The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida on December 6, 1976 · Page 36
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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 36

West Palm Beach, Florida
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Monday, December 6, 1976
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D4 Palm Beach Post, Monday, December 6. 1976 Dolphins From Dl- The victory was the Dolphins' sixth in 13 starts and snapped their second three-game losing streak of the year. They wind up their season Saturday in Miami against the Minnesota Vikings. "It was a pleasing win," Shula said. "Any win's pleasing after three losses in a row. "I hope we can beat Minnesota and finish 7-7." Bills Dolphins 19 23 Flrjt downs Rushes-yards Passing yards Return yards Passes Punts Fumbles-lost Penalties-yards 29-211 207 314 11-22-1 3- 3 0-0 4- 50 42-269 155 178 tJ-W-2 5-46 0-0 7-3S Marangi, who had completed only 32.4 per cent of his passes going into yesterday's game, hit on 13 of 29 for 155 yards. Interceptions by Ken Ellis and Bob Matheson prevented further damage. Strock, who completed 12 of 15 passes to lead Miami to a 31-21 victory over the Bills last Dec. 7, failed to connect on his first five attempts yesterday. "It didn't affect my confidence any," the 6-5, 220-pound Strock said. "You've just gotta keep throwing. Sooner or later they've got to start catching them. "We used a lot of quick counts to keep the defense from shifting around on us. We planned to use whatever we could to win. Our wide receivers can fly so we tried a few bombs. Solomon outfought defensive back Dwight Harrison for the ball on the 53-yard TD pass from Strock, making the catch at the 10 and running into the end zone. The ball appeared to be slightly underthrown "Freddie's a hard guy to judge his speed," Strock said. "When he takes off, he takes off. It was a heck of a play on his part. "The next time I overthrew him when he was wide open down the middle. Freddie should have been in the end zone five times. That's not bad." 10 3 7 7-27 10 7 14 14-45 Buffalo Miami But FG Jakowenko 28 Mia FG Yepremien 53 Bu - Simpson 75 run (Jakowenko kick) Mia Harris 37 pass from Strock (Yepremlan kick) Mia Solomon 79 punt return (Yepremlan kick) But FG Jakowenko 49 Mia Solomon 53 pass from Strock (Yepremlan kick) Mia Strock 2 run (Yepremlan kick) Buf - Gant 11 pass from Marangi (Jakowenko kick) Mia Solomon 59 run (Yepremlan kick) Buf Chandler 15 pass from Marangi (Jakowenko kick) Mia Nottingham 1 run (Yepremlan kick) A-43,475 'iW4r6 a fid 'r INDIVIDUAL LEADERS RUSHING - Buffalo, Simpson 24-203, Kinney 12-40, Marrangl 5-28. Miami, Davis 7-79, Solomon 1-59, Bulalch 6-33, Winfrey 4-25. RECEIVING - Buffalo, Chandler 4-68, Gant 2- 26, Kinney 3-26. Miami, Solomon 5-114, Harris 2- 66, Seiple 1-25. PASSING - Buffalo, Marangi 13-29-2, 155. Miami, Strock, 11-22-1, 219. Stall Photo by Akin Suwi Dwarfed by Hulking Teammates, Freddie Solomon Stands Tall After 53-Yard Touchdown Reception DOES YOUR CAR Solomon Mined Immense Talent SLIP, LEAK, DON'T MOVE OR BANG M TRANSMISSION 5- If I CAM HUAIK IT 1HM Will If NO CHAM J REPAIR 684-3222 CALL TODAY if I was just standing there and let somebody tackle him. "I just ran downfield and screened ' off the last man to help him get in the end zone." Solomon and rookie Duriel Harris combined for seven of Miami's 11 receptions and 180 of the Dolphins' 219 yards passing. "Freddie and Duriel have both improved tremendously," Strock said. "With work and time, those guys can be two of the best wide receivers around." 11 By CHUCK OTTERSON Post Sports Writer MIAMI Most players don't accomplish in a career what Freddie Solomon managed in three hours yesterday afternoon at the Orange Bowl. It was the kind of day a guy dreams about. He caught five passes for 114 yards and scored three touchdowns, all on plays of 53 yards or more. Perhaps the best way to describe Solomon's performance is to point out that O.J. Simpson gained more than 200 yards rushing for the sixth time in his career, but Solomon was the guy everyone was talking about. And why not? How often do you see a football player return a punt 79 yards for a touchdown, catch a 53-yard pass for another TD and race 59 yards on a reverse on his only carry of the game for still another TD, all in the same afternoon? "The past three or four months have been pretty rough," said Solomon, whose heroics led the Miami Dolphins to a 45-27 triumph over Simpson and the Buffalo Bills. "Physically, I first started to feel right in the Pittsburgh game (Nov. 14). But I had a tough time mentally working my way back into the offense. "I feel like I would have been making plays like this all year if the surgery hadn't slowed me down." Solomon, a second-year player from the University of Tampa, underwent surgery on his urinary tract last August and missed three exhibition games and the first four games of the regular season. He was used sparingly for two or three weeks after that. NO GIMMICKS 5340 OKEECHOBEE BLVD., W.P.B. LIGLSCIA VODKA GAR5VAIL1S BLEND Prior to yesterday's game, he had caught 17 passes for 277 yards and one score, carried the ball three times for a net gain of one yard and returned 11 punts 126 yards (an 11.5 average). He had a 77-yard return nullified by a clip against the Browns last week at Cleveland. "I'm just trying to get myself back where I was during training camp before the surgery," the speedy 181-pounder said. "I think I'm just about there but the season's almost over." Solomon, who was a quarterback in college, said he has just about given up on the idea of playing quarterback in the National Football League. "I have to do my job," he sad, "and my job is wide receiver. I want to be the best wide receiver possible. "I'm not as desirous as I once was of playing quarterback. I just want to be the best football player I can be." He surely was that yesterday, or close to it. If he gets much better, the NFL may order a saliva test. On the 53-yard TD pass from Don Strock, Solomon leaped high in the air and outfought Buffalo's Dwight Harrison for the ball at the Bills' 10. He managed to keep his balance after coming down and scampered into the end zone. "The same situation occurred on another pass early in the game," Solomon said. "I tried to cuff it." He held his hands in front of his chest, palms upward, with his elbows close to his sides. "After that play, I talked to (injured Dolphin receiver) Nat Moore on the sidelines. He said not to try to cuff it but to catch it with my hands. "On the next one (the TD pass), I went up and reached for it with my hands. And I caught it." 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