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    The Daily Tar HeelTuesday, September 12, 19897'
Sports J
Football:
The following is an exclusive com
pilation of the many, many fun and
interesting happenings that occurred
before, during and after the Tar Heels'
utter destruction of VMI on Saturday.
In other words, this is all of the stuff I
have left over after they didn't give me
enough space in Monday's paper.
NOTES: After the game, as the
players and coaches were running off
the field, one of the VMI assistant
coaches yelled some derogatory re
marks toward the UNC side of the field.
When someone said something back
(which I didn't hear), the same VMI
coach screamed "No more !$!
passes." He was referring, methinks, to
the fact that the Tar Heels were still
throwing passes with a 49-point lead at
the end of the game, not to mention the
times they went for the first down on a
couple of fourth-down plays.
Which brings us to this question:
Why in the world did Mack Brown call
a timeout in the fourth quarter with the
Cautious optimism
rules UNC veterans
By DAVID J. KUPSTAS
Staff Writer
Imagine each UNC football game as
a ride on a bicycle.
"If you get on there the first time and
fall off, you're going to be skeptical
about getting back on," said comer
back Torin Dorn.
The Tar Heels were undoubtedly a
little skeptical after the 1988 opener, a
31-10 loss at South Carolina. That
season promised to be difficult because
Mack Brown was entering his first
season as North Carolina's head coach,
and the Tar Heels were not quite as
talented as they had been in recent
years.
Now, Brown is more familiar with
the program, and UNC has added speed
and strength to its lineup. The result: a
49-7 mauling of Virginia Military In
stitute on Saturday to kick off the 1989
season.
"What we did (Saturday) is we got
on the bike and rode around the block,"
Dorn said. "Next week, we'll take
another spin and try to go a little fur
ther." Never mind that VMI is a Division I
AA school with 1,300 people enrolled.
Or that the Keydets finished 2-9 last
year, just one game better than the Tar
Heels.
What's important to the young play
ers is that they were winners in their
first game. Big winners.
"I think (the win) is great for the
team, especially the young guys," of
fensive guard Pat Crowley said. "It
gives you a place to work from. It's not
. like you have to start from ground zero;
you've got one win under your belt.
"That's what football is all about,
winning the game."
The experts said the first win last
season would come in the third game
against Louisville, supposedly one of
the lightweights on the schedule. That
"lightweight" beat the Tar Heels 38-34
and went on to an 8-3 season. The
young UNC squad had its pride bashed
six times before finally edging Georgia
Tech 20-17.
"I think that's where we lost a lot of
our confidence last year, getting off to
a bad start early," said defensive tackle
Cecil Gray. "I think we can get the ball
rolling and hopefully make something
out of this season."
Fortunately for the Tar Heels, no
body is relaxing after the VMI win.
They are aware that another 1-10 sea
son is still a possibility.
: "We were up, but everybody has in
the back of their minds that we can do
a lot better that we did today. It was
kind of like cautious optimism," Gray
said.
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Tar Heels leading 49-0? "In the defen
sive line we're only two deep," Brown
said after the game. "On the last drive
our second-team guys got tired and we
had to call timeout to let them catch
their breath before they could go back
into the ballgame and finish." Fair
enough. After all, Brown knows a little
bit about what it feels like to be on the
other side of a lopsided score.
What were those guys on the Tar
Heels special teams coverage unit doing
out there before each kickoff? The 11
man towel-waving frenzy, used to in-
against VMI on a Jonathan Hall pass to
Joey Jauch, the kickoff unit charged
onto the field waving white towels over
their heads. The towel ritual continued
after every UNC score and at the begin
ning of the second half.
"(Secondary) coach (Vince) Hoch
came up with that idea, and everybody
liked it," said linebacker Bernard Tim
mons, one of the towel-wavers. "It
seems to get the crowd into the game,
and when the crowd gets into the game,
it sets momentum for the rest of the
team."
The crowd, which was already cheer
ing loudly after the UNC touchdown,
yelled even louder when the players
waved the towels. Fifty-thousand
screaming fans can look awfully in
timidating to a team that plays its home
games in a 10,000-seat stadium.
"When the crowd gets in it, you just
don't know how my adrenaline flows,"
Timmons said. "It makes me want to
play as hard as possible."
The last year North Carolina fans
had a lot to cheer about was 1986. The
Tar Heels posted an 8-3 mark, earning
them an Aloha Bowl berth against
Arizona.
The current senior class was part of
the team in 1986. This group, which
includes Dorn, Gray, Crowley and
quarterback Jonathan Hall, experienced
the highs of 1986 and the lows of 1987
and 1988. They can only hope that this
is the year the roller coaster will start
taking them back up to the level of old.
"When you're winning, there's just
a whole attitude about winning," Dorn
said of his freshman year of 1986.
"When you're losing, it's a different
attitude everybody's down in the
dumps. Right now, everybody feels
great."
The word confidence seems to come
up again and again when the discussion
comes up of a young UNC squad put
ting victories on the board. Confidence
is one element the Tar Heels evidently
did not have last year.
"Last year, we had new coaches that
didn't know the personnel," said Dorn.
"It was like a change. This year, we're
more confident. We know what we're
doing. If you have confidence, you can
do a lot of things."
Dorn said he believes that if the Tar
Heels can keep their heads straight and
take each game one at a time, a bowl
appearance would not be impossible.
A bowl game? After going 1 -1 0 the
year before?
"If you put your mind to it, there's
nothing you can't do," he said. "If you
had asked me (if UNC could go to a
bowl) after the first game last year,
that's one thing I really couldn't say."
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cite the crowd before each of UNC's
eight kickoffs, was the brainchild of
UNC defensive secondary coach Vince
Hoch, who also handles some of the
special teams coaching chores.
Junior linebacker Bernard Timmons,
who played to the UNC faithful all
afternoon on the kickoff coverage units,
responded to his demotion to second
team (freshman Tommy Thigpen started
at Timmons' inside linebacker spot)
with spectacular play on special teams
and in his back-up linebacker role.
Timmons said the towel waving is all
part of the new attitude surrounding the
UNC football program. "I love it,"
Timmons said. "I think it gets the crowd
into the game. It's an attitude swing. I
think we're closer as a team right now,
and we know what we have to do. So we
go out there and pracfice hard. It's at
times like that (fans going crazy) when
it all comes together."
Brown answered the first question
about quarterback Chuckie Burnette
by inserting the much-heralded fresh
man into the game for the Tar Heels'
final four possessions against the Key
dets. That means, of course, that he will
not be red-shirted this year. Also, bar
ring an injury to Burnette or Hall, it also
means that is now likely that sopho
more signal-caller Todd Burnett, who
started five games a year ago, will be
red-shirted for the 1989 season.
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On VMI' s first possession, there was
a third-and-six play from the 48-yard
line. The UNC faithful started the tradi
tional "Fumble, Fumble" chant for the
first time. Sure enough, on the very
next play, UNC defensive tackle Den
nis Tripp knocked the ball loose from
VMI fullback Steve Roenker and Tar
Heel linebacker Dwight Hollier recov
ered. Amazing.
Brown on the Tar Heels' first win:
"They'll get a more true test next week,
of what it is to play on the road which
is hard for young teams to do and to
play against one of the better football
teams in the Southeastern Conference
(Kentucky). We've got our hands full,
and we'll know more about where we
are (as a team) next week than we do
right now."
UNC's record on opening day is
now 67-28-4, including victories in 16
of the past 20 years. With the VMI win,
the Tar Heels improved their record in
home openers to 17-3 over the same
time period.
Lost in UNC's offensive explosion
was the way the Tar Heel defense
cracked the VMI wishbone. Inside line
backers Hollier and Thigpen led the
way with a combined 21 tackles. The
defensive unit also proved it could come
up with the big play by recovering three
fumbles and intercepting two passes.
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From staff reports
The University of North Carolina
field hockey team spent its weekend
in the City of Brotherly Love.
And though the Tar Heels didn't
make history a la Benjamin Franklin
or Thomas Jefferson, UNC sure en-.
joyed what pop singer Elton John
would term its "Philadelphia Free
dom." The Tar Heels completed a
season-opening sweep of Philly-area
schools Sunday with a 5-0 shutout of
Temple.
UNC had beaten Villanova, 6-1,
on Saturday.
Against Temple, senior Kathy
Staley and junior Laurel Hershey each
netted two goals. Staley, a 5-foot-4
forward from Endicott, N.Y., also
added an assist and has scored four
goals in her first two games.
She netted the Tar Heels' first score
at the 18:09 mark of the first half off
an assist from Leslie Lyness. Staley
then set up Hershey 's first goal, which
came at the 12:49 juncture of the
opening half.
UNC took a 2-0 lead into the inter
mission and opened the second half
with a score by freshman Imke Lem
pers with 29:14 left. Lempers, a na
tive of Voorschoten, The Netherlands,
who had two assists against Villa
nova, scored off Lyness' second as
sist of the contest.
Hershey and Staley closed out the
motivator and a calming force, and
she's very coachable. She's found a
way to contribute in a sport which has
become a tall athlete's sport."
Participating in athletics while main
taining such a high GPA would tax
anyone's time, but Fulford, as do all
successful student-athletes, has found
ways to manage both. Added to that,
Fulford squeezes out a little free time.
"I find it easier to get things done if
I set goals," she said. "If I know I'm
going to have practice, I'll set a goal to
get one class assignment done before
practice and leave another assignment
for after practice. By setting short-term
goals, I get things done so I can have
some free time.
"I think free time is just as important
as study time and practice time. In the
first semester, I didn't have any free
time so I was stressed a lot. But when I
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weekend;
scoring for UNC, which outscored '(
Villanova and Temple, 11-1, and
opens the season with a 2-0 record. .f
The Tar Heels will host Radford
College at 7 p.m. Thursday at the ,
AstroTurf Field in their 1989 home '
opener.
Track finishes 1-2 in Georgia
Over the weekend, the North',
Carolina men's cross country team
won a seven-team invitational meet
at the University of Georgia, while t
the Tar Heel women finished second
behind Tennessee.
Freshman Andre Williams of
Richmond, Va., won the men's four
mile race with a time of 21:35. The '
Tar Heels' top woman was junior
Jane Boulter of Saveme, France, who
placed fourth on the five-kilometer t
course with an 18:49 time.
UNC's men snagged five of the
top ten finishes, pushing them to a
27-point total. Georgia was second
with 57 and Emory third with 101,
followed by Western Carolina ( 1 03),
UT-Chattanooga (116), Georgia
Southern ( 1 54) and Vanderbilt ( 1 74).
The women finished second with .
35 points behind Tennessee's 27.
Vanderbilt was third at 95, Georgia
fourth at 108, Georgia State fifth at
153, UT-Chattanooga sixth at 170,
Emory seventh at 197 and Georgia .
Southern last at 220.
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I started getting some free time, and it's
really helpful to relax."
Fulford said no student-athlete could
be successful without support from
friends, roommates, family and most;
importantly, the team. ;
The team is a good support for me";
Fulford said. "When we travel, we all ;
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