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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 22, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Saturday, November 22, 2003 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A COMING SUNDAYHerald-Zeitung To have your event publicized, contact David Rupkalvis at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at drupkalvis§ Canyon girls basketball The Cougarettesface Clemens in first home game of the season. Time: 8 p.m. ontoCougars march Smitbson Valley boys basketball    n    Canyon boys basketball Rangers return home to face San Marcos in    P|V    Cougars go on the road to face Marble Falls in nondistrict game.    nondistrict game. Time: 8 p.m.    BJ    Time: 8 p.m. m ‘>,r * regional finals Green runs for 240 yards to lead Canyon over Sam Houston, 28-21 coverage and intercepted a Dennis Daniel pass at the Canyon 10-yard line with 3:20 left in the game. With the win, the Cougars move on to face Mission Sharyland in the regional finals at 8 p.m. Friday in the Alamodome. Sharyland beat Rock-port-Fulton 29-13 Friday. “We come out hard,” Green said after the game. "We do what it takes, and we play hard for four quarters.” After the Cougars stopped a fake punt attempt early in the first quarter, Green gave Canyon an early lead. On second down from the Sam Houston 31, Green evaded a pass rush, cut back across the field and ran untouched for a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. After an exchange of punts, the Hurricanes came to life offensively behind the running of backup quarterback Brian Robinson. With Robinson doing most of the work, the Hurricanes drove 59 yards with Daniel hitting Jarrett Dillard on a 20-yard pass on fourth and IO to tie the score. Green led the Cougars back, running for 59 yards on five carries, including the last 14 for a touchdown in a six-play, 65-yard drive. Bryan Jonas kicked one of his 4 extra points to put Canyon up 14-7 with 10:33 left in the half. Once again, the Hurricanes answered. Sam Houston mixed up its running and passing games and kept the Cougars guessing as the Hurricanes went on a 13-play, 73-yard drive that Daniel capped with a 5-yard touchdown run. The extra point was missed, and Canyon went DAVID INGRAM/Herald/Zeitung Canyon's Robert Skeen (67) and Ryan Odell stop a Sam Houston runner during the Cougars' win Friday at Cougar Stadium. By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor James Green ran for 240 yards and two touchdowns and the Canyon defense made three key stops in the second half to lead the Cougars to a 28-21 victory over Sam Houston in the second round of the Class 4A Division II playoffs Friday at Cougar Stadium. With the Sam Houston defense concentrating on stopping Canyon's power running game, the Cougars turned to Green Friday. The move paid off as Green repeatedly ran up the middle, danced past linebackers and broke big run after big run. The Canyon quarterback had 127 yards in the first half and added 113 more in the second even after the * Hurricanes made moves to stop him. Green also passed for the game-winning touchdown, hitting Jeremy Molinet on a 6-yard pass midway through the fourth quarter. Senior linebacker Ryan Odell made the biggest defensive play in the game when he dropped back in DAVID INGRAM/ Herald-Zeitung Canyon quarterback James Green jumps over two Sam Houston defenders during the Cougars' 28-21 win Friday. Green ran for 240 yards and two touchdowns. into halftime leading 14-13. The Hurricanes opened the second half with a bang, going 80 yards on only six plays with Daniel passing to Marie Anthony for the final 30 and a touchdown. Robert Lee ran in a 2-point conversion and the Hurricanes went up 21-14. Facing a deficit for the first time in the playoffs, Canyon roared back, going on an 8-play, 61-yard drive with Molinet covering the final 7 to tie the game at 21 -21. Green led the drive by running for 53 yards on only four carries. The (Canyon defense that had been battered for the first three quarters came to life not once, but twice on See CANYON Page 6A Canyon girls win pair in tourney By David Rupkalvis Sports Editor The Canyon girls basketball team opened the season Thursday with a pair of wins in the Gonzales Tournament before falling to Forestville Friday. The Cougarettes used a stifling defense in the fourth quarter to beat LaGrange in the opener Thursday and came back to top host Gonzales 62-48. In a winner's bracket game Friday, the Cougarettes fell behind by sue in the first quarter and never could recover, falling to Forestville 45-40. Canyon is now 2-1 on the season and will face Smithsville at 1:30 p.m. today. The Cougarettes used a quick start to jump out to a 19-12 lead in the opener against La Grange. But the lead disappeared over the next two quarters as La Grange came back to take a 39-38 lead heading into the final frame. Then the Cougarettes took over. Led primarily by an outstanding defensive effort, Canyon outscored LaGrange 19-4 in the fourth quarter to take the 14-point victory. Bo Warfri led the Cougarettes with 16 points, and Julie Jeffords added 8. lite Cougarettes came back and again used defense to key a second quarter run that put away Gonzales. Canyon led 18-14 after the first quarter and held the host team to just 5 points in the second to take a 30-19 lead. Warm again led the way, scoring 8 points. Courtney Crish added 12, Jeffords had IO and Natalie Fey finished with 8 points. The Cougarettes fell behind early against Forestville and never could recover. Canyon trailed by sue after one quarter and 8 at half. Canyon closed some in the second, but not enough to get the win. Warm led the offensive attack with 16 points and Jeffords had 8. Tech’s offense poses challenge for Sooners NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — This is a statistic borne of discipline and executed with dominance: Oklahoma’s defense hasn't allowed a touchdown in three games. "It’s an amazing run,” Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops said Tuesday at his weekly media luncheon. It’ll be even more impressive if the Sooners’ top-rated defense can continue that streak against Texas Tech, which boasts the nation’s most prolific offense. The Red Raiders are led by quarterback BJ. Symons, who needs just 83 more passing yards to break the NCAA’s single-season record of 5,188 yards set by BYU's Ty Detmer in 1990. Symons will continue his rewrite of the record book Saturday against Oklahoma (11-0,7-0 Big 12), which tops the country in total defense and is also first against the pass. It’s the classic case of an irresistible force against a movable object. The past three seasons, no one has slowed the Red Raiders quite like Stoops’ Sooners: — In 2000, Oklahoma beat Tech 27-13 and held Tech to 330 yards, well below the Red Raiders’ averages of 25.3 points and 362.6 yards per game. — In 2001, the Sooners won 30-12 and limited the Red Raiders to 247 yards, including minus-7 yards rushing. That was a significant drop from Tech’s averages of 35.1 points and 418.5 yards a game. — Last year, Oklahoma rolled to a 60-15 victory, holding Kingsbury and the nation’s top-ranked offense to season lows in first downs (IO), passing yards (224) and total yards (236). The Sooners also intercepted Kliff Kingsbury twice and sacked him seven times. BIG 12 Schedule North Conf Overall Kansas St 5-2 9-3 Nebraska 4-3 8-3 Missouri 3-3 7-3 Kansas 2-5 5-6 Colorado 2-5 4-7 Iowa State 0-6 2-8 South Conf Overall Oklahoma 7-0 11-0 Texas 6-1 9-2 Texas Tech 4-3 7-4 Oklahoma State 4-3 8-3 Texas A&M 2-6 4-7 Baylor 1-6 3-8 ♦ Cont»f»nc» |a««t This weak: ♦Oklahoma State at Baylor 11 30 a m ♦ Iowa State at Kansas. 1pm ♦ Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 2 30 p rn ♦Missouri at Kansas State 6 p m Collage football on TV: Ohio State at Michigan. 11 a rn , ABC Penn St at Michigan St . 11 am. ESPN West Virginia at Syracuse, 11 a rn . ESPN2 Harvard at Yale 11 a rn . WGN Oklahoma St at Baylor. 11 30 a rn., FOXSN Oklahoma at Texas Tech, 2 30 p m, ABC LSU at Mississippi 2 30 p rn , CBS B College at Va Tech. 2 30 p rn, ESPN Wash St at Wash. 6 30 p rn . FOXSN Clemson at South Carolina. 6 p m . ESPN2 Missouri at Kansas State. 6 pm, TBS Alabama at Auburn. 6 45 pm. ESPNUnicorns battle, but fall short against Kerrville-Tivy, 17-7 By Jason Chlapek Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO — Despite a valiant defensive effort, the New Braunfels Unicorns football season came to an end Friday at the hands of Kerrville-Tivy, 17-7. The Unicorns finished with an 8-4 record, which included the District 25-4A championship. The Unicorns were forced to play the second half without starting quarterback Michael Cantu, who went down late in the second quarter because of a shoulder injury. "Michael (Cantu) actually hurt his shoulder earlier in the game, but he kept playing,” Coach Rick Rhoades said. “Right before halftime, his shoulder was hurting to the point where we had to take him out.” Sophomore Zach Rhodes filled in for Cantu, completing three of eight passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. The Unicorns only touchdown came on second and IO from the New Braunfels 28 when Rhodes dropped back and fired a pass to Mau-reo Cross, who grabbed the pass and ran the rest of the way for a 72-yard score. Tivy struck early in the game when quarterback Josh Rippy hit Joel Hinton down the middle for a 59-yard scor ing strike to give the Antlers an early 7-0 lead. The Antler defense held the Unicorns on the ensuing possession and it looked like Tivy was en route to another blowout, but the Unicorns defense stood its ground. New Braunfels forced Tivy to punt twice, and Chris Thayer intercepted a Rippy pass with less than 3 minutes left in the first half to kill another Antlers drive. The Antlers defense forced the Unicorns to punt, and were aided by a late hit call on the punt return. The penalty gave Tivy the ball at the Unicorns 30-yard line with a See UNICORNS, Page 6A REBECCA t. ROGERS/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels defenders Chris Thayer (left), Jody Walker (center) and Lucas Ayala drag down a Kerrville-Tivy runner Friday. ;