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Van Horn Advocate
While George was making his heralded debut for the Raiders, it was
Klingler who stole the show with three touchdown passes as Oakland beat
the Dallas Cowboys 34-27 in an NFL exhibition game Sunday night.
It added up to a happy debut for new Oakland coach Joe Bugel, the former
Arizona Cardinals coach.
``Over the last three years the Raiders have lacked a vertical passing
game,'' Bugel said. ``The Raiders haven't made many big plays. I think
we made some progress in that area against the Cowboys.''
George, whose career soured at both Indianapolis and Atlanta, said his
timing was off. George was 3-of-9 for 47 yards and had trouble finding
receivers -- unlike the on-target Klingler.
``I felt pretty good considering I had been out of game situations for
almost a year,'' George said. ''I wasn't rusty and felt pretty good for
a preseason game. Everyone hates the preseason, but it's good work.
``I'll get better next week. I learned a lot just watching from the
sidelines. Klingler was making some good deep throws. I have my own game
to work on. I'll be there when the regular season starts.''
Klingler burned the youthful and injury-riddled Dallas secondary with
three touchdown passes in the second quarter.
``It was a good way to start,'' Bugel said. ``We showed we've got good
depth at quarterback. We have three great quarterbacks. Klingler really
aired it out. Jeff will get better. He's the type of quarterback that
looks for the primary receiver and then if he is not open begins to
scramble out of the pocket.''
Klingler threw a 3-yard touchdown pass to rookie tight end Robert
Rosenstiel. Then he went deep for a 62-yard scoring pass to Olanda
Truitt and a 74-yarder to Kenny Shedd late in the second quarter against
a mix of free agent rookie defenders such as Singor Mobley and Montrell
``Our receivers made some great moves and I just put the ball in
there,'' Klingler said. He finished 5-of-8 for 184 yards.
Third-string quarterback Donald Hollas fired a 5-yard touchdown pass to
Kenny Grace late in the game.
Dallas had four cornerbacks out of the game because of injuries.
``We had a lot of people in the secondary who couldn't play, so we were
just finding bodies to put out there,'' Dallas coach Barry Switzer said.
``I thought our first-team offense did a great job.''
Said Dallas defensive coordinator Dave Campo: ``I don't want to make
excuses but we looked at a lot of different personnel. It was an
evaluation game for us.''
Quarterback Troy Aikman, who said the Cowboys' No. 24-ranked offense was
horrible last year, showed things could be much better this season by
going 8-of-10 for 104 yards and two touchdowns on two possessions.
``Troy was throwing extremely well and Billy Davis did what he's been
doing all of training camp, making plays,'' Switzer said. ``Our offense
did everything right in the first two possessions.''
Aikman threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Davis, who was basically a
special teams performer last season, and a 6-yard scoring strike to
tight end Eric Bjornson, who spent most of the 1996 season limping
around on two sprained ankles.
``We needed an offensive performance like we had tonight,'' Aikman said.
``It was a big confidence builder.''
Dallas got a late fourth-quarter touchdown on a 25-yard pass from Max Knake to Macey Brooks, who made a one-handed catch.
Ticket holders should go to the Pecos-Barstow-Toyah school business
office, 1302 S. Park St., weekdays between 8:15 a.m. and 12 noon and
from 1 to 4:15 p.m. to renew their tickets. Season tickets are $25
apiece for the five home games.
Persons who did not have season tickets in 1996 and want to purchase
them for this season can do so from Aug. 18-29 at the school business
office. Individual tickets can be bought for $5 each until 12 noon the
week of each home game.
Home games this season are Sept. 5, Lamesa; Oct. 3, Kermit
(homecoming); Oct. 10, Big Spring; Oct. 24, Sweetwater; and Nov. 31, San
Angelo. Starting times for all home games this season is 7:30 p.m.
Pecos' road games this season are on Sept. 12 at Alpine; Sept. 19 at
Monahans; Sept. 26 at Fabens; Oct. 17 at Andrews and Nov. 7 at Fort
Stockton The Fabens game is a 7:30 p.m. MDT start, while the others begin at 7:30 p.m. CDT.
RICHMOND, Va., Aug. 4 -- Allen Iverson, the flashy Philadelphia 76ers
point guard who was named NBA Rookie of the Year last season, has been
arrested and charged with drug and firearms possession.
Iverson was a passenger in a car that was stopped at 12:27 a.m. CDT
Sunday for speeding on Interstate 64 about 20 miles east of Richmond,
state police spokeswoman Mary Evans said. The car was going 93 mph in a
65 mph zone.
``When the trooper stopped (the car) he smelled marijuana, and that's
why he asked them to get out,'' she said.
The trooper found a .45-caliber pistol on the floor mat in front of
Iverson's seat during a search. Iverson told the trooper it was his gun.
Iverson was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of
firearms with a controlled substance.
Evans said the firearms charge would be dropped because it only applies
if a pound or more of marijuana is found with the weapon. She said one
marijuana cigarette was found under the front seat where Iverson was
sitting and another in the back of the car.
Iverson owns the car but was not driving, according to police.
The driver, Maduro Earl Hill, 32, of Hampton, was charged with reckless
driving. Another passenger, Damon D. Stewart, 24, also of Hampton, was
charged with possession of marijuana.
Iverson and Stewart were arrested and taken to New Kent County jail.
Iverson's sister posted Iverson's $2,000 bond and Iverson's uncle posted
Stewart's $1,000 bond, Evans said.
The men are due in court Aug. 12. If convicted, they face up to a year
in jail and up to a $2,500 fine.
The arrest is not Iverson's first brush with the law.
Iverson was a standout basketball and football player at Bethel High
School in Hampton. At age 17 he was involved in a bowling alley brawl
between rival groups of black and white high school students.
Convicted on rioting charges in 1993, Iverson was given a five-year
sentence. He served four months before former Gov. Douglas Wilder
interceded, granting clemency, and the conviction was subsequently
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