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                                                                                      SUSSEX COUNTY’S DAILY NEWSPAPER

   Cleveland is tired, but
tied as it heads back to its
homefield for Game 3/C4

Monday, October 15, 2007
                                                                              Sports                 THE NEW JERSEY HERALD
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Coming Tuesday
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Lenape Valley’s Danielle Johnson
                                                                                                                                                                                                   following in the footsteps of another
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Patriots girls soccer scorer


                                                                         Eagles defense comes up big
                                                                                   By DENNIS WASZAK Jr.                                                                              to be right there to make a play.”
                                                                                       AP Sports Writer                                  NFL: PHILADELPHIA 16,                          McNabb finished 22-of-35 and was sacked just
                                                                           EAST RUTHERFORD — The Philadelphia                              NEW YORK JETS 9                           three times, a huge improvement from the 12
                                                                                                                                                                                     times he was taken down by the Giants in the
                                                                         Eagles faced a New York Jets team wearing             games following bye weeks.                            Eagles’ last game two weeks ago.
     New York Jets                                                       throwback uniforms and looking for some new             “The most important thing is that we won the           “Our offensive line did a good job,” Reid said.
     Nick Mangold,                                                       results.                                              game,” McNabb said. “It’s nice to look up at the      “It’s nice to fix that in the same stadium where
   center, consoles                                                        Navy and gold or green and white, it didn’t         scoreboard and see you got a win.”                    we had some problems.”
quarterback Chad                                                         matter in the end.                                      It wasn’t easy, though. The Jets (1-5), wearing        Westbrook ran for 120 yards on 20 carries after
     Pennington on                                                         “Our personality shows when we win a football       the uniforms of their previous incarnation, the       missing the last game with an abdominal strain.
the sideline in the                                                      game,” running back Brian Westbrook said.             New York Titans, had a chance to tie it but came         “There were some spots where I felt pain, but
   final minutes of                                                        Donovan McNabb threw for 278 yards, includ-         up short when Sheldon Brown knocked away              I got through it and I feel good right now,”
 the Jets’ 16-9 loss                                                     ing a 75-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Curtis,         Chad Pennington’s pass in the end zone intended       Westbrook said. “There was no way I was miss-
    to Philadelphia                                                      and the Eagles’ defense stopped the Jets on           for Laveranues Coles.                                 ing this game.”
  Sunday. The Jets                                                       fourth down with just over 3 1/2 minutes remain-        “I lined up in man coverage and stayed with            After New York held Philadelphia to a three-
 wore their Titans                                                       ing for a 16-9 victory Sunday.                        him,” Brown said. “I thought he might take a          and-out, the Jets drove for a potential tying
    throwback uni-                                                         The Eagles (2-3) improved to 8-0 all-time           hard out, but he just kind of kept going. I just      score, using a razzle-dazzle play to give them a
forms in the loss.                                                       against the Jets, and are 9-0 under Andy Reid in      backed up a bit, kind of opened up, and I was able    chance.
                                                AP Photo/Kathy Willens

  HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER:                                                                                      HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: SCIL WEEK 6 RECAP

shines at
        By ADAM REGAN
   JEFFERSON — Ned Marini
is usually unfazed when his back
is against the wall. This is why
his Jefferson teammates and
coaches believe the senior was
born to play in between the
   In fact, he could be the only
goalkeeper in the SCIL willing to
handle 30 shots a game.
   “He is a pretty laid-back guy,”
teammate and senior defense-
man Ryan Mullins said. “He’d
have to be to see as many shots
as he sees.”
   Marini wouldn’t have it any
other way. The more fire he’s
under, the more in the zone he
   “Most people look at soccer as
a boring sport — not me,” said
Marini, a three-year goalkeeper.
“I like all the action back there.
It helps me stay in the game.”
   Marini’s 11 saves per game,
have kept the Flacons in plenty
of tight games against the
league’s best. His performances
establish him as one of the most
— if not the most — talented
goalie in the league.
   It would be easy reel off the
SCIL leaders in shutouts —
Sparta’s Connor Boushell (10),
Newton’s D.J. Meisinger (7) and
Vernon’s Jake Costello (6).                                                                                                                                                                      Photo by Randy Mills/

   Marini doesn’t have one.                       A trio of Pope John defenders try to bring down Vernon’s Mike Hagemann Saturday afternoon in Sparta. The Vikings won, 34-19, to keep their playoff
                                                  hopes alive in the North I, Group IV section.
   See NOTEBOOK, Page C3

 SCIL boys
 Sparta (11-1-1)
 Pope John (10-1-2) 10
 Vernon (9-3)
 Newton (10-3)

 Lenape Valley (6-4-1) 7
 Kittatinny (6-5-1)
 High Point (2-11)


 Wallkill Valley (2-10) 2
                            L-T GF GA
                            0-1 48 4
                            1-2 33 9
                              3 31 7
                              3 24 4
                            4-1 22 19
                            5-1 19 16
                             10 16 44
                             10  8 43
                                                   A looong way to go
                                                                 By ANDREW GOODMAN
                                                                                                                Vernon stays in the                                      playoff spots should be decided on the field.
 Hopatcong (2-10)       1    10  8 41
                                                                                                                                             “I don’t want to knock anybody, but if we line up
                                                                                                                                                                         against a lot of these teams (in our section) we can
 Jefferson (1-11)       1    11  6 26                Here’s all you need to know about the inequity of
                                                  the power point system: Vernon received eight                playoff hunt, but has                                     beat them,” Tepper said.
                                                                                                                                                                            This problem is similar to college football’s Bowl
 Scoring leaders                                  power points from its victory against Pope John. It
 Connor Phalon (PJ)                 12
                                                  got the four residual points from Pope John’s four            a lot of work to do                                      Championship Series. Just let the six major confer-
                                                                                                                                                                         ence champions and two other teams play in an
 Ricky Brown (Spa)                  11
                                                  victories and it got four more for winning.                                                                            eight-team playoff.
 James Gibson (Ver)                  9               But wait, Pope John is a Non-Public Group III,            with less wins.                                              Is it so hard for people to realize playoff teams
 Yuri Barrados (New)                 9            so shouldn’t Vernon get six points for beating a               “Not only does it stink because (Pope John) is so       and championships should be decided on the field?
 Two players tied with               8            Group III school?                                            good,” Vernon coach Chuck Tepper said, “but this             At least it looks like the Vikings will get a chance
                 Assists                                                                                                                                                 to play on their new field this season. The field is
 Kyle Reinhardt (New)               11
                                                     If the system was fair the Vikings would, but the         group of kids is allowed to lose one game?”
                                                  current system isn’t exactly fair.                             Welcome to the Vikings’ world. They are ninth in        finished, the bleachers are close but the track
 Jose San Martin (PJ)                9
 Eric Card (Ver)                     6               Here’s how it works: When a public school beats           North I, Group IV with 26 power points. If they           needs to be installed. Tepper said he’s “cautiously
 Drew Styer (HP)                     6            a non-public school or a school that doesn’t belong          received the two extra points they should have,           optimistic” that his team will get on the new field.
 Nine players tied with              3
                                                  to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic             they would be tied for eighth.
 Goalies                                          Association, you take that school’s enrollment and             The Vikings must win their final two games —               The headline: Kittatinny gets a step closer to
                             Pct. SO              fit it into what public group it would be in. In this        Wallkill Valley and Lenape Valley — before the            the SCIL title
 John Steyh (PJ)             .964    —
 D.J. Meisinger (New)        .935     8
                                                  case, Pope John has 697 students, which would                playoff cutoff date. If they can win, they will have a      The real story: Kittatinny will be the top
 Connor Boushell (Spa)       .902    10           make it a Group II school.                                   chance because the Patriots’ five wins will help          seed in North I, Group II.
 Jake Costello (Ver)         .869     7              So SCIL teams get fewer points for beating Pope           Vernon get residual points.
 John Pavlichko (LV)         .821     3           John than they would beating a Group III school                But it shouldn’t come down to power points,                              See RECAP, Page C2
              Today’s games
 Newton at Hopatcong, 3:45 p.m.
 Kittatinny at Lenape Valley, 3:45 p.m.
 Saint Benedicts at Vernon, 7 p.m.

Giants defense ready to prey on Falcons’ line
                By PAUL NEWBERRY                                                                                             Two weeks ago, Osi Umenyiora had a
                   AP Sports Writer                                       NFL: NEW YORK GIANTS                           team-record six sacks and the Giants (3-2)
   ATLANTA — Donovan McNabb was sacked a                         “It’s quite a tragedy,” Giants offensive tackle         tied the NFL mark by taking down McNabb
dozen times by the Giants. Joey Harrington might              Kareem McKenzie said. “That’s tough, to lose the           12 times in a 16-3 victory that rekindled memo-
want to consider taking out some extra insurance              two bookends of your offensive line. Man, I’ve never       ries of Lawrence Taylor terrorizing the other
before tonight’s game against New York.                       heard of that, ever. But you know what? If you’ve          team’s quarterback.
   The Atlanta Falcons’ quarterback will be protect-          prepared them well, it shouldn’t be that difficult. It’s       Not that the Falcons (1-4) can devote all their
ed — he can only hope — by a banged-up offensive              just like changing a spare tire.”                          attention to Umenyiora. New York’s other starting
line that has two new starting tackles, including                What if the spare turns out to be flat, too?            end is Michael Strahan, who just happens to be the
undrafted rookie Renardo Foster, who’ll be responsi-             Foster, who followed coach Bobby Petrino from                 ’s
                                                                                                                         NFL active leader with 133 1/2 sacks.
ble for Harrington’s blind side.                              Louisville to the Falcons, is certainly big enough at          “If anything, it makes you nervous,” said Strahan,
   Foster fell into his first career start when left tack-    6-foot-7, 338 pounds. Clearly, he wouldn’t have been       who’ll be matched against Clabo. “The expectations
le Wayne Gandy went down last week on the next-to-            passed over in the draft by every team, Atlanta            ... are so high that I don’t know if you can live up to
last offensive play of another Atlanta loss.                  included, if there was an indication he would be           them.”
Compounding the problems up front, right tackle               ready to start in his sixth pro game.                          Strahan has been double-teamed most of the sea-
Todd Weiner will be out several weeks after arthro-              “I know it will be a large task,” Foster said. “We’ve   son, opening up things for Umenyiora and second-
scopic knee surgery, handing off the job to second-           all seen the Philadelphia game, so we know what we         stringer Justin Tuck on the other side. The Falcons,
year player Tyson Clabo (who wasn’t drafted either,           have on our hands.”                                        of course, don’t have enough blockers to double up
by the way).                                                     Ahhh, the Philadelphia game.                            on everyone.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            AP Photo
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                                                                                                                                                                                             The game after is at home against High
                              NFL STANDINGS                                           Recap                                               The headline: Lenape Valley                      Point. The Wildcats are the last team the
                               AMERICAN CONFERENCE                                    Continued from Page C1                            destroys High Point                                Rangers beat, but the Rangers need to play
                                                                                                                                           The real story: Lenape Valley will              their best for 48 minutes and find a way to
                  W L T Pct           PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div                                                                                                                          get into the end zone.
New England       6 0 0 1.000 230 92 3-0-0                 3-0-0 5-0-0 1-0-0 2-0-0                                                      prove what kind of team it is in the next
Buffalo           1 4 0 .200 65 118 1-2-0                  0-2-0 1-3-0 0-1-0 1-1-0       All the superlatives about how good the
                                                                                      Cougars are have been used, there’s no            three games.                                         Player of the Week
N.Y. Jets         1 5 0 .167 105 154 1-2-0                 0-3-0 1-3-0 0-2-0 1-2-0
Miami             0 6 0 .000 128 182 0-2-0                 0-4-0 0-4-0 0-2-0 0-1-0    denying Kittatinny’s route to the North I,           It’s difficult to get a read on the Patriots      John Kaschak (Jefferson): The Falcons
                                         South                                        Group II championship game won’t include          because of their first six games, four were        didn’t have their starting quarterback but it
                  W L T Pct           PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div
                                                                                      any road games.                                   easy wins. The only two games that you             didn’t matter because of the way Kaschak
Indianapolis      5 0 0 1.000 164 88 3-0-0                 2-0-0 3-0-0 2-0-0 2-0-0                                                      could really take something from were the
Jacksonville      4 1 0 .800 100 58 2-1-0                  2-0-0 3-1-0 1-0-0 1-1-0       Kittatinny has 49 power points, which                                                             played. He rushed for three touchdowns
Tennessee         3 2 0 .600 94 72 1-1-0                   2-1-0 1-1-0 2-1-0 1-1-0    gives it a 13-point lead over second-place        34-7 win over Jefferson and 16-0 loss to           and 163 yards on 21 carries. It enabled
Houston           3 3 0 .500 133 136 2-1-0                 1-2-0 2-2-0 1-1-0 0-2-0    Mahwah. The difference between Mahwah             Kittatinny.
                                                                                                                                                                                           Jefferson to build a 35-0 and cruise to victo-
                                         North                                        and sixth-place Lakeland is nine.                    Against Jefferson, Lenape Valley’s run-
                  W L T Pct           PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div                                                                                                                          ry on a day when it shouldn’t have been
                                                                                         The Cougars will ensure their status as        ning game dominated to the tune of 371
Pittsburgh        4 1 0 .800 132 47 3-0-0                  1-1-0 2-0-0 2-1-0 1-0-0                                                                                                         that easy.
Baltimore         4 2 0 .667 110 100 3-0-0                 1-2-0 1-2-0 3-0-0 0-2-0    the top seed by beating Hopatcong and             yards rushing, and the defense didn’t allow
Cleveland         3 3 0 .500 167 183 3-1-0                 0-2-0 3-3-0 0-0-0 2-1-0    Jefferson the next two weeks. The win over        Jefferson’s offense to find a rhythm.
Cincinnati        1 4 0 .200 126 156 1-1-0                 0-3-0 1-3-0 0-1-0 1-1-0    the Falcons will give the Cougars the boost          Against Kittatinny, the Patriots’ wing-T        Looking ahead
                                          West                                                                                          didn’t look like the unstoppable machine as
                  W L T Pct           PF PA Home Away AFC NFC Div
                                                                                      in case Mahwah finds a way to rack up                                                                   Lenape Valley travels to Sparta on
Kansas City       3 3 0 .500 90 103 2-1-0                  1-2-0 2-2-0 1-1-0 1-0-0    loads of power points in the next two             it has so often this season. They were shut        Saturday. The teams have historically been
San Diego         3 3 0 .500 137 119 2-1-0                 1-2-0 2-2-0 1-1-0 2-1-0    weeks.                                            out and ran for a total of 85 yards.                                ’s
                                                                                                                                                                                           two of the SCIL best and they’ve often
Denver            2 3 0 .400 75 136 1-2-0                  1-1-0 2-3-0 0-0-0 1-1-0       If there ever was a year Kittatinny is            So when Lenape Valley plays Sparta,             been in the same section, although they
Oakland           2 3 0 .400 116 128 1-1-0                 1-2-0 2-2-0 0-1-0 0-2-0                                                      Vernon and Pope John in the next three
                                                                                      going to win a sectional title, this is it. The                                                      aren’t this year.
                                NATIONAL CONFERENCE
                                                                                      team is good enough, and when you add             weeks, we’ll find out how good the Patriots           A win for Lenape Valley would be a great
                  W L T Pct           PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div                     their home field into the mix, there’s rea-       are. They’re fifth in North I, Group II with       power-point boost, since the Patriots are
Dallas            5 1 0 .833 203 144 2-1-0                 3-0-0 3-0-0 2-1-0 1-0-0    son to believe the Cougars will be playing        30 power points — two points behind                currently fifth in North I, Group II with 30
N.Y. Giants       3 2 0 .600 123 124 2-1-0                 1-1-0 2-2-0 1-0-0 2-1-0    during the first weekend in December.             fourth-place Jefferson.
Washington        3 2 0 .600 101 69 2-1-0                  1-1-0 2-2-0 1-0-0 1-1-0                                                                                                         power points.
                                                                                                                                           The prediction here is that the Patriots
Philadelphia      2 3 0 .400 100 82 1-1-0                  1-2-0 1-3-0 1-0-0 0-2-0                                                                                                            The chances of Sparta making the North
                                                                                        The headline: Jefferson cruises past            will win all three remaining regular season
                                         South                                                                                                                                             I, Group III playoffs aren’t good, since it is
                  W L T Pct           PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div                                                                       games. The only game they could lose
                                                                                      Hopatcong                                                                                            12th in the section with 16 power points.
Tampa Bay         4 2 0 .667 108 87 3-0-0                  1-2-0 3-1-0 1-1-0 2-0-0                                                      would be against Vernon, since it may be
Carolina          4 2 0 .667 123 110 0-2-0                 4-0-0 4-1-0 0-1-0 2-1-0      The real story: John Kaschak is                 the inaugural game on the Vikings’ new
                                                                                                                                                                                           But it may have a chance if it beats the
Atlanta           1 4 0 .200 69 100 1-1-0                  0-3-0 0-2-0 1-2-0 0-1-0    Jefferson’s most valuable player.                                                                    Patriots, which would give the Spartans
New Orleans       0 4 0 .000 51 119 0-2-0                  0-2-0 0-2-0 0-2-0 0-2-0      In the higher levels of football, the quar-                                                        nine power points.
                                                                                      terback is obviously the most important
                  W L T Pct           PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div                                                                         The headline: Newton shuts out
Green Bay         5 1 0 .833 142 107 3-1-0                 2-0-0 4-1-0 1-0-0 1-1-0    player — but not in high school.                                                                     Herald’s Top Five
Detroit           3 2 0 .600 117 155 2-0-0                 1-2-0 2-2-0 1-0-0 2-0-0      Jefferson was without starting quarter-         Wallkill Valley
Minnesota         2 3 0 .400 101 90 1-1-0                  1-2-0 2-2-0 0-1-0 1-2-0    back Dom Macaluso Saturday, but Kaschak             The real story: Wallkill Valley is in a            1. Kittatinny (6-0): Its dominance can
Chicago           2 4 0 .333 118 149 1-2-0                 1-2-0 1-3-0 1-1-0 1-2-0                                                      lot of trouble.                                    be quantified in its 49 power points — sec-
                                                                                      made sure that didn’t matter.
                                                                                        Kaschak scored three touchdowns and                Any numbers you can look at regarding           ond-place Mahwah has 36.
                  W L T Pct           PF PA Home Away NFC AFC Div
Seattle           3 2 0 .600 87 74 2-0-0                   1-2-0 2-1-0 1-1-0 1-1-0    ran for 163 yards on 21 carries. He’s the         the Rangers aren’t pretty. The worst of the          2. Lenape Valley (5-1): The difficult
Arizona           3 3 0 .500 128 136 2-1-0                 1-2-0 2-2-0 1-1-0 2-1-0    most underrated back in the SCIL and his          statistics is Wallkill Valley’s point differen-    part of the schedule — the next three
San Francisco 2 3 0 .400 63 102 1-2-0                      1-1-0 2-1-0 0-2-0 2-1-0                                                      tial. It has been outscored, 159-19, which         games are against Sparta, Vernon and Pope
                                                                                      speed can match anyone in the league.
St. Louis         0 6 0 .000 73 159 0-3-0                  0-3-0 0-5-0 0-1-0 0-2-0
                                                                                        Against the top defenses, most high             translates to losing by more than three            John — will commence this week.
                                    Sunday’s games
Minnesota 34, Chicago 31                         Baltimore 22, St. Louis 3            school passing attacks are not precise            touchdowns per game.                                 3. Vernon (4-2): It showed what it was
Philadelphia 16, N.Y. Jets 9                     Cleveland 41, Miami 31               enough to make all the plays. Just look at           The Rangers only managed 129 yards in           capable of in the second half against Pope
Green Bay 17, Washington 14                      Kansas City 27, Cincinnati 20        what Jefferson did against Lenape Valley          the loss to Newton and can’t establish any-        John, when it recorded a 27-0 shutout.
Tampa Bay 13, Tennessee 10                       Jacksonville 37, Houston 17
                                                                                      and Pope John — two of the SCIL better
                                                                                                                          ’s            thing offensively. No defense is good                4. Pope John (4-2): The Lions are still
Carolina 25, Arizona 10                          New England 48, Dallas 27
San Diego 28, Oakland 14                                                              defenses. In each game, Jefferson threw           enough to win when the offense scores              a quality team but they’re not at the same
New Orleans at Seattle (late)                                                         four interceptions.                               three touchdowns in six games.                     level they were last year.
Open: Buffalo, Indianapolis, Pittsburgh, Denver, Detroit, San Francisco                 The bottom line is good running backs are          It won’t get any easier next week when            5. Jefferson (4-2): It found a way to
                                     Today’s game
                                                                                      they key to a good high school offense, and       they host Vernon, which is fighting for its        win without starting quarterback Dom
N.Y. Giants at Atlanta, 8:30 p.m.
                                    Sunday, Oct. 21                                   that’s what Jefferson has because of Kaschak.     playoff life.                                      Macaluso.
Tampa Bay at Detroit, 1 p.m.                     Atlanta at New Orleans, 1 p.m.
Tennessee at Houston, 1 p.m.                     Arizona at Washington, 1 p.m.
New England at Miami, 1 p.m.                     Baltimore at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
                                                                                                                              “I guess it’s pretty much that     the Falcons are tied or behind at          The Vikings get a chance
San Francisco at N.Y. Giants, 1 p.m.
N.Y. Jets at Cincinnati, 4:05 p.m.
                                                 Kansas City at Oakland, 4:05 p.m.
                                                 St. Louis at Seattle, 4:15 p.m.
                                                                                      Notebook                             I hope I make the save,” said         halftime, Marini will be called         Friday to claw their way back to
Minnesota at Dallas, 4:15 p.m.                   Chicago at Philadelphia, 4:15 p.m.                                        Marini, who had 128 saves as of       on to create offense.                   the top and exact some revenge
Pittsburgh at Denver, 8:15 p.m.                                                       Continued from Page C1               Wednesday. “When you’re a                “Obviously we’d prefer him in        on Pope John for a 1-0 loss earli-
Open: San Diego, Green Bay, Carolina, Cleveland                                                                            goalie you can’t think, you just      the goal, but there isn’t much he       er this season.
                                    Monday, Oct. 22
Indianapolis at Jacksonville, 8:30 p.m.                                                  On the other hand, Boushell,      have to react.”                       can’t do,” Palumbo said.                   That may be tough, however,
                                                                                      Meisinger and Costello have             In observing other keepers,           While Marini already has soc-        as Lions forward Connor
                                                                                      faced a combined 146 shots —         Marini finds that too many of his     cer and lacrosse under his belt,        Phalon, who netted his 11th and
                                                                                      one less than Marini, who’s          counterparts berate their             it has left Palumbo wondering if        12th goals of the season
                 COLLEGE FOOTBALL: AP TOP 25                                          saved 81 percent of those shots.     defenders and place blame.            taking up another sport would           Saturday, continues to stay on
                                                                                         “For every 10 to 15 shots a          “I hate it when they score, I’m    be all that difficult.                  fire.
    The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press expanded college foot-                   goalies sees, Ned sees 25 to 30,”    not going to lie,” Marini said.          “I don’t know if he can skate,          With home-field advantage
 ball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records through Sept.              Jefferson coach Brian Palumbo        “But I’m not going to yell. I don’t   but I think he’d be pretty good         though, the Vikings have the
 8, points based on 25 points for a first place vote through one point                explained. “He has a natural tal-    want my defense to hate me.           in the hockey rink,” Palumbo            upperhand and will back up
 for a 25th place vote, previous ranking, record vs. top 25 teams at                  ent that is unparalleled.”           They are trying to help me out.”      joked.                                  Ryan’s claim, ascending back to
 time of game and record of opponents played:                                            Newton coach Pat Brennan             But even the defense admits           Marini is looking for wins on        the top of the food chain.
                                                                                      agrees.                              it could make life easier on its      the soccer field and said he
                                                            Vs. Opp.
                                                                                         “He’s the best in the SCIL,”      keeper.                               believes the team has the talent
                           Record         Pts      Pv      T25 Rec.
                                                                                      Brennan said. “I’ve never seen a        “We are a little weak on the       to do it. It will take “a lot of hard
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Herald Top Five
  1. Ohio St. (50)              7-0    1,599         3      1-0 18-17                 kid save that many tough shots.      ball and that is where the shots      work in practice,” he said.                1. Sparta (11-1-1): With
  2. South Florida (11)         6-0    1,503         5      2-0 18-9                  I love D.J. and I think he isn’t     come from,” Mullins explained.           A collection of wins might not       regard to the Pope John tie, no
  3. Boston College (1)         7-0    1,448         4      1-0 16-17                 far behind, but (Marini) is as       “He is forced to make some big        even undo the even-keeled               harm no foul. Spartans coach
  4. Oklahoma (1)               6-1    1,399         6      2-0 22-16                 good as they come.”                  plays and, fortunately, he does.”     Marini, but a product of victory        Andrew Lowery will more than
                                                                                         Jefferson’s one-win makes            The game-changing saves are        might just do the trick.                likely use the slip-up as a moti-
  5. LSU (1)                    6-1    1,331         1      3-1 28-12
                                                                                      Marini’s story more of a tragedy     a product of Marini’s instinct. It       “Mom makes the spaghetti             vational tool.
  6. South Carolina             6-1    1,247         7      2-1 23-13                                                      is something Palumbo saw long                                                    2. Pope John (10-1-2): If
                                                                                      than an epic. An anemic offense                                            when a good win comes in,” he
  7. Oregon                     5-1    1,177         9      0-1 20-12                                                      before he took over as soccer         said with a smile.                      tree falls in the forest and no
                                                                                      — which has scored just six
  8. Kentucky                   6-1    1,098        17      2-1 24-10                 goals — combined with a              coach last year.                                                              one hears it, did it really fall?
  9. West Virginia              5-1    1,090         8      0-1 19-16                 banged up defense has everyone          As an assistant lacrosse                                                   With a lack of buzz surrounding
 10. California                 5-1    1,065         2      2-0 16-16                 sympathizing with the standout       coach, it has been Palumbo’s job      Player of the Week                      the Lions near upset of Sparta,
 11. Virginia Tech              6-1      951        12      1-1 19-16                 goalie.                              to warm-up the goalkeeper —              Kyle Reinhardt (Newton): A           this rule might apply.
                                                                                         Everyone except Marini.           Marini. Shots come harder and         hat trick against top-goaltender           3. Vernon (9-3): A week that
 12. Arizona St. (1)            7-0      948        14      0-0 19-20
                                                                                         Being the jokester that he is,    quicker in the sport, but, accord-    Ned Marini of Jefferson                 includes matches against state-
 13. Southern Cal               5-1      932        10      1-0 12-22                                                      ing to Palumbo, reactions are         Saturday earns the Braves               ranked St. Benedict’s and Pope
                                                                                      Marini will never miss an oppor-
 14. Florida                    4-2      865        13      1-1 19-9                                                       still essential in both sports.       standout a seat at the head of          John can only benefit the
                                                                                      tunity to throw a subtle but
 15. Kansas                     6-0      664        20      1-0 13-15                 friendly jab at his defense for         “If you look at tape of any        the table.                              Vikings.
 15. Missouri                   5-1      664        11      0-1 17-13                 the volume of shots taken on         good goaltender, you see their           The forward has helped turn             4. Newton (10-3): The
 17. Hawaii                     7-0      551        16      0-0 8-20                  him.                                 first step is out to cut off the      Newton (10-3) into a top-flight         Braves continue to win the
 18. Auburn                     5-2      488        22      1-0 25-12                    On the other hand, he credits     angle,” Palumbo said. “I think        team.                                   games they are supposed to win.
                                                                                      the defense, which has been          that is what helps him.”                 Vernon captain James Gibson          That makes for a softer landing
 19. Texas                      5-2      348        23      1-1 20-18
                                                                                      without the services of senior          It could also be the barrage of    finishes a close second with two        after the back end of their
 20. Tennessee                  4-2      339        25      1-2 22-14                                                      shots Marini sees in practice. In     goals Saturday against High             schedule.
                                                                                      Robert Jahn, for every saves he
 21. Georgia                    5-2      279        24      1-0 22-12                                                      most workouts, the Falcons            Point.                                     5. Lenape Valley (6-4-1):
 22. Texas Tech                 6-1      241        —       0-0 15-19                    “Shots are being deflected        spend the first 30 minutes firing                                             Unless the Patriots create some
 23. Cincinnati                 6-1      194        15      1-0 17-16                                                      all types of balls at their keeper.                                           catastrophic upsets, they are
 24. Michigan                   5-2      189        —       1-0 21-14
                                                                                      and coming in at a slower pace
                                                                                      when they get to me,” Marini         Just as in the games, plenty of       Game of the Week                        resigned to the fifth spot. That
                                                                                      said. “Really some of the saves I    balls end up outside the net             Pope John at Vernon,                 might not be that bad, they
 25. Kansas St.                 4-2      107        —       1-1 21-8
                                                                                      make aren’t that hard. And I         while a few sneak by.                 Friday at 3:45 p.m.: While              could be on the outside looking
    Others receiving votes: Penn St. 95, Virginia 85, Illinois 75, Boise                                                      Palumbo contends that an           Vikings coach John Ryan
                                                                                      owe that to (the defense).”                                                                                        in.
 St. 37, Alabama 27, Rutgers 18, Wake Forest 18, Wisconsin 18,                                                             offense which “is just starting to    believes that Sparta and his
                                                                                         Marini can’t pinpoint what
 Clemson 9, Connecticut 7, Florida St. 6, Maryland 6, Air Force 4,                                                         come together” will make every        Vernon team are the clubs to
 BYU 2, Troy 1.
                                                                                      goes through his mind when he
                                                                                      is attempting to corral a shot,      Marini save relevant as they          beat this season, Pope John con-        State Tourney Watch
                                                                                      but he does know it isn’t much.      score more goals.                     tinues to turn in performances            Teams must have a .500-or-
                                                                                                                              Marini might have to be a          worthy of that title.                   better record by Friday.
  CORE STRENGTH • FLEXIBILITY • BALANCE • POWER                                                                            part of that effort. Already with
                                                                                                                           a goal this year, the senior has
                                                                                                                                                                    A tie with Sparta, which
                                                                                                                                                                 included three goals scored on
                                                                                                                                                                                                           Locks: Sparta, Vernon,
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Newton, Pope John, Lenape
                                                                                                                           as much of an eye for opposing        the Spartans, puts the Lions in         Valley.
             Rejuvenate                                                                                                    teams’ nets as he does for their
                                                                                                                                                                 the equation while a 2-0 loss to
                                                                                                                                                                 Sparta on Tuesday hurts
                                                                                                                                                                                                           On the Bubble: Kittatinny 6-
                                                                                                                                                                                                         5-1 (Vernon Wednesday, at
               YOUR                                                                                                           Palumbo’s rule of thumb is if      Vernon’s case.                          Sparta Friday)

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The Pros
A seven-day planner for local sports

 Today        16 Tu        17 W          18 Th            19 F      20 Sa            21 Su

  New York Jets                                             

                                                                                 At Cincinnati
                                                                                  4:05 p.m.

  New York Giants                                                    
 At Atlanta
 8:30 p.m.
                                                                                    1 p.m.

  New York Rangers                                          

                                         At Atlanta                At Boston
                                          7 p.m.                    7 p.m.
                                           MSG                        MSG

  New Jersey Devils                                           
                                             At                      At N.Y.
                          At Pittsburgh
                                        Philadelphia               Islanders
                           7:30 p.m.
                                          7 p.m.                    7 p.m.
                                           FSNY                      FSNY

Community calendar
Times and locations for today’s local sports events
Field hockey
  High Point at Vernon, 3:45 p.m.
Soccer                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photos by Randy Mills/
  High school boys
  Newton at Hopatcong, 3:45 p.m.; Kittatinny at Lenape Valley, 3:45 p.m.; Saint                  A Wallkill Valley running back breaks away for a score against Vernon-Gold in Super PeeWee action from two weeks ago.
Benedicts at Vernon, 7 p.m.
                                                                                                 Midget (8th grade)                                           Super PeeWee (5th, 6th)
  High school girls
  Kittatinny at Sussex Tech, 3:45 p.m.; Lenape Valley at High Point, 3:45 p.m.                                               W            L          T                                    W      L  T                        SEND           US YOUR SCORES!!!
Tennis                                                                                           Sparta                      5            0          0        Sparta-Blue
                                                                                                                                                                                                                WE’RE INTERESTED IN ENHANCING OUR COMMUNITY SPORTS
                                                                                                 High Point                  5            0          0
    Wallkill Valley at High Point, 3:45 p.m.; Pope John at Hopatcong, 3:45 p.m.;
                                                                                                 Vernon-Blue                 3            2          0        Kittatinny                   5    0   0           COVERAGE, BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP SEND THEM TO US AT
Kittatinny at Sussex Tech, 3:45 p.m.; Vernon at Lenape Valley, 3:45 p.m.; Sparta at                                                                           Wallkill                     5    1   0
Newton, 3:45 p.m.
                                                                                                 Newton                      3            2          0
                                                                                                                                                              Sparta-White                 4    2   0                          SPORTS@NJHERALD.COM
                                                                                                 Wallkill Valley             2            3          0        Vernon-Gold                  3    2   0
Volleyball                                                                                       West Milford                1            4          0        Newton                       3    3   0
  Pope John at Morris Catholic, 4 p.m.                                                           Vernon-Gold                 1            4          0        West Milford-Gold            2    3   0
                                                                                                 Kittantinny                 0            5          0        Vernon-Blue                  2    3   0
                                                                                                                   Results                                    High Point-Red               2    4   0
                                                                                                 High Point 33, Wallkill Valley 32                            West Milford-Black           1    3   0
                                                                                                 Newton 8, Vernon 0                                           Sparta-Columbia              1    4   0
Around the dial                                                                                  Vernon-Gold 10, West Milford 8                               Lenape Valley                1    4   0
                                                                                                 Sparta 30, Kittatinny 0                                      Sparta-Silver                0    4   0
  Today’s TV listings                                                                                                                                         High Point-Silver            0    6   0
Baseball                                                                                TV                                                                                       Results
7 p.m.        MLB playoffs: Boston at Cleveland, game 3                                FOX
                                                                                                 PeeWee (7th)                                                 Wallkill Valley 34, High Point-Red 12
                                                                                                                              W           L          T        Vernon-White 22, High Point-Silver 6
10:15 p.m.    MLB playoffs: Arizona at Colorado, game 4                                TBS                                                                    Lenape Valley 13, Sparta-Columbia 12
Football                                                                                         Sparta-White                 6           0          0
                                                                                                                                                              Sparta- White 24, Vernon-Gold 0
8:30 p.m.     NFL: N.Y. Giants at Atlanta                                            ESPN        Vernon-Gold                  5           1          0        Newton 25, West Milford-Black 0
                                                                                                 Newton                       4           2          0        West Milford-Gold 7, Sparta-Silver 0
                                                                                                 West Milford                 3           3          0
8:30 p.m.     NHL: Toronto at Buffalo                                             VERSUS         Vernon-Blue                  3           3          0
                                                                                                 Lenape - Pee Wee             3           3          0
                                                                                                                                                              Pony (3rd, 4th)
                                                                                                 Sparta-Blue                  2           4          0                            Results
                                                                                                 High Point                   2           4          0        Wallkill Valley 13, High Point-Red 0
                         NASCAR: NEXTEL CUP                                                      Kittatinny                   2           4          0        Wallkill V.-Silver 20, High Point-Silver 7
                                                                                                                                                              Vernon-Dark Blue 6, Sparta-Columbia 0
                                                                                                 Wallkill Valley              0           6          0
                                                                                                                                                              Vernon-Blue 19, West Milford-Gold 6

Gordon continues                                                                                                  Results
                                                                                                 High Point 22, Wallkill Valley 12
                                                                                                 Newton 16, Vernon-Gold 0
                                                                                                 Lenape Valley 27, Sparta 12
                                                                                                 West Milford 30, Vernon-Blue 22
                                                                                                                                                              Lenape Valley 7, Kittatinny 6
                                                                                                                                                              Sparta-Red 20, Newton-Red 6
                                                                                                                                                              Sparta-White 20, Vernon-Gold 6
                                                                                                                                                              Sparta-Blue 28, Vernon-White 6
                                                                                                                                                              Newton-White 26, West Milford-White 0        Vernon-Blue’s Jerrian Arroyo tries to stop a Sparta-Silver touch-
                                                                                                                                                                                                           down two weeks ago in Super PeeWee action.

march toward title                                                                               Sparta-White 26, Kittatinny 0                                West Milford-Black 21, Sparta-Silver 14

         By JENNA FRYER
         AP Auto Racing Writer                   Points standings
                                                 1. J.Gordon                         5,880
                                                                                                 Ohio St. back on top of college football poll
   CONCORD, N.C. — There                         2. J.Johnson                        5,812              By RALPH D. RUSSO                                     teams have been beaten by                    that counts is the last one,” Ohio               2 after losing the BCS national
was a time not too long ago                      3. C.Bowyer                         5,802              AP College Football Writer                            unranked teams, just avoiding the            State coach Jim Tressel said in a                championship game to Florida.
when Jeff Gordon wondered if                     4. T.Stewart                        5,682
                                                                                                    NEW YORK — Ohio State has                                 upset bug has been enough for                statement.                                          An unpredictable season took a
he’d ever win another race.                      5. C.Edwards                        5,640
                                                 6. Ky.Busch                         5,600       risen — all the way to No 1.                                 Ohio State.                                     Ohio State was No. 1 last season              new twist Saturday when LSU, in
   His personal life was in sham-                7. Ku.Busch                         5,565          A day after the top two teams in                            “We’ve improved each week but              from preseason until the final poll,             its second week as No. 1, was upset
bles, and a long losing streak                   8. K.Harvick                        5,552       the AP Top 25 lost, the Buckeyes                             we understand that the only poll             when the Buckeyes dropped to No.                 43-37 in triple overtime.
had the four-time series champi-                 9. D.Hamlin                         5,531       jumped two spots Sunday in the
on doubting himself for the first                10. J.Burton                        5,514       media poll and became the third
time in his storied NASCAR                       11. M.Truex Jr.                     5,502
                                                                                                 school this season to hold the No. 1
                                                 12. M.Kenseth                       5,438
career. The wins were few and                                                                    ranking.
far between, and the consistent                                                                     The last year three teams held
title contender had turned into a              streak, using a cold-hearted                      the No. 1 spot during the regular
perpetual also-ran.                            bump-and-run on Rusty Wallace                     season was 2000, when Nebraska
   Now five years later, Gordon                with three laps to go at Bristol,                 started No. 1, Florida State was top-
can’t be stopped — he’s ticking                it hardly kickstarted his come-                   ranked for a week and Oklahoma
off wins, marching toward                      back. He knocked down wins                        took over late in the season.
another title and, no coinci-                  every now and again, but wasn’t                      The Buckeyes (7-0) beat Kent
dence here, has never been                     quite a threat for the title and                  State 48-3 Saturday and have
happier.                                       missed the Chase for the cham-                    played only one team that’s been in
   With his sixth win of the sea-              pionship in 2005.                                 the rankings at any point this sea-
son Saturday night at Lowe’s                                                                     son. In a season in which 10 ranked
Motor Speedway, Gordon

opened a healthy 68-point lead
in the Nextel Cup points stand-
ings. He then celebrated with
friends and family, including his
only sister, Kimberly
Coykendall, who through bad                                 Decompression Therapy for
timing had missed the first 80
victories of his Cup career.                                 Herniated-Bulging Discs
   As he approaches his first
wedding anniversary with wife
Ingrid and delights in the joys of                                                 Gentle, non-surgical
fatherhood with infant daughter
Ella, Gordon insists he’ll be sat-                                                spinal decompression
isfied no matter where he winds
up in the final season standings.
                                                                                increases circulation into
   “I’m going to tell you right
now, I don’t care what happens
                                                                                 spinal discs and joints,
with the championship. This is                                                   helping to relieve pain.
my year,” Gordon said. “Even
with the wins that we’ve had so
far, the kind of year on and off                                                         J.M. “The results with the D.T.S.
the racetrack, for me personally,                                                        were fantastic. My lower back pain
it’s just been the most incredi-                                                         is gone. I’m glad I didn’t spend
ble year.”                                                                               thousands more when the results
   One that seems destined to                                                            were this good with the D.T.S.”
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Torre meetings
set for Tuesday
      The Associated Press
    NEW YORK — Yankees officials          Fogg, Torrealba put
will convene at their complex in
Tampa, Fla., starting Tuesday             Rockies 1 win away
morning to debate the future of              DENVER — No more slum-
Joe Torre.                                bering lumber for the Colorado
    Torre has led New York to the         Rockies, who are one win away
playoffs in all 12 of his seasons, but    from roaring right into their first
owner George Steinbrenner told            World Series.
The Record on Oct. 6 that he didn’t          With a cold rain falling, Josh
think he’d bring back the manager         Fogg shut down Arizona’s bats
if the Yankees failed to advance to       in his first postseason start and
the AL championship series.               Yorvit Torrealba hit a tiebreak-
    Cleveland then eliminated New         ing three-run homer to fuel the
York in four games, the Yankees’          Rockies’ 4-1 victory Sunday
third straight first-round exit.          night in Game 3 of the NL
    Steinbrenner will hear advice         championship series.
from sons Hal and Hank; son-in-              The Rollin’ Rockies took a 3-
law Felix Lopez; team president           0 lead with their 20th win in 21
Randy Levine; chief operating offi-       games. They will try to sweep
cer Lonn Trost; and general man-          the Diamondbacks on Monday
ager Brian Cashman.                       night when Franklin Morales
    Levine said Sunday that the           faces Arizona’s Micah Owings
final decision remains with the 77-       in a matchup of rookies who
year-old owner. Hank and Hal have         have never faced each other’s
had a larger voice in the team’s          teams.
operations in the last year.                 The Diamondbacks are hop-
    “He’s still the boss. He’s acting     ing to join the 2004 Boston Red
like the chairman of a major com-         Sox, who rallied past the New
pany,” Levine said. “As in many           York Yankees, as the only
other instances in major league           teams to overcome a 3-0 hole
baseball, his kids have stepped up        to win a best-of-seven postsea-
and are devoting a lot of time on         son series.
the day-to-day running of the                            — The Associated Press                                                                                                                                      AP Photo/Winslow Townson
    If Torre isn’t brought back,                                                  Cleveland catcher Victor Martinez, left, and third baseman Casey Blake celebrate the Indians’ 13-6, 11-inning win over Boston in Game
bench coach Don Mattingly is the         that Baker will become their next        2 of the American League Championship series Sunday, at Fenway Park in Boston.
leading contender to take over.          manager. Baker, who has a three-

                                                                                              Tired and Tied
Yankees broadcaster Joe Girardi,         year deal, will be introduced at a
who won NL Manager of the Year           news conference Monday in
with the Florida Marlins in 2006, is     Cincinnati.
another possibility.                        “Dusty is extremely excited to
    Baseball operations staff will       join the Cincinnati Reds with its
join the high command as the             rich history, and looks forward to
Yankees debate player moves. The         helping re-establish the legacy of
top of that agenda is formulating a      the Big Red Machine,” said his
                                         agent, Greg Genske.                            By TOM WITHERS
strategy for dealing with Alex
Rodriguez, who can opt out of the
remaining three seasons of his
                                            The move got the players’ atten-
                                         tion. Instead of promoting from
                                                                                          AP Sports Writer
                                                                                     CLEVELAND — Equally
                                                                                                                          Cleveland heads home                                                         American League
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Championship Series
record $252 million, 10-year con-
    New York also must figure out
                                         within, the Reds went for someone
                                         with no ties to the organization.
                                         During his 14 seasons as manager,
                                                                                  exhausted and exhilarated, the
                                                                                  Cleveland Indians stumbled
                                                                                                                          with ALCS tied at 1-1                                                        Friday, Oct. 12
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Boston 10, Cleveland 3
                                                                                                                                                                                                       Saturday, Oct. 13
                                                                                  home looking for their postsea-                                                                                         Cleveland 13, Boston 6, 11 innings,
its approach with closer Mariano         the 58-year-old Baker led San                                                   marathon ended after more than        on the defeat.                          series tied 1-1
                                         Francisco to the World Series and        son pillows.
Rivera and catcher Jorge Posada,                                                                                         400 pitches, momentum swings             “It’s just a loss,” rookie second    Today
                                         the Chicago Cubs to the playoffs.           Sleep was at a premium                                                                                               Boston (Matsuzaka 15-12) at
both eligible for free agency, and                                                                                       and enough spine-tingling             baseman Dustin Pedroia said. “I
whether to exercise a $16 million           “Since I’ve been here, we             Sunday after a late, late night out                                                                                  Cleveland (Westbrook 6-9), 7:10 p.m.
                                                                                  in nippy New England.                  October moments to shiver even        know we went into extra innings         Tuesday
option of right fielder Bobby            haven’t had the big-name manag-                                                 die-hard Red Sox fan Stephen          and they scored a bunch there.             Boston (Wakefield 17-12) at
Abreu.                                   er,” said right-hander Aaron                The Indians were tired, for
                                                                                                                         King.                                 We lost the game. It’s 1-1 in the       Cleveland (Byrd 15-8), 8:21 p.m.
                                         Harang, who has been with the            sure.                                                                                                                Thursday
                                                                                                                            “It was draining, emotionally      series. We still have the same
                                         Reds for the last five years.               Tied in the ALCS, too.                                                                                               Boston at Cleveland, 8:21 p.m.
Reds hire Dusty Baker                       They haven’t had a winning sea-          With a record-setting, seven-
                                                                                                                         and physically,” said Indians first
                                                                                                                         baseman Ryan Garko, sporting a
                                                                                                                                                                  “Just because we lost the
                                         son over that span, either.              run rally in the 11th inning of                                                                                         Cleveland at Boston, if necessary
   CINCINNATI — By hiring                                                                                                face full of stubble and the same     game, nobody’s hitting the panic        Sunday
Dusty Baker as their next manag-            The last time the Reds hired a        Game 2, the Indians, despite get-      dress clothes he wore on the          button.”                                   Cleveland at Boston, if necessary
er, the Cincinnati Reds have made        manager with no ties to the organ-       ting next-to-no help from their        flight to Cleveland. “To be sitting      Maybe not anyone in the
a pronounced change in philoso-          ization was 1990, when Lou               top two pitchers inside unforgiv-      here on an off day, down 2-0,         Boston clubhouse. But back in          would be a horrible mistake on
phy, turning to an outsider to run       Piniella took over and led the team      ing Fenway Park, beat the Red          would have been tough.”               Newton, Wakefield and Lowell,          our part.”
the team for the first time in 18        to a World Series championship.          Sox 13-6 in the wee hours Sunday          Instead, the Indians felt          Mass., precincts inside Red Sox           Francona also snuffed out any
years.                                   Every manager since has either           morning to even their best-of-         relieved — and perhaps a little       Nation may be a little alarmed.        thought of bringing back Game 1
   The last time they did it, they       come from the minors, the coach-         seven series at one game apiece.       lucky — as they prepare to host          This was the type of game the       starter Josh Beckett on three
won a championship.                      ing staff or from a scouting/adviso-        At 1:37 a.m., a 5-hour, 14-         Game 3 on Monday, the first of        Red Sox usually win in October.        days’ rest in Game 4. Regardless
   The Reds confirmed on Sunday          ry role.                                 minute Boston baseball                 three straight at Jacobs Field,       In fact, it was the first time         of what happens on Monday
                                                                                                                         which hasn’t hosted an ALCS           Boston had lost an extra-inning        night, Francona plans to stick
                                                                                                                         game since 1998.                      game in the postseason after           with knuckleballer Tim
                                                                                                                            Cleveland will start Jake          going 7-0-1 (a 1912 World Series       Wakefield, who has been both-
                                                                                                                         Westbrook against Boston rookie       game ended in a tie) in its previ-     ered by a sore back.
                                                                                                                         Daisuke Matsuzaka, who lasted         ous eight.                                “What we’re trying to do is set
                                                                                                                         just 4 2-3 innings in his playoff        In 2004, the Red Sox went 3-0       up our rotation so we can win a
                                                                                                                         debut against the Los Angeles         in extra innings at home en            series,” Francona said.
                                                                                                                         Angels.                               route to winning their first World     “Sometimes you can get short-
                                                                                                                            The Red Sox, well, at least the    Series title since 1918.               sighted if the need for panic aris-
                                                                                                                         few sleep-deprived ones who              Manager Terry Francona was          es — perceived panic. If you lose
                                                                                                                         skipped afternoon naps and wan-       asked if a crushing loss could         a couple games, everybody
                                                                                                                         dered over from the hotel to          have a lingering effect.               wants you to immediately
                                                                                                                         attend an optional workout at the        “There had better not be any        change what you’ve set up.
                                                                                                                         Jake, offered some perspective        carryover,” Francona said. “That          “The reason we set it up like
                                                                                                                                                                                                      this is because we think it give
                                                                                                                                                                                                      us the best chance to win a

                                                                                                                                                        Celebrates                                       A Game 2 loss would have
                                                                                                                                                                                                      dealt Cleveland’s hopes of

                                                                                                                                                                                                      advancing to its first World
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Series since 1997 a serious blow.
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Since 1985, only three teams
                                                                                                                                                                                                      trailing 0-2 have come back to
                                                                                                                            1 Mill Street                                                             win a championship series, and
                                                                                                                              Newton                                                                  with Westbrook and Paul Byrd
                                                                                                                                                                                                      next in line to face Boston’s pow-
                                                                                                                                 Look for our Homemade October                                        erful lineup, the Indians would
                                                                                                                                                                                                      have been in big trouble.
                                                                                                                                  specials throughout the month.                                         They looked doomed on
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Saturday when starter Fausto
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Carmona was pulled in the fifth
                                                                                                                                      Strudel, Potato Pancakes                                        and normally reliable left-hander
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Rafael Perez was touched for
                                                                                                                                     Sauerbraten, Beef Roulitan                                       two runs. But Cleveland’s under-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      rated bullpen came up big, hold-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      ing the Red Sox scoreless over
                                                                                                                               Call for our Daily Specials                                            the final 6 2-3 innings.
                                                                                                                                                                                                         Jensen Lewis and Rafael
                                                                                                                               973-383-1640                                                           Betancourt each worked 2 1-3
                                                                                                                                                                                                      innings before Tom Mastny came
                                                                                                                                                                                                      in and set down David Ortiz,
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Manny Ramirez and Mike Lowell
                                                                                                                                                                                                      — Boston’s dreaded 3-4-5 jugger-
                                                                                                                                                                                                      naut — in order in the 10th.

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