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    Tuesday April 29, 1975

    “A glance into the past” – Ray Herbert, San Diego Tribune

    Western Football Conference West Division Champions
    1970 – Oakland Invaders (12-4) *San Diego finished fourth 7-9
    1971 – Oakland Invaders (10-5-1) *San Diego finished third 8-8
    1972 – Oakland Invaders (12-3-1) *San Diego finished second 9-7
    1973 – Denver Gold (9-5-2) *San Diego finished second 10-6
    1974 – Denver Gold (11-5) *San Diego finished second 10-6

    League Injury report

    “Garrison sidelined again” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Veteran wide out Gary Garrison will miss next week’s divisional match up against the Denver Gold with pulled quadriceps. Garrison had 2 receptions for 22 yards before exiting Sunday’s match with 1:33 left in the second quarter. “We will see how the week goes. But the Medical staff assures me that Gary will not be available next week,” mentioned Coach Coryell Tuesday morning when asked about his veteran receiver.

    “Bad Day for Receivers in NAFL” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Two big names went down this weekend with season ending injuries. The Birmingham Stallions camp has reported that Rookie Alfred Jenkins will miss the remainder of the ’75 campaign with a fractured ankle. Jenkins went down with 7:46 left in the third quarter Sunday and did not return. Shortly after the 34-13 loss to the division rival Riders, Coach Marion Campbell broke the news that Jenkins may have suffered a serious injury when tackled by Riders Cornerback Vern Davis after a 28 yard reception. “You saw what I saw…..He went down ugly after being hit by Davis,” stated Campbell after the game. Jenkins season ends after 8 consecutive starts at Wide Receiver. He hauled in 32 passes for 586 yards and 3 touchdowns. The Houston Gamblers got their first win of the season Sunday but it came at a heavy cost. Second year Receiver Billy Johnson left the game with 2:50 left in the second quarter and would not return. It was later determined that Johnson suffered a torn elbow ligament. Johnson concludes his ’75 campaign with 38 receptions for 520 yards and 2 touchdowns.

    Mike Montler, Tackle, Birmingham, will miss the next 3 weeks with a broken nose
    Robin Pollard, Defensive End, British Columbia, will be sidelined for 5 weeks with a dislocated hip
    Ken Ellis, Cornerback, Edmonton, will miss the next 5 weeks with a fractured elbow
    Wilmer Hicks, Safety, New York, will be sidelined for the next 10 weeks with a torn elbow ligament

    “Dalby goes down again” – Oakland Tribune

    The Oakland Invaders medical staff has reported that Starting Center David Dalby has suffered another injury. Coach Ollie Spencer mentioned Tuesday that David will miss the next 3 weeks of action with a strained knee. Backup Center Thomas Goode, who has played well in place of Dalby, will be again be inserted into the starting lineup.

    Tim Rossovich, Lnebacker, Philadelphia, is out for the next 6 weeks with a chipped knee cap

    “Feds down a Tackle” – Washington Post

    Starting Tackle Garry Puetz has been lost for the season with a torn ankle ligament. Puetz has started 38 games at Left Tackle and has performed well. He has a career rush blocking average of 4.81 yds/rsh and has allowed 8.25 sacks. “We will miss our big man on the left side,” stated Coach Ralph Hawkins. “Backup Tackle Roy Kirksey will get the start for the time being,”

    “NAFL injured list tops 100 through 8 weeks of play” – Ray Herbert, San Diego Tribune

    A total 126 players find themselves on the NAFL injured, unable to play lists heading into week 9. The list includes 17 players who have been reported to have season ending injuries. A few of those possibly career ending. The Toronto Argonauts are the only organization in the NAFL that has a full and healthy roster of players heading into Sunday’s games.

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    Wednesday April 30, 1975; Front Office Report

    “White inks extension” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    It was reported early Wednesday morning that the San Diego front office and Edward White have worked out a deal keeping him a Bolts uniform through the 1977 season. The deal is, reportedly, worth $480,000 a year over the course of next few seasons and includes a $110,000 signing bonus. “My starting All Pro Guard is locked up thru the ‘77 season……that was good news to here today,” mentioned Offensive Coordinator Jackie Simpson when the press cornered him after practice. White has appeared in 101 games with 87 starts.


    The San Diego front office announced that the property purchased by the organization last March, on Murphy Cannon Road, has been designated as the future site of a new training facility and business offices. They hope to begin construction at the site in early December.

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    Denver Broncos @ San Diego Chargers pre-game report
    Location/time: San Diego Stadium, San Diego, California; 1:15 start time
    Point Spread: -13 (SD)
    Over/Under: 40
    Power Rankings: SAN DIEGO 7; DENVER 22

    Last week in San Diego it took an all out effort by Clark & Company to pull off the big “W” for the Chargers. It does not get any easier this week as Rudy Miglino and the Denver Broncos come to town. San Diego has struggled over the years against their division rival and has only managed three victories in the last ten meetings. “They are a tough team to beat. They have always matched up well against us,” commented Coach Coryell. “Coach Collier always makes things interesting.” Coach Coryell is also hoping his defense can slow down Miglino and his receivers. Miglino lit up the Chargers secondary in their last meeting, throwing for 347 yards and 4 touchdowns. the Bolts will enter the game with the 8th ranked passing defense in the league. They are surrendering an average of 209.4 yards a game through the air.
    TEAM LEADERS
    Leading passer: Wayne Clark 113-200-9, 1,788 yards, 9 TD
    Leading rusher: Sam McPherson 117 carries, 541 yards, 7 TD
    Leading receiver: Jim Krieg 22 receptions, 435 yards, 2 TD
    Tackle leader: Mike McCaffrey 42 tackles (32 solo/10 assists)
    Sack leader: Jerry Patton 2 sacks; Gary Johnson 2 sacks
    TEAM SCOUTING REPORT
    Running Game A; Passing Game A; Offensive Line B-; Special Teams B+
    Run Defense A; Pass Defense B-; Rush Blocking B-; Pass Blocking B-
    INJURY REPORT
    WR Gary Garrison is out; Ray Rhodes will get the start

    The Denver Gold evened their record to 4-4 on the season last week. They defeated the Philadelphia Stars 24-17. Rudy Miglino threw for 179 yards and 2 touchdowns in the victory, while Woody Green added 117 yards on the ground. Denver faces another tough challenge the week as they try to slow down Coach Coryell’s corps of Running Backs. “Last week it was Mike RIchardson. This week we’ve got Montgomery and McPherson to deal with. I’ll say it again, this league can be brutal and unforgiving,” stated Coach Joe Collier Saturday afternoon.
    TEAM LEADERS
    Leading passer: Rudy Miglino 112-207-7, 1,591 yards, 10 TD
    Leading rusher: Woody Green 169 carries, 722 yards, 5 TD
    Leading receiver: Rick Upchurch 39 receptions, 604 yards, 4 TD
    Tackle leader: Mike Simone 50 tackles (35 solo/15 assists)
    Sack leader: Mike Simone 3.5 sacks
    TEAM SCOUTING REPORT
    Running Game B+; Passing Game C; Offensive Line C+; Special Teams C+
    Run Defense C+; Pass Defense B; Rush Blocking B; Pass Blocking C+
    INJURY REPORT
    WR Rick Upchurch is out; Freddie Denson will get the start
    T Mike Current is out; Sam Brunelli will get the start
    C Larry Kaminski is out; Bob DeMarco will get the start
    DE Barney Chavous is out; Rich Jackson will get the start
    LB Hillebrand is out; Jim Peterson will get the start
    Backup S George Saimes is out

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    Sunday May 4, 1975
    Denver Gold @ San Diego Chargers
    Location: San Diego Stadium, San Diego, California
    Attendance: 59.477
    Weather: Sunny; 61 degrees; Wind from SW 14 mph
    Game MVP: Mike Montgomery

    “Montgomery guides Bolts to Victory” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    “First and ten from the Gold 47…. 11:48 left in the first quarter…..Miglino takes the snap….drops back….Here comes the blitz. Miglino looks left and gets rid of the ball….IT”S PICKED OFF…..McCaffrey’s got nothing but turf in front of him……..he’s to the twenty, the ten….TOUCHDOWN SAN DIEGO”.
    The San Diego Chargers used a pick six to open the scoring and never looked back en route to a 37-31 victory over the visiting Denver Gold. Though Mike McCaffrey’s defensive touchdown was a great video highlight. It was another Mike who stole the show. Bolts Running back Mike Montgomery ended the day with 170 yards of total offense and 2 touchdowns. Mike’s effort earned him the game’s most valuable player. The Bolts victory over the Gold was their sixth of the season and boosted their record to 6-2. Denver, now 4-5, remained in third place in the West Division. The San Diego Chargers used a pounding running game and precision passing attack to defeat the Denver Gold Sunday afternoon at San Diego Stadium. Behind road graders Shields, White, Wilkerson, and Kelso the Bolts offense surged forward with 145 yards rushing. Sam McPherson had 112 yards on the ground, while Mike Montgomery and Don Calhoun added another 33 yards. It was the highest total yards given up by the Gold defense all season. The punishing ground game opened up several passing lanes for Bolts Quarterback Wayne Clark. Clark, who finished the day with 229 yards and 3 touchdowns, had all day to throw behind a solid wall of pass protection. Running Back Mike Montgomery had a career receiving day. Mike finished the afternoon with 7 receptions for 146 yards and 2 touchdowns. “They had a great game plan and ran it to perfection. That is about all I can say. They are a tough, physical team and we just did not bring out A game today,” commented Denver Coach Joe Collier after the game. “We tried to keep up…..I mean we put up 31 points….but just could not put it away”

    Plays from scrimmage: Denver 61 (18 First Downs); San Diego 58 (16 First Downs)
    Rushing: Denver 18 for 85 yards (4.7 avg); San Diego 30 for 145 yards (4.8 avg)
    Pass plays: Denver 21 for 39 (54%) 4 TD, 1 INT; San Diego 18 for 28 (64%) 3 TD. 1 INT
    Passing: Denver 298 yards (7.6 per play); San Diego 256 yards (9.1 per play)
    Sacked: Denver 4 times for 29 yards
    Turnovers: Denver 1; San Diego 1
    Punts: Denver 5 punts for 200 yards (40.0 avg); San Diego 4 punts for 167 yards (41.8 avg)
    Third Down: Denver 4 for 11 (36%); San Diego 5 for 12 (42%)
    Red Zone: Denver 3 for 3 (0 FG, 3 TD); San Diego 3 for 4 (1 FG, 2 TD)
    Time of Possession: Boston 27:09; San Diego 32:51

    Game Information
    SD – TD Mike McCaffrey 47 yard Interception (James Feller kick) 7-0 SD
    DEN – TD Tom Gatewood 12 yard pass from Rudy Miglino (Bobby Howfield kick) 7-7
    Second Quarter
    SD – TD Mike Montgomery 3 yard pass from Wayne Clark (James Feller kick) 14-7 SD
    SD – TD Mike Montgomery 21 yard pass from Wayne Clark (James Feller kick) 21-7 SD
    DEN – TD Tom Gatewood 14 yard pass from Rudy Miglino (Bobby Howfield kcik) 21-14 SD
    SD – TD David Smith 15 yard pass from Wayne Clark (James Feller kick) 28-14 SD
    Third Quarter
    DEN – TD Freddie Denson 35 yard pass from Rudy Miglino (Bobby Howfield kick) 28-21 SD
    SD – FG James Feller 53 yards 31-21 SD
    Fourth Quarter
    DEN – FG Bobby Howfield 47 yards 31-24 SD
    SD – FG James Feller 50 yards 34-24 SD
    DEN – TD Tom Gatewood 13 yard pass from Rudy Miglino (Bobby Howfield kick) 34-31 SD
    SD – FG James Feller 36 yards 37-31 SD

    Top Performers
    SAN DIEGO
    QB Wayne Clark 15-24, 229 yards, 3 TD
    RB Mike Montgomery 9 carries, 24 yards; 7 receptions, 146 yards, 2 TD
    FB Sam McPherson 19 carries, 112 yards; 1 reception, 9 yards
    WR Jim Krieg 4 receptions, 43 yards
    DE Gary Johnson 5 tackles, 1,5 sacks
    LB Mike McCaffrey 7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD
    S Nate Allen 8 tackles
    DENVER
    QB Rudy Miglino 21-39-1, 327 yards, 4 TD; 1 carry, 6 yards
    RB Woody Green 16 carries, 77 yards; 3 receptions 35 yards
    TE Mackey Odoms 5 receptions, 66 yards
    WR Tom Gatewood 8 receptions, 134 yards, 3 TD
    LB Mike Simone 10 tackles
    LB Jim Peterson 8 tackles
    S Charlie Greer 7 tackles

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    League Round up

    The British Columbia Lions got two defensive touchdowns en route to a 38-3 win over the Charlotte Knights. Linebacker Pete Wysocki picked off a James Hamilton pass intended for Ted Kwalick and rumbled 56 yards for the score. Cornerback Lorenzo Brinkley recovered a Wallace Francis fumble and took it 37 yards for a touchdown. The Lions improved to 5-3 on the season.

    Week nine’s most entertaining game produced 769 yards of total offense as Arizona edged Santa Clara 27-22. Arizona quarterback Gary Huff threw for 369 yards and 3 touchdowns. He targeted Elmo Wright 6 times for 153 yards and 2 touchdowns. Running back Abner Haynes had his best performance of the season, rushing for 116 yards on 20 carries. Santa Clara Quarterback Bobby Scott completed 15 passes for 237 yards and 1 touchdowns. His primary target, Eugene Washington, had 6 receptions for 100 yards and 1 touchdown.

    The Las Vegas Bandits, 3-6, pulled off the near impossible Sunday afternoon as they upset the Oakland Invaders 27-24 in overtime. With 9:28 left in overtime, Bandits kicker Jose Hernandez hit the game winning field goal from 42 yards out. Bandits running back Lydell Mithcell had 81 total yards and receiver Franklin Grant added 6 receptions for 91 yards. “They always play us tough. It’s the Invaders against the Bandits. What else can I say,” stated Invaders Head Coach Ollie Spencer.

    Scores from around the league
    Forth Worth 13 @ Jacksonville 20; GAME MVP: QB Robert Griese 24/37, 260 yards, 2 TD
    Los Angeles 17 @ Toronto 24; GAME MVP: TE Keith Kittle 3 receptions, 89 yards, 1 TD
    Oklahoma City 21 @ Birmingham 24; GAME MVP: QB Charlie Richards 19/38 , 281 yards, 1 TD
    Chicago 27 @ Nashville 21; GAME MVP: FB Roland Harper 103 total yards, 1 TD
    Edmonton 20 @ Washington 23; GAME MVP: WR Charles Taylor 7 receptions, 110 yards, 1 TD
    Philadelphia 13 @ Boston 29; GAME MVP: RB Ron James 172 total yards
    New York 28 @ Winnipeg 17; GAME MVP: QB Joseph Namath 24/36, 300 yards, 1 TD
    Houston 14 @ San Antonio 20; GAME MVP: WR Drew Pearson 8 receptions, 149 yards
    Indianapolis 31 @ Cleveland 20; GAME MVP: QB John Barton 16/27, 237 yards, 3 TD
    Pittsburgh 38 @ Seattle 14; GAME MVP: QB Joe Gilliam 21/28, 300 yards, 4 TD

    OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
    Arizona Quarterback Gary Huff 18-30-1, 369 yards, 3 TD

    DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
    Pittsburgh Linebacker Frank LeMaster 12 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF

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    Wednesday May 7, 1975

    League Injury Report

    “Sorey sidelined for 4 weeks” – The Charlotte Observer

    The Charlotte Knights three game stretch against the EFC North has been a “forgettable” one for the North Carolina based team and their fans. The Knights have been outscored 111-30 and have suffered numerous setbacks to their ’75 campaign hopes. The latest of which is the injury to starting Guard Revie Sorey, who suffered a chipped knee cap in Sunday’s loss to the BC Lions. It has been reported that Sorey will miss the next 4 week due to the injury. The Charlotte Knights fell to 4-5 on the season after a promising 4-2 start.

    WR Rhett Dawson, Chicago Blitz, will miss the next 5 weeks with a stretched achilles tendon

    “Lambert sidelines for 3 weeks” – Forth Worth Star Telegram

    The Forth Worth medical staff has reported that starting Linebacker Jackson Lambert will miss the next 3 weeks with a dislocated shoulder. Lambert has 42 tackles, 1 FF, and 1 PD in 8 starts for the Mavericks this season.

    Backup Tackle Steve Okoniewski of the Indianapolis Renegades will miss the next 10 weeks with a broken collar bone. Okoniewski has seen action in 9 games, starting 3, this season. He has a 4.06 yds/rush blocking average, allowed 2.25 sacks, and has 1 penalty for 5 yards on the year.

    “Express down a Defensive End” – The Los Angeles Times

    The Los Angeles Express camp has reported that starting Defensive End Lester Sims will be sidelined for the next 4 weeks with a chipped knee cap. The 6’6” Defensive End has 26 tackles and 2 PD in 8 starts this season.

    “Rebs hit hard with injuries” – The Tennessean

    Not only did the Nashville Rebels suffer defeat at the hand of the Chicago Blitz, they lost one significant player in the process. All Pro Linebacker Mike Greene suffered a stretched ankle ligament late in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss and will miss the next 8 weeks.

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    Thursday’s practice report

    Gary Garrison (ankle) and Joe Beauchamp (ankle) were full participants in practice Thursday afternoon. Coach Coryell indicated that Garrison may be ready to see some considerable playing this weekend in Las Vegas. Ray Rhodes, who made his second NAFL start last Sunday, also had a strong practice. It seems neither Coach Coryell nor Coach Crow were interested in giving away who may start at wide out before the team departs for Vegas Saturday morning. Thursday’s on field practice ran from 11:45 am to 1:45 pm. After a short stretching period, the players broke into individual groups for drills specific to their position. Then the offense and defense formed up and ran plays specific to next week’s game plan. “They’ve got Bert Jones back after a brief absence. He and receiver Franklin Grant make a dangerous one two punch,” stated Coach Coryell. “We will be asking a lot out our defensive backs this weekend.” After practice the team broke for lunch and a media session. “That’s a great organization in Southern Nevada and it’s tough stadium to play in,” mentioned Bob Klein in his interview. “Bosworth and Geddes are a heck of linebacker tandem. They all over the field and have to be accounted for on every play.” In addition to Klein, Jim Krieg, Sam McPherson and Mike McCaffrey met with the press before breaking off to their respective offensive and defensive meetings. Coach Coryell capped off the day with a coaches meeting at 5:45 pm and then met with Chief Scout Nicholas McKenzie at 8:54 pm.

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    San Diego Chargers @ Las Vegas Bandits pre-game report
    Location/time: Las Vegas County Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada, 1:15 start time
    Point Spread: -6.5 (SD)
    Over/Under: 43.5
    Power Rankings: SAN DIEGO 7; LAS VEGAS 22

    The 6-2 San Diego Chargers are coming off a 37-31 slugfest in San Diego. “It was a tough win at home. We are hoping for better success on the defensive side of the ball this weekend up in Vegas,” noted Coach Coryell on Saturday afternoon before departing for the airport. His defense gave up some big plays the last time these two teams met back in week 7. On the Offensive side of the ball, Wayne Clark threw for 300 yards against a secondary that will be without their best Cornerback Jonathan Thomas.
    Leading passer: Wayne Clark 128-254-9, 2,017 yards, 12 TD
    Leading rusher: Sam McPherson 136 carries, 653 yards, 7 TD
    Leading receiver: Jim Krieg 26 receptions, 478 yards, 2 TD
    Tackle leader: Mike McCaffrey 48 tackles (36 solo/12assists)
    Sack leader: Gary Johnson 3.5 sacks
    INJURY REPORT
    LB Grant Carter is out

    The Las Vegas Bandits (3-6) are coming off a upset victory over the Oakland Invaders 27-24. The team has performed well on defense the last two weeks. “We are starting to turn things around holding New York to 15 and the high powered Invaders to 24. Now we have to deal with Coryell’s offensive circus,” said Head Coach Bob Holloway when the press caught up with him Saturday afternoon. Holloway is in fourth season as the Bandits lead man. He has compiled a 19-35-4 record.
    Leading passer: Bert Jones 54-99-6, 913 yards, 6 TD
    Leading rusher: John Cappellettl 126 carries, 646 yards, 4 TD
    Leading receiver: Franklin Grant 38 receptions, 696 yards, 5 TD
    Tackle leader: Bob Geddes 63 tackles (49 solo/14 assists)
    Sack leader: Ed Fisher2 sacks
    INJURY REPORT
    DE Allen Aldridge, DT Jim Osborne, CB Jonathan Thomas, S Al Coleman, TE Scott Smith are unavailable

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