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

 - Class of 1983

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Dropped fcont.j in the game even though the Lions had outplayed them. But with a 25-23 lead with four seconds remaining on the clock, the Lions had one last attempt to win with a 59-yard field goal from the backup kicker. Unfortunately for the Wildcats the kick was good and the Lions had a 26-25 win. That left ACU in a bad position in the conference race and for possible post-season action. Sporting a 3-3-1 record overall and a 1-2 slate in conference didn't make the Cats the favorites for anything. But the defense came up with three big performances in a row as the Wildcats moved into a tie for second in the conference. ACU used two interceptions for touchdowns by jackson and Mike Funderburg to defeat Stephen F. Austin, 24-17. The defense came through again the following week against Sam Houston, holding the Bearkat's top LSC rusher to 61 yards, in 1 36-10 win. Although the third performance was the best of the three, the Wildcats came out on the short end of a 14-13 score against defending national champion Southwest Texas State. The Cats' defense allowed only one touchdown in the game - on the first SWT drive of the day - and limited a team that had been averaging more than 400 yards of total offense to only 206 yards. But while the defense played inspiring ball and got good field position, the offense couldn't take advantage of the opportunities. The Bobcats led at halftime, 7-0. In the third quarter, Proffitt was intercepted by Ken Huewitt, and the SWT cornerback went 21 yards for the score. The Wildcats came back with two fourth-quarter scores to put the score at 14-13, Sitton decided to try for the two- point conversion to give the Cats the lead. But linebacker Tim Staskus stopped Edward Gardner two yards short of the goal line, to give the Bobcats the victory and help begin SWT's trek up the road to its second straight national ACU had little to play for in the season finale against Howard Payne. The team still had a shot at a tie for second place in the conference, and Thomas had a chance to become the first Wildcat rusher since 1970 to gain more than 1,000 yards in a season. Both Thomas and the Wildcats got what they were hoping for, but it wasn't easy to accomplish their goals. Thomas got 83 of the 102 yards he needed in the first quarter, but a number of fumbles caused Sitton to take the sophomore out of the lineup. It wasn't until late in the fourth quarter that he was able to claim his goal. The Cats had a tough time with HPU before finally winning 21-14. So the Cats finished the season, one many people thought would take the team to a national title, with a 6-4-1 record. It was the type of season many would just as soon forget. Proffitt summed up the whole season for the team: "We thought the teams would come out and just lay down for us. But when you're picked to finish well, they all come gunning for you and trying to beat you. At the first of the year we were already talking about rings and stuff. We might have taken ourselves too seriously." - Scott Rune!! SCOREBOARD - I - ACU OPPONENT 33 29 West Texas State 1 3 1 3 Northern Colorado 38 6 Northwest Oklahoma 34 18 Texas A8rI 14 24 Angelo State 25 26 East Texas State 24 14 Stephen F. Austin 36 10 Sam Houston 1 3 14 Southwest Texas 2 1 14 Howard Payne championship. aes S BOTTOM ROW: Mark Duncan, Mark Gunn, Alan Tempro, jimmy Moore, joel Hood, Ricky Fox, Doug Robinette. ROW 1: Edward Gardner, john Vaughn, Sammy Tarver, Lembia Kinsler, David Rankin, Kerry Parker, Rodney Mathis, Steve Parker, Anthony Thomas, Tommy Conley, Vincent Spruell, Robert "Boo"jones. ROW 2: jason Owen, Mark jackson, Brian Beaty, Todd Williams, Richard Hatcher, Lee Nicholson, Mike Adams, Robert Daffron, Willie Graham, Reginald Bridges, Scott Owings. ROW 3: Max Mawhirter, Randy Zienert, Blake Kretz, Gary Lockett, Marty McWilliams, Kirk Frevtas, Vince Ford, Arthur Culpepper, Leon Greeson, Mark Wilson. ROW 4: Vin Smith, Bob Shipley, Marvin Dubose, Mike Funderburg, Gary Fleet, Eddie Deshong, Paul Wells, Billy Stiggers, Kelly West. ROW 5: jason Embry, Larry Calhoun, Brook Ray, Keith Myer, Richard Flores, Bill Holloway,jon Mark Clark, Paul Frye, Kriss Brooks, Bill Lamkin. ROW 6: Rob Fiore, Dan Niederhofer,jim Tuttle, Roy Brumbaugh, Loyal P. Proffitt, Wes Gorman, Mark Allen, Todd Boring, Scott McCall. ROW 7: Paul Pinson, Scott Brown, Rex Snell,joe Hardin, Grant Feasel, Dan Remsberg, Brian Polhemus, Ron Evans, Mike Harwerth, Craig Huff. TOP ROW: Coach Ted Sitton,jack Kiser,jim Breckenridge, Brad McCoy, Wes Speights, Don Harrison,jerry Wilson, Travis Wells, Bob Strader. Football f 169

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