New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, November 18, 1984 RJA
Canyon grabs District 13-4A title
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Canyon's defense showed its muscle Friday night, as Scott Preiss (left) wraps up Fredericksburg quarterback Todd Enderlin and Armando Paredez and Bobby Reed (right) shut down a Billies runner
Rockets top Spurs, Page 13A
By TOM LABINSKI Staff writer
FREDERICKSBURG — Canyon clinched the undisputed title of District 13-4A for the first time in the school’s history with a convincing, yet sub-par, 24-6 win over Fredricksburg Friday night.
"We wanted that championship, and we got it. It feels real good,” said Canyon Coach Troy Burch.
The Cougars finish district play with an unblemished 5-0 record, 9-1 on the season. Canyon will begin playoff action Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Alamo Heights in Northside Satdium in San Antonio.
The Cougars capitalized on two Billie turnovers in the second quarter to take a 10-0 lead, then used two long second-half drives to score touchdowns and put the game away.
Between scoring drives, Canyon had its problems, losing three fumbles and allowing Fredericksburg to march downfield on drives of 59,63 and 71 yards.
"They drove the football on us more consistently than anyone I can remember,” Burch said. "But anytime you can hold them to six points on this field, you have not played that poorly on defense.”
Although happy to come away with a win, Burch said he was a little concerned with Canyon’s offensive performance.
"I’m a little disappointed because we really weren’t as sharp as we wanted to be. We played well enough to win. but not as well as we could or as well as w e’ll need to play in the playoffs. But we reached out- goal, and now it s time to set some new ones,” he said.
One goal, he said, would be to cut down on the turnovers.
"We did a lot of things to keep them in the game, and that will have to be stopped,” Burch said.
The Cougars may have been looking ahead to the playoffs, and overlooked the Billies, he said. "I guess it was hard for the kids knowing you already have the playoffs wrapped up. But I don’t want to take anything away from Fredericksburg. They played extremely well and have nothing to be ashamed of,” he said.
The Billies threw an early scare into the Cougars, allowing Canyon only one first down before punting on their first drive.
Taking over from their own 4, Fredericksburg gained one first down before also having to punt.
Canyon’s Danny Rodriguez fumbled on the punt return however, and the Billies recovered on their 41 yard line.
l^ed by senior fullback Frank Guynes, Fredericksburg moved down to the Canyon 8 yard line. On fourth and 2, quarterback Drew Hardin was slammed down behind the line of scrimmage by linebacker Bret Cappleman. killing the drive.
Canyon was able to eat up the rest of the quarter and three minutes of the second quarter before its drive stalled at the Billies’ 38-yard line.
. Taking over from its own 20 following a punt that sailed Into the end zone, Fredericksburg handed Canyon its first turnover. After gaining five yards on first down. Guynes
fumbled the ball on second down at die 27, where it was recovered by Scott Wagner for the Cougars.
Cappleman and Rittimann led Canyon down to the 4-vard line before the Billies defense toughened and the Cougars settled for Danny Hernandez’ 25-yard field goal with 7:15 left in the half.
The Billies could hold onto the ball for only two more plays on their next drive, as Canyon's Randy Schurig intercepted Hardin’s third down pass. The junior used a burst of speed to return the ball 22 yards to the F redericksburg 23.
A defensive dipping penalty on Rittimann’s first down run brought the ball down to the 7, and two plays later Cappleman bulled up the middle for a 3-yard touchdown run with 4:31 left in the half.
Guynes’ second fumble of the quarter on the Billies first play from scrimmage gave Canyon the ball on the Fredericksburg 16.
Cappleman ran off tackle for seven yards and Rittimann rolled left for a four yard gam. giving the Cougars
a first-and-goal from the five.
Cappleman made his way through the line of scrimmage before fumbling the ball just short of the end zone. Haul Vudmaska recovered for the Billies, ending Canyon’s scoring threat.
Canyon opened the second half with a 23-yard pass from Rittimann to Rodriguez to put the ball on the Cougar 39.
Wade Jankow ski took the next handoff on a sweep and got to midfield before being tackled. However. Canyon was called on a tripping penalty and Gilbert Natal was called for a personal foul penalty and was ejected from the game
"I guess he said something to the referee,” Burch ‘■aid. “It was a shame, because with a little more poise, we wouldn't have been pushed back sofar.”
The twin penalties moved the ball back to tht Cougar 19.
Facing first down and 30 yards for a first. Rittimann
ran on a I loot leg to the right. Keyed by some good blocks,
the speedy senior raced down the sideline for a 76-yard run before being caught at the Fredericksburg 5 yard line.
Rittimann scored three plays later on a keeper up the middle to make the score 17-0 with 8 48 to play in the third quarter.
Taking possession of the ball with 4:33 left in the quarter two drives later, the Billies moved 63 yards in 17 plays for their only score, led by junior quarterback Todd Enderlin, w ho replaced Hardin on the drive.
Keeping the ball on the ground. Fredericksburg ate up 8:23 on the clock, moving to the C anyon 4 The Billies scored on their only pass of the drive when Enderlin hit tight end Brian Eckert alone in the middle of the end zone fora 4-yard scoring play with 8: IO left in the game.
Fnderlm's pass on the two-point conversion was batted dew n In ( anyon’s Todd Banks to keep the score 17-6
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Unicorns run over Hays,
Sports writer J * 4I — I
LESHE KRIEWALDT HERALD ZEITUNG
New Braunfels' Steven Millett kicks into high gear on his 84 yard scoring run against Hays Friday night
For two seasons — two playoff seasons — the New Braunfels Unicorns have been like big Chevrolets. Solid. Dependable. A little dull.
Friday night, the Unicorns were Ferraris.
New Braunfels scored on plays of 50, 55, 47 and 84 yards, sped to 624 yards of total offense and raced into the end zone on eight of ll possessions to take a 55-21 District 13-4A victory over Hays at Rebel Field.
For the second straight week, the 8-1-1 Unicorns scored on every first-half possession. And for the second straight week, Steven Millett did his best Tony Dorsett impression.
Millett gained 177 yards on six carries — 29.5 yards a carry — and took a swing pass 50 yards for a score as he put 24 points on the scoreboard. The tailback scored on runs of 16,55 and 84 yards.
"Everyone was ready for this one,” Millett said. "We were fired up and ready to get the job done.”
New Braunfels Coach Jim Streety, who was concerned about a letdown because the Unicorns clinched a playoff spot last week, agreed that the team looked ready to polish off Hays and get started with the playoffs.
“We had a good plan on offense,” he said. “Things just fell into place when we came out and mixed things up early: the short passing game, the fullback inside, the option outside. And our offensive line must have done an awesome job. I just can’t picture that kind of yardage.
On the inside game, Kraig Krause muscled his way for 104 yards on eight carries. On the outside, quarterback Victor Sierra carried option plays six times for 107 yards. Millett turned the short passing game into a long passing game when he took a swing pass from Sierra and sprinted 50 yards for a
Getting away from the game plan, Sierra completed a 47-yard rainbow of a pass to Bobby Tristan for yet another score.
"Victor has really started to play with confidence,” Streety said. "That’s probably a big factor in why he’s playing good football right now.”
Millett’s 50-yard pass play gave New Braunfels a 6-0 lead with 9:13
left in the first quarter, and Tristan added the first of five extra points to make it 7-0.
On New Braunfels’ next series, Sierra carried twice on the option play for 49 yards, and Millett waltzed through a Chevrolet-sized hole for the touchdown from 16 yards out with 6 27 left That topped off an 89-yard drive.
Three minutes later, Millett took an option pitch, skidded past three
defenders in the backfield, and outran the defense for a 55-yard score. That carne with 2:58 still left in the first quarter.
The second quarter was more of the same. Sierra hit Tristan with a 47-yard scoring pass to make it 25-0, and Sierra carried an option play in to make it 27-0.
Hays broke through with a 73-yard drive, keyed by the passing of quarterback Matt Dunn. Alan Adair
scored from the I after a pass interference call in the end zone.
But the Unicorns came right back, going 82 yards in nine plays to make it 34-7 at the half. Krause dove in from the I for the score.
New Braunfels fumbled away its first possession of the second half, but got the ball back after Hays had driven to the Unicorn IO. Three
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Canyon will play its first football playoff game ever Friday at 7:30 p.m., facing Alamo Heights at San Antonio’s Northside Stadium
New Braunfels, meanwhile, va ill play Samuel Clemens at 7:30 pm Friday at San Marcos’ Bobcat Stadium.
Both games are rematches of games from seven weeks ago, as Canyon defeated the 5-6 Mules 27-7 and New Braunfels and 10-0-1 Clemens played to a 21-21 tie. The two teams are both from District 14-4A’s North Zone.
Advance tickets for both games are $4 for adults and $2 for children, with all tickets al the gate costing $4 Tickets will be available at both high schools on Monday and Tuesday until 6 p.in.
Representatives of the 32 teams involved in the ( lass 4A playoffs will meet in Austin to try and straighten out the problems caused by an assortment of injunctions from around the stale
The compromise expected from the meeting will have Taylor, tile winner of the court-ordered game between the Ducks and Westlake, playing Belton on Wednesday in a District 6-4A playoff The winner of that game will then play its bidistrict game on Monday, allowing the entire playoffs to go on as scheduled.
"They’re going to try and get some type of agreement together,” New Braunfels Coach Jim Streety said "They’re going to try and get all the people to back off on their injunctions.”
Bay City officials had gotten a hearing set for Monday on an injunction to force the University Interscholastic league to go through with its original playoff plan, rather than a schedule that would require im off week during the playoffs and push the championship game back to Dec. 29