New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
League announces schedule, Page 7A
Rangers nip Cougars, 68-63
By TOM LABINSKI Staff writer
Led by Paul Pharris’ 27 points, Smithson Valley opened up a large halftime lead and held on to defeat Canyon 68-63 in the opening basketball game for both teams Monday night.
Following a tight first quarter, the Rangers exploded for 33 second-quarter points to take a 47-24 halftime lead.
The second half was a different ballgame, with the Cougars narrowing the gap to a 66-61 deficit with less than a minute to play.
“The kids did great,” said Ranger Coach Roger Kraft. “The whole team did a good job. They did basically what I asked them to do, even in the second half.”
The difference in the two halves was the Rangers' use of the full-court press, which held Canyon to ll first quarter points and resulted in many Cougar turnovers.
Canyon Coach David Taylor said he wasn't surprised to see Smithson Valley go to the press early.
“We knew it was coming. I was just surprised that we didn t handle it better than we did. You've got to give them (the Rangers) credit, they played very well,” he said.
Kraft took the blame for Smithson Valley's decline in the second half.
“I take responsibility for it. We had them down by 23 points and I just thought it was time to call off the press. We just need to learn to keep playing when we get that far ahead. That’s not saying Canyon wouldn't have come back anyway, but we just lost our intensity,” he said.
Taylor said he was happy with the Cougars' comeback. “They did a good job of making it as close as it was. I still think our kids can win, but they need to realize we have to execute the dungs we’ve done in practice during the game,’ he said.
Pharris opened the scoring with aStatistics
Curtis Johnson 8 4 6 20, Troy Moss 3 12 7, Rodney Hansen 7 6 9 20, Pete Huegele 3 2 2 8, David Hays 3 2 5 8 Paul Hutchinson 0 O O 0 Totals 24 15 24 63 SMITHSON VALLEY (68)
Mike Irvine 1 O O 2, Rolando Trevino 5 8 10 18, Ray Reyes 2 OO 4, Paul Pharris 10 7 10 27, Fernando Trevino 6 O O 12, Ray Sanders 1 2 4 4, Chris Lehman 0 I 5 I. Totals 25 18 29 68 Canyon 11 13 17 22 63
Smithson Valley 14 33 13 8 68
Fouled out Huegele Total fouls Canyon 16, SV 21 Technical Canyon bench
15-foot jump shot, giving the Rangers the lead they never lost.
Smithson Valley’s Fernando Trevino had five of his 18 points in the first quarter, pacing the Rangers to a 14-11 at the end of the first eight minutes.
Smithson Valley’s offense poured it on in the second quarter, with Trevino accounting for eight of his 12 points in the second frame.
The Rangers' defense also looked good, forcing seven second-quarter turnovers and keeping Canyon from running its plays.
“We didn’t run one offensive play in the whole first half,” Taylor said. “They just came out and beat us.”
Smithson Valley extended its lead to 53-28 in the third quarter before the Cougars made their second half rally.
Led by Rodney Hansen and Pete Huegele, the Cougars cut the deficit to 57-39.
Hansen had 15 of his team-leading 20 points in the second half.
Two layups by Curtis Johnson and one by Troy Moss got Canyon off to a fast start in the fourth quarter, trimmimg the Ranger lead to 60-47.
A layup by Hansen and a jumper by Moss with 45 seconds to play put the score at 66-61, as close as Canyon would get.H»rald-Zeituitf
Tuesday, November 20,1984 6A
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A halfhour after the game, Derland Moore was still in full uniform, sitting at his locker in the clamorous New Orleans Saints dressing room savoring his team’s first Monday victory ever.
“I’m afraid to take it off,” said the 12-year National Football League veteran. “I’m afraid 1 11 wake up and find out it’s all a dream.
“I’ve been through more of them that anybody. It was a long time coming.”
New Orleans beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24 for the first Monday victor) in the 18-year history of the franchise. They were 0-7 in prime time going into the game.
Moore said he knew the Saints were going to win — no question about it.
“It was the darndest feeling I've ever had on the sidelines. We just knew we were going to win.” said the veteran nose tackle.
“As the game went on. we just got better and better."
Quarterback Richard Todd, who provided most of the Saints’ offense, credited the defense for the victory.
“We had good field good position most of the game,” he said. “They kept getting us the ball in good position. We didn’t always do anything with it. but they just kept getting us the ball.’’
Todd threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns, hitting 18 of 31 attempts and getting two picked off by Steele!* cornerback Dwayne Woodruff. He was also sacked six times.
The Steelers scored on a 76-yard punt return by louis lapps and a 14-yard pass from Mark Malone to John Stallworth in the second quarter, a 21-yard field goal by Gary Anderson early in the fourth quarter and a 25-yard pass from Scott Campbell to lapps with 1:17 loft in the game.
But the Saints kept coming up with big defensive plays. Linebacker Rickey Jackson forced two fumbles and constantly harried Steeler quarterbacks into throwing early and off balance.
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Smithson Valley's Paul Pharris attempts to block a shot by Canyon's David HaysNB to be shorthanded
For the first part of the 1984-85 schedule, the New Braunfels Unicorns will be the most inexperienced experienced team around.
Coach Cliff Wilkins returns six lettermen and three starters from last year’s team, but two of those lettermen — Victor Sierra and Kenan Ikels — will be involved with the football playoffs at least through this week. Two other players from last year’s junior varsity — Damon Millett and Barry Baker — are also still on the football team.
But the lack of manpower won’t make the Unicorns a pushover during their tough non-district schedule, which begins tonight with a trip to Gonzales.
“I’ve always thought that the better the competition you play in non-district, the better you play in district,” Wilkins said. “We’re trying to peak at the start of district this year.
“Our pre-season schedule reads like a who’s who of basketball in this area — we play Clemens twice, and
New Braunfels boys
they’re the favorite to go to the state tournament from this region; we play Alamo Heights, and they’re in the top 30 in the state. Seguin will be very strong in their 5A district, and San Marcos is a 5A school, too.
“Our schedule is tough, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
For the present, the Unicorns will be led by returning starters Tilo Schmidt, a 6-4*2 junior, and David Caddell, a 5-11 senior. Schmidt, who has added muscle and bulk this year, was an all-district choice last season, and he led the team in scoring in non-district games.
Also back from last year’s team are Mike Wofford and Bill Fox, who played with the varsity early in the season and at the end of district play.
Coming up from the junior varsity are Alan Walker, Claude Porterie,
Marty Espinosa and Adam Havens. Juniors Terry Thomas and Pat Gilbert will also play with the varsity early in the season, Wilkins said.
**Tilo should be an outstanding player for us, and David Caddell should have a good season,” Wilkins said. “Victor Sierra will be the quarterback of our team, just like he is in football. He’ll play tile point guard.”
Sierra was one of the top players in a'summer league in San Antonio, a league that featured several other local players as well as the best sophomores and juniors from San Antonio.
• New Braunfels will once again play an aggressive man-to-man defense this year, with some variations for presses. Wilkins hopes that good defense will set up a fast-break offense.
“We’d like to push the ball up the court and run the fast break as often as we can,” Wilkins said. “And any time you’re a fast-break team, you have to depend on defense. That’s
where we’re spending the majority of our tune.”
Here is the New Braunfels Unicorns’ tcheudle for 1984 85 When three times are listed freshmen, junior varsity and varsity game times are included
Date Opponent Time
Nov 20 at Gonzales 5 6 30 8
Nov. 27 San Marcos 56 30 8
Nov 29 Dec 1 Gonzales tournament
Dec 4 Seguin 6 7 30
Dec 6 8 Hays tournament
Dec ll Alamo Heights 6 7 30
Dec 13 15 Boerne tournament
Dec 18 Westlake 5 6 30 8
Dec 20 at Clemens 6 7 30
Dec 28 at San Marcos 5 6 30 8
* Jan 3 Clemens 5 p m
Jan 4 at Alamo Heights 5 45 7 30
Jan 8 Gonzales 5 6 30 8
Jan 15 Kerrville Tivy 5 6 30 8
Jan 18 at Fredencskbuig 5 6 30 8
Jan 22 Hays 5 6 308
Jan 25 at Lockhart 5 6 30 8
Jan 29 Canyon 5 8
Feb I at Kerrville Tivy 5 6 30 8
Feb 5 Fredencskburg 5 6 30 8
Feb 8 at Hays 5 6 30 8
Feb 12 Lockhart 5 6 308
Feb 15 at Canyon 5 6 30 8
Canyon's 24 6 win over Fredericksburg clinched the District 13 4A championship for the first ime in the school's history. It was also the first time the Cougars have beaten the Billies . . Ronnie Rittimann's 16 7 yards-per carry average agmst Fredericksburg was helped considerably by runs of 76 and 42 yards Even with those long runs, Rittimann's only score carne on a I yard plunge The 7fryard run came at a good time for the Cougars, as they were facing first and 30 from their own 19 yard line Randy Schung and Bret Cappleman each had their second interceptions of the year. Schur.g's pickoff led to the Cougars winning touchdown in the second quarter ... The Cougars played like themselves in the second and third quarters. In the first quarter, Fredericksburg was able to
sustain long drives The Billies had the ball for 6 41 in the first quarter and 8 26 in the fourth . . . Canyon will play Alamo Heights at 7 30 p.m. Friday in Northside Stadium. The Cougars have already met the Mules this season, defeating Aamo Heights 27 7 on Oct.5 Coach Troy Burch said the Mules are not the same team they played six weeks ago. "They are much improved It will be up to the coaching staff and the players to get the team mentally prepared to face them again," he said
As far as the New Braunfels coaches could remember,
the Unicorns have never gained 600 yards of offense in one game That probably doesn't include the Weldon Bynum teams of the late 1940's, though Nobody could remember the Unicorns ever holding a 34-0 halftime lead, either. . .Steven Millett's romps - 177 yards on 10 carries
— boosted his district rushing average to 9 81 yards a carry. He's also scored 11 touchdowns in district play Bobby Tristan missed three extra points Friday night, but he got a second chance on the third and converted it. He also made up for the misses by catching a 47-yard touchdown pass that barely cleared a leaping Hays defender Tristan also did not punt Friday night, keeping a 42 yard per punt average in district. Quarterback Victor Sierra completed his first six passes, including two for touchdowns . .Sierra's two kickoffs weren't as pretty, with the first shanking off to the left out of bounds
Sunday's meeting of Class 4A playoff teams re-realigned the playoffs, so they're back on schedule. Belton and Taylor will play Wednesday, with the winner playing its bidistrict game Monday.
Comal County Players of the week
* A X* RITTIMANN
Fast finishes earn mention on offense
By DAVID KING Sports editor
Steven Millett and Ronnie Rittunann finished up the regular season like houses afire last week.
Millett, New Braunfels’ fast-finishing tailback, gained 177 yards on only six carries, caught two passes for 54 yards and scored four touchdowns as the Unicorns beat Hays 55-21.
And Rittimann, Canyon’s quarterback, made the big plays when the Cougars needed them against Fredericksburg. He had 167 yards on IO carries, including a touchdown, and completed four of nine passes for 147 yards and a touchdown.
For their performances, Millett and Rittimann and Comal County co-players of the week on offense.
“We felt that he made the big plays when we had to have them to put the game away,” Canyon Coach Troy Burch said of Rittimann, a senior.
Millett, who is also a senior, is averaging 9.8 yards per carry and has scored ll touchdowns in district play.
“I thought he looked good Friday, but he looked even better on film,” New Braunfels Coach Jim Street)' said.
The defensive player of the week is New Braunfels safety Randy Long.
“He played well for us, and he was especially effective on secondary stunts for us,” Streety said. “It was one of his best ballgames, although he’s been pretty steady all year.”
Earning honorable mention on defense were Canyon linebacker Bret Cappleman and strong safety Albert Natal.
On offense, honorable mention goes to New Braunfels quarterback Victor Sierra and the Unicorns’ offensive line.
“Any tune you get over 600 yards of total offense, your offensive line has a lot to do with it,” Streety said.