Freeport Journal-Standard from Freeport, Illinois on October 29, 1973 · Page 13
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Freeport, Illinois
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Monday, October 29, 1973
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Bears Find Someone To Pick On In Oilers DICK BUTKUS (51) of the Chicago Bears realized every defensive player's dream on this second quarter play in Sunday's NFL game between the Bears and the Houston Oilers in Chicago. Butkus pounced on Oiler quarterback Dan Pastorini's fumble in the end zone for the Bears' second touchdown and they went on to post their second victory of the season, 35-14. AP Photofax. CHICAGO (AP) - If Abe Gibron has any plans of giving rookie quarterback Gary Huff a starting assignment, he's keeping it a secret. "If I plan to start him, you won't know about it until the whistle blows," said Gibron after his Chicago Bears had broken a three-game losing streak with a 35-14 victory over the hapless Houston Oilers, who went stumbling to an 18th straight regular season defeat. Gibron also made it clear that by using Huff in the fourth quarter he was in no way yielding to the fans who kept shouting "Huff, Huff, Huff" although the Bears were cruising to an easy victory under regular quarterback Bobby Douglass. "Huff was going to play in the fourth quarter no matter what," said Gibron. "He knew it and all the players knew it." Gibron then thanked the press and said, "I've blamed you guys for some of our losses, now I have to give you credit. Some of the players didn't like the things they read and heard and I couldn't hold 'em back before the game." The Bears started their assault early in the first quarter when Dick Butkus landed on Dan Pastorini's fumble in the end zone for the first touchdown. The Oilers complained the Bears were offside but the officials deliberated for a moment and then called it a touchdown. Houston tight end Mack Alston, who had several run-ins with Butkus, accused the Bear middle linebacker of intimidating the officials. "He (Butkus) grabbed the ball and started yelling touchdown, touchdown," Alston said. "The officials looked at each other, shrugged their shoulders and called it a touchdown. "We had a long call intentionally to draw them off and Mel Tom and Wally Chambers were both offsides on the play," said Alston. Butkus called Alston's charge "an excuse for losing. We lost our last Upsets Claim Cowboys, Skins; Vikings Rolling Along Unbeaten By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Minnesota Vikings won the Battle of Bloomington as they win most of their battles- in the trenches. The Viking foot soldiers broke through the enemy's lines and totally disrupted their game plan en route to a tense 10-9 National Football League victory over the Los Angeles Rams Sunday. "I tried everything, but they just out-executed us all day," said Los An- i- > V DETROIT LIONS' ALTIE TAYLOR (42), following guard Bob Kowalkowski (66), became an all too familiar sight to the Green Bay Packers in Sunday's NFL game in Detroit. Taylor rambled for 160 yards in 23 carries to lead the Lions to a 34-0 victory. - AP Photofax. Loss Of Perrault Takes Luster Off Sabre Victory By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Mike Robilaille sat in the subdued Buffalo Sabres locker room. His club had just recorded a 5-2 triumph over the New York Islanders to move within one point of the first-place Boston Bruins in the National Hockey League's East Division. But the young defenseman wasn't joking or laughing on this auspicious occasion. "I really don't know what happened," he said, a serious look on his face. "Spencer bumped me, my skates went up in the air, and I came down on Gil." "Spencer" is Brian Spencer, the New York left wing whose check caused the collision. "Gil" is Buffalo center Gilles Perreault, who minutes after the check was carried on a stretcher from the Memorial Audito- Highland Harriers Take 14th Place In State Meet ELGIN - The Highland Community College harriers finished 14th in the Region IV state cross country meet Saturday here. Lincoln Land, the defending champions, won the meet in which IK schools participated. Rick Kinnison, Highland's loading runner all year, finished (itllh in the meet with a time of 23:311 over the 4.1 mile course. Also for Highland, Sum Phelps finished Hist, Jim Frldag, H2ml, Dan Swearongen, 113rd, Mick Meinorl, 98th, and Chris Heeler, 102nd, The Cougars finished their season with u (1-7 record. They took fourth place in the Arrowllead Conference. rium ice, his left leg broken. "Gil grabbed my hand," Robitaille recalled, "and said, 'My ankle's broken.'" The 22-year-old Perreault, Buffalo's leading scorer, will be sidelined from six weeks to two months. Elsewhere in the NHL Sunday, the Toronto Maple Leafs and Chicago Black Hawks played to a 1-1 tie; the Minnesota North Stars and Boston Bruins tied 3-3; the Pittsburgh Penguins bombed the New York Rangers 7-2, and the Philadelphia Flyers trimmed the California Golden Seals 21. Perreault and Gerry Meehan had given Buffalo a 2-1 lead midway through the first period, scoring 14 seconds apart while the Islanders had two men in the penalty box. Lome Henning had given the battling Islanders a 1-0 lead with a goal at 3:01. Toronto's Mike Pelyk scored at 4:13 of the final period to give the Maple Leafs a 1-1 tie with Chicago's Black Hawks. The Hawks were protecting a 10 point lead given thorn by Dennis Hull's fourth goal of the season. The North Star record is safe-at loast until they next moot the Bruins at Boston Garden. Their 3-3 tie with Boston extended to 17 the number of times the Stars have played the Bruins in Boston-without winning. That's seven years' worth of hockey games. The Penguins scored five times in the opening period, driving New York goalie Gilles Villemure to the bench and leading to a 7-2 Pittsburgh triumph over the Rangers. Philadelphia strafed California goalie Miirv Kdwiinls with 47 shots, but only Orest Kindrachuk and Bill Clement managed goals in the Flyers' 2-1 victory over the Golden Seals. geles quarterback John Hadl. "No doubt about it, that's the best defensive team we've played all year. It was just a battle all day long-we never got the momentum." One of the pesty Viking raiders was middle linebacker Jeff Siemon, who helped turn the war of unbeatens in the Vikings' favor. In the fourth quarter when the Rams attempted a counterattack, Siemon blitzed through the Rams' line twice to harass Hadl and then socked the Los Angeles ace for a 15-yard loss. "I was right in Hadl's face," said Siemon. "We knew if he ever set up to try to throw the long one, we eventually would sack him." The Vikings thus improved their record to 7-0, the only unblemished record in pro football, and also improved their lead in the National Conference's Central Division. The Vikings moved to a four-game lead over the,,Green Bay Packers (2-3-2), who dropped a 34-0 decision to the Detroit Lions. The Rams (6-1) lost a game off their National Conference Western Division lead to the Atlanta Falcons, who trimmed the San Francisco 49ers 17-3. •Two upsets punctuated the NFL's bloody Sunday as the New Orleans Saints turned back the Washington Redskins 19-3 and the Philadelphia Eagles hammered the Dallas Cowboys 30-16. Washington maintained a one- game lead in the National Conference's Eastern Division. Elsewhere, the East-leading Miami Dolphins tripped the New England Patriots 30-14, the Central-leading Pittsburgh Steelers stopped the Cincinnati Bengals 20-13 and the Oakland Raiders, leaders in the West, trimmed the Baltimore Colts 34-21. In other games, the San Diego Chargers and Cleveland Browns played to a 16-16 tie; the Denver Broncos slugged the New York Jets 40-28; the St. Louis Cardinals beat the New York Giants 35-27 and the Chicago Bears routed the Houston Oilers 35-14. The Kansas City Chiefs meet the Bills in Buffalo for the weekly Monday night game. The Ram-Viking affair, played before a full house in Bloomington, Minn., gave the fans their money's worth from the beginning. Fred Cox kicked a 15-yard field goal and Fran Tarkenton clicked on a nine- yard scoring strike to Chuck Foreman to give the Vikings a 10-0 lead and then their brutish defense made it stand up. The sturdy Viking defense held the Rams to David Ray field goals of 30, 35 and 47 yards and that was it. "We did play super," said an immodest Carl Eller. "We played as well as three games and you wouldn't call that intimidating the officials." At the close of the third period, Butkus intercepted a pass and the Bears turned the ball over to Huff with a 28-7 lead and the youngster from Florida State directed a 59-yard drive which ended with his throwing a short touchdown pass to Earl Thomas. "I wasn't nervous at all," said Huff. "We had the game under control. I knew when I was going in and as the time got closer I began thinking of playing ball control." Huff completed three passes for 43 yards after Douglass had hit on 10 of 21 for 125 yards, including a five-yard touchdown toss to George Farmer. The highlight of the game came on the second half kickoff which little Ike Hill gathered in and sped 95 yards for a touchdown. we have ever played ... everyone contributed. If one man falls down, it makes a difference. To a man, we played super." Saints 19, Redskins 3 New Orleans stunned Washington 193 with the help of a newcomer. Bill McClard kicked four field goals to provide the upset. 'We tried to get ready but when your opponent loses 40-0, it's hard to do," said Washington Coach George Allen, referring to the Saints' 40-0 loss last week to San Francisco. "We were just fortunate that Dallas lost." Eagles 30, Cowboys-16 Roman Gabriel fired two touchdown passes and scored another on a quarterback sneak to lead Philadelphia past Dallas 30-16. "This is an amazing team, a team of nobodys," said Gabriel, referring to an Eagles' club studded with rookies and castoffs. ".This is the best win I've ever been associated with." Lions 34, Packers 0 Altie Taylor had his best rushing day with 160 yards. The shutout was Detroit's first this season. Falcons 17, 49ers 3 Bob Lee hooked up with Ken Burrow for 164 yards and two TDs in Atlanta's 17-3 win. The Falcons (4-3) won their third straight game since Lee became quarterback. Dolphins 30, Patriots 14 Stung by two New England TDs in the first period, Miami rallied with the help of three field goals by Garo Yepr- emian for a 30-14 victory over the Patriots. Steelers 20, Bengals 13 Reserve quarterback Terry Hanratty, thrown into the breech when starter Terry Bradshaw suffered a shoulder separation, joined with a tough Pittsburgh defense to help the Steelers edge Cincinnati 20-13. Raiders 34, Colts 21 Ken Stabler completed 25 of 29 passes to set an NFL record as Oakland bombed Baltimore 34-21. Stabler's completion percentage of .862 wiped out the record of .857 established by Sammy Baugh of the Washington Redskins in 1945. Baugh connected on 18 of 21 passes. Chargers 16, Browns 16 Ray Wersching's 16-yard field goal with 30 seconds remaining gave San Diego a 16-16 tie with Cleveland. Broncos 40, Jets 28 Charley Johnson threw two touchdown passes, then Steve Ramsey came off the bench to uncork a 76-yard scoring bomb, as Denver beat the New York Jets 40-28. Cardinals 35, Giants 27 Jim Hart fired.four TD passes, including three to Mel Gray, to lead St. Louis past the New York Giants 35-27. FREEPORT JOURNAL-STANDARD ^tglg ;•.,..:,.... : W." ' . ,,./......,-. : ;^.-.:i£:^;.;.^;&;. ' Freeport (III.) Journal-Standard, Monday, October 29, 1973 Page 13 Our Monday Morning Quarterback Hails ND You almost have to have grown up Irish and relatively broke on Chicago's South Side to really savor Notre Dame's 23-14 victory over defending National Champ Southern Cal Saturday afternoon. It was cause for vicarious celebration among those of us who will never get any closer to the fabled Golden Dome than the Indiana Toll Road. For those of us who sweated out the lean years that characterized the tail end of the Terry Brennan regime, and the even leaner years of the Joe Kuharich era, it furnished proof of a belief we've had faith in but were never really certain of - that under Ara Parseghian, Notre Dame is back in its rightful place among the leaders in college football. The reasons for our faith were abundant enough - Ara's flashy 79-15-4 record for 10 seasons at Notre Dame, the Irish's 1966 national championship and the 1971 Cotton Bowl victory over then defending national titlist Texas. But we have also had occasion to doubt Notre Dame's legitimacy as a national power, beginning with 1964, Parseghian's first season, when the Irish squandered a 14-0 lead to Southern Cal and dropped a 20-17 decision and also the national championship. That was followed by the infamous "go for a tie" affair against Michigan State in 1966 and last season's Orange Bowl humiliation at the hands of Nebraska. It is these past shortcomings, together with ND's less than imposing schedule, which its enemies trot out before us when the Irish are mentioned as national championship contenders, and in the past we've always had to admit that their claims of "Ara can't win the big one" were not unfounded. Until Saturday. Tradition is alive and well at the school that invented it, and the conquest of Southern Cal, unexpected in most quarters, was a page out of "one for the Gipper" lore. So was the way in which the Irish went about doing it. That couldn't have been old play-for-a-tie Ara ordering his club to go for the first down - not once but three times - on fourth down and short yardage situations. And what Pretz Harriers 1 5th At Sectional The Freeport Pretzel Harriers concluded their season with a 15th place finish at the sectional cross country meet at Dixon Saturday afternoon. Freeport had a team total of 422 points for the meet, in which the three top teams and seven top individuals qualified for the state meet. Rockford Guilford, with an 82-point Illinois Benedictine Beats Illinois College At Jacksonville 9-0 JACKSONVILLE - The Illinois Benedictine Eagles defeated Illinois College here Saturday afternoon !)-() for their fifth victory in seven starts. The Eagles scored first on a 42-yard field goal by Freeport's Dave Krogull in the first period, but Krogull missed an attempt for a point after touchdown in the next quarter after Illinois Benedictine scored the game's only six- pointer. The Eagles play at River Forest Saturday witli Concordia furnishing the opposition. happened to that ponderous, clumsy defense which first Anthony Davis and then Johnny Rodgers had literally torn apart a year ago? It has evolved into a tough, determined band of scrappers who forced Mr. Davis and his buddies into four turnovers. Suitably impressed, the Notre Dame offense was moved to capitalize on three of them. One game does not a season make, and the Irish have a ways to go yet before they can start entertaining any notions of a national championship. And that's only fair, because unless Notre Dame meets a reputable foe in a bowl game (as it almost certainly will) and disposes of it, Ara's boys' claim to national superiority will be a hollow one; their path to glory strewn with the remains of Army,\ Rice, Northwestern and other outmanned opponents. But for the present, at least, there's nothing wrong with being Irish and a Notre Dame fan. As far as Sunday's football activity is concerned, it was just a matter of time before Green Bay's diet of one touchdown and perhaps one field goal a week would prove inadequate. However, no one expected the Packers to refrain from offensive sustenance all together. Oakland's Ken Stabler (25 of 29, 300- plus yards and three touchdowns) had the kind of passing day we wrote an obituary for Saturday, and as the Snake's skills continue to flower, Daryle Lamonica become more and more a forgotten man. Hence trade bait. Are you listening, Dan Devine? The Bears finally found someone they can beat up on, and a good time was had by all as Dick Butkus scored a touchdown and got in a fight and Abe took the plastic wrapping off Gary Huff. Philadelphia and New Orleans (?) furnished yet another example of the truth of Pete Rozelle's "On a given Sunday . . ." dictum, while up in the frozen Northland the Minnesota Vikings proved the accuracy of a favorite saying of a guy named Lombardi - offense gets headlines, but defense wins football games. Does it ever. Pro Football Standings By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS total, took first place, followed by Woodstock (100 points) and Princeton (136). The seven individual qualifiers were led by Stillman Valley's Craig Young, who took first place in the meet in a course record time of 14:47. Dan Gilchrist of Rockford East, Dick Craft of Sterling Newman, Rock Falls' George Marquez, Ottawa's John Anderson, John Harms of Stroator and Pat Fortney of Sterling completed the field of unattached qualifiers, all of whom earned a trip to Saturday's state meet in Peoria. For Freeport, Jimmy Collins was the top finisher, covering the 2.97-milu course in 16:19 to place (51st. He was followed by George Yar/ak (83rd), Jim Morgridge (84th), Tim Scanlan (94th), Ed Corran (100th), Mike Infold (101st) and Bob Bocke (105th), Team results were: Rockford Guilford (82); Woodstock (100); Princeton (136); DoKalb (153); Sterling (161); Ottawa (163); Roc-kford East (170); Stre.ilor (17. r )); L;i Salle-Peru (1!)(»); Dixon (222); Mount Morris (224); Rock Falls (307); Belvidere (323); Memlota (343); Freeport (422). American Eastern Miami Buff. N.Y. N. Bait. Pitts. Cleve Cine. Hous. Oak. K.C. Jets Eng. Central Western Denver S. Diego Conference Division W.L.T. Pet. Pts. OP 610 .857 177 80 4 2 0 .667 111 120 250 .286 102 146 2 5 0 .286 101 150 2 5 0 .286 117 184 Division 6 1 0 .857 184 90 4 2 1 .643 126 113 430 .571 110 101 070 .000 104 250 Division 4 2 1 .643 132 118 3 2 1 .583 71 71 3 3 1 .500 201 166 1 5 1 .214 101 187 National Conference Eastern Wash. Dallas S. Louis Phila. N.Y. Giant Central Minn. Gr. Bay Detroit Chicago Western L.A. Atlanta San Fr. New. Orl. Division W. L.T. Pet. Pts. OP 520 .714 162 83 430 .571 204 139 3 4 0 .429 160 197 2 4 1 .357 157 180 1 5 1 .214 139 166 Division 700 1.000 135 84 232 .429 72 113 2 4 1 .357 137 115 2 5 0 .286 130 150 Division 6 1 0 .857 195 107 430 .571 181 91 340 .429 138 138 340 .429 80 188 Sunday's Games San Diego 16, Cleveland 16, tie Denver 40, New York Jets 28 Philadelphia 30, Dallas 16 Miami 30, New England 14 Detroit 34, Green Bay 0 Minnesota 10, Los Angeles !) St. Louis 35, New York Giants 27 New Orleans 19, Washington 3 Chicago 35, Houston 14 Oakland 34, Baltimore 21 Pittsburgh 20, Cincinnati 13 Atlanta 17, San Francisco 3 Monday's Game Kansas City at Buffalo, Sunday, Nov. 4 Buffalo at New Orleans Chicago at Green Bay Cincinnati at Dallas Cleveland at Minnesota, Denver at St. Louis Houston at Baltimore Kansas City at San Diego Los Angeles at Atlanta New England at Philadelphia New York Giants at Oakland Miami a£ New York Jets San Francisco at Detroit Monday, Nov. 5 Washington at Pittsburgh

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