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Newsday (Nassau Edition) from Hempstead, New York • Page 28

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Some Good But Giants Some Bad Like Result Jets Outclass Patriots Without Love of Dixie By George Usher Newsday Staff Correspondent Birmingham The Jets wcjre in the process of heating the Boston Patriots 47-31 at Legion Field here yesterday when a group of young men tinfnrled a banner It said: Loves the Patriots" and it was a lie Onlv 29192 of the 68821 seats at Legion Field were occupied and at least 29000 of the occupants came to see Jet quarterback Joe Namath who played for the University of Alabama under Paul (Bear) Bryant No 1 citizen Boston was the home team because they were displaced at Fenway Pirk by the Red Sox They chose Birmingham because they expected to fill those seats and make a lot of money and help the American Football League discover if Birmingham which calls itself Football Capital of the Nation rated a franchise Banners in the city of 775000 greeted the AFL teams and pleaded with the people for support A man on television begged people to attend the game to show the AFL that Birmingham could support a team The city fathers even went so far as to hire cheerleaders for Boston because they want the home team to feel neglected The home team and the visitors felt neglected just the' same people seemed said Jet center John Schmitt think it carried over to the field and made the play sloppy" Except for loud cheers for Namath and Jet defensive back Paul Crane also an All-America at Alabama the only real excitement came when the youngsters in the stands ran off with footballs kicked there They grabbed off at least a dozen and Boston had to borrow five from New York The only other displays of enthusiasm came when the band played and when the young men unfurled that banner with the words "Birmingham Loves the It was greeted with boos The Patriots were hopelessly outclassed but the boo-birds get the message until after the Jets pulled something called the punt The score was 20-17 New York Namath made it that close when he accidentally threw to Patriot tackle Mel Witt on the four for a touchdown right after Mike Taliaferro hit on a 70-yard TD pass to Aaron Marsh Boston was making a game of it and Pat punter Bob Scarpitto dropped back to kick Guard Dave Herman smashed the blocker Crane smashed Scarpitto and Mark Smolinski picked up the ball on the three and trotted in for the score foci you can last longer in the pros as a defensive back You get beat up as much 1 wanted to stick with the defense tor tenure He slumped clearly exhausted in the dressing room after game 1 was nervous" he said felt like a kid out there It was really my first pro The 51-yard pass play which helped turn the tide was on a suggestion of his last time had tire ball 1 noticed they went into a four-man line (they had been using five and even six) the first man out on that pass pattern but not the primaiy receiver Joe Morrison is the primary receiver But I was open and I had a linebacker (Arnnas Vasys) on Tarkenton said kid (Duhon) has type of foci He was a quarterback you know (like Morrison) He feels things He reads the defense as he runs his pattern and he makes the adjustment as he goes like Paul Ilomung did with Ciccn Bay He can hit the open Tarkcnton never threw to Jones but he liad an explanation were rolling on him the wliole secondary a tribute to Homer a truly great -receiver and no one wants to get the hall to him as touch as I do but hell He added teams are going to do that to Homer just find a Morrison or someone else Urey have to be Coach Allie Sherman lauded Duhon was a terrific performance by a rookie his catches his important plays I planned to keep him in so long out it started to look like punting would be important and I wanted to rest (Ernie) Kov Besides Tncker (Frcdeiickson) was going real well in Block Party for Sam Philadelphia The point after touchdown is no longer automatic against the Giants Spider Lockhart blocked one in New victory at Pittsburgh last week Yesterday three Ciants Bob Lurtsema Jim Katcavage and Broce each blocked one of Eagle Sam point-after tries Giant coach Allie Sherman says no accident He said spend more time working on that play than at any time since been with this club We align gaps take certain charges -1 use different combinations of men coming in The men on that unit take a great great dal of In the adjoining dressing room the sulky Baker snapped just know anything about anything All I was doing was concentrating on 1 kicking I think the last rime I had one blocked was two yean Clemente practiced that play at Michigan Herman said hit the fullback and carry him straight Coach Weeb Ewbank said beat the ball back We rushed seven Assistant coach Walt Michaels said: had that one planned for Crane who think it was so spectacular said: call that the punt (Larry) Crantham and I fake going inside and go around 1 Ierman absorbed the block and that was It was also the turning point Scarpitto hurried a punt on the next series and the Jets had the measly 14-yardcr on the Bostoir 31 Two plays later Namath who completed 13 of 52 passes for 196 yards and two touchdowns hit tight end Pete Lammons for a 34-17 lead Tire crowd was definitely pro-jets but it never did get with the action on the field The game was sloppy and one-sided and maybe tliat accounted for the crowd reaction The Jets care 2-0 now and lead the Eastern Division a game and a half over second-place Boston And there were fiiw individual performances Kicker Jim Turner booted four straight field goals one 48 yards for a club record He also kicked five extra points for a final total of 17 He now has six straight field goals since a miss early against Kansas City last week fie carried home tire game ball last night Halfback Emerson Boozr carried eight times for 52 yards split end George Sauer caught five passes for 76 yards and Lammons four for 65 Curley Johnson punted five times for a 530 average his longest a 65-yard beauty The Jets had no penalties and they intercepted Taliaferro four times Corncrback Randy Beverly returned one 68 yards for a touchdown safetyman Jim Hudson pulled in two and Earl Christy filling in for Johnny Simple at corncrback late in tire game intercepted his first as a pro Taliaferro mixed his calls well and he completed 17 of 30 passes for 276 yards and one touchdown Tire interceptions hurt but he was pelted four times with the ball and he failed to engineer a running game The Pats had only 55 yards rushing and their big gun Jim Nance was held to 2 5 on 14 carries Defensive end Verlon Biggs got to Taliaferro four times and John Elliott twice part of the Taliaferro said hit nre hard though like a Volkswagen I have no hard feelings for them no didn't do anything said defensive end Gerry Philbin have John Elliott Paul Rochester and Verlon Biggs at their best weight the difference There are a couple quarterbacks around like to get more than Mike but we let Mike beat us never hear the end of it happy for him though- He took a beating His nose was moody and' he got hit hard but he passed Philbin convince Taliaferro of that The 29192 fans care less By Dick Clemente Newsday Staff Correspondent Philadelphia No the Giants aren't the sharpest team in the National Football League but at least not the dullest Yesterday before a sellout crowd of 60858 at Funklin Field they showed their many faces for the second straight week in scratching their way to a 34-25 victory over the eight-point underdog Philadelphia Eagles And they did it in much the fashion in which they had trimmed the Steclcrs in Pittsburgh a week ago 34-20 Thev looked like a million dollars one minute and two cents tlie next Bob Lurtsema Jim Katcavace and Bruce Anderson eich blocked one of Sam extra-point kicks making it four such plays in two games Carl (Spider) Lockhart stopped one Phillv drive with an interception then went 72 yards for a touchdown with another Fran Tarkcnton was 14-for-20 passing at his scrambling best Skill it took a surprisingly outstanding performance bv rookie halfback Bobby Duhon to keep shaking the Giants awake And the Giants were caught sleeping a few rimes' They were patting themselves on the backsides at taking the opening kickoff and marching 78 yards for a toudi-down when Alvin Haymond gathered in Pete ensuing kickoff and scampered 98 yards to score They were grinning when Mel Tom batted a Tarkcnton pass and stood there as Flovd Peters plucked it out of the air to set up tire lead touchdown late in the first period On the first play from scrimmage in the second half Tom Woodcshick cn route to a 129-yard djy on 15 rushes broke off tire right side shook off three surprised tacklers and went 54 yards to put the Eagle ahead 19-17 And the Giants had a comfortable 34-19 lead and 5:30 left in the game when King Hill and Ben I lawkins teamed on a 92-yard TD pass But this is tire way the Giants have been plaving since their opening exhibition upset of Green Bay They have been good and they have been bad awake anil asleep They have gotten away with it against two weak teams They got away with it in Pittsburgh because of Ron kickoff returns they got away with it yesterday inainlv because of Duhon Tire rookie from Tulane was used sparingly against Pittsburgh Yesterday he got into the came because Randy Minnicar fractured a cheekbone early in the first period What Duhon did when his chance came was cany 10 times for 38 yards catch three passes for 68 yards one of them a 51-yarder that set up 12-yard scoring flip to Joe Morrison late in the third period That one made it 27-19 and proved to be New York's winning score He also completed a left-handed pass to Homer Jones for 15 yards only reception of the but it was nullified by a penalty Duhon after playing quarterback at Tulane came to camp primarily as a defensive back But he was switched to offense late in the training season He caught on quickly even though he like the switch lie said UPI Tciephof ALL IN FAVOR Four officials are in upraised-arms agreement that Rams' Dick Bass kneeling scored on 10-yard slant through Pittsburgh defense at Los Angeles yesterday Rams routed Stealers 45-10 and Bass ran his nine-year ground-gaining total past 5000-yard mark Old Mates Batter the Babe Pliilpott picked up the loose ball and ran it in for a score Parilli was nabbed pulling away from the center completed a pass for minus seven yards and was intercepted 'by Pliilpott to set up another Boston score It was humiliating was a bad assistant coach Clive Rush said was in there without most of the first string a great person a veteran but got the pride of a rookie help this club" beating was mental Four Jets took a physical beating and might miss the Buffalo game Sunday Center John Schmitt was hit in the back of the neck and is tire only sure starter against the 'Bills Rookies Karl Henke (leg) Mike Stromberg (knee) and veteran running back Billy Mathis (leg) are doubtful Biimingham Ala The Jcls made Babe Parilli suffer yesterday against his old the Boston Patriots never been caught pulling away from tire center in 1 5 Parilli said I get in 1 want to do' something I like to be in that situation not only against my old team The situation was this: Jets are leading tire Patriots 44-17 about 14 minutes left to play Parilli the 38-year-old quarterback New York obtained from Boston for Mike Taliaferro goes in for No 1 Joe Namath lie has mostly second-stringers for support It was murder The Pats with middle linebacker Nick Buoniconti acting like a bull who just saw red began to terrorize Parilli The old pro hurried a swing pass to fullback Billy Joe which turned out to be a lateral Patriot Ed OTl Tricphot JET RUMBLE New York Jot defenders Lorry Grantham and Mika Stromberg roll Jim Naneo Boston's bruising fullback to earth yesterday after short gain in first period Jets won game in Birmingham Ala 47-31 GIANT TUMBLE Gienfs1 rookie back Randy Eagles at Philadelphia yesterday Giants wen AP Wtrcvhot Minnieer dives for first-quarter score against 34 25 bat Minneer fractured cheekbone

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