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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 59

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Sunday, November 17, 1968
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4 Bengals Giving It Old College Try... X i rT J if - -V I J yv 1 'y -S 8 4 ' , 3! 3 - ' ED PLAISTED Executive Sports Editor v "s- J out of his coach in? MIAMI In 1946 when Paul Brown made his debut as pro football coach with the Cleveland Browns of the Ail-American Conference someone asked him what the team would be like. "This will probably be the most amateur football team in the business. I don't plan to coach this club a bit differently than I did at Ohio State. It's going to be a tough team to make because I want players with zip and go and love for the game. But just the same we're going to have fun with the thing." The same question was asked earlier this year when Brown announced he was becoming coach and general manager of the Cincinnati Bengals of the American Football League. Said Paul, "We'll probably be the most intercollegiate team in pro football. Our entire program is going to be built on youth both players and management. We're not trying to build with some broken-down guys at the end of their careers or close to it." If you have seen the Bengals play this season .ft 1st i rnmph.nck with thp Cincin- you will notice that the Paul Brown trademark is stamped on them. From the uniforms to the two offensive guards, Pat Matson and Pete Per-reault, who run in the plays from the bench, it might be the Cleveland Browns of another time, another place. But the Cincinnati Bengals are not the Cleveland Browns. They are team with a seven-game losing streak and a 2-8 won-lost record and in the AFL's Eastern Division cellar. And this afternoon at 1:30 they meet the Miami Dolphins in the Orange Bowl in a battle that means little in a race that the New York Jets have virtually wrapped up. The Dolphins prevailed, 24-22, in a thriller kick null 5 in , It ..i. 7i .. mmmmm Palm Beach Post-Times .. .... .. .... "T.ii npnpais. npwfsi ruin -a ?. thp American Football ykt Sunday, Nov. 17, 1968 El SECTION Palm Beach Post-Times, Bob Btlfe I Georgia Jars Auburn For SEC Grid Title Using Your Head Hurts lbooooooooooocwoooooos m m t m . v r w. j w WARREN McVEA JOHN STOFA C? "ft; I o ifpf IT WAS AS SIMPLE AS THIS: we went to a PGA meeting and forgot to wear cleats. Our experience with golf having been almost entirely in sand traps, we weren't prepared for a wet tile floor, ended upsidedown, trying to push a forehead through it. As they have long said about sports writers and punch-drunk fighters, hit 'em anywhere but the head, where there is nothing to damage. So everything Ls normal, If you can call a 72-hour headache normal, and if you don't mind trying to see daylight through an eye that looks like a dying tomato in living color. Everyone who knows Allie Russo, pro at Palm Beach Lakes golf club, testifies that he is a great guy. But he was a friend in need, while some others nearby turned squeamish at the sight of blood. Allie was the good Samaritan who started us toward the hospital. He even drove the wrong way on a couple of one-way last month in Cincinnati and today's game could be a repeat performance. Miami is rated a seven point favorite by the bookmakers but the key will probably be found in the health of both clubs. Both teams have been hobbled by injuries but Bengal quarterback John Stofa may see some action today but not Dolphin fullback Larry Csonka. The Bengals offense resembles the old Cleveland attack. The fullback and the running back grind it out and there are a lot of flip outs and short sideline passes. In rookie halfback Paul Robinson, the Bengals boast the leading rusher in the league. Robinson, a 6-foot, 198-pounder from Arizona, clicked off 115 yards last week in the 16-9 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs to hike his total to 705. The Bengals worked out in Cincinnati Saturday morning and then flew into Miami. And as usual, according to the club's publicity director, Al Heim, "They will take in a Saturday night movie and be back to their rooms by 10 p.m. with lights off at 10:30. The trouble is not in getting the players back to their hotel in time, it is finding a decent movie for the players. It seems there is nothing but dirty movies these days and we've already seen "Paper Lion" twice this season." The Saturday night movie is a Brown tradition as much as winning. And until this year "Precision Paul's" pro coaching record was 167 wins, 53 defeats and 9 ties for a .749 percentage. To show how conservative Brown is he altered the team's helmet embiem in September. Originally a tiger head was designed for the helmets but Paul thought it was a bit too fancy for a first year club. "Next year," he said, "may be the year of the tiger head but not this year." This season Cincinnati settled for BENGALS lettered on the helmets. Sam Wyche, the scholary passer from Fur-man, is expected to start at quarterback today instead of Stofa, the ex-Dolphin injured in last month's Miami game. But don't bet on it. Paul j'ist might think this is the right moment to give Stofa a chance to redeem himself. The U.S. Army will take its toll on Brown's youth movement. Split end Warren McVea and kicking specialist Dale Livingston will miss the last two games because of military service. They will be lost for only six months but fullback Tom Smiley last week got drafted and will spend two years in the Army. Brown who ls often rapped by his critics for his coaching from the sidelines says this: "I really don't call the plays. We check off at the line of scrimmage. Our coaching staff calls the plays occasionally but that is a greatly over-exaggerated point. Whether the boy or the coach calls the play, both work from the same game plan engineered well in advance. "It is easy to let the burden fall on the kid. At Cleveland, the quarterback sat in with the coaches Mondays and Tuesdays in my home when he worked out the game plan. In fact, he usually had quite a bit to do with devising the plan. Our quarterbacks will call a good deal of the plays but there will be checkoffs, audibles on the line and changes from the sidelines which is exactly what every other pro team is doing." BRYANT SELLERS 7 1 Sw. - . - . Stock Markets On Pages E9-11 : r- -1 -V'O J - ball again back to Kentucky four plays later and the Wildcats were in business at the Florida 33, with 1:20 left In the game. But Chesqulere, playing one of his best games, caught Balr for losses of 10 and 13 yards as the clock ran out on the Wildcats. Florida's first TD came after putting a Kentucky punt In play at its own 20. Rentz, who was starting In place of Injured Jackie Eckdahl, got the Gators rolling quickly by rolling out on a keeper for 14 yards. After the Coral Gables flash hit Guy McTheny for nine-yards Maliska for four, Rentz, on another keeper got 12 more yards and to give Florida the ball on the Wildcats' 26. Rentz, continued his right arm on target by hitting Larry Smith for 10 yards and McTheny for 11 yards and set the stage for his TD run off left tackle. Neither team managed another scoring threat during the remainder of the first quarter and early part of the second. LEXINGTON, Ky. (API-StmUtln of the riortda-Kenlucky football game. Florida Kenmrky First downs Rushing yardage Passing Yardage Return yardage Passes Punls Fumbles lost n in lt 70 172 lW m 64 30-15 1 37-15-3 1041 2 0 Florida . 7 3 o-ie Kentucky 0 0 7 714 Fla rtentt 2 run (Youngblood kick i Fla FG Youngblood 22 Kv Beard 4 run Uones kirk ) Fla Vlnesett 2 run (Kick lalledl Kv King 25 pass trom Balr (Jones kick i A 20.000. Sports Editor ELORDI Spanish ooooooe 1 (APVinpholo) UP BUT NOT OVER GOES AUBURN'S MIKE CURRIER ... As Georgia's Terry Osbolt (9 1) Stops Him For One-Yard Gain AUBURN, Ala. (UPI) - Sophomore quarterback Mike Cavan, who wasn't even slated to be a starter before the season began, carried the Georgia Bulldogs Saturday to the Southeastern Conference championship and a major bowl bid. Georgia Coach Vlnce Dooley turned to Cavan just before the opening game when xpected starter Paul Gilbert suf.ered an Injury In practice that was to sideline him for the year. "Mike came along much faster than I ever dared to dream," Dooley said after the young field general paced the fifth-ranked Bulldogs to a 17-3 victory over t he nint h-ranked Auburn Tigers. That victory enabled the Bulldogs to edge the Tigers, the former SEC leaders, for the league title and leaves only often-beaten Georgia Tech between them and their first undefeated season since Charlie Trlppl led the Bulldogs to a perfect record back In 194t. It was uncertain whether the Bulldogs, now 7-0-2 would go to the Orange Bowl or the Sugar Bowl. However, it was rumored they had unofficially agreed before the game to accept an unconditional Sugar Bowl bid rather than risk an Orange Bowl offer which hinged upon them beating Auburn. "I'll talk with the seniors Monday about any bowl Invitations," Dooley Insisted. "We won't do anything about it until then. Cavan threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to flanker Kent Lawrence to put Georgia into the lead for the first time with 5:15 left in the half. Then, after passing for 54 yards in a 58-yard march, Cavan sneaked across from a yard out with 58 seconds to go before Intermission. The ninth-ranked Tigers, who wont Into the game as the Southeastern Conference leaders but 2 1-2 point underdogs, scored first when John Riley kicked a 28 yard field goal with 6:38 elapsed in the opening period. The Tigers had gotten the ball at the Georgia 34 when Bill James recovered Brad Johnson's fumble. Auburn moved to the Georgia 11 with its only two first downs of the first half before being halted and calling on Riley for his go-ahead field goal. A pass interception by Georgia safety Jake Scott enabled the Bulldogs to move to the Auburn 8-yard line late in the first period but Jim McCullough was wide on a 26-yard field goal try' on the first play of the second period. Three minutes later McCullough, given another chance after Steve Greer recovered a Tiger fumble, made good on a 27-yard field goal to tie the score at 3-3. Auburn's Mike Currier returned the ensuing kickoff 73 yards to the Georgia 18, but the Tigers were unable to move and lost their last threat of the afternoon when Riley was wide on a 35-yard field goal attempt. There were only two scoring threats in the second half and the Bulldogs made both of them. AUBURN. Ala. (UPIi - Statistics of the (jrorgia-Aubum football gamp: Oa Aub 9 2.1 63 25 S262 ll.l First Downs Rushing Yardajff Passing Yardage Return Yardage Passes Punls Fumbles Lost Y irds Penalized Georgls Autiuni Aub FG Rllevffl 17 147 168 31 12.11 2 10.18.3 2 65 2 70 -IT - I 17 I I liA FG McCullough 27 , Lawrence 22 pass from Cavan (McCullough kick i (.A Cavan 1 sneak (McCuilough kick) A est. 50.000. streets, hoping the cops would grab us and take "harge to speed up the trip. Without benefit of cops or siren we arrived at the hospital where Dr. Charles Harris put on thimble and took needle and thread to go to work. "Plan to make you look real pretty," said the Doc. "Just fix the flat tire," we admonished, "there's no time to rebuild the whole car." Three days in ice-packs make you feel like an Eskimo peeking through two holes in an igloo. No glasses, no reading, no watching TV. Sounds like a new world, doesn't it? A Many Splintered Thing Sympathy is a many splintered thing when well-wishers try to make like funny. They must have left the milk of human kindness out in the sun three dags to sour. Like these samples "Man, that eye is closed up tighter than a Broadwav failure." "You say it happened at a PGA meeting? What kind of golf bail did they insert under your lid?" "So you'd rather not switch?" "You look like One-eye Connolly crashing the gate and the ring, too. with Rocky Marclano in there and your hands tied behind your back." "What made your wife that mad?" "Say, you ought to take up booze. You know the Lord takes care of drunks." With or without the wise-acres, it became obvious that we would have to forsake a planned trip to Raleigh, N.C. for another look at Ron Sellers, who makes buyers out of most of Florida State's grid foes. Nor was It possible to enjoy such more accessible events as the Miami-Alabama game, and the usual good quotes from Inimitable Bear Bryant. We also missed the openings of local Jal-alal and Tropical Park. But one character made us feel more normal, with an early morning call at home to complain about a headline in Friday's Post. "What time did the Jai-Alal Fronton burn down?" he asked, and when we professed ignorance, he continued: Surprise! Gators Triumph vrSW J s J J Gators had to dip deep into their quarterback corps after Rentz got hurt, calling on former Pa-hokee High star Harold Peacock toguide their fortunes. Florida came back Peacock at the controls to go ahead 16-7 on a two-yard TD dash by Jerry Binesett. Kentucky's final score came in the fourth quarter on a fake field goal attempt, when quarterback Dave Balr hit Vic King on a 25-yard scoring play. From this point on, It was the defense of the Gators that took charge, with Chesqulere and Albury doing the major part of the damage. A fumble by Binesett mid way In the final quarter gave the Wildcats at the Florida 26 and it appeared Kentucky might be In range for at least a field goal. But on a third down play, Albury picked off Balr's pass Intended for King, and gave the Gators field position at the Kentucky 46. However, Florida couldn't muster any kind of attack and Paul Maliska kicked Into the end zone on a fourth down play. Again the Wildcats appeared to be getting In range for a field goal that would have given them a one-point advantage, hut Chesqulere played from his lineback-ing position, cracked through on two straight plays from the Gators 33 to throw Bair for six and two yard losses. But the Gators had to punt the 1 17 TIT H fel J . TVf U' f V y-v 1 -ri ... V 4 Guy Can t Read By ED PAVELKA LEXINGTON, Ky. (AFN) -David Chesqulere and Skip A s-bury a pair of defensive performers, arose to the occasion when it counted to help give Florida a 16-14 Southeastern Conference football victory over Kentucky Saturday. The victory snapped a four-game wlnless streak for the Gators and assured Coach Ray Graves' troops of a winning season. The win gave the Gators a 5-3-1 overall record, and a 3-2-f In the SEC, with Miami to play. Kentucky playing Its final home game under Coach Charlie Bradshaw, who three weeks ago announced his retirement, now has a 3-6 record and 0 6 SEC mark. The victory didn't come easy for Florida, and it took four outstanding defensive plays in the final quarter Chesqulere and pair pass interceptions by Alhu-ry to hold off the oncoming Wildcats. Florida scored first when quarterback Larry Rentz, who had to sit the second half with possible broken ribs, going over from the two with 5:35 left In the first period. The Galors came back with a field goal by Jim Youngblood to extend their lead to 10-0 at half-time. Kentucky closed the gap to 10-7 In the third quarter on a four-yard run by Dick Beard. The "This ls a real smart-aleck thing to do, you got some kind of headline about jal-alal that we can't read. And that guy In six or seven pictures looking at it. You can tell from his expression he can't read it either. What are you running, a quiz game or a newspaper?" Mr. Irate was also Mr. Impolite, hanging up before we could explain that not only we didn't write It, but at that stage we couldn't even read it. That made us feel back at work, because such calls are commonplace in this business, though not too many bother to call tosay thankyou. It was good to learn later that jai-alai opened big and that the "six or seven picture" man, Pedro ElordI, could really smile. Friday night's inaugural was a week earlier than the cesta swingers had ever gone Into action here, but nearly 4,000 people showed up, 300 more than last year's opening. They played UV 303, which was $17,000 more than the biggest night the Frontan has ever had in its 14 year history. The long.T winter season we talked about so long is now reality. All we needed was more earlier events. We're all for big openings except on the head. UPI Telepholo GATOR LARRY RENTZ SCORES TD ... As Kentucky's Cary Sahaid Makes Tackle

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