The Daily Republic from Mitchell, South Dakota on December 29, 1969 · Page 10
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W Kitchen BUI? Monday. Pet. 29,1969 Kapp Leads Vikings Past Rams For Western Title By MIKE RATHET M1NNEAPOL1S-ST. PAUL (AP) — Joe Kapp, Minnesota's mighty Mexican, drives a 1939 black LaSalle sedan-and noth- Ing may be more fitting. For Joe Kapp is a throwback to another era, an anti-hero in this day when only charisma seems to command national attention. Joe Kapp doesn't have that. He doesn't have shaggy hair like Joe Namath. He doesn't have a name that rings like Roman Gabriel. And he doesn't have the talent of either. But Joe Kapp, 31, of Mexican-German descent, scarred from a barroom brawl, an import from Canada, has lived life with enough depth to develop a mental attitude which rejects defeat. That doesn't command the national attention. It does, however, provide leadership. And Kapp's leadership was the catalyst for the Vikings' come-from-behind 23-20 victory over the Los Angeles Rams Saturday that sent them into the National Football League championship game next Sunday against the Cleveland Browns. Kapp's leadership asserted itself in the fourth quarter after his own mistakes had enabled the Rams to build what seemed to be a commanding 20-14 lead in a game controlled on a frigid 21-degree day by the opposing defensive forces. Los Angeles had taken a 17-7 halftime lead behind Gabriel, but Kapp's 41-yard pass to John Henderson was the key in a third quarter touchdown drive capped by Dave O^born's one- yard smash that made it 17-14. Then, later in the quarter, Kapp drove the Vikings toward the goal line again only to have Ed Meador intercept a pass on the four-yard line. On the en. suing series, Kapp again was intercepted, by Rich Petitbon on the Vikings' 36 and Bruce Gossett's field goal made it 20-14 in the fourth quarter. But, remember, Kapp doesn't know defeat. "He stood on said "linebacker that sideline," Wally Hilgenberg, "And he was yelling at the defense—'get me that seed, get »e that seed.'" That seed is the football with which Kapp can't throw a perfect spiral. But then Joe Kapp, according to the people who are supposed to know, can't do a lot of things with the football—except win. When the Vikings got that seed back, Kapp was ready. Three imperfect spirals for 40 yards helped bring the ball to the Los Angeles 19. Then, following a three-yard gain by Osborn, Kapp took matters into his own feet. He proceeded to scramble for 12 yards . and, one play later bootlegged around left end for the final two yards and a touch down. Fred Cox added the extra point and the Vikings led for the first time 21-20 with 8V4 minutes left in the battle for the Western Conference title. The fired-up defensive unl Browns Trounce Cowboys 38-14; Will Meet Vikings For NFL Crown By .TACK HAND Vssoclated Press Sports Writer DALLAS, Tex. (AP) - "Ruber band defense, huh?" The Cleveland Browns shout- d the phrase in derision Sun- ay as they trudged up the amp in the Cotton Bowl after humping the Dallas Cowboys, 8-14, to win the Eastern Confer- nce title in the National Foot- all League. Tom Landry, the Cowboy oach, Mended to compliment ie Browns when he said, after 42-10 defeat in November, the .rowns defense is "like a rub- er band that stretches but does ot break." The Browns jumped on the 'rubber band" phrase as a bat- le cry for their rematch with he favored Cowboys. In big vhite letters on the blackboard „ the Browns' locker room, it was printed for all to read: "Rubber band? How about teel bands?" The steel bands held the Dalas club to 39 yards in the first half as Cleveland rolled up a 7-0 j lead while Bill Nelsen picked apart the vaunted Cow- ioy defense. At the end of a dreary, rainy fternoon some of the 69,321 Dallas fans were booing Craig Worton, their regular quarter- jack, and cheering Roger Stau- )ach, his replacement, in a me-sided game that deteriorat- id into a duel between Staubach and Jerry Rhome, an ex-Cow- joy who backs up Nelsen at leveland. If the Browns were concerned about their NFL title rematch Sunday with the Minnesota Vik- ngs who annihilated them Nov. 9, 51-3, they didn't show it. Most of them had watched on television as the Vikings beat the Los Angeles Rams Saturday 23-20 in snow-bound Minnesota. The winner of their game Sunday in Minnesota will go on to the Su- added up to five touchdowns and a field goal and 38 points. Morton scored on a two-yard keeper for Dallas' first touchdown when they trailed 24-0 in the third period. Staubach, who took over with about eight minutes to go, threw a five-yard pass to Lance Rentzel for the other score. The Cowboys, trying to cover up a hole at right cornerback, alternated rookie Otto Brown and free safety Mel Renfro at the position, depending how Warfield lined up. It didn't work because Warfield caught eight passes for 99 yards. In the final analysis it came right down to the quarterback. Nelsen had it and Morton didn't? Nelsen completed 18 of 27 and was dumped only once behind the great protection of the Browns' offensive line. Morton hit with eight of 24, was intercepted twice and smeared three times. From the moment Don Cockroft's punt hit Rayfield Wright of the Cowboys and was recovered by Cleveland's Bob Mate son after the first series of plays, it was a Cleveland day. game said speech in in a pre the locker room, "We've worked hard to get here. We have a great game plan. Don't let adversity snake you." Sioux Fall To -^ Duluth Bulldogs By THE ASSOClAffift PRESS The Mtonesota-Dulubh Bulldogs waited almost a month to return to action alter iostag in the finals 6f its own hockey tournament Nov. 27-28. But the wait proved worthwhile as the Bulldogs swept the tforth Dakota Sioux 5-2 and 5-4 Friday and Saturday nights in the Duluth Arena. The double victory moved the Bulldogs into a second place tie with Minnesota in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association standings. Ater beating the Sioux with relative ease Friday night, the Bulldogs had to pull out the Saturday night game with 44 seconds left to play. Freshman Walt Ledingham slapped in a goal, his second of the game, to break a 4-4 tie and insure the Bulldogs victory. In the only other weekend game, Denver swept nonconfer- ence opponent Boston College 6-2 and 7-6. Eight teams will be Involved in conference games next week* end. Wisconsin plays at Michigan State, Michigan at North Dakota, Colorado College at Minnesota and Denver at Duluth. Michigan State starts play tonight in Boston Arena Invitational, North Dakota entertains the U.S. Nationals Tuesday College Basketball* Kentucky Nips Notre Dome 102-100 By ttfiRSCHEL MSStNSON Associated Press Spwts Writer Today should be anything but Blue Monday for the nation's college basketball set. No less than l? of the Toe Twenty teams in The Associated Press poll, including the first six, will be in action from coast to coast after <a weekend in which 11 ranked teams hit the lardwood and nine cam* through unscathed. Top-rated Kentucky, ?-0 after squeaking by llth-ranked Notre Dame 102-100 Saturday night, entertains Miami of Ohio. The Wildcats shaded the Irish on Dan Issel's layup with 40 seconds—Issel scored 35 points and Mike Pratt 42—<and were saved fro movertime when ND's Austin Oarr missed a jump shot at the buzzer. Unbeaten runner-up UCLA made it six in a row by walloping Georgia Tech 121-90 behind Henry Bibby's 25 points and Sid Wicks' 22. The UCLANs face Princeton, an 82-76 winner over Indiana, in the finals of their own Bruin Classic. The 3-4-5 teams—South Carolina, North Carolina and Ohio U. —were idle Saturday, but start night. Wisconsin defeated Michigan 5-3 in the opening round of the St. Louis College Hockey Tour- nament at St. Louis, Mo. Goals 20 seconds apart by Bert Behate and Al Folk gave the Badgers the victory. tournament play today, tfhe Gamecocks lace New Mexico in the Sugar Bowl Classic at New Orleans, the Tar Heels go against Harvard in the Carolina Classic at Greensboro, N.C., and the Bobcats meet Texas in the Hurricane Classic at Miami, Fla. Sixth-ranked Tennessee, which trounced St. Francis, Pa. 82-59, opposes Niagara in the semifinals of the All-College Tournament at (Jkiahom>a City; Davidson, No. 9, plays Holy Cross in the Charlotte, N.C., invitational and Washington, No. 10, faces Oregon State in the serais of the Far West Classic at Portland, Ore. The Huskies won their opener from 12th-ranked Southern California on Friday 90-86. Elsewhere, Notre Dame tackles West Virginia in the Sugar Bowl event; Southern Oat meets Temple in the Far West losers bracket with 15th-ranked Illinois playing Michigan State in the other half. The previously unbeaten Illini lost to Washington State 59-58. Louisville, No. 14, is at home against Southern Methodist and leth-rated Kansas, a €8-64 overtime loser to Oklahoma, faces Oklahoma State in the Big Eight losers round. In the only game matching members of the Top Twenty, No. 17 Penn tangles with No. 18 Purdue in the semifinals of th« ECAC Holiday Festival in New York while the other semi has 19th-ranked St. Bonaventure against St. Joseph's, Pa. Villanova, No. 20, is paired with unbeaten Columbia in the semis of the Quaker City Tournament in Philadelphia. Irt New York Saturday, Penn stopped Boston College 86-65, Purdue downed Manhattan 89-79 as Rick Mount returned to action with 30 points, St. Bonavert- ture's 6-foot-ll Bob Lanier poured in 33 in a 107-60 rout of NYU and St. Joseph's beat Cin« cinnati 109-92. At Philadelphia, it was Villa, nofa 89, Connecticut 71 ;Codum- bia 101, Wake Forest 78; La Salle 76, Georgia 66 and Cornell 68, Brigham Young 62. Seventh-ranked New Mexico State, 10-1, captured its own Roadrunner Invitational 93-78 over Creighton and Jacksonville, rated 13th, won the Evans* ville Invitational by defeating the host team 100-74. In other weekend action, Minnesota took the Motor City Classic with a 65-64 squeaker over. Detroit; Canisius beai St. Peter's, N.J. 91-84 for the Queen City crown; North Carolina State won the Lafayette Classic from Northwestern 98-75 and Marquette crushed Wisconsin 64-63 to gain the championship of the Milwaukee Classic. Tempo YEAR'S END SAVE NOW ON TOP 50 STEREO IP'S AND A HUGE SELECTION OF STEREO AND MONO LP'S BY ALL THE GREATS per Bowl Jan. 11 in New Or- eans against the American Football League champion. We got off bad last time against Minnesota," said Leroy Kelly, the game's top rusher with 66 yards on 19 carries. "We'll be all right next week. We believe the East is just as good as the West, and we want to make believers, just like the Jets and the Mets did." Last time the whole roof fell in," said Nelsen, the quarterback who made good on eight of 11 third-down situations and completed 18 of 27 for 219 yards and one touchdown with a slippery ball. "We've just got to go get them." The Browns' game for the rematch with Dallas—a team they have now beaten three straight times with big money on the line—called for quick slant passes to Paul Warfield and what assistant coach Nick Skorich called "our old bread and butter plays—the sweep, quick trap and power stuff." We ran at them on first down, trying to set up a second and four or five," said Skorich. "Then they'd still have to fear the rush on second down. Sometimes we'd throw on first down to counteract them playing the run." Bo Scott scored twice on two- yard runs. Kelly plunged home from the one. Nelsen hit tight end Milt Morin with a six-yard scoring pass and Walt Sumner, a rookie cornerback, went 88 yards with an interception. Don Cockroft kicked a 29-yard field goal, after missing two. That CAPITOL LP's TOP 50 BEST SELLERS! then took over. Carl Eller nailed Gabriel for a safety and Alan Page intercepted a pass to cu off the last threat and the Vi kings were pounding backs in deliriously happy dressing room. There Kapp circled the room in his usual post game ritual congratulating every member o the team in his role as leader throwing punches at their sto machs and yelling: "We are going to be the besl Two more. The best!" Kapp, of course, was refer ring to winning the NFL cham pionship and the Super Bowl. Vikings Put 6,000 Tickets On Sale MINNEAPOLIS - ST. PAUL (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings announced Sunday they will put ifensi've "guard" Donald" Abbott "of more than 6,000 tickets on sale^ew Mexico State is a bit up- Monday for Sunday's National j se t aDOU t those who claim to be Football League championship ! the oldest major college player, at Metropolitan Stadium. 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