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Tom Biddle, 91, watches one of his field goals against Richmond while Spider
defensive back Reuben Turner, 37, jumps on the back of the middle guard to try to
block the attempt. Biddle set a school career record Saturday of 22 field goals with a
46-yarder. Staff photo by Joseph Thomas.
Cat football sagging;
erratic play to blame
"l expected to see Northwestern mentioned in the Big Ten report in six words or less.
(Something like 'the Wildcats will finish last again. ') However, those words were nowhere to
be found. You excluded Northwestern and reported on only nine of the Big Ten schools."
excerpt from a letter
to the editors of Sports Illustrated
By GENE UPCHURCH
The team Carolina faces this weekend in a football game was left totally out of a preseason
football report of the nation's colleges in Sports Illustrated. This team also finished its season
last year with a 1-10 record at the bottom of the Big Ten standings and has yet to score a
touchdown this season.
Any one of the above isenough to make the average Northwestern fan angry. It is probably
enough to make the players sweat a little bit more in practice to change things. But the man
who must bear the brunt of the insults, the threats and the insecurity is the coach John
In four years at Northwestern, Pont has compiled an 1 1 -33 record. The team lost its first
two games of this season, and probably will not see many victories at all.
The effect of the pressure on Pont to win is obvious. Early last season, he was relaxed and
confident. He was coming off a 3-8 season, not that bad for a coach in his third year. But a 1
10 season particularly in a powerful football conference like the Big Ten is taking its
toll. And a major sports magazine leaving the team out of its preseason report is nearly too
much to bear.
"Well, it makes you mad," Pont said this week. "We're coming off a 1-10 season. We're
unsure of ourselves. We're not a totally relaxed football team. That's'the big reason we're not
Another reason Northwestern has not won a game this season and will have trouble
winning the game against Carolina Saturday (1:30 CDT, 2:30 EDT) is the lack of a
quarterback with enough experience and ability to direct the offense consistently.
Scott Stranski will be the Wildcat quarterback against the Tar Heels. A freshman, Bill
Dierberger, played in the Wildcat's losses this season and hurt the team with fumbles and
interceptions. Steve Breitbeil, who played in the 12-0 loss to the Tar Heels last year in place of
the injured Randy Dean, has been beaten out at the quarterback spot and now is listed at the
Whoever starts at quarterback will have an awesome task on his hands. Carolina's hard
hitting defense has allowed 463 total yards this season and stifled Richmond's offense last
"The defense did an outstanding job except for the first drive (against Richmond)," UNC
coach Bill Dooley said this week. Carolina stopped a Richmond drive at the 13-yard line
when defensive end Ken Sheets caused Spider running back Buster Jackson to fumble the
So, Pont really is not sure what his team will do against the Tar Heel defense.
"UNC's defense is getting better and better," Pont said. "They really did a job on
Richmond. We're concerned."
Northwestern runs its offense out of the l-formation, a ground -oriented attack very similar
One of the players Northwestern is counting on to try to brighten its team's picture is
receiver Mark Bailey. But Bailey, ranked fifth in the Big Ten last year in pass receptions, has
caught only two passes this season.
"We just can't get him the ball," Pont said. "We're very inconsistent. We can't get the ball
to him. We either can't get anywhere or the quarterback gets sacked."
The only problem Dooley is expecting to encounter in Evanston this weekend is the
Wildcat defense. He said this week that turnovers, not the defense, is the reason
Northwestern has been outscored 59-3 in two games this year.
Carolina's offense, which came into the 1977 season with a new, diversified look by
throwing and running the ball, faces a very big Wildcat defense.
"And they're all experienced players but the defensive end," Dooley said.
UNC quarterback Matt Kupec, who went to the air 19 times against Richmond for 166
yards, will lead the attack against Northwestern. As he gains confidence in his arm and
receivers and his ability to direct the Carolina offense, awesome young talent stands behind
him at the fullback and tailback positions.
Billy Johnson, Phil Farris, Terence Burrell and Amos Lawrence at tailback, Doug Paschal
and Bob Loomis at fullback are all capable of breaking a game open with a big run.
Class of 9 81 stocked with talent
By W ILL WILSON
Carolina has always fielded a strong
women's tennis team, highlighted by Laura
Dupont's national championship in the early
1970s. But the past couple of years, it seems
the opposition has been steadily catching up.
The second-place state and third-place
regional finishes last year were not what the
Tar Heels are accustomed to,
Last year was also Kitty Harrison's first as
coach. Lest anyone blame her for the
disappointing showing, it should be pointed
out that she had to go with the team that was
handed to her.
And to absolve any possible claims of "Ax
the coach," Harrison went out and brought
in five of the most outstanding junior tennis
players on the East Coast. Three of these five
freshmen will be in the starting lineup today
when Carolina visits Trenton State.
Lloyd Hatcher heads the group. The
Richmond, Va., native is one of four team
members on partial or full scholarship.
"1 came down here for the football
homecoming last year," Hatcher says, "and 1
knew I was coming here after that. There are
also several former Carolina men's players in
the Richmond area who influence me."
Hatcher had not even met Harrison before
that trip, and had applied to Virginia,
possibly Carolina's toughest opposition.
"I went up there and looked around," she
said., "but 1 found the tennis program here to
be more impressive."
Betty Baugh Harrison, Hatcher's
teammate at St. Catherine's High School,
says Hatcher did not influence her to come
"It's good that she's here," Harrison says,
"but people like Jim Corn and Tommy
Chinning (former UNC men's players) got
Harrison tore ligaments in her ankle this
summer and missed about two months of
"I just taught that time," she says. "I'm
getting back pretty much to where I was
before I got hurt. 1 can't wait for the first
Wilmington's Margaret Scott joins the
Richmond duo in the starting lineup today.
Unlike them, she seemed earmarked for
Carolina from the start.
"My father came here," she says, " and I
just like Carolina a whole lot. They had so
many good people on the team, too."
In addition, her sister, Jean, played here
for the past four years.
Scott attended St. Mary's in Raleigh her
last two years of high school, and got the
opportunity to play against college
Chapel Hill was no strange place to Anne
Frautschi she's lived here all her life. But
to show she is a bona fide college student, she
is living on campus rather than at home.
"I at least wanted to pretend I was going
away from home," she says.
Frautschi, another of the four scholarship
players, says she never really considered
going anywhere else, since the program here
is so strong.
"I knew Kitty," she says, "and it's better
for my tennis to have so many good players
to play with."
Rounding out the group is Ann Beaudoin
of Wilmington, De;. She perhaps had the
toughest path to making the team, since
Harrison had never seen her play before she
entered school this fall, although she had
heard about her.
"I wanted to come here because it was
popular, hard to get in and had good tennis,"
Beaudoin says. "1 wrote the coach, and she
Beaudoin's Brandywine High School
team took the Delaware state championship
all three years she was there.
"I was offered a scholarship by a school in
Florida," she says, "but that was too far from
home. Besides, my father is a real
academician. This school has a good name."
The class of 8 1 it could be the class of
the state, the region and maybe more before
the end comes.
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Stiff photo by MDti Snaad
Betty Baugh Harrison