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14 Sports Rutter on Sports By DAVE RUTrER The Message -- for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana ii November 18, 1988 i Old-fashioned head knocker likely when Memorial welcomes Roncalli If you are among those tender souls' for whom the sounds of cracking cartilage and peeling ligaments hold no allure, stay away from Central Stadium tomorrow night. This is not the football game for you. If you like double reverses, eight-man pass patterns and zany trickery of one sort of another, no use wasting five bucks on a ticket to the Class 3A Semistate game scheduled for that locale. If you think Arena Football is macho, stay home. This one figures to be a simple knuckle- smasher, the kind they used to stage before face masks became popular and orthodontists became necessary. Memorial football coach Ralph Weinzapfel spent the weekend running the video tape forward, backward, slow, fast and upside down. No matter how many times he watched, he arrived at the same assessment of Indianapolis Roncalli, one of two teams standing between the Tigers and the In- diana high school 3A state jewels. Whoever survives this date will advance to the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis a week hence, and likely become the strong favorite to win it all. But first things first. "There won't be many tricks," Weinzapfel says of the 10-2 Patriots. "They line up in the 'Power I' and they come at you. They get three men to the point of attack and expect to make things happen. That's what they did to us in 1985 when they beat us in the Semistate. They pounded us up front. They line up and tell you they're com- ing at you, and you better like it." Of course Memorial won't like it, and therein resides the main issue to be resolved. The state football playoffs have reached the Final Four, a plateau at which power, execution and concentration predominate. The surviving i i teams in all five classes are accustomed to getting their own way and don't abide much sass. Roncalli coach Bill Sylvester has no illusions. He's going to see Memorial's 193-pound Ken Mills blast away 30 times. Memorial generally has used Mills as a battering ram, and no one has kept him under 100 yards or prevented him from scoring at least one touchdown. Weinzapfel is equally sure that Roncalli's Stan Lawrye will run until his legs fall off. He has 18 TDs. "We've got to meet force with force. There's no.other way," says Weinzapfel. "They kind of run the offense like the Dallas Cowboys with Herschel Walker. He gets about seven yards back and takes the pitch. This is not a team that tries to beat you with alignment or getting mismatches." Although Roncalli appears to possess more balance to its offense style, this is more an en- counter of intense hostility than fancy footwork. These are two straight vanilla, stop-us-if-you've- got-the-mustard hombres. That such teams should play in this game is altogether appropriate, for this is no time to be fooling around. The benefits of victory speak for themselves, and history also has a voice. Roncalli catapulted to the state title in 1985 and used a Semistate victory aver Memorial as tae springboard. Zionsville went the same route last year, although beating Memorial a week earlier. In 1986, Indianapolis Cathedral won the Semistate and took the title a week later. In 1984, Brownsburg followed the same yellow brick road. History offers other lessons as well for top- ranked and untarnished Memorial. Of the class 3A titles decided since the playoffs were born in 1973, 11 have gone to undefeated teams and only once has a team with two losses achieved the summit. (The other remaining combatants are 10-2 Tipton and 9-3 Fort Wayne Dwenger]. ii Of course, Weinzapfel has limited appreciation for this history. He's still too jittery from last weekend's 35-21 thumping of Zionsville for the Regional title. This was a game that was simultaneously closer and more one-sided than the score indicated. Memorial botched a pair of punt snaps, gave up two cheap scores and trailed 21-7 before demolishing Zionsville-with four straight TDs. The Tigers were in trouble up to their arm pits. They were 200 miles from home on a rain- sodden turf, and Weinzapfel was plainly amazed -- and delighted -- how his troops verified their ranking. "When we were down 21-7, I was concerned about us panicking," he admitted. "Against a good team, you can't make the kind of mistakes we did and expect to come out on the bright side." Except that they did. Mills plowed for four straight touchdowns on his way to -- pause for long yawn -- 176 yards on 40 carries. Meanwhile, the defense dug a wide trench and shoved Zionsville over the edge. Linebackers John Hurley and Brian Mitchell were committing hit-and-run felonies on Zionsvilles' of- fense. They were everywhere and arrived in an unpleasant frame of mind. The longer the game went, the more command Memorial exerted. No real contest. "I enjoyed beating a good team, especially since we turned around what they did to us last year," gays Weinzapfel. "It sure was a big game. They're all big now. But we sure looked down the barrel of the gun pretty hard.., with one eye closed." That's what should happen again tomorrow night at Central Stadium. Pull out the shooting irons, cock the trigger and see who blinks first. i ii Volleyball champs The girls' volleyball team at St. James School, St. James, finished its season with a 10-0 record, and went on to win the girls' volleyball tournament. Team members are front row, left, Kim Fleming, Melissa Kiefer, manager Robin Seibert, Amy Warner, Heather Joyce, middle row', Cindy Seibert, Kathy Rexing, Michele Maurer, Sarah Adler, back row, Tammy Elpers, coach, Andrea Fuhs, Jane Alvey, Stephanie Steckler, Carrie Luebbehusen, Tammy Rexing, coach. -- Message Photo by Barbara Paul Girls' soccer results The Girls Division of the In- seventh; Holy Spirit, eighth; dependent Soccer League of Westside Consolidated, ninth; Evansville has completed the Christ the King, tenth; and Str- 1988 fall season. Junior varsity ingtown, eleventh. and varsity level girls from Evansville grade schools Final standings for the varsity participated, were: St. Theresa, first; Holy Final standings for the junior R e d e e m e r, s e c o n d ; S t. varisty were: Highland and Benedict, third; Christ the Cynthia Heights, first; St. King, fourth; Holy Rosary, Benedict and Holy Rosary, fifth; Evansville Day School, third; Corpus Christi, fifth; St. sixth; Corpus Christi, seventh; Theresa, sixth; Holy Redeemer, and Holy Spirit, eighth. :';';':':';::5: : 1,: : : :':':':':':':::5: : : : : :::::':::':':!;! : :,:" " ":': :::4!:: : ::::::::::'.:: Buehlers I.G.A. "The Thrifty Housewife's Source of Savings" QUALITY FOODS, MEATS HUNTINGBURG i Compliments Nass & Son Inc. FUNERAL HOME Huntlngburg, Ind. I James Jett & Associates, Inc. life q,, health ,,, home ,,, IRA retirement planning 4 7 3--4005 514 S. Green River Rd. 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