con- versing about football. er st rong conference next season. "If I had to do it over again. I may have done a few things differently." said Reynosa. "Every season is a learning experience, and this one was no different. The conference' should be very tough again next year, but 1 also." JC's ready for Only five