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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 8, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas HAftA MANDLIKOVA Mandlikova knocks off Navratilova, Page 9A Sports Herald-Zeitung Sunday, September 8,1985 8Ai stir* h, *Cougars shred Apaches OFRYl Cl ARK HERALD ZFITUNG Canyon's Scott Smith snares a touchdown pass in front of Gonzales' Willard O'Neal By DAVID KING Sports editor Christmas and the Fourth of July came early — Friday night, to be exact — for the Canyon football team this year. The Cougars took advantage of four Gonzales gifts and set off the rocket’s red glare four times in the second quarter in winning their 1985 opener 48-13. Canyon last scored that many points in 1983, when the Cougars whipped Antonian 49-0. “Man, are we a quick-hitting outfit,” Cougars Coach Troy Burch said afterward. ‘‘This was a good performance; I’m still amazed at how quick we can score.” Canyon’s biggest fireworks display came in the second quarter, when the Cougars scored 28 points to take a 34-7 halftime lead. Kody Smith, who played fullback, halfback and quarterback, buzzed around left end from four yards out on the first play of the quarter to top off a 40-yard drive. A fumble — Gonzales’ first of three — set up the drive. Halfback Orad Campbell threw to Todd Banks for the two-point conversion and a 14-0 lead. After an exchange of possessions, Gonzales drove 76 yards to pull within seven points at 14-7, and Burch said he was beginning to worry about his defense again. “My stomach had been turning over and over the last couple of days,” he said. “We’re still going to have some trouble with our defense.”Statistics Score by quarter* Gonzales ............ 0    7    6    0 — 13 Canyon ............. 6    28    6    8—    48 Scoring summary: Canyon Hernandez 1 run (pass fail). Drive: 58 yards, 12 plays, 5 28 Canyon K Smith 4 run (Banks pass from Campbell). Drive 40 yards, 8 plays, 2:31. Gonzales Hornung 13 pass from Kridler (Camarillo kick) Drive: 76 yards, 7 plays, 3:31 Canyon Wagner 38 run (kick failed) Drive 54 yards, 2 plays, 0:37 Canyon Rodrigue/ 43 pass from Hernandez (Rodriguez run) Drive I play, 43 yards, 0:07 Canyon S Smith 22 pass from Hernandez (kick failed) Drive 27 yards, 2 plays, 0 39 Canyon K Smith 6 run (kick failed) Drive 29 yards, 4 plays, I 30 Gonzales O'Neal 86 run (pass failed) Drive 1 play, 86 yards, 0 05 Canyon Safety, Reed tackles Kridler in end zone Canyon D’Alfonso I run (kick blocked) Drive 52 yards. 11 plays, 5 18 Canyon’s offense took all of three plays to make up the points. After a personal foul moved the ball to Cougars’ 46, Hernandez scrambled loose for an 18-yard gain. Then fullback Scott Wagner emerged through the line untouched and .stomped 38 yards for a touchdown. Gonzales wrapped up the next package even more neatly. Quarterback Gene Kridler threw behind a wide-open Carl Mikesh on fourth and one from the Apaches’ 43. Canyon scored on its first play when Hernandez dropped a long arc of a pass right into Danny Rodriguez’ hands at the goal line. Team statistics Canyon Gonzales First downs    22    8 by pass    4    I by run.................... 17    6 by penalty.................. I    I Rushes yards . . . .    57 290    34    215 Passing yard    136    13 Return yards    66    58 Passes    512    0    19 1 Punts.............. 2 47 5    3    31    3 Fumbles lost    3    1    6 3 Penalties yards    4    25    5 45 Time of possession    24    54    23 06 Individual statistics Rushing — Canyon Rodriguez 13 76 Wagner 9 64,1 TD: K Smith 11 44, 2 TD, A Natal 7 28 G Natal 4 26, Hernandez 4 24, I TD Martinez 2 20, Campbell 4 7; D Alfonso 2 2, 1 TD Gonzales O'Neal 13 122. I TD, Kridler ll 62, Walker 7 27: Taylor 34 Passing — Canyon Hernandez 4 80 133 yards. 2 TD; Campbell 11 0, 3 yards K Smith 0 2 0; Rodriguez 0 10. Gonzales Kridler 19 1, 13 yards, ITO Racsiving — Canyon Banks 2 55. Rodriguez 143, I TD; S Smith 1 22, 1 TD; Campbell I 16 Gonzales Hornung 113,1 TD As an indication of the way things were going for the Cougars, kicker Marc Heymann fielded a high snap on the extra point and handed it to Rodriguez, who ran it in for the two-point conversion. The Santa-Claus Apaches set up Canyon’s final explosion of the quarter when they hit Albert Natal after he fair-caught a punt at the Gonzales 43. After one play gained five yards. Hernandez floated a 22-yard scoring pass to Scott Smith, who made a flying-flamingo catch at the goal line. Hernandez said the Cougars felt they could throw the ball on the Apaches. “Their cornerbacks weren’t real strong,” he noted. The senior said the strong south wind bothered him, but not enough to keep him from completing four of eight passes for 133 yards. “Danny really has a good touch on the ball,” Burch said. “He doesn’t put the ball up for grabs many times." Gonzales’ next gift under the tree came on the first play of the second half, as Willard O’Neal fumbled and Ben Garcia recovred at the Apaches’ 29. Four plays later, Kody Smith swept in from the 6, and it was 40-7. Gonzales finally held the ball long enough to drive it after the kickoff, marching to the Canyon 7 before the Cougars, led by middle linebacker Bobby Reed, stopped them at the 9 on fourth down. Garcia boomed-and-rolled Canyon out of the hole with a 70-yard windblown punt. But on first down from the Gonzales 14, O’Neal finally shook loose and sped 86 yards down the sideline to double Gonzales' total offensive output and make it 40-13 on the final play of the third quarter. Canyon drove to the Gonzales 3 on its next series, fumbled, then got the ball back when Reed sacked Kridler in the end zone for a safety. The Cougars took the free kick and drove 52 yards for their final score, with Ken D'Alfonso falling in from the I with 3:50 left in the game. Burch, understandably, was elated with his offense’s performance. See COUGARS, Page 9ARanger comeback falls 3 yards short By TOM LABINSKI Staff writer SOMERSET — lf three yards doesn’t seem like a long distance, ask the Smithson Valley Rangers. After rallying for two touchdowns in a five-minute span late in the game, the Rangers came within three yards of an upset victory over Somerset at Bulldog Stadium. A two-point conversion attempt failed with 2:52 left in the game, costing Smithson Valley a 14-13 non-district football loss to Somerset Friday night. To rally to within three yards of victory and come up short is a hard pill to swallow. "It's a heartbreaking way to lose,” said Ranger Coach Stan Irvine. "To come so close after letting them jump on top of us early it’s hard. Rut we showed we are a good football team.” Trailing 14-0 with 11:40 left in the game, Smithson Valley began a 75-yard drive, its longest of the game. lA‘d by tailback Scott Baboos, who finished the night with 111 yards rushing, and fullback Chris Gentry, who ended up with 76 yards, the Rangers hammered the ball through the Bulldog line, driving to the 3-yard line on 12 plays. Gentry bulled his way over right tackle for the final three yards. Diron Wunderlich’s kick cut the Somerset lead to seven points. The Bulldogs, held to three first downs in the second Statistics Scum by quarters Smithson Valley Somerset Smithson Valley Gantry I run (two point conversion (ailed) Drive 12 yards, 5 plays. 2 20 lenin sinusiti s T true of possession 21 23 26 37 0 0 0 13 14 0 0    0 13 14 Scoring summary Somerset G Lugo 19 run (Akers kick) Drive 47 yards 6 plays, 2 15 Somerset Mares 3 pass from Garza lAkers kit.kl Drive 56 yards 12 plays, 5 34 Smithson Valley Gentry 3 run IWundedich kick i Drive 7b yards. 13 plays. 5 45 Somerset SV First downs 14 13 by pass 4 0 by run ...... IO 13 by penalty , .. ..........0 0 Rushes yards 38 189 43 187 Passing yards 68 25 Passes ......... 5 13 1 3 70 Punts............ I 380 4 29 5 Fumbles lost OO 42 Penalties yards 648 7 52 Individual statistics Rushing — Somerset G Luge. 1162. 1TD. Ledesma 11-61; R. Logo 9 52. Gnego 3 23, Akers 1 0 Mares I 2. De Los Santos I 2. Cooper 1 I 3) Smithson Valley Sc Balmos 23 IU. Gentry 17 76. 2TD; Irvine 2 I 10I. Utcak I 9 Passing — Somerset Garza, 5 13 I. 65 yards, ITO Smithson Valley Irvine 3 6 0, 25 yards, Sc Balmos OO 0. 0 yards Racatving — Somerset Mates 3 39 ITO, Ledesma 1 13, Gnego 1 16 Smithson Valley Sc Balmos 219, Lozano I 6 half, were .stopped on their next possession at their own 35. A low snap from center on the punt gave Ranger’s defensive end John l^izano enough time to swoop in from the right side and block the punt. The ball was recovered by the Bulldogs at the Somerset 12-yard line with 3:56 to play. After a delay of game penalty forced the Rangers back to the 17, carries by Gentry and Balmos gained five yards and a six-yard pass from Mike Irvine to Ixizaiio left Smithson Valley with a fourth-and-four situation from the Bulldog 6. Balmos took a pitchout and scampered around the right side, tight-roping the sideline before being knocked out of bounds at the I and gaining the first down. Gentry muscled his way up the middle on the next play for the touchdown. The Rangers called a time out before the two-point conversion to discuss their options. “We knew we were going for two. There was no doubt about it. We had come too far to settle for a tie,” Coach Irvine said. What the Rangers came up with was a rollout pas to the right side, where the end zone was flooded with receivers. What the Bulldogs came up with was a tremendous surge in the defensive line, causing quarterback Irvine to scramble for his life before being dragged down by defensive tackle I^irry Taylor at the 20 yard line. “Who knows what the right play is in a situation like that,” Coach Irvine said. “The play was there, we had some people open, but we just had a breakdown in our blocking.” After Somerset quarterback Gary Garza cleanly fielded the Rangers’ onside-kick attempt at midfield, the Bulldogs were able to eat the filial 2:25 of the clock by gaining two first downs on the ground. The Bulldogs scored all of their points in the first quarter, scoring touchdowns on drives of 47 and 56 yards. It took Garza just six plays to move Somerset for the first score, with fullback Genaro Lugo breaking off left tackle for a 19-yard touchdown run with 7:30 left in tile quarter. On their second posse aion, the Bulldogs methodically marched downfield, with five running backs carrying the load. Somerset scored on its 12th play of the drive on a three yard pass from Garza to split end John Mares. Somerset drove deep in Ranger territory on its next two possessions in the second quarter, but the Ranger defense came up with two big plays to kill the drives. Shawn Balmos tackled Luge for a one-yard loss at the Ranger IO on fourth down to end one series and Mike Wilson intercepted a Garza pass at the Smittison Valley 19 to stop another drive. See RANGERS, Page 9AKickoff return lifts NB over Travis, 13-12 LESLIE KRIEWALDT/Mf RALD 7EITUNG New Braunfels quarterback Victor Sierra delivers a pass during Friday's game By TIM MILLETT Correspondent Stephen Millett rushed for 80 yards on 18 carries and one touchdown and Stephen Hanz recovered a fumble in the end zone as the ninth-ranked New Braunfels Unicorns nipped the Austin Travis Rebels, 13-12, Friday night at Unicorn Stadium. Millett, a tailback, scored the decisive touchdown with 2:55 left in the game after Travis’ quarterback Mike Conley one-yard sneak put the Rebels ahead, 12-7. Millett fielded the kickoff over his head at the five and followed blocking to the left and then the right before dasliing through a wedge into the end zone. New Braunfels’ attempted a two-point conversion failed on a pass by quarterback Victor Sierra. “The fact that it was kicked over his head let the coverage got further downfield then normally and he just split the defense,” Unicorns Coach Jim Streety said. “A wedge formed and with his speed only one guy had a chance to catch him, but Stephen veered left.” On their first possession, the Unicorns picked up four first in traveling to Travis’ 29 before drawing a delay of game penalty and dropping a pass on a fourth-and-two play. “We played pratcially like last year,” Streety said. “We hurt ourselves with dropped passes andStatistics Scots by quarters: Austin Travis ........... 0 0 • 6 — 12 New Braunfels ........... 0 0 7 8 - 13 Scoring summary: New Braunfels Hanz fumble recovery in end zone (Sierra kick! Travis Rose 2 run (lock failed) Drive 73 yards. 9 plays, 2 52 Travis Conley 1 run Inn felled) 82 yards, 14 plays, 7 OO New Braunfels Millett 95 kickoff return (pass failed) Team statistics HB Travis Fast downs ............... IO    14 penalties.” The Rebels took the ball from their 29 to the New Braunfels 38, where the drive was stopped by the Unicorns’ defense. The defense stopped Travis’ next possession as well, when linebacker Kevin Webb recovered a fumble at the New Braunfels 25. New Braunfels’ third possession of the first half stalled at the Travis 40 after another delay of game penalty and dropped pass. Travis had one la t chance to score in the first half after Leon Sneed dropped a punt at the Unicorns’ 80 with 18 seconds left in the half. But a pass interference call and two running plays ended a scoreless first half. by pass......................4    0 by run  ......................6    9 by penalty  ................0    5 Rushes yards ............ 31 109 54 256 Passing yards ........... 64    0 Return yards ................ IOO    29 Passes .................... 5    140    04 0 Punts................ 4    33    0    2    39    0 Fumbles lost ................31    30 Penalties yards.............. 1065    2 10 Time of possession............ 13 54    34 46 Individual statistics Rushing — New Biauntels Millett 18 80: Bakal 2-14; Hanz 2 10. Purdy 3 2, Siena 4 I )8 Travis Saner white 19 108. Conley 1261 Passing - New Braunfels Sierra 4 15 0 64 yards Travis Rose 0-40 Receiving — New Braunfels D Millett 1 25; Sneed 2-21; Purdy 2 18 "The encouraging thing about the game is we played consistently well, even though they drove on us,” Streety said. “Travis has a good football team, outstanding running backs and a lot of speed in their defensive secondary .” New Braunfels missed a chance to score with 7:19 left in the third quarter when Sneed dropped an apparent touchdown pass after a Travis cornerback had fallen down. That drive stopped at the Unicorns’ 49, and New Braunfels punted. The Rebels’ Louis Hudspeth fumbled on the first play after the punt, and cornerback Claude Por-terie recovered at the Travis 32-yard line. Two pass recptions by fullback Ryan Purdy from Sierra along with a couple of runs by Millett moved the ball to the Rebel 7-yard line. But Millett fumbled at the Travis I as he was fighting to get into the end zone, and the Rebels recovered. On the next play, Rebel tailback Fred Satterwhite fumbled on a pitch while in the end zone and safety Hanz emerged from the pile with the ball for a touchdown. Sierra converted on the extra point for a 7-0 Unicorn lead. “The defense got credit for the score, but offensively we should have scored,” Streety noted. After New Braunfels’ score, Travis drove 73 yards in nine plays for a touchdown, with quarterback Tim Rose scoring on a two-yard run with no time left on in the third quarter. The PAT was blocked by New Braunfels lineman Dickie Ortega. On their next following possession, the Rebels put together another long drive — all on the ground — going 82 yards in 14 plays and scoring on Conley’s sneak from the one-yard line with 3:30 left in the game. Unicorn linebacker Damon Millett dragged down Satterwhite, who had 103 on 19 carries, for a loss on the two-point conversion attempt and Travis led 12-7. Stephen MiUett’s kickoff return followed. The Unicorns held Travis on a See UNICORNS, Page IA ;

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