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4 --The Malakoff News, Thursday, Oct. 15, 1981 If you thought last year's District IBAAA title chase was exciting ., Stay tuned. The best is yet to come. This year's battle for all the 18AAA bucks should easily surpass last season's excitement level as four teams are primed as legitimate title conten. ders. Unlike the 1980 race, the four title- hungry teams this year are playing championship caliber football. Last year it was a case of "We don't want to win the title, here, you take it." It was not until the final week of play last season before a champion was crowned. And even then, two teams shared the 18AAA bragging rights. In the end the Rusk and Fairfield Eagles eliminated the possibility of a four.way tie for the crown and split the title with son. The Eagles' strength lies in their offensive line, while their weakness is a suspect defense that has allowed an on- slaught of points during the early going of '81. Fairfield's hopes for the forthcoming race hinge on their offense and whether or not it can match opponents point-for- point if the defense continues to struggle. If the defense jells in a hurry the Eagles will live up to their role as laves. Crockett's Bulldogs (2-3) will bring a new look with a new coach into the year's 18AAA tussle, Monte Driskoll inherited the reigns as Crockett coach at mid-term last year and proceeded to clean house and install a discipline ~arOgram. Something that many feel d been lacking at the district's sour- thern most school. Facing the likes of Jacksonville, Hearne and Center, the 'Dogs fell upon 5 enOY mlist continue to be stingy with the points and yards and give the offense scoring opportunities. The offense must be able to capitalize on these chances at a high percentage. It's also going to be important for the Tigers to eliminate the silly penalties and turnovers that plagued them in the season's first half if they are to make a playoff appearance. Add to that an im- provement of certain areas of the kicking game and things could very easily go the Tigers' way in mid- November. If the Tigers offense will average 21 points per game in 18AAA play and the defense continues its stinginess the Tigers will make a long overdue trip to the throneroom come November 13, A word of explanation...Below you will find how I forsee the upcoming 18AAA race. You'll quickly see I picked the Tigers to turn in a 4-I worksheet. I do not forsee the Tigers dropping a game, but operating on the theory that TROJAN DEFENDER David Arnold had his hands on his man in Oakwood Friday night, (Staff Photo by e 4-1 league marks. The Tigers and losing times during non-district play, you never predict a team to go un- a n $ crockett were a buck short at 3-2, but could very well benefit from their defeated I guessed the next best thing. Westwood and Teague were not factors battles against the toughies once loop (But they will go undefeated! I ! ) |~ in the '80 campaign, play commences Friday night. Despite HOW THEY'LL F(NISH " Wee~i-F,L~ once again the Tigers, Crockett, bringing back four offensive and three Team W L T 1 Fairfield and Rusk are at the top of the defensive players the Bulldogs have an Malakoff Tigers ................. 4 I 0 loop's heap and all four have realistic abundance of talent from which to Crockett Bulldogs ............... 320 BvSTEVEBRIGANCE who ran up the middle for55 yards adding tthe~t~m'~[l hopes of walking away with a ticket to choose and you can bet Drlskoll will Rusk Eagles ..................... 3 2 0 OAKWOOD -- The Trinidad Trojans felt the agony of score. The point after failed and the score w the state playoffs. Last year Rusk cap- find the right combinations. Quarter. Fairfield Eagles ................. 3 2 0 tured the ticket by virtue of their last back Troy Bolton and speedy hacks 2:201eftinthehalf. tl~ Westwood Panthers .............. 2 3 0 defeat once again Friday night as they fell to the Oakwood second 7-3 win over Fairfield in the John Jackson, Frederick Scott and Teague Lions .................... 0 5 0 Panthers here, 34.0. Trinidad kicked off to the Panthers to begin "~ third week of loop action. Westwood George Black will provide the Crockett After a scoreless first period, the Panthers found half. ~rrld and Teague will once again hattie to offensive punch, while defensive back18AAA SCHEDULE themselves on the Trojan four at the beginning of the stay out of the cellar, although the Pan- Zebedee Hamilton will dare opposing October 16 second quarter, but a holding call brought them back to the Dale Turner ran from the Oakwood I0 for t~.~ of thers of Westwood could very well quarterbacks to try the friendly skies. Rusk at Malakoff 14. Victor Burrows ran the ball for three yards when he ran Then Haynes gave the ball to Burrows, who decide who takes the crown from their Crockett's title hopes could very wellFairfield at Crockett into Trojan Jimmy Carter. Burrows then marched into the total of 154 yards, fore gain of 14 yards likely spoilers role. be answered in the first two weeks ofTeague at Westwood endzone putting the Panthers on the scoreboard with 10:18 a first down. Quarterback Haynes carrie . The Rusk Eagles (3-2)were the top family play. Opening at home against October 23 left in thequarter. The PAT failed, leaving the score 6-0. yards where he was s toppedby David Arnold /r~lt~0 story of the district last season. After Fairfield and treking to Rusk in week.Malakoffat Teague Trinidad seemed to have a touchdown in its grasp after carried the ball along the left side for 37 ys porting a 1-3-1 non-district mark Coach number two, the 'Dogs will know where Crockett at Rusk getting the the ball following the kick by the Panthers. A another Panther touchdown with 10" 16 ren~"~ Rlk Largent's flock stunned the Tigers they stand very early. If they are able Westwond at Fairfield pass rom quarterback Charles Colman to Jerry Stanfield third quarter. Marvin Matthews caugl t the P~ ~ 74) in the opening week of family war- to win the first two watch the Bulldogs October 30 restfl.ed in a 31-yard gain. Colman then passed to James left the Panthers ahead 20-0. ,.,~tyu fare and followed with the equally bark up a title. Malakoff at Westwood Boyd putting the Trojans five yards closer to the Panther The Panthers found themselves on Trinidad s, tr tt shocking win over Fairfield. Crockett It appears as though the Westwood Teague at Crockett endzone. A four-yard run by Carter gave the Trojans their at the beginning of the final quarter. BurroWS ~~ was the only team able to turn back the Panthers (I-4) will take on the role of Fairfield at Rusk second first of the drive. Derek Jackson then got the ball into the end zone from there for his third of four~ Eagles, but the Birds were still to ad- spoiler this time around. The Panthers November e but the Panther defensive line ran him back for a six-yard for the night. A pass to Bobby Anthony left vance into the playoffs, return the most starters, nine offensive Fairfield at Malakoff loss. A run by Carter was good for five yards, but he 28-0 with ii :55 left in the fourth quarter. .~~i When you speak of the Rusk gridsters and seven defensive, to the 18AAA sc-Crockett at Westwood fumbed the ball on the next play giving the Panthers The Trojans next drive ended in a pass int~"~il tin~ your opening remarks are alwaysene. But something seems to be Rusk at Teague possession on their 24. Burrows who took the ball J0 yards into the t Mli directed the direction of one Lepoleon missing from the Palestine-based November 13 A punt by the Trojans later in the quarter and a return by point after failed and with 9:18 left in the ~ "'~'~ {~ Atklns. The 5-foot-7, 185-pound fullback, school. Malakoff at Crockett Burrows put Oakwood on their 37. A run by Larry Turner were on top 34-0. me who steps off the 40-yard dash at a 4.7 Carrying the bulk of Westwood's of-Teague at Fairfield put the Panthers eight yards closer to the Trojan end zone. The Trojans will play their homecoming gs~'~'~ i~tlM, cUp, is the heart and sotfl of the Eagles fensive load is running back Elvin Westwood at Rusk Then quarterback Reggie Haynes gave the ball to Burrows 7:30 against ~he ~dlldred EagleS. with his enormous running strength and Crawford. Joining the talented back inMY GUESS iS "ability. To stop the Eagles, a team must the backfield are Delbert Reeves and To say it's important for the Tigers to Ju~rnohow contain Mr. Athens. Zack Gibson and quarterback Joe Hud- open 18AAA play with a win over Rusk The Eagles return four offensive and dleston. Manning the Panthers' huge would be the biggest understatement of five defensive starters to the fold. defensive front will be Howard McKin- the season. So I won't say it, but it is. A Among them are quarterback Kennyney, Donnie Reed andKelley Thomas. good start in loop play will propell the Finley and tailback Tony Teague.Look for the Panthers to come up a Tigers into the throneroom for the first Llnehacker Keith Corley will lead the few points short in a couple of ISAAA time in 31 years. Beginning to end it, Eagles' defensive charge in 18AAA encounters, but also look for them to look for the Tigers to edge the Eagles play. For Rusk to make its way hack in- pull off the loop's biggest upset over one 14-7 in a very tough contest. to post season play Atkins must remain of the contending four. With a few ..... healthy and a young offensive line must breaks the Panthers could perhaps ~I~HWAQ~ come through against opposing large work their way up the ladder from their ~~.~[~ defenses, anticipated fifth place finish. In 1969 when the ' Amazin" Coach Joe Johnston's Fairfield Greg Huber takes over the head Mets won their first pennant Eagles (2-2-1) were tabbed as the over- coaching slot for Teague's Lions (I-4) ever. then went on to win whelming favorite to take this year's and finds 13 returning starters from rhe World 5er~e,, who was title in three pre-season polls prior to last season's 1.9 mark. Huber is the the winning Met pitcher in the season opener. Tossing that role to fourth man to hold that position in as the pennant clinching the Eagles were the authors of Texas many seasons and as a result the Lions game? ~/Y ~ :~ : Football and Texas Sports magazines, should once again cellar-dwell.. '~ ~~:i~ki.~l:~' !:[!i, The Eagles also were the choice of The Hoping to provide Lion backers with News' Sportswriter Poll. moments of offensive brilliance will be t f ~' Don't be misled by the Eagles current lineman Kevin Scruggs, John Gaudin [ season record as Johnston and Corn- and Mike Reed, who will be opening panyplayed a tough non-dlstrict running room for halfback Kenneth schedule. If you will remember, the Tatum. Ronald Jones and Donald Jones Eagles were 1-4 after that portion of will lead Teague's defensive unit. their 1960 schedule and then proceeded Teague's only chances at loop vie- ~ ~1 li~! to come on strong and tie Rusk for the tories will occur when the opposition crown. Had tt not been for injuries to takes the Lions lightly. Should that key players the Eagles more than likely happen then the Lions will pull off the have won the crown going away. big shocker. It could happen and the ! i~/~i~ ~I Headlining Fairfield's group of nine title hopefuls had best beware. offensive and five defensive starters is For the Tigers (5-0), who have !!i Junior speedster Steve Larkin. The 4.6 emerged as the mid-season favorite to T O AN U NI in ~ 8 c/s~g;~n/:bb/Amn:tRO:knWav~a 8printer will line up in the Eagle back- take all the 18AAA marbles following~ ~i field behind quarterback Jeff Meiske their romp through non-loop foes, to I"anthers on the and beside running back Marvin Whit- capture the loop, the defensive unit~~ JiB i I II i i I ililili III IIII I i llll i :: LITTLE TRANSFER & STORN;E .o,o 6u,lloclo,9 pu,qeq Ir-L se^o~g otUOl~v eqt ~u! 4o~q tuouued ~ p~tl~uq~ agent for Ma]fflowef . s,ew aqt 6961 '9 ';)Q uO , ESTIMATES WITHOUT 0BUP TION. his prize money for winning the Seven { Joe West, the National League urn- Crowns of Sport Award in golf for the pits, has had more than his share of third stralghtyear. The computer gave Watson the i 31 Corsicans, Texas Lamrda.rhubarl with Dodger manager Tom highest Productive Efficiency rating of ,,, ,,,, ,, , ,,, ,,,,,,, ,,, ,,,, , , " " ,, And West has this assessment of any of the pro golfers. It was his third Tommy: straight Seven Crowns prize, tying the "He's a funny guy - he seems to get record set by Jack Nicklaus in 1075-76- more upset when the TV cameras are 77. Watson won seven tournaments/n roiling." 195), including the Brlttsh Open. uire Reeves Hwy. 31, Malakoff Ralph Reeves Our Mobile Freezer will be Iooated at." e e (Between Athens and MalakoH) Friday, Ootober 16 11 a.m.-6 peru. -- WE OFFER --- Neadless Shrimp. Medium & Jumbo Breaded Jumbo Shrimp Fresh Shucked Oysters Breaded Jumbo Oysters Lobster Tails Jumbo FroK Less oFlounder Fillet Stuffed Flounder Kink Oral) Legs New Orleans File Gumbo Shrimp Etouffe Shrimp Oreele Red Snapper Fillet Jumbo Stuffed Shrimp Extra Leaa Namburpr Patties, Extra Lean I)hieken Fried Steak Breakfast StHap Pgttle8 Ohioken Gordon Bleu u Ohiaken Kiev Hiokory Smoked Slioed Beoon The DeCote name represents the finest in se~foo~ and beef and guarantees all products to be of highest quality. NOLAN BAKER showed off his good catch of black bass that weekend. The catch came from the cut-off south of Trinidad. ( Ronnsavall)