Heppner gazette-times. (Heppner, Or.) 1925-current, November 22, 1979, Page NINE, Image 9

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    The Heppner
Gazette-Times, Heppner, Oregon, Thursday, November 22, 1979 NINE
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The Heppner defense was diving for the St. Mary's running backs all afternoon in the
Mustang's 14-6 loss. Here Jim Stormberg (33) is escorted by the Heppner defense by a group of
Crusader offensive linemen.
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St. Mary's wins 14-6
Kunningback Jim Stormberg (33) tries to elude Heppner's Steve Marlatt (44).
Heppner football team loses chance for state title
The Heppner Mustangs'
football team lost its chance
for the Class A state title when
St. Mary's beat the home team
14-6 Saturday.
It looked like Heppner was
going to dethrone the defend
ing state champions when the
Mustangs marched in from
14-yards out after a St. Mary's
fumble early in the game.
Four plays later John Murray
scored on a one-yard run.
Placekicker Jim Parker hit
the ball off to the left so the
score was 6-0.
An interception by Doug
Holland and a 37-yard return
put Heppner knocking on the
door to score again on the
19-yard line but the drive
stopped on the 11-yard line
when a fourth down play came
up short and the momentum of
the game quickly changed.
The defensive battle con
tinued into the second period
when St. Mary's drove the ball
methodically down the field on
short runs. Heppner stopped
St. Mary's and forced them to
punt but an off sides penalty
gave the ball back to the
St. Mary's went in for the
score plays later as Jim
Stromberg plowed in from
four-yards out.
The kick by Brian Mangold
was good and the score was 7-6
with St. Mary's leading.
Heppner began to move the
ball through the air on a
13-yard pass to Dale Holland
and a 14-yarder to Brett
Sherer from quarterback John
Bier but the drive stalled and
Heppner was forced to punt.
A high snap from center
forced Parker, the punter, to
try to run the ball so the kick
would not be blocked. He was
stopped short of the first down
so St. Mary's took over.
Heppner missed out on the
possibility of pinning St.
Mary's deep in its end zone.
Despite the good field posi
tion. St. Mary's could not
move the ball past the
Heppner defense so the score
at halftime remained 7-6.
In the second half, Heppner
lost a chance at having great
field position when the offen
sive captain refused a penalty
that Coach John Sporseen
wanted to take. The 15-yard
penalty would have forced the
Crusaders to punt from deep
in its own end zone.
Instead, Heppner had the
ball on its own 40-yard line.
After three plays, Heppner
actually lost yardage and it
looked as if they were going to
be in trouble but Parker
boomed a 60-plus yard kick
into the Crusader end zone.
Later in the game, Murray
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Backseat Coach
By Steven A. Powell
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whiio mnci HonnnpritM wprp Dpttins readv for the big football game against St. Mary's
last Saturday morning, I was in the Pioneer Memorial Hospital with my wife, Renita, where
she was having our first child, Angela Marie.
Dr. Joseph Gifford warned us Nov. 15, the due date, that we probably would have the
baby the end of the week, but he said she had better not have it Saturday because he wanted
to go to the game. I agreed with him saying the people of Heppner would not like it if they did
not get news coverage of the biggest game of the year.
So when Renita told me Saturday at 7 a.m. it was time to go to the hospital, I could not
help but worry about who could cover the game. I was somewhat relieved when Gifford said
when we got to the hospital at 7:30 that she should deliver sometime before noon.
And she did. Angela Marie was born at 9:44 so Dr. Gifford and I had plenty of time to go
to the game.
With Angela Marie's inspiration and the timely quick birth, I was able to write a column
this week, so I figured she deserved a picture in the story.
As for the game, it was a disappointing ending to a great year for most Heppner fans.
The team played with a lot of desire but the offense just could not get going. The small St.
Mary's defensive line took up all the blockers allowing the linebackers to move freely to the
hole and make the tackles.
St. Mary's obviously had scouted Heppner very well. The defense knew better than to
tackle John Murray high because they knew with his upper body strength that he can run
over people. They consistently tripped him up for short gains.
The Crusaders also knew that Dale Holland is the only receiver Heppner has gone to
effectively this year so they clogged up the middle and forced the Mustangs to try and pass
to the outside receivers.
St. Mary's played a game much like Heppner usually does. They used a ground attack
that usually went right up the middle for short yardage. But the Crusaders just did not let
Heppner take advantage of their turnovers. When Heppner did not take advantage of the
interception in the first period by Doug Holland, the momentum of the game changed.
But the two offensive teams were not as impressive as the defenses. Heppner's defense
played almost the entire second half but still would not give up a score, despite the team's
frustrations on offense and a few costly penalties.
St. Mary's small defense seemed to slant every play in the right direction to stop
Heppner in an almost unbelievalbe fashion. It was as if there were a microphone in the
Heppner huddle.
One thing that was really enjoyable about the last two games was the afternoon time.
Beautiful fall afternoons are much better for football games than cold fall nights that can
sometimes be so foggy that the players cannot see each other.
The possibility of playing all high school games on Saturday afternoons makes a lot of
sense to me. It makes it easier for fans to see the game and' it is usually warmer.
The players can see each other and the ball better because vision is so much better
during the day. Although players may not admit it, they do notice the cold at night, so
afternoon games would be better for the players.
Crowds at the last two games have been big so afternoon games should not hurt
attendance and it could possibly help in some games.
The school district also would save some money if the games were changed to the
afternoons. Only about $15 is spent for electricity at the night football games but with the big
energy problem the saving of any amount of energy is important.
Coach John Sporseen has shown some interest in getting new lights for better vision on
the field but with afternoon games, they would not be needed.
Afternoon games also make it easier to take pictures of the games (notice the better
photos the last two weeks.)
The only good reason to keep high school football at night is because it would have to
compete with college football in some areas. Another argument is that night games give
high school football a sense of identity because all other football games are played in the
But in areas where there is no college football to compete with, it makes sense to play
Saturday afternoon football games. When football is the only game in town, as in Heppner
and most other Class A, AA and many triple AAA high school towns, afternoon games
should be played, if at all possible, not only from an economic standpoint but also just for a
better atmosphere for the players and the fans.
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threw an interception on the
halfback option play. Gary
Dugan picked off the pass.
Heppner got a big break
plays later when Brian Brush
scored on a 29-yard romp but
the touchdown was brought
back because of a motion
But the break was short
lived when Todd Sherer was
called for pass interference
giving St. Mary's a first down
on Heppner's 14-yard stripe.
Bob Gregg scores from a
yard out and with Mangold's
kick the score mounted to 14-6.
Heppner tried desperately
to make a comeback by
throwing the ball but Bier was
sacked a few times and the
offense just .could not get
going. Heppner tried a fake
punt with four minutes re
maining but Murray was left
five yards short of the first
down so St. Mary's took over
and virtually ran out the
St. Mary's, 11-0, was led by
the rushing duo of Stromberg
and Brush. Stromberg gained
94 yards on 18 carries and
Brush gained 74 yards on 19
carries. The Crusaders had
227 yards rushing while Hepp
ner's usually potent rushing
attack gained only 36 yards.
St. Mary's had 16 first
downs while Heppner had just
Heppner ran off just 42
offensive plays while St.
Mary's had 63.
St. Mary's gained all of its
227 yards on the ground while
Heppner had 36 yards rushing
and 48 passing yards.
St. Mary's fumbled twice,
losing one, and Heppner
fumbled once but regained it.
St. Mary's had six penalties
for 50 yards and Heppner had
four for 29 yards.
Parker averaged 42 yards
on each of his three punts
while Crusader Jeff Fry
averaged 27.8 yards on his
four punts.
plus yard gainer, was held to
just 38 yards on 14 carries.
Chris Zita had four carries for
17 yards, Doug Holland had
four carries, for only three
yards, John Bier had six
carries for minus 24 yards and
Parker ran the ball once from
punt formation for minus five
Bier passed the ball for 48
yards hitting 7-of-12 while
Crusader Vinny Marlia was
0-of-4 with one interception.
Dale Holland caught two
passes for 13 yards, Brett
Sherer one for 14 yards,
Parker two grabs for 12 yards,
Doug Holland one catch for 11
yards and Murray one recep
tion for minus two yards.
Lefthander John Bier fades back for a pass under
pressure by a St. Mary's lineman.
Deadline nears for
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city basketball
The deadline is nearing for
individuals and teams to sign
up to play in the Hepper City
Basketball League.
Sign ups are being taken at
the Gazette-Times office by
Steve Powell or by calling
Frank Pearson a-'676-5035.
Four teams, out of the eight
that are planning to be
formed, have already signed
up. The deadline is Nov. 28.
Play is tentatively scheduled
to begin Dec. 2 at the Heppner
High School gym.
The games will he plaved
Sunday evenings from 5 to 9
p.m. An organizational meet
ing will be held next week with
rules and schedules available.
The time and place will be in
next week's pap&r.
Referees are still needed for
the games. They will be paid
$5 a game with each referee
doing two games a night.
The possibility of paying a
team fee so trophys can be,
awarded at the end of the yaer
will be discussed at next
week's meeting.
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Chris Zita (33) gets his feet chopped out from under him by a Crusader
Sparetimer's League
The Morrow County Grain
Growers are on top of the
Sparetimers League with a
31" 2-12' a record and 22,573
total pins.
Coast-to-Coast, 2912-141'2,
and Peterson's Jewelry, 27-17,
have knocked down more total
pins, 23,484 and 23,249, but
they have not won as many
games so they are in second
and third place respectively.
No other team has a winning
record as Bucknum's Tavern
is fourth at 20"2-23'i. and
Central Market is fifth at
19-25. Central Market is fourth
in total pins with 21,453 and
Bucknum's is fifth at 20,101.
Gardner's Men's Wear is in
suin place in the standings at
W-.-252, Jerry's Mobil is
18-26 and Sears 12-32. That is
the same order the teams
come in for total pins with
Gardner's having 19,858, Jer
ry's Mobil having 19,145 and
Sears having 18,789 total pins.
Jackie Allstott rolled the
high game of the week with a
184 and she also had the high
series with a 510. Coast-to-Coast
had the high team game
at 777, and the high series,
Phyllis Cole made the 6-7
split, Ramona Rountree made
the 5-8-10 and Tonya Jones
was successful on the 3-7-10
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John Murray 34 ) grits his teeth in determination to gain some yards. Blocking are John
Bier (2), Doug Holland (49) and Tim Jones (76).