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by Chris Cobbs
Sports Editor
r JW consecutive loes taking the air out of Carolina's sails, the Tar Heels
would like now to take the air out of the football, Coach Bill Dooley said Tuesday.
Long passes have been chiefly responsible for UNC's demise in the last two weeks
and Dooley feels the surest way to effect a turn-about would be to deflate the ball.
i he coach was only half-serious about playing with a flat pigskin, but he appeared
genuinely worried about Carolina's upcoming game with Wake Forest.
We are gomg to have to improve our defense against the big plays," he said, "and
wc give up a bomb, then we're going to have to come back and regain the
momentum ourselves.
"Wake Forest has probably the most versatile backfield we have faced this year and
everybody knows how much they would like to ship us.
Heck, Carolina is always the big game on their schedule."
I he Deacons bring a three-game winning streak into the Groves Stadium matchup
wmcn is expected to draw close to a capacity crowd of 3 1 ,000.
We've Overcome
Se t backs - Wi dgeon
By Howie Carr
Sports Writer
"We've had a few let-downs this
season," said Larry Widgeon, the captain
of the Carolina cross-country team, "but
that last meet was really extraordinary.
We're right back in contention for the
conference title."
Widgeon was referring, of course, to
the Tar Heels' double victory Saturday
over Clemson, 20-39, and Wake Forest
1 7-46.
"Everybody on the team improved his
best time by at least 20 seconds, and
some by as much as a minute," explained
Widgeon. "Until this year, the school
record on the course was 26:15.
On Saturday, though, I ran a 25:06,
Tony Waldrop had a time of 25:15, and
Pat Grady ran a 26:16," he said. "This
means two people broke the old record,
and Grady came within a second of it."
"If we had run that well against
Maryland and William & Mary, it would
have been a lot closer," Widgeon said
referring to the double loss the harriers
sufferd Oct. 10.
Widgeon, a junior from Norfolk,
Virginia, is in his sixth season as a
cross-country runner, having begun in his
sophomore year of high school.
During the spring he is a member of
the UNC track team, and in last season's
ACC conference meet, Widgeon turned in
a 14:08.6 time to break the old
three-mile record.
Keeping in shape is a year-round job
for the Dean's List English Education
major. He usually runs about twelve miles
a day the entire year. In the fall during
cross-country season, he does seven miles
in the early morning, and another five at
afternoon practice.
He attributes his team's lacklustre 4-3
record to injuries and sickness.
Waldrop's arch put him out of action
for a while, and Mike Garcia, who's run
real well in practice, has pulled a calf
muscle," he said. "I'm getting over a
terrible cold, and now Steve Grathwohl is
coming down with it."
"If we can stay away from injuries and
colds," said Widgeon, "we can still have
the best season any Carolina
cross-country team has ever had. The key
to our team's success depends on depth.
No matter how good you number one
and two runners are, you've got to have
good third, fourth, and fifth men to get
the points."
"Our dual meet with Duke next
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predicted Widgeon. "If we can beat Duke,
we'll probably be able to take the
conference title."
Widgeon's personal challenge in that
meet will be against Blue Devil freshman
Bob Wheeler, the national record holder
in the 600-yard run. Wheeler has run a
1:50.1 half-mile and a 4:06 mile, and
figures to be one of the favorites in the
conference championships in November.
Widgeon asked students to support the
team by going to Finley Golf Course for
the meet next Saturday at 1 1 :00 a.m.
"When you've just run five miles," he
explained, " it really helps to have people
out there watching you come in."
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Carolina Ruggers
By T.C. Ricketts
Sports Writer
The Carolina Rugby Club went north
to Washington this past weekend to battle
Georgetown, considered to be its
toughest opponant of the Fall.
The trip proved nothing, however, as
the two clubs fought to a 11-11 tie.
Carlina was smarting from its first
defeat of the year and had completely
realigned both scrum and backfield in an
attempt to defeat the undefeated Hoyas. ..
Carolina showed -surprising early
strength, going ahead 3-0 on a penalty
goal with 5 minutes elapsed. Georgetown
immediately confirmed rumors of its
speed in the backfield as it ran two trys
around UNC's wing. Only one was
converted and the home side led 8-3.
In the second half UNC gave up a
penalty kick and seemed to be far from
victory as the tally read 11-3.
The score was not symptomatic of the
team's condition, and one of UNC's
repeated threats came to fruition as Paul
Herbert scored a try. The conversion was
good and UNC was behind by a scant
11-8.
Georgetown let a loose forward
anticipate soon afterward and UNC
kicked another penalty goal to tie the
game. From then on UNC pushed well
into the opposition territory but to no
avail an no-time was blown, leaving
neither side satisfied.
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Fresh from a 36-10 pasting c: Clerr.son. Wake stands 2-1 in the Atlantic Coast
Conference, as does L'NC.
This is a battle for second plc n the conference." Dooley said, "and if we hope
to have any chance of being contenders for the rest of the year, we have to win. Of
course, so do they.
So it's a real big one for both teams. I know the effort is going to be there on both
sides and I feel like the differences corns on big plays."
Dooley said the Tar Heels may or may not have the services of Greg Word, a
secondary man who was injured and did play against Tulane. Other members of teh
vulnerable defensive backfield. including Richard Sliiley and Lou Angelo. are healthy,
he added.
Linebacker Tom CantreSl. whose sore knee also kept him out the Tulane game, is
ready again.
Thus Carolina should have its defensive starters available, said the coach, and no
significant changes in alignments are contemplated.
Facing them will be a Wake Forest backfield that has been rejuvenated by two
junior college transfers with speed and power.
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The UNC "B" team was able to run
but could muster only one try to
Georgetown's 2 penalty goals and lost the
second game 6-3.
The "C" team was in Lexington, Va.
playing Washington and Lee's first team.
They were outclassed and outscored, but
not to the extent of the 16-0 score.
All three of Carolina's team will play
this coming weekend as UNC will host a
minor rugby festival. Duke will play two
games ( against , , ' Atlanta Saturday .a on
Ehringhaus field beginning at 2 o'clock.
Sunday, UNC will also play two games
against the same Atlanta club and the
Carolina "C" side will play Duke's "B"
team.
The Rugby Club still welcomes new
players, and positions on all three sides
are still open. Anyone wishing to play
experienced or not is welcome to practice
today through Thursday on Lion's Field
off Fidelity street in Carrboro.
For those without cars, rides will be
leaving from in front of Woolen gym
between 4:15 and 4:30 on those days.
Club Play State
The UNC football club is scheduled to
meet N.C. State Friday night in the last
game of the season. Game time is 7:30 at
the baseball diamond.
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by Mark Whicker
Sports Writer
Kent Merritt returns to Chapel Hill
this Friday afternoon, but the Carolina
football staff won't bother to roll out the
red carpet again.
As a football and track star at
Charlottesville's Lane High last year,
Merritt visited UNC twice during
basketball season and was introduced at
halftime of the Carolina-USC game.
He and several others on Bill Dooley's
recruiting list decided to attend Virginia
instead, so the Cavaliers have their best
freshman team ever. They face the Tar
Babies, who were upset 14-6 by Wake
Forest last week, in Kenan Stadium
Friday afternoon.
Merritt and friends are 3-0, with
victories over VMI, William & Mary and
Maryland. Maryland supposedly had the
conference's best freshmen.
Tar Baby Coach Moyer Smith is
working with his defensive ends this
week, because Merritt can turn his 9.3
speed into a touchdown any time he gets
around the corner.
Merritt often ventures out of the
backfield for passes from Harrison Davis,
a 6-4, 200-pound quarterback from
Hampton, Va. who does the 100 in 9.7.
"We have a monu. -ental task in
stopping Virginia," Smith concludes.
"They have a good team anyway, and
with these -two superstars they.;jhave a
great teain. -" J v "r "
Two others that got . away from
Carolina recruiters and w ended up in
Charlottesville stable are defensive end
Stanley Land and linebacker Harry Gehr.
The Cavaliers will outweigh Carolina in
most line positions. The biggest is tackle
LeRoy Still, a 235-pounder from
Medford, N.Y.
Smith blames himself for the Wake
Forest loss.
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Joining veteran quarterback Larry Russell are fuUlvicL Larry Hopkins. ru an
ACC nishang record last week, and tailback Ken Garrett.
Hopkins, a stumpy 5-10. WO-pounder ho attended Lce-McRae Jr. Co!Ue pr un
to transferring to Wake Forest, gained 230 yards on 20 carries ajMmsf Clemen."
"Hopkins and Garrett are two blue-shipper who have just puked up their ream and
moved them from the lower echelon to the top half of the conference." Doolev said.
"And Russell is a boy ho has a lot of the attributes of Gayle Bonur. s well
known how much I thought of Bomar."
In comparing the Deacon junior to the former la.- Ileet snal caller. Ikvney p rased
the way RusseSI runs a triple option. "He's real quick, can cut on a dune a ' ha good
judgment.
"It has helped him a lot having Hopkins and Garrett to fake the prcv-urc oU !u "
Dooley said the leaders in the Wake defense are tackle Wm Headk-y and ltneb.uk ers
Ed Stetz and Ed Bradley, who displaced incumbent starter CarU!e Pate.
Along with its versatile offense and experienced adequate detent. Wake will have
the support of what will likely be the first sellout game in Ms new stadium "lt "thcr
game." Dooley said, "but big plays will probably be she difference."
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"I didn't make the proper adjustments
for their triple-option offense, and it was
my fault that the team wasn't
emotionally ready for the game," he says.
However, the plays that beat Carolina
were out of Smith's control.
After the Tar Babies had taken a 6-0
lead on John Klise's sweep, Wake drove
to UNCs 14-yard line.
Kit Basler threw a pass in the general
direction of flanker Tim Fischer. Dennis
Kelly was called for pass interference, and
Basler sneaked over from the one on the
next play.
One official had signalled an
incompletion, but another overruled the
call and Smith was displeased.
After Chick Ramsey's extra point gave
Wake a 7-6 lead, the Carolina return unit
crowded the 40-yard line in anticipation
of an onside kick.
The kickoff landed between the
returnees on the goal line and the group
on the 40, then bounced back toward the
onrushing Deaclets. Wake recovered and
Bagler scored two plays later.
"I've never seen anything like that
before," says Smith. "You would think
that the momentum would carry the ball
back toward our people, but it didn't."
"Our players just didn't expect that
much of a contest," continues Smith,
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Wake's running game.
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UNC's offense broke down near the Vake
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Smith alternated Nick Vidmnic and
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day, with Klise coming in for the
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Strait completed only six of 20 passes,
but a 46-yard bomb to I arl Chesson in
the third quarter set up the UNC score.
Chesson, who had difficulty holding on
to the ball in Carolina's win over State,
caught four passes for 7' yards.
"We have to make the passing game a
more integral part of our offense," says
Smith.
"Several of our linemen have never
played up front before, and so the
running game can't carry us all the way
down the field."
Virginia doesn't have that problem.
With Davis' strong passing keeping the
defenses lose, Merritt can go all the way
any time.
"They don't have any weaknesses."
says Smith. Against Virginia's arsenal, the
Tar Babies will need good morale and
better luck.
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