The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 55, No. 16, Ed. 1 Tuesday, September 28, 1971 Page: 4 of 4
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14—THi NORTH TBXAt DAILY
Tuesday, September 28,1071
Eaglets Drop Opener Senior Guard pause |n Eagle Schedule
————— Now Listed
As Serious May Revive Sores, Scoring
1st Half Proves
Fatal to Frosh
In 22-0 Loss
On the bus coming beck to Denton,
Freshman Coach Gary Ness told his team
"It was a good effort, but it wasn't a win."'
The Eaglets dropped their opening game
to nationally-ranked Navarro Junior Col-
lege of Corsicana, 22-0.
That old phrase that "it was a game of
halves" was certainly true against Navarro.
AFTER GIVING up all 22 points to the
Bulldogs in the first half, the freshmen
seemed to mature as the game went on-
sustaining good drives and stymying Navar-
ro offensive thrusts.
"I didn't prepare them for the pitch and
we didn't close on the outside," Ness said.
SHUTTING OFF the ground game of
the Eaglets, Navarro forced North Texas
to take to the air. Herman Hardin of De
Leon started at quarterback and hit 10 of
28 passes. Donovan McFadin of North
Dallas and Melvin Getwood of Port Arthur
also saw some action.
On Navarro's first series they drove to
the Eaglet four-yard line and the Eaglets
recovered. On the first North Texas play
Bishop was trapped for a safety by Leroy
Navarro got its next score when Bulldog
quarterback David McCutchen ran a
keeper for an 80-yard touchdown. Mc-
Cutchen rolled left at the North Texas
20, made a couple of good fakes, and ran
the rest of the way with a convoy of
blockers that looked like Sherman's march
to the sea. The Eaglets trailed at the end of
the first quarter, 9-0.
ON THE opening play of the second
quarter, Hardin rolled left and attempted
to pitchout. The ball rolled loose and was
In Wet Meet
Eagle cross-country squadmen ran into
two opponents in their home meet last
Saturday—Kansas State (KSU) and the
weather. They lost to both.
A 24-hour rain had drenched the Golf
Course, and the wet footing gave the run-
ners difficulty for the entire four miles.
The times were slower than expected as
each runner had to navigate through muddy
fields and puddles as much as a foot deep.
The score, which involved seven men on
each team, was KSU 33, North Texas 88.
In cross-country, the team with fewest
points wins, as the first finisher receives
one point, the second gets two points, the
third gets three, and so on through the
THE RACE itself did not turn out to
much a contest. The Eagles were simply
outclassed by a national-class KSU team
which featured one returning Ail-American
and two others who could win that honor
KSU's Frank Rodriquez outsprinted
teammate Jerome Howe in a race to the
tape to grab first place in 20:07.
THE TOP finisher for North Texas was
Chuck Mork, who came in third in 20:27.
Mork, a freshman from Freemont, Calif.,
passed Hitchcock in the latter stages of
the race but couldn't catch the two leaders.
A major disappointment for North Texas
was Tom Hess, the veteran of the squad
According to Coach Carl Babcock, the
Muenster senior started out too fast and
couldn't hold the pace. He stayed close
to the leaders until the halfway mark, where
he began to fade
Mauricio Jimenez, Corpus Christi sopho-
more, the next Eagle finisher, came in di-
rectly after Hess. Bobby Santos, Glen Cole,
Pat Curry and James Moore were the re-
maining scoring runners for North Texas.
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Herman Hardin of Oe Leon tries
to make a cut on the muddy field
at Corsicana Saturday.
recovered by former Carrollton great Steve
Dzenowski at the Eaglet 30-yard line.
Four plays later Johnson ran around
right end for the score. Randy Bolfing's
second extra point was good.
On their next series, the Bulldogs got
good field position at their own 43-yard
line. Navarro had its only sustained drive
of the night in the next eight plays. James
Daniels ran around right end from the 18-
yard line for the score with 9:09 left in the
half. The big play of the drive was a 27-
yard run by Craig Powell.
Herb Larkins, St. Albans, N.Y., senior,
injured Thursday in an incident at the
Men's Gym, was listed in serious condition
as of 3 p.m. Monday. Larkins, a guard on
the North Texas basketball squad, is under
intensive care in Dallas' St. Paul Hospital.
He previously was listed in critical con-
Larkins suffered a broken neck in the
Thursday incident, and the third, fourth
and fifth vertebrae were cracked.
He has had intravenous feedings thus
far, but according to Coach Gene Robbins,
"Herb had solid food Sunday.
"Sunday was the best day he had," Rob-
bins said. Robbins has visited Larkins
every evening since the incident and report-
ed Larkins has kept up good spirits.
"It is hard for me to visualize—with the
severity of his injury—how he has kept up
the spirit he has," Robbins said. "Even the
night of the accident he had a smile on his
The neurosurgeon who is treating Lar-
kins said that Herb has great determina-
tion, according to Robbins.
By GEORGE FOSTER
It will be a Roman holiday for the Eagles
this week, and a chance for ace chunker
Rick Shaw to test his injured wings.
After suffering a 10-0 loss to fellow Val-
ley foe New Mexico State Saturday, the
Eagles will use their two-week break to
catch up on several things.
• The break will give several Eagles a
chance to recover from injuries. Included
in this list are linebacker Jerry Robinson;
quarterback Shaw; quarterback Phil Shot-
land; running back Charles Johnson; and
defensive backs Ken Fontno and Don Rice.
• It will take some of the pressure of the
Eagles who haven't had a break since the
start of practice Aug. 16.
• It will give the Eagles more time to
prepare for the Akron game Oct. 9 and
• as Coach Rod Rust put it, "the break
allows us more time to work on fundamen-
The offense again failed to generate any
scoring for the third straight week. This
time though it was red-shirt sophomore
Tommy Nelson at the helm.
As Coach Rod Rust has said before,
though, it takes a team effort.
Nelson drove the team well, but was
usually stuck deep in his own territory and
couldn't sustain a drive for a score. He hit
only five of 27 passes and suffered three
interceptions. Quarterback Phill Shotland
who started last week against Weber State
suffered a pulled hamstring during the
week, but that wasn't the only reason that
Nelson started. "Tommy did better than
Phil during the week," Rust said.
Rust felt the Eagles moved the ball better
than they had in the previous games and
overall thought Nelson played well.
The running attack was again led by
halfback Fred Woods who has rushed for
172 yards on 27 carries the last two weeks
for a 6.4 yards-per-carry average.
David Yaege, who led the Missouri
Valley Conference in punting prior to the
New Mexico State game, was sensational
against the Aggies. He punted eight times
for a 43.9 average and had a long punt of
Soccer Team Ties for Second
125th Street Gang 6 13 6
Bananas 0 0 2
125th— Martino pass
125th— Dickman pass
125th—Martino run (touchdown)
AFROTC 7 12 7
Slinky and the
Turfettes 0 0 0
A F ROTC— Rohrsseu
Graduates 7 0 0
Pi Kappa Theta 0 0 0
After losing to Texas Tech 6-1 at Lub-
bock Saturday, the soccer team traveled to
Wichita Falls Sunday and overtook Mid-
western University 5-1.
The Eagle victory enabled the team to
tie TCU for second place in the Eastern
Division of the Northern Conference in the
newly formed Texas Collegiate Soccer
League. Both NT and TCU have a I-1-1
record while Texas Tech is in first place
with an unblemished record of 3-0. Mid-
western is in last place at 0-3.
THE BIG man over the weekend for
the Eagles was left wing David Crane. In
the victory over Midwestern he scored three
goals. Crane scored the opening goal of the
game at 25 minutes into the first half when
he took a Jackie C'ummings center pass and
put the ball home from 6 yards out.
About 13 minutes later he scored again,
this time unassisted on a corner kick. It
was Crane's second corner kick goal of the
year. At 38 minutes into the second half,
Crane took a pass from left halfback Phil
Howard, who was playing with a fractured
nose. Crane dribbled to the goal, faked
right, and then jammed it in the left side of
the net. The goal was his eighth of the year.
Right wing Steve Maikowski also had
a successful weekend as he scored North
Texas' two other goals in its victory against
The Eagles travel to Nacogdoches on
Oct. 2 where they will encounter Stephen
F. Austin State University. Their next
home game is at Fouts Field on Oct. 17
at 2 p.m. when UT-Arlington comes to
There will be an important meeting Tues-
day night at 7:30 p.m. in the basement of
the Union Building for all soccer team
members, Gonzalez said Monday.
It was Yaege kicks that put New Mexico
in the hole, and the defense held them—
except for two scores. "Yaege was the
best friend the defense had," Rust said.
"The defense played well in the nature of
the game Saturday night," Rust said, "but
it wasn't good enough. We turned the ball
over to them (with Yaege's kicks) at their
end of the field. The defensive requirement
is to turn the offense real quickly—so we
can get good field position.
"Instead they were able to eat up the
clock with drives and caused us to have
too far to go when given the ball."
After a scoreless first half, the Aggies
broke on the scoreboard with 7:05 left in
the third quarter. The score came on an
II-play drive starting at the New Mexico
33-yard line. Jack Collins ran in from the
North Texas one-yard line. The big plays
on the drive were a 15-yard run by Collins,
a 17-yard run by Po James and a 17-yard
pass from quarterback Joe Piscarcik to
Pat McTeer kicked a 34-yard field goal
for the other Aggie score.
Po James—with 80 yards on 20 carries—
passed such rushing immortals as Chris
Gilbert, Mike Garrett and Johnny Papit
to move up to fourth on the all-time career
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Whitehead, Mike. The North Texas Daily (Denton, Tex.), Vol. 55, No. 16, Ed. 1 Tuesday, September 28, 1971, newspaper, September 28, 1971; Denton, TX. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth326595/m1/4/: accessed October 20, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Special Collections.