New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 8, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Canyon cheerleader Chelsea Riley roots for the Cougars.
Thursday, September 8,2005 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A
Coogs seeking 3-0
Canyon out to remain unbeaten on road.
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Matadors tangle with Unicorns
Cowboys open season
Smithson Valley hosts ranked Chargers
Seguin faces New Braunfels in
Dallas begins its 2005 NFL
as District 26-5A volleyball play begins
football clash at Unicorn Stadium
slate at AK West champ San Diego
Time: 7:15 p m.
Time: 3:15 p.m. (FOX)
From staff, wire reports
MCCALLUM-CANYON FOOTBALL TICKETS -
Tickets to Friday’s Canyon-Austin McCallum football game at I louse Park in Austin will be sold today from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Friday between 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at the front office at the high school. General admission adult tickets are $6; $3 for students. All seats will be the same prices at the gate.
SV TEMPLE FOOTBALL TICKETS - Tickets to Friday’s Smithson Valley-Temple football game at Temple’s Wildcat Stadium will be sold today and Friday from 8-11 a.m. at the fieldhouse and until the end of C lunch in the cafeteria at 1:45 p.m. General admission adult tickets are $6; $3 for students. All seats at the gate will he $7, cash only.
SEGUIN NB FOOTBALL TICKETS - Tickets to Friday’s Seguin-New Braunfels football game at Unicorn Stadium will be sold at the high school offices from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. today and from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday. Reserved adult tickets are $7; $2 for students. Reserved tickets at the gate will be $7; $6 for general admission.
ONE NB JV GAME TODAY — New Braunfels and Seguin will play only one junior varsity football game, today at 5 p.m. in Seguin. Tile freshman teams will play two games today at Unicom Stadium, with the B team competing at 5 p.m. and the A team following at 7 p.m.
PIERCE ADVANCES TO OPEN SEMIS - Mary Pierce advanced to her first U.S. Open semifinals Wednesday with a commanding 6-4,6-1 win over friend and fellow Frenchwoman Amelie Mauresmo. On Friday Pierce, seeded 12th. will face Elena Dementieva, who defeated top-ranked Lindsay Davenport 6-1,3-6, 7-6 (6). Bobby Ginepri, a 22-year-old who had never gone beyond the third round of the Open, won his third straight five-setter against a seeded player, heating Guillermo Coria 4-6, 6-1, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, to guarantee that an American will play in the final. The all-American quarterfinal between Andre Agassi and lames Blake began late Wednesday.
Kingsbury finds new life in Denver
Former New Braunfels andTexasTech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury, shown playing a 2003 preseason game with New England, has signed to play with Denver.
By Will Wright
The Denver Broncos on Tuesday filled the lone vacancy on their practice squad by signing former New Braunfels and Texas Tech quar-terback Kliff Kings-bury to a contract.
Kingsbury was waived by the New Orleans Saints Aug. 28 following a year on the team’s practice squad. The Denver team’s Web site said the 6-4, 210-pounder played in two preseason games for the Saints, completing IO of 21 passes for 139 yards and no touchdowns with one inter-
ception. During the Saints’ preseason opener against Seattle Aug. 12, he led an 8-play, 73-yard drive to a field goal during the second half.
Denver team spokesman Erie Estes confirmed Kingsbury was practicing with the team in Englewood, Colo. Wednesday. Kingsbury could not be reached for comment.
Kingsbury is the fifth quarterback to join the Broncos' practice squad. The team had two quarterbacks there last year — Bradlee Van Pelt and Matt Mauck. Van Pelt is on the 53-man roster as the second-stringer. Mauck was waived Saturday and agreed to join the Tennessee Titans’ practice squad Monday, the Web site said.
Kingsbury, 26, was selected by New England in the sixth round (201st overall) in the 2003 NFL Draft and spent his
entire rookie season on injured reserve with an arm injury.
He was placed on injured reserve by the Patriots in August 2003 and waived by the team in September 2004. He was signed by the Saints and spent last season on the practice squad.
At Texas Tech, Kingsbury was the third collegian to throw for over 10,000 yards, finishing with 12,429 in his career. The 2002 Big 12 offensive player of the year his senior season, he completed 1,231 of 1,883 career passes with 95 touchdowns and 40 interceptions in 43 games. He set 39 records at Tech, including 13 Big 12 records and seven NCAA marks.
Kingsbury threw for 3,009 yards and 34 touchdowns while attending New Braunfels from 1995-97.
Unicorns look forward to home
Caniford sees team growing, despite 0-2 start
By Will Wright
New Braunfels, finally, is coming home.
The Unicorns don’t yet have a win to show for their 2005 football season, but are aiming to please the home crowd Friday night against Seguin.
"We might be 0-2, but we’ve had a lot of hard work and are playing together more as a team," senior safety-receiver Levi Blakeman said. “We’re getting closer and closer.”
New Braunfels is 0-2 for the first time since 1990. The Unicorns last started 0-3 in 1970.1 lead coach Chuck Caniford isn’t as much concerned with all of that as he is with establishing this team’s identity.
"We want to go out and win every game we play. Certainly, we want to get this thing going,’’ Caniford said. “We had a chance to win last week, but didn’t follow through with it. We’ve got to find a way to finish it out in the coming weeks. We’ve got to get a little momentum going before we go into district.’’
A week after losing by 28 points to now-third-ranked Stephenville, the Unicorns stepped it up offensively and defensively last week against Pflugerville Connally. They led 14-7 well into the third quarter against the Cougars, who entered as a 28-point favorite but left with a 19-14 victory.
Still, the Unicorns struggled to run the ball effectively (22 carries for 59 yards). They didn’t put the ball on the ground (like they did against the Yellow Jackets), but senior quarterback Zach Rhodes threw three interceptions, bringing his two-game total to five.
Rhodes passed for more than 200
yards for the second straight game, with Kurtis Kostan snaring eight passes for 160 yards. Kostan has now caught 16 passes for 288 yards.
“Zach is doing some things really well, but as he keeps adjusting more to what we’re doing, I’m sure he ll keep getting better,” said Caniford, who points to Rhodes’ stats (39 of 64 for 514 yards and four I Ds) through die first two outings.
The rushing game will improve as
the blocking does up front, though opponents’ blitzes have not granted New Braunfels much on the run, the coach said. If they continue, he ll keep going to the air with Kostan and backs Sammy Anderson and Jeremy Erben, the second- and third-leading catchers.
Hie defense last week gave up more than 400 yards again, but secured three turnovers.
"We played all 48 minutes hard and
got a little of that swarm mentality' back,” Caniford said. "We ran to the football and created turnovers, especially at some critical times. We played a lot better. We played hard enough to compensate for the mistakes we made.”
Safety Brooks Radla, the team’s leading tackler (20), agreed.
“We’re learning from our mistakes,”
See UNICORNS Page 6ABiggio, Lamb, Berkman homer as Astros sweep Phillies with 8-6 victory
PHILADELPHIA (AP) —
Craig Biggio hit a three-run homer off Billy Wagner with two outs in the ninth innings, and the Houston Astros beat the Philadelphia Phillies 8-6 Wednesday night to complete a three-game sweep.
Houston, which began the night with a one-game lead over Florida in the NL wild-card race, won their 12th straight over Philadelphia. The free-falling Phillies fell 2 1/2 games behind with their fifth straight loss.
Bobby Abreu hit a tying two-run homer in the eighth and pinch-hitter Shane Victorino gave the Phillies a short-lived lead with an RBI single, his first major league hit in more than two years.
Wagner (4-3) retired the first two batters in the ninth, before Jose Vizcaino reached on third baseman David Bell’s fielding error. Willy Taverns beat out an infield single to shortstop, and Biggio followed with a drive into the left-field seats for
his 20th homer.
Chad Qualls (5-4) got the final two outs in the eighth. Brad Lidge finished for his 35th save.
Light-hitting Mike Lamb hit a three-run homer and Lance Berkman hit a solo homer for Houston.
The Phillies rallied in the eighth against Dan Wheeler. Pinch-hitter Jason Michaels walked to start the inning. After Chase Utley sent Taverns to the center-field wall on a flyout, Abreu hit a drive deep into the Phillies’ bullpen in center field to tie it at 5.
Berkman walked to start die inning
and went to third on Lane’s double. Lamb then lined a 2-2 pitch into the riglit-field seats for his eighth homer, giving Houston a 5-3 lead.
Padilla allowed five runs and seven hits in 51/3 innings, one of his poorest outings since the All-Star break.
Berkman gave the Astros a I -0 lead in the second with his 18th homer and fifth in seven games. Houston cut it to 3-2 in the fourth on a fielder’s choice grounder by Adam Everett.
Brandon Backe, making his first start since July 23 after being sidelined with a strained left ribcage, allowed three runs and three hits in
four innings.Twins 8, Rangers 6
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins came back from a five-run deficit for the second straight day. This time they won.
Minnesota took advantage of a throwing error by pitcher Doug Bro-cail on a bunt to score two runs in the sixth inning and beat the Rangers.
Mike Redmond and I nis Rodriguez drove in two runs each for the Twins, who trailed 5-0 in the second inning
See BASEBALL, Page 6A
DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
New Braunfels quarterback Zach Rhodes (12) has passed for 514 yards and four touchdowns and rushed for 101 and another score in the Unicorns first two games. New Braunfels seeks the season's first win Friday against Seguin.