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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas \ Basketball roundup, Page 10A Sports B Herald-Zritung Friday, December 13,1985    P••• 13-0 vs. 13-0 Unicorns need to be patient against loaded Tomball By TOM LABINSKI Blaff writer If New Braunfels upsets Tomball in the Class 4A state semifinal game, it will not be credited to divine intervention. For the Unicorns to win Saturday’s 2:30 p m. game at Tully Stadium in Spring Branch, the team will need to play its best game of the season and have the patience of saints. The game pits what may be the state’s two best 4A teams, and what definitely is a clash between the the classification’s only undefeated teams. Both are 13-0. Offensively and defensively, the Cougars are as fine a team as you will find in high school football, said New Braunfels Coach Jim Streety. Patience will be the key to the game on both sides of the ball, he said. When Tomball is on offense, most eyes will be glued to its two all-state performers, quarterback Lance Pavlas and halfback Bubba Greely. Pavlas, a college blue-chip prospect, is easily the best quarterback the Unicorns have faced. Streety said. “There are just not many around like him. He's an excellent passer for a starter, but it is his running of the offense and his handling of their option that is his strength,” he said. Complimenting Pavlas is Greely, who has rushed for more than 6,000 yards in his four-year career as a Wildcat and has amassed 2,243 yards this season entering the New Braunfels contest. At 5-6 and 160 pounds, the senior will not plow through many people. He is a finesse runner who prefers the open fields outside of his offensive linemen. “He has excellent strength in his legs and is not easy to tackle," Streety said. Tomball has deployed its two top offensive weapons to their maximum, with Greely taking advantage of Pavlas’ precision passes. “Teams get concerned about pass-rush, pass rush. pass rush, then all of a sudden they’ll trap Greely up the middle and he ll be gone," Streety said. “They have tendencies, as all good teams do. If we are going to be successful defensively, we have to slow LESLIE KRIEWALDT/HERALD ZEITUNG ‘They are going to stop us some, but we have to stay consistent, have confidence in what we do best and find a way to make it work. We’ll be very patient.’ Jim Streety down the things they do best," he said The Unicorns’ defensive line has been consistent all all season in playing against traps, Streety said, but few teams have been able to contain Greely to the middle of the field. “We have got to be sure we get peo pie in a forcing position on Greely outside." he said New Braunfels’ outside linebackers and defensive backs will try to be aware of Greely’s every movement without giving Pavlas any extra room to throw the ball Offensively, the dilemma the Unicorns face is even greater, Streety said. “You hear so much about Pavlas and Greely that a lot of people fail to make note of the fact that their defense is very good.” he said The reason for Streety's concern is that Tomball has yielded an average of six points a game and has recorded seven shutouts this season In three playoff games, the Wildcats have surrendered seven points “They play it pretty straight defensively. They sit in there and try to read the play and pursue the ball I'm just very impressed with the way they play defense," Streety said “They are going to stop us some, but we have to stay consistent, have confidence in what we do best and find a way to make it work We ll be very patient,” he said The key players in the Wildcats’ defensive scheme are ends Mitch Martin and Jim Tilley and defensive tackle Monte Jones The matchup between Jones and New Braunfels' offensive guard Mike Sullivan will be a key matchup in the battle at the line of scrimmage. Sullivan will have his hands full on defense also, going against Tom-ball’s premier blocker in Martin While the Wildcats rolled over sixth-ranked Bay City last week, the Unicorns soundly defeated Calallen in what Streety called an “uninspired” performance. But New Braunfels has a knack for coming up with its best showings in the most important games, a fact which Streety said will work for the Unicorns “That is something that is very much in our favor. Starting with Seguin in the non-district portion of the season and Canyon in district and Uvalde in bi-district and to a lesser extent Gregory-Portland, we have either played extremely well when we had to or come up with the plays we needed in order to win," Streety said. “It has become a trademark of this football team. Every intangible points to a great game by us.” he said. If the team can muster the same type of performance it had in its 45-14 victory over Uvalde, the Unicorns have a great chance of defeating Tomball, he said “I think the guys realize we have a great opportunity in front of us and they want to make the most of it We’ll have a good chance to win I believe it and I know they can do it.'' Streety said In order to advance to the finals, the Unicorns must be able to take ad vantage of the opportunities they come across, and avoid turnovers at all costs “We cannot afford to turn the ball over When they get the ball, we’ve got to put a lot of Astroturf between them and the endzone,” Streety said “I feel that if we are patient enough and execute as we have been doing, we’ll get our share of opportunities We just need to take advantage of them.” he said The winner of the game will face the winner of the Sweetwater Austin Westlake game, which will be played Saturday at 2 .30 p m in Brownwood Westlake is 12-2 on the year while Sweetwater is 12-1. New Braunfels stats Team statistics NB 369 73 121 73 102 215 49 154 12 165 Points First quarter Second quarter Third quarter Fourth quarter First downs bv pass by run bv penalty per game 576 3296 Rushes yards 456 1782 S Millen 2 4 1 36 30 0 44 253 per game 35137 Berry Baker 0 2 C 0 OO 0 1142 Passing yards 1142 Totals 82 142 2 1124 •37 • 88 per gem# 88 Receiving 84 1 49 3 Passes 89 23317 Player Rec Yds Avg ROA TO 37 1326 Punts yards 49 1616 Leon Snead 32 565 17 7 44 4 358 Average punting 330 Stephen Millen 17 186 10 9 14 0 26 18 Fumbles lost 49 30 Barry Baker 11 135 12 3 11 I 99 766 Penalties yards 55-450 Demon Millen 5 90 180 8 2 658 9 per game 4346 Victor Sierra 2 30 150 3 I Longest scoring drive 98 yards vs R yen Purdy 4 46 11 5 4 0 Lock Pert Stephen Han/ 6 41 6 8 3 0 Longest scoring pt»v Enc Schroeder 97 Craig Compton 2 20 IOO 2 0 yards vs Lockhart Kevm Walker 5 50 0 Kevm Webb 3 30 • 0 Individual Tim Zipp ... I 3 30 0 Rushing Totals 82 1124 13 7 •3 7 • Player Att Yds Avg PG TD Scoring Stephen Millett 286 1915 6 7 147 26 Player TD FO XP To* Stephen Han/ 99 471 48 36 4 Stephen Millen 28 0 1 170 Enc Schroeder 48 350 73 27 5 Stephen Hen/ ...... 6 0 0 36 Ryan Purdy 87 323 37 25 4 Leon Snead 4 0 8 32 Kevin Walker IO 99 99 8 I Enc Schroeder . 5 0 0 30 Alan Mstney 19 50 26 4 0 Victor Sierra . 2 0 IS 30 J T Cody 5 43 86 4 0 Ryan Purdy 4 0 0 24 Victor Sierra 24 26 I 1 2 I Damon Millen . 3 0 0 18 Barry Baker 5 21 30 2 0 Berry BWer 2 0 0 12 Totals 5S6 3296 56 254 41 Kevm Walker . I 0 0 6 Passing Kevm Webb . 0 0 2 4 Pleysr Comp Att Int. Yds PGA TD Larry Longoria 0 0 2 2 Victor Sierra 66 114 2 954 734 7 Tim Zoo . 0 0 I 2 Alan Matney 15 28 0 126 105 I Bobby Douglas ....... . 0 0 I 1 Leon Snead I 2 0 26 22 I Town............... 56 0 30 MO Starters CB Barry Baker FS Kevm Waik*r BB BO 155 156 12 ll or Leon Sneed Bl 1 153 ll SS Stephen Han/ BIO 173 12 New Braunfels Offense Tom ban Pos Player Mt Wt Cl Offense OB Victor Sierra 6-0 185 12 Pos Player Ht Wt a TB Slap nan Mitten BO 186 12 OB Lance Pay las B2 195 12 FB Ryan Purdy 63 184 11 LHB Bubba Greely 5-6 leo 12 and Stephen Han/ 5-10 173 12 PHB Lewis Meyers B5 leo 11 WB Kevm Wa* ar BO 155 ll SE Kah johnson . Bl 175 12 and Craig Compton Bl I 145 ll TE .... Jim TAey B3 210 12 SE Leon Snead 5-11 153 ll FL Clay Sm«h bu ISO 12 and Barry Baker BS 156 12 RT Mech Martm Bl 190 12 RT Silty Lytton B2 226 ll RG Monte Jonas . Bl 245 12 RC Mike Sullivan 64 255 12 C Robert Rayne BH IOO 12 C Enc Rivers B2 210 12 LG Jeff Roee BIO 206 ll or Paul Brot/# BIO 196 ll LT Scott Wehmeye* BO 200 12 LG . Larry Longoria 5-10 222 12 Defence IT Darrin Toney BO 195 ll Pos Player Ht Wt Cl TE Damon Millen 6-4 194 12 T Monte Jones Bl 245 12 Defsnss Bubba Manville BH 200 12 Pos Player Ht Wt Cl E Much Martin Bl 190 12 J Mike Sullivan 6-4 256 12 E Jim Tftay B3 210 12 T Enc Rivers B2 210 12 MLB Brad McIntyre BO 190 11 NG Keith Cook BO 197 12 DLB Scooter Mc C im tor B7 160 11 OIB Kevm Went) 64 210 12 OL 8 Keith Hardwick BB 172 12 OIB Demon Millen 6-4 194 12 IC Clay Smeh . BB ISO 12 ILB J T Cody BIO 174 12 RC Donald B«nentez BH 160 12 ILB . Bren Stahi Bl 1% 11 FS Kart Johnaon Bl 175 12 CB Claude Pot!ane bu 156 12 SS Doak Hardee 5-B 166 12 FaithfulFormer Tomball player in no-lose situationShWW ,u0‘ 1*0 ^ OI ie*'016 %(s to 3'ea re* tfceb .    ^ ureal** d    TTT*. 0*    atm-» ** ESV ^5 a I Ti*6*’ne" I 81^*atTu\W aate a*    <of So eactv I I Bf BAVIN KMB Bf •ria •Biter Larry Singletary is leaving New Braunfels good and early on Saturday. He wants to be sure and get a good seat for the state semifinal game between Tomball and New Braunfels. Most of the folks braving the speed traps on Interstate IO will be wearing blue and hoping the Unicorns can reach the state finals for the first time since the 1940s But Singletary will have the Cougars on his mind on the three-hour drive to Spring Branch The 1974 Tomball High graduate is hoping his alma mater can reach the state finals for the second time in a row “I’m a real faithful fan," he said, “I’ve been following Tomball quite a bit Every Saturday I beat it down to the store to get the (Houston ) Chronicle and see how they did." Singletary, the pastor of the Lakeside Baptist Church, was a defensive end on Tomball teams that lost four games in three seasons in the early 1970s He’s kept up with his alma mater through the tough times — the entire coaching staff was fired in a scandal in 1976 — and the recent good times — the Cougars lost to Denison in the state finals last year and were ranked No. I all this season He’s also followed New Braunfels this season, and said he thought that this week’s game might pair the two ‘My wife says Out no matter who wins, I win. It’s the thrill of a lifetime to see a team from where I grew up and one from where I live play.’ Larry Singletary best teams in the state “My wife says that no matter who wins, I win," he said “It’s the thrill of a lifetime to see a team from where I grew up and one from where Hive play " This year’s Cougar team is quicker that last year’s, but not as big, Singletary said “The one thing I was afraid of this year was defense. ’ he said “I knew the offense I knew was going to be pretty good “But in the last two games, they’ve shut out two good offensive teams -one good passing team and one good running team ’* Still, the Cougars’ biggest weapons are halfback Bubba Greely and quarterback Lance Pavlas “I haven’t seen too many high school backs who can turn the corner like (Greely) can." Singletary said. “He’s not a speed demon, but he's one of those guys who has the knack of getting around the corner and gating down the field " Pavlas, meanwhile, has attracted attention from college coachee all over the state “I think this game will probably he as good as a state champiomhip game," he saki “I Just wish they could meet a week later (in the championship)." I i ;