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   Casa Grande Dispatch (Newspaper) - October 27, 1990, Casa Grande, Arizona                                12 Grande Ariz DISPATCH Saturday October 27 1990 GRANDE DISPATCH sports Late Field Goals Lift Tempe Over Cougars Bv ED PETRUSKA By ED PETRUSKA Sports Editor TEMPE Over the years Lady Luck has not seen fit to be stow many graces on the Casa Grande football team The Grand Dame stiffed the Cougars once again Friday night as host Tempe rallied for six points in the final to pull out a 96 East Sky Region victory The sixthranked Buffaloes 63 overall 40 region won without the benefit of a touchdown Paul Northcutt kicked three field goals the last from 19 yards out with remaining It came four plays after linebacker Tony Bueno returned an interception 13 yards to the Casa Grande 12yard line Ironically Northcutt is not even the teams firststring placekick er He was filling in for Deddrick McCartney who did not play Fri day night We played well enough to win I thought we deserved to said Cougars coach Scott McEuen Im proud of the guys Tempe drove 34 yards from the midfield to Casa Grandes 16 to set up Northcutts 31yard field goal that tied the score 66 with to play The big play of that drive was quarterback Bran don Acedos 30yard pass to half back Albert Hinkle It came on thirdand10 from the 50 The lOthranked Cougars 54 1 3 began the ensuing drive from their own 30 Jesus Sanchez lost 4 yards on first down Then disaster struck in the form of Buenos interception Ross took a onestep drop and was hit in the arm just as he re leased the ball Bueno caught the floater a yard behind the line of scrimmage and was off to the races It was a quickout said McEuen His arm just got We told Bueno to stay back and not Tempe coach Tim McBurney said We knew that they were going to go for it or at least thats what we were hoping theyd Following the goahead field CHRIS WESTERN 20 of Casa Grande hauls in a thirdquarter pass from Jim Ross that wentfor a 28yard gain during Friday Saff Photo by Oscar Perez nights game against Tempe defender is Ray Lucero The Buffaloes staged a late rally to nip the Cougars 96 goal Casa Grande still had to mount a miracle comeback But those hopes were quickly dashed when Ross was intercepted on first down by Hy Le We knew Casa Grande was go ing to be a quality football team and that this game would be a big test for McBurney said We rose to the occasion a couple of times when we needed As the final score indicates the defenses dominated Tempe out gained Casa Grande 260138 in to tal yardage but ran 67 plays to just 35 for the Cougars a season low All but one of Tempes 10 pos sessions ended in Casa Grande territory four inside the 20 The Casa Grande defense did a great McBurney said They stuffed us although we were able to move the ball be tween the I knew their defense was McEuen said And I thought our defense did a great Northcutts first field goal a 34 yarder with left in the first quarter put the Buffaloes up 30 It came on the llth play of a 37 yard drive that bogged down at Casa Grandes 18yard line The Cougars took the lead on the first play of the second quar ter On thirdand8 from the Tem pe 17 Ross flipped a screen pass to halfback DJ Johnson who broke free around the left side for the touchdown The TD came on the seventh play of a 49yard march that also included runs of 13 yards by John son 9 by Tony Salcido and 7 by Chris Trejo Ross bobbled the snap on the pointafter try and was forced to Dust Devils Whip Dogs Win League ELOY The Santa Cruz Dust Devils finished their regular sea son in fine fashion with a 3820 vic tory over Queen Creek to win the j 2A West Region Central League j here Friday I Santa Cruz finished the season a j perfect 90 overall and 30 in the region The Dust Devils play San Pasqual in a intradivision playoff j next Friday in Gila Bend The Dust Devils racked up 25 points in the first period six in the second and seven in the final I quarter Kevin Butler and Ed Cade led Santa Cruz with two touchdowns each Cade scored his first on a 3yard rush with less than two minutes gone in the game The conversion failed making the score 60 Less than two minutes later Butler cruised in on a 27yard run with left in the first quarter Jimmy Jimenez kick was good giving Santa Cruz a 130 lead Joe Cade struck next with a score an a 1yard run with left in the first frame The conversion failed giving the Dust Devils a 190 advantage Ed Cade rambled 16 yards with left in the first period for a score Again the conversion failed giving Santa Cruz a 250 lead With less than a minute gone in the second quarter Butler crashed through the Bulldog line for a 29yard touchdown run The score was set up on a fum ble recovery at the Queen Creek 29 Jay Joe Espinoza The kick failed giving the Dust Devils a 310 halftime lead In the third period it was all Queen Creek as Jim Hawley score first on a 1yard run with 43 sec onds left Marcos Espinozas kick was good putting the Bulldogs on the score board 317 A fumble recovery at the Santa Cruz 15 led to the Bulldpgs first score With just seconds left in the third Queen Creek recovered an other Dust Devil fumble at the Santa Cruz 21 Quarterback Jack Ferguson hit Richard Martinez in the end zone for another six points Espinozas kick was good and made the score 3114 The final touchdown of the test come with remaining in the game on a fake field goal at tempt on fourthandgoal at the Santa Cruz 6 The conversion kick was blocked which made the final score 3820 Ed Cade paced the Dust Devils rushing attack with 80 yards on three tries followed by Butler with 71 on four carries Santa Cruz racked up a total of 287 yards in offense Backup quarterback Ray Hornsby attempted four passes and completed one to Dominic Rice for a 19yard gain Santa Cruz had eight first downs and lost 66 yards pn 10 penalties Queen Creek racked up 225 yards total offense 91 passing and 134 rushing Leading the ground game as Hawley with 92 yards on 17 carries Ferguson completed nine of 18 passes for two touchdowns and one interception by Ray Hornsby Martinez had three receptions for 57yards San Manuel 35 Coolidge 14 SAN MANUEL The fourth ranked Miners won the 3A South Region with a 3514 win over the Coolidge Bears here Friday night Coolidge which won the region a year ago ended the season a disappointing 36 overall and 15 in the region San Manuel took a 2314 half time lead and never looked back The Bears scored with left in the second quarter on an 18 yard run by Jeremy Johnson The extra point attempt failed With 57 seconds left in the first half Coolidge quarterback Gerald Delores hit Nard Street with a 20 yard pass Johnson ran for the twopoint conversion Delores finished the night 931 passing for 111 yards two inter ceptions and one touchdown The Bears rushed for 119 yards Seton 22 Maricopa 8 MARICOPA Maricopa fell short in its last attempt to win a game in the 1990 season falling to Seton 228 in a 2A West Region Central League game Friday night The Rams finished 09 overall and 03 in the region this season Maricopa scored its only touch down on a 32yard pass from Steve Wood to Jeff Cara in the second quarter Robert Aviles ran for the twopoint conversion John Keene Ricardo Monies and Rodney Puckett all had solid defensive performances for the Rams Hayden 7 Florence 6 FLORENCE Defending 2A state champion Florence to Hay den 76 in a 2A Central Region game here Friday night Tim Smith ran for the Gophers only score late in the second quarter Florence finishes the season 27 overall and 24 in the region KEVIN BUTLER 24 of Santa Cruz runs for the first of his two touchdowns during the first quarter of the Dust Devils 2A West Region Cen Staff Photo by Jerry Welch tra League game with Queen Creek Friday in Eloy Santa Cruz won 3820 and finished the regular season 90 go for two His pass to tight end Brandon Baker was picked off in the end zone Casa Grande threatened only one other time After taking over on downs at their own 37 to begin their initial possession of the sec ond half the Cougars marched 49 yards to a first down at Tempes 14yard line Ross hit Chris Western for a 28 yard gain on a thirdand6 play Following a holding penalty against the Cougars Eric Fossen hauled in a 31yard pass to put Casa Grande at the 14 From there Johnson was held to no gain on first down and Trejo ran for 2 yards on second down Ross thirdand fourthdown passes from the 12 fell incomplete The Cougars netted only 9 yards and ran just nine plays total from scrimmage during their final four possessions And other than the TD drive the first half numbers were four possessions 11 yards and 10 plays from scrimmage The Buffaloes meanwhile had drives of 63 60 37 and 34 yards and six that consumed a mini mum of seven plays Casa Grande was limited to a seasonlow 59 yards rushing on a seasonlow 26 attempts The Cou gars had only four first downs matching a season low Johnson was the leading rusher with 36 yards on 13 carries Trejo ran for 20 yards on five attempts Ross completed 4 of 9 passes for 79 yards Tempes 53 rushing attempts and 67 total plays were both sea son highs for a Casa Grande opponent Byron Stubblefield paced the Buffaloes 180yard ground attack with 83 yards on 25 carries Travis James had 74 yards on 17 tries Acedo completed 4 of 14 passes for 80 yards hitting Bueno twice for 46 yards Forrest Craddocks 18 tackles a team season high led the Casa Grande defense Sanchez had 11 tackles and also intercepted a pass at the Cougar 14yard line to stymie a Tempe scoring threat with to play in the second quarter Chambers Jumper Sinks Pacers INDIANAPOLIS AP Tom Chambers hit a running fivefoot jumper with 42 seconds to play lifting the Phoenix Suns to a 109 107 win over the Indiana Pacers Friday night in an NBA exhibition The Pacers who completed their preseason schedule at 44 trailed 9182 entering the fourth quarter before forward Chuck Person and center Rik Smits sparked a comeback They each scored five points in a 102 run and the Pacers tied the game at 103103 when Person hit a jumper with to play The Suns got baskets from Ken ny Battle and Jeff Hornacek but the Person countered with a jumper and two free throws by Vern Fleming tied the game with remaining After Chambers rattled in his gamewinner the Pacers lost the ball without getting a shot off and the Suns killed the remaining seconds Kevin Johnson led Phoenix with 24 Hornacek had 21 and Battle and Chambers each added 19 Fleming paced Indiana with 20 points Person and Smits finished with 17 apiece while Reggie Miller contributed 15 Indiana led 8281 before the Suns reeled off the final 10 points of the third quarter five of them by Hornacek Cards To Test SmashMouth Tactics with Bears By WALTER BERRY AP Writer TEMPE The Phoenix Cardi nals discovered smashmouth football two weeks ago Sunday they play the team that invented it the Chicago Bears Itll be one of those Cardinals coach Joe Bugel said Were coming off a very physical game last week against the New York Giants and this is another one But it comes at a good time because we showed we can go toe totoe Our guys feel they can compete with the best in the Phoenix 24 had the NFC Eastleading Giants all but knocked from the unbeaten ranks But New York rallied to score 10 points in the final and pulled out a 2019 victory on Matt Bahrs 40yard field goal as time expired Chicago leads the NFC Central with a 51 record and had last week off after winning its previ ous two games at home over Green Bay 2713 and the Los An geles Rams The Bears lead the league in rushing with a average and are the only team with more rushing than passing attempts this season 989 o 919 Were primarily a running team Right now thats our said Chicagos Neal Anderson who has 493 yards and six touchdowns on 105 carries People went you to throw the ball more because it looks good You cant do that just to do it You got to do what you do Yoii got to run the ball to be Bears coach Mike Ditka said The fact that you run the ball more than you pass it doesnt mean anything You got to run it with some success to make the other things work Thats what I believe in and Im not going to change it I think Joe is very similar Hes put together a good offensive line and hes running the ball a The Cardinals who had only net yards rushing last season on 407 carries have 804 on 182 at tempts this year Rookie Johnny Johnson leads the NFC with 531 yards on 123 car ries and has two consecutive 100 yard games 120 on 19 carries against Dallas on Oct 14 and 108 on 30 carries last week versus the Giants If hes not one of the best run ning backs in the league right now I dont know who Ditka said Hes big Hes strong Hes got enough speed to get outside and runs real hard inside Hes got good balance and can catch the ball Hes playing in the right of fense with the veers and counters and slants that he runs Of all the backs Ive watched and weve played against we havent played against a better back than him We saw him in the preseason He was a load then Hes become a doubleload since Phoenix outscored 8030 in its first three games changed from the 43 to the 34 defense and beat Dallas 203 before almost upset ting the Giants I dont know how much change it is whether you call a guy a line backer or a lineman If hes com ing on every down what differ ence does it make what you call Ditka said   
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