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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 23, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Page 6A — Herald-Zeitung — Friday, September 23, 2005 Zane i    Granzin displays his Unicorn spirit. SPORTS COMING SATURDAY A-ffPJ Staying perfect SV hopes to come out 4-0 vs. Churchill. p up! Herald-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] THE DAILY T I C ICE T 26-5A awaits Rangers Smithson Volley hosts SA Churchill in league football opener for both teams Time: 7:30p.m. (KNBT-FM92.1) a Astros at Cubbies Houston hopes to hang onto wild-card lead following series at Chicago Time:2p.m. (FSN, WGN) Back in the saddle After MNF loss to Redskins, Cowboys hoping to pounce on San Francisco Time:3:05p.m. (FOX) Sidelines From staff reports LOCAL NB VOLLEYBALL TIME CHANGE - New Braunfels has rescheduled its varsity volleyball game for tonight to 4:30 p.m. at Burnet. Both of the subvarsity games have been canceled. TSR POSTPONES EVENT — The Texas Ski Ranch Fall wakeboarding and extreme sports festival scheduled to begin today has been postponed to Oct. 15-16. NBCA pounds RRCA By Chuck Hughes Sports Correspondent ROUND ROCK — The New Braunfels Christian Academy Wildcats hit the road Thursday and throttled the host Round Rock Christian Crusaders 48-0 in a six-man football contest. Stalwart tailback Kurt Messenger led the way with two touchdowns while backfield mate Lance Charlton. not to be outdone, scampered for two scores of his own. Josh Dietert, Zachary Davis and quarterback Jonathan Henderson scored one touchdown apiece and Dustin Bryant converted three two-point kicks to round out the scoring. “It was a wide-open game for us," said NBCA head coach John Davis. “Our kids played hard and a lot of them got into the game. Everyone played well, but I was especially pleased with how Micah Brown and Josh Dietert played defensively. They were both in on numerous sacks and Zach Davis had an interception." Also making their presence felt defensively were Shawn Reneau, jordan Abuzaid, Bryant, John Deet-jen and Jordan Edwards. Edwards also saw a lot of action on offense. The Wildcats came out of the game injury-free and are now 3-2 on the season. Their next action is another road contest next Friday at San Antonio I’own East. Bobcats play close game at Aggieland COLLEGE STATION (AP) — Reggie McNeal threw for 317 yards and two touchdowns, and Texas A&M beat Texas State 44-31 in a stadium rendered unusually bare and an area choked with evacuating traffic as Hurricane Rita crept closer on Thursday night. Jason Carter caught eight passes for 219 yards and a touchdown for Texas A&M (2-1), which had asked fans outside the rural college See A&M, Page 8A Homecoming Cat Fight Cougars open up to pound Panthers By Rick Breland StaffWriter Chase Wilke rushed for a season-high 182 yards and two touchdowns on Homecoming night to lead Canyon to a 34-12 drubbing of Medina Valley. The win extended Canyons win streak to four on the season and allowed the Cougars to keep their spotless record intact. “Obviously, we did a few things right tonight," Canyon coach Les Davis said. “T he offensive line blocked very well. They (Medina Valley) were doing some things to take away our favorite plays, but the kids adapted well and Chase ran the ball hard and that allowed us to come away with the win." Wilke has rushed for over IOO yards in each of Canyon’s games and has racked up 640 yards on the ground this season, which has him near the top of the state in Class 4A. His 100-yard games have become the norm, hut Davis said he is still seeing Wilke get better each week. “The thing that stood out tonight is that now he is running with patience," Davis said of the junior. “You see a lot of times when we’d run the counter. I Ie was patient, read the block and made the cut. That is why he was able to get a few extra yards." While Wilke churned out yardage for the Cougars offense, the Canyon defense had one of its best outings of the season in holding Medina Valley (3-2) to just 214 yards offense. The bulk of that . «.■ *. / '•** .W,    '    'it    ■    A      VO.    . £ 7?*::. *£j MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung Canyon's Jaimin Shah hauls in a pass during the Cougars' 34-12 victory over Medina Valley inThursday's    Homecoming game at Cougar    Stadium. came in the fourth quarter    only 97 yards in the first half    “They lined    up    in    the after Canyon had inserted a    and didn’t get up their sec-    spread and    tried    to fool    you number of substitutions.    ond rushing first down until The Panthers were held to the fourth quarter.    See    COUGARS,    Page    7A Rangers host Chargers in 26-5A opener MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley head coach Larry Hill (left) and assistant Tony Trevino are pensive on the sidelines during the season's first win against Round Rock Westwood. The Rangers host SA Churchill tonight in the 26-5A opener. By Will Wright Sports Editor SMITHSON VALLEY — The old cliche about district play starting a new season is alive and well at Smithson Valley, whose football coach lives by those kinds of sayings. “In this league, you always start with Judson, who had that one loss to Copperas Cove,” Rangers coach Larry Hill said. “MacArthur is undefeated (as of midweek) and have surprised some people — I said at the beginning of the season they would, so it didn’t surprise me. “Other teams are also playing well — Madison, Roosevelt, even the teams no one expected to play well, are.” The next seven weeks will see if fifth-ranked Smithson Valley can win the District 26-5A title that eluded the Rangers last season. It might also illustrate just how far they can advance into the postseason. But first things are first — starting with tonight’s game against the Churchill Chargers (1-2). “Obviously, they’re a good program and have a team that’s very experienced,” Hill All District 3-1 1-0 3-0 OO 2-1 0-0 2-1 OO 1-1 OO 1-2 OO 1-2 OO 3-1 0-1 District 26-5A SA Reagan Smithson Valley Converse Judson SA Roosevelt SA Madison SA Churchill SA Lee SA MacArthur Last week's games Open: SV, Judson, Churchill,TR MacArthur 23, Boerne 17 SA Jay 38, Reagan 7 Seguin 32. SA Lee 9 Madison at SA O'Connor (Sat) Thursday's games Reagan 22, MacArthur 20 Lee at Judson, late Today's games Churchill at S. Valley, 7:30 p.m. Madison at Roosevelt, 7:30 p.m. said. “They’ve just had some disappointing losses. In both games they lost they threw the ball deep in the end zone to win it — so they could easily be 3-0.” Last year, Smithson Valley played a near-complete game to defeat (Churchill 22-0. The defense led the way, holding the Chargers to minus-18 yards rushing in the second half and 32 for See RANGERS, Page 7A District 27-4A All District Canyon    4-0    OO LakeTravis    3-0    OO Burnet    2-2    OO Marble Falls    1-2    O O Dripping Springs    2-2    O O New Braunfels    14    O O Last week's games Open: Canyon Austin Crockett 50, Marble Falls 37 Aus. McCallum 21, D. Springs 17 Austin Bowie 48, NB 21 LakeTravis 49, Lockhart 14 San Marcos 49, Burnet 32 Thursday's games New Braunfels 45, Del Valle 7 Canyon 34, Medina Valley 12 D. Springs 49, Aus. Johnston 20 Today's games LakeTravis is idle Burnet at Austin Reagan Austin Lanier at Marble Falls Unicorns hammer Cards for first win By Will Wright Sports Editor AUSTIN—The New Braunfels Unicorns finally broke through with the season’s first victory Thursday, annihilating the Del Valle Cardinals 45-7 at Veterans Stadium. It was the best effort of the year on both sides of the ball for New Braunfels ( I - 4 ) , which avoided the school’s first 0-5 Sammy Anderson start in 50 years. Jacob Gallegos had a big night, kicking a field goal, six extra points and scoring on an 8-yard run that gave the Unicorns an insur- Daniel mountable Cardenas 24-0 lead with 6:21 left in the first half. “Its been a long wait — I’m so proud of these kids," said Chuck Caniford, who got his first victory as Unicorns coach. “They faced so much adversity. but they just stuck with it and stuck with it each week. “I was also proud of them at the end. We tried to have a goalline stand and we had subs in there and they tried so hard (for the shutout). I can’t say how proud I am of the kids." Ronald Reed’s 6-yard TD run with 1:40 left was the lone score for the Cardinals (0-5), who finished the night with just 143 yards. New Braunfels finished with a season high in points scored (45), yardage (385) and first downs (18). “I think the biggest thing for us was coming out and playing well in the first half. The reason for that is because we came out relaxed,” Caniford said. “We just let it fly, and when they did that, good things happened.” Zach Rhodes completed 15 of 29 passes for 228 yards. I Ie scored on a 39-yard run in the first half and added scoring See UNICORNS, Page 7A ;