New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 21, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, November 21,1991Unicorns prepare to face powerful Rams
By JOE BELK Sports Editor
New Braunfels Coach Lew Simmonds sees a fundamental difference between the Unicorns and the Marshall Rams which they will face at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday in the arca playoffs at Alamo Stadium.
“They arc more great athletes and good athletes than they arc a great team, whereas we are an excellent team without the great athletes,” he said. “I think that’s the difference.”
That doesn’t change the fact, he said, that Marshall is the toughest opponent the Unicorns have faced.
“It’s our biggest challenge so far. They're probably the team to beat in the region,” he said. “They’ve got size, weight, speed, quickness, skill. The only thing they don’t have is I don’t think they play hard all the time.
‘‘But they do have a very, very talented football team. And when they do (play hard), they arc double tough.”
Simmonds said the Rams defense is exceptional, with four players who arc being courted by Division I schools and several underclassmen who could be top college prospects in Suture years.
“There’s not a weak one defensively. There arc no weak links wcx:an sec,” he said. “We’ve got to show them multiple looks, some misdirection, and just hope we can keep moving the chains.
“Their front seven are so good that their back four just back up and don’t let you score. To score a couple of times against Marshall, you know you’ve done something — because jusi don’t allow it.”
..'cpi for a 38-14 loss to Taft in a game that was virtually meaningless to Marshall and crucial to Taft, the Rams have shut out two powerful opponents in their last three games.
Marshall blanked Clark in Week 9 before the Taft setback, then held Sam Houston scoreless in bidi strict last week.
Defensively, the Unicorns know they will have to do something different to slow down the Ram offense.
“We can not sit th^rc with anything we do that would be considered regular, and expect to hRw* success againsr them,” Simmonds said.
The Marshall offense is centered around tailback Anthony Holmes — when he missed a few games with an injury, the team completely changed its offensive formation.
The injury to Holmes cost him a chance at the state 5A rushing title, and it prevented the then-state ranked Rams at a good opportunity for an
Probable starting lineups tor New Braunfels vs. John Marshall
SE—Dennis Bryan (Sr, 140); LT—Matt Pusatori (Sr. 215); LG—Todd Racing (Jr, 205); C—David Walter (Sr. 185); BG—Chris leasman (Sr. 200); RT—Tito Robledo (Jr. 222); TE—Jonathan Edter (Sr. 192); WB— James Sargent (Jr. 140); OB—Michael Sierra (Soph, 135); FB—Shawn Benbrook (Jr, 190); TB—Jacob Leos (Sr. 160).
NG—Sammy Gutierrez (Jr. 180); DT— Matt Pusaterl (Sr, 215); DT—Todd Robinson
(Sr. 200); OLS—Eric Lieke (Jr. 170); OIB— Dustin Simons (Jr. 180); ILB—Shawn Juries (Jr. 188); ILB—Jason Turner (Sr, 170); CB— James Sargent (Jr. 140); CB—Dennis Bryan (Sr. 140); SS—Daniel Cantu (Sr. 160); FS— Andrew Juarez (Sr. 150).
TE—Jason Campbell (Sr. 195); LT—Zac Cravens (Sr. 245); LG—Marie Frown (Sr. 205); C—Luke Harms (Soph, 1**5); RG— Doug Wilson (Sr. 215), RT—Tommy Jaramil-lo (Sr. 235); TE—Kart Hoffman (Sr. 235); WB—Curtis Ormond (Jr, 170) or Jason Cox (Sr. 175); OB—David Sam mon (Sr. 155) or Marc Saldana (Sr. 170). FB—Carlos Reza (Jr. 212); TB—Anthony Holmes (Sr. 170) DEFENSE
DE—Nelukwe Kaki (Jr. 205); DT—Mike Mazur (Jr. 210); DT—Carl Junek (Sr. 270); DE—Crague Canian (Sr. 220), OLB—Sean Noster (Jr. 210); OLB—Howard Short (Jr. 200); MLB—John Robinson (Soph. 180); CB—Will Flowers (Jr. 175); SS—Mike Gann (Sr. 180); FS—Marc Futschik (Sr. 200); CB— Todd Siebert (Sr. 180).
undefeated regular season.
“Holmes is the best in the region. There’s no question about that,’’ Simmonds said. “They’re going to give him the ball — I would, too.”
He said the senior’s best play is forcing the defender to protect ihc outside, and then cutting hack inside for a big gain.
Holmes combines speed and tackle-breaking ability, Simmonds said, and is unquestionably the heart of the team’s offense.
“You know what you’ve got to do. You’ve got, to stop Holmes, period.” he said. “If you can’t do that. you’re whole game plan is shot.”
Holmes runs behind e strong
offensive line which Simmonds called ideally-sized.
The tackles arc in the 235-245 range, the guards around 2IO and the sophomore center 195.
The standout running back also receives effective blocking from two capable tight ends and lead-blocking fullback Carlos Reza
“He’s a lough kid. They give it to him quite often,” Simmonds said of Rcza
Joseph Edler (#81) and Jermaine Heard (#10) bring down a Seguin ballcarrier during the Unicorns’ regular season finale. The team remains alive in the 5A playoffs, facing Region IV favorite Marshall in the area round on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Alamo Stadium. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
“You couldn’t have a better fullback in front of Holmes. He’s a pretty impressive fullback when you’ve got a great running back.”
The passing game is almost nonexistent, with the team throwing just once against Sam Houston despite the Cherokees’ plan to stack the line of scrimmage and tempt the pass.
The Rams also make it difficult to throw on them, with a first-rate secondary.
One of Marshall’s two losses was when the team was without three starters in the defensive backfield for disciplinary reasons.
Cornerback Todd Sicbcrt doubled at running hack in Holmes’ absence, and also is a key special teams player for Marshall.
“He had two or three interceptions against Sam Houston,” Simmonds said. “He docs everything for them. He’s a very talented player.”
“They can't play any harder than they did last week, but I just know they ’re going to play as hard.’’
NB Coach Lew Simmonds
He said New Braunfels wasn’t worried too much about being outsized up front, as that has become second-nature for the Unicorns on both offence and defense.
“They’ve got outsized at cvqry position, but that’s nothing new,” he said.
“Our kids have just grown to expect that.”
The Unicorns got to the area round by defeating Lee last week, the first playoff win for New Braunfels since 1986.
Simmonds attributed that to outstanding and enthusiastic play on the pan of the Unicorns, along with a
strong game plan and savvy adjustments by the assistant coaches.
“I can’t say enough about how extremely proud I am of the job our coaching staff has done,” Simmonds said. ,
The varsity assistants arc defensive coordinator Donald Cann, offensive line coach Boh Baker, receivers coach Ric Jacob, defensive line coach John Vogt and secondary coach Bruce MeConaghy.
After the dramatic playoff victory last week, Simmonds said he was happy to he in a position to play Marshall.
“We’re just glad to he here. We’reSV stops Memorial; Dement wins debutRangers survive Minutemen rally in victorious season opener
By JOE BELK Sports Editor
Alter having success with a pressure deiense lur myrt thai: three quarters. Smithson Valley Coach Steve Demen; was gutti his team only had to play ii for four
“I'm glad we don’t play five quarters,’ Demem joked after the game in which the Rangers won 52-48 despite a late Memorial rally.
The Rangers limned Memorial to 25 points through three quarters in Dement s head coaching debut, but had to hold off the Minutemen during a 23-poini fourth by the visitors.Smithson Valley secured a victory for Dement in his firs! outing as Uh varsity coach alter moving up front the JV last year.
•Til take it,” he said. “I’ll take as many lour-porni wins as they warn to give mc ”
He said dun Memorial’s comeback attempt was largely due to fatigue on Ute pan of the Rangers.
The Minutemen’! small forward, Elias Martinez, had 11 fourth-quarter points — most of which came alter beating the Smithson Valley press mal had been effective up until dial poilu.
“We were showing our lack of conditioning a little bu toward die end.” Dement said “J want to play dial trap and add odier daps — I think we've got a better chance to be competitive by going alter (opponents) instead of wailing for something to Happen
“Early on, it looked real good ll you play dial kind of deiense, you've got to be in real good shape TIK- condi lion mg’s going to comr Wltai I was most pleased about was thai the cl Ion was there.”
The Rangers look a 48 35 lead on Rhil Mincemoyer's jump shot with three minutes remaining rn die game
Martinez bien scored un consecutive last breaks, gelling behind lite defenders to convert outlet passes for uncontested baskets
brian Johnson’s turnaround shot from a Jason Long assist put Smithson Valley ahead by 11 points, with appl oui untidy two minutes left.
Smithson Valley maintained an el fecit vc lead, scoring us final points un an open court dunk by M incemoyer to give the Rangers a 52-43 advantage with five seconds remaining in Ute game
A technical for hanging on die run was called
E Martinez 8 2 7 19 Aguvre 4 2 3 IO. Batts 4 2-5 IO Can tu I 2-3 4. L Marine/ 0 3-4 3. Cantu 10 12. Tovar 0 OO 0. Arguero 0 0-0 0 Totals Ii 11 -23 46.
SMITHSON VALLEY (52)
Mmcamoyer 2 0-0 4. Buatner 3 OO 6. Church 5 OO IO. Herring 51-1 12. Long 2 0-0 4, Johnson 31 -2 7. Titer 1 0 2 2. Jonas I 0-02, Garrison 1 1-2 3, Kan*> 1 0-02, Camay OOO 0. Moreno0OOO. Little0OOO Totals 243-7 52 Memorial • 7 10 23 — 46
Smithson Valley 13 7 ll 14 — 52
Fouled oui Chur cli Total touts Memorial 13, Smithson Valley 17 Technical tout Mmcemoyer Three-point goals Herring. E Martinez
on the play, and Memorial's Ruben Cantu hit both shots
Marline/ then hit a three-pointer at the buzzer lur die final 52-48 margin.
Dement said he was extremely pleased with the cf ion, although die final score was close
"I was really flappy with what I saw The score does not indicate the number of good things we did,” fie said ”1 saw a fleck of a lot more positive stuff dian I did negative.”'
Sun bison Valley started the game widi a 13-2 run, with Oaten Church scoring six points and Damon Roamer adding four and lour rebounds in the early minutes Church's pullback gave die Rangers their 13-2 lead widi approximately direr minutes left in the first.
Memorial bien ran oil a 10-0 spun during die next five minutes, with die majority of die points coming off die offensive glass.
Elias Marline/’ short jumper pulled the Minutemen to within one point at 13-12.Smidison Valley center Brian Johnson broke die run with an offensive rebound and basket al die 6:09 mark of die second
The Minutemen once again narrowed the' lead to one on Mark Aguirre’s po (.back, but Ranger point guard Jon Herring gave die home team some breathing room widi a duce-point play.
Jason iAing added die final basket of the flail wi bi more titan two minuses lei I, by convening a Will Jones pass rn transition The Range!s field Memorial to one point after dial, taking a 20*15 lead at die lull.
Smithson Valley’s most prolific quarter was the third, with the lean) outscoring Memorial 18-10.
Herring’s fast-brcak basket from a Minccmoyer steal opened the quarter, and the Rangers never looked back.
Church gave the team a double-digit lead ai 28-18 by recovering a loose ball after Herring’s steal and taking ii all the way .Rodney Garrison’s basket gave Smithson Valley its largest lead at 36-21, with 1:41 remaining in the third.
The leant would lead by 15 points on duce later occasions, the last being Long’s tip-in of a free throw miss with four minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Dement said die team will have lo learn how to maintain and extend such leads, as Memorial stayed in the game with its two primary scoring runs — one in the hr st flail and the other in die final minutes.
“You've got to put them away — you can’t relax,” fie said. “When you get a lead like dial is when you have to intensify your efforts. We’ve got to learn how to do dial And we will we’re still a pretty young team ”
He said die team s offense will progiess, as die defensive effort forced fatigue into die equation in die season opener.
“The defense sets die tone for every dung else we do. ’ ’ fie said
“We need lo move more (on offense). Bul die defense wit take away (loin Ur* offense early on, because we’re getting Hied.”
On ilk’ wltoic, however, Dement said bk* game was a positive first outing.
“I’m real flappy with bk* way dungs went,'' fie said “The focus was pretty good, die hustle pan was excellent.
“Time will tell if we’re capable of doing dos (pressure; against somebody teal good. I dunk we can. And I dunk die kids like it. J just told diem to get af ter ii — dial’s all I told diem They did a real good job ”
He said that while improvements aced lo be made iii aicas sud) as rebounding, the effort shown in Wednesday’s contest will help bk- team in any game
“My main dung is I just want diem to go out dane, give bien best effort and have souk fun,” Dement said “lf they do thai, I think we'll be competitive,”Cougarettes’ game at Boerne now 4:30
The Canyon girls basketball game on Friday at Boerne has been moved up, with the times changing to earlier in the afternoon.
The varsity game, originally set for 7:30 p.m., will be at 4:30 p.m. at the Boerne gym.
The JV game will be at 3 p.rn.The game was moved because of Boerne’! football playoff game on Friday against District 26-4A champion Clemens, which it set for 7:30
p.m. at San Antonio’s Northside Stadium.
In other Friday games involving local basketball teams, the Canyon boys host Kennedy, Smithson Valley hosts Dripping Springs, and the Smithson Valley girls go to Tivy.
New Braunfels' girls will compete in the Seguin tournament Friday and Saturday, while the Unicorn boys open their season on Saturday at Round Rock Westwood.
just glad to be playing for this game,” he said. “We couldn’t have written a script for our first year (that would) have turned out any better. If Kyle (Herman) was full-spced, it would be perfect.”
Herman, the team’s leading rusher, was injured during district play after a strong season with more than 700 yards.
After a loss to McCollum in his absence, the team has played well winning the District 25-5A championship and then the bidistrict game.
Simmonds said the Unicorns were extremely excited and emotional in the Lee game, and he doesn’t expect that to change this week.
“We’re not going to have any letdown,” he said.
“They can’t play any harder thai! they did last week, but I just know they’re going to play as hard.”Kart club races Sunday
The Hill Country Kart Club is hosting an Enduro race on Sunday, beginning at 2 p m at the New Biaunfels track
It will be a one-hour race for experts and a 15minute race for juniors.
Last year's seniors winner
completed 134 laps in an hour.
Admission is free for the event, which will Ik* held at the facility on Loop 337 west of IH-35 (use the Ruckle Road exit).
In the HCKC”s Nov. IO races, A fain Kelley won die 32 sec. junior bracket, with Trey Lively placing second
Josh Euighaiii won the junior Sportsman category, followed by John MutJi
ilk' restricted junior class was won by Alex Duax, with Chad Fairish placing second
Rogei Kelly was the Expert I winner, widi Anthony He ye placing second and Dan Sueck finishing thud.
Robert Jacuman won die Expert 2 category, followed by runner-up David Moffill arid third place winner Glen Harvey.
Hie Expert 3 division was won by
George Cigarroa, with Michael Heffcl finishing second and John Hernandez durd.
Jim Harrison won the Yamaha Heavy competition, as Coy Dayton placed second and Derek hasty durd.