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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas IB Final evaluation for players on cusp uate young players competing for roster The Texans open at Quarterback David Carr will work m i i is placed On the was the Patriotssixthround BYFREDGOODALL AP Sports Writer TAMPA AP Jon Gruden scoffs at the notion that his Tampa Bay Buccaneers would simply go through Texans opening and the the motions in their preseason finale teams other starters probably wont against the Houston play much the Super Bowl champions are This is a key game for a lot of Its our last chance to eval uate and this is their final opportunity to show us what theyre capable of Capers Carr said it will be important for the Texans 03 to be crisp during hia short of every teams is avoid to although the quarterback said that is Sports Smote placed on DL ATLANTA AP Braves closer John Smoltz went on the disabled list Wednesday with tendinitis in his right probably derailing his chances of breaking the singleseason save Smoltz is not expected to have any lingering effects when he returns A year after setting the NL record with 55 Smoltz has a major leaguebest 44 this season and was on pace to beat the alltime mark of 57 set in 1990 by Bobby Thig Smoltz hasnt pitched since Saturday in when he struck out the side in the ninth for his 44th beginning to focus on their regular season opener at But there are roster decisions to as well as plenty other reasons Thurs day nights exhibition is important to the Bucs Gruden has been particularly irked by the Bucs 31 averaging nearly 10 penalties per Like Houston coach Dom Capers will use the final dress re hearsal for the regular season to eval not a concern for You cant worry about it once youre out Carr On the air pm FXSPj Southwest Sports Tonight Live pm KMOL NFL Preseason Football Houston Texans at Tampa Bay From Raymond James Stadium in Fla HOUSTON Bag well became the 13th player in major league history to hit 30 or more homers in eight consecutive and the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 61 Wednes day Houston won its third straight and increased its NL Central lead to one Bagwell hit a threerun homer in a a fourrun first the 410th home run of his Royals Wank Rangers KANSAS AP Rondell White drove in four runs in his first game for Kansas City while Dar rell May pitched a fivehit leading the Royals past the Texas Rangers 90 Wednesday May 86 struck out three and walked White barely missed an insidethepark homer in a fourrun His twoout liner got past right fielder Marcus and a slid ing White was out at the plate on an outstanding relay throw from second baseman Michael Pacers fire Thomas Larry Bird insisted he took his new job with an open mind about the future of coach Isiah The Indiana Pacers presi dent of basketball operations needed only seven weeks to come to a Bird wasted little time in making his first major firing Thomas on Wednesday and immediately targeting former assistant Rick Carlisle as his ExBaylor player indited WACO Bay lor basketball player Carlton Dotson was indicted Wednes day on a charge of murdering his former teammate and roommate Patrick and prosecutors began the process of extraditing him to The jury heard evi dence for about 90 minutes before handing up an indict ment against An offensive bone to pick from Jerry Uvaldo Callazo and Dennis Temple will attempt to shut down the vaunted wishbone offense Wholl start at QB for NBHS Decision to be made at game time BY WALLY GULUCK Correspondent Whos going to start at quarterback for the New Braunfels High Fans will find out tonight when Coach Rick Rhoades offensive units trots onto the field for its first snaps of the Battling for the top spot has been senior Grant junior Mike Cantu and sophomore Zach The competition by these three has been healthy for our whole football Its the kind of battle that is good for Ultimately we have to find the pkyer who is going to lead us through the district season and hopefully into the added San Antonio Highlands dropped six of 11 games last including a 2613 decision at Unicorns but woke up in time to make their first playoff birth in three The Owls offense turned it up a averaging 48 points per game in their final three The burst triggered a threegame win streak and earned the a postseason The vaunted Unicorns defense anticipates a strong test Highlands Coach Ed Rowley has been a proponent of the wishbone and has options led by AllDistrict tailback Edward When you watch him on you can see that he can go the distance from anywhere on the field and at said Defend ing the wishbone is not something were expe rienced in You have to read all your keys or risk giving up a big SEASON OPENER San Antonio Highlands Kickoff is 7 at Alamo Stadium JESSIE New Braunfels junior Jody Walker muscles past the offensive line with his eyes locked on the ball at practice Thursday Despite the unique challenges the wishbone Rhoades is confident his defense can meet the In he admits hed be dis appointed if Lucas Ayala and the defensive unit are not up to the task Ayala in the middle of the linebacking corps is my run He plays the game like its meant to be said The only other time weve seen the wishbone was against Highlands last Theyve got a good set of backs wholl never stop trying to run at But if we do our well be able to stop said Owls Coach Ed Rowleys running game grounded an average of 318 yards rush ing a year Along with the potent backfield stacks Eric who scored nine touchdowns and topped the 600yard and junior Kevin who had 38 carries for 350 yards as a Theyll pass if they have but they dont like Their quarterback Johnny Cavazos is also a run option for Weve seen on film that if he sees an hell take it said Most fans will be focusing their early attention on the rebuilt Unicorns and the battle for the quarterback The Owls defense features a threedeep sec ondary of returning The trio picked off six passes between them a year Highlands pass rush starts with Alfonso DeLa the AllDistrict defensive tackle who will try to keep Unicorns runningbacks Roland Adams and Mike Hernandez in Rhoades will call on both from the tailback Mike is a more punishing but Roland is the quicker of the Mike probably is the better pass catcher of the two and will give us a fourth option when we go to a fourwide receiv er said Preseason finale tests alterations to Cowboys offense 7 pm KRRT NFL Preseason Football Oakland Raiders at Dallas From Texas Stadium In BY STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Sports Writer IRVING AP Serious in juries to quarterbacks from other teams have renewed debate about whether the NFLs preseason is too The Dallas Cowboys would The Cowboys needed their first three games to pick a starting Now that coach Bill Parcells has given the job to Quincy he needs as much work as he can get to be ready for the Carter and the rest of the first team are expected to play deep into the second half of Thurs days preseason finale against the Oakland This guy just needs to know what his responsibility is and recognize Parcells He realizes its a good opportu nity for That doesnt mean hell Dallas and Oakland are both 1 2 this But the Raiders were AFC champions last sea son after a winless preseason the Cowboys are coming off three straight 511 While most teams usually scale back in preparation for the regu lar the Cowboys are going allout to end the Theyre trying to alter their new offense to fit Carter and Parcells has put his team through some of its toughest practices this In the first month of the sea Dallas plays Atlanta and the New York teams that have lost starting quarterbacks to injuries in the Career was the seasonopen ing starter rn both of his first two years in He was just 69 as a starter before being replaced midway through last season by Chad But Carter didnt have Parcells as a shadow Tm going to be right there On All he needs to do is lift watch eat good food and Parcells Hell have a lot of pressure on Ive never had a quar terback that Parcells finally chose Carter after he was 18of29 for 208 yards and two touchdowns in the last two preseason ;