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Wednesday, September 24, 1997
Unberhagen unstoppable in Little River-Academy
By JAIME ARON / AP Sports Writer
DALLAS (AP) -- Little River-Academy coach Grady Barganier had
devised a game plan to spread out the Troy defense. Two plays
into the game, he chucked the plan and decided to revolve the
offense around Ronnie Unberhagen.
The result: 39 carries for a school-record 358 yards, the most
in the state this season, and four touchdowns, carrying Class
2A Academy to a 33-21 victory and putting Unberhagen atop this
week's Associated Press Honor Roll.
"I really think it was the best individual performance
and the best team performance I've seen at Academy," said
Barganier, who has been at the school 24 years, the last four
as head coach. "We were underdogs and ended up winning by
The night to remember was the culmination of several superb
--Offensive linemen Nick Turner, Cole Ramsey, Justin Kopriva,
Brian Hulsey, Ryan Doskocil and tight end Chad Cother did a great
job against a bigger, stronger defense and eventually wore them
out. The Academy players were still going strong in the fourth
quarter, just like Barganier told them would happen while prodding
them through strenuous conditioning drills that included lots
--Fullback Lee Adcock succeeded at blocking on the sweep, clearing
room for Unberhagen to turn corners without much resistance.
--The receivers looked to make downfield blocks whenever possible
-- "which is sometimes hard to get them to do," Barganier
said -- and usually were able to hold them.
--And, finally, the 5-foot-10, 165-pound Unberhagen used his
speed (he was the state champion in the 800 meters as a junior
and runner-up as a sophomore) and strength (he bench presses nearly
300 pounds) to take advantage of it all.
"I've never seen a night when everything goes that right,"
Barganier said. "We knew we were capable of doing it if everything
clicked, and it did."
Part of the thrill was how unexpected the outburst was.
Academy lost to Troy last year, mostly because of trouble running
the ball. And, being limited to 17 healthy players, Barganier
had decided to tinker with his offense and go away from his usual
plan of running 70 percent of the time.
"We were going to try some one-back sets and put three
receivers to one side, or two to each side," Barganier said.
"We wanted to spread those big boys out and try to wear them
out by making them run.
"But then on the first couple of plays we ran the ball,
had some success and decided to stick with it."
Academy ended up passing all of three times, gaining a whopping
eight yards. Everything else the Bumblebees got came on the ground,
with plays pretty much equally going to the left, right and up
"Even late in game, when we felt like they knew we were
going to run, we were still able to do it," Barganier said.
Unberhagen had 314 yards and four touchdowns on 40 carries
in the first two games this year. He basically doubled each of
those numbers on Friday.
There were several nifty runs along the way.
"He had one right before halftime where he went about
10 yards, broke about four tackles and was gone," Barganier
said of Unberhagen's 48-yard touchdown that tied the game at 13
just before halftime.
"Then we were trying to run time off the clock when the
fourth quarter began, pitched it to him and he went around the
end and scored again from about 45 yards," Barganier said,
Other outstanding Week 3 performances included: ALL-AROUND
--J.D. Wilson scored all of Ranger's points in a 34-32 loss
to Gorman on touchdown runs of 11, 1 and 33 yards, an 86-yard
run when he took a lateral on the old hook-and-ladder play, ran
in a two-point conversion and threw for another two-point conversion.
The points were first of the season for Ranger, the first of Wilson's
varsity career and they came while wearing three different uniform
jersey numbers. Wilson, a wide receiver the last two years who
moved to running back this season, had to change from jersey Nos.
17 to 80 to 88 because of a rule that prevents players from wearing
bloody clothes. The blood was his, caused by a cut lip that was
--Michael Lusby ran for 204 yards and four touchdowns, returned
a kickoff 93 yards for another score, made 11 tackles and had
two interceptions in Spearman's 48-19 victory over Clarendon.
--Troy Sumrall scored on punt returns of 60 and 73 yards, had
touchdown runs of 15 and 16 yards and caught a 12-yard touchdown
pass in Nederland's 41-0 victory over Port Arthur Austin.
--Sophomore Vontez Duff had a 70-yard touchdown run, touchdown
catches of 50 and 9 yards and 198 total yards before leaving Copperas
Cove's 45-0 victory over Round Rock McNeil with 8:35 left in the
first half because of an upset stomach and dehydration.
--John Serrill scored five touchdowns in Smithville's 48-28
victory over Lake Travis, running for 210 yards on 23 carries
and catching three passes for 107 yards.
--Clint DeGroot ran for four touchdowns and 173 yards, and
passed for two more and 158 yards as Santa Fe beat Galena Park
--Dudley Klatt ran seven times for 177 yards, including fourth-quarter
touchdown runs of 55 and 76 yards, and completed four passes for
80 yards, including a 30-yard touchdown, as Orange Grove beat
--David Lyons had a 28-yard rushing touchdown and scored on
fumble returns of 47 and 45 yards in Ingleside's 31-19 victory
over Rockport-Fulton. He also returned a fumble 85 yards for a
touchdown in the season opener.
--Chris Spivey ran for 296 yards and five touchdowns in Groveton's
49-32 victory over Diboll, upping his career statistics to 4,283
yards and 52 touchdowns. The senior, who has played on varsity
since he was a freshman, would have to nearly double that to challenge
Rodney Thomas' school record of 8,441 yards.
--Astolfo Venzor ran 27 times for what's believed to be a school-record
294 yards, marking his third straight 200-plus game, and had three
touchdowns in Dumas' 34-0 victory over Perryton. He also made
four of five PAT attempts.
--Rod Nash gained 285 yards and scored four touchdowns, including
an 82-yarder, on just 13 carries in Linden-Kildare's 42-8 victory
--Reggie Duncan ran 20 times for 298 yards and three touchdowns,
including a game-winning 7-yarder as Killeen Ellison upset No.
2 Converse Judson 42-35 in overtime. Duncan's other scores were
of 42 and 13 yards, and he had runs of 60 and 66 yards ending
at the Judson 1.
--Keith Frazier had 257 yards and two touchdowns in Corpus
Christi Carroll's 17-14 loss to San Antonio Southwest.
--Joffrey Reynolds had 241 yards and three touchdowns in Tyler
Lee's 43-23 victory over Texas High. It was his second straight
--Michael Demps, a converted quarterback, ran 25 times for
242 yards and four touchdowns in Fort Worth Dunbar's 35-7 victory
over Dallas Samuell, providing former Converse Judson assistant
Bob Jones his first head coaching victory.
--Toby Cisneros ran for 260 yards and two touchdowns in Laredo
Martin's 41-35 loss to South San Antonio.
--Quanta Gregg scored on runs of 45, 23 and 67 yards in Dallas
Spruce's 34-2 victory over Athens.
--Clarence Whitfield had touchdown runs of 34, 37, 9 and 2
yards in Stamford's 34-19 victory over Haskell.
--Brett Robin ran 13 times for 199 yards and five touchdowns,
and returned a kickoff 101 yards for another score in Austin Westlake's
51-6 victory over Bastrop.
--Tellis Redmon had 164 yards and four touchdowns on 13 carries
as Colleyville Heritage beat Joshua 45-7, improving to 3-0 a team
that last year went winless in its debut season.
--Jesse Hawkins ran 40 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns
as Robstown beat Sinton 24-21 to improve to 3-0 after going 1-9
THROUGH THE AIR
--Jordan Wilson was 16-of-35 for 345 yards and three touchdowns
in Grapevine's 27-26 victory over Flower Mound Marcus.
--Patrick Hutka was 18-of-36 for 323 yards and two touchdowns
and ran 16 times for 93 yards and another touchdown in Rogers'
47-34 victory over Riesel. Michael Williams caught seven of the
passes for 143 yards and two touchdowns and Nelson Kortis had
six catches for 117 yards.
--Beau Trahan was 14-of-23 for 309 yards and four touchdowns,
with Patrick Robinson catching nine passes for 219 yards and three
scores in Bay City's 50-14 victory over Kingsville.
--Kevin Branch was 20-of-29 for 304 yards and four touchdowns
in Fort Worth Carter-Riverside's 28-27 victory over Hillsboro.
Branch's offensive coordinator is Archie Coolie, a former head
coach at Mississippi Valley State, where his pupils included Jerry
--Jarad Richards was 11-of-16 for 292 yards and three touchdowns
in Cross Plains' 39-6 victory over Miles.
--Casey Printers threw touchdown passes to four different receivers
and ran for another in DeSoto's 49-21 victory over Crowley. The
hard-throwing junior was 13-of-26 for 240 yards and a touchdown.
--Matt Schultze caught six passes for 134 yards, including
touchdown grabs of 14, 23, 53 and 19 yards in San Antonio East
Central's 42-7 victory over Austin Johnston. The four TDs broke
the school record of three set two years ago by Eric Schultze,
--Tight end Jacob Sanchez caught seven passes for 227 yards
and three touchdowns in Laredo United's 42-33 victory over San
--Adam Dunn was 11-of-15 for 211 yards, including touchdown
tosses of 24, 73, 25 and 10 yards in New Caney's 34-6 victory
--Colby Freeman was 11-of-21 passing for 185 yards and two
touchdowns and ran for 93 yards, including a 63-yard touchdown,
in Brownwood's 29-7 victory over Belton.
--Jose Barron made 15 solo tackles, knocked down two passes
and caused a fumble in Dalhart's 17-13 victory over West Texas.
Barron made four fourth-down tackles to stop West Texas drives.
--Mason Dutton, son of former Dallas Cowboys defensive end
John Dutton, made 12 tackles, had three sacks and deflected three
passes in Plano's 27-6 victory over Allen. At 5-foot-11, Mason
is nine inches shorter than his dad, but he makes up for it with
great technique learned at home. In defeat, B.J. Ferguson was
in on 16 tackles, had a sack and caused a fumble.
--Tony Powell had 10 tackles and two interceptions, returning
one of them 90 yards for a touchdown in Borger's 57-24 victory
over Guymon, Okla.
--Joseph Turner intercepted three passes, batted down another,
had five unassisted tackles and assisted on two others in Cross
Plains' 39-6 victory over Miles.
--Korey Morris had 20 tackles and an interception and Jason
Rutledge had 20 tackles and a sack as Rising Star held off Throckmorton
--Roland Guerrero had 11 tackles, including two for losses,
a sack and a blocked pass as San Antonio Jay rallied from a 12-0
halftime deficit to beat Eagle Pass 28-12. It was the second straight
week the linebacker-turned-lineman led the team in tackles.
--Jonathan Palafox had 9-1/2 tackles, two sacks, an interception
and recovered a fumble as Sweetwater defeated Frenship 42-20.
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