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Injuries Depleting Kingsmen

September 24, 1987| Times Staff Writers

Jeff Kelley, a free safety, is the third defensive starter at Cal Lutheran to be lost for the football season because of injuries. He joins cornerback Oscar Williams (torn rotator cuff) and linebacker Sean Demmon (torn knee ligament). Kelley, a junior, suffered an injury to his shoulder in CLU's season opener at San Francisco State, then severely sprained his ankle earlier this week.

"He'll probably be held out for the rest of the year," Kingsmen Coach Bob Shoup said. "We'll try for a hardship redshirt year."

Getting even: When Lyle Setencich, the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo football coach, instructed his offense to pass with a 51-23 lead and less than three minutes left, it raised some eyebrows. Asked about Setencich's calls, Shoup said: "Maybe that's why he's not at Boise State anymore."

Setencich was fired last year after leading the Division I-AA Broncos to their only losing season since 1946.

CLU's Brent Tunnell, Kelley's replacement at free safety against Cal Poly SLO, was named team defensive player of the game. He had 17 tackles, eight unassisted.

Failing grade: Shoup was none too pleased with the performance of his offensive line against San Luis Obispo, saying: "Overall, the line graded out at 50%. That means on any given play, three guys missed their assignments. I'd give them about an F-plus."

Last season, Cal State Northridge had only 33 plays of 20 yards or longer (18 by pass, 15 by rush) and only four gains longer than 40 yards.

The Matadors showed the potential to become a much better big-play team in Saturday's 45-0 victory over San Francisco State. CSUN gained 20 yards or more on six different plays--three passes and three runs--and had three plays work for more than 40 yards.

The longest was a 97-yard, fourth-quarter touchdown run by freshman Albert Fann, who came within a yard of tying a school record in only his second college game. Mike Vogel ran 98 yards for a touchdown against Portland State in 1968.

Quarterback Rob Huffman implemented three of the longer plays--a 41-yard pass to Chris Moore, a 20-yard screen pass to Fann and a 23-yard run.

The others were a 41-yard pass from Sherdrick Bonner to Keith Wright and a 30-yard run by Richard Brown.

Bonner, a redshirt freshman, completed all four of his pass attempts for 68 yards and a touchdown.

In his first home game last Saturday, Fann showed Northridge fans why he was so heavily recruited. He rushed for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns on 12 carries against San Francisco State, including the 97-yard scoring run.

Fann (6-2, 210), from Cleveland High, was considered a blue-chip major college recruit but failed to meet Division I academic admission standards. He chose to accept a scholarship at Northridge rather than attend a junior college or redshirt at a four-year school.

He is convinced it was the right choice. "I'm very happy with my situation here," Fann said after CSUN defeated San Francisco State. "This is my team now. I can play with these guys. If I go to a Division I school, there's no way I play right away because they'd have me redshirting the first year. Here, I get to play right away."

Other than Cal Lutheran's loss to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo last Saturday in the first Western Football Conference game of the season, WFC teams are undefeated against Division II opponents.

The only teams to beat WFC schools are from the Division I-AA Big Sky Conference.

The player strike in the National Football League has given Mike Kane, a former All-American tailback at Northridge, renewed hope of a professional career.

Kane contacted Miami scout Milt Davis on Tuesday and added that he might try other teams later this week if nothing transpired with the Dolphins.

Kane (5-10, 193) has been lifting weights and running between attending school at Northridge and working as an assistant football coach at St. Francis High.

Valley and Moorpark both moved up this week in the state rankings compiled by the JC Athletic Bureau. Valley rose two positions to ninth and Moorpark moved up four to 10th. Valley is ranked fifth in Southern California and Moorpark is sixth.

In the Southland Poll conducted by sports information directors, Valley is sixth and Moorpark is eighth. But the most noteworthy aspect is the absence of Saddleback (0-1), which failed to make the top 10 for the first time since 1975--the year the poll began.

Valley, which is averaging 586.5 yards a game, leads the state in offense. That's 140 more yards per game than second-place Long Beach.

Dondre Bausley of Valley leads the state in rushing with 391 yards, and wide receiver James Reaves is tied for second in scoring with five touchdowns.

This is kind?: Valley Coach Chuck Ferrero was pleased with his team's 56-16 rout of College of the Desert last week and said the damage could have been worse. Valley rolled up 689 yards in offense, eclipsing the school record of 635 set against Long Beach in 1975.

Bausley, who had two 53-yard touchdown runs, and quarterback Barry Hanks played just half the game.

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