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12/21/1991  Schulenburg 'rains' over Albany (reporter-news.com/abil) Dec. 21, 1991 www.texnews.comank  Football


Schulenburg 'rains' over Albany

By Ted Dunnam/Assistant Sports Editor
December 21, 1991

WACO Even if they had been provided with webbed feet, the Albany Lions might still have been left in Schulenburgs wake Friday at Floyd Casey Stadium.

In weather more fitting for someone named Charlie Waters or Dewey Selmon, the Schulenburg Shorthorns completed a 16-0 season by saturating the Lions with two-second quarter touchdowns en route to a 21-0 win in the Class 2A state championship football game.

Although both teams experienced trouble handling the ball on the rain-soaked field following an all-day torrential downpour, the Shorthorns had a decided advantage where speed and quickness were concerned.

That first became most evident when Shorthorn senior defensive back Kelvin Thompson picked off a Clint Chapman pass and raced 42 yards for a touchdown at 10:05 of the second quarter for a 6-0 lead. The PAT failed, but that miss certainly didn prove to be a bad omen.

In fact, the touchdown would be the only score the Shorthorns would need.

"Kelvin made a big play," Schulenburg head coach David Husmann said. "We told the kids to be patient because we thought it was going to be a defensive type night."

"He made the big interception, and we made big defensive plays all night."

Albany head coach Denney Faith, whose team lost for the first time in 16 games this season, could only agree.

"I thought our defense played great, but they had one big play and used two of our turnovers to score," the Albany mentor said.

"Those turnovers hurt, but you can look back on one or two plays and say that was the difference in the game."

The Shorthorn defense stymied the Lions as much as anything on this particular night.

"Their linebackers were flowing hard," Faith said. "We had a hard time getting to them before they got to the ball. They did a good job of creating turnovers."

Albany did put together its only consistent drive of the first half on its next possession, getting a pair of first downs before being forced to punt.

Pinning Schulenburg at its 11-yard line with 5:27 left in the half, Albany appeared to be in decent shape entering halftime.

However, on the fifth play of the Shorthorns eventual seven play scoring drive, quarterback Marc Tidwell uncorked a long pass downfield where Thompson made a leaping, acrobatic reception. Thompson outdueled Albany defensive back Johnnie Hudman, who hauled Thompson down at the 17.

Shorthorn halfback Casey Taber gained two yards to the 15 before Tidwell connected with senior tight end Craig Riha on a crossing pattern for the second Shorthorn touchdown. The uncovered Riha snared the pass with one hand before scoring with 2:03 left in the half.

Opting to go for two points on the conversion, Schulenburg increased its lead to 14-0 when Tidwell sprinted right and ran untouched into the near corner of the end zone.

The Shorthorns had an opportunity to open a 17-0 lead as time expired in the opening half, but Barry Shepards 27-yard field goal attempt hit the right upright and bounced back into the field of play.

The Lions - plagued by five turnovers in the game - were unable to pose a threat to the Shorthorns in the second half, even though Schulenburg was committing turnovers almost on a par with Albany.

The Shorthorns lost four of five fumbles in the game, but every time the Lions were awarded good field position, Albany couldn capitalize on Schulenburgs gifts.

The Lions strung together a 10-play drive on their first possession of the second half, but quarterback Chapman had the ball jarred loose on a 7-yard gain.

Schulenburgs Daryl Janecek promptly recovered the ball at the Shorthorn 22 to snuff out that scoring opportunity.

After holding the Shorthorns on their ensuing possession, the Lions took over at their 17-yard line and held the ball for seven plays.

But on fourth-and-eight at their own 34-yard line with 9:16 left, the Lions elected to go for the first down. Schulenburgs defense was up to the challenge, though, as linebacker Rodney Krhovjak hauled down Chapman on a quarterback draw after only a 4-yard gain.

Albanys next possession resulted in Thompsons second interception of the night, and the 5-10, 165-pound speedster returned the ball to the Lion 10-yard line.

Three plays later, Schulenburg was in the end zone for the final time on Tidwells 2-yard option run over right tackle. With Shepards PAT, the Shorthorns had a 21-0 lead with exactly five minutes left in the game.

The Lions had two more possessions in the closing minutes but failed on fourth down once more and were intercepted on the other occasion.

Albany 0 0 0 0 - 0
Schulenburg 0 14 0 7 - 21

Second Quarter
S-Kelvin Thompson 42 interception return (kick failed)
S-Craig Riha 15 pass from Marc Tidwell (Tidwell run)
Fourth Quarter
S-Tidwell 2 run (Barry Shepard kick)

AHS SHS
First downs 12 9
Rushes-yards 41-43 39-116
Passing yards 77 93
Comp-Att-Int 9-21-3 4-11-0
Punts 6-37.3 4-41.5
Fumbles-lost 4-2 5-4
Penalties-yards 3-28 3-30

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING- Albany: Johnnie Hudman 17-59, Buster Shelton 10-22, Clint Chapman 11-(-41), Garret Farmer 2-3, Joey Roland 1-0; Schulenburg: Casey Taber 16-81, Thompson 6-37, Cody Wood 5-22, Marc Tidwell 12-(-21).

PASSING- Albany: Chapman 9-21-3 77 yards; Schulenburg: Tidwell 4-11-0 93 yards.

RECEIVING- Albany: Bobby Smith 5-26, Hudman 2-27, Steve Hudman 1-18, Marcus Edgar 1-6; Schulenburg: Thompson 2-64, Riha 1-15, James Jones 1-14