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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 24, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas St. Louis takes 3-1 Series lead, Page 7 A MMMThursday Special Herald-Zeitung Thursday, October 24,1985 Page SA W I /*■> fl Low-key approach in 1985 >f the annual Wurst Bowl game produces a hurricane of activity, then the respective football teams have landed in the eye this week. A disarming calm has settled upon the Canyon Cougars and New Braunfels Unicorns as they prepare for Friday’s District 13-4A game at Cougar Stadium. “It’s a decidedly different approach,” Canyon Coach Troy Burch said during Wednesday’s practice. “Ordinarily, people around here are so gung-ho about this game, but the fact that we won the ballgame last year has helped. “There’s a confidence here that I like. I hated it when the kids were so tense that we had to fight to keep them from being ready to play on Wednesday night.” Canyon’s 20-14 victory last season has brought the series down to the level of intensity reserved for a tough district ballgame — nothing more, nothing less. The winner will be 2-0 in district, the loser 1-1. “We’ve been very, very low key," New Braunfels’ Jim Streety said. “Of course, that’s the way we've been all year.” The Unicorns’ 1985 season has been a copy of the curve that has marked New Braunfels* rise the last three seasons. The team has started the season slowly, built gradually, and is headed for its peak at the right time. "We've finally settled down on some things offensively,” Streety said. “We’d been picking and choosing until the Clemens game, but we’re settled down now.” That offense and its performance will be one of the major factors in Friday’s game. “We’ve got to prepare the best we can for all the things they do,” Burch said. "It’s hard to prepare, especially for somebody like (quarterback Victor! Sierra, who can do as many things as he can do." Burch has been saying all season that Sierra is New Braunfels' most dangerous player. The quarterback’s arm and his ability to improvise big plays has been evident all season. “We're not going into the ballgame thinking we can stop them cold,” Burch said. “We just want to slow them down and get a chance on our side." Last season, the game was dominated by ball-control style offenses, offenses that tried to hoard the bali for eight- and nine-minute stretches. By all indications, that won't be the case this year. “The fact that we’ve committed ourselves to throwing the ball a little more has taken a little of that ball control style away from us,” Streety said. “That’s the type of team we have and the things we try to do.” Part of that passing game, in more that one dimension, is Unicorn tailback Stephen Millett. Millett has caught ll passes for 143 yards this season. He’s run for 741 yards on 104 attempts as a counter to Sierra’s passing (46 of 79,741 yards I. Canyon doesn’t have an all-purpose ground-chewing back to compare with Millett, but the Cougar offense hasn't been stodgy this season, either. Three Canyon runners have topped 275 yards this season — halfback Danny Rodriguez «296 yards, 49 attempts!, fullback Scott Wagner NB defense FS Kevin Walker SS Stephen Hanz CB Barry Baker CD SE Ben Garcia Canyon offense CB Claude Porterie T Mike Sullivan OLB Kevin Webb LT TedFleener    C    Marc    Heymann    rj Alton Ellis LG Chris Brown    ^    RG    Mark    Torres TE Todd Banks ^ CD CD CD QB Kody Smit LH Danny Rodriguez Fg ScmtWagner RH Brad Campbell Canyon defense CB Kevin Nemec OLB Bobby Reed Todd Banks MLB Brian Holt © SE . Leon Sneed DT Alton Ellis WS Ben Garcia OLB Wade Jankowski DT Chris Vancy SS Albert Natal CB Hector Martinez DE Scott Wagner 57 )( 73 64 77 78 LG Larry Longoria C Erie Rivers RG Mike Sullivan TE Damon Millett LT Darrin Toney    .    Billy    Lytton OB Victor Sierra NBoffense © CD CD CD WB Kevin Walker FB . Ryan Purdy TB Stephen Millett (280 yards, 54 attempts! and half-back-quarterback Kody Smith (275 yards, 62 attempts). The Cougars will run their traditional power sweep, but they’ll also run misdirection plays and plays designed to take advantage of Smith's speed. Canyon’s quickness — up and down the line — is a major concern for New Braunfels' defense. “We’ve got to control — or try to control — their team speed,” Streety said. “We’ve got to be aware of all their fast guys. We’ve got to get there rn bunches.” T. he Cougars' quickness is utilized in a ball-control style passing game as well. Even without quarterback Danny Hernandez, whose sprained ankle makes him doubtful for the game, the Cougars will try to keep the New Braunfels defense off balance by throwing the short passes that were so effective against Kerrville Tivy last week. That may lead to a platooning of Smith and Rodriguez at quarterback, depending on the situation. Smith has thrown two passes this season, both incomplete, and Rodriguez' one completion, a halfback option, went for a 23-yard touchdown. “We feel we’ve got to be able to throw the football some,” Burch said. “They have a great football team, and I don’t think we have the size to line up and run right at them.” Canyon is outsized on both sides of the ball, but both coaches said it would be quickness that would make the difference. "Any good defensive coach would prefer quickness on defense as op posed to size,” Streety said. “And we’re quicker than we have been, especially up front.” The key to New Braunfels’ defensive front is nose guard Keith Cook. Cook, who wasn’t projected as the starting nose guard this season, has used his quickness and strength to become the team’s leading tackler. Right behind Cook are linebackers Brett Stahl and J.T. Cody — neither starters on the varsity a year ago, but both top players on the defense this season because of their quickness and intensity. Injury report Canyon:    Quarterback    Danny Hernandez is highly doubtful for the game. His sprained ankle hasn't responded as well as Canyon coaches hoped, and Coach Troy Burch said he didn't want to risk further injury to the senior. “We want to have him for (next week's game at) Hays," Burch said. On the positive side, linebacker Bobby Reed is back to full speed. He missed last week's workouts and played in spots against Kerrville Tivy, but he will play fulltime on defense this week. Guard Mark Torres also is ready to play after a shoulder problem during last week's game. Cornerback Kevin Nemec will play this week after missing last week's game with a bruised back. New Braunfels: The Unicorns are in good shape, as lineman Mike Sullivan has recovered from his sprained knee. Sullivan will start both ways for the New Braunfels, although he will be rested on defense because of the Unicorns' depth there. Canyon’s men in the middle are crucial to the defense as well. New Braunfels' scouts came away from the Cougars’ victory over Kerrville Tivy marveling at tackles Alton Ellis and Chris Yancy and middle linebacker Brian Holt. In fact, Canyon’s entire defense, which has been somewhat overlooked because of the big-play offense, has impressed Streety. “(Defensive end) Scott Wagner is an outstanding defensive player,” he said. “(Outside linebacker) Bobby Reed is an outstanding football player.” And then there’s the secondary. "The coach from Kerrville acted surprised (about Canyon’s speed in the secondary)," Streety said. “I said ‘Coach, you need to pay a little closer attention at those track meets.” Ben Garcia and Albert Natal, two of Canyon’s outstanding 400-meter men, are the safeties. F riday’s 8 p.m. game is close to a sellout — New Braunfels’ allotment of 3,000 tickets was gone in three hours Wednesday, and Canyon has a few reserved and general admission seats left. The fans are talking about the matchups, about the momentum that the victory could give a team toward the playoffs. “At this point, they’re not playing for that second playoff spot, and I know we’re not,” Burch said. “But the team that wins this ballgame will have its foot in the door.” And the other won’t be locked out The guys in the eye of the storm realize that as much as anyone. - DAVID KING defenseExplosive Bulldogs challenge SV By TOM LABINSKI Staff writer Starters    T    ...    Bobby    Mocked    60    185    12    SE    Russel    Bates    6    1    180    Ii Starters T ..... Bobby Mocker! . 60 185 12 SE..... Russel Bates 6 I 180 12 E...... Preston Janes 60 200 12 RT..... Clift Bronson 65 270 12 Smithton Valley E ..... John Lozano 60 196 12 RG Johhny Wedgworth 511 190 12 emerita OLB ... Greg Mosier 510 155 12 C ...... David Pardee 64 220 12 Pot Player Ht. Wt Cl. OLB Kevin McCoy sn 160 12 LG John Gonzales 60 190 12 OB Mike Irvine 5 11 165 12 NJ____ Shawn Balmos 6 I 190 12 LT..... Dusty Britain . . . 65 220 12 TB..... Scott Balmos . 61 200 ll ILB ... Mike Wilson SII 170 ll Defense FB Chris Gentry . 61 240 ll CB 511 165 12 Pot Player Ht Wt Cl WB Phillip ll leak 510 155 12 CB Aaron Smith 511 155 12 RE Gene Barnet 60 190 ll SE Joey Cath ..... . 6 IO 145 12 FS..... Scott Balmos . . 61 200 ll RT Steve Morgan 60 215 12 RT Diron Wunderlich 60 215 12 LE Cameron Carter 6 2 190 ll RG Bobby Mocker! 60 185 12 Bandera LT Tom Mangold 6 1 190 ll C..... Mark Caldwell . 5 11 185 12 Otfenae MIB Greg Marshall 60 180 ll LG Jeff Marquis 511 185 12 Pot Player Ht WI Cl OLB John Gonzales 60 190 12 LT...... Dennis Parker . 5^11 190 12 OB..... Jimmy Sides 60 180 12 OLB ... Tim Fritsche 64 180 ll TE John Lozano 60 196 12 FB James Compton 6 11 230 12 DB ____ john Miller 60 180 12 Detente HB ____ John Miller 510 180 12 DB ____ Billy Morris 5 IO 160 12 Pot Player Ht WL Cl FL Billy Morris 510 160 12 DB Gary Watkins 60 170 12 T □iron Wunderlich 60 215 12 TE David Zigler 61 205 12 DB Mike Cardenas 511 160 ll Last season, the name James Compton was as synonymous with the Bandera Bulldogs as Erie Dickerson was with the lx>s Angeles Rams. Compton is back for his senior season at Bandera, which will travel to Smithson Valley on Friday in a District 27-3A showdown. Compton was a second team all-state selection last season at fullback. He gained 1,686 yards in 1984, averaging 6.2 yards a carry. Going into this season, the 230-pounder has rushed for 3,934 yards, most of it going right up the middle. With those credentials behind him, it would seem the Rangers' main aim on Friday will be stopping the workhorse. But Smithson Valley Coach Stan Irvine said Compton is not the team’s main offensive threat. In fact, he’s not even number two. “Everyone knows about Compton, and thinks of him as the person who makes the team go, He is an impressive runner,” he said. “But what is really impressive about their offense is their quarterback, Jimmy Sides. Our number one priority on Friday will be to put pressure on him,” Irvine said. Sides was an all-district quarterback in 1984, and Irvine said he looks even better now. “He is by far the best quarterback in the district. He can throw and he can run. He puts your defense in a real bind,” Irvine said. “He causes more problems with his versatility than Compton has with his running,” he said. Because of his versatility, the Bulldogs have been able to burn a few people. Against Hondo, Sides rolled out to run, pulled up at the last minute and fired a 65-yard pass on the run for a touchdown. Sides has a good set of receivers, including speed burner Billy Morris and David Zigler. While the Ranger defense will have to contend with the passing game, Smithson Valley won’t forget Compton. “Compton is the best power back we’ve seen, and he also has tho speed to turn it on when he needs it,” Irvine said. In last year’s clash between the two teams, Compton gained 227 yards on 38 carries, but the Ranger defense allowed him to cross the goal line only once. “We had a good game against him last year. We’re not afraid to hit him. We can take that challenge,” Irvine said. The Bandera offensive line, led by 6-5,270-pound senior Cliff Bronson, is big enough to create holes for Compton. Defensively, Irvine said the Bulldogs’ secondary is strong, having the best tacklers on the team. “Their whole defense is very aggressive. That is the you really notice about them. They are tremendously aggressive,” he said. For Smithson Valley to win the game, Irvine said, the team will have to play near flawless football. “Bandera is definitely better than Boerne as of right now. They are going to outman us,” he said. “But we have an excellent chance to win if we play the whole game playing as well as we can. We are going to have to be perfect, and it will have to be an upset,” Irvine said. The Rangers always seem to play their best against Bandera, and Irvine said the team is looking forward to the chance to knock them to 0-2-1 in district play. A victory over the Bulldogs would be the highlight of the season, Irvine said. ;

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