New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Cowboys, Redskins renew long- burning flame
ERVING AP — Of all the epic Redskin* Cowboy football wars, today's could top them all
That s the opinion of Tex Schramm, who has seen every Washington Redskin-Dallas Cowboy joust since 1960.
I can't remember a Washmgton-Dallas game that has attracted as much national attention as this one has. " said the Cowboy team president and general manager. I don't remember when there were two teams so clearly ahead in the standings playing each other for what amounts to the division championship "
Dallas and Washington are tied with 12-2 records atop the National Conference Eastern Division of the National Footbail League A Cowboy victory would assure them the
title while Washington would have to beat the New York Giants the next week to clinch the division Both have wild card berths clinched.
“The rivalry between the two teams always seems to catch the public imagination, not just the rivalry between the two cities.'’ Schramm said.
It started long ago when owner Clint Murchison tried to get an NFL franchise. Washington owner George Preston Marshall opposed Dallas but finally relented if Murchison would give him back his Hail to the Redskins'* theme song Murchison had
wheeled and deaied his way to rights for the Redskin song
“I remember Clint released some chickens on the field at halftime while the Redskin band was marching as a joke." Schramm said
George .Alien's arrival as Redskins coach 1971 through 1977 “brought the rivalry to a peak." Schramm said. “The Allen era is what brought it into a feverish area.”
.Allen gave the Redskins their first NFC title rn 30 years with a 26-3 victory' over the Cowboys in 1972. Washington lost to Miami in Super Bowl VTI.
Not oily did Allen break up the Dallas NFC East monopoly, but he did so in a manner which Cowboy officials found unsavory.
The Cowboys didn't like his finger-licking, cheer-leading style and they became convinced he was spying on practices.
Allen made the rivalry more personal.” Schramm said.
The Cowboys used to rent out the top floor of a nearby hotel so Allen couldn't slip rn spotters
to chart Dallas practices.
Dallas Coach Tom Landry said this week “I trust Joe Gilt* more than I did the other man. We saved a tot of money when Allen left.”
After Allen departed in 1977, the Redskins began to nosedive under Jack Pardee.
Gibbs, hired in 1961. brought them a long-cherished Super Bowl victory last year.
"NFL rivalries are generally based on the competition in the standings,” Schramm said. “Then when you have the background like we do with the Redskins it becomes something special.”
Schramm ticked off some memorable confrontations
We killed the Redskins in 1979 for the NFC title when Roger Staubach threw two touchdown passes in the last two minutes for a 35-34
victory,” said Schramm. “Then there was Clint Longley coming off the bench to win a Thanksgiving Day game.
“The Redskins have beaten us like that, including the tough loss we had last year in the NFC title games and the title game in 1972 under Allen.”
Schramm said the rivalry was an emotionally draining one to those involved.
“I like big games,” Schramm said. “You shouldn’t be in the business if you don't like them.”
Then he added with a wince: “I don’t enjoy them, but I like them.”
The Cowboys, who rallied for a 31-30 victory in September over Washington, were field goal favorites in Texas Stadium where they’ve lost just once in IO games against the Skins.Sports
Sunday, December ll, 1983 iABlack Cats scratch NB from playoffs
By DAVID KING Sports editor
VICTORIA — Friday night started out badly for the New Braunfels Unicorns and never got any better
The band was too late to play the national anthem or the school song Two and a half hours later, that was the least of the disasters, as the Unicorns had lost to Bay City 49-6 m a Class 4A semi-final playoff game
Just about everything bad that could happen did:
— New Braunfels turned the ball over four tunes, each tune rn its own tern tory The first came on the game s third play from scrimmage Two came on halfback options by sophomore V ictor Sierra
— Bay City hit three long passes, and each tune the Umcoms were blitzing and had one-on-one coverage
— A Black Cats linebacker returned an onside kick 44 yards to set up a touchdown
— The Unicorns lost starting linebacker Scott Hadlock with a knee injury in the first half
— Bay City converted on third and IO, third and 20. and fourth and five plays
— The Unicorns chartered bus blew a tire rn the parking lot after the game, delaying the team s return by an hour and a half
That was the perfect ending to a terrible day." Coach Jim Street) said about the blowout following the blowout.
Bay City’s quick and strong defense and quick and explosive offense controlled the game from the outset, combining to set up and score touchdowns on the Black Cats' first five possessions,
“We really felt like we had a chance against them, but when we couldn't keep the ball away from them, couldn 't stop them and couidn t control the ball it became pretty apparent what was going to happen, ” Streety said
That realization probably took only about the first 14 minutes of the game.
Bay City’s Bob Gibson intercepted a rainbow pass from Greg Bender on the game's third play, and two plays later halfback Martin Garcia strolled ll yards to top off a 19-yard drive and make it 6-0 Brent Centilli. who may still be soaking his leg after seven extra poults and two kickoffs, made it 7-0 with 10:02 left rn the first quarter
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New Braunfels ran three plays and punted, and eight plays later it was Itll on a sneak by quarterback Darnel
Linemen Brian Frassmann <66) and Tim Doty mourn the end of the season
Hawkins Wide receiver Hart Lee Dykes a 6-4 junior, started his amazing night on the drive, catching an 11-yard pass on third and nine from the Bay Qty 44 Dykes wound up with all but two of Bay City's IO pass completions, and he had 156 yards on those catches He just had to ask what they wanted, and he got it,” Streety said af Dykes He was awesome tonight, we had not seen him perform that well.” New Braunfels again ran three plays and punted after the kickoff —
the Umcoms did not make but two first downs the entire first half — and Bay City drove 66 yards rn 13 plays to make it 21-0 Hawkins strolled rn for the score on a quick-count quarterback sneak New Braunfels finally made a fust down, but on third and five from the Unicom 36. a Bender pass was deflected and Chm Brown intercepted at the 43 Two plays later, it was 26-0 as Dykes made a diving grab on a 40-\ard bomb to the 3-vard Line and
Hawkins made a beautiful fake and strolled into the end zone Bay City and a personal foul penalty stopped the Umcoms cold after the kickoff, and the Black Cats made it 35-0 at the half with a 45-yard drive topped by a two-yard run from Ricky Davidson So what do you tell a team behind 354) at the half "
I didn't say much of anything; I just said to go out and play as hard as you can on every play .” Streety said We were just too badly outgunned."
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Bay City emptied its bench two minutes into the third quarter, and the second learners made it 42-0 a minute and a half later Sprinter Joe DeLoach snagged a pass from lance Sank bch at the 5 to set up Sardelieh's four-yard touchdown run New Braunfels fumbled at its 32 one play after the kickoff, but the defense finally held. In fact, the defense held four straight tunes after that, and John Malney came up with a fumble
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Canyon wins consolation; NFL Unicorns, Rangers fall
KYLE — Canyon s girls beat Smithson Valley and the Near Braunfels boys lost to Taylor in the consolation finals of the Hays Tournament Saturday.
Smithson Valley’s boys, meanwhile, lost to District 26-3A rival Randolph 53-52 in a game for third place
The Rangers had a chance to win the game Saturday afternoon, but an apparent go-ahead basket with five seconds left was wiped out by a traveling call
“Thu was probably the best we've played in a while Conch Roger Kraft said Our young kids are moving on; I’m pleased with their progress."
Butch liegeman led the Rangers with ll points, while Paul Booth had IO Smithson Valley played without sophomore starter Mike Irvine, who twisted bu ankle rn Thursday’s victory ewer Canyon.
The Rangers had been sent to the game by a 63-4f loss to powerful Pflugerville on Friday, liegeman led the Rangers with 14 points in that coolest, wink Rolando Trevino had IO.
In the girls' bracket, the Cigarettes overcame Smithaon Valley 37-24 for the consolation blk In the boys’ consolation finals, the Umcoms fell to Taylor 724ft.
Canyon was lad by all-tournament selection IMaphaiar Burch, who had 12 points in the final game ai 24 Friday in a 53-31 v -tory over NewResults, Page
The Cigarettes, who are now 4-3, exploded from a 54 lead after one quarter to a 23-7 halftime lead over the Rangerettes “We got hot and had a real good second quarter.” Coach Philip Endicott said. We shot the bali well "
Leona Soechtuig had eight of her 13 poults rn the second quarter. while Burch had six rn the penod Smithson Valley, which defeated Randolph 60-12 to reach the game, fell to 3-5 on the season The Rangerettes were led by Julie Cappei and Sandi Bell with nine points each In the boys’ bracket, New Braunfels did not play well rn the first half against Taylor, Coach Cliff Wilkins said “We were executing the offense pretty well, but the ball wouldn’t go in the hole and we were sort of standing around," Wilkins said. “We played them pretty even ut the second half, though ”
New Braunfels trailed 31-14 after two quarters Ilk) Schmidt and David Cadded had 14 points each for the Umcoms, while John Muse ha lek added 12
The Umcoms reached the game by upsetting Canyon 51-34 Friday “We played as well as we have all year,” Wilkins said of that game
Dolphins outscore Atlanta behind Sfrock
MIAMI AP i — Don Strock, filling rn for the injured Dan Marino, fired two touchdown passes Saturday to lead the playoff-bound Miami Dolphins to a 31-24 National Footbail League victory over the Atlanta Falcons Marino, his knee sprained in last weekend s 24-17 triumph at Houston, watched and cheered from the sidelines as Strock led the Dolphins to four touchdowns, completing 18 of 23 passes for 229 yards
Miami the AFC East champion, boosted its record to 11-4 and unprov ed its chances for a home-field advantage rn its fust play off game. Atlanta fell to 5-9 with its
second straight loss Atlanta quarterback Steve Bartkowski. the NFL* second-rated passer, came off a two-game layoff with a knee injury to hit 15 of 26 passes for 175 yards and a touchdown to Floyd Hodge But Strock was the winner rn the 19th start of his 15-y ear career in w hich he has served mainly as Miami's “relief pitcher" He threw scoring passes of 7 yards to tight end Joe Rose and 15 yards to halfback Tony Nathan The Falcons, trailing 17-3 at the half. pulled within a touchdown with Gerald Riggs' 2-yard run 4:27 into the second half. But scoring runs of I yard by fullback
Andra Franklin and 13 yards by halfb. David Overstreet put the game out reach
Strock set up Franklin's TD with a yard strike to Dunei Harris on third-ai* then hit wide receiver Mark Duper foi yards on the play before Oversee scoring run.
Miami's Uwe von Schama on ana we Mick Luckhurst's 35-yard field goal v an 16-y arder later in the second quarter
William Andrews, who scored on a yard run with 7 34 to play , ran for yards on 21 carries, bruiging his sea total to a Falcons record of 1.409. break his ow n 1960 mark of 1.306
Bradshaw re-injured\but win anyway
NEW YORK i AP) - Terry Bradshaw, in his first appearance of the season, threw two touchdown passes before re-mjtiring his elbow in the second quarter and the Pittsburgh Sutlers clinched a National Football League playoff berth with a 34-7 victory Saturday in the New York Jets' last game at Shea Stadium
Bradshaw hit scoring passes of 17 yards to rookie Gregg Gamty late in the first quarter and IO yards to Calvin Sweeney 44 seconds into the second period On the
second one, he suffered bruises to his right forearm and the elbow which was operated on last March
Bradshaw finished with completions on 5 of I passes for 77 yards Cliff Sloudt, who had started Pittsburgh's first 14 games, took over and threw TD passes of 13 yards lo Beanie Cunningham in the third quarter and ll yards to Sweeney rn the fourth.
The victory snapped the Steelers’ three-game losing streak, gave them a 10-5 record and assured them of no less than a
wild-card playoff berth They will cill the American Conference's Cent Division title if Cleveland loses Sunday Houston or if they beat the Browns n Sunday.
The loss, in the Jets’ farewell game New York before next season’s move Giants Stadium in New Jersey, dropt them out of playoff contention arith a record and one game to play Their came on reserve quarterback Pat Rya 27-yard pass to Johnny Lam’’ Jones in third period