1973 NHS Season Statistics
Evansville Courier & Press Newspapers ALL CITY/METRO Selections
|Lauer||Brian||WR||6-0||165||Sr.||Courier & Press||Courier-Hon. Mention Press-1st team|
|Sep. 7||Vincennes Lincoln||Win 20-14|
|Sep. 13||Evansville Memorial||Loss 7-14|
|Sep. 21||Evansville Harrison||Loss 17-20|
|Sep. 28||TH South||Loss 0-30|
|Oct. 5||Evansville Central||Loss 6-14|
|Oct. 12||Evansville Reitz||Loss 6-54|
|Oct. 20||Evansville Bosse||Loss 6-42|
|Oct. 26||TH North||Loss 14-19|
|Nov. 2||Evansville Mater Dei||Win 14-7|
|player||first||pts||TD||PAT 1||XPM||PAT 2||FG||S|
Highlights included: The Huskies began the season by being listed as a dark horse to contend for the city crown. If not for injuries, those forecasts could have been accurate. Unfortunately, health would be a factor from the first game to the last in 1973.
The Huskies weathered a foot injury which kept starting QB Jim Schmidt out of the season's first game versus Vincennes and in fact got a 2 TD performance from Don Bernhardt. Speedster Tony Suggs had scored from 13 yards out early in the second half and when Bernhardt found Brian Lauer in the end zone with 4:33 to go for Lauer's second TD reception of the night, the victory was sealed.
With Schmidt at the helm for the second game of the season, North played well but fell to Memorial in a narrow 14-7 loss. The following week against Harrison, the Huskies participated in the first overtime game to feature two Evansville teams. RB Tony Suggs ran for 165 yards on 22 carries and scored twice to force a 14-14 tie at the end of regulation. On the first play of overtime, Suggs hurt an ankle--an injury that would plague him for the rest of the season. During the course of the game, in addition to Suggs, the Huskies had lost starting center Burl Bradenkamp to injury and LB Mike Meier. In spite of the losses, K Brent Hawkins banged home a 29 yard field goal to give North a 17-14 lead in O.T.. On the Warriors possession, however, they tossed a touchdown pass that made the final 20-17.
When the Huskies played Terre Haute South the following week, the injuries began to show. Already down four starters, they lost QB/RB Don Bernhardt to a season ending back injury in the first minute. OG/K Hawkins would go down with a broken rib and miss several games. North lost players and they lost the game.
The parade of injured got worse the following week when QB Jim Schmidt re-injured his foot and missed the rest of the season. Relying upon converted end Greg Arrick to quarterback the offense the rest of the way, in combination with all of the earlier losses, the Huskies had lost a substantial portion of their big play potential.
Arrick acquitted himself well as he became more familiar with the offense and led North to a 14-13 lead with two minutes to play against Terre Haute North. Leading the team on long scoring drives, the Huskies rang up 293 rushing yards in the game and Randy Howton scored two rushing touch downs. With two minutes to go, however, the Huskies were forced to punt from their own 20 yard line and the kick was blocked. Greg Tooley made a touchdown saving tackle on the one yard line and the North faithful felt it might be their night when Terre Haute's QB fumbled the ball back to the Huskies on the next play. A botched handoff with a minute to go handed the ball back to Terre Haute on the 5 yard line. When the Patriots had a touch down called back on the ensuing play for a 15 yard clipping penalty with only 30 seconds remaining, it appeared the Huskies had once again been spared. But when Terre Haute completed a pass to the Husky one yard line and then managed to get the snap off prior to the final gun, the Patriots' running back dove into the end zone as the final gun sounded.
The good showing against Terre Haute North set the stage for North's upset victory over Mater Dei in the final game of the season. The defense had perhaps their finest game and forced 6 Wildcat turnovers. DE Larry Woodruff recovered a key fumble early in the game, DB Steve Neimeier, J.R. Thomas, and Mike Dannheiser all picked off passes. QB Greg Arrick had his best passing night of the season completing seven of 18 throws for 85 yards and a 26 yard score to Brian Lauer. But it was Neimeier's fumble recovery on the one yard line that saved the day and set up the night's biggest play.
With the score knotted at 7, Mater Dei took the ball over at their own 48 yard line to start the fourth quarter. The Wildcats drove 51 yards to the Huskies one yard line and it appeared that they were on the verge of taking the lead late in the game. Steve Neimeier's hit and subsequent fumble recovery on the one gave the Huskies the ball. On the following play (with memories of a disaster at Terre Haute North on a similar play the week before), Arrick handed the ball to RB Greg Tooley who burst through the middle of the Mater Dei defensive line and he ran for daylight. 99 yards later, Tooley had tied a city record for longest run from scrimmage and given North the go ahead touchdown.
Ultimately it was the defense that once again sealed the victory when Brian Lauer picked off a Mater Dei pass on the North 22 yard line with 2 minutes remaining. Coach Riley's injury depleted squad improved as they gained experience and managed to put bookend victories on an otherwise disappointing season.
DEFENSE--2 pts each for solo, cause or recover fumble, sack, int, blk kick; 1 pt each for assist and tackle for loss
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