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0 By Tom Jensen Superior turned negatives into positives Friday night in their 25-0 season- opening win over Fairbury in Superior. The Wildcats overcame penalties, mental mistakes and inexperience as they turned in strong performances both on offense and defense in the one- sided victory. Superior racked up 354 yards in total offense to just 106 yards for the Jeffs in a game that saw many of the inexperienced Wildcats not only catch alot of playing time, but turn in out- standing efforts as well. Jim Placke led the offeme, throwing for one touchdown and running for two more. The 6-2, 175-pound junior quarterback scored the first two times he ran the football and was 7-9 passing in the first half for 106 yards to help Superior put the game away early. Placke's two scoring runs nearly mirrored each other and gave the Wildcats their first two touchdowns of the season. The first came after David Corman recovered a Fairbury fumble on its initial possession at the Jeff 41-yard line. Two play after back-to-back penalties on first down, Placke found a seam around the left side on the option and ran in for the score from 44 yards out to make it 6-0. Near the end of the first period it was Placke on the option again, this t ime a 45 yard scoring run around the right side to push the score to 12-0. Once again the Wildcats had to overcome a penalty on that possession, but a nlne-yard run by I-back Kris Bruning and a 16- yard pass from Placke to Todd Hayes gave Superior a first down, setting up Placke's run. Placke then went to the air on Superior's next possession to put another touchdown on the board. Facing a third and 25 situation following a 15-yard penalty, Placke laced a bullet between defenders to reserve wingback, Jerry Smock, who made an outstanding catch in the end zone to run the score to 18-0 on the 35-yard play. Smock, a 5-8, 145-pound Junior who was seeing his first ex- tensive varsity action, was the leading receiver for the Wild- cats with four catches for 72 yards. Fullback Brad Biltoft, another new face in the Superior line-up, the scoring with a touchdown run the half. Bris extra point. Placke finished the~ 104 rushing yards carries and eight d for yards. added 46 yards on passing attempts. Kris 11 times for 51 one 62-yard the first half because of a On defense, the Fairbury to 66 carries and 40 3 of 13 attempts. Superior will be on i this Friday night as to Sandy Creek. Jim Placke, 12, Wildcat quarterback turns to hand off while his teammates block the advancing Fairbury line. Blockers include Robert Brown, 50, and Eric Ross, 65, --Photo by Jim Miller Wildcat quarterback Jim Placke, 12, turns to hand off to Brad Biltoft, 43, during action against Fairbury Friday nighL Superior won easily, 25-0. .... --Photo by Jim Miller A missed point after a touch- yards with Lynch going for 50. down was the difference as Defensively for the Tigers Nelson squeezed past Shalto , 7- David Drohman was credited 6, in the season opener for both with 13 tackles with Bruce teams on the latters home field Jacobitz and Doug Sterkel helping the cause with eight and seven respectively. The Tigers open at home Friday night against Kenesaw in a Twin.Valley Conference Friday nigl t. Throughout the first half, the two teams went back and forth with neither able to penetrate the others goal line. In the third quarter, Shelton's Clark Stroh returned a Nelson punt 78 yards to put the Bulldogs on the board but an attempt at a two point conversion that failed left the score at 6-0 where it remained until midw through the final stanza. tilt. Kenesaw comes into the contest with a 1-0 mark having beaten Franklin rather con- vincingly, 24-13, last week. The Tigers will have their work defensively cut out for them against the Kenesaw wishbone and hopefully, according to Coach DeBoer, the Tiger passing game will be improved. Midw= y ough the fourth quarter, Gary Hurt turned the Experience proved the dif- Even then, Coach Peg Tllgncr option inside the defensive end ference Friday night as the said they did Well. Glenda and curled across the field to Hildreth Lady Greyhounds Brumbaugh served seven even the score at six all. Brendt easily slipped past the Gu e points, two them aces and Lynch kicked the extra point Rock Lady Warriors in Deanne Schutte was the high that turned out to be the dff- opening volleyball match for spiker with I0 of II hits and one ference, the Lady Warriors in two sets 5- ace. Lynette Duffy and Brenda Offensively, the Tigers 15 and 14-16, Montg nery had II and I0 sets dominated the rushing game Hildreth started the match apiece and Mongtomery had with 162 yar to Sheltons 97 but with three players who had two blocks. the ir ame to three years experience as Shelton e Tigers completed starters with the remaining The Lady Warriors, because only two of 10 attempts 26 three in the line-up all seniors they will not be playing yards while the Bulldogs while the Lady Warriors had RepubUcan City this week, will complet l eight of for 131 five of the six starters who had not return to action until they yards, L ; ding the Tiger never started a varsity game take on Mllligan at Milligan on rushing attack was Hurt with 58 before. Sept. 16. The Lady Spikers made it two in a row Friday night beating the alumni in two sets with identical scores, 15-6, after having opened the season by beating Belleville Thursday night in two, 15-12 and 15-9. Lona Ahrens served 14 for 14, Kim Ebsen nine for 11 and Stacey Way eight of nine with Way getting two aces to lead the Lady Wildcats against Belleville. High spiker for the night was Diane Shuck with seven of nine. Cheryl Dove had two ace spikes. Leading the setters were Ahrens with 11 of 16 and Shuck with 10 of 11. Defensively, Way had two blocks with help from Mary Pat Mallam, Shuck and Ebsen. Coach List said he was very pleased with the total per- formance of the players especially their ability to adapt to the defenses and offenses thrown at them. The Superior reserves also Won in two sets, 15-11 and 15-1 with Shelley Schiueter getting 14 points and 12 aces. High spiker was Judy Hullet with 4 hits and Lisa Weis with 10 sets. For the freshmen, victory came a little harder as they went three sets before getting the win, 15-6, 12-15 and 15-11. Jenni Schlarb had 14 points with Sue Murray the high offensive setter. Ahrens and Shuck again led the way past the Alumni Friday night with serves of eight for eight and nine of 10 respec- Uvely. Shuck also picked up four aces. High spiker was Audra Willett with five of five. Way and Shuck also led the defensive effort with Willett and Chris Springer sparking the offense. Playing for the Alumni were Judy Baker, Linda Frericha, Angie Haug_en, Teryl Cordis, Brenda Hoyer, Monica Shambaugh, Connie Sibert, Kristi~ Eitzman, Melanie Dunn and Shelly Harper. Coach List said he appreciated the ladies taking time to play but he was glad they had not had a weeks practice to get organized. The Lady WildcSt continue their regular tonight (Thursday) st Creek. Dianne Shuck, 23, spikes ball while Chris Springer, 24, and Lona Ahrens, on during the first match of the season against Belleville Thursday night. Wildcats got off to a good start, winning in two sets 15-12 and 15-9. --Photo Friday night it appeared the dominated the Meridian Lawrence Panthers simplyMustangs, winning easily 40-14 picked up where they left off in the first game of the season last year as they completely" played at Meridian. Davenport's Gary Jagels, 20, closes in on Gill Mumm, 14, of Chester-Hubbell-Byron during their game Friday night. The Tigers outlasted the Bulldogs to take a 34-14 win. --Express Photo Quarterback Jerry Hoelting fumble. romped 20 yards into the end four times, twice on zone in the first quarter to give twice on fumbles. the Panthers a 6-0 lead. The were penalized six Panthers added two more yards while the touchdowns and two extra points in the second stanza on the strength of a pass in- terception returned 10 yards by Bill Kucera and another Hoelting run, this time for 11 yards with Kucera adding a two point conversion after the second touchdown. The Mustangs were not to he denied, however, as they scored two touchdowns of their own in the period, both on a short one- yard pushes by Matt Roesler. Ron McNitt added a two point converrsion after the first score suffered only 25 because of Defensively were led by S' Hoelting with 17 Kohmetscher had 12 Himmelberg and I0. Friday in the first of the season. Country CI@ will host but the Mustangs were unable The Superior to score following the second -will host a touchown, leaving the score at scramble at the the half at 20-14. In the second half, the Pan- ther defense completely shut down the Mustang offense while the offense unit scored another touchdown in the third period on a 10 yard pass from Hoelting to Dan Svoboda and then added two more in the final period, a Hoelting to Ralph Williams pass good for 11 yards and a Tim Friend to Mike Kohmetscher 10 yard pass. Williams added two extra points on two kicks in the final stanza. Offensively the Panthers gained 234 yards to their op- ponents 128 with 164 of those yards rushing and 70 passing. Lawrence lost the hall twice on turnovers, once on an in- tercepted pass and once on a with starting times 8:30 a.m., 12 noon Participation in limited to the first an entry fee is reservations for An ad appearing this issue of The press gives more formation including call for further Army Kimherly Zeigler, Mr. and Mrs. Mankato, has training at Fort Di , Theodore first U.S. automobile.