New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Cougars, Buffaloes battle to the end
Clemens fights off late rally for victory
By ROBERT COPELAND
Canyon and Clemens have a long and storied rivalry, but Friday's installment will likely be
remembered for a long time.
Down 20-13 in the fourth quarter, sofftiomore quarterback Bradley George connected on a 15-yard pass to Richard Ybarra with 34 seconds left.
Chi an option, run-pass-keeper for the two-point conversion, junior quarterback Jason Hunt had no one open and tried to lunge in for the score, but the Cougars fell inches short of beating the Buffaloes and lost 20-19 at Cougar Stadium.
CHS coach Carl Gustafson said Hunt made the right move on the conversion.
“We had the chance to win and tried to make the play," Gustafson said following the game. “Jason made the right decision but came up a couple inches short.
“This game had a playoff type atmosphere and was a valuable learning experience for our team. I wish we could have made it and won the game but the kids really played hard tonight, and I’m very, very proud of them.”
The CHS defense helped keep the game within reach with several second-half stands against the Buffs.
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nJiucorns roll past Jefferson
By TOM ERICKSON
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The jury may still be out as to exactly how it was accomplished, but the verdict was clear at Unicom Stadium Friday.
New Braunfels rolled past Jefferson 41-3, upping its record to 2-0 this season.
But there was quite a debate among the Unicorns afterward as to which phase of the game was stronger — the offense, which racked up 372 yards and five touchdowns, or the defense, which allowed just 119 total yards.
Quarterback Klitf Kingsbury, who kicked a pair of field goals and passed for 174 yards and three touchdowns, gave a surprising answer.
“I would say our defense really made the difference ,” he said. “They just did a great job of stopping their running game ”
Indeed. Jefferson managed just 17 yards rushing as a team on 29 carries. The Mustangs (0-2) did find success through the air, however, racking up 102 passing yards.
Yet receiver Enc Graves, who hauled in six passes for 111 yards and two touchdowns, felt like the Unicom
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Home field disadvantage: Rangers end Tigers’ win streak
By CRAIG MERRIMAN
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FLORESVILLE — The Rangers did something Friday no one else had in more than two years — come away from Floresville with a victory.
Smithson Valley improved to 2-0 after beating Floresville 21-7. Coach Larry Hill said he was pleased with the victory.
“It’s a big win anytime you beat a distnct champ at their place," Hill said. “It was something we talked about all week, and our players came out and did what they had to do."
The Rangers' ground attack provided moat of the offense fix the second
time in as many weeks. Senior Jeff Shinn rushed for 131 yards on 25 carries and scored Smithson Valley's first touchdown.
Hill said Shinn was counted on even more against the Tigers because of efforts to shut down the running ability of quarteiback Michael Feel, who scored two rushing touchdowns in the season opener.
“Our offense is a tailback-oriented offense,” he said. “We didn't run Michael as much as last week, only because they did some things to take that away.”
Floresville* defense, which keyed in on stopping the run, came out about as Hill expected.
“They played their comerbacks up on the line of scrimmage to try and take our running game away, so we
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had more opportunities to throw,” Hill said. “When you say you’re going to throw the ball, you don’t just throw it, you throw it well. That is whig we (bd tonight”
Feel took full advantage, connecting on eight of 12 pass attempts for 89 yards. He also had 38 yards rushing
on nine carries and scored two touchdowns.
The Ranger offense took full advantage of its drives, scoring on all but three — one of which ended the first half. Smithson Valley was never forced to punt and totaled 17 first downs for the game.
Both teams compiled more than 200 yards on the ground, but Floresville struggled to establish its passing game. Quarterback Enk Garza had just one completion for five yards and threw two interceptions
At the other end of both interceptions was safety Taylor Jordan.
“Taylor has been a stalwart at defense for us the past two years and he came up really big tonight,” Hill said.
Jordan said both picks were simply a result of good positioning
“Our defensive line forced (Garza) to throw some crazy balls, and I just happened to be rn the right place at the right time,” he said.
The Rangers took an early 7-0 lead
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