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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas THE DAILY Cowboys open season Astros close out road trip T NB, Canyon in home volley games u Dallas begins its 2005 NFL u rn Houston plays at Milwaukee before I u Unicorns host Hays Lehman: UC. IC EJ slate at AFC West champ San Diego beginning seven-game homestand Cougarettes welcome Lake Travis N Time: 3:15 p.m. (FOX) IM Time: I pm. (FSN, KGNB-AM1420) Time: 7:30p.m. SPORTS The Navarro    HHHHHHHP    99fF¥PWRHHM|    Herald-Zeitung ,oo.ban ^■rllBl ■    Next    move    tor    No team. nHH [email protected] ■ Unicorns are 0-3 and hurting for a win.    I    \M Page 8A — HERALD-ZErruNG — Saturday, September IO, 2005 TEXAS STATE TSU quarterback Barrick Nealy threw for 160 yards and two scores and ran for 52 and another touchdown in a 32-25 victory over Delta State. TSU seeking improvement, 2-0 start By Rick Breland Staff Writer SAN MARCOS — Ust Saturday, Texas State opened its 2005 season with a 35-28 win at home over Delta State. If the Bobcats pull out a win today against Southern Utah, it will mark the first 2-0 start to the season for Texas State since 1996. If the Bobcats want to get there, they will need to see some improvement in play over their season opener. “We probably lead the conference in rushing, lead the conference in defending the run, and probably lead in penalties,” head coach David Bailiff said. “We’re looking for some big improvement from the first to second week." SOUTHERN UTAH (0-1) AT TEXAS STATE (1-0) 6 p.m., Bobcat Stadium Radio: KTSW-FM 89.9 Tickets: $10 at gate ABOUT THE THUNDERBIRDS Conference: Great West Coach: Wes Meter (6-6 career) 2004 record: 6-5 Last year Southern Utah 31, Texas State 28 Series: 3-3 Outlook: Southern Utah will be looking to rebound from its season-opening, 38-13 loss to Idaho State. Texas State will be looking to avenge last season’s 31 -28 loss on the road. Southern Utah boasts a high-powered aerial attack looking to test the Bobcats secondary, while Texas State will be looking to have a balanced attack and avoid a shootout Keys to victory for both teams will be cutting back on penalties Last week the Thundertxrds had two drives stalled by third-down penalties; Texas State was penalized 14 times for 147 yards in its 32-25 win over Delta State Saying that the team needs to show improvement in some areas does not mean that this team is in shambles. ITie Bobcats showed last week they were a team capable of good execution. “We went 4-for-4 in the red zone last week, and that is outstanding," Bailiff said. “If you’re just looking on the stat sheet you might say the defense looks great, they must be in great shape. But when you look at the time of possession, you see the defense wasn’t on the field.’’ Last week Texas State’s offense ate up the clock by running the ball 45 times, compared to just 25 attempts through the air. This week against Southern Utah, the Bobcats hope to have a little more equity in their play-calling. “This week we’ll probably be more balanced,” Bailiff said. “We ran the ball so much because that is what we felt the game dictated.” Versus Southern Utah, Texas State will be facing a familiar challenge in that the Thun-derbirds have an explosive offense that relies on an aerial attack. Last week in their 38-13 loss to Idaho State, the Thunder-birds accumulated all but six yards of their total offense through the air. Southern Utah’s roster is geared towards a pass-oriented offense. “Zac Connors is a good quarterback. They have two receivers that are very tall. One is 6-3, the other 6-4 — they’re See BOBCATS, Page 10A New Braunfels goes 2-0 in 27-4A; SY falls to Churchill in 3 FRIDAY S SCORES Seguin 24. New Braunfels 21 Canyon 14, Austin McCall urn 9 Smithson Valley 40, Temple 6 Mai ion 30, Randolph 7 Navarro 42. Poth 28Rangers lough up Wildcats * * By Greg Wille ••Sports Correspondent •: TEMPLE — Temple fully teiew that it was going to have one t«o u g ll trp p o -tient on friday flight at Wildcat Radium: Class 5A ^o.    6- ranked Sfm i t h -^ron Valley. "As things turned out, the Wildcats had two enemies -i- the Rangers and them-^lves. •One turnover deep in Temple territory led directly to a touchdown in the game’s first minute, and another giveaway four minutes later set up another TD as powerful Smithson Valley blitzed the Wildcats early en route to a 40-6 victory. I Temple committed four turnovers, gained only 177 jjards total offense, and allowed 331 yards as its record under first-year head <*(*)ach Bryce Monsen fell to jf>-2. Davion Wright got loose .Tor a 98-yard touchdown sprint to cut the Wildcats’ deficit to 26-6 midway through the third quarter, Sut that was pretty much the only highlight for their hew multiple-spread Offense. ; \ Afterward, Monsen gave Smithson Valley (3-0) credit. Meanwhile, Smithson Valley coach Larry Hill — Whose team lost the 2004 division II state championship to Southlake Carroll qn a last-second field goal was happy to beat Temple for the third team in the lust four years but wasn’t ^totally pleased with the rSee RANGERS, Page 9A By David Rupkalvis News Editor New Braunfels took another step toward redemption with a dominating 25-16,25-15, 25-22 victory over Lake Travis Friday. Coupled with a victory over Canyon earlier this week, the Unicorns (16-8, 2-0 in District 27-4A) sent a statement early in district play that they intend to return to the state tournament this year. Amy Huddleston led a dominating offensive attack with 17 kills. Lacey Redwine pounded 7 kills and added three blocks and three aces. Rachel Brown had 33 assists and two aces and Taylor jonas added seven kills and 14 digs. New Braunfels will host Hays Lehman Tuesday night. SA Churchill 3, Smithson Valley 0 SMITT ISON VALLEY — The Smithson Valley volleyball team proved it is much improved, but also learned just haw far it needed to go in the district-opening match against San Antonio Churchill Friday. The Rangers pushed highly-ranked Churchill (19-4,1-0 in District 26-5A) in all three games but dropped a 15-17, 25-22, 25-22 contest. Megan Herring led Smithson Valley (0-1, 18-6) with 12 kills. Jessie Hartman added 30 assists, Dana Mecke had 11 digs and Desi Baker had two blocks and two aces. Marion 3, Randolph I lire Marion Bulldogs played one of their best games of the season in a 25-21, 25-12, 18-25, 25-12 victory over Randolph Friday. Kelsey Luddeke led tile Bulldogs (5-8) with six kills and seven assists, and TVacey Beicker had six kills and 11 aces. Sabrina Luensmann had 8 digs and Becca Hay added six digs. Bryan Hill Mats’ comeback denies NB Unicorns slow offensively in 24-21 defeatCougars get past McCallum By Will Wright Sports Editor At the end, as the Seguin Matadors danced in victory on their field, all the New Braunfels Unicorns could wonder was — what it? What if they hadn’t squandered field position in the first halt? What if they hadn’t ended each of their six first-half drives bi punts? What if critical penalties at critical times not continued Seguin scoring drives? And what if the big Seguin plays at the end not happened? Each of these what-ifs will be dwelled upon this morning, as the film sheds ample light on Friday night’s 24-21 loss to the Matadors at Unicorn Stadium. Seguin didn’t really look the better of the two teams, hut wound up with its first consecutive victories in the series since 1979-80. “There’s no doubt that we dug ourselves a hole in the first half,” New Braunfels coach Chuck Caniford said. “We had a lot of mental errors, and we didn’t play very smart. "But the kids responded in the second half and we got ourselves out of it.” New Braunfels first-half drives began on its 40, the Seguin 41, the Seguin 48, its 42 (twice), its 45 and its 31. The Unicorns came away with nothing — and only 50 yards offense to show for it. Holding a 10-0 lead at halftime, Seguin began to selfdestruct — thanks to great plays by Unicorns defenders. An interception by Sammy Gonzalez of Seguin quarterback Chaleh Ramos set up New Braunfels first score, on Zach Rhodes’ 35-yard TD run. By Rick Breland Staff Writer See COUGARS, Page 9A With 9:26 left in the third quarter, a fumble recovered by New Braunfels’ Nick Ayala set up New Braunfels on the Seguin 29, but Carl Gerken’s 36-yard field goal attempt fell short. Rashad Alexander’s tip of a pass sure to fall into the hands of a Seguin receiver denied the Matadors a conversion and subsequent punt. After New Braunfels converted for only the second time in IO third-down tries, Levi Blake- man dusted his coverage for a 32-yard TD pass that put the Unicorns up 14-10 with 4:01 left in the third. When Seguin’s next drive ended with Brooks Radla tackling the punter after a bad snap — starting the Unicorns on die Matadors’ 9, the sharks were indeed circling. Jeremy Erben’s 8-yard catch from Rhodes made it 21-10 with 11:48 left in the game. "That really gave them the momentum,” said Seguin coach Jim Carson. “The thing that could have happened with us is that we would throw it in, that we would accept the mistakes and let them beat us. But our kids are not like that.” Seguin (2-1) still couldn’t mount any offense on its fourth series and wound up giving it up on downs. But when Rhodes was bitercepted by Seguin’s Ian Mata and the ball returned to the New See UNICORNS, Page 9A AUSTIN — Chase Wilke ran for 174 yards and two touchdowns to lead Canyon to its third consecutive win, a 14-9 victory over Austin McCallum at House Park Friday night. “I felt like tonight we didn’t play a very crisp ball game, McCallum had a lot to do with that," coach Les Davis said. “We had to fight back in the second half and got the job done." The game turned out to be exactly what it was billed as — four quarters of smash mouth football. For the second week in a row, the Cougars’ defense shut down another star tab-back. This week, it was McCallum’s Jerald Cooper who came into the game with nearly 400 yards of offense, but finished the night with just 45 yards on 13 carries. “You can’t say enough about the defense,” Davis said “ITiey were put in some bad spots all night long, but the defense really rose to the occasion.” Canyon’s defense came up with several big plays, but perhaps the night’s biggest was a fourth down and I stop late in the third quarter with Canyon (3-0) leading 6-3 and McCallum driving. Canyon turned the ball Chase Wilke MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung Seguin's Marcus Greenwood (44) and Logan Johnson (9) pursue New Braunfels quarterback Zach Rhodes during the Matadors' 24-21 victory over the Unicorns Friday night. ;