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4A--The Malakoff News, Thursday, Oct. 22, 1981 You've undoubtedly heard "A Tale of Two Cities." Well, this one's "A Tale of TWo Teams." .One is based in Malakoff and resides in District 18AAA. The other is in Austin and the Southwest Conference. Both met similar fates as they began the im- portant part of their schedules one mid- October weekend. 'Tis not a happy story. Our story opens in Malakoff. A peaceful town perched on the banks near the waters of Cedar Creek Lake. It's Friday night and this community has gone crazy over the success of their Tigers. And why shouldn't they? The Tigers ale rolling along with an impressive 5-0 rfiark and six-game winning streak as lp play begins. The Tigers have also began to catch the eye of pollsters across the land, climbing each week in tlie Harris Poll and rated as the second bgst AAA team in East Texas. The Tigers and their Wishbone offense and stingy defense definitely have things gbing their way. Tiger Stadium is packed as the Rusk Eagles fly into town to provide the Tigers' opposition in the 18AAA opener. Rusk, who shared the 18AAA crown the year before, brings a 3-2 worksheet into the contest. The Eagles had upset the Tigers, who are favored by a single point, 7-0 in last year's championship pilgrimage. After the usual opening round pun- ches, the Eagles excelorate the pace in the second quarter as they unlease run- nmg backs Lepoleon Atkins, Darrell tiughes and Chip Hart. Early in the stanza the Tigers give the visitors the fi~t of five gifts. The Eagles recover a R~seil Tarver fumble and proceed to trek into the promised land on an Atkins sdamper. With the kick 7-0 it's Rusk. iMalakoff answers the Rusk score with a 22-yard dash from Tarver. The quarterback's scoring run capped a 69- yard drive and left Rusk with only 40 seconds left in the half. The Eagles choose to simply kill the remaining time and take a 7-6 lead into the lockerroom. "Ole man momentum" teams up Def. Ron By I)enny ogets with the Maroon and Silver clad Eagles some four minutes deep into the secon half. The Tigers open the game's second portion with a sharp, crisp looking offensive series and camp on the Eagle 26. On the drive's eighth play Brian Townsend picks off a Tarver aerial to turn the tide. The Eagles nail the coffin shut following the theft, driving the length of the field. Atkins, continuing his year- after-year haunting of the Tigers, races home from the Malakoff 47. Enter Don Meredith and turn out the lights. Part two of our story begins some 10- to-12 hours later in Fayetteville, Arkan- sas. A beautiful city high in the hills. But a cemetery for teams coming in to battle those Hawgs. As you shall see. The Texas Longhorns, ranked num- ber one in the land by both wire service polls, march into the Hills fresh off a 34- 14 whipping of Red River rival Oklahoma. The Longhorns earned their top spot ranking following that win and will be trying to overcome an oddity that has seen teams ranked in that spot fall the following week through the first six weeks of the season. But that's not all the Horns have to overcome. They must also try to shake the dreaded Sports Illustrated cover jinx. Arkansas, with one conference loss, is playing for it's Cotton Bowl life and is trying to snap a streak that has seen the 'Horns take 13 of the last 15 games played in the Hills. The Longhorns already own a SWC win over Rice, but are beginning the part of their schedule that pits them against SMU, Texas Tech and Houston in succession. A standing-room-only crowd clad in Arkansas red is on hand to watch the 1981 renewal of the ancient rivalry. The Longhorns dig a hole, a deep hole, for themselves early, very early. The Bur- nt Orange begins with a fumble inside their 10-yard line and a punt snap that sails over the punter's head out of the end zone. It's 8-0 Arkansas before they even start calling the Hogs. It gets worse for the Longhorns . . .Their next 17 possessions end: punt, fumble, punt, field goal, punt, intercep- tion, end of half, punt, interception, in- terception, lost on downs, punt, inter- ception, lost downs, fumble, touchdown (no, that's not a misprint), and end of game. Need I finish the story? Arkan- Lineman Off. Back Homer Turner Lineman Speed Def. Back Vie Kirkland IIOE. Mitcham, Malakoff 489-1292 sag wins 42-11. So much for Number One. Although our unfortunate duo slipped from the ranks of the unbeatens, there's still a chance they will live happily ever after. The blueprint is simple. The con- struction may be a bit more difficult. Both must win the remainder of their games and receive help from someone else in the form of wins over Rusk and Arkansas. If that happens, it will be hello championships. The Longhorns face a tough customer in the SMU Mustangs this Saturday in Texas Stadium. SMU will bring an urn- blemished mark into the battle and will probably be ranked well up in the Top 10 by AP. The 'Horns will be out to turn Mustang Mania into Pony Panic again. By the way, SMU is on probation and cannot represent the SWC in the Cotton Bowl, so a 'Horn win will give Texas a leg up on the rest of the conference. The Tigers must also hit the road Friday night and play a Teague team that surprised Westwood last Friday in Palestine. The Lions' 13-8 decision over the Panthers ties them with Rusk and Crockett atop the 18AAA standings af- ter one week and also gives them a full head of steam coming into the game with the Tigers. The Tigers must regroup with a win over the Lions and climb back into the title chase. Another loss and it will be getting time to start thinking about unplugging the respirator on hopes for the loop's title. As one chapter ends, so begins another... THIS' 'N THAT Scattershooting, while wondering whatever happened to the signs that were to be placed at the City Limits declaring Malakoff as home of the Lit- tle Dribblers National Champion... A big Rogers Report salute goes out this week to the large group of Tigers fans who formed the long victory line at halftime when the Tigers were trailing. I've been told by several of the players how much they appreciated the "first class" act. But, at the same time they wonder why it's not that way every week, before the game and at the half. Are you listening Tiger fans? The jayvees and eighth graders fell upon hard times last week as both were shutout. The jayvees, now 2-2 on the year, were bombed 22-0, while the Kit- tens (0-3-2) were beaten 16-0. MY GUESS IS... Who would have ever thought the Tigers would be 0-1 and Teague 1-0 coming into tomorrow night's laAAA encounter? Certainly not yours truly. But since the unpredicted happened, the Tigers now face "must win" situations for the remainder of the season. Look for the Tigers to be an tangry bunch of gridsters when they take the field. And look for them to cur- Ltail Teague's excitement and win 27-7. Mandy Rogers wins 850 Bond in News contest Competition continues to get more difficult as the weeks go by and predic- tors come closer, Mandy Rogers was the winner of last week's Malakoff News football contest by edging out three other contenders who tied with 18 misses each. Miss Rogers took her win by choosing Dallas over Los Angeles by 13 points, while second runners-up Don McKin- nerney and J. L. Lewis took Dallas by three each. Not far down the line was Gedyce Roberds, Raymond Ramsay, Jr. Raymond Ramsay, I. K. Phillips, Pauline Ferguson and Robert Gaston with 19 misses each. Missing only 20 was Leona Lewis, Phyllis Ramsey, Sam Ramsey, Jenny Ramsey, Dana Wilson, Keith Upchur- ch, Erma Monroe and Dana Hughes. With 21 misses each was B. C. Hays, Letha Moore,Gregory Gawlik and Don McCool. Miss Rogers will receive a $50 Savings Bond for her winning predic- tions. CROSS ROADS BOBCAT Fred Winston (10) found the going tough against Normangee's line Friday night but yards on the ground. (Staff photo) on The Cross Roads Bobcats continued their three year quest to build a solid football program for their district Friday night taking a 42-8 loss to a powerful Normangee team. Maintaining their determination throughout the effort the Bobcats defense held Normangee until four minutes remained in the first quarter. John Griggs took the ball into the end zone for six and followed through by running the extra points over giving Normangee an 8-0 lead. In the second quarter James Shaw was the man with the ball from 13 yards out for the second Normangee score. The try for extra points was squelched by the Bobcat defense. Don Yaws took credit for the third score of the night on an around end run to paydirt. Shaw kicked the extra point putting Normangee soundly ahead with a 22-0 lead. Cross Roads drew first blood in the third quarter when Louis Floyd blocked a Normangee punt that rolled into the endzone and covered the ball. Fred Winston ran the two point conversion in to put the Bobcats on the board with eight. Normangee retaliated by scoring on a Don Yaws run with John Griggs taking it in on a run for two extra points. In the fourth period Normangee's Ron Newsom intercepted a Bobcat pass and ran the ball in from the 25. James tackles and four Shaw kicked the extra point, had eight tackles and With 2:14 remaining in the fourth Pat Louis Floyd had eigh Alexander took the Normangee ball in assists. on a short run for the final TD of the Jeff Tunnell, who night. The extra point kick was no good. the Bobcats in the absence c The Bobcats managed 10 first downs injured Dewain Cain, was to the Normangee 20, and had two with eight tackles and penetrations to Normangee's six. recoveries. He attem Fred Winston had 68 yards rushing in with two completions for 21Y addition to the 40 yards he gained on Matt Anding pu kick-off returns, yards, and freshman Tony Louis Floyd rushed for 59 yards, credited with a pass Cross Roads was penalized nine The Bobcats will face times for 57 yards while Normangee Roads Friday night for a drew the yellow flag six times for 75 game. yards. Bobcat Homecoming Defensively for the Bobcats Russell when the Cross Roads Giles was credited with nine tackles on neighbors, the Trinidad' and one assist. Mike Biggers had nine Reserve tickets for Cardi basketball games now on Season reserved seat tickets to all Tickets can be purcha: Cardinal basketball games for the 1981- tests by contacting the 1982 campaign went on sale October 19, 675-6218, or the Business 1981. Both men and women games are 6236. Adult general included in the $20.00 price for these will sell for $2.00 per seats. The men's team will play 14 general admission home games. The women's team will$1.00 per game when play 12 home games, door. ! t. rs: Friday Night Stars salutes the entire Polk, Jimmy Carter, Trinidad Trojan team this week. The DeWitt Loven, Paul team is to be commended for their con- Stevens, John VermilliOn, tinued efforts to compete despite what seems to be insurmountable oddsnold, Brad Elsom, Todd against them. Members of that King, Mark Thompson, dedicated team are James Boyd, Alan Livingston, Jerry Charles Colman, Derek Jackson, Tim my Stanfield, and Kyle Tigers' district opener with Rusk. :r(' ";'. ,CHRIS HOPE---Cross Roads center, was credited with a good job over the ball Friday night playing with a new quarterback calling the shots. ,DON NORWOOD--Malakoff's cor- nerback did a good job playing the run and pass in the Tigers' 26-6 loss to Rusk Friday night. FLYING SAUCERS? NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) -- A group of Rutgers football players insist ii~i they saw a genuine flying saucer one ~: evening last fall. A half dozen players claim to have seen the UFO and here i are some quotos. ,SCOTT CLENDENNING--The Quarterback Ed McMichael: "It was Malakoff sophomore had 56 yards on , ~ ~ ~;~:;~::~, hovering over a church steeple near our two kickoff returns Friday in the ! ~ '~'~ ~,~ ~ dormitory in Hlghtstown, N.J. It had ,JAMES MASTIN---Senior safety for i= ~"i: : ~ lights all around it and sparks shooting the Tigers recorded several tackles ~ ~t:,:: ~ i~,/)r ,~ out of it. Then, it Just went away." from his secondary slot against the ~: ............. ,~i ~~i,,:~~ Sub quarterback Joe Gareflno: Rusk Eagles, ~ ~ .......... ~~,~~l "There was a red light on top, flashing onandoff." ,TOM BYERS--Tiger lineman, both ~'~~!i ~~~ W de receiver D ve DOr : "I saw offensively and defensively, had ............ several tackles and provided good blocking up front against Rusk. .FRED WINSTON--Ieadi~ for the Cross Roads BobC~ tough yards on the groU, and can't explain it." 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