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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Cougars cheerleader Catrina Palmer watches the game. SPORTS Saturday, August 27,2005 — Herald-Zettunc — Page 7A Herald-Zeitung COMING SUNDAY 4Nt 0 J)|a How they fared New Braunfels-Stephenville results. m '* rn I To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] M THE DAILY UC-KUT Fraulein Volleyfest Caniford debuts with NB Astros out west A T NB, Canyon, Smithson Valley in two-day, 36-team tournament Time: all day New coach guides Unicorns for first time against No. 6-ranked Stephenville Time: 7:30p.m. (KGNB-AM1420) u N Houston wraps up its three-game series against LAs Dodgers Time: 3 p.m. (FSN, KGNB-AM 1420) SY gets past air-minded Westwood, 37-15 Defense comes through in 2nd half By Will Wright Sports Editor SMITHSON VALLEY — Round Rock Westwood and Smithson Valley waged an offensive battle Friday night at Ranger Stadium. But in the end, as it usually does for the Rangers, defense sealed the deal. Sixth-ranked Smithson Valley withstood early firebombs from the Warriors and held them to only 64 yards and without a score in the second half to post a 37-15 triumph in the season opener for both teams. The Rangers, who totaled 487 yards offense, survived a brutal first half defensively that saw them surrender 303 yards. But they buckled down after halftime, using wideouts Cody Beyer and Clay Fuller as decoys to help fuel a running game that came alive. Blake Schrock rushed 15 times for 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while sophomore scatbackTVent Rios carried only six times for 115 yards — including a 73-yard score that sealed the game late in the third quarter. “That’s the great thing about Cody and Clay — you can affect the game even though you’re not getting them the ball,’’ Rangers coach larry Hill said. Fuller scored on a 70-yard run on the game’s first play See RANGERS, Page 8A SMITHSON VALLEY 37. RR WESTWOOD IS Westwood 12 3 0    0    —    15 S. Valley 14 9 7    7    -    37 First quarter SV — Clay Fuller 70 run (David Sweet kick), 11:34 WW — Matt Cavanaugh 22 FG, 8:37 SV — Blake Schrock 8 run (Sweet kick), 4:55 WW — Andy McClain 62 pass from Chase Rich (kick blocked), 4:38 WW - Cavanaugh 36 FG, 0:54 Second quarter SV - Sweet 31 FG, 11:12 SV — Stephen Hall 3 pass from Cody Beyer (pass failed), 4:09 WW — Cavanaugh 32 FG, 0:51 Third quarter SV —Trent Rios 73 mn (Sweet kick), 0:37 Fourth quarter SV — Schrock 8 mn (Sweet kick), 4:43 Team statistics WW    SV First downs 18    22 Rushes-yds. 13-28    43-363 Passing yds. 340    129 Total yards 368    492 Passes (C-A-l) 25-49-1    13-204) Punts-avg. 5-31.6    1-39.0 Fumbles-lost 0-0    6-1 Penalties-yds. 11-62    5-45 Individual statistics RUSHING — Westwood: Chase Rich 5 (-14);Todd McCormick 1-4; Andrew Gomez 5-19; Steven Sultzbaugh 1-18; Andy Stockberger 1-1; S. Valley: Clay Fuller 3-74; Sean Hall 5-8;Trent Rios 6-115; Bryan Hill 9-21; Blake Sdirock 15-135; Cody McKinney 4-8; Cody Beyer 1-2 PASSING - Westwood: Rich 25-49-1 -340; S. Valley: Hill 12-19-0-126; Beyer 1-1-0—3 RECEIVING — Westwood: Andy McClain 6-115; Sultzbaugh 11-129; McCormick 6-83; Lee Bratcher 1-4; Andy Eakins 1-9; S. Valley. Beyer 4-54; Chrl9 Brehm 1-1; Kyle Henry 1-12; Schrock 2-16; Stephen Hall 1-3; Jamie Franklin 1-14; Fuller 2-22; McKinney 1-7 ... -- ,   —   __  ___ MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley's Clay Fuller races upfield for a 70-yard score on the first play from scrimmage during the Rangers' 37-15 win over Round Rock Westwood. Cougars score almost at will to paste Bears By Rick Breland Staff Writer Big plays were the story Friday night as Canyon scored six touchdowns, five of those on plays of greater than 30 yards, en route to winning 45-7 in its season opener against La Vernia at Cougar Stadium. “We had a lot of big plays, and a lot of our plays that weren’t big plays were close to being big plays,” Canyon coach Les Davis said. “Our offense mixed it up very well tonight. We threw the ball well in spots, and obviously we ran the ball very well.” Cameron Henk provided big plays through die air and on the ground. I lenk was the first Cougar to score when he caught a 39 yard pass from LD. Kunz with 25 seconds left to play in the first quarter putting Canyon up 7-0. Two possessions later, I lenk came in at quarterback and scored from 32 yards out on a draw to extend Canyon’s lead to 17-0. Running back Chase Wilke piled up 113 yards and a touchdown on the ground, allowing the Cougars to control the ball and the clock for most of the game. Wilke led all rushers, but was taken out of the game midway through the third quarter with Canyon holding on to a comfortable 38-0 lead. “Chase played really well for us tonight,” Davis said. “He made some nice cuts, made some really good decisions, and was very close to breaking some big ones.” Adrian Milburn lead all receivers with 58 yards, including Canyon’s longest See COUGARS, Page 8A J    'ATI    r FRIDAY'S SCORES Smithson Valley 37, RR Westwood 15 Canyon 45, La Vernia 7 Marion 25, Karnes City 13 Navarro vs. Stockdale, late Caniford era begins tonight for Unicorns By Will Wright Sports Editor KILLEEN — Chuck Cani-ford’s time has arrived. New Braunfels’ 18th football coach will finally lead the Unicorns into battle today against No. 6-ranked Stephenville at 7:30 p.m. at Leo Buckley Stadium in Killeen. Caniford, selected in April from a pool of over 50 candidates, has been working hard ever since taking the job. He’s had to hire new assistants — offensive coordinator Chris Taber, defensive coordinator Thomas Sitton and linebackers coach Jason Wagner among them — as well as get to know the players. Caniford has been at whirlwind pace since two-a-days began Aug. I. After three weeks, two scrimmages and a whole lot in between, the new coach doesn’t seem fazed about his debut tonight. “It s an important game but I don’t think nerves is the way to describe it," he said. “I think it’s more anxious than anything else. I’m anxious to see how our kids can perform against one of the top ranked teams in die state.” Last year at the Texas Football Preseason Classic in San Antonio’s Alamodome, the Yellow Jackets took a 14-6 victory. Tlirnovers deep in their own territory cost the Unicorns, upstaging a good performance by die defense. “Those are the kinds of things you can’t do against a team like Stephenville,” Caniford said. “When you get scoring See UNICORNS, Page 8A Chuck Caniford FRAULEIN VOLLEYFEST Unicorns win first three to advance to Fraulein semifinal FRIDAY S AREA TEAM RESULTS Canyon def. JJ Pearce 25-14, 25-21 Smithson Valley def. Keller 25-20, 25-23 New Braunfels def. Harker Heights 25-8, 25-13 Bowie def. Canyon 25-17, 25-15 New Braunfels def. Brenham 25-18, 25-20 Canyon def. Calallen 25-17, 27-25 New Braunfels def. Arlington 25-19, 25-12 Smithson Valley def. JJ Pearce 25-23, 25-22 By Will Wright Sports Editor Playing your best volleyball against the best teams is the goal for any team at a tournament. Doing so at the Fraulein Volleyfest means consistently performing well. New Braunfels managed to pull it off, winning all three of its games Friday. The Unicorns defeated I iarker Heights, Brenham (ranked No. 3 in Class 4A) and Arlington High to advance to today’s noon semifinal against Austin Westlake at Unicom Gym. “Brenham is one of the best 4A teams in this bracket,” Unicorns coach Phyllis Fowler said. “The whole team played great — they played steady and solid all day. I can’t single anyone out — they just played well together. They all just held their own out there and were doing some great things.” Canyon and Smithson Valley had some humps in their second-round games Friday at the two-day tournament. Both teams easily defeated their first opponents before falling against two of the state’s best squads. Austin Bowie, led by six-foot Division I-bound hitters Becky Perry and Becky Stehling, downed the Cougarettes 25-17,25-15. The Rangers were victimized by Cedar Park’s stellar passing game in a 25-13,25-18 loss. The Cougarettes were simply outmatched against Bowie (10-2), as Perry, bound for the University of Washington, had 16 kills and Stehling, headed to Loyola-Marymount, finished with 11. In both games die Bulldawgs staged runs to put away the Cougarettes. Iliey broke a 12-all tie in die first game with a 9-0 scoring skein. In the second, they pulled away widi a 15-7 run to seal the win and advance to the third round. Chelsea Zunker and Kirby Krueger each managed three kills against the hard-hitting Dawgs, who controlled the net from beginning to end. "Those girls were something,” marveled Canyon coach I leather Sanders of Bowie’s tree-toppers. "Especially against our 5-5, 5-7 middle blockers. Its one thing for us to play over our heads, but against those Division I players it’s something else.” Canyon was unable to sustain a passing attack, Sanders said. “For us to be able to compete against teams like that we have to pass well,” she said. “We needed to pass perfecdy against Bowie.” Sanders’ squad defeated Richardson Pearce in the first game, winning 25-14, 25-21. Courtney Bird led with eight kills; Nikki Kruse and Lacy Red-wine had nine and eight digs, respectively, Kirby Krueger and Laura Wells each had one block-assist, and Krueger had 20 assists. Smithson Valley (9-2) was the victim of its own mistakes against the No. 10-ranked Lady Wolves (10-2). Cedar Park took advantage of several * mishits by the Rangers to roar out to a 8-2 lead in the first game. Aces by Zanily Castillo pout the Wolves up 12-4 and they never looked back. See VOLLEY Page 8A DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung Canyon running back Chase Wilke finds some daylight for a good gain during the Cougars' 45-7 victory over La Vernia. ;