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Page 14 --The Michigan Daily-Monday, September 14, 1987
% Adamantly Speaking
BY ADAM OCHLIS

Hope springs eternal...

"Hail to the Victors" was sung after
Saturday's Michigan-Notre Dame football game.
However, Michigan fans and Michigan players
weren't doing the singing. Rather, the Notre
Jame players were singing the 89-year-old fight
song. Literally. In their locker room shower.
Mockingly.
One might think that if Bo Schembechler was
told of this he might get a bit perturbed. I don't
think so.
"I know this will surprise you a great deal,"
said Michigan's 19-year head coach after the
Wolverines' 26-7 defeat to the Irish Saturday,
"but I believe that we're going to be a good
football team and I also believe that for all of
those opponents out there that are chuckling -
don't count this team out too quickly.
"I feel by the time we get this straightened
out, we'll be able to play with most anybody.
That's the way I look at it."
And so it was a very calm and optimistic -
albeit disappointed - Schembechler who talked
of how his Wolverines must eliminate the
mistakes and turnovers that killed them on
Saturday.
There was no ranting or raving as one might
expect; in fact, just the opposite. And why not?
Granted, Michigan played a game it can't be
proud of. Quarterback Demetrius Brown, he of
the four-of-15, three-interception stat line,
doesn't remind fans of Jim Harbaugh. Allowing
336 total yards doesn't bring back memories of

the 1985 Wolverine defense that allowed only a
handful of touchdowns all season. Yet the ship is
not sinking.
The defense, in fact, could not be faulted. On
the field for almost two-thirds of the game, the
unit comprised of primarily sophomores and
juniors kept Michigan in the contest through
three quarters. The defensive line (most notably
Mark Messner) put good pressure on Irish QB
Terry Andrysiak on occasion. David Arnold
proved he could step in for Garland Rivers at the
wide corner. And Heisman candidate Tim Brown
was held in check except for his touchdown
reception when Michigan had him blanketed in
double coverage.
The most noticeable cause for concern was, of
course, Demetrius Brown.
The Miami, Fla., junior was shaky in his
Michigan debut as a starter. However, as Bo
admitted, Brown was put in a position where he
could make mistakes. The play calling, which
often has been questioned in Schembechler's 19
years, was, well, suspect.
On the times Michigan didn't run the ball
effectively, Brown found himself in a third-and-
long situation. Only once all game did Brown
dump the ball off to a running back. Only twice
did Brown drop back to pass on first down. Is it

...after Blue loss
coincidence that Michigan's lone touchdown
came on a drive that started with a pass, was kept
alive by a pass to fullback Phil Webb, included a
beautiful quarterback draw, and was finished by a
well-timed pass from Brown to Greg McMurtry
in the corner of the end zone?
On that one drive, Brown played to his
advanced billing. On that one drive, Brown could
do no wrong. The obvious questions: Why didn't
he do it more often? Why didn't the game plan
call for more short passes or more timing plays?
"If there was a criticism of the coaching,
which there certainly should be, it might be we
went in there with too much," Schembechler
conceded.
Halfback Jamie Morris, however, would not
use that as an excuse.
"In the beginning (during practice) we started
dumping it off and then we tried throwing deep
and (Brown) threw it so well it made your mouth
water," Morris said. "You expect great things
from a Michigan quarterback in his debut, but
(today) it just didn't happen.
"(But) there are a lot of good people on this
team and I think coach Schembechler knows that
if we come together we're going to win some
games."
And with a few adjustments, Bo plans on
hearing "hail to the victors" in his own locker
room. And with pride.

Daily Photo by JOHN MUNSON

Demetrius Brown had an un-Harbaugh-like day against Notre Dame
Saturday. The junior completed only four of 15 passes and threw
three interceptions.

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BY WALTER KOPF
The Michigan men's soccer club
rolled over Spring Arbor College on
Friday night, 3-1, bettering its
season record to 3-2-2.
The win over the Cougars and the
solid Wolverine record imply that
the season has gone easily for
Michigan. The' reality of the
situation is quite the contrary.
Michigan is one of the last
universities or colleges in the
Midwest not to be granted varsity
status.
Club status means that the team
is responsible for raising its own
revenue for travel, officiating,
uniforms, and all the other basic
necessities of a competitive sport.
The organization and leadership
has fallen largely on the shoulders of

three of the teams seniors, John
Metsger, Fritz Kass, and Steve
Burns.
Metsger said, "The list of
difficulties start with the scheduling
and how far we have to go to play.
some of the quality competition that
we want to play. Respectability is
the hardest thing we have to fight
for, both away and on our own
campus."
The coaching which last year was
erratic at best, has been taken over
by Mike Ruddy and Mike Malley.
Friday was Ann Arbor Soccer
Night as advertised by the Ann
Arbor Soccer Association.
Michigan's women's club had a
game at 5:30 p.m. followed by the
men's game at 7:30.
Mother Nature didn't seem to
want to cooperate as a thick fog
settle on top of the field and made it
very tough to see past twenty yards.
Wolverine goalie Ray Kochey
remarked, "I couldn't see past
midfield, and it (the fog) was so

thick I never knew when we were
shooting at the other end."
Burns added, "It was the weirdest
game I've ever played in. I've played
in lightning, in hail, in snow, but
never in fog like that."
Spring Arbor seemed to adjust to
the adverse playing conditions
immediately. In the seventh minute,
the Cougars John Sullivan ripped a
line drive just over Kochey's
outstretched arms. A minute later
they fired an almost identical rocket
only this time being robbed by the
crossbar.
It appeared that Michigan would
be in for a rough evening until the
twentieth minute when Chris Edy
took an excellent wall pass from
Burns and poked it in around the
goalie.
The second Michigan goal came
ten minutes later when Burns put in
a rebound which was mishandled by
the Cougar keeper.
The next thirty minutes were
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rbor, 3-1
Auer put the game on ice with a
rebound goal off a shot from Kerry
Ward. Kochey then secured the win
when he stopped a penalty kick with
five minutes remaining.
Metsger summed up the
difficulties of club status when he
said, our success comes when we
can fool a team or someone off the
street into thinking that we're of
varsity calibre."
Mets storm
Cards, 4-2
NEW YORK (AP) - David
Cone stopped St. Louis for six and
one-third innings, and Gary Carter's
bunt single scored the tie-breaking
run, leading the New York Mets past
the Cardinals 4-2 yesterday in the
rain.
The Mets salvaged the finale of
the three-game series and moved
back into second place in the
National League East, two and one-
half games behind the Cardinals.
New York won after the start Of
the game was delayed for one hour
45 minutes by showers, then held hp
for another 1:41 after Vince
Coleman opened the first inning
with a single.
Only 21,285 fans were in
attendance, less than half of what
was expected for the game, which
would have been made up as part of
a doubleheader Oct.2 in St. Louis "if
it had been rained out.
Cone, 5-3, gave up two runs,
only one of them earned, on seven
hits. In the fourth inning, after an
error by first baseman Keith
Hernandez produced the game's first
run and helped St. Louis load the
bases with no outs. Cone escaped
further trouble by striking out
pitcher Danny Cox and retiring
Coleman and Ozzie Smith on
grounders. -
Randy Myers relieved after
Coleman singled with one out in the
seventh and shortstop Rafael Santana
let Smith's grounder roll through his
legs for an error. Myers allowed an
RBI grounder to Tom Herr and
retired pinch-hitter David Green orna
fly ball, then finished up with five
strikeouts in getting his fifth save.
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at Huron High School
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