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4A--The Malakoff News, Thursday, Sept. 10, 1981 .i Another year's worth of season openers has come and gone. And with the opening round of games went the hopes and dreams of more than half the teams of that elusive undefeated season. Locally, only the Tigers still cling to that dream. The Cross Roads Bobcats and Trinidad Trojans dropped their initial outings and will have to settle for a less than perfect season. Despite the setbacks, beth schools will continue to work just as hard, if not harder, to make the year a winner. In Cross Roads there's realistic hopes of a year of marked improvement. Af- ter posting a 2-8 mark last year in their first year of varsity competition after a long hiatus, the Bobcats and their backers are looking for a winning ef- fort. Fourteen letterman reported back to Stomp the Bears! eY 9el The Cougars totaled O By BENNY ROGERS A sellout crowd is expected to be on hand at Bear Stadium in Brownsbero Friday night as the Tigers tangle with the Bears in the 33rd renewal of Hen- derson County's oldest and most heated rivalry. The Tigers lead the overall series 18-11-3. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. Both squads bring victories into the contest. The Bears used a last minute touchdown to defeat Westwood 15-14, while the Tigers had little trouble disposing of the Kerens Bobcats, 21-0, in the season opener. In the Bears' win over Westwoed, who also resides in District 18AAA with the Tigers, David Robinson tossed a scoring strike to James Brown with 1:53 remaining to tie the score at 14-14. Tony Long cool-headedly shoed the PAT to give the Bears their margin of victory. The Tigers will have to contend with the Brownsbero passing attack in this year's tilt with the Brownshoros. Utilizing the passing talents of Sonny the Cross Roads camp this year, which will make the effort a bit easier. The Bobcats showed vast improvement in their opener against Mt. Enterprise. Last year the Mt. Enterprise crew destroyed the Bobcats 35-0, but had to fight off the 'Cats this year to the tune of 20-14. The Bobcats remain in a tough zone with Mildred, Palmer and Cayuga, but their are spots on the schedule in which the Bobcats could really deal the op-" ponents misery. With a few breaks against the big guys on the block, the Cross Roads gridsters could pull off a shocker or two. Over in Trinidad the storyline's a bit different. Struggling in the numbers game, the Trojans face an uphill battle in '81. New mentor R.K. Henson's roster sports only 14 players, so it will not only be a case Of winning or losing but it will also be a ease of surviving. The Trojans opened against a power- ful Leon outfit and the results were what you might expect. Tigers overcame two fumbles inside their own 10-yard line with two fourth quarter scores to post a 16-6 come-from- behind win over the Brulna. That win snapped the Tigers' two-game losing streak against their rivals to the east. During the long and colorful rivalry, in which the inaugural tilt was played in 1939, the Tigers and Bears have split six shut-outs. The Tigers blanked the Bears in 1939, '40 and '63 and the Bears retur- ned the favor in '66, '72 and '78. The Tigers' largest margin of victory was a 44-0 whitewashing of the Bruins in '63. Brownsbero's biggest win was the 41-0 rout of the youthful Tigers of '78. The longest winning streak over the Bears for the Tigers four, from 1956 to '60. The Bears' longest is also a four- game margin from 1964 to '68. During the 70's the Tigers hold a 5-4-1 edge. Two scoreless ties have occurred in the previous 32 meetings. If this year's hatUe is anything like the ones of the past, area football en- Ferguson and Robinson the Bears will thusiasts are in for a real treat with ~ t the hall in the atmosphere "around hard hitting, fact-paced action the or- ptr0ent of the~lme" accOrdlng to der of the day. Kick-~ff is set for a p.m. Tiger boss Dale Norris. The Tiger TIGER TRACKS: Don Norwood, in- coach also noted that the Bears are a jured in an automobile accident prior to speedy bunch, last week's opener with Kerens, is ex- On the receiving end of the Robinson pected to return to action in two-to- and Ferguson aerials will be Greg three weeks...Russell Tarver and Billy Cofer, Jamie Cofer, Long and Brown. Whiteley were elected co-captains for The Bears will also send a steady the year by teammates last ground attack the Tigers' way, but will week...Tarver was named to the Tyler rely on the pass more times than not Morning Telegraph's East Texas Honor against the local gridsters. Roll for his performance against the In last year's Tiger-Bear battle, the Bobcats... Russell Tarver Vie Kirkland Ron Denis Billy Whlteley Nm/, , ' 489-0520 ROYALL INSURANCE AGENCY HOME-COMMERCIAL-AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE Representing: Employers Casualty, Employers National, Motor Insurance Corp. See. Sue Barnett Malakoff 510 W. Royall Blvd. ,Hlll, i ........ i f i i i - 365 yards against the Trojans enroute to a 48-0 shelling. The Trojans managed only 37 yards against a stout Leon defense. Trojan fans are going to have to be patient with their team this year. There are going to be growing pains for the young and inexperienced Trojans. But be patient, for there will be Friday nights when the Trinidad squad will slip up on teams and come away the winner. The situation in Trinidad is similar to the one in Malakoff a few years back. And look what's happening to the Malakoff team now. The Trojans' time will come. Speaking of the Tigers, who suc- cessfully opened against the Kerens Bobcats, several good signs came out of the Kerens game. It looks as though the Tigers have adapted to the Wishbone. Look at the results--three long scoring drives and 300 total yards. Most of the credit for the offense usually goes to the hacks, but the Tiger offensive line deserves a giant pat on the hack for Friday night's yardage. Whether they were opening running lanes or providing pass protection, the unit passed with flying colors against the Bobcats. Turning in time up front were Carey Jackson, Harold Holyfield, Joe Campana, Ron Denis, Todd Monroe, Tom Byers and Vic Kirkland. Others helped in the cause, but this was the bunch that did the overall job. Don't get me wrong, the Tiger hacks ran hard and do deserve some of the credit. Billy Whiteley, James Jackson, James Mastin and Russell Tarver all ran hard and aided each other with good blocking. The quartet is a first rate group and watch for continuous improvement in this area as the year progresses. Of course, as we are accustomed to, the Tiger defense once again turned in a yeoman's effort. Let's face it, 100 total yards, four first downs and a shut-out is not a bad way to start the year. Oh to be sure, there are areas to be improved on, but nevertheless give the defense a high passing grade for the Kerens en- counter. In the needs improvement depar- tment, there are three things that come to mind quickly. The Tiger kicking game needs to strive for improvement, both punting and kicking. But not to worry, for it will. Also, the Tigers must cut down on the penalties. There's nothing that will kill a drive quicker than a yellow flag. Getting away from the x's and o's, here's hoping the Tigers develop some type of killer instinct. In sporting terms killer instinct means to have the desire to put away the opponent once you have him on the ropes. As for an example, the Tigers were ahead 21.0 at the half Friday versus the.~.-~ final score was 21.0. Let's take a final look at the Kerens game, statistically, and turn out atten- tions toward arch-rival Brownsboro: OAlk~ AT A GLANCR TROJAN BACK Jimmy Carter carried two Leon Cougars with him on this rushing effort last Friday nigh Cougars destroyed Trinidad, 48-0. Other Trojans pictured are David Arnold (66), Dewitt Loven (55), Brad Paul Alrheart {60). The Trojans host Eustace Friday at 8 p.m. (Staff photo by Ann Rounsavali) i JEWETT--The Trinidad Trojans fell victim to South Central power Leon here Friday night in the season openers for beth schools. The Cougars blitzed the youthful and inexperienced Trojans, 48.0. Leon's demolition of the visiting Trojans was thorough as the Cougars rambled for 365 yards, while holding the Trojans to 37. Neither team gar- nered yardage through the air as beth teams' quarterbacks failed to complete a pass. The Trojans were 0 of 12 in the passing department, while the Coogs were passless in two attempts. Despite the wet playing surface, both squad's were able to hang on to the pig bladder as only three turnovers oc- curred. Trinidad suffered only a pass interception and the Cougars lost the hall via the fumble route twice. The Cougars wasted little time in get- ting on the scoreboard, driving 68 yards in seven plays. Kenneth Brown tacked up the first tally on a 19-yard scamper with 8:41 left in the opening stanza. Robbie Stewart added the two-point conversion to give the hosts an 8-0 lead. Trinidad's first offensive series resulted in a punt after runningbacks Jimmy Carter and Larry Parker were unable to dent the Leon defense. Following the unsuccessful series, the Trojan defense forced the powerful Leon offense into the same situation. Brad Elsom and Jerry Stanfield made stops on the talented Leon runhers to force the punt. Cougar Bobby Watson set up the next Leon, ~ when he~ blocked a Carter punt on the Trinidad 34-yard line. One play later Brown raced in from that spot to give the Cougars a 14-0 lead. Tim Polk and Alan Livingston teamed-up to block the PAT to hold the Leon advan- tage to two touchdowns. Brown scored again with 9:18 remaining in the half, scoring on a one- yard run on a fourth down situation. Quarterback Keith Watson passed to Bobby Watson for the two point conver- sion to up the Leon lead to 22-0. After an unsuccessful Trojans series, I~r~Dov~ ...................... 16 .......... 4 _Yards aumnl .................. ilO ......... as nrus ..................... N0 ......... 100 x~.m-su'm~ "~ ... i: i i i i~ i:: i i" y .......... s .4 .......... 1 ~ay ................... o .......... i Puam.Vsrd. ................ ........ 4/4o Ptmtl ........................ $/'J.4 ...... 6/40, l Sew~ ~ @,art,n .................... 7 '4 0 O--ill ~'ffi" ...................... ~.ws---, o o o-o Fourth quarter rally helps ---Jalm~ J~kaon 6 Run. (CU~ C~mmildekl). MAIAgOFF--Rmmm ~ i Run. (Gist amamta ki~l) lilnmt~ AtlaWma~: 1,~. in which quarterback Kyle Floyd at- Kirk Anthony scored tempted to bring the Trojans back with touchdown, bursting a series of passes that fell incomplete, racing 28 yards into the Cougars scored with 57 ticks left in kick failed leaving the the half. Bobby Watson got the call, 0, Leon, with 1:341eft scoring from three-yards out. The try ter. for two points failed and Leon led 28.0 at Early in the final the half time intermission, connected on the most The Leon scoring parade continued in sive series of the the third quarter as Randall Selman their own six-yard blocked another Carter punt with 8:32 progressed to their owz to go. Selman scooped up the blocked Hinson recovered a kick and jaunted into the end zone. The Charles Colman, try for two points failed leaving the the quarterback score at 34-0. Polk lumbered John Neey added the Cougars' next the drive. six-pointer on a one-yard plunge at the The Trojans try t( 3:16 mark of the quarter. Jeff Speer night as they successfully converted the two-point The Bulldogs were a conversion to extend the Leon lead to Cayuga Wildcats last 42-0. set for 8 p.m. CAUGHT IN THE ACT: Leon's Chris Smith inter(erred with AN 18AAA RECAP Unlike last year on opening night, two other 18AAA teams joined the Tigers in the winner's circle. Capturing wins along with the Tigers were Rusk and Crockett. A look at the 18AAA season standing shows: District 18AAA Team W L T Malakoff Tigers .... 1 0 0 Rusk Eagles... .... I 0 0 Crockett Bulldogs.. I 0 0 Fairfield Eagles... 0 I 0 Teague Lions ...... 0 I 0 Westwood Panthers 0 I 0 Last Week's Results Malakoff 21 ................... Kerens 0 Hillsboro 25 ................. Teague 12 Mexia 7 ..................... Fairfield 0 Crockett 21 ............ Madisonville 14 Rusk 12 ................... West Rusk 0 Brownsbero 15 ............ Westwood 14 MYSA TO MEET The newly formed Malakoff Youth Sports Association will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, September 16 in the Elementary School cafeteria at 7:00p.m. Let me take the time to encourage all parents of local youngsters to actively get involved in the new association. This new organization will serve as the governing body for all youth sports leagues. It will also attempt to open the lines of communications and will at- tempt to gain creditability to the local leagues. It's very important for you to get in- volved in the early going if the association is to be successful. Remember, as you go, so goes the association. What's it going to be? If your child and his activities are impor- tant to you. Get involved I ! MY GUESS IS... Anyone familiar to the Malakoff- Brownsboro rivalry know that the best team does not always win, records do not mean a thing nor do the pre-game predictions. When the two longtime rivals meet, it's no holds barred and "haty bar the door." The 1981 meeting should prove to be every bit as entertaining as the previous 32 tilts. Look for the defensive units to determine who the victor is to be this time around. The Tigers will have to hold off a strong passing attack for the win. They will: Malnkoff 20- Brownsboro 13. Livingston on thls passing attempt. Smith was flagged for the Cougars' 48-0 wln over the Trojans. (Staff photo by Ann Rounsavall) tops By BOBGUILIANO received a touchdown pass with 43Score atthehalf, 1t MT. ENTERPRISE--Sprawled-out seconds left in the first quarter to ac- "I was real football players with leg cramps didn't tivate the score board. The PAT failed, kids came back in obstruct the determination of the Cross That TD resulted from Bobcats went after it," Reads Bobcats and the Mount Enter- roughing the Wildcat kicker on a fourth "Our intercepting a prise Wildcat teams which clashed down punt, enabling the Wildcats to lifted usupandgav~ Friday night, keep the ball and make the scoring The Wildcats "It looks more like an infirmary out play. with a touchdown by here than a football field," exclaimed The second quarter Bobcat mistake called back on a Bobcats headcoachKeithTunnell, was an intercepted pass by Wildcat Spurred by the It almost didn't end that way, when wide receiver Kurt Arnold. Then, Wild- Jeff Tunnell Bobcat Fred Winston rushed in for a cat split end Gary Case made a fumble pull a Wildcat pass touchdown with 6:14 left in the fourth recovery on Cross Roads' 30 yard line. race 70 yards for a quarter. Tight end Myron Green That led to Coleman rushing in for his left in the third received a pass in the endzone for two second TD. The PAT again failed, failed. extra points. That brought the score to Wildcats also made a costly mistake 20-14 and put Cross Roads back in the in the second. Their wide receiver Todd Fourth game. Grubbs caught a deflected pass off the Wildcat safety in The opportunity to overturn the Wild- hands of Bobcat Dewain Cain, and ran making the score cats' lead fell through with an incom- in for a touchdown. The TD was called cats came back with a plete 40-yard pass to Green with 21 back because of an illegal lineman fullback Fred seconds left in the game. downfield. Green received a pass "We made mistakes in the first half," Undaunted by the setback, the Wild- for two extra points, Coach Tunnell said after the game. cats returned to action with an inter- of the defense began. "They (Wildcats)did a good deal better cepted pass by Jessie Lewis, followed The battle was not job. They took it to us better. We got by a Coleman rush for his third touch- Bobcats, who will downbecauseofmistakes." down with 50 seconds left in the first ting war next Friday Wildcat fullback Mark Coleman half. The PAT failed for the third time. Parkview Christian. q~ THE CROSS ROADS BOBCATS were anxious to begin what is hoped to be an Improved season contest against Mt. Enterprise. Final score was Mt. Enterprise 20-Cross Roads 14. (Staff Photo) FridaY night /.