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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung O Sunday, September 10 ,1995 □ 7 A “It’* rill easy to say Tim (Ivey) got a bunch off yards or BJ. got a bunch off yards — somebody is knocking thorn around and open* ing holes.” — Smithson Valley coach Larry Hill, on the Rangers' offensive line. In the news Penn State’s late field goal edges Red Raiders 24-23 STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Brett Conway and Bobby Engram were the goats and the nation's longest winning streak was in jeopardy when Penn State got the ball trailing Texas Tech by two with 6 1/2 minutes left. But Engram, whose two fumbled punts led to touchdowns for the Red Raiders, caught three passes in the final drive, and Conway, who missed two field goals, kicked the game-winner as the No. 4 Nittany Lions defeated the Red Raiders 24-23 Saturday in the season opener for both teams. Conway, who made 10 of 12 field goals last year, missed attempts from 37 and 49 yards Saturday. He made a 39-yarder with four seconds remaining to beat the Red Raiders, who were three-touchdown underdogs. “It looked wide right, then I looked at the official and my heart went down to my feet," Texas Tech linebacker Marcus Coleman said. kiw Braunfels nnidoiit takes —cond bi NFL Power Points Roy Smith, a New Braunfels resident, scored 127 points to place second in the weekly Texas Power Points football con-test. Smith; sn Employee with John Williams Electric, received a $25 prize from the Herald-Zeitung. The first place winner was Gayle Sechrist, a school teacher from Lubbock who won the $1,000 prize. She scored 132 of the possible 136 points. Watorski show to slid# bito action on Lake Dunlap Lake Dunlap will be the site of a waters-ki show featuring area residents and national ski competitors. New Braunfels native and former national skier, Lydon Flume, will perform along with his daughters, Sarah, 8, and Shauna, 6. The act includes barefoot skiing and riding an airborne ski kite. Jason Taylor, a New Braunfels High School graduate and current national competitor, will perform on a waveboard T. Dudley Zoeller will show his skills on a waverunner. Several barefoot skiing acts will be included in the action-packed show, some featuring Rick Biasiolli and Mike Bohan. All proceeds from the ticket sales will be used to control the hydrilla plant overgrowth in the natural waterway. The event is sponsored by the Preserve Lake Dunlap Committee. For tickets, contact Bob Peters at 609-1441 or visit Dave’s Exxon at 920 Interstate 35 W. behind HEB. Charity golf toumamont to ald Hoapleo Now Braunfels The Lutheran Brotherhood Cedar Branch No. 8886 will hold its third annual Chanty Golf Tournament at Starcke Park Golf Course in Seguin starting at 8:30 am. Saturday. Sept. 23. The tournament, sponsored by Cedar Branch, will benefit Hospice New Braunfels. The Tournament wtf be a four-player team scramble format. Cost is $35 per player for green fees, cart and aH prizes. All proceeds raised will be matched up to $2,000 by Cedar Branch. For more information, contact Sam Moore at (210) 629-9641 or Grog Gunderson at (210) 620-0131. Nwm Braunfels flirts’ softball registration flsts undsr way The New Braunfels Girls' Softball Association is currently registering girls for the fall season at Rawlings Sporting Goods. The league includes slowpitch for girls ages 7-18, and fastpitch for ages ICF 18. The season begins Sept. 30 and runs through Nov. 18. All games are played on Saturday mornings. Registration ends Sept. 16 for all ages Tryouts for slowpitch ages 9-14 will be held at Comal Park at 10 arn. on Sept. 16. Fastpitch tryouts are set for 10 a.m. on Sept. 23. The cost is $15. For more information, call 606-5528 or 625-7912. Sports Day ■ To talk with Sports Editor Thomas Godley about Sports Day, call 625-9144. ext. 24. Sports Pay _ Panthers spoil Unicorns *95 debut New Braunfels falls 21-0 in home opener By THOMAS GODLEY Sports Editor Pflugerville head coach Mike Honeycutt said before the game that the Panthers would keep it on the ground with clock-consuming drives. The passing game would be merely a side-note, a way to keep the defense honest. The Panthers stuck to that rushing strategy by and large, but it was two plays through the air that made a world of difference Friday night as Pflugerville blanked New Braunfels 21-0 at Unicom Stadium. Head coach Tim Kingsbury, who was hoping for a stronger debut, knew the Panthers would come right at the defense with power football. "They didn't do anything we hadn't prepared for at practice," Kingsbury said. "They just executed well and made the plays when they had to. We had trouble running the ball, and on defense we gave up those two big plays." As predicted, the Panthers came out running. The opening drive followed script with running backs O.J. Arnold, Paul Luna, David Jackson and fullback Justin Sampleton each getting carries and finding lanes in the Unicom defense. In between the traps, sweeps and counters, sophomore quarterback John Ramirez connected on a 12-yard pass to Lance Fink. Sampleton capped the 11-play series with a 3-yard plunge up the middle. Allan Bielhe's extra point was good and the Panthers led 7-0 midway through the first quarter. The Unicorns, meanwhile, struggled to muster a first down on their opening possession. The Panther defense, led by linebacker Solomon Hapshie, kept Unicom running back Kelly Garza in check, limiting him to 14 yards on seven carries in the first half. With their third possession, the Panthers needed only five plays to extend the lead. On second down at their own 28, Ramirez rolled to his right and found receiver Jack Frost on a short flag pattern. The 6-1, 163-pound senior slipped a tackle near midfield and sprinted down the sideline into the endzone. "That's one of those plays we were ready for but just didn't make the play." Kingsbury said. "We were concerned it might happen with our secondary being so young. There were four guys back there playing in their first varsity game. They gave up some tong plays, but they got better as the night went on, and I think they grew from the experience." On the next senes, the Unicorns ran three plays and punted. The Panthers threatened to No. 5 Westlake dumps Canyon Ivey runs wild over Southside Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Pflugerville defensive back John Martinez (33) stops New Braunfels running back Kelly Garra. The Panthers held Garza to 29 yards on 13 carries in a 21-0 win over the Unicorns on Friday. score again before halftime on a drive highlighted by an 18-yard run by Luna to the 43-yard line. They reached the Unicom 27 before strong safety Kyle Reneau, who finished as the Unicorns’ defensive standout with 14 tackles, came up with a drive-stopping interception at the 17. Three plays later, however, the Panthers were back in business after recovering a fumble by Garza at the New Braunfels 26 yard line Facing a possible 21-point deficit, the Unicom defense stiffened, recording two sacks and sending the teams into the locker room at 14-0. At that point. New Braunfels had 19 yards tushing to the Panthers' 125 yards on the ground. For the game, the Panthers rushed for 203 yards to the Unicorns' 47. In the third quarter, the momentum apparently had taken a huge swing. Safety Jason Hahn intercepted a pass at midfield to set up the Unicom offense. The drive had stalled on third down, but punter Clay Skaravosky faked a punt and threw to a wide-open Jason Hahn who bolted 43 yards for an apparent touchdown to pull the Unicorns to within 14-7. New Braunfels fans were thinking comeback, but the play was negated by an illcgal-man-downfield penalty. The Unicorns were forced to punt, and the Panthers took over for what would be the game-clinching score. On second down at the Unicorns' 43, Ramirez got off a pass in the face of a blitz and hit Arnold in stride for the final touchdown. Down 21-0 heading into the fourth quarter, Unicom quarterback David Simmonds was forced to pass, and the Panther defense was ready for it. Simmonds went 5-for-15 for 75 yards and no interceptions "David had a solid game," Kingsbury. "He had some passes that were dropped and that's something we have to improve on. Pflugerville started stacking the line on defense when our passing game wasn't working." Despite the setback, Kingsbury said several young players came through with big games. He praised the play of center James Boyd and linebacker DeAngelo Aguirre. For the night, the Unicorns intercepted two passes, recovered a fumble and blocked a field goal. "We had some opportunities with turnovers that didn't turn into anything," Kingsbury said. "It was a tough toss and the players are down, but they realize they can do a whole lot better. We didn't play to our potential We know there are things that can be corrected and I feel strongly that the team will bounce back against Seguin next week." The Unicorns are al home again on Friday. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. By DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer Smithson Valley running back gains 200 yards in 34-6 rout over Cardinals By ROBERT STEWART Special to the Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley running back Tim Ivey picked up where he left off last year with a 200-yard rush-ing game against San Antonio Southside in what could be his second consecutive 1000-yard season. Ivey helped give Smithson Valley control of the game early Fri- .^n|. day with three touchdowns before halftime. Brad Triesch secured the lead with a 90-yard touchdown return of the second-half kickoff. “We had some first game jitters rn a lot of places and weren’t as sharp as we would like to be on either side of the ball but. I tell you what, we’re not going to apologize about 34-6. We’re dang glad to have it and we’re looking forward to next week," said Larry Hill, third-year Smithson Valley head coach. Hill emphasized that not all credit should go to the offensive ball earners. “We felt like our offensive line did a good job picking up their blitzes and stunts,” he said. “They’re kind of a gambling type defense and they’re going to make some plays on you You’ve got to understand that coming in but we realized that maybe that presents you for the opportunity for some big plays too" Hill said the real stars that make things work make their contribution on the offensive line. “I was real proud of our line—they did a great job. We had (John) Aklaba al center, (Josh) Hams at nghl tackle. (Daniel) Lewis at left tackle, (Ricky) Martinez at right guard and (Kevin) Kropp at left guard and our two tight ends, (Travis) Smith and (Sam) Teuton They just did a great job.” Southside look the opening kickoff but was unable to convert The Rangers received the ensuing punt and took over on ilk-ii own 33. Ten plays later, Ivey ran the ball in from 11 yards inn to make the score 6-0 with 5:49 left in the first quarter Hie extra point attempt by Billy Grindle missed wide The Cardinals mounted an impressive drive on the next possession but the Smithson Valley defense proved up to the test. Southside drove from their 35 to the Ranger 7 before turning the ball over on downs with an incomplete fourth-down pass. It did not take long for the Austin Westlake Chaparrals to show the Canyon Cougars why they are one of the best Class 5A teams in the state. Highly regarded Westlake running back Ryan Nunez found a seam in the right side of the Cougar defensive line and raced 87-yards untouched for a toucdown on the game’s second play. The score came 60 seconds into the game and set the tone for Westlake’s 38-14 victory over Canyon at Cougar Stadium on Friday night. The Chaparrals used the nifty tunning of Nunez, the precision passing of quarterback Drew Brees and the receiving of Nunez and Ben Peays to put their offense into high gear. Nunez, a 5-10 senior with 4.3 speed, gained 177 all purpose yards (139 yards rushing and 38 yards receiving) and scored three toucdowns. Brees passed for 194 yards on ll-18 pass completions and one touchdown. Peays was a nightmare for the Canyon secondary as he caught six passes for 95 yards and hauled in one score. On the night, Westlake garnered 311 yards of total offense. "Nunez was outstanding running the ball,” Canyon Coach Larry Nowotny said. ‘They (Westlake) are improved at the quarterbacking and receiving positions this year. Their offense put tremendous pressure on our defense. When they put that kind of pressure on you, it is hard to stop them. I believe our defense played good in some spots, but they eventually wore us down ” Unfortunately, for the Cougars, they did not have the impressive offensive numbers the Chaps had. Canyon could never gel their offense into sync in the first half. The aggressive Westlake defense held senior running back Trenady Offermann to 53 yards on 14 carries. Quarterback Reagan George and wide receiver Ricky Boehle provided the highlights for Canyon fans when they hooked up on scores of 30 and nine yaids. However, George had a tough night in the backfield as he was sacked three times by 210 pound senior tackle Philip Wood and held to 65 yards passing. Westlake broke the game open in the second quarter. The Chaparrals scored 21 points in the quarter lo take a 28-0 lead at the half. Westlake used a 15-play, 61-yard drive, capped off by halfback Brant Landry’s six-yard score, to go up 14-0 with 7:05 in the period. The Chaps next score was set up when comeiback Ben Dozier picked off a George pass at tire Cougar 35 and ran it three yards to the 32. Six plays later, Nunez ran off right tackle for three yards to put Westlake up 21-0 with 5:17 left in the half. However, the Chaps were not done before the half. Westlake got the ball at their own 24 with 1:54 left. Brees proceeded to See RANGERS, page 9 Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Hauling in two touchdowns, Canyon receiver Ricky Boehle was a bright spot for the Cougars in a 36-14 loss. complete three passes for 66 yards during the drive. He connected with Nunez for a 16 yard gam to the 40. Then Brees found David White for a 17 yard gain to the Canyon 40 with 33 seconds left. On the next play, Brees rolled out to his left and hit Peays on the flag route for a 33-yard touchdown pass with 0:19 left. "They executed better than we did,” Nowotny said. “Our team made some mental mistakes and errors in discipline. They were able to capitalize on our mistakes. A good football team does that.” lire Cougars came out fired up in the second half. George hit Boehle for a 30-yard score on a play action pass with 6:58 in the thud. Boehle made a leaping catch at the 5 in front of Peays, who plays strong safety on defense, and ran it in for the touclidown. On the nine play, 75 yard scoring dnve, George carried three times for 22 yards, including his 11 yard scamper to the Westlake 37-yard line. Westlake added two more scores on Nunez's three yard run and Jeff Baker’s 37-yard field goal with 6:48 left in the game. Canyon scored with 0:39 left when George found Boehle on See COUGARS, page 9 ;