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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.
    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
    Running Game A; Passing Game A; Offensive Line B-; Special Teams B+
    Run Defense A; Pass Defense B-; Rush Blocking B-; Pass Blocking B-
    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.
    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
    Running Game B+; Passing Game C; Offensive Line C+; Special Teams C+
    Run Defense C+; Pass Defense B; Rush Blocking B; Pass Blocking C+
    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
    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
    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

    Arizona Quarterback Gary Huff 18-30-1, 369 yards, 3 TD

    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
    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
    DE Allen Aldridge, DT Jim Osborne, CB Jonathan Thomas, S Al Coleman, TE Scott Smith are unavailable

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    Sunday, May 11, 1975

    “San Diego’s defense shines in 30-0 victory over Bandits” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    San Diego Chargers @ Las Vegas Bandits
    Location: Las Vegas County Stadium, Las Vegas, Nevada
    Attendance: 57,322
    Weather: Sunny, 81 degrees, wind 10 mph from the NE
    Game MVP: Wayne Clark

    The San Diego Chargers defense held Las Vegas to 166 yards of total offense Sunday afternoon on their way to a 30-0 victory. Defensive Coordinator Jackie Simpson credited defensive end’s Tom Williams and Jerry Patton for their fine play. He also pointed out John Carroll’s 7 tackles and 2 sacks. “He was all over the field today. Extra time in the film room this past week sure paid off for him.” Offensively, Wayne Clark was as sharp as ever throwing for 256 yards and 1 touchdown, including a brilliant 66 yard touchdown pass to David Smith with 9:00 left in the fourth quarter. Clark ended the day with a 120.4 quarterback rating. The victory, however, came at a moderate price. The offensive line struggled most the afternoon with pass protection. Clark was sacked three times on the day, all three stalled drives. “We got ourselves in scoring position four times today and had to settle three field goals,” mentioned Coach Coryell after the game. “Feller came through for us though….and our defense pitched a shutout.” In addition, The Bolts suffered some key injuries. Center Alan Kelso left the game in the second with an apparent ankle injury. Tackle Gene Ferguson went down with an unspecified injury in the middle of the third. Cornerback Joe Beauchamp left the game late in the fourth with possible strained ankle.

    Plays from scrimmage: San Diego 61 (17 First Downs); Las Vegas 49 (12 First Downs)
    Rushing: San Diego 38 for 160 yards (4.2 avg); Las Vegas 18 for 73 yards (4.1 avg)
    Pass plays: San Diego 13 for 23 (57%), 1 TD; Las Vegas 8 for 28 (29%), 1 INT
    Passing: San Diego 256 yards (11.1 per play); Las Vegas 93 yards (3.3 per play)
    Sacked: San Diego 3 times for 21 yards, Las Vegas 3 times for 19 yards
    Turnovers: San Diego 1; Las Vegas 2
    Punts: San Diego 3 punts for 137 yards (45.7 avg); Las Vegas 8 punts for 325 yards (40.6 avg)
    Third Down: San Diego 7 for 15 (47%); Las Vegas 2 for 11 (27%)
    Red Zone: San Diego 3 for 3 (2 FG, 1 TD); Las Vegas 0 for 0 (0 FG, 0 TD)
    Time of Possession: San Diego 34:47; Las Vegas 25:13

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    SD – TD Sam McPherson 1 yard run (James Feller kick) 7-0 SD
    Second Quarter
    SD – TD Bruce Laird 41 yard Interception (James Feller kick) 14-0 SD
    SD – FG James Feller 34 yards 17-0 SD
    Third Quarter
    SD – FG James Feller 39 yards 20-0 SD
    Fourth Quarter
    SD – TD David Smith 66 yard pass from Wayne Clark (James Feller kick) 27-0 SD
    SD – FG James Feller 36 yards 30-0 SD

    Top Performers
    QB Wayne Clark 13-21, 256 yards, 1 TD
    RB Mike Montgomery 14 carries, 59 yards; 2 receptions, 20 yards
    FB Sam McPherson 19 carries, 83 yards, 1 TD
    WR Gary Garrison 3 receptions, 77 yards
    LB John Carroll 7 tackles, 2 sacks
    DE Tom Williams 5 tackles
    DT Jerry Patton 5 tacles
    QB Bert Jones 7-26-2, 99 yards
    RB Lydell Mitchell 10 carries, 40 yards; 1 receptions 5 yards
    DE Billy Barnett 9 tackles
    LB Bob Geddes 9 tackles
    S Charles Phillip 6 tackles

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    League round up

    “Argos improve to 8-1; remain atop Power Rankings” – Toronto Star

    Joe Ferguson and his Toronto Argonauts handed the BC Lions their fourth loss of the season, 34-10. Ferguson threw for 177 yards and 2 touchdowns .Running back Jimmie Lees Jones had 120 yards of total offense and 1 touchdown. Toronto has taken a commanding 3 game lead in the EFC North with 7 games to go in the regular season. “We want to win the division….most of all we want home field advantage,” commented Ferguson after the victory.

    “Madden has field day in Forth Worth” – Forth Worth Star Telegram

    Joe Madden of the Forth Worth Mavericks ran around, over, and through the St. Louis Cardinals defense on Sunday. Foreman carried the ball 24 times for 128 yards and 1 touchdown. He also hauled in 2 passed for 73 yards and 1 touchdown. The Mavericks dismantled the Cardinals 30-14. “I felt good this morning before the game. I just knew something big was going to happen today,” mentioned Madden in the locker room after the game.

    “Adams has best game of year” – Houston Chronicle

    Tony Adams threw for 242 yards and 2 touchdowns en route to an upset victory over the Bombers of Winnipeg 23-7. Running back Bob Gresham added 89 yard on the ground and the defense played lights out in the victory down in Houston.

    “Seattle surge past Wranglers” – The Seattle Times

    The Seattle Strom out lasted the Arizona Wranglers in an “old west” style shootout, 28-17. Seattle’s David Dawson threw for 282 yards and 3 touchdowns, while Arizona’s Huff threw for 292 yards 2 touchdowns. Seattle wide out Gary Hammond hauled in 5 receptions for 89 yards, while Dexter Bussey rushed for 103 yards.

    Edmonton 13 @ Calgary 38; GAME MVP: QB Brian Sipe 21/31, 266 yards, 2 TD
    Santa Clara 23 @ Los Angeles 0; GAME MVP: RB Jimmy Thomas 113 total yards
    Cleveland 45 @ Pittsburgh 38; CB Clarence Scott Jr. 8 tackles, 2 INT, 2 TD
    Denver 6 @ Charlotte 24; GAME MVP: QB James Hamilton 10/23, 151 yards, 1 TD
    Indianapolis 10 @ Nashville 20; GAME MVP: TE Henry Childs 7 receptions, 103 yards
    Columbus 24 @ Chicago 14; GAME MVP: RB Josh Ashton 140 total yards
    Boston 21 @ New York 28; GAME MVP: FB Robert Riggins 129 total yards, 2 TD
    Oakland 30 @ Oklahoma City 17; GAME MVP: Kenneth Stabler14/20, 204 yards, 3 TD
    San Antonio 24 @ Jacksonville 0; GAME MVP: WR Bob Hayes 177 total yards
    Washington 7 @ Philadelphia 26; GAME MVP: WR Ben Hawkins 3 receptions, 134 yards, 1 TD

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    League Injury report – Monday May 12, 1975

    “Kelso, Ferguson, and Beauchamp populate injured list” – Ray Herbert, San Diego Tribune

    It was confirmed Monday morning, as the coaching staff arrived the training facilities and offices, that the injury bug has bitten the Bolts lineup once again. Cornerback Joe Beauchamp and Tackle Gene Ferguson both suffered minor injuries up in Las Vegas Sunday afternoon. Though it not been officially announced, sources indicate both may have succumbed to the dreaded sprained ankle. “Ferguson is a great athlete. We just got to find a way to keep him healthy,” mentioned offensive line coach Bobb McKittrick. It seems both men may not be available next week when the team travels north to meet division rival Oakland. It was also noted that veteran Center Alan Kelso may not be available next Sunday as well. He has been diagnosed with a moderate concussion. “We have an idea on how thing are going to play out. We will see how the week goes…..but I am assured that all three will not be available next week,” commented Coach Coryell Monday morning.

    “Cunningham to miss 7 weeks” – Boston Herald

    The Breakers camp has reported that starting Fullback Sam Cunningham suffered torn quadriceps Sunday afternoon and will miss the next 7 weeks. Cunningham had start 37 straight games for the Breakers. He has 222 carriers for 1,020 yards and 22 touchdowns in those starts. He also has hauled in 16 receptions for 236 yards.

    “Stampeders lose Guard for season” – The Calgary Herald

    The Calgary Medical staff broke the news Monday morning that starting Guard Sam Adams will miss the remainder of the season with a torn achilles tendon.
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    Wednesday May 14, 1975

    Free Agent tracker

    “Knights sign Guard” – The Charlotte Observer

    The Charlotte Knights have added another Guard to their roster. Undrafted rookie free agent Reggie Pierson has signed a two year deal worth about $174,000 a year. Sources indicate that the Feds have been searching for a backup Guard since injuries derailed David Benton and Darrell Austin for a few weeks. Peirson played his college ball at Middle Tennessee State.

    “Wranglers add Guard to roster” – The Phoenix-Herald

    With injuries to both their starting Guards, Arizona made quick work snatching up a replacement. The Wranglers front office announced the signing of Guard Kenny Jones. Jones, out of Arkansas State, signed a 2 year contract worth $145,000 a year.

    “League Injury reports still on record high” – Ray Herbert, San Diego Tribune

    There are currently 144 players throughout the league that are listed ‘unable to play’ heading into week 11. The list includes 25 players that are reported as ‘out for season’. “It’s been a tough year around the league. We have been lucky I guess. Our list is short. Only 4 players at this time of the season is fantastic for us,” mentioned Coach Coryell Wednesday afternoon. Toronto tops the list with the least amount of injured players with one. While Charlotte, Columbus, and Denver are tied at the top of the list for most reported players with 8 each.

    Week 11 practice report

    As indicated by the Bolts Medical staff, Tackle Gene Ferguson, Center Alan Kelso, and cornerback Joe Beauchamp joined Linebacker Grant Carter on the sidelines did not participate in practice Wednesday. James Jefferson, who has performed well when called upon in the past, will, once again, fill the role as the starting Cornerback. “Jefferson had a strong practice Wednesday. He is looking forward to Sunday’s game again Oakland,” commented Defensive Backs Coach Willie Wood today after practice. With Ferguson and Kelso sidelined this week, Coach McKittrick has decided to shake things up a bit along the offensive line. William Frank Jr. will be getting the start on Sunday over veteran Lynn Larson at the Tackle position. “His pass blocking skills have excelled over the past two weeks. His size is a plus as well. I talked with Coach Coryell and he agreed with the decision.” Frank Jr., who spent most of college career as a Tackle, will be making his fourteenth start in the NAFL on Sunday. McKittrick was also quick to point out that Center Jack Porter will get the start this Sunday against the arch rival Invaders. “These guys struggled a little in Vegas….we are counting on them to step up this weekend in Oakland against one of the better defensive lines in NAFL,” commented McKittrick about the decisions. “They’ll be ready…they have to be.”

    Front Office Report

    Chief Scout Nicholas McKenzie met with the Director of Player Personnel Edwin Altizer and General Manager James Harland Wednesday night to discuss scouting prospects and what direction the team should be taking with respect to the scouting process. With Linebackers Mike McCaffrey and John Carroll in the final year of their respective contracts the focus has been on filling that void if either player fails to resign with the team. Chief Scout McKenzie presented five college linebackers that may be best suited for Jackie Simpson’s defensive scheme. They are Steve Maughan, senior, Utah State; Rodney Norton, senior, Rice; Junior Hardin, senior, Eastern Kentucky; Greg Pittman, senior, Iowa State; and finally Robert Martin senior, Nebraska. The trio also discussed strengthening several key positions through next year’s draft and free agency. The focus will include tight ends, tackles, and cornerbacks.
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    San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Invaders pre-game report
    Location/time: Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California, 1:15 pm
    Point spread: -1.5 (OAK)
    Record versus the spread: San Diego 3-6; Oakland 4-5
    Over/under: 41

    “Bolts head north to face Invaders” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    The San Diego Chargers (7-2 overall, 5-2 conference, 3-0 division) will be taking a short trip up north to Alameda County this weekend to face division opponent and rival the Oakland Invaders. When these two teams faced off in week 14 last season it came down a field goal with 1:43 left in the game. In fact the last three times these two teams have met on the “100 yard” field of battle, the contest has been decided by six points or less. The Chargers will arrive in Invader country with perhaps the best offense in the NAFL, averaging 397.9 total yards per game. While the Raiders defense is surrendering roughly 339 yards per game. “All that aside…..when it comes to playing the Invaders……they can be a challenge. Looking past any team in this league can spell disaster for you. Especially when that team is led by Kenneth Stabler, “mentioned Linebacker Mike McCaffrey when asked about his next opponent. “I mean the records just don’t apply when you are playing them at home in Alameda County.”
    Power ranking: 5 (up two spots from last week)
    Leading passer: #17 Wayne Clark 141-245-9, 2,273 yards, 13 TD
    Leading rusher: #25 Sam McPherson 155 carries, 736 yards, 8 TD
    Leading receiver: #31 Jim Krieg 29 receptions, 530 yards, 2 TD
    Tackle leader: #54 Mike McCaffrey 50 tackles (38 solo/12 assists)
    Sack leader: #79 Gary Johnson 3.5 sacks
    Injury report
    LB Grant Carter, CB Joe Beauchamp, T Gene Ferguson, C Alan Kelso

    The Oakland Invaders (7-2 overall, 6-1 conference, 3-1 division) are enjoying fantastic ’75 campaign and on are pace to take the West division title once again. The ball has bounced in their direction all season long. The Invaders are coming of a much needed victory last week after dropping two in a row.. They won their last outing 30-17 against the Oklahoma City Outlaws. The Oakland offense managed 353 yards of total offense in Oklahoma CIty. They are managing 367 yards per game (5th in the league) through ten weeks. The Invaders have outscored their opponents 247 to 173.
    Power Ranking: 6 (Remained at 6 through last week )
    Passing leader: #11 Kenneth Stabler 138-236-6, 2,003 yards, 11 TD
    Rushing leader: #44 Marvin Hubbard 122 carries, 477 yards, 2 TD
    Receiving leader: #20 Clifford Branch Jr. 24 receptions, 455 yards, 2 TD
    Tackle leader: #55 Daniel Conners 53 tackles (38 solo/15 assists)
    Sack leader: #55 Daniel Conners 3.5 sacks
    Injury report
    FB Martin Van Eeghan, TE Gordon Banks, T Henry Lawrence, C David Dalby, S George Atlinson, S Tim Anderson

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    Sunday, May 18, 1975
    San Diego Chargers @ Oakland Invaders
    Location: Location/time: Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum, Oakland, California
    Attendance: 59,239
    Weather: Sunny 77 Degrees, no wind
    Game MVP: Kenneth Stabler

    “Bolts drop close in Alameda County, 24-17” – Ray Herbert, San Diego Tribune

    “First and ten for Oakland from their own 28, 1:57 left on the clock, game tied at 17. Stabler is lined up in shotgun formation, two receivers to his left one to his right. There’s the snap, Watch out…here comes Johnson a corner blitz, Stabler has got to get rid of it. He flips it to Hubbard. Hubbard breaks one tackle and turns up field. Bruce Laird and John Carroll finally bring him down after a 19 yard gain. Stabler wastes no time getting back up to the line. First and ten from the Invaders 47, two receivers to the left one to the right, Davis is in the backfield…..Stabler takes the snap, Bolts bring four drop the rest back. Oh….he’s got all day back there……Stabler looks right, then left and lets its fly…..ON MY!….Branch is wide open near the left sideline, WHAT A CATCH! Johnson is there to make the stop…’s good for 22 yards and another Oakland first down. Out goes Wells and in comes Hubbard. Stabler runs up to the line barks out a signal and here we go. He drops back, turns left and dumps it to Hubbard. He’s got a lot of space out there and rumbles down to the Chargers 21. That play was good for 10 yards and another first down. There’s 1:09 on the clock as the Bolts line up. There’s the snap….Stabler hands it off to Hubbard, who cuts between the tackle and guard and finds little running room. He’s quickly wrapped up and brought down by Jerry Patton. That brings up 2 down and 7. Stabler quickly lines up his offense and takes the snap. Here they come……the Chargers are bringing everybody. Stabler runs out of the pocket, he’s got to get rid of it….Ouch! he is taken down by WIlliams. That’s gonna be a 7 yard loss….the clock is still moving. 42…41….the play is called…..Stabler steps back and slings it toward the end zone….OH MY….what a catch….Wells has it at the back of the end zone…..TOUCHDOWN INVADERS…….”

    Plays from scrimmage: San Diego 57 (16 First Downs); Oakland 69 (20 First Downs)
    Rushing: San Diego 28 for 122 yards (4.4 avg); Oakland 36 for 165 (4.6 avg)
    Pass plays: San Diego 14 for 29 (48%), 1 TD; Oakland 17 for 32 (53%) 2 TD
    Passing: San Diego 218 yards (7.5 per play); Oakland 226 yards (7.1 per play)
    Sacked: Oakland 1 time for 7 yards
    Turnovers: San Diego 2
    Punts: San Diego 3 punts for 147 yards (49.0 avg); Oakalnd 3 punts for 130 yards (43.3 avg)
    Third Down: San Diego 6 for 12 (50%); Oakland 10 for 15 (67%)
    Red Zone: San Diego 3 for 3 (1 FG, 2 TD); Oakland 3 for 4 (2 FG, 1 TD)
    Time of Possession: San Diego 28:05; Oakland 31:55

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    SD – TD Sam McPherson 4 yard run (James Feller kick) 7-0 SD
    Second Quarter
    OAK – FG Bob Thomas 33 yards 7-3 SD
    SD – TD Gary Garrison 5 yard pass from Wayne Clark (James Feller kick) 14-3
    OAK – FG Bob Thomas 29 yards 14-6 SD
    Third Quarter
    OAK – TD Clarence Davis 19 yard pass from Kenneth Stabler (2 pt. conv.) 14-14
    Fourth Quarter
    SD – FG James Feller 22 yards 17-14 SD
    OAK – FG Bob Thomas 52 yards 17-17
    OAK – TD Warren Wells 25 yard pass from Kenneth Stabler (Bob Thomas kick) 24-17 OAK

    Top Performers
    QB Wayne Clark 14-29, 218 yards, 1 TD
    FB Sam McPherson 14 carries, 73 yards
    TE Bob Klein 6 receptions, 58 yards
    WR Jim Krieg 5 receptions, 108 yards
    DE Tom Williams 6 tackles, 1 sack
    LB Mike McCaffrey 10 tackles
    LB John Carroll 13 tackles
    QB Kenneth Stabler 17-32, 232 yards, 2 TD
    FB Marvin Hubbard 24 carries, 104 yards; 2 receptions, 29 yards
    WR Warren Wells 4 receptions, 88 yards, 1 TD
    DT Tom Keating 8 tackles
    LB Gerald Irons 8 tackles
    LB David Altizer 8 tackles
    CB Nemiah Wilson 6 tackles

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    League round up

    “Jones out again” – Las Vegas Review-Journal

    The Las Vegas Bandits ’75 campaign took a huge hit Sunday when starting quarterback Bert Jones went down mid way through the second quarter. Backup Steve Spurrier came off the bench and managed to keep Vegas in the game, eventually losing to Birmingham 14-13. . After the game it was reported that Jones, who has missed four games this season, may have a fractured foot and may miss an additional 3 weeks. In his seven appearances this season, Jones has thrown for 1,080 yards and 6 touchdowns.

    “Stamps improve to 6-4, dominate Titans in New York” – The Calgary Herald

    Playing, again, without All Pro Running Back Fred Willis the Calgary Stampeders used the passing game to completely demolish the New York Titans 38-14 Sunday afternoon. Stamps Quarterback Brian Sipe completed 19 of 22 passed for 239 yards and 2 touchdowns in the victory. Backup up Running Back Hugh McKinnis carried the ball 16 times for 91 yards and added 2 touchdowns of his own.

    “Richardson steals the show” – Philadelphia Inquirer

    The Philadelphia Stars used a heavy dose of Running back Mike Richardson to secure a 30-10 win over the British Columbia Lions. Richardson carried the ball 25 times for 125 yards and had 8 receptions for 46 yards in the win. It was BC Lions fifth loss of the ’75 campaign.

    “McCutcheon returns – picks up where he left off” – The Charlotte Observer

    Larry McCutcheon carried the ball 23 times for 126 yards and 1 touchdown as the Knights handed the Federals their eight loss of the season. Charlotte beat Washington 27-17. At 6-5 the Knights are fighting to stay in the playoff hunt. “We need to get back on track. Five games to go and we will need them all,” commented Head Coach Walt Yarowsky after the victory.

    Winnipeg 0 @ Arizona 17; GAME MVP: RB Abner Haynes 153 total yards, 1 TD
    Toronto 20 @ Edmonton 17; GAME MVP: QB Joe Ferguson 22/34, 308 yards, 2 TD
    Oklahoma City 21 @ Boston 28; GAME MVP: QB Karl Douglas 22/38, 260 yards, 1 TD
    Fort Worth 28 @ Houston 3; GAME MVP: QB Daniel Fouts 15/17. 210 yards, 2 TD
    Seattle 13 @ Santa Clara 6; GAME MVP: WR Gary Hammond 5 receptions, 76 yards
    Pittsburgh 21 @ Indianapolis 34; GAME MVP: FB Norm Bulaich 28 carries, 128 yards, 2 TD
    San Antonio 30 @ St. Louis 26; GAME MVP: WR Bob Hayes 3 receptions, 75 yards, 1 TD
    Chicago 31 @ Cleveland 14; GAME MVP: WR Lester McClain 7 receptions, 116 yards, 1 TD
    Los Angeles 10 @ Jacksonville 27; GAME MVP: RB Larry Crowe 107 total yards
    Nashville 24 @ Columbus 17; GAME MVP: QB Chuck Hixson 20/38, 220 yards, 2 TD

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