The top stories in the Norwalk Reflector on this date in 1977:
Even without hoopla, football’s fun
WOOSTER — There aren’t 100,000 screaming fans exploding on each first down.
Neither are there the scholarships, television exposure and bowl trips to warm climates.
But the football is just as intense and just as enjoyable in this small college town for four former Norwalk players.
While the hoopla which surrounds such football factories as Ohio State and Oklahoma may be missing, the thrill of the game isn’t.
Former Truckers Steve Hester, Duane Graffice, Jeff Orwick and Jeff Malcolm are probably happier at Wooster than they would be any other place.
For first year coach Tom Hollman, Graffice, Orwick and Malcolm are the keys to the future. The three are freshmen while Hester is a senior.
Flyers hope South Central and Homecoming will help healing
With the added incentive of homecoming, the St. Paul Flyers will try to snap a two-game losing streak Saturday night at the expense of South Central.
For the first time in four weeks, Coach Dick Alge will send a relatively healthy team onto the field. Although some of the injuries have been minor, others, such as the ankle problem of John Paul Kacmarsky, have been contributing factors in the two St. Paul defeats.
“John Paul was about 15 percent against Edison. We will rest him again this week and hope that ankle will mend the rest of the way,” claimed Alge.
There are others who will get at least part of the week off. This list includes Jim Wise (shoulder), Charlie Fritz (ankle), Joe Missler (neck), Bryan Gibson (knee) and Dave Weisenberger (back). All should be near 100 percent Saturday night.
After six games, Norwalk has yet to give up a score in the first quarter. Running back Rick Carrasco is definitely out of tonight’s clash with Tiffin while Cal Shullick is almost fully recovered from a pulled leg muscle, according to coach Bob Hart.
The Truckers are converting their third down attempts at a 50 percent efficiency while limiting their opponents to a 30 percent rating.
Eric Kirk’s three tallies against Bucyrus last week give him a team high of eight. Kirk is also the leading rusher on the Norwalk squad with 768 net yards, but running mate Steve Waugh has a higher average per carry, 5.8 to Kirk’s 5.4.
The defense meanwhile has limited opponents to 56 net yards or 2.7 a try.
Aggie’s Scorecard: Sweet 16 hit 600
Sixteen 600s were recorded by men. George Bilton was high man with a 259-203-232-694 for Norwalk Furniture in the Wednesday Independent action at Maple Leaf. Harry Meagrow tabbed 214-222-629 for Palmer’s Garage, John Scheid 244-606 for Fanny Farmers and Don Minor 224-600 for Deeble’s Furniture, Larry Hofacker filed 233-234-657, Jack Stewart 237-236-633 for Industrial Coatings, Tom Adelman 246-630 for Adelman Plumbing and Terry Rock 236-614 for Myers-Ziemke Insurance in the Sandvick Motor Classic. Don Heyman headed the list at Kenilee Lanes with a 203-266-218-687 for Mac’s Sons in the Friday Outcasts rollings. Teammate Dwight Tkach nailed 259-211-215-685 and Rollie Tkach 218-205-225-648 for Kenilees. In the Tuesday Classic action, Heyman posted 214-248-205-667, Kev McCran 204-232-626 for Kenilee Pro Shop, Adelman 249-202-647 for the Misfits, Rudy Love 237-619 for the Eagles and Tom Grose had a 223-224-605 in the Guys & Gals pin tumbling.
Coming Monday — Oct. 22, 1977: Disaster plan wins approval
— Compiled by Andy Prutsok