New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, October 7, 2005COUGARS
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said. “He runs the ball well, and if you’re defense doesn’t play disciplined, he’s going to break one for a big gain.”
Quarterback James Parks is another Bulldog to be watched. Parks is respected as a heady player who makes sound decisions on the field and can beat you through the air.
“Their quarterback doesn’t make a lot of bad plays,” Davis said. “He’s real good at getting the ball to his receivers and gets it to the right receiver.”
Parks is the running quarterback. Cullen Stifflemire is the passer, having completed 50 of 79 offerings for 918 yards and four scores. That includes a 381-yard effort in a 63-34 win over Liberty Hill on Sept. 2.
The Bulldogs receiving corps is sound without any standing out above the rest. Michael Elliott, Tex Reyes and Thomas Levens are the top three.
“Their receiving corps is a tough bunch of guys,” Davis said. “They are obviously well-coached, because they have a different one that makes some big plays for them every week.”
On defense, the Bulldogs seem to mirror the Cougars, with a bevy of hard hitting players who are athletic across the board.
Burnet’s winning record has come against a fairly easy schedule. The exception is the 49-32 homecoming loss to San Marcos, where the Bulldogs rallied from a 28-0 halftime deficit. They pounded Austin Reagan 42-12 Sept. 23, with Stifflemire passing and running for two TDs and Nes-by running for two more.
Burnet gave up 338 rushing yards against San Marcos, so look for the Cougars to try to run the ball with equal success behind Chase Wilke.
If the Cougars can do that,
AT BURNET (3-2)
7:30 p.m., Bulldog Stadium, Burnet Radio: none Last year: Burnet 36, Canyon 34, 4 OT Tickets: $6 adults;
$3 students at gate Directions: Take Texas 46 to US 281 north. In Burnet, take a right onto Fourth Street to the stadium. THE COUGARS Coach: Les Davis (12-2 in second season at Canyon; 24-18-2 overall)
Last week: Canyon 42, 'Jvakle 0 Offense: Multiple I Defense: 4-3
Top players: RB Chase Wilke; QB J.D. Kunz; DB-WR Cameron Honk; DL Darren Billiot; DB Jerris Springfield
THE BULLDOGS Coach: Bob Shipley (46-11 in his fifth season at Burnet; 64-17 in his seventh season overall) Last week: Burnet 42, Austin Reagan 12 (Sept. 23)
Offense: Multiple spread Defense: Multiple 8 Top players: OB Cullen Stifflemire; QB James Parks; RB Darius Nesby; WR Thomas Levens; WR Tex Reyes; WR-DB Michael Elliott
GAME OUTLOOK Canyon: The Cougars have one of the stingiest defenses in the state, yielding 7.6 points and 233.8 yards per game. But the big story is the ground game, led by Wilke (107-793-10 TDs), Honk (15-152-3) and Joel Hernandez (18-159-3). J.D. Kunz has completed 25 of 65 passes for 408 yards and three TDS. Jaimin Shah (5-128-1) and Adrian Hilburn (5-126-1) have been the rap receivers.
Burnet: The Bulldogs are averaging 370.6 yards per game and surrendering 334.4. Stifflemire has completed 50 of 79 passes for 918 yards and four scores with two interceptions. Nesby (67-437-7 TDs) and Reyes (14-315) have been the top receivers. Elliott plays a lot on defense but has averaged 26.1 yards on seven catches.
there won’t be any repeats of last year.
“We realize that if we play our game and do our jobs well like we have all season, then that is all we can do,” Davis said. “But we expect this to be our toughest game thus far this season.”RANGERS
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points per game. Running back Jonathan Craig has been very active as a runner and receiver and also sparks the Brahmas as a kick returner.
While Hill is impressed with the above, Fuschak witnessed what Smithson Valley was able to do in the second half in its 21-7 win at Judson last week.
“They just dominated Judson in the second half,” he said. “In their game against Churchill (a 14-10 loss), I think it was a case of Churchill playing above their potential and Smithson Valley not playing to theirs.
“We’re going to show up, and I hope we can play well. The key with them is their linemen, who are quick like cats and can knock you off your feet. They've always had a signature tailback, and the (TVent) Rios kid is good but he’s still young. And (QB Bryan) Hill does a good enough job not to get them into trouble. And there’s always the receivers in (Cody) Beyer and (Clay) Fuller.”
Smithson Valley totaled only 48 yards rushing last week, partially because of Judson’s tenacity up front, Hill said. The Rangers will seek to improve upon what they did in the second half of that contest, using the rushing game to control possession.
Cody McKinney, who last week returned from an ankle
injury to spark the Rangers in converting short third-down situations, isn’t yet IOO percent but should help complement Rios, Hill said. Defensively, linebacker Kendal Volz, who separated a shoulder against Temple, is expected to play tonight. Volz suited up but didn’t play against the Rockets.
“This might be the kind of game that comes down to defense and special teams,” Fuschak said. “Hopefully we’ll make a game of it tomorrow night.”
Added Hill: “It’s been a good week for us. We know what we’ll be up against, having played them and scrimmaged them over the years. But we’ve had a real good week of practice and should be ready to
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for their scores.”
The Cavaliers have been running wild, going unbeaten against some not-so-heavy competition. They’ve beaten five teams with a combined 9-14 record, some of them the dregs of Class 4A. In contrast, take out New Braunfels win over the Cardinals, and its four remaining foes are a combined 14-7.
“It’s so hard to judge," Cani-ford said. “Maybe those teams have the records they have because they’re playing Lake Travis. To say some team is overrated is hard to say, but there’s no question they’re a good team and deserving of their ranking, based on what they’ve done.”
Todd Reesing, the Cavs’ returning 4A offensive player of the year in 2004, has been phenomenal this year. The senior quarterback and Kansas commitment hasn’t tossed a pick in I IO attempts and has thrown for 1,385 yards and 20 scores.
“You’re naive if you think
you’re going to shut them down,” Caniford said of the Cavaliers, who are averaging 44.8 points and 424 yards a game. “He makes it go, but he’s got some pretty good people to get the ball to. But when we get chances at him, we’ve got to make good on them.”
Fred Robinson, a second team all-stater, has already caught 35 passes for 715 yards. Reesing shredded New Braunfels on 12 of 21 passing for 287 yards in last year’s 38-31 overtime win over the Unicorns, with IO of his offerings going to Robinson for 183 yards.
Being patient and wary of Reesing’s play-making savvy is what the Unicorns must do in order to be successful.
“They are going to make plays, so you have to have a short memory when you line up for the next play,” Caniford said.
New Orleans transfer Joshua Joseph, who scored four TDs in the Cavs’ 49-15 win over Pflugerville Hendrickson, is one of several other weapons.
“You can tell he’s very athletic, very fast and has good hands, but they’ve been limited to what he’s been able to do because he hasn’t been in their system that long," Caniford said. “But he’s definitely
another cog you’ve got to take care of. But if you focus too much on one guy, the other’s going to hurt you. There are other receivers they have that no one knows much about, and they can also hurt you.”
This game is being billed as a battle between two of Central Texas’ top quarterbacks. New Braunfels’ Zach Rhodes, who has pledged to SMU, has thrown for 1,092 yards and 11 scores.
“Todd is a good quarterback, no doubt,” Rhodes said. “But their defense has played well in predistrict. I think it will be a battle, and we’re pretty much wanting to win it.”
Rhodes and the offense thrived two weeks ago in using the no-huddle, racking up a season-best 404 yards. New Braunfels will be playing with some injuries. Defensive back Levi Blakeman and receiver Kurtis Kostan have been among them. Others are “banged up,” Caniford said, adding it will be “a game-time decision” whether any or all will play.
“We’ve got some injuries we’ve got to overcome and if the other guys (reserves) have to come in and fill the void, they’re just going to have to do it,” he said.
SA MACARTHUR (4-1) AT SMITHSON VALLEY (4-1) 7:30 p.m., Ranger Stadium Radio: KNBT-FM 92.1 Ticketa: $7 at gate Laet year: Smithson Valley 21, MacArthur 14 THE RANGERS Coach: Larry Hill (123-38 in 13th season at Smithson Valley; 132-49 in 15th season overall) Last weak: Smithson Valley 21, Converse Judson 7 Offense; l-formation Defense: 4-3
Top players: QB Bryan Hill; WR Cody Beyer; WR Clay Fuller; RB Trent Rios; CB Andrew Sendejo
THE BRAHMAS Coach: Van Fuschak (74-76-1 in 13th season at school and overall)
Last week: MacArthur 34,
Lee 7 Offense: Multiple I Defense: Split 6 Top players: RB Johnathan Craig; WR-RB Wally Schraim; QB Kevin Schmid; QB-PK Erie Udell; WR Junior Richard; WR Andre Odom
GAME OUTLOOK MacArthur: Mac stormed out to a 3-0 record before suffering a 22-20 loss to Reagan in Week 4. Still, the Brahmas are seeking their first trip to the playoffs since 1999. Udell is the do-it-all, having completed 27 of 49 passes for 472 yards and five TDS and is the placekicker. Schmid is the other QB (25-40-0, 480 yards, 7 TDs). Craig has caught 12 passes for 301 yards and three scores; Richard has caught 16 for 237 yards and three more TDs. Craig is the top rusher (63-320-1), with Wally Schraim (27-183-2) coming on last week against Lee. The Brahmas are averaging 309.6 yards and 25.6 points on offense and yielding 275.4 yards and 15.4 points on defense.
Smithson Valley: The Rangers last week set new lows on offense, finishing with a paltry 48 yards rushing and 10 first downs. Yet the defense, highlighted by a blocked punt by Steven Bechtol for an Aaron Hernandez TD, stole the show in the win over the Rockets. Last week, Cody McKinney came back from injury to help Rios (72-395-5). Fuller's two reverse runs last week boosted his average to 12 yards per carry. The Rangers are averaging 294.4 yards and 27.2 points offensively; they’re yielding 291.4 yards and 12.6 points defensively.
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