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10/22/1994  Schulenburg Determined to Move on www.thevictoriaadvocate.com  Football



Schulenburg Determined to Move on


1994
Victoria Advocate


When adversity strikes a playoff team, it can either go forward or go home.

Schulenburg chose the former Friday night and came away with a 38-6 Class 2A bi-district playoff victory over the Boling Bulldogs.

The top-ranked Shorthorns won without all-state running back Jason Houston, who missed the game for disciplinary reasons.

The performance had to be encouraging for Schulenburg, as Houston, who rushed for 1,306 yards and 19 touchdowns, has since been dismissed from the team.

"The kids are fired up", said Schulenburg coach David Husmann. "Theyre excited about the playoffs and having a good time. We look at whats happened as a chance for somebody else to come through".

Schulenburg has dealt with similar adversity in the past. The 1990 Shorthorns lost starting quarterback Bo Adams to grades and still advanced to the semifinals before dropping a 41-36 decision to a Groveton team that featured Rodney Thomas.

This years team has shown no sign of letting up. Schulenburg rushed for 349 yards against Boling.

"If it wasnt out best rushing night, it was one of them," Husmann said. Husmann took a page from the late Alabama coach Bear Bryant and utilized the services of four running backs against Boling.

Juniors Bradley Wright and David Raines did most of the work through three quarters, rushing for 96 and 94 yards, respectively. Junior Todd Anders and sophomore Derrick Jackson came on later in the game and combined for over 100 yards.

"With Bradley and David we were worried a little about fatigue," Husmann explained. "We were hoping to avoid that by allowing these guys to play. They (Anders and Jackson) both knew it would be their first opportunity to contribute and both of them came through very well."

Husmann was also pleased with the performance of quarterback Steven Sartain, his offensive line and his defense.

"Our defense has been consistent all year long," Husmann said. "Theyre the stable factor on this team. Offensively, we just try to figure out a way to move the ball from week to week. This is an opportunity for our younger backs to play behind a solid offensive line."

Translation: Anybody writing off Schulenburg is making a serious mistake.

Mike Forman