New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung O Sunday, December 3,1995 O 7 A
“We’re regular students now. I havent been home for Mew Year's In three years.”
— Miami Hurricanes offensive tackle Jay Ina after the school was denied a bowl bid because of NCAA sanctions.
CHS playoff run comes to halt
In the end, Cougars showed they’re a class act
The pregame blackout at Buccaneer Stadium should have served as a sign that it just wasn’t Canyon’s night.
There was something foreboding about the 30-minute delay as officials scurried to fix the stadium lights above the Cougars’ sideline.
The shadow that hovered over the Cougar faithful seemed to hint that from the outset this game simply wasn’t meant to be.
For all the talent and tradition on the Calallen side, the football forces hinted that even if the Cougars had played their finest game, it would not have been enough to move them past the regional semifinal round.
It wasn’t Canyon’s best game, and the Wildcats wasted no time, collecting four turnovers
and jumping out to a 35-0 lead midway through the first half. With that insurmountable lead, it was only a matter of holding on in the final two quarters.
Despite that ominous start and heartbreaking ending to a memorable season, the Canyon players and coaches never put their heads down. When it was all said and done, they spoke to the media, made no excuses, gave credit to the Wildcats and were mindful of the significance of having advanced three games deep into the playoffs.
It said a lot about this team’s character.
From the distant confines of the stadium press box, it’s difficult to get a feel for just how determined and emotional the players are on the field. Behind the helmets and pads, they are kids looking live up to tans’ and parents’ hopes. Winning 11 straight games was a monumental feat, but they felt there was more.
As Calallen took command early in the game, a few sports writers up in the cozy
booth talked about the difference in talent, desire and focus. The comments held some truth but lost a lot of meaning when it came time for post-game interviews.
It’s always tough step down onto the turf and ask the coaches and players from the losing team to give their assessment of the game. Their thoughts are no doubt fogged by the disappointment and heat of the moment. They could easily say something they don’t really mean.
But if ever a team showed class, it was the Canyon Cougars on Friday night.
Fielding a question about Calalien’s sportsmanship alter passing the ball with a 23-point lead and less than a minute left. Canyon coach Larry Nowotny simply put it down lo the Wildcats’ trying to get underclassmen some experience. Then he gave his honest account of the game.
“We made some mistakes, but Calallen was the better team tonight,” he said. “Our kids
had a great season, and they can be proud.” Canyon receiver Ricky Boehle, whose acrobatic catches impressed more than few of us in the press box, was the first to give credit to his teammates on the' other side of the ball. The hard-fighting Cougar defense scrapped throughout the game against a bigger Calallen offensive line.
The last word of encouragement came from senior cornerback Brett Parrish. Exhausted and bruised, he looked beyond the loss, reflecting on the fnendships the players made this season.
“It didn’t end like we wanted but we had a great season and really grew close as a team," he said. "It’s hard to lose but I’m proud of everyone on this team tonight.”
They were class-act words from one of several players who proved Canyon was more than just a w inning team on the football field.
(Thomas Godley is sports editor for the HeraldZeitung)Cowboys primed for Redskins
IRVING, Texas (AP) — Even in a normal year Bill Bates hates the Washington Redskins. This time, he’s really mad at them.
The Redskins ambushed the Dallas Cowboys 27-23 in the fifth game of the season. Bates and the rest of his teammates feel they owe something to Norv Turner’s club on Sunday at Texas Stadium.
“It’s the team I love to beat the most,” said the Cowboys safety-line-backer-special teams star. “We’ve had some classic games and confrontations with them in the past. I’ve had a lot of great memories in this rivalry.”
But not such a good one back in early October.
The Dallas run defense went south in the loss to Washington. It was also the game where Troy Alleman suffered an early calf muscle problem and had to be replaced by Wade Wilson.
Terry Allen rushed 30 times for 121 yards and scored two touchdowns against the Cowboys the last time they met Linebacker Dixon Edwards added. “We owe the Redskins one. They embarrassed us the last time.”
Sugar Bowl bound Texas sends A&M to Alamo Bowl
By DENNE H. FREEMAN
AP Spats Writer
COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Freshman Ricky Williams scored two touchdowns against the nation’s top defense Saturday and No. 9 Texas snapped No. 16 Texas A&M’s 31-game home winning streak with a 16-6 victory that clinched the last Southwest Conference championship.
The Longhorns (10-1-1 overall, 7-0 SWC) will play in either the Orange or Sugar bowls while the Aggies (8-3,5-2) get the consolation prize of meeting Michigan on Dec. 29 in the Alamo Bowl at San Antonio. The final bowl lineups will be announced Sunday.
Texas snapped a four-game losing streak to the Aggies and gave John Mackovic his first win in the senes alter three losses. It was the first Texas tn-umph at Kyle Field since 1983. A&M had won IO of the last 11 games.
Both A&M and Texas join the Big 12 Conference next year and this was their last SWC meeting in a senes that started in 1894 Williams, who broke Earl Campbell's school rushing record for freshmen, scored cai a 21-yard run in the first half, then produced 62 of the 79 yards in a
cntical third-quarter sconng dnve. He bolted 44 yards and then tore off a 17-yard run before Williams scored from 3 yards out.
In the fourth penod, Williams got 23 yards on a screen pass to position Texas for Phil Dawson’s 26-yard field goal.
The 6-foot, 225-pound Williams, one of California’s top high school running backs two years ago in San Diego, rushed 24 times for 163 yards. He has 990 yards rushing to Campbell’s 928 in 1974.
The Longhorns led 6-0 after a first half of lost tumbles, interceptions, penalties, and sumng defense.
Texas finally cracked the Aggies defense, which had allowed only 244 yards per game, late in the second quarter, aided by a key pass interference penalty.
A 29-yard pass from James Brown to Justin McLemore got the 70-yard dnve under way. Then cornerback Ray Mickens was flagged for interfering with receiver Mike Adams in the Aggies end zone.
The Longhorns then caught the Aggies in an all-out blitz as Williams escaped around nght end behind the cleanng block of Wane McGanty on a 21-yard touchdown run.
Herald-Zeitunq photo by MICHAEL DARNALL New Braunfels notched Its third straight win, knocking off San Marcos 6740 on Friday at Unicom gym.
■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24.
Referees needed for NB Junior Basketball League
The New Braunfels Junior League Basketball Association is looking for referees to officiate games this season.
Anyone interested may attend an NBJL-BA meeting at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Dec. 7 at Academy Street Gym.
Referee must 16 or older and have interest in officiating junior league basketball for boys and girls grades 4-6.
Call Jim Pace at 600-6676 for more information.
Contex Stars volleyball team extends player tryouts
The Centex Stars, a girls* 18-and-under club volleyball team, have several spots open for skilled players looking to compete at this level, (players must not turn 19 before Sept. 1,1996.) Anyone interested in trying out may attend the team’s regular practice on Thursday from 7 to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the Academy Street Gym in New Braunfels.
Tryout cost is $10. Be prepared to display your skills. For more information, call 606-0101.
NB softball group to plan upcoming season
The New Braunfels Girls’ Softball Association will have an organizational meeting at 7 p.m. today at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373 Howard St.
Members will elect new officers and discuss upcoming events for the 1996 season.
For more information, call 625-7912.
Local basketball tournament to hit the court in December
The annual Hoop-Fest Holiday 3-orv-3 basketball tournament gets under way December 16 at Academy Street Gym in New Braunfels.
Players can sign up now at Barry’s Underpass Saloon or Vivroux Toys and Sporting Goods.
For more information, call 609-6247 or 625-7949.Nlekroy Sutton on baseball Hall of Fame list
NEW YORK — Phil Niekro and Don Sutton, 300-game winners who previously have fallen short in Hall of Fame voting, headed the list of eligible players on ballots mailed Friday.
Niekro, most identified with his years with the Atlanta Braves, finished second in the last balloting with 286 votes, wed short of the required 345, which was 75 percent of the total ballots returned.
Sutton attained stardom with the Los Angeles Dodgers before pitching for various teams, including the Houston Astros, late in his career. He was third with 264 votes, and Tony Perez, who also is on this year’s ballot, had 259.
There are no overwhelming favorites among the 13 players eligible for the first time this winter. Heading that group are former MVPs Keith Hernandez and Fred Lynn.
Other first-time eligibles are Bob Boone, Bill Buckner, Bob Knapper, Chet Lemon, Jeffrey Leonard, Dan Quisenberry, Johnny Ray. Jerry Reuse, John Tudor, Claude!) Washington and Frank White.T Bar Ii offers tennis Itajia
T Bar M Tennis Ranch is offering its Winter Indoor Tennis League to players of al levels. Play runs through November. Registration is now being accepted. Cat! 629-0439 to reserve a spot
No. I Calallen turns Cougar miscues into 55-30 playoff victory
By THOMAS GODLEY
Unlooms place throe more on Academic All-District
The New Braunfels Unicorns varsity volleyball team brought their team total to 10 players on the District 28-4A Academic All-District team.
Seniors Erin Baetge, Brandi Chapman and Misty Boenig — each of whom took honors courses and maintained grade point averages higher than 90—made the academic team.
CORPUS CHRISTI — It didn’t seem possible.
The Canyon Cougars piled up more than 400 yards, 22 first downs and 30 points, while running back Trenady Offermann outshined the state’s Class 4A all-time leading rusher.
Despite those glaring statistics, the Calallen Wildcats came away with a wild 55-30 victory in the third round of the state playoffs Friday night at Buccaneer Stadium.
The outcome put an end to Canyon’s season and dreams of reaching the regional finals for the first time in school history.
Despite the setback, Canyon coaches and players didn’t let the ending tarnish a brilliant mn that saw the team go on an 11-game winning streak which started in early September. The Cougars’ only other loss came to Cass 5A power Westlake in the opening game of the season.
Canyon coach Larry Nowotny was the first to put Friday’s loss in perspective.
“These kids had a great season,” said Nowotny, who has guided the Cougars to the regional seminals twice in three years. “Nobody ever wants it to be over. Tonight we just made too many mistakes and came up against a better football team. I’m very proud of what our team has done by getting this far. They worked hard all season and came a long way. This is a great group of young men.”
Turnovers were the story. Calallen (13-0), ranked No. I in the Harris Poll, recovered four fumbles in the opening 18 minutes and bolted to a 35-0 lead before Canyon could get rolling.
The game stared 30 minutes late because of problems with the stadium lights, and the delay proved ominous for the Cougars. Not much went right until quarterback Reagan George connected with Offermann for a 76-yard touchdown pass that put the Cougars on the scoreboard for the first time at 5:08 in the second quarter.
Offermann made the sideline catch at the 40-yard line, broke a tackle, cut left and was off to the races.
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Cougars in a playoff finale
Tho Canyon Cougar offense, sparked by Trenady Oftermann’s (above) 210-yard rushing night, piled up. 444 total yards but couldn’t overcome the Calallen Wildcats’ equally impressive attack. The two teams combined for more than 900 yards of total offense in a Class 4A regional semifinal showdown on Friday night in Corpus Christi. Junior Reagan George passed for 233 yards and three touchdowns on the night The Cougars finished their season at 11 -2.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL.