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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas CONWAY with 42-34 win By Jason Minnix Herald-Zeitung Correspondent SAN ANTONIO — Zach Conway intercepted a San Marcos pass inside the 15-yard line with just under IO seconds to play to lift the Smithson Valley Rangers to a 42-34 win over the San Marcos Rattlers Friday afternoon at Northeast Stadium in a second round playoff game. Conway’s pick ended a potential game-tying drive by the Rattlers that started at their own 13-yard-line with less than two minutes to play, following a 46-yard punt by Chris Van Kleef. “There were so many wild momentum shifts and big plays, it was two good teams going at each other and a lot of big plays and fortunately we made the last big play,” Smithson Valley head coach Larry Hill said. With the thrilling win over their former district foe, Smithson Valley (11-1) extends their winning streak to IO games and will face either San Antonio Roosevelt or Alice next week in the Region IV Finals. The Rattlers (11-1) end their season with their first loss, but did not go down without a fight. It was a 10-round heavyweight bout with both teams standing toe-to-toe, but the Rangers’ passing game was the difference. Cody Fuller caught IO passes for 192 yards and four touchdowns. Quarterback Laron Bybee completed 12 of 21 See RANGERS/2B KSfess#    ; mmm IU BUMM fit.0m . , •■• V HPS! * _ MI I wMt* 'v? -H# *:. " ® iffli S K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley junior quarterback Laron Bybee (8) shakes off a face mask finfraction rom a would-be San Marcos tackler during Friday’s Class 4A Division I Area Championship game at Northeast Stadium in San Antonio. The Rangers defeated the Rattlers 42-34. New Braunfels captures area championship Saturday, November 25, 2000Herald-Zeitung    ibSports  —————_—— Quick Hits HS coaching legend Mader dies at age 87 PORT ARTHUR (AP) — Texas Coaches Hall of Fame member Richard Marler from Port Arthur has died in a Houston hospital. He was 57. A Floydada native and Texas Tech graduate, Marler had been in a coma the past three months since being hospitalized for an Aug. 20 heart attack. He died Wednesday. The executive director and founder of the sk-year-old Southeast Texas High School Coaches Association, Marler received statewide recognition for pushing legislation to reduce the original no-pass, no-play penalty in half — to three weeks from its original six-week disqualification of students from any extracurricular activities. Marler led Port Arthur Austin and Jefferson high schools to 11 playoff berths in 26 head coaching seasons, leading two teams to the 3A state semifinals and compiling a .589 winning percentage. He had been head football coach at Jefferson since 1998, and coached at Port Arthur Austin from 1975 to 1997. No. 13 Texas Tech sinks No. 9 Penn St. ST. THOMAS, Virgin Islands (AP) — Katrisa O’Neal scored 24 points to lead No. 13 Texas Tech to a 79-71 victory over No. 9 Penn State on Friday in the first round of the Paradise Jam Classic. O’Neal was 10-of-21 from the field and 4-of-5 from the line for Texas Tech (2-0). Plenette Pierson added 16 points on 6-for-8 shoot-: ing, and Jia Perkins had 12 points. Longhorns hold off Hoosiers 70-58 NEW YORK (AP) — Texas broke Indiana down early Friday night and then held off a Hoosier comeback for a 70-58 victory in the consolation game of the Preseason NIT. The Longhorns (3-1) started three freshmen — Brandon Mouton, James Thomas and Royal Ivey — for the first time and used a ball-sniping defense to put Indiana in an early hole. Game Time ►Today Basketball Philadelphia 76ers at San Antonio Spurs. 7:30 p.m. on KENS. Boating Powerboat Racing, APBA National Championships. 10 a.m College Basketball Great Alaska Shootout final. 11 p.m. on ESPN. Boating Powerboat Racing, APBA National Championships. 10 a.m. Boxing Fight Time. Maurcio Pastrana vs. Adan Vargas. 7 p.m. on FXSP. College Football Georgia Tech at Georgia. 11 a.m. on KENS. Wake Forest at North Carolina State. 11 a.m. on ESPN. Bayou Classic, Grambling State vs. Southern. 1 p.m. on KMOL. Boston College at Miami. 2:30 p.m. on KENS. Notre Dame at Southern California. 2:30 p.m. on KSAT. Oklahoma at Oklahoma State. 2:30 p.m. on FXSP. Virginia at Virginia Tech. 6:30 p.m. on ESPN. Brigham Young at Utah. 2 a.m. on ESPN. Golf Skins Game from Indio, Calif. Noon on KSAT. Simms, Horns break down Aggies Rangers round up Rattlers > Smithson Valley claims area title Cameron’s 4th quarter TD catch vaults Unicorns into regionals game before he was pulled for Applewhite and A&M rallied for a 20-16 win. This time, Simms was in total control. Leading 10-7 at halftime, the Longhorns (9-2, 7-1 Big 12) opened the decisive third quarter by driving 71 yards on four plays. Roy Williams capped the drive with a 40-yard TD run on a reverse. After forcing the Aggies to punt, Texas quickly struck again when Simms finished an 81-yard drive with a 20-yard scoring strike to Williams that made it 24-7. The Aggies (7-4, 5-3) rallied behind 25-year-old quarterback Mark Farris to pull to 24-14 on a 56-yard scoring pass to Mickey Jones. Jones beat two defenders and scampered down the sideline for the score. See HORNS/2B K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels senior tailback Tate Taylor (12) crashes his way into the endzone for a touchdown during the Unicorns’ 28-25 win over Lake Travis Friday night at Unicom Stadium. By Bryan Adams Herald-Zeitung Correspondent Trailing 25-20 with less than a minute to play in Friday’s Area Championship game against Austin Lake Travis, the chant from the fans on the New Braunfels side of Unicom Stadium roared, “We believe.” They must believe in miracles. With 15 seconds left in the game and no timeouts left. New Braunfels wide receiver Chris Cameron caught a game-winning, 35-yard, ‘Hail Mary’ pass from quarterback Craig Crow for a touchdown to give the Unicorns a 28-25 win over the Cavaliers. “I was just praying to God to help me catch the ball,” Cameron said. “I knew I had to somehow just catch it, and luckily I was able to come up with it. I didn’t know where any of the defenders were. I went up for the ball and tried my best to get it.” With the win, the Unicorns advanced to the regional playoffs to CAMERON play Rockport Fulton who defeated Corpus Christi Flour Bluff, 42-21. “These kids believe in themselves,” New Braunfels head coach Rick Rhoades said. “I’ve told them all season, The harder you work, the luckier you’ll get.’ I really believe that luck played some part in it, but we made some big plays and the kids never stopped believing they could make the plays. That’s part of the Unicom tradition.’’ Late in the fourth quarter things were looking grim for the Unicorns. After a 26-yard catch by Cameron set up the Unicorns on the Cavalier 31-yard-line, Crow' was sacked for a 9-yard loss on third and nine. On fourth and 18, Crow completed a clutch pass to Tate Taylor on the See UNICORNS/3B By Jim Vertuno AP Sports Writer AUSTIN — Texas’ young guns are all grown up. Sophomore Chris Simms threw for 383 yards and three touchdowns, all to 'freshman receivers, in No. 12 Texas’ 43-17 victory over No. 22 Texas A&M on Friday. Simms was a perfect 8-for-8 passing for 234 yards and threw all of his touchdown passes in an explosive third quarter in which the teams combined for 37 points. It was a dynamic com-ing-of-age SIMMS    performance for the son of former New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms. After and up-and-down season in which he bounced in and out of the starting lineup and had more interceptions than touchdown passes coming into the game, Simms got the start because Major Applewhite was hobbled by a knee injury. Simms got his first career start against A&M last year when Applewhite got sick with a stomach vims on game day. Simms led Texas to a 16-6 lead in that ;