Saturday, October 01, 2005

COM: Blogarithmic #39

First, welcome to milkriverblog to our many visitors scoping out Circus of the Spineless!

Welcome to all the new visitors this week from Clicked!

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Now back to the regularly scheduled . . .

First an order of business. In addition to Blogger being a wobgobbler yesterday, HotMail burned up yesterday while i was sending out notices to contributors and other blogs about Circus of the Spineless. I got about 2/3s of the way through when it apparently fried. Well, i ended up getting notices sent out to everyone but not until this morning (as i was hoping for the return of HotMail which didn't happen and i sent the stuff out from elsewhere). Anyway, the point is, if you've emailed me about CoS or anything else and haven't heard back that's probably the reason -- i can't get on to read my mail. I will get back to you, if a reply is necessary, as soon as i can get logged in. Update: Back up after 14 hours . . . tell me you guys aren't smarter than that.

Whew. I'm whupped after several days of pushing hard at work, working the lightsheets, and not only finishing Circus of the Spineless, but having to deal with Blogger garbage that ate the Circus requiring me to format entirely by hand -- in panic mode, after the deadline of course. Then there were link snafus (because of Blogger) that required fixing by hand . . . and the hotmail stuff . . .

So, all the relaxing things i was going to accomplish the weekend are now being pushed for time again . . .

am i complaining too much . . .

i'll quit then . . .

Went to Vanities rehearsal this week and Our Town auditions. I'm gathering music for the first, and am i the second with Tom Moore Thespians. Both ought to be loads of fun. A bunch of exceptionally talented kids (just when we thought the guys' well was dry several appear out of nowhere . . .).

R.I.P One Last Time:

Chief: There's no telling where they'll be able to infiltrate next. May be
even the Pentagon.

Maxwell Smart: You're right, Chief. But even if they do get a man into the
Pentagon, that's not saying he'll be able to get out. I remember one of our own
agents was lost in there for three days.

Chief: Three days? Max, no agent could be that confused.

Maxwell Smart: Well, let me see. I went in on a Friday...

Here's last night's results (all great!)

Dan McCarney, Express-News Staff Writer

Only time will tell if Smithson Valley's 21-7 victory over Judson on Friday was indeed a passing of the torch, one San Antonio power ceding supremacy to another.

Considering what was at stake for the Rangers, history can wait.

Needing to beat the Alamo City's most successful team over the past two decades to avoid putting their nine-year playoff streak in jeopardy, the Rangers delivered in front of 6,760 at Judson Stadium.

Aaron Hernandez scored the go-ahead touchdown midway through the third quarter on a blocked punt by Steven Bechtol before Bryan Hill landed the mortal blow with a 23-yard, fourth-down TD pass to Trent Rios with 3:23 remaining.

In addition to avenging last year's 15-point home loss to the Rockets, Smithson Valley (3-2, 1-1 in District 26-5A) averted a two-game deficit in league play, a position that would have almost certainly required sweeping the final five games to ensure a postseason berth.

"If you have any aspirations at all to win the district championship, you can't go 0-2," Rangers coach Larry Hill said. "If we had been in that position, we would have steeled ourselves to do the job. But obviously, you don't want to be in the position where you have to win every week in 26-5A."

The Rangers, who dropped a surprising 14-10 decision to Churchill last week, followed a defeat with a victory for the 12th-straight time since 1995.

The game unfolded in fits and starts, and the crowd was well short of pregame hopes.
But it was at least close, which was more than last year's matchup, a 30-15 victory for Judson in which the Rockets (3-2, 1-1) blasted off to a 30-point lead.

The second half was vintage Smithson Valley, which used its time-tested strategy of defense and special teams to choke off the Rockets' options until they buckled under the pressure.

The breaking point came with 5:15 remaining in the third when Bechtol, a baby-faced senior, darted around right end to smother his first varsity punt.

Hernandez fell on the loose ball in the end zone to give Smithson Valley a 14-7 advantage.

"I knew it was a big play because special teams are always big," Bechtol said.

With points at a premium, it was the type of miscue Judson could not afford.

"We made some big-time mistakes on special teams, and in a game like this, it's going to cost you," Rockets coach Jim Rackley said.

Compounding the Rockets' problems was an offense that all but disappeared over the final two quarters.

Coinciding with an injury to receiver Derrick Williams, the Rockets managed only 12 yards — without a first down — on their final 18 plays.

Thanks to Judson's swarming defense, the Rangers were not much better with 153 yards.

HIGHLAND PARK 59, Dallas Lincoln 14
Great Scots: HP offense, 'D' dominate Lincoln
By TIM MacMAHON / The Dallas Morning News /01:41 AM CDT on Saturday, October 1, 2005

Highland Park will probably devote a lot of next week's practice time to covering kicks. Nothing else needs much work.

At least that's what it looked like during a 59-14 rout of Lincoln in front of a crowd of about 8,000 Friday night at Kincaide Stadium.

Highland Park, No. 1 in SportsDay's Class 4A area rankings and No. 2 in the state poll, scored at will against area No. 6 Lincoln. And Highland Park's overshadowed defense shut down Lincoln's stellar tailback tandem until the game was well out of hand.

Take away kickoff returns for touchdowns by Lincoln's Chris Washington and Kor'Darien Mathis, and it was as dominant a performance as possible for Highland Park.

That's been the trend this season. Highland Park (5-0) finished a difficult nondistrict schedule without being challenged, winning by an average of 33.2 points.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford picked apart the Lincoln secondary for 265 passing yards and two touchdowns before watching the fourth quarter from the sideline. John Dickenson helped Highland Park take a 38-7 halftime lead with four receptions for 129 yards.

Highland Park had established its dominance before Stafford even settled into a rhythm.

Three of Highland Park's first five possessions ended with touchdown runs, one by Jake Feldt and two by Alex Carroll. Feldt and Carroll finished with 195 yards on 25 carries, taking advantage of a massive offensive line that mauled Lincoln's front seven.

Stafford threw long touchdown passes on Highland Park's next two possessions. Dickenson turned a short pass into a 61-yard score. Stafford's next pass hit Holt Martin in stride for a 31-yard core.

And Highland Park added a field goal on the last play of the half after moving 51 yards in 40 seconds.

Highland Park's most time-consuming scoring drive in the first half lasted two minutes and 20 seconds. Four of its other five scoring drives took less than a minute. The defense deserves some credit for the point production, since Highland Park's offense started most of its drives in Lincoln territory.

Lincoln (3-2) had a little hope after Mathis ran back the opening kick of the second half. Highland Park finished off Lincoln by driving for touchdowns on its next three possessions.

INGRAM TOM MOORE 40, Goliad 20

Ingram rolls past Goliad
From staff reports, The Daily Times, Published October 01, 2005

POTEET — The express train known as the Ingram offense helped the Warriors finish off non-district play at a perfect 5-0 Friday night, with a 40-20 victory over the Goliad Tigers.

Warriors’ quarterback J.T. Aspra threw for 284 yards and touchdown passes of 10, 18 and 55 yards, and added two more touchdowns with runs of 3 and 4 yards in a team-high 84-yard rushing effort, as Ingram rolled up 434 yards in total offense.

The Warriors have scored 40 more points in their four victories on the field, with one victory coming by forfeit against La Vernia. Ingram also has amassed 400 or more yards in total offense in those 40-point games.

Senior tailback Sean Hennigar, despite playing with a sore shoulder, enjoyed another productive night for the Warriors, rushing for 59 yards on 10 carries with a 15-yard TD run, and catching three passes for 33 yards including scoring plays of 10 and 18 yards before leaving the game early in the fourth quarter.

The Ingram defense limited the Tigers (2-3) to just 48 passing yards in surrendering its second-lowest point total of the season, and forced three fumbles, recovering two, and getting one interception.

A Kyle Kimmey fumble recovery set up the Warriors’ second touchdown, Aspra’s 10-yard TD pass to Hennigar, three plays after Aspra had put ITM up 7-0 with his 3-yard scoring run in the first quarter.

Clif Barbo added an interception and pass break-up as the Warriors took leads of 14-7 after the first quarter, and 27-14 at halftime.

Aspra enjoyed spreading the passing wealth to his receivers Friday night, as Kris Hicks caught seven passes for 105 yards, and Darrenn Taylor had three catches for 63 yards, including a 55-yard TD reception in the second quarter. Tight end Shawn Butzke also added four catches for 51 yards in the victory.

Adam Morris led Goliad with 100 yards rushing on 16 carries, with scoring runs of 1 and 55 yards, and caught three passes for 26 yards, including a 13-yard TD pass from quarterback Matt Niemeyer.

Ingram had 31 rushing attempts for its 150-yard ground night, while Aspra completed 19 of 33 pass attempts without throwing an interception.

And today it's TEXAS A&M 16, Baylor 13 in OT! Again! Still not convinced the Ags are for real, though Reggie McNeal and Courtney Lewis and Johnny Whoever looked pretty good.

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