The daily Tar Heel. (Chapel Hill, N.C.) 1946-current, November 08, 1975, Page 1, Image 1
""'linn ii, 11 .1 Serving the students and the University community since 1893 Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Saturday, November 8, 1975 Vol. 83, No. 55 Weather good for football Frustrated Heels, Tigers clash by Jim Thomas Assistant Sports Editor "We've got to fight harder.. .close ranks and march.. .a test of character.. .bounce back from adversity." North Carolina Coach Bill Dooley is aware of a recurring theme the past several weeks as his Tar Heels warm-up for today's Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) football clash against Clemson in Kenan Stadium. Since outplaying Notre Dame for three quarters and losing to N.C. State 21-20 three weeks ago after a game-winning two point conversion attempt failed, Carolina has been mired in a disappointing slump. The Tar Heels (2-6) have lost to East Carolina' and Wake Forest their last two times out before the home crowd to run their losing streak to four straight, the longest since 1968. With three games remaining, prospects for a 2-9 season loom menacingly in the background. Clemson has suffered through a similar experience this season leading many observers to term today's game the "Frustration Bowl." The Tigers have dropped three straight, including last f- St""- ' it : ---iiiTMnrirtrfr - --- - ,miiriiiiinTv-r-'Trlftr' 1 Hriirtitt"' Middle guard Roger Shonosky charges quarterback Wake Forest Jerry McManus Saturday's embarassing 43-7 loss to inept Florida State, and have only one win to their credit in eight games. After being picked the preseason favorites to w in the ACC title, the Tigers' only victory was a last-minute win over Wake Forest. Red Parker threatened to resign as Clemson coach earlier in the week if he "can not get the situation straightened out at the end of the season." Despite its record, however, Clemson has an experienced squad with 48 lettermen returning from last year's 7-4 team. "They've lost some close games," Dooley analyzed at his weekly press conference Tuesday. "They've lost their momentum and want to turn things around like we do. Turnovers have hurt them but they're dangerous and capable of exploding." If the past two meetings are an indication, Dooley's assessment of another high-scoring game could be correct. Two years ago Clemson won 37-29 in Kenan Stadium and last year the Tigers romped 54-32. Leading the Clemson offense are a couple of freshmen quarterbacks Willie Jordan and Steve Fuller. Jordan, who passed for 300 yards and five touchdowns against Georgia Tech, has completed 54 percent of his passes and is a threat to run with the ball when his receivers are covered, according to Dooley. Fuller was the most highly-sought prepster in the nation a year ago. Backing them up is senior Mike O'Cain, who split time" with Mark Fellers last year. In the backfield, tailback Ken Callicutt is the Tigers' leading rusher with 428 yards and a 4.5 average per carry, while All-America tight end Bennie Cunningham and flanker Craig Brantley have caught 16 passes apiece. On defense, Clemson has allowed 88 points in its last two games and an average of 33.7 a contest. But, despite those statistics. f .... B-W-basketDaii The annual UNC Blue-White Varsity basketball game w ill tip off today at 4:30 p.m. in Carmichael Auditorium with three seniors in one starting lineup and three of last year's starters in the other lineup. Seniors Mitch Kupchak, Bill Chambers, and Dave Hanners, with juniors Bruce Buckley and John Kuester, will start for the Blue team. The White team will be led by last year's starters Walter Davis, Tommy LaGarde and Phil Ford. Also starting for the Whites are junior Woody Coley and sophomore Tom Zaliagiris. the Tigers have able defenders in tackle G.C. Galloway, linebacker Jimmy Williamson and cornerback Peanut Martin. For the Tar Heels, tailback Mike Voight appears to be headed toward his second consecutive 1,000-yard season. Voight rushed for 148 yards in last week's loss to Wake Forest to push his ACC-leading total to 883 yards. He is averaging 1 26. 1 yards per game, sixth best in the nation. UNC quarterback Billy Paschall, who has recovered from a sore arm which has bothered him the last couple of weeks, has completed 65 of 133 passes for 894 yards and seven touchdowns. Charlie Williams and Mel Collins are his two leading receivers with 18 and 17 catches, respectively. On defense, UNC heads into the second week of its new starting lineup with Chuck Austin at safety, Ken Sheets at end and Ronnie Dowdy at one linebacker. In addition, Ronnie Johnson is expected to start at cornerback after sitting out the last two games because of a bruised shoulder. John Daw is still out with a broken collarbone but James Betterson could see some action at tailback after being sidelined for the past four weeks with a severe charley horse. Betterson not bitter despite dismal season by Tom Ward Staff Writer For Carolina's James "Boom Boom" Betterson dreams have turned into nightmares. In his senior year, Carolina football has been outmatched and outplayed as never before since the early years of Head Coach Bill Dooley's reign. Betterson, a fierce competitor, has watched the last four losing efforts from the sidelines because of a leg injury. Hopes for a high pick in the professional football draft in March and a lucrative contract have dwindled. And like his teammates, he stumbles over "I don't knows" and "ifs" when asked to explain the losing season. "After coming off such a good year last year, 1 was anticipating this season with high hopes," Betterson said. "But now . . . now everything has fallen through ... It is hard to explain." The 5-11, 198-pound High Point native did indeed have an impressive 1974 campaign. Nine touchdowns, 1,082 rushing yards, 28.4 yards averaged on kickoff returns and an All-ACC selection all belonged to Betterson. He was also one-half of a devastating running tandem which set an NCAA record for two players rushing over 1,000 yards in a season playing at the same position. Junior Mike Voight was his counterpart. But those days are gone. With only games against Clemson, Tulane and Duke left, repeating last year's performance is out of the question. "I practice for the first time in a month this week and the leg is about 70 to 75 per cent flexible," Betterson said. "If Coach Dooley chooses, I can do a little on Saturday (against Clemson). "My personal goals now are to have a couple of good games before my Carolina career ends, but I am not counting on too much this week." Betterson hurt his right thigh muscle on Oct. 4 when he was tackled on an off tackle play against Virginia. Initially described as "just a charlie horse," the deep bruise was later diagnosed as causing internal bleeding. "We attempted to drain off the blood so it would heal more rapidly, but it was impossible to do with this type of injury," said Dr. Joseph L. DeWalt, UNC's head athletic physician. "The' only cure for it is to let nature take its course." - Although the long wait is frustrating for the Game Plan magazine pre-season All-American, he is still "optimistic and hopeful" about the rest of his career. "Against Tulane and Duke, 1 want to see if I can get something out of the season. Also,. I hope to play in some senior bowl games after the regular season is over," Betterson said. The 21-year-old recreation major also hopes to play professional football in the National or Canadian football leagues next year. He believes his chances are particularly good with the new NFL expansion teams in Seattle and Tampa. "My career is not over with this type of injury . . . I have just got to keep my head together and not panic. I am just going to wait and see how things are going to work out," he said. Betterson w ill be one of six seniors to play his last game before the home fans today. Dreams of a senior year full of V U glory have turned to dust. But the pride of such a talented athlete shines even in the darkest hours. His contributions today may be limited, but Carolina football fans should not forget all the exciting moments Betterson has given them. Although he may have been temporarily humbled by an injury, UNC will be hearing from James Betterson for years to come. M K a IZ. - " i . $ A X t vV'is . - I Iff " JJf- W: i . - J - ! i t ..... .sy y J ssffss-&jsss- s-y A healthy James Betterson iri action against Wake Forest last season.