Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois on January 2, 1971 · Page 14
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Alton Evening Telegraph from Alton, Illinois · Page 14

Alton, Illinois
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Saturday, January 2, 1971
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B-2 Alton Evening Telegraph Safnrrlny, -Tan. 2, 1971 49ers after big money in National showdown Brought;down in end : Tennessee quarterback Hobby Scott (10) is caught in his <>\vn end /one by a charging Air Force line. Scott fumbled and Air Force recovered for a touchdown, (ieorf-e Macliovina (8;{) made tbe initial tackle with assists from Willie Miiyficld ((>!) and Eugene Ogilvic (70). Despite the mishap ScoM was picked tbe most valuable player in tbe Sugar Bowl. (AI* Wirepboto). Bv DICK (OK II Associated Press Sports Writer CAN FHANCISCO (AP) — A high-stakes test of strength between explosive offenses and shock-proof defense unfolds Sunday with the San Francisco 49-ers making their first run for the big money against Dallas' often-frustrated Cowboys. The 49crs and Cowboys, playing in the football-frantic Bay area, go at each other at 5 p.m. KST for the National Football Conference Crown in a fight to the finish, with a siKklenclealh overtime if needed. At stake in the game is a winner's share of $8.50(1 per player—and a shot at the $15,000 winner's share in the Super Bowl opposite the victor of the American Football Conference title game between Oakland and Baltimore on the East Coast. The NFC! finale pits a potent San Francisco attack, led by venerable quarterback- John Brodie, against the conference's toughest defensive club down the stretch. Bay Area fans, aroused by Stanford's Hose Bowl upset of Ohio State Friday and the possibility of an Oakland-San Fr a n c i s c o Super Bowl showdown two weeks from Sunday at Miami, will jam 50.f>8f>-seat Kezar Stadium for the nationally-televised (CBS) duel. Hain fell Friday night on the old stadium, from which the 49ers will move to Candlestick Park next season, but Sunday's weather forecast was for mostly clear skies with temperatures in the 50s. As both teams tapered off today, following a week of intent preparations, the 49ers remained slight betting favorites to win the title that has eluded them for 25 years and repulse Dallas' fifth championship bid in as many seasons. Green Bay nipped the Cowboys for the National Football League title in 1966 and !3G7 and Cleveland handed them demoralizing setbacks in the 1968 and 19fi9 divisional playoffs. But they proved their mettle this season, winning five straight pressure games to qualify for the playoffs and then blanking Detroit 5-0 list Saturday to reach the c6n- ference final. That shutiiiut extended the Doomsday Defense's no-touchdown string to 21 consecutive quarters. Dick Nolan, who has brought the 49ers to the Sujlier Bowl threshhold in his third year as head coach, lip- preciates the Dallas defense more than most people. He served for six years as the Cowboys defensive maestro as an aide to his long-time friend. Tom Landry. The 49ers, whose 17-14 playoff victory over Minnesota last Sunday set up the Nolan-Landry confrontation, will count on the 35-year-old Brodie, top passer in the NFC, to surmount the Cowboys' defensive might. Brodie, San Francisco's signal caller for 14 seasons, completed 59 per cent of his passes in regular season play for almost 3,000 yards. Half of his 24 touchdown strikes went to Gene Washington, a slim, longball threat who snared 53 passes in all, averaging 20.8 yards per catch. Dallas quarterback Craig Morton can't match Brodie's figures and his passing has been hampered in recent weeks by a painfully bruised right elbow. But the Dallas running game, paced by rookie Duane Thomas, is the best in the NFL. AFL-NFL feud still lingering By MIKE RATHET Associated Press Spkirts Writer BALTIMORE (AP) - The Baltimore Colts, spurned by Royal is gracious loser DALLAS (UPI) -- Coach Darrcll Uoyal, whose Texas team had just had its 110 game winning streak snapped 24-11 by Notre Dame, said Friday that "defeats are good for ;'!iyone. occasionally I'eel miserable and I recommend it." Hoyal refused anything "excellent to Ea won NKW OKLKANS (IH'I) — Coach 'I'.ill Baltic said bis T c n n e s s c c football team defeated Air Force by gelling "the hot hand nut there early" and building a 2-1-7 first quarter lead in the Sugar Bowl Classic. While Bailie was meeling hvth newsmen in Tennessee':; dressing room after Hie N'-w Year's Day IM - 1.'! victory over Air Force. Defense Secretary Melvin 1 for 10 minutes defeated Falcons. "Tennessee jusl came Of Ihe chute too fast in first quarter," Laird said. "After thai the Air Force boys did an excellent job. With the exception of that first quarter, they did a fine job." gol the hot hand so the numerous turn- didn't really hurt us said 'ihe 29-year-old 'I thought our defense pretty well throughout orange. Loitered on Hie sign were the words: "I will give my all for Tennessee today," Battle said Tennessee knew it would have to pass a lot Rams hire coacii nut the "We early, overs much.' Battle, played the game. The offense looked good in spots, but the execution seemed to drop off after we built a bin lead." Tennessee's dressing room was a moiry bedlam, wiih happy plitvoi's :-|KHIIMII; and yellinr; school cheers. Over the door hunt; a plywood si);n cut in the shape of (lie Male Of Tennessee and painted . LOS AN'.IKLKS (AP) -The Los Angeles Hams today dipped into collegiate ranks for a new coach and chose Tommy Prolhro of UCLA, Prothro, i'itl, replaces (ioorge Allen at the holm of the club, which finished second in the Western Division of the National Football conference. Allen's five-year contract expired this year and was not renewed by owner Dan Hooves. Prolhro is the ninth coach hired by the Hams since they moved to Los Angeles from Cleveland in HMO. Prolhro piloted two Hose Bowl loams in successive years, lie led Oregon Slate to Pasadena in l!)(i!> and UCLA in I9lili, when the Bruins scored a I4-1IJ upse over lop-ranked Michigan Stale. Prothro is known as a coach willing to gamble and to al- leinpl unexpected tactics. that was "inspired and deserved to will." and pointed ii]) some of the reasons he thought contributed to the national champions' downfall. "Their end was boxing us urge Vols to win. But lie adilvd, "we did not expect to throw quite that much. And we never did j.;et our running game established." Air Force coach Bon Martin, mopping his face with a w hite towel, talked quietly. "We were beaien by a better football team on this particular day. Wo were prepared, but they were just thiit much belter." M a r t i n praised the Volunteer defense. "They are extremely well drilled." he said. "They were the most effective and the quickest defense we faced all year." The Tennessee deel'iino, said Martin, made Falcon quarterback Bob Parker "force the ball earlier than lie wanted to. Then, loo, when you are down like that, they know you have to pass." Martin said Tennessee's defenders "double and triple teamed" Air Force's All- America flanker Krnio .len- nings. Bui this opened up ti^ht end Paul liassa for Parker's passes. "They jusl had Jennings bottled up," Martin said. "lie's mil a selfish ball player and we weren't required to prove lie's an Ail-American. He came ol'l' and told us how he was covered, so we know someone else would be open." on the keep, forcing (Kddie) Phillips to run all the time," he said. "They were large enough physically inside that we couldn't got a crease for (Steve) Worster. "They are a big, tough football team. That's a lot of beef they throw a I you in the middle," he said of the Notre Dame middle line which outweighed Texas 20 pounds per man. Itoyal also came to the defense of Worster, who fumbled four times — three of the loose balls escaping to Noire Dame defenders. "The boy (Worster) hasn't worked out in two months,'' Hoyal said. "If practice doesn't make you bettor, there? would be n<, reason for practice." Hoyal also had praise for the Notre Dame defense. ' ' T h e y changed their (I e f e i! s i v o pattern (Notre Dame coach Ara Parseghian said it was a man - for man against the rush)," Hoyal said. "II wasn't the defense they've played for two years now. "Bui, that wasn't the main element. (Jive them their ability that made their defense stand up." Hoyal said he didn't see a turning point in the game. "I told our defense we had to shut them out in the second half to win (and they did). Wo had our opportunities. . they were there. Wo wore not beaten so bad that we did not 'have opportunities." Worst or said the Notre Dame defense "took away all my plays, it seemed like. Wo wore having success outside, but when we did they would give it to mo and I'd fumble." The Texas slrongboy, who has boon fighting injuries since the last three games of the regular season, said he didn't know why ho lost the ball so much. "They got their hands on the ball real well," he said, "And I was twisting through the line and getting hit." Bobby Wuonscli, Texas offensive tackle, called Notre Dame "groat," then added: "But offensively we didn't play good football. We didn't block them well. I I'eel personally that I was horrible. And, then we fumbled fumbled, fumbled drives, we k i c k o f I s , everything. "They said they were to whip us . .and they did. We tumbled on fumbled on we fumbled It! Longhorn on the loose Texas' Sieve Worster (80) breaks away I'roin (Jreg Marx (75) Notre Dunic tackle, as be rips oil Uiree yards in Ibe first i|iiarlcr of (he Cotton Howl name in Dallas. Coming in lo make (be stop is Jim Wright (10), Noire Dame middle liuebaeker. (AI' Wire- photo). OVVI ITS III IS licnlls of major college football bowls lor the 1970-71 season: Liberty bowl at Memphis, Tenn., Dec. 12: Tulane 17, Colorado ;i. Sun Howl at Kl I'aso, Tex., Dec. Ill: Ceorgia Tech 17, Texas Tech !). I 1 a s a (1 c n a Howl at I'asadena, Calif.. Dec. 19: Louisville 24, Long Beach Stale 24, lie. Tangerine Howl at Orlando. Fla., Dec. 2K: Toledo 40, William & Mary 12. Peace Bowl al Atlanta, Dec. DO: Ari/ona Stale 4K, North Carolina 2(i. Aslro-Bliieboiinel Bowl at Houston, Dec. .11: Alabama 24. Oklahoma 24, lie. Huskers tumble Nebraska defenders cbase a fumble by Louisiana State quarterback Buddy Lee (18) who was bit in tbe first period of the Orange Bowl. Nebraska scored its first touchdown two plays later. After the ball (57) John Adkins and (27) Joe Blaliak. (AP Wire- pboto). Big 10 teams prep for league openers their new American Football Conference colleagues throughout the season, meet the Oakland Raiders Sunday in a conference championship game that contains the lingering bitterness of the old AFL-NFL rivalry. Coach Don McCafferty of the Colts, whose team moved from the old NFL to join 10 former AFL teams in the American Conference this season, has quietly tried to squelch thoughts that the clash of former rivals contains the ingredients inherent in previous AFL-NFL combat. But John Madden, the young coach of the Raiders, has proudly waved the AFL banner and insisted: "This will be just like the American Football League against the National Football League." And center Bill Curry of the Colts all but agrees: "We came into a new league this season and nobody wanted to see us win the championship," Curry said. "And they still don't." McCafferty, meanwhile, has tried to tone down that aspect of a game—to be televised nationally by NBC at 2 p.m., EST— which will send the survivor into the Super Bowl, Jan. 17 against the winner of the national Conference title game between Dallas and San Francisco. "AFL ... NFL—it doesn't mean a thing," McCafferty said. "The only thing we'll Has Gordie lost some of his magic? be thinking about Sunday is beating another team-nothing else." The Raiders arrived in snow covered Baltimore Friday night and were scheduled for a final workout in Memorial Stadium this afternoon after the Colls finished their preparations in a morning drill. A 200-man work crew, aided by 50 trucks, had cleared the fielb! by toiling throughout New Year's Day to remove hte six inches of snow that had fallen in an all-night snowstorm. No further snow was expected before game time. There were, however, still several thousand tickets remaining for the clash in 62,000 seat' Meorial Stadium where it is expected the battle being drawn along league lines will dissolve into a test between quarterbacks Johnny Unitas and Daryle Lamonica. Unitas, the 37-year-old, 15- year veteran who has taken the Colts to the NFL title before, has his best year in the last three as he produced 2,213 yards and 14 touchdowns in an aerial attack keyed to Eddie Hinton and Roy Jefferson. But he trailed Lamonica, the bomb-throwing Raiders, passer in both categories, and might be handicapped by a lingering leg injury that has slowed tight end John Mackey. Pro basketball NBA Eastern Conference Atlantic Division W. L. Pet. New York ,'il 11 .738 Philadelphia 24 18 .571 Boston 2'2 17 .5G<1 Buffalo 11 31 .262 G.B. T 7'/j 20 CHICAGO (AI 1 ) basketball teams, thorn fresh from - Bi« Ten some (if mediocre tournament showings, will continue honing up Saturday for the start of the conference championship race in the next week. Blue-bonnet like 'kissinjr a sister' HOUSTON (AP) — Alabama, coming into the 121 h annual Bluebonnel Bowl with a (i-!) record, may have fell their 24-24 tie with Oklahoma Thursday night was a moral victory. Hut then, Tide Coach Paul "Boar" Bryant has boon quoted ill the past us saying a moral victory is "like kissing your sister." "We'll be a lol stronger next year," Oklahoma linebacker (iary Bacons said after the name. "In the long run, this game will help next fall. We're a very young team and we're come this far already. We feel we have no way to go but up oven higher." The entire Ol! offensive baekl'ield will bo back next season. They have speed to burn in .loo Wylio and (!regg P r u i I t , and in Loon Crosswhilo they have power running up the middle. Johnny Musso, a junior, was the Tide's most effective runner, gaining 138 yards on 27 carries, many after ho sprained his right ankle. Musso put the Tide ahead 24-21 with seven minutes left in the game with a wobbly, low, lolthanded 25-yard touchdown pass to quarterback Scott Hunter. With just over a minute remaining, the Sooners tied it 2-1-all on Bruce Door's 42-yard field goal. Alabama (hen moved to the 17 in throe plays but missed a .'12-yard field goal attempt with one second remaining. With 24 seconds remaining, Bryant ordered his learn to lot the clock run until five seconds showed, then call a time out and go for Hie throe- pointer. The kick was wide. "Wo had time to score," Bryant said. "I should have lol them try it. It was my decision, not the boys." New contract for Vol coach NKW OHLKANS (UPI) President Kdward J. Holing of the University of Tennessee recommended a new five year contract for 29 - year - old Bill Battle Friday after the rookie coach led the Volunteers to a 34-13 Sugar Bowl victory over Air Force. "I'm very happy with the arr.ingomo.nt," Battle said. "I appreciate the chance to continue with Tennessee." A spokesman said the new contract involved "a substantial increase in salary." Boling's recommendation is subject to approval by the Tennessee board of trustees, but that approval is considered a formality. Minnesota is at Notre Dame in a Saturday afternoon game while Wyoming inyades Iowa and Yale visits. Ohio Stale at night. Next week's schedule also is slim, leading to the start of the title chase next Saturday. On Monday, Australia is at Wisconsin. The next night Niagara Is at Minnesota. The Aussies play their final Big Ten opponent, Northwestern, Wednesday. From then on, the conference will gird for Saturday's start of the championship drive which sends Michigan State to Illinois, Ohio Stale to Iowa, Pin-due to Minnesota, Indianfi to Northwestern and Michigan to Wisconsin. Wisconsin made the best showing among six t«"i«s competing in four scattered tournaments this wceK by finishing as runnerup to Marquetle in the Milwaukee (lassie. Michigan was third and Illinois won the consolation title in the Honolulu Rainbow Classic. In the Far West Classic at Portland, Ore., Indiana placed fifth and Ohio State sixth. Michigan State was last in the four-team Trojan Tournament at Los Angeles^ In the Far West, the; draw pitted Indiana against Ohio State and the Hoosierij; won 85-77. Indiana, geared by jsuper- s o p h George McGinnis, remains the team to beat for the Big Ten championship and the best wt rm-up boasts record so far of 8-2. llinois is 7-2 and three other teams have lost three games each — Purdue, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Over all, the Big Ten owns a 58-35 edge over outsiders. BUFFALO (AP) — With the National Hockey League's All Star Game just over three weeks away, Detroit's Gordie Howe is in danger of losing his customary right wing job to a couple of insurgents from Boston. Johnny McKenzie and Ken Hodge, two right wingers who seem All Star cinches, scored two goals apiece Friday night to lead the Bruins to a 9-4 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in the only NHL game played. The goals gave Hodge 21 for the season and McKenzie 17 and both rank among the lop scorers in the league. Howe, out for several weeks with bruised ribs, has 13 goals. "It really is pretty hard lo go by our two guys when you are talking about All Star right wing," said Tom Johnson, coach of the Bruins. The Sabres would have lo agree. Hodge and McKenzie wore Buffalo out in the first period when each connected twice as Ihe Bruins came oul of the session leading 4-1. After that, Dallas Smith, Derek Sanderson and Don Marcotte added singal goals and Fred Stanfield scored a pair. Left winger John Bucyk assisted- on five goals for Boston. Gerry Meehan and Gil Perreault scored one goal each and Eddie Shack had two for the Sabres. The victory gave the Bruins a three-point lead over idle New York in the East Division. The Sabres are running last in the seven- team East. Baltimore Cincinnati Atlanta Cleveland Central Division 22 16 13 5 .579 .432 .320 .111 20'/j 5 7Vi Western Conference Midwest Division Milwaukee 29 7 .806 Detroit 2(1 14 .650 Chicago 23 16 .590 Phoienix 23 19 .548 a Pacific Division Los Angeles 22 26 .579 — San Francisco 23 19 .548 1 San DlefeQ 22 20 .524 2 Seattle 19 22 .463 <i/ a Portland 12 29 .293 ll'/, Thursday's Result 5 San Francisco 144, Boston 108 Atlanta 119, Cleveland 85 Only games scheduled Friday's Results Baltimore 128, Cleveland 105 San Diego 117, Los Angelus 108 Seattle 121, Portland 118 Only games scheduled Saturday's Gumcs Cleveland at Milwaukee Atlanta at New York Los Angeles at San Diego Phoenix at San Francisco Chicago at Portland Cincinnati at Buffalo Boston at Philadelphia Baltimore at Detroit Sunday's Gamea Boston at Atlanta San Francisco at Phoenix Only B nnles scheduled Virginia Kentucky New York Florldlans Pittsburgh Carolina Utah Indiana Memphis Denver Tex a* ABA linst Division W. L. 28 12 24 15 IK 20 16 22 Hi 25 15 24 West Division 24 12 22 15 21 18 14 23 14 24 Pel. .700 .615 .457 .421 .390 .385 .667 .595 .538 .378 .368 G.B. 3V4 10 11 12'/2 1414 2V| $ Thursday's Results Virginia 127, Carolina 117 Only game scheduled Friday'* Results No games scheduled Saturday's Games New York vs. Carolina at Greensboro Pittsburgh vs. Virginia at Hampton Texas vs. Utah at l.ogan Indiana at Kentucky Only games scheduled Sunday's Gumcs New York at Plttsburab Kentucky vs. Florldlant •) Jacksonville Carolina vs. Virginia at Norfolk Texas at Denver Only games scheduled Garden A Lawn SUPPLIES 44 YEARS AS AGENT Madison County Mutual AUTO INSURANCE CO, STANKA GARAGE State Street North Alton Dial 466-5811

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