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    Week 4 Statistical Report

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    League Standings - March 30, 1975

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    Monday, March 31, 1975 – League injury report

    “Rough start to ’75 season for the NAFL” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    The 1975 season has not been kind to the NAFL which is on record pace to fill the “out for season” bench. 10 players throughout the league are listed as out for the season- Injured Reserve. There are a total of 85 players listed on team injury reports as the NAFL heads into week 5. The Las Vegas Bandits have been hit hardest by the ’75 injury bug and currently have 9 players sidelined for one reason or another. The Arizona Wranglers are a close second with 6 players out heading into week five. Columbus and New York round out the top four with 5 players each.

    CB Rod Perry, Arizona Wranglers, strained knee, out 4 weeks
    S Jeff Severson, Calgary Stampeders, torn ankle ligament, out for season
    RB Bob Hudson, Charlotte Knights, sprained knee, out 6 weeks
    S Maurice Tyler, Columbus Glory, broken foot, out 3 weeks
    S Tommy Casanova, Columbus Glory, broken knee cap, out 5 weeks
    LB Jerry Hillebrand, Denver Gold, broken collar bone, out 7 weeks
    S George Saimes, Denver Gold, fractured forearm, out 7 weeks
    WR Jack Doblin, Edmonton Trappers, ruptured knee ligaments, out 9 weeks
    S Steve Luke, Fort Worth Mavericks, shoulder bursitis, out 4 weeks
    DE Allen Aldridge, Las Vegas Bandits, ruptured knee ligaments, out 7 weeks
    LB Dick Blanchard, New York Titans, sprained ankle, out 5 weeks
    FB Martin Van Eeghan, Oakland Invaders, chipped knee cap, out 7 weeks
    WR Herman Franklin, Oklahoma City Outlaws, torn ACL, out for season
    FB Robert Newhouse, San Antonio Riders, severe elbow tendonitis, out 4 weeks
    TE Bill Joe DuPree, San Antonio Riders, stretched knee ligament, out 9 weeks
    DT Phillip Olsen, San Antonio Riders, fractured hip, out 8 weeks
    CB Kerry Reardon, Santa Clara Spartans, stretched achilles tendon, out 5 weeks

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    “Chargers slip one spot in Power Rankings” – Ray Herbert, San Diego Tribune

    The power rankings were released this morning and San Diego found themselves down a spot after this weekend’s action on the field. The Toronto Argonauts slid in first place, swapping positions with the San Antonio Riders. The Charlotte Knights dropped out of the top 12 falling to 15th after Sunday’s loss to Toronto, Meanwhile, the Maulers of Pittsburgh found themselves down a few spots to 13th. The Forth Worth Mavericks and the Chicago Blitz both moved into the top 12 for the first time this season landing at number 11 and 12 respectively (Number indicates movement on list)

    1. Toronto Argonauts (+1)
    2. San Antonio Riders (-1)
    3. St. Louis Cardinals
    4. Los Angeles Rams (+1)
    5. San Diego Chargers (-1)
    6. Oakland Invaders (+1)
    7. British Columbia Lions (-1)
    8. Nashville Rebels (+1)
    9. Cleveland Gladiators (+2)
    10. Indianapolis Renegades
    11. Forth Worth Mavericks (+2)
    12. Chicago Blitz (+3)

    “Top Offensive and Defensive teams after Week 4” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    OFFENSIVE PASSING RANK
    1. Nashville Rebels (2-1)
    2. Santa Clara Spartans (1-2)
    3. Toronto Argonauts (4-0)
    4. Los Angeles Express (3-0)
    5. Birmingham Stallions (1-3)

    OFFENSIVE RUSHING RANK
    1. San Diego Chargers (3-0)
    2. Chicago Blitz (2-2)
    3. Cleveland Gladiators (2-0-1)
    4. Oakland Invaders (4-0)
    5. San Antonio Riders (4-0)

    DEFENSIVE PASSING RANK
    1. Cleveland Gladiators (2-0-1)
    2. New YorkTitans (3-1)
    3. Jacksonville Bulls (2-1)
    4. Toronto Argonauts (4-0)
    5. San Antonio Riders (4-0)

    DEFENSIVE RUSHING RANK
    1. Santa Clara Spartans (1-2)
    2. St. Louis Cardinals (4-0)
    3. Los Angeles Express (3-0)
    4. Denver Gold (2-2)
    5. Toronto Argonauts (4-0)

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    Tuesday April 1, 1975

    Free Agent Report

    “Wranglers sign Guard” – The Phoenix-Herald

    Head Coach Tom Pratt has announced the signing of Free Agent Guard Shawn McAndrews. McAndrews , 6’5”265 out of Carson Newman, who went undrafted last year has finally found a home. Pratt mentioned that Shawn is a much needed addition to a severely depleted offensive line.

    “Burrow’s career to begin again in Titanville” – The New York Times

    With yet another injury to the Titans receiving corps the New York front office has come to terms with free agent wide out Robert Burrow. Burrow, 6’0”190 out of San Diego State, joins his new team with four NAFL seasons under his belt. He has accumulated 235 receptions for 4,119 yards and 20 touchdowns, all with the Birmingham Stallions. Burrow had 33 receptions for 525 yards, and 2 touchdowns through 9 games in ‘74 before suffering a season ending injury. “His health is a concern. But, honestly, he was the best available receiver on the market,” mentioned Titans lead man Mike Holovak when asked about his new receiver.

    “Rice to Join Bombers” – Winnipeg Free Press

    The Bombers Front Office has announced the signing of free agent Defensive Tackle Andy Rice. Rice, 6’3”268 out of Texas Southern, saw limited action in ’74, appearing in 5 games for the Arizona Wranglers. Sources indicate the deal was for one year.

    “Williams Partners with UC San Diego Health” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Standout Defensive End Tom Williams has partnered with University of California, San Diego academic health system and the University’s School of Medicine to establish a program aimed at providing scholarships to local area high school students, hoping to pursue a degree in sports medicine. The program, Williams announced, “will also ensure low income families with student athletes are given the opportunity to succeed when the financial burden may be difficult to overcome.” UC San Diego Health is the official health system for the San Diego Chargers and the San Diego State Aztecs.

    Thomas James Williams was born March 16, 1948 in Red Bluff, California. He was selected with 42nd pick (2md round) overall pick by the Chargers in the 1970 NAFL Draft out of University of California-Davis. He graduated from Red Bluff High School in 1966. Williams made an immediate impact on the Bolts defensive line registering 9 sacks and 56 tackles in his rookie season. Williams has started 72 straight games at Defensive End and has 337 careers tackles and 32.5 sacks. His outstanding performance has been rewarded with five straight selections to the WFC’s All Pro team and five appearances in the NAFL’s Pro Bowl. In addition, Williams has been named team Defensive MVP five years in a row.
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    “White, Ferguson, and Wilkerson in running for coveted Al Blozis Trophy” – Ray Herbert, San Diego Tribune

    Every year since 1970 the NAFL’s top offensive lineman is honored with the Al Blozis Trophy. The award is named after Albert Charles Blozis. He was born January 5, 1919 in Garfield, New Jersey, and was of Lithuanian descent. Blozis attended William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey City, New Jersey where he played football and was a star on the track and field team. At Georgetown University he won the NCAA indoor and outdoor shot put titles three years in a row, 1940-42. Al was drafted by the New York Giants (now the New York Titans) in 1942. At 6’6” 250 lbs, he was a formidable offensive lineman and played the position for the Giants in 1942 and 1943. He was inducted into the United States Army on December 9, 1943 and was commissioned a second lieutenant in the 28th Infantry Division. In late January 1945 his platoon was on patrol in an area of the Vosges Mountains when two of his men failed to return. Second Lieutenant Albert Charles Blozis decided to search for his missing men and never returned. The date was January 21, 1945 just 16 days past his 26th birthday. At the end of each season a trophy is given to the offensive lineman that best exemplifies the character and ability, on and off the field, as Al Blozis displayed in his short career in the NFL and the US Army.

    1970 – Tackle Grady Alderman, British Columbia Lions
    1971 – Guard Noah Jackson, Toronto Argonauts
    1972 – Tackle Ron Yary, New York Titans
    1973 – Tackle Mike Montler, Boston Breakers
    1974 – Tackle Grady Alderman, British Columbia Lions

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    Thursday’s practice report

    The team has departed for California; California, Pennsylvania that is. Coach Coryell and his crew will be making their home in California, Pennsylvania for the next few weeks. “With games in Pittsburgh this week and another east coast match up with New York next week it only makes sense to stay put,” commented Coach Coryell when asked about the decision. The Bolts will be using the practice facilities and playing field of the California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans until they depart for New York on October 11. “The logistics that go into a venture like this are large and we thank the California University Athletic department for the use of their facilities. James Adamson Stadium is a quality field,” stated General Manager James Harland, who is also making the east coast trip with the team. Coach Coryell reported that everyone will be making the trip, “We got through Sunday’s scare with no injuries to report and will be running a partial practice on Friday.” Coach Coryell also noted that injured Linebacker David Wright will be joining the team as well. Defensive Coordinator Jackie Simpson and Coach Coryell also announced that John Banaszak will again get the start at Left Outside Linebacker Sunday over Grant Carter “They both had a great practice on Tuesday and walk through on Wednesday. Both exhibit great tackling and pass rushing ability. It just came down to pass coverage,” said Coach Coryell about the decision.

    Front Office Report

    Before departing for California, Pennsylvania, Warner and Herbert learned from Mr. Harland that Defensive End Tom Williams has signed a 4 year contract extension keeping him a Bolts uniform through the ’78 season. The deal was worth $495,000 a year with a $10,000 signing bonus. Notable Bolts with contracts ending in ’75 include QB Wayne Clark, WR Jim Krieg, G Edward White, Linebackers Mike McCaffrey and John Carroll, and Safety Nate Allen. “All are an important part of our success here in Southern California and it is hopeful that we can get them all inked to long contracts soon,” mentioned Harland Thursday morning.

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    Friday, April 4, 1975

    (3-0) San Diego Chargers @ (1-2-1) Pittsburgh Maulers pre-game report
    Location/time:Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, PA.; 4/06/75; 10:15 pm start time
    Point Spread: -2.5 (SD)
    Over/Under: 42
    Injury report
    SAN DIEGO LB David Wright
    PITTSBURGH: DE James Hayden; CB John Rowser
    Offensive Rank: SAN DIEGO 4th; PITTSBURGH 17th
    Defensive Rank: SAN DIEGO 15th; PITTSBURGH 30th

    “Off to the East Coast to face the black and gold.” – Ray Herbert, San Diego Tribune

    The Chargers arrived in Pennsylvania with the number one ranked rushing attack in the league, averaging 179.7 yards per game. Meanwhile, the Bolts aerial assault fell down 4 places to 13th overall. “We hope to get our passing game going this weekend. The last time we were in Pittsburgh we played to a 24-24 tie. There was a lot of offense in that game,” stated Coach Coryell in his pre-game interview. San Diego currently has the 4th ranked offense in the league. On the defensive side of the ball, the Bolts look to Williams, Patton, Kelcher and Johnson to contain Pittsburgh’s 7th ranked rushing attack. After fours weeks San Diego has the 15th ranked defense in the league.

    Pittsburgh Head Coach Charlie Sumner (38-42-4) and the Maulers are coming off an unimpressive offensive performance against the Chicago Blitz. Quarterback Joe Gilliam threw for a mere 120 yards in a 16-14 loss to Chicago. Pittsburgh comes into the game was the 17th best offense in the league. Gilliam will be looking to wide receivers Curtis Swann and Frank Lewis through the air and Frank Harris on the ground. Harris enters the game with 227 yards rushing and 83 yards receiving. Defensively, The Maulers will be looking toward their two veteran linebackers, Andrew Russell and Bob Strickland, to make some big plays.

    TEAM LEADERS
    SAN DIEGO
    Passing: Wayne Clark 43-76-2, 735 yards, 6 TD
    Rushing: Sam McPherson 52 carries, 290 yards, 3 TD
    Receiving: Jim Krieg 14 receptions, 310 yards, 2 TD
    Tackles: Tom Williams/Mike McCaffrey 16 tackles
    PITTSBURGH
    Passing: Joe Gilliam 57-92-0, 724 yards, 5 TD
    Rushing: Frank Harris 50 carries, 227 yards
    Receiving: Curtis Swann 17 receptions, 291 yards
    Tackles: Andrew Russell 35 tackles.

    “Patton, Johnson, and Williams set sights on Leo Nomellini award” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    In 1970 the NAFL established the Leo Nomellini Trophy. It is awarded the top defensive lineman for the season. The award is named after Leo Joseph Nomellini whose career spanned over a decade in the NFL. He played his entire 14 year career with San Francisco. Nomellini was the 11th pick in the 1950 NFL draft by the organization. Team scouts had first noticed Leo while he played football at the University of Minnesota. Nomellini, who was born in Lucca, Tuscany, Italy, on June 19, 1924, was a 2 time All American at the University of Minnesota and a 9 time All Pro with San Francisco.

    1970 – Lawrence Hand, Seattle Storm
    1971 – Claude Humphrey, Birmingham Stallions
    1972 – Frederick Dryer, Oklahoma City Outlaws
    1973 – Harold Rice, Cleveland Gladiators
    1974 – Jerry Patton, San Diego Chargers

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    Sunday, April 6, 1975
    (3-0) San Diego Chargers @ (1-2-1) Pittsburgh Maulers
    Location: Three Rivers Stadium, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Attendance: 62,612
    Weather: Drizzle and 61 degrees; Wind calm
    Game MVP: Curtis Swann

    “Bolts undefeated no more, downed in Pittsburgh 28-20” – David Warner, San Diego Tribune

    Maulers wide out Curtis Swann dismantled San Diego's secondary Sunday afternoon with 116 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns ‘en route’ to a 28-20 victory. Meanwhile, Bolts signal caller Wayne Clark struggled to get anything going. He finished the game with 251 yards, 2 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. “Pittsburgh’s cornerbacks, Melvin Blount and Donald Shell, played a heck of game,” mentioned David Coryell after the game. “Wayne struggled to sustain drives but he kept us in the game.” Coryell also lauded the performance of his backup receiver David Smith. Smith finished the day with 4 receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown. “When Krieg went down in the second quarter Smith stepped in and played a heck of game….and before you ask…..no I do not have an update on Jim at this time,” stated Coryell during the post game press conference. In addition to Krieg, Safety Nate Allen left the game near the end of the first half with an undisclosed injury. His replacement Mike Fuller had 3 tackles and was playing well before he went down an apparent hand injury. “By the fourth quarter we were down to our third string back Ken Dyer,” commented Defensive Coordinator Jackie Smith after the loss.

    Plays from scrimmage: San Diego 62 (18 First Downs); Pittsburgh 54 (12 First Downs)
    Rushing: San Diego 24 for 90 yards (3.8 avg); Pittsburgh 31 for 128 yards (4.1 avg)
    Pass plays: San Diego 19 for 37 (51%) 2 TD, 2 INT; Pittsburgh 13 for 23 (57%) 3 TD
    Passing: San Diego 243 yards (6.6 per play); Pittsburgh 216 yards (9.4 per play)
    Sacked: San Diego 1 time for 8 yards
    Turnovers: San Diego 2
    Punts: San Diego 5 punts for 217 yards (43.4 avg); Pittsburgh 6 punts for 258 yards (43 avg)
    Third Down: San Diego 5 for 11 (45%); Pittsburgh 6 for 13 (46%)
    Red Zone: San Diego 3 for 3 (1 FG, 2 TD); Pittsburgh 1 for 1 (0 FG, 1 TD)
    Time of Possession: San Diego 32:09; Pittsburgh 27:51

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    PIT – TD Curtis Swann 14 yard pass from Joe Giliam (Paul Rogers Kick) 7-0 PIT
    SD – TD Sam McPherson 5 yard pass from Wayne Clark (James Feller kick) 7-7
    Second Quarter
    SD – FG James Feller 41 yards; 10-7 SD
    SD – TD David Smith 11 yard pass from Wayne Clark (James Feller kick); 17-7 SD
    PIT – TD Curtis Swann 59 yard pass from Joe Gilliam (Paul Rogers kick) 17-14 SD
    SD – FG James Feller 45 yards; 20-14 SD
    Third Quarter
    PIT – TD Kenny Graham 46 yard interception return (Paul Rogers kick) 21-20 PIT
    Fourth Quarter
    PIT – TD Curtis Swann 28 yard pass from Joe Gilliam (Paul Rogers kick) 28-20 PIT

    Top Performers
    SAN DIEGO
    QB Wayne Clark 19-37-2 251 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
    FB Sam McPherson 11 carries, 45 yards, 1 reception, 5 yards, 1 TD
    TE Bob Klein 5 receptions, 62 yards
    WR David Smith 4 receptions, 47 yards, 1 TD
    DT Louie Kelcher 5 tackles
    LB Mike McCaffrey 8 tackles
    LB John Carroll 10 tackles

    PITTSBURGH
    QB Joe Gilliam 13-23, 216 yards, 3 TD
    FB Frank Harris 18 carries, 63 yards; 1 receptions, 17 yards
    WR Curtis Swann 5 receptions, 116 yards, 3 TD
    LB Andrew Russell 7 tackles
    S Michael Wagner 7 tackles
    S Kenny Graham 4 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD

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    League Roundup – Sunday April 6, 1975

    “Argos remain in the ranks of the unbeaten” – Toronto Star

    The Toronto Argonauts improved to 5-0 with a strong performance at home against the Edmonton Trappers. The Argonauts took a commanding lead for the battle of the Grey Cup with a 38-17 victory over the Trappers. Since 1970 the Grey Cup has been awarded to the team with the best EFC North Divisional record. The Cup is currently in Vancouver, British Columbia where it has remained for the past two seasons. All Pro Running Back Jimmie Lee Jones rushed for 54 yards on 13 carries and hauled in 2 passes for 35 yards and 1 touchdown. On the defensive side of the ball The Argos intercepted Trappers Quarterback Craig Blackford 3 times. Edgar Chandler, Charlie Potts, and Roscoe Ward all joined the pick party. Chandler finished the day with 10 tackles. “We played well on both sides of the ball. It was a great afternoon to be an Argos fan,” mentioned Argos lead man Leo Cahill after the game. Cahill has a 53-29-3 record at the helm since 1970.

    The Grey Cup
    1970 - British Columbia Lions
    1971 - British Columbia Lions
    1972 - Toronto Argonauts
    1973 - British Columbia Lions
    1974 - British Columbia Lions

    Current Grey Cup standings through five weeks
    1. Toronto (4-0)
    2. Winnipeg (2-1)
    3. British Columbia (0-1)
    4. Calgary (0-2)
    5. Edmonton (0-2)

    “Williams has career day in Feds victory” – Washington Post

    Delvin Williams rumbled for 178 yards and added another 68 through the air as the Feds upset the Titans of New York 19-17. The victory was the first of the ’75 campaign for the Feds. Williams has rushed for league leading 497 yards on the season and has 14 receptions for 142 yards. “He is a tough runner with great hands,” mentioned Federals Head Coach Ralph Hawkins when asked about his running back after the game.

    “Phillips Jr. is out” – Houston Chronicle

    The Houston Gamblers have made league headlines though it’s the teams scheduled bye week. The Gamblers General Manager has announced the organization has parted ways with Head Coach Andrew Phillips Jr. after a dismal 0-4 start. The Gamblers have been outscores 138-51. The decision came seven days after the Gamblers were battered by the Forth Worth Mavericks 35-10. Phillips Jr. was 6-14 and was in his second season with the team. “It was a tough decision, but we felt the organization needed to go in a different direction,” commented the Gamblers GM Tuesday morning. Offensive Backs Coach Jim Garrett will serve as interim Head Coach for the remainder of the season.

    “Richards lights up Riders” – The Birmingham News

    There could be a changing of the guard in the EFC South as the Stallions upset the Riders 36-31. Charlie Richards dismantled the Rides secondary as he threw for 345 yards and 5 touchdowns on the day. Richards leads the NAFL with 1,550 passing yards on the season. “He is developing into one of the league’s best signal callers,” commented Head Coach Marion Campbell after the game.

    Charlotte 38 @ Boston 17; GAME MVP: WR Wallace Francis 2 receptions, 64 yards, 1 TD
    Denver 7 @ Las Vegas 28; GAME MVP: WR Franklin Grant 3 receptions, 74 yards, 2 TD
    St. Louis 24 @ British Columbia 31; GAME MVP: RB Charles Foreman 143 total yards
    Calgary 14 @ Los Angeles 24; GAME MVP: QB James Harris 19/33, 227 yards, 1 TD
    Columbus 24 @ Cleveland 45; GAME MVP: WR Morris Owens 5 receptions, 117 yards
    Chicago 28 @ Oklahoma City 31; GAME MVP: RB Rickey Young 210 total yards, 3 TD
    Seattle 16 @ Winnipeg 31; GAME MVP: WR Willie Miller 2 receptions, 141 yards, 2 TD
    Jacksonville 24 @ Fort Worth 14; GAME MVP WR Nathan Moore 8 receptions, 111 yards, 1 TD
    Nashville 24 @ Indianapolis 42; GAME MVP: FB Daniel Nottingham 24 carries, 155 yards, 2 TD
    Arizona 20 @ Santa Clara 16; GAME MVP: RB Abner Haynes 153 total yards, 2 TD

    Offensive Player of the Week
    Birmingham Stallions QB Charlie Richards 23-32-0, 345 yards, 5 TD; 1 carry, 6 yards

    Defensive Player of the Week
    Las Vegas Bandits CB Jonathan Williams 6 tackles, 2 PD, 1 FF, 1 INT, 1 TD

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    League Injury Report; Monday April 7, 1975

    “Allen and Fuller out for two weeks” – Ray Herbert, San Diego Tribune

    Safeties Nate Allen and Mike Fuller will sit out the next 2 weeks. The Medical Staff has diagnosed Allen with a dislocated collar bone and Fuller with sprained fingers. “Looks as though Dyer and Drake will be battling it out this week for next Sunday’s start in New York.” Defensive Backs Coach Willie Wood mentioned to Ray Herbert Monday morning. In addition, receiver Jim Krieg was cleared to participate in full practice starting Wednesday. “We have to see how he does this week before any decisions are made,” commented Offensive Backs Coach John David Crow on Krieg’s status.

    “Sullivan out for 3 weeks” – The Birmingham News

    Tackle Gerry Sullivan will miss the next 3 weeks with a fractured forearm. Reports out of the Birmingham camp are that veteran Tackle Francis Peay may get the start next week at Houston.

    “McCutcheon out 4 weeks” – The Charlotte Observer

    All Pro Running back Larry McCutcheon will be sidelined for the next 4 weeks with a strained knee. McCutcheon has 394 yards on the season. Charlotte’s fourth year pro has gained 3,884 yards on the ground and 1,661 yards through the air.

    CLEVELAND
    Veteran Tight End Milt Moran will miss the next 7 weeks with severe shoulder bursitis. Joining him on the sidelines is fourth year veteran Guard John Vella. Vella will be sidelined for the next 13 weeks with a fractured ankle.

    DENVER
    The Denver Gold camp has confirmed that Defensive End Barney Chavous will miss the next 7 weeks with a broken finger.

    “Allen’s season is over” – Forth Worth Star-Telegram

    The Fort Worth Mavericks Medical Staff reported Monday morning that second year Cornerback Jimmy Allen suffered s season ending injury in Sunday’s loss to the Bulls. Allen was diagnosed with a torn labrum (hip). Allen had 16 tackles, 6 PD, 3 INT, 1 TD on the season and was on pace to match his ’74 campaign before going down in the third quarter. Head Coach Gene Stallings reported that third year Cornerback Allan Ellis, 5’10”179 UCLA, will be moved up the depth chart. Ellis has the bye week to prepare for his first start of the season April 20 against division rival San Antonio.

    “Pierce goes down – Out for Season” – Washington Post

    The Washington Federals may have won their first game of the season but it came at a severe cost. The Feds Medical Staff reported this morning that veteran Tight End Danny Pierce suffered torn achillies tendon and his season is over. Pierce has 15 receptions for 163 yards on the year. Pierce emerged last season as a top target for John Reaves as he caught 75 passes for 1,032 yards and 6 touchdowns. Joining Pierce on the sidelines will be Wide Receiver Al Barnes. Barnes will miss the next 5 weeks with a broken foot.

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