New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Wildcats take on SA New Life.
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27-4A tennis meet
Astros resume NLCS
New Braunfels plays championship match in Dripping Springs.
Houston hosts St. Louis in third game of National League title series.
Time: 3:30 p.m. (FOX, KGNB-AM1420)
NU volleyball finale
Unicorns host Burnet in final regular-season match.
SV isn’t using injuries as excuse
By Will Wright
Football is a game of injuries, but that won’t serve as an excuse at Smithson Valley.
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“It has been an unusual year for injuries, and you’re right, we don’t use them as an excuse,’’ said Rangers coach Larry I UU, whose team is 5-1 overall and 2-1 in District 26-5A heading into tonight’s game at San Antonio Reagan. “If anything, it affects the rhythm of practice and people playing together. But that’s football — it’s been a contact sport ever since they invented it.’’
Defensive linemen Ryan Moczygemba and Connor Giorda were the latest Rangers to fall, both with knee injuries a game apart. Moczygemba had surgery last week and may be back in a few weeks. Giorda’s status wasn’t immediately known for tonight’s game.
In addition, linebacker Jarred Bums had surgery on his thumb foUowing last week’s win against MacArthur. Running back Blake Schrock suffered a lacerated kidney against Temple last month. He may or may not return before the end of the regular season.
Others with injuries have included receivers Clay FuUer and Cody Beyer, running back Cody McKinney and quarterback Bryan I fill, who injured a shoulder at Pflugerville and got knocked a little silly against Mac. Linebacker Kendal Volz missed three games with a shoulder separation but played last week. All of the above will play tonight.
Hill insisted the Rangers refuse to fall back on injuries as excuses for poor play. Others, he said, have stepped in to UU gaps when needed, but the disruption to consistency and continuity is still there.
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Strong second half propels New Braunfels, 51-7
By Steve Habel
MARBLE FALLS — If New Braunfels had any game circled on its schedule during its new coaching regime Brooks and the rebuilding Radla of its football program, it had to be Friday night’s contest against Marble Falls.
The Unicorns made sure they took full advantage of their opportunities, scoring
30 points in the third quarter — including 16 in a span of less than 2 112 minutes — on their way to an overwhelming 51-7 win over Marble Falls before a crowd of 1,432 at Mustang Stadium.
The Unicorns (now 2-5 overall and 1-1 in District 27-4A) led only 14-7 at halftime but surged away from the Mustangs in a third quarter that will long be remembered.
The quarter opened with a
99-yard kickoff return by senior Brooks Radla, continued with a safety as junior linebacker Joseph Morton tackled Marble Falls’ quarterback Joseph Hauss in the end zone three plays later, and rolled on with senior wide receiver Kurds Kostan’s 61 -yard catch-and-run of a pass from senior quarterback Zach Rhodes. That all happened in the first 2:25 of the second half and gave New Braunfels a 30-7 lead.
Later in the quarter, senior running back Jeremy Erben scored from two yards out for
the second of his three touchdowns on the night, and senior running back Daniel Cardenas ran three yards for his second touchdown of the game to turn battle into a rout.
“We felt like we had played pretty well in the first half but the game was still close, but our kids came out and really picked it up in the second half,’’ New Braunfels head football coach Chuck Cani-ford said. “Playing this way is really gratifying because we can see that the kids are starting to pick up the things we
have been teaching them and using them in the game. It’s taken a lithe while, but we feel we have had two good games back to back, and maybe we have turned the corner.”
T he Unicorns got 241 yards of total offense from Rhodes (199 yards passing and 42 rushing) and both Erben (95 yards on 11 carries) and Cardenas (74 yards of ll totes), who ran well between the tackles and through the embattled Marble Falls defense. New Braunfels had 402 yards of total offense and
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Lake Travis too much for Canyon
QB Reesing throws for 358 yards and 4 TDs
By Rick Breland
Lake Travis looked and played like an offensive juggernaut Friday as it humbled Canyon 35-14 in the District 27-4A showdown of unbeat-ens in front of 6,500 fans at Cougar Stadium.
Cavaliers quarterback Todd Reesing was simply amazing, completing 25 of 27 passes — completing 23 in a row to end the game. He finished with 358 yards and four touchdowns, three of them to wide receiver Fred Robinson.
Robinson, the other end of the state’s top-rated pass-catch duo, caught 11 passes for 183 yards, making it look easy against a Canyon defense not built to stop him. He and other Lake Travis receivers easily slid through Canyon’s zone pass defense, which finally broke down in the second half.
It was a game of two halves, with both teams tied statistically and on the scoreboard at 14-all. The only glaring statistic was in time of possession, which was in decidedly Canyon’s favor.
However, after halftime, the Cavaliers, went on offensive explosion for which the Cougars could not muster an answer,
“After the first half, I thought we had them where we wanted them,” Canyon coach Les Davis said. “I can’t explain what happened. We had some blown coverages, and that they scored on us.”
Smithson Valley players gleefully celebrate their four-game victory Friday over San Antonio Reagan.
Rangers slug No. 5-ranked Reagan
By Will Wright
SMITHSON VALLEY — Each win keeps getting bigger for the Smithson Valley volleyball team.
The Rangers toppled San Antonio Reagan — the top ranked team in San Antonio and No. 5 team in the state — 18-25,25-21,25-23,25-22 Friday night at Ranger Gym.
The victory was huge for the Rangers, who after wins over SA Churchill and Reagan are now challenging for second place in District 26-5A. Smithson Valley is 26-8 overall and
8-3 against the league. Reagan fell to 29-4 and 10-1.
“Its a huge win for us,” Rangers coach Liana Collibert said. “We played great, we’re just getting better. We’re playing solid as a team, and we just fought hard. We lost the first game — we played out of synch and had some unforced errors, but we gained momentum at the end and kept it. It was a great match.
“I can’t point out just one single person. The whole team did the job and did it very well.”
Brittany Hunt had 16 kills
and Megan Herring had 12 kills, 17 digs and an ace for the Rangers. Jessie I lartinan had 50 assists: Dana Mecke added 18 digs and Jessica Martin added an ace for Smithson Valley, which has games remaining at Lee (7 p.m. Tuesday), at Madison (4:30 p.m. Friday) and at home against Roosevelt Oct. 25.
If it hasn’t already (results of other 26-5A games weren’t available late Friday) Smithson Valley can clinch a playoff spot Tuesday against
See VOLLEY, Page 8A
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Canyon quarterback J.D. Kunz, protected by center Erie Ralph (75), scurries for yardage during the Cougars' 35-14 loss to LakeTravis Friday night at Cougar Stadium.
Heading into halftime it looked like it was anybody’s ballgame, as Canyon trailed Lake Travis by only six yards of total offense.
With the game even, it
came down to adjustments that each team made in the second half. Canyon came out on the losing end of the battle, as it was outgained by 225 yards. Reesing was a per
fect 13 of 13 in the second half.
“He wasn’t necessarily hot — he is just good,” Davis said. “lies a heck of an athlete. One time we had some pressure
with a couple of our guys in his face, and he delivers a perfect pass.”
Lake Travis seized the
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