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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 1, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas QB shuffle returns to UT AUSTIN (AP) — Texas coach Fred Akers says it’s not important to him who starts at quarterback for the Longhorns but if others think it’s important he might announce a starter before Saturday. No. 2-ranked Texas, 7-0, plays Houston in the Astrodome on Saturday. Kickoff is at 2 p.m., CST. Akers described Houston, 3-5, as a “far, far better team than what their record indicates. Fact of the matter is, nobody’s really stopped Houston — they’ve stopped themselves. They’re a big, fast football team. They have a field full of athletes.” Although Akers withheld the name Monday of his starting quarterback for the Houston game, he agreed people would probably think it will be junior Todd Dodge. Dodge relieved junior starter Rob Moerschell late in the first half Saturday with Texas trailing Texas Tech 3-0 and guided the Longhorns to 20 second-half points and a 20-3 victory. Dodge threw for 118 yards and scored on a 12-yard run, and was selected by Longhorn coaches as the team’s outstanding offensive player. Safety Jerry Gray was chosen as the top defensive player. Asked if choosing Dodge as the most valuable offensive player might cause people to “draw the inference” that Dodge should be the starter against Houston, Akers told his weekly news conference, “Probably. But that doesn’t affect what we do one bit.” Akers acknowledged that Moerschell, who became the starter when Dodge got hurt in preseason, “was having some problems, a little off-target throwing” against Tech. But Akers said “this is one of the traps of being a quarterback. Everything that doesn’t work is your fault.”Sports Playoffs almost set Smithson Valley’s bi-district volleyball match is set, but Canyon’s is still up in the air, just two days before the match. The Rangerettes, the undefeated champions of District 27-3A, will play District 26-3A runner-up Boling Thursday. The match will be at Bee County College in Beeville at 7:30 p.m. Admission for the match is $2 for adults and $1 for children. Smithson Valley, 22-10 on the season, lost only one game in district play — and that was in the first match. The Cougarettes, 18-10 on the season after a 5-3 district record, will know who they play Wednesday. South San West and Uvalde are playing for the District 14-4A title tonight in Hondo, and the loser will meet Canyon Coach Donna Boehle tomorrow at IO a.m. to pick a playoff site. The playoff game will be Thursday. If South San West is the team, the match will probably be somewhere in San Antonio, Boehle said. If Uvalde loses tonight’s match, the teams may meet in Hondo. Canyon has a warm-up game with San Antonio Marshall tonight at 5:30 p.m. Hirald-Ztltung Tuesday, November 1,1983    5 Pro football pioneer Halas ends era with death at 88 Comal County Players of the week COVINGTON SYAMKEN EDWARDS PREISS Escort Service leads CHS to victory over Lockhart By DAVID KING Sports editor They’re called the Escort Sen ice. and so far this season they've escorted the Can)on Cougars to six victories in eight games. Canyon guards Gary Edwards and Scott Pretss, called the Escort Service by teaimnates, have done “just a super job,’’ for the Cougars all season. Canyon Coach Troy Burch said. They’ve done a super job. particular!) getting out and leading our sweep and bootleg plays,” Burch said And for their performances in last week’s 24-0 victory over Ixx khart. Edwards and Pretss are the Comal County offensive players of the week On defense, Canyon’s Scott Syumken was the leader of a Cougar defense that allowed I Lockhart only IO first downs and 211 yards of total offense, and he is the defensive player of the week. Syamken blocked a field goal attempt and teamed with Canyon’s other defensive tackle. (Carlie Muenich, to stop a crucial fourth-down play. “Overall, he had an excellent ballgame,” Burch noted Syamken is a 6-2.216-pound junior. Making the honorable mention list on offense was Canyon receiver Kelly Covington and Smithson Valley running back Darren Gray. Covington has caught touchdown passes in Canyon’s last three games, including the game-winner two weeks ago against Hays. For the season, the senior has caught nine passes for 256 yards and three touchdowns. Kelly has been making the big plays for us lately,” Burch noted. “Against Hays he had the winning points, and this week he scored the one that put the game away. “He’s been blocking well too. When we run the double tight end formations, he's the second tight end, and he's done well blocking there ” Gray, once again, had an outstanding night offensively rn the Rangers' loss to Boerne The senior gained 149 yards on 22 carries and scored Smithson Valley's touchdown on a 52-yard pass from quarterback Jeff Hastings. "Even when we get whipped like that, Darren stands out," Rangers Coach Stan Irvine said after the game He’s always going to get that IOO yards rushing and do a few other things for us, too." CHICAGO (AP) — “Papa Bear” George Halas, owner of the Chicago Bears and last survivor of the pioneering group that founded modern professional football in a Canton, Ohio, auto showroom, has died at the age of 88. Halas, whose teams won eight national championships and produced 20 members of pro football's Hall of Fame over a career that spanned seven decades, died Monday in his apartment on Chicago’s North Side, family members said. His daughter. Virginia Halas McCaskey, was at his bedside when he died, his grandson, Rich McCaskey, said. Halas' death prompted an outpouring of tributes from former players, coaches and others who remembered his contributions to the game and his feisty, driving personality. “George Halas leaves modern professional football as his memorial,” said Commissioner Pete Rozelle. "He was the National Football league — its founder, the driving force that sustained it during struggling pioneer years, the owner-coach-innovator whose dynamic Bear teams triggered public acceptance of the NFL and the revered elder statesman whose vision and vitality were pivotal in the league’s growth.” “I think the biggest quality Coach Halas had was he was a very inspirational guy,” added current Bears Coach Mike Ditka, whose often-stormy career as a player under Halas spanned six seasons and included the team's last championship, in 1963. “His talks at halftime — I wish that I had taped a few of them so that I could use them.” Ditka said. “They were unbelievable. No matter what had happened in the first half, he could make you feel like you could do anything when you went back out the door. You may not be able to do it, but you thought you could.” Halas was the last survivor of 12 men who met in 1920 at a Canton, Ohio, automobile agency to establish the American Professional Football Association, forerunner of the National Football league. On his 82nd birthday, Halas said: “It has been the most priceless privilege of my professional life to see our dreams come true and to watch our ugly duckling grow up to be a magnificent eagle.” He acknowledged that he "never thought it would be this big." In 1925 Halas arranged the signing of legendary Illinois running back Red Grange, “The Galloping Ghost,” for $100,000. On Thanksgiving Day that year, Grange made his debut, drawing 36,000 fans to Wrigley Field. During the next four decades, Halas led his “Monsters of the Midway" to more victories than any other coach — college or professional — has ever won. Hauler won't see Leonard An analysis By ED SCHUYLER JR AP Sports Writer When Marvelous Marvin Hagler defends the world middleweight championship next week against Roberto Duran, he will realize the big-money, big-attention fight he thought he had lost when Sugar Ray leonard retired last year because of a detached retina. Hagler isn t entirely satisfied. "I’m still hoping to bring Leonard out of retirement," said the champion. "He’s lust sitting on the sidelines and seeing what happens. “I want to keep the fire under him.” There almost certainly will be speculation about (jeopard coming out of retirement to fight the winner of the Hagler-Duran match. But Leonard has said repeatedly he will not fight again, and there is no reason to believe he will change his mind. The former undisputed welterweight champion doesn’t need the money and he doesn't need the attention because, unlike most retired boxing champions, he has remained a public figure. leonard has remained tied to boxing as a commentator for CBS and HBI), and because of this, his opinions on fights and fighters are current. Recently, he was asked to talk about the Hagler-Duran fight Nov. IO at I^as Vegas, Nev., where I^eonard scored his last great triumph, stopping Thomas Hearns in the 14th round for the the undisputed welterweight championship Sept. 16,1981. “Duran’s strength now is that he is a champion again,” said leonard. “He’s not the guy who walked away. He’s redeemed himself." Pulling away No. I Cornhuskers gain on No. 2 Texas By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Nebraska Cornhuskers, off another lopsided victor), this time over Big Eight foe Kansas State, widened their lead over second-place Texas in the Associated Press college football poll The Cornhuskers polled 57 of 59 first-place votes and 1,178 of a possible 1,180 points from a nationwide panel of sports writers and sportsc asters Texas, which defeated Texas Tech, received the oilier two first-place voles and 1,123 points. I .ast week, with 58 voters participating, Nebraska had 54 first-place votes, while Texas received four Behind the two unbeaten powers, who have held down first-and second place for seven straight weeks, there was a lot of movement, though the 20 learns remained the same as last week. Auburn moved up one spot to third with 1,048 points after stopping Florida 28-21, while Georgia, a 36-14 winner over Tena ha Iov t*ant* (aam tUOlbaM poi *Mt*< ic* mwmi itondi and > m lh# A Min >*tr<1 PIM* *»*! piaca vole* paten .0 19 IS 17 16 IS 14 13 I? 11 P rn rn <3 u 32 1 I \eb«***a <S7> SOO 1.178 2 ItiM (21 700 I 123 3 Auburn 7 10 I 048 4 Geoigid 701 9S4 S Mum. Ila 810 SS2 § UtMUI 7 IO S96 I Wtiyimd 7 I 0 784 8 So Methodist 610 TSO ? FIO)Ute 61 I 676 10 Hunt Cofound 7 I 0 620 11 OU (anorn* 62 0 S26 12 Bngbam Young 7 1 0 446 ll Mm.fug*) 620 404 14 Ohio Stat* 6 20 396 IS (OM# 620 391 16 Bolton Cottage 6 IO 326 17 1Au*t Vngm I* 620 213 18 Ftotia Dania 620 179 19 Alabama S20 171 20 WaUungton 620 128 pie, advanced from sixth to fourth with 954 points. That sets up a key Southeastern Conference game Nov. 12 when Auburn travels to Georgia Miami of Florida also jumped two spots to fifth after knocking off West Virginia, while Illinois, a 16-6 winner over Big Ten foe Michigan, moved up three places to sixth The victory made Illinois a strong favorite for the Big Ten berth in the Rose Bowl. Maryland’s victory' over North Carolina moved the Terrapins from 13th to seventh, while North Carolina fell from third to 10th Southern Methodist is eighth this week, up two spots, while Florida held on to its No. 9 ranking The second IO consists of, in order, Oklahoma, Brigham Young, Michigan, Ohio State, Iowa, Boston College, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Alabama and Washington. l.ast week, it was Washington, West Virginia, Maryland, Oklahoma, BYU, Ohio State, Iowa and Alabama, with Boston College and Notre Dame tied for 19th Crucial kick erases Charger rally Moseley comes through, 'Skins win SAN DIEGO (AP) — For a few anxious minutes, Mark Moseley knew what it felt like to be in Ned O’Donoghue’s shoes. After missing four field goals rn Monday night’s game against San Diego, Moseley was fighting a case of nerves when he lined up for what he called “the hardest field goal I ever had to kick in my career. “I was over there an the sidelines praying to get another chance,” said Moseley, a veteran of 12 National Football League seasons. His 37-yard field goal with four seconds left produced a 27-24 victory over the Chargers and helped Moseley, 35, conquer a confidence crisis that traced back to a key miss two weeks ago. A year ago, he was near-perfect for the Super Bowl champion Redskins, hitting 20 of 21 field goals for an all-time NFL accuracy mark. Over two seasons, he had made 23 consecutive kicks, another NFL record. But Monday night he was near the breaking point. “I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t say I was thinking about the four misses,” said Moseley, who had failed from 43,52,47 and 39 yards. He also had made a 43-yarder Tile winning kick “felt like I had a 1,000 pounds taken off my shoulders,” a relieved Moseley told reporters. “It’s been a mental struggle all year. Tonight was the turning point of my career.” It was the third consecutive week that a field goal kicker determined the outcome d the Monday night NFL game In laid week’s 20-20 tie between St. Louis and the New York Giants, the Cardinals’ O’Donoghue missed three field goal attempts in the overtime period. Two weeks ago Moseley missed a 39-yarder as time ran out, allowing the Green Bay Packers to preserve a 48-47 victory on Jan Stenerud’s 20-yard field goal with 54 seconds left. With the victory, Washington improved its record to 7-2 in the NFC East, a game behind the 8-1 Dallas Cowboys. San Chego slipped to 3-6 and has a three-game losing streak, its longest in five years under Coach Don Coryell. Moseley’s kick erased a dramatic comeback by the Chargers, who trailed 24-7 early in the fourth quarter and tied it at 24-24 with 1:52 remaining on a 43-yard field goal by Rolf Benirschke. Cougar cut Canyon's Glenn Nemec heads upfield on a sweep play last week against the Lockhart Lions in Lockhart. Canyon meets Gonzales a» home this week, while Smithson Valley closes out its season at home against Cole and New Braunfels goes to Fredericksburg. Staff photo b y John Af Smile/ ;