Abilene Christian College - Prickly Pear Yearbook (Abilene, TX)

 - Class of 1983

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Dropped fcont.j But things still were not working just right. The high-powered offense that should have been scoring every time it touched the ball was hampered by penalties, turnovers and dropped passes. However, it wasn't just one part of the Wildcats' game that wasn't right - it was the whole team. Consistency was something that escaped the team. If the defense played well, the offense might not work correctly, or vice-versa. Sitton said if the Cats could ever put together a good game from both the offensive and defensive ends for the whole game, no one would be able to stay with them. The game with Northwestern State of Louisiana promised to be a game similar to last year's matchup when Proffitt hit David Russell for the winning score with no time left on the clock. Proffitt tried to turn the trick again, but came up short as the Cats lost their first game of the season, 35-30. The Wildcats turned the ball over seven times, six of them interceptions, to all but give the game to the Demons. The Cats attempted 182 passes in the four pre-conference games, and many fans pointed to that as the team's major problem. But Sitton defended his team's passing game. "We don't ever go into a game planning on throwing 50 passes a game," the coach said. "But we've been behind in every game, and we've been forced to go away from our game plan. But we're always going to throw more than we run because passing is what we do best." The opening game of conference made some people wonder about Sitton's statement as the Cats defeated the javelinas, 34-18, while Proffitt threw only 12 passes in the entire game. Instead of the high-powered aerial attack the fans had come to expect, ACU got the most from its running backs, including 203 yards from Thomas. The impressive victory added another star to the Wildcats' crown when ABC decided to regionally televise the Cats' game with the Angelo State Rams. Many students made the trip to San Angelo but most wished they had stayed home. The Rans won, 24-14, to ruin the Wildcats' TV debut. The defense played a great game, holding the Rams in four attempts from the 6-yard line and forcing ASU to settle for a field goal on another drive. But the Cats' offense couldn't move the ball and an ASU interception gave the Rams good field position with the Cats' defense unable to hold them. The Rams appeared to be taking a 17-O lead into halftime, but with less than two minutes remaining in the half, Parker returned the kickoff 107 yards for a touchdown. This loss left ACU 1-1, with East Texas State the opponent for the Homecoming game. The Wildcats led late 'U 1 .4 Lett: Dragging down an g . K Angelo State running back, II' ,' Vin Smith, 21, gets help lrom 7 ir"r. Billy Stiggera, 53. Flight: Bob ii1i"ii'-' Shipley, 38, tries to hold f 5 onto the ball while lighting ' . 8 .. 5 1 Q, cn g - oft a Howard Payne nf e-P. 2 linebacker. Sportliglat: Dan N iederhofer The name that was called out the most for tackles on the 1982 edition of the Wildcats was linebacker Mike Funder- burg, not Dan Niederhofer. Dan, however, was responsible for much of the attention Funderburg received. "Teams knew they couldn't block me and Richard so they double-teamed us," said why Funderburg was able to make so to keep the guards off of Mike. Thar's the way our defense is supposed to work." As a result of his efforts, the senior from Pasadena all-LSC second team. considered his final season as a Wildcat a but a disappointment for the team. "I was pleased the way the year went for me," he said, Niederhofer many tackles. We "but I felt 1 could have done better. It was a disappointment for the team not to do better with all of the talent we had. We thought all we had to do was beat ASLI and Southwest Texas. We weren't always mentally prepared. The United States Football League started in the spring, and many college seniors decided to give up their last semester in school to try the new league. But Niederhofer decided to finish his last semester. "I didn't want to waste the semester since it was already paid for by my scholarship," he said. "Plus I was pretty worn down after the season. I Hgured I would be able to prepare myself better if 1 waited. I might try the NFL this summer, and maybe the USFL next year. I do want to ,give it a shot." - Scott Russell Football 1 167

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