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    Wednesday September 27, 1961

    “Fisticuffs Poor Passer Ratings Mark Play in AFL” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    (Portion posted article appeared in The Shamokin News Dispatch, Shamokin, Pennsylvania -Sept 25, 1961 page 6)

    Does the old saying, “Went to a boxing event and a Hockey match broke out..” ring true with the young American Football League. Sunday’s feature bout took place in San Francisco where Charlie Powell of the Oakland Raiders only recently an honest-to-goodness pro heavyweight boxer, landed a solid uppercut on the jaw of Charley Diamond, 262-pound tackle for the Kansas City Chiefs. And in a tag team match at Phoenix, the Wranglers two defensive tackles 290-pound Ernie Ladd and 254-pound Henry Schmidt were ejected late in the fourth quarter for trying to take on a good portion of the Houston Oilers club. It was an eventful weekend in the American Football League. Now if only the league’s signal callers had as much ‘guff’ as those attempting to punch their way toward a victory. The league’s completion percentage average is hanging around 49% through three weeks of play. The leading quarterback, Boston’s Vito Parilli, tops the short list with 56.3% passes completed. Parilli also leads the AFL’s hurlers with a passer rating of 85.7 QBR. While Completion percent and passer ratings are taking a hit, league wide interception ratings are soaring with 45 picks through 11 games. Quarterback play in American Football League needs to get better if it is to survive through the 1961 season. On another note, the hometown Arizona Wranglers will begin a three game east coast road trip this weekend. The team’s first stop on the tour will be War Memorial Stadium, affectionately known as ‘The Rockpile’, in Buffalo, New York. The Wranglers will continue their journey with stops in Boston and New York before returning to the west coast for a rematch with the Raiders at Candlestick Park. “It’s going to be a tough four weeks…..we will be making our temporary home in Amherst, Massachusetts,” mentioned Coach Robinson Tuesday evening. General Manager John Harland informed Coach Robinson on Tuesday that principle owner Edward Wright had secured a deal to use the facilities at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst for a few weeks. “After our matchup in Buffalo we will depart the following day for Amherst instead of returning to Phoenix. Make sense I guess….keep us on the east coast...it’s going to be a difficult few weeks regardless. We will work in conjunction with Massachusetts Redmen Head Coach Vic Fusia to schedule practices at Alumni Field,” added Coach Robinson.

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    Arizona Wranglers @ Buffalo Bills pregame report
    Location/Time: War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, New York; 4:15 PM EST
    Last Meeting: November 20, 1960, Buffalo 31 @ Los Angeles 14
    All time record: 1-1
    Point Spread: -0.5 (ARI)
    Over/Under: 37

    “Wranglers set off for East Coast” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    Lead Wrangler Wayne Robinson and the team departed Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport early Thrusday morning bound for Buffalo, New York. “This is going to be a long trip,” commented Coach Robinson before leaving for the airport. “We will stop in Los Angeles….board our charter bound for New York….Hope that goes better than the last go around,” he added with a smile. “Then on Monday we board a charter bus bound for Amherst, Massachusetts for a two week stay. It will be a challenge. However, I am looking forward to Coach Vic’s matchup against Villanova.” Coach Robinson is referring to the collegiate matchup between the University of Massachusetts and Villanova on October 7 at Alumni Field. “We will move our final pre game walk through that week against Boston to Friday and spend Saturday afternoon off cheering for Coach Vic’s Redmen,” explained Coach Robinson. When asked about this weekend’s opponent Coach Robinson stated, “Coach Ramsey’s got a great ball club and great fan base. The Rockpile is going to rocking,” Coach laughed and continued, “His defensive unit has kept them in every game and Wilmer Fowler has become a force since taking over as starting running back.” Coach also mentioned that his defensive backfield will have their hands full with the Bills offensive end duo of Dubenion and Bass.

    Coach Buster Ramsey’s Buffalo Bills are coming off a tough 24-14 loss to the rival Patriots of Boston. In the battle of Eastern Division undefeated it was the Patriots who walked out of War Memorial Stadium 3-0. “That was tough loss. We had higher expectations and hoped to give the sold out crowd a better show. I have been told we have a full house again this weekend and they are in for a real treat. It’s going to be one heck of a game,” said Coach Ramsey during a Thursday afternoon press conference.

    INJURY REPORT
    Arizona
    G Ernie Barnes is out with a pulled hamstring
    Buffalo
    RB Wray Carlton is out for season – RB Wilmer Fowler will get the start

    STATISTICAL REPORT
    Arizona
    Total Offense: 481 passing yards; 565 rushing yards; 1,046 total yards; 5.4 yards per play
    Total Defense: pass defense 540 yards; rush defense 149 yards; 689 yards allowed; 4.0 yards per play
    Buffalo
    Total Offense: 531 passing yards; 174 rushing yards; 705 total yards; 4.2 yards per play
    Total Defense: pass defense 538 yards; rush defense 206 yards; 744 yards allowed; 3.9 yards per play

    TEAM LEADERS
    Arizona
    Passing: Jack Kemp 21-58-4, 347 yards. 3 TD
    Rushing: Paul Lowe 50 carries, 321 yards, 4 TD
    Receiving: Don Norton 10 receptions, 190 yards, 1 TD
    Tackles: Chuck Allen 14 tackles, Emil Karas 14 tackles
    Sacks: Jerry Fields 2
    Interceptions: Dick Harris 2
    Passes defended: Dick Harris 3
    Buffalo
    Passing: Tommy O’Connell 31-96-5, 616 yards, 6 TD
    Rushing: Wilmer Fowler 51 carries, 167 yards, 1 TD
    Receiving: Elbert Dubenion 7 receptions, 213 yards, 3 TD
    Tackles: Mack Yoho 24 tackles
    Sacks: Mack Yoho 3.5 sacks
    Interceptions: Vern Valdez 3
    Passes Defended: Laverne Torczon 2
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    Saturday, September 30, 1961
    Arizona Wranglers @ Buffalo Bills
    Location: War Memorial Stadium, Buffalo, New York
    Attendance: 38,500
    Weather: Cloud 72 degrees, Wind: calm
    Game MVP: Don Norton

    “Wranglers Round Up Bills” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    The Arizona Wranglers corralled the Buffalo Bills at the Rockpile Sunday afternoon by a score of 30-10. Jack Kemp and his offensive cohorts took the opening kickoff and established the tone of the game early. Kemp guided his offense on a 12 play, 62 yard drive ticking off 7:12 of the first quarter clock. The drive ended with a 17 yard Greg Ellsworth field goal. The three point kick turned out to be the only points of the first quarter. The second quarter began with a Dick Harris interception of a pass intended for Glass Bass. Harris’ ball-hawking skills set up a 1 yard plunge by versatile running back Paul Lowe. “We were having a hard time getting through their front four…..then Harris’ pick of O’Connell shifted the momentum…then our aerial attack awoke for the first time this season. I think Jack had his first 300 yard passing game this year. I commend Bob for making the necessary game time adjustments and getting our offensive ends into the game,” commented an elated Coach Robinson after the game. Offensive Coordinator Bob Williams unleashed an aerial bombardment on the Bills secondary that produced 149 yards in the second quarter alone. The pass catching ability of Norton and Roberson set up another Paul Lowe short burst over the goal line. The Wranglers entered the half up 20-0. “If it wasn’t for injuries it would have been the best quarter of the season to date,” continued Coach Robinson at the post game press conference. Coach Robinson was referring to his all world tackle Ron Mix and starting center Don Rogers. Both went down mid way through the second quarter and did not return. “I am told both men suffered significant injuries that will force them to miss some playing time….of course that is all I know at this time. I will say both Belotti and Selawski played well in the second half and both men will see some playing time next weekend in Boston.” The Buffalo Bills, not being a team to concede the victory too early, began the second half with a long drive off their own. Bills signal caller, Tommy O’Connell, engineered a 10 play, 71 yard drive that ended with an Elbert Dubenion 6 yard touchdown strike. However, just like first 15, the touchdown reception would be the only points put up by either team in the third. The Wranglers front four of Nery, Hudson, Ladd and Faison took control of the line a scrimmage and dominated game play for the rest of the afternoon. The Bills were limited to a field goal through the final 23 minutes of the game.

    Plays from scrimmage: Arizona 68 (19 First Downs); Buffalo 52 (14 First Downs)
    Rushing: Arizona 36 for 95 (2.6 avg): Buffalo 22 for 44 (2.0 avg)
    Pass plays: Arizona 19 for 32 (59%) 1 TD, 2 INT; Buffalo 17 for 30 (57%) 1 TD, 5 INT
    Passing: Arizona 305 yards (9.6 per play); Buffalo 212 yards (7.3 per play)
    Sacked: No sacks registered
    Turnovers: Arizona 2; Buffalo 5
    Punts: Arizona 2 punts for 100 yards (50.0 avg); Buffalo 2 punts for 86 yards (43.0 avg)
    Third Down: Arizona 8 for 14 (57%); Buffalo 5 for 9 (56%)
    Red Zone: Arizona 6 for 7 (3 FG, 3 TD); Buffalo 2 for 2 (1 FG, 1 TD
    Time of Possession: Arizona 35:44; Buffalo 24:16

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    FG – Greg Ellsworth 24 yards; 3-0 ARI
    Second Quarter
    FG – Greg Ellsworth 20 yards; 6-0 ARI
    ARI – TD Paul Lowe 1 yard run (Greg Ellsworth kick) 13-0 ARI
    ARI – TD Paul Lowe 5 yard run (Greg Ellsworth kick) 20-0 ARI
    Third Quarter
    BUF– TD Elbert Dubenion 6 yard pass from Tommy O’Connell (Duane Howard kick) 20-7 ARI
    Fourth Quarter
    BUF – FG Duane Howard 16 yards; 20-10 ARI
    ARI – TD Don Norton 16 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Greg Ellsworth kick) 27-10 ARI
    ARI – FG Greg Ellsworth 22 yards; 30-10 ARI

    Top Performers
    Arizona
    QB Jack Kemp 19-32-2, 305 yards, 1 TD; 2 carries, 13 yards
    RB Paul Lowe 22 carries, 55 yards, 2 TD; 2 receptions, 29 yards
    WR Don Norton 6 receptions, 118 yards, 1 TD
    WR Bo Roberson 5 receptions, 94 yards
    DE Ron Nery 5 tackles
    DT Bill Hudson 7 tackles
    LB Jerry Fields 5 tackles
    CB DIcK Harris 3 tackles, 3 INT
    CB Claude Gibson 3 tackles, 1 PD, 1 INT
    Buffalo
    QB Tommy O’Connell 17-30-5, 212 yards, 1 TD
    WR Elbert Dubenion 7 receptions, 99 yards, 1 TD
    DT Chuck McMurtry 9 tackles
    LB Ralph Felton 8 tackles
    CB Richie McCabe 6 tackles, 2 PD
    S Billy Atkins 5 tackles, 1 PD, 2 INT
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    Around the AFL – Monday October 2, 1961

    Vito Parilli and the Boston Patriots kept pace with Western Division leader Arizona with a 27-10 victory over the New York Jets. The Patriots and Wranglers remain the only undefeated team left in the AFL. Both sit at 4-0 for the ’61 campaign. Parilli threw for 216 yards and 1 TD. His favorite target, Jim Colclough, hauled in 7 receptions for 106 yards and end Thomas Stephens caught 4 Parilli passes for 51 yards. The victory set up an epic showdown next week at Boston University Field in Boston.

    Houston 28 @ Kansas City 3; GAME MVP: WR Charley Hennigan 8 receptions, 114 yards, 1 TD
    Denver 20 @ Oakland 27; GAME MVP: WR Charlie Hardy 7 receptions, 93 yards, 1 TD

    Week 4 Statistical report (TOP 5)
    PASSING YARDS: Vito Parilli (BOS) 922 yards; Tommy O’Connell (BUF) 835 yards; AL Dorow (NYJ) 828 yards; Tom Flores (OAK) 743 yards; Frank Trupika (DEN) 661 yards

    RECEIVING YARDS: Jim Colclough (BOS) 344 yards; Bob Coolbaugh (OAK) 324 yards; Elbert Dubenion (BUF) 319 yards; Don Norton (ARI) 311 yards; Don Maynard (NYJ) 307 yards

    RUSHING YARDS: Paul Lowe (ARI) 376 yards; Billy Lott (BOS) 252 yards; Bill Mathis (NYJ) 216 yards; Keith Lincoln (ARI) 210 yards; Wilmer Fowler (BUF) 202 yards;

    TACKLES: Bob Hudson (DEN) 37 tackles; Bud McFadin (DEN) 30 tackles; Mack Yoho (BUF) 28 tackles; Chuck McMurtry (BUF) 28 tackles; Mike Dukes (HOU) 27 tackles

    SACKS: Mike Dukes (HOU) 5 sacks; Sid Youngeman (NYJ) 4.5 sacks; Bob Dee (BOS) 3.5 sacks; Mack Yoho (BUF) 3.5 sacks; Nick Mumley (NYJ) 3 sacks

    National Football League – Week 4 report

    Washington 21 @ Cleveland 27; GAME MVP: FB Jim Brown 194 totals yards, 3 TD
    Chicago 30 @ Detroit 14; GAME MVP: WR Johnny Morris 9 receptions, 143 yards, 3 TD
    Baltimore 24 @ Green Bay 24; GAME MVP: FB Joe Perry 94 total yards, 1 TD
    Pittsburgh 7 @ Philadelphia 27; GAME MVP: QB Sonny Jurgensen 17/24, 224 yards, 1 TD
    Los Angeles 21 @ San Francisco 37; GAME MVP: WR Clyde Conner 8 receptions, 160 yards, 1 TD
    Dallas 14 @ Minnesota 27; GAME MVP: RB Hugh McElhenny 168 total yards, 2 TD
    New York 38 @ St. Louis 10; GAME MVP: WR Del Shofner 7 receptions, 159 yards, 2 TD

    Week 4 Statistical report (TOP 5)
    PASSING YARDS: Y.A. Tittle (NYG) 1,235 yards; John Brodie (SF) 1,107 yards, Bart Starr (GB) 1,094 yards, Johnny Unitas (BAL) 1,035 yards; Sonny Jurgensen (PHI) 1,017 yards

    RECEIVING YARDS: Billy Howton (DAL) 459 yards; Del Shofner (NYG) 443 yards; Red Phillips (LA) 432 yards; Clyde Conner (SF) 399 yards; Raymond Berry (BAL) 397 yards

    RUSHING YARDS: Jim Brown (CLE) 475 yards; Willie Galimore (CHI) 381 yards; John Henry Johnson (PIT) 376 yards; Alex Webster (NYG) 367 yards; Jim Taylor (GB) 353 yards

    TACKLES: Roy Wilkins (WAS) 40 tackles; Chuck Howley (DAL) 39 tackles; Wayne Walker (DET) 35 tackles; Bob Griffin (STL) 32 tackles; Jerry Tubbs (DAL) 31 tackles

    SACKS: Lou Michaels (PIT) 4 sacks; George Tarasovic (PIT) 4 sacks; Dick Lasse (WAS) 4 sacks; Ed Culpepper (MIN) 3.5 sacks; Art Donovan (BAL) 3 sacks

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    Tuesday October 3, 1961

    “Mix and Rogers to miss playing time” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    When big offensive tackle Ron Mix was assisted off the field during Sunday’s game, Coach Wayne Robinson was hoping for a positive report from his medical staff. Dr. Warrenton delivered the news yesterday afternoon and the Wranglers will have to go the next six weeks without the anchor to their offensive line. Dr. Warrenton diagnosed Mix with a stretched knee ligament. “Ron had started eighteen games in a row for our organization. He should be able to get back into the lineup by mid November. Until then Gene will get a chance to show off his blocking skills and discipline on the line of scrimmage,” answered Coach Robinson when pressed about the status of his starting tackle. Joining Mix on the sidelines will be center Don Rogers. Rogers, who left the field under his own power four plays after Mix, will miss the next two weeks with a sprained finger. “Rogers and Mix in one game…..Dang bad luck right there. It’s tough in the trenches….games are won and lost where the big boys play.”

    League injury report

    BUFFALO
    RB Wray Carlton out for season – placed on Injured Reserve
    WR Glenn Bass – 1 week sprained shoulder suffered in week 4
    S Billy Adkins – 2 weeks dislocated collar bone suffered in week 4

    DENVER
    T John Mattox – 2 weeks sprained back suffered in week 1
    WR Jack Hill – 6 weeks sprained ankle suffered in week 4

    HOUSTON
    G Hogan Wharton – 3 weeks dislocated collar bone suffered in week 4

    KANSAS CITY
    T John Cadwell – 1 week pulled hamstring suffered in week 4

    NEW YORK
    LB Ed Cooke – 4 weeks severe sprained ankle suffered in week 2
    C Mike Hudock – 7 weeks broken collar bone suffered in week 3
    TE Maron Moyne – 1 week moderate concussion suffered in week 4

    OAKLAND
    LB Tom Louderback – 1 week sprained knee suffered in week 1
    CB Fred Williamson – 4 weeks dislocated hip suffered in week 4
    S Jim Jones – 3 weeks broken nose suffered in week 4
    QB Tom Flores – 3 weeks torn hamstring suffered in week 4

    “Wranglers, Patriots set pace in AFL” – Bobby Hebert, Arizona Daily Star

    The Arizona Wranglers and the Boston Patriots hold clear cut leads over the respective divisions of the American Football League because the Wranglers are versatile and the Patriots have Vito Parilli. Arizona, undefeated through four weeks of play, had to rely on defense and kicking to beat a stubborn Buffalo squad. The decision left the Wranglers at the top of the Western Division with a 4-0 record. Boston moved into the undisputed lead in the Eastern Division with a 27-10 victory over Jets of New York. Vito Parilli led his team to victory with a precision passing attack. At the end of the afternoon his ball club left the field 4-0. Houston strengthened its second place position in the Eastern Division when it beat Kansas City 28-3 and showed how valuable offensive end Charley Hennigan can be. Hennigan, who had been hammered by the Wranglers defense the previous week, hauled in eight George Blanda passes for 114 yards and a touchdown. Oakland won its first league game Sunday when it edged the Denver Broncos 27-20. Oakland lost three and had 94 points scored against it before breaking the losing streak. Oakland and New York are idle next weekend. Arizona will be at Boston on Sunday evening. Other Sunday games include Kansas City at Denver and Buffalo travels to Houston.

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    Arizona Wranglers @ Boston Patriots pregame report
    Location/Time: Boston University Field, Boston Massachusetts; 5:15 PM EST
    Last Meeting: October 28, 1960, Los Angeles 42 @ Boston 17
    All time record: 1-1
    Point Spread: -0.5 (BOS)
    Over/Under: 40.5

    Friday October 6, 1961 – The North Adams Transcript (portion posted article actual newspaper clip from The North Adams Transcript, North Adams, Massachusetts, October 6, 1961 page 8)

    “Rushing Passer is Best Defense” – Boston (AP) So you always wanted to be a pro football quarterback, did you? Listen to Coach Wayne Robinson of the Arizona Wranglers explain how his American Football League leading team plans its defense: “The way we do it is to rush the passer and sort of let defensive tackle Ernie Ladd fall on him.” Ladd stands 6 feet 9 inches and weighs 290 pounds. The AFL rookie from Gambling College in Louisiana is one of the Wranglers “Fearsome Foursome.” The others in the defensive quartet are tackle Bill Hudson (270), end Earl Fasion (270), and end Ron Nery (254), together they weigh more than a half a ton. They are what Boston quarterback Vito Parilli will see charging at him Sunday night when the Patriots meet the Wranglers at Boston University Field. The Wranglers, second in the AFL West last season when at Los Angeles, are unbeaten through four weeks of the ’61 campaign. Along with size and defense (13 passes intercepted in four games), Arizona boasts the league’s best running back in Paul Lowe and a fine quarterback in Jack Kemp. The Patriots also put their four game run on the line and can extend their Eastern Division lead over the Oilers Sunday night. The Patriots will be looking toward offensive backs Ron Burton and Billy Lott to continue their recent success and open up the passing game for Vito Parilli. Parilli, the top quarterback in the AFL, has tossed the pigskin for nearly one thousand yards this season. The only other change in the Boston lineup appears to be offensive tackle Dick Klein, 254 pound NFL veteran obtained this week from the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    INJURY REPORT
    Arizona
    T Ron Mix is out with a stretched knee ligament – Gene Selawski will get the start
    C Don Rogers is out with a sprained finger – George Belotti will get the start
    Boston - None

    STATISTICAL REPORT
    Arizona
    Total Offense: 789 passing yards; 660 rushing yards; 1,449 total yards; 5.5 yards per play
    Total Defense: pass defense 759 yards; rush defense 193 yards; 952 yards allowed; 4.3 yards per play
    Boston
    Total Offense: 890 passing yards; 465 rushing yards; 1,355 total yards; 5.5 yards per play
    Total Defense: pass defense 433 yards; rush defense 303 yards; 736 yards allowed; 3.2 yards per play

    TEAM LEADERS
    Arizona
    Passing: Jack Kemp 40-90-6, 655 yards. 4 TD
    Rushing: Paul Lowe 72 carries, 376 yards, 6 TD
    Receiving: Don Norton 16 receptions, 311 yards, 2 TD
    Tackles: Chuck Allen 18 tackles; Emil Karas 18 tackles; Bill Hudson 18 tackles
    Sacks: Jerry Fields 2
    Interceptions: Dick Harris 5
    Passes defended: Dick Harris 3; Claude Gibson 3
    Boston
    Passing: Vito Parilli 63-111-6, 922 yards, 6 TD
    Rushing: Billy Lott 59 carries, 252 yards, 3 TD
    Receiving: Jim Colclough 18 receptions, 344 yards, 3 TD
    Tackles: Bob Dee 24 tackles
    Sacks: Bob Dee 3.5 sacks
    Interceptions: Clyde Washington 2
    Passes Defended: Clyde Washington 4

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    Sunday October 8, 1961
    Arizona Wranglers @ Boston Patriots
    Location: Boston University Field, Boston, Massachusetts
    Attendance: 25,063
    Weather: Sunny 64 degrees, Wind from the SW 8mph
    Game MVP: Billy Lott

    “Pats win battle of undefeated” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    The Boston Patriots set the tone early and crossed the goal 7 times in route to a 49-28 victory over the previously unbeaten Arizona Wranglers. On the very first play from scrimmage Patriots fullback Billy Lott broke through The Wranglers defensive line and galloped 80 yards for the game’s first score. Defensive tackle Ernie Ladd was injured on the play and would not return. “The first play of the game and they blasted a big ole hole through the heart of our defense. It was difficult to watch Ladd hobble off the field…..hopefully he will not miss any playing time…..today was just not our day,” stated Coach Robinson after the defeat. A few plays later Pats’ signal caller Vito Parilli found Billy Lott wide open for a 67 yard strike and just like that the home team was up 14-0. Wranglers safety Charlie McNeil lost his footing on the play and fell enabling Lott to break free into the open. McNeil, who was slow to get up, left the field and headed toward the locker room, his day was done. Vito Parilli also hooked up with his favorite target Jim Colclough for 21 yards to end the first quarter up 21-0. On the first play of the second quarter The Wranglers lost their starting guard Orlando Ferrante. Ferrante had to be assisted off the field. “He got tangled up with Jim Lee Hunt and Ronnie Loudd….he went down hard. I’ll say it again…it just wasn’t our day.” Arizona’s first score of the afternoon came by the way of the defense. Defensive back Claude Gibson stepped in front of a pass intended for Ron Burton and scampered 8 yards to the end zone for six. The celebration, however, did not last very long as Patriots ‘field general’ Vito Parilli answered back with a 13 play 71 yard scoring drive. The extended drive concluded with an 11 yard pass play to the ever versatile back Billy Lott. 6 plays later Patriots linebacker Ronnie Loudd recovered a Jack Kemp fumble and rumbled 28 yards to pay dirt. “And just like that it was 35-7….I really don’t have much to say…they really beat the heck out of us tonight,” continued Coach Robinson at the post game press conference. Arizona managed to get some points on the board with 8 seconds left in the half. Jack Kemp squeezed a pass between two defenders into the awaiting arms of offensive end Don Norton. The disastrous half ended with Boston holding a commanding 35-14 lead. In the second half both teams traded a pair of touchdowns, including a brilliant 55 yard Paul Lowe run. Lowe spun out of a Leroy Moore tackle then blasted through Harry Jacobs and Ron Hall and sprinted up the middle of the field for the score. “In a day filled with disappointment it was great play to see and, honestly, the only part of the game film I want to watch again. And then there is our medical staff….they may feel a bit overwhelmed tonight. We had six players leave the field of play with injuries tonight. Like I said earlier they just beat the tar out of us.”

    Plays from scrimmage: Arizona 56 (9 First Downs); Boston 63 (15 First Downs)
    Rushing: Arizona 26 for 97 (3.7 avg): Boston 40 for 202 (5.1 avg)
    Pass plays: Arizona 15 for 27 (56%) 2 TD, 1 INT; Boston 11 for 20 (55%) 4 TD, 2 INT
    Passing: Arizona 185 yards (6.9 per play); Boston 228 yards (11.4 per play)
    Sacked: Arizona 3 times for 9 yards; Boston 3 times for 9 yards
    Turnovers: Arizona 4; Boston 5
    Punts: Arizona 7 punts for 284 yards (40.6 avg); Boston 4 punts for 159 yards (39.8 avg)
    Third Down: Arizona 1 for 9 (11%); Boston 7 for 11 (64%)
    Red Zone: Arizona 2 for 2 (0 FG, 2 TD); Boston 2 for 3 (0 FG, 2 TD)
    Time of Possession: Arizona 24:52; Boston 35:08

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    BOS – TD Billy Lott 80 yard run (Tom Plank kick) 7-0 BOS
    BOS – TD Billy Lott 67 yard pass from Vito Parilli (Tom Plank kick) 14-0 BOS
    BOS – TD Jim Colclough 21 yard pass from Vito Parilli (Tom Plank kick) 21-0 BOS
    Second Quarter
    ARI – TD Claude Gibson 8 yard interception (Greg Ellsworth kick) 21-7 BOS
    BOS – TD Billy Lott 11 yard pass from Vito Parilli (Tom Plank kick) 28-7 BOS
    BOS – TD Ronnie Loudd 28 yard fumble recovery (Tom Plank kick) 35-7 BOS
    ARI – TD Don Norton 1 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Greg Ellsworth kick) 35-14 BOS
    Third Quarter
    ARI – TD Paul Lowe 55 yard run (Greg Ellsworth kick) 35-21 BOS
    BOS – TD Jim Colclough 12 yard pass from Vito Parilli (Tom Plank kick) 42-21 BOS
    BOS – TD Walter Beach 29 yard fumble recovery (Tom Plank kick) 49-21
    Fourth Quarter
    ARI – TD Don Norton 19 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Greg Ellsworth kick) 49-28 BOS

    Top Performers
    Arizona
    QB Jack Kemp 14-26-1, 161 yards, 2 TD; 6 carries, 8 yards
    RB Paul Lowe 12 carries, 79 yards, 1 TD; 1 reception, 6 yards
    WR Don Norton 5 receptions, 85 yards, 2 TD
    DE Earl Fasion 6 tackles, 1 sack
    LB Chuck Allen 10 tackles, 1 sack
    CB Dick Harris 7 tackles, 1 PD
    Boston
    QB Vito Parilli 11-20-2, 230 yards, 4 TD; 2 carries, 3 yards
    FB Billy Lott 16 carries, 128 yards, 1 TD; 2 receptions, 78 yards, 1 TD
    WR Geno Cappelletti 5 receptions, 96 yards
    DE Bob Dee 8 tackles, 1 sack
    LB Ronnie Loudd 9 tackles, 1 FR, 1 TD
    LB Tom Addison 7 tackles
    S Fred Bruney 6 tackles

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    AFL Roundup – October 9, 1961

    The defending American Football League Champion Houston Oilers proved they are still a force to be reckoned with as they demolished the Buffalo Bills 52-10 Sunday afternoon. George Blanda threw for 409 yards and 5 touchdowns in the victory. Offensive end Charley Hennigan hauled in 9 Blanda passes for 190 yards and 2 touchdowns. His counterpart John White caught 8 passes for 145 yards. “It was such a difference from our last outing where we only managed 211 yards through the air…..Blanda and his crew were on fire today,” commented an elated Coach Wally Lemm Sunday night.

    Kansas City 34 @ Denver 10; GAME MVP: FB Bo Dickinson 131 total yards, 1 TD

    Week 4 Statistical report (TOP 5)
    PASSING YARDS: Vito Parilli (BOS) 1,159 yards; George Blanda (HOU) 1,088 yards; Tommy O’Connell (BUF) 1,003 yards; Al Dorow (NYJ) 828 yards; Jack Kemp (ARI) 824 yards

    RECEIVING YARDS: Charley Hennigan (HOU) 425 yards; Elbert Dubenion (BUF) 411 yards; Don Norton (ARI) 404 yards; Jim Colcbough (BOS) 382 yards; Bob Coolbaugh (OAK) 324 yards

    RUSHING YARDS: Paul Lowe (ARI) 455 yards; Billy Lott (BOS) 380 yards; Wilmer Fowler (BUF) 256 yards; Ron Burton (BOS) 248 yards; Keith Lincoln (ARI) 220 yards

    TACKLES: Bud McFadin (DEN) 42 tackles; Bob Hudson (DEN) 41 tackles; Chuck McMurtry (BUF) 35 tackles; Bill Roehnelt (DEN) 34 tackles; Joe Hergert (BUF) 33 tackles

    SACKS: Mike Dukes (HOU) 6.5 sacks; Bob Dee (BOS) 4.5 sacks; Sid Youngelman (NYJ) 4.5 sacks; Bud McFadin (DEN) 4.5 sacks; Mack Yoho (BUF) 3.5 sacks

    National Football League – Week 5 report

    Baltimore 38 @ Chicago 24; GAME MVP: QB Johnny Unitas 26/44, 415 yards, 3 TD
    Green Bay 40 @ Cleveland 28; GAME MVP: FB Jim Taylor 155 total yards, 2 TD
    San Francisco 14 @ Minnesota 6; GAME MVP: WR Aaron Thomas 7 receptions, 98 yards, 1 TD
    New York 24 @ Dallas 7; GAME MVP: FB Alex Webster 22 carries, 138 yards, 2 TD
    Washington 24 @ Pittsburgh 30; GAME MVP: QB Bobby Layne 22/33, 257 yards, 3 TD
    Philadelphia 34 @ St. Louis 3; GAME MVP: TE Pete Retzlaff 6 receptions, 88 yards
    Los Angeles 14 @ Detroit 45; GAME MVP: FB Nick Pietrosante 198 total yards, 1 TD

    Week 5 Statistical report (TOP 5)
    PASSING YARDS: Johnny Unitas (BAL) 1,450 yards; Y.A. Tittle (NYG) 1,426 yards; Bart Starr (GB) 1,362 yards; John Brodie (SF) 1,290 yards; Norm Snead (WAS) 1,256 yards

    RECEIVING YARDS: Red Phillips (LA) 557 yards; Raymond Berry (BAL) 552 yards; Del Shofner (NYG) 508 yards; Billy Howton (DAL) 492 yards; Johnny Morris (CHI) 439 yards

    RUSHING YARDS: Jim Brown (CLE) 629 yards; Alex Webster (NYG) 505 yards; Jim Taylor (GB) 477 yards; John Henry Johnson (PIT) 407 yards; Hugh McElhenny (MIN) 387 yards

    TACKLES: Roy Wilkins (WAS) 51 tackles; Chuck Howley (DAL) 48 tackles; Dick Lasse (WAS) 48 tackles; Les Richter (LA) 45 tackles; Wayne Walker (DET) 43 tackles

    SACKS: Jess Richardson (PHI) 4.5 sacks; Lou Michaels (PIT) 4.5 sacks; Maury Youmans (CHI) 4 sacks; Will Renfro (PHI) 4 sacks; George Tarasovic (PIT) 4 sacks

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    Tuesday October 10, 1961

    “Ferrante to Join Mix and Rogers on sidelines” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    The Arizona Wranglers will have to go without their starting left guard Orlando Ferrante for the next eight weeks. Dr. Harold Warrenton Jr. diagnosed Ferrante with a stretched ankle ligament which he suffered in the Wranglers loss to the Patriots on Sunday. The starting left guard will join tackle Ron Mix and center Don Rogers on the injured list. “Three of our starting five offensive linemen will be out of action this weekend. With our odd practice schedule this week in Amherst it’s going to be tough to get these guys out on the practice field. I can tell you that Ernie Barnes will fill the hole left by Ferrante, who leaves for Phoenix tomorrow,” stated Coach Robinson Monday night.

    League injury report

    BOSTON
    TE Chad Priestner – 4 weeks dislocated hip suffered in week 5

    BUFFALO
    RB Wray Carlton out for season – placed on Injured Reserve
    LB Ralph Felton – 2 weeks sprained finger suffered in week 5
    S Billy Adkins – 1 week dislocated collar bone suffered in week 4

    DENVER
    FB Al Carmichael – 7 weeks stretched knee ligament suffered in week 5
    T John Mattox – 1 week sprained back suffered in week 1
    WR Jack Hill – 5 weeks sprained ankle suffered in week 4

    HOUSTON
    G Hogan Wharton – 2 weeks dislocated collar bone suffered in week 4
    DE Dalva Allen – 2 weeks mild concussion suffered in week 5

    KANSAS CITY
    QB Len Dawson – 1 week sprained shoulder suffered in week 5

    NEW YORK
    LB Ed Cooke – 3 weeks severe sprained ankle suffered in week 2
    C Mike Hudock – 6 weeks broken collar bone suffered in week 3

    OAKLAND
    CB Fred Williamson – 3 weeks dislocated hip suffered in week 4
    S Jim Jones – 2 weeks broken nose suffered in week 4
    QB Tom Flores – 2 weeks torn hamstring suffered in week 4

    “Parilli Leads AFL in Pass Statistics” – Bobby Herbert, Arizona Daily Star

    The undefeated Boston Patriots boast the top passer and second best rusher in the American Football League. The Patriots signal caller leads the league with 1,159 yards, 71 yards ahead of second place George Blanda. Both quarterbacks will battle it out his weekend at Boston University Field. “That is going to be one hack of a matchup,” commented Coach Robinson Monday night. “Both are excellent teams, but right now my concern is Slingin’ Sammy Baugh’s New York Jets. They have had a rough start to the season but they’re a great ball club and I am sure they will be the playoff hunt by week 14.” The Arizona Wranglers, who own a 4-1 record along with the Western division lead, are pacing the rushing department with a 151.4 average, while the Houston Oilers lead in passing with 296.3 yards per game. Arizona, which has generated 354 yards per game in total offense, owes its success to its balance. The Wranglers rank No. 2 defensively, allowing 284 yards per game, “Our defensive front four is intact for this weekend’s match up and I look forward to watching them in action against Al Dorow and company,” continued Coach Robinson.

    Wednesday October 11, 1961

    (Portion posted article appeared in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Wednesday October 11, 1961 page 22)

    “Foss Upholds Work of TV Announcers” Phoenix (AP) – Joe Foss, American Football League Commissioner, today defended the television coverage the American Broadcasting Company is providing his league each weekend. Foss and Thomas W. Moore, ABC’s Vice President in charge of TV programming, both replied to charges made yesterday by K.S. (Bud) Adams, owner of the Houston Oilers, that ABC is doing a poor job in televising the AFL games. “ABC television is doing an excellent job of covering American Football League games,” Foss said in a statement from his Sioux Falls, South Dakota home. “The fans, the sports writers and the teams have all told me this.” Moore said the coverage has received praise from, “television viewers, from stations, from sports writers and from AFL teams themselves. In Bob Neal and Elmer Angsman we have two of the best sportscasters in football,” he noted. Bud Adams charged that Neal and Angsman had made mistakes in telecasting the Houston-Arizona game on September 24 and that ABC “had better start handling AFL games like big time football instead of kindergarten stuff.” Neal broadcast the games of the NFL Cleveland Browns for 10 years, while Angsman, a former Notre Dame and Chicago Cardinals star, did color commentary on AFL games last year.

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    Arizona Wranglers @ New York Jets pregame report
    Location/Time: Polo Grounds, New York City, New York; 4:15 PM EST
    Last Meeting: December 18, 1960, New York 21 @ Los Angeles 35
    All time record: 2-0
    Point Spread: Pick’em
    Over/Under: 39.5

    “Wranglers Jets clash on Sunday” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    Wranglers Defensive Coordinator Frank Butler is hoping for a better performance out of his crew this weekend at the Polo Grounds. His defensive unit gave up 430 yards on the ground and through the air last week against the Pats. “As a unit…we’ve got to play better if we want to another W in the win column. It’s been tough on the boys practicing here in Amherst but we are a professional sports team and should be able to handle any adversity thrown our way…with no excuses,” mentioned Coach Butler before departing for a final team meeting Friday afternoon. Coach Robinson agreed with his defensive coordinator, “We just plain got beat by a better ball club last week….no two ways about it. If we want to leave Polo Grounds with a win we are going to have to play a more disciplined football game.”

    Coach Sammy Baugh’s New York Jets are coming off a much needed bye week after a tough 27-10 loss to the rival Patriots of Boston. Coach Baugh’s team, a pre-season favorite to contend for the AFL title, has had a rough start to the ’61 dropping three of their first four games. “We’re 1-3 on the season and we need to start winning against another AFL contender bent on redeeming themselves after getting slapped by Boston……Yeah it’s gonna be tough…..but our boys are up for the challenge and we have the added advantage of home field,” stated Coach Baugh during his pre game press conference Friday afternoon.

    INJURY REPORT
    Arizona
    T Ron Mix is out with a stretched knee ligament – Gene Selawski will get the start
    C Don Rogers is out with a sprained finger – George Belotti will get the start
    G Olrando Ferrante is out with a stretched ankle ligament – Ernie Barnes will get the start
    New York
    C Mike Hudock is out with a broken collar bone – Colin Mears will get the start
    LB Ed Cooke is out with a sprained ankle – Jim Furey will get the start

    STATISTICAL REPORT
    Arizona
    Total Offense: 974 passing yards; 757 rushing yards; 1,731 total yards; 5.4 yards per play
    Total Defense: pass defense 987 yards; rush defense 395 yards; 1,382 yards allowed; 4.8 yards New York
    Total Offense: 762 passing yards; 420 rushing yards; 1,182 total yards; 4.2 yards per play
    Total Defense: pass defense 845 yards; rush defense 281 yards; 1,126 yards allowed; 5.0 yards per play

    TEAM LEADERS
    Arizona
    Passing: Jack Kemp 54-116-7, 824 yards, 6 TD
    Rushing: Paul Lowe 84 carries, 455 yards, 7 TD
    Receiving: Don Norton 21 receptions, 404 yards, 4 TD
    Tackles: Chuck Allen 28 tackles
    Sacks: Jerry Fields 2 sacks, Chuck Allen 2 sacks
    Interceptions: Dick Harris 5 INT
    Passes defended: Dick Harris 4 PD
    New York
    Passing: Al Dorow 72-139-12, 828 yards, 4 TD
    Rushing: Bill Mathis 69 carries, 216 yards, 3 TD
    Receiving: Don Maynard 21 receptions, 307 yards, 2 TD
    Tackles: Herbert Bobo 23 tackles
    Sacks: Sid Youngelman 4.5 sacks
    Interceptions: Dick Felt 3 INT
    Passes Defended: Dainard Paulson 5 PD

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    Sunday October 15, 1961
    Arizona Wranglers @ New York Jets
    Location: The Polo Grounds, New York City, New York
    Attendance: 41,033
    Weather: Sunny 68 degrees, Wind: Calm
    Game MVP: Don Norton

    “Wranglers down Jets in Wild Affair 45-23” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    Wayne Robinson’s Arizona Wranglers and Sammy Baugh’s New York Jets combined for 993 yards of total offense in a wild affair at the Polo Grounds Sunday Afternoon. Baugh’s Jets had a promising start with an 8 play 64 yard drive encompassing 3:14 of the first quarter clock. The drive concluded with a 33 yard field goal by Matthew Bryan and his Jets took an early 3-0 lead. It would be their last lead of the afternoon. “It became clear early that establishing any type of running game may be challenging. I mean look at our first drive…60 of the 64 yards came through the air,” commented losing coach Sammy Baugh after that game. Jets pigskin hurler Al Dorow would go on to finish the ball game with 31 completions for 396 yards and 2 touchdowns. Robinson’s crew was quick to respond to New York’s fast start with 17 unanswered points and dominating game play through the rest of the first quarter and into the second. The Wranglers first score came at the 4:59 mark of the first with a 7 yard pass from Jack Kemp to Paul Lowe. Greg Ellsworth added a 24 yard boot, a short time later, through the uprights followed by a brilliant 34 yard run by bruising fullback Keith Lincoln. Lincoln blasted through a large hole created by George Belotti and Ernie Barnes. He then ran over Jets linebacker Herbert Bobo and out-raced a hard charging Don Flynn to the end zone. “It was a heck of a run I’ll give him credit…..but wow….did our offensive line play out of their minds today. I mean they dominated the Jets front four,” commented and elated Coach Robinson at the post game press conference. Later in the second ace running back Paul Lowe found the end zone for the second time on the afternoon. Lowe plowed through another large hole opened up by Deluca and Selawski and danced around the outstretched arms of Jim Furey for 66 yards to pay dirt. “I was all smiles….my line did their job today and did it well,” said a thrilled offensive line coach Joe Madro after the game. Lincoln would add another 25 yard blast mid way through the third. Both men combined for 200 yards on the ground and 3 touchdowns. And if that was not enough Wranglers offensive end Don Norton quietly hauled in 8 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown. “The Jets defensive backfield lost track of him all afternoon,” stated Jack Kemp during a post game interview. “I am going to start calling him Mr. Clutch,” added Kemp. Norton’s counterparts, Jets ends Don Maynard and Art Powell also had a productive afternoon. Both men combined for 276 yards on 16 receptions, “It was just a bad day to be a defensive back for both squads. They lost Norton all afternoon and we could not keep in contact with Maynard and Powell,” added Coach Robinson.

    Plays from scrimmage: Arizona 56 (15 First Downs); New York 64 (20 First Downs)
    Rushing: Arizona 28 for 200 yards (7.1 avg): New York 25 for 73 yards (2.9 avg)
    Pass plays: Arizona 17 for 27 (63%) 3 TD; New York 31 for 39 (79%) 2 TD, 1 INT
    Passing: Arizona 321 yards (11.9 per play); New York 399 yards (10.2 per play)
    Sacked: Arizona 1 times for 7 yards
    Turnovers: New York 1
    Punts: Arizona 4 punts for 173 yards (43.3 avg); New York 2 punts for 81 yards (40.5 avg)
    Third Down: Arizona 5 for 10 (50%); New York 4 for 11 (36%)
    Red Zone: Arizona 4 for 4 (1 FG, 3 TD); New York 3 for 3 (1 FG, 2 TD
    Time of Possession: Arizona 26:30; New York 33:30

    Game Information
    First Quarter
    NYJ – FG Matthew Bryan 33 yards; 3-0 NYJ
    ARI – TD Paul Lowe 7 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Greg Ellsworth kick) 7-3 ARI
    ARI – FG Greg Ellsworth 24 yards; 10-3 ARI
    Second Quarter
    ARI – TD Keith Lincoln 34 yard run (Greg Ellsworth kick) 17-3 ARI
    NYJ – FG Matthew Bryan 16 yards; 17-6 ARI
    ARI – TD Paul Lowe 66 yard run (Greg Ellsworth kick) 24-6 ARI
    NYJ – TD Art Powell 14 yard pass from Al Dorow (Matthew Bryan kick) 24-13 ARI
    ARI – TD Don Norton 19 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Greg Ellsworth kick) 31-13 ARI
    Third Quarter
    ARI – TD Keith Lincoln 25 yard run (Greg Ellsworth kick) 38-13 ARI
    NJY – FG Matthew Bryan 39 yards; 38-16 ARI
    Fourth Quarter
    NYJ – TD Thurlow Cooper 10 yard pass from Al Dorow (Matthew Bryan kick) 38-23 ARI
    ARI – TD Paul Lowe 8 yard pass from Jack Kemp (Greg Ellsworth kick) 45-23

    Top Performers
    Arizona
    QB Jack Kemp 17-27, 313 yards, 3 TD
    RB Paul Lowe 14 carries, 122 yards 1 TD; 4 receptions, 44 yards, 2 TD
    FB Keith Lincoln 14 carries, 78 yards, 2 TD; 1 reception, 10 yards
    WR Don Norton 8 receptions, 202 yards, 1 TD
    DT Bill Hudson 7 Tackles
    DT Ernie Ladd 7 tackles
    LB Emil Karas 7 tackles
    LB Jerry Fields 7 tackles
    CB Dick Harris 4 tackles, 2 PD
    S Bob Zeman 4 tackles, 1 INT
    New York
    QB Al Dorow 31-39-1, 396 yards, 2 TD; 4 carries, 11 yards
    RB Dick Christy 8 carries, 15 yards; 7 receptions, 50 yards
    WR Don Maynard 8 receptions, 126 yards
    WR Art Powell 8 receptions, 150 yards, 1 TD
    DE Sid Youngelman 7 tackles
    LB Herbert Bobo 10 tackles, 1 sack, 1 PD
    CB Dick Felt 5 tackles
    S Don Flynn 5 tackles

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    AFL Roundup – Monday October 16, 1961

    “Broncs Notch First Win of 61’ “ – Bobby Herbert, Arizona Daily Star

    Backup quarterback George Herring threw for 169 yards and running back Donnie Stone had 104 yards of total offense in a 17-3 Broncos victory over the Oakland Raiders. Lead man Frank Filchock was rather please with his teams offensive and defensive performance, “We played well on both side of the ball for the first time this season…..let’s hope we can continue that into the coming weeks.”

    “Oilers end Pats streak at Five” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    Wally Lemm and his crew arrived at Boston University Field ready to play….and play they did. The Oilers pounded out a 34-17 victory over the previously undefeated Boston Patriots. The visiting team used a 31 point second quarter to secure their victory. In the short 15 minute span George Bland threw 2 touchdown passes, fullback Dave Smith rubble 55 yards to pay dirt, and safety Fred Glick returned a Parilli pass 67 yards for a score. “It was the longest 15 minutes of my coaching career. I mean we were up seven to nothing and then our team just fell apart,” commented a dejected Mike Holovak after the game. Oilers starting signal caller George Bland had 171 yards passing and 2 touchdowns on the day. Offensive backs Cannon and Smith contributed 143 yards on the ground.

    Kansas City 26 @ Denver 14; GAME MVP: WR Chris Burford 10 receptions, 182 yards, 1 TD

    Week 6 Statistical report (TOP 5)

    PASSING YARDS: Vito Parilli (BOS) 1,290 yards; George Blanda (HOU) 1,271 yards; Al Dorow (NYJ) 1,227 yards; Tommy O’Connell (BUF) 1,197 yards; Jack Kemp (ARI) 1,152 yards

    TD PASSES: Vito Parilli (BOS) 11; George Blanda (HOU) 11; Jack Kemp (ARI) 9; Tommy O’Connell (BUF) 8; AL Dorow (NYJ) 6

    RECEIVING YARDS: Don Norton (ARI) 613 yards; Charley Hennigan (HOU) 534 yards; Jim Colcbough (BOS) 495 yards; Elbert Dubenion (BUF) 459 yards; Don Maynard (NYJ) 433 yards

    RECEPTIONS: Don Norton (ARI) 29; Don Maynard (NYJ) 29; Jim Colclough (BOS) 28; Charley Hennigan (HOU) 28; Charlie Hardy (OAK) 26

    TD RECEPTIONS: Don Norton (ARI) 5; Jim ColClough (BOS) 5; Charley Hennigan (HOU) 5; Elbert Dubenion (BUF) 4; Paul Lowe (ARI) 3

    RUSHING YARDS: Paul Lowe (ARI) 577 yards; Billy Lott (BOS) 441 yards; Wilmer Fowler (BUF) 299 yards; Keith Lincoln (ARI) 220 yards

    RUSHING TDs: Paul Lowe (ARI) 8; Keith Lincoln (ARI) 5; Billy Lott (BOS) 4; Dave Smith (HOU) 3; Bill Mathis (NYJ) 3

    TACKLES: Bud McFadin (DEN) 48 tackles; Bob Hudson (DEN) 44 tackles; Chuck McMurtry (BUF) 43 tackles; Joe Hergert (BUF) 41 tackles; Bill Roehnelt (DEN) 39 tackles

    SACKS: Mike Dukes (HOU) 6.5 sacks; Bob Dee (BOS) 4.5 sacks; Mel Branch (KC) 4.5; Sid Youngelman (NYJ) 4.5 sacks; Bud McFadin (DEN) 4.5 sacks;

    PASSES DEFENDED: Phil Nugent (DEN) 11; Richie McCabe (BUF) 8; Duane Wood (KC) 7; Dick Harris (ARI) 6; Bud McFadin (DEN) 6

    INTERCEPTIONS: Jim Wagstaff (BUF) 6; Mark Johnston (HOU) 6; Dick Harris (ARI) 5; Fred Glick (HOU) 5; Goose Gonsoulin (DEN) 4

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    National Football League – Week 6 report

    Baltimore 21 @ Detroit 38; GAME MVP: FB Nick Pietrosante 170 total yards, 2 TD
    Green Bay 41 @ Minnesota 14; GAME MVP: TE Ron Kramer 4 recetions, 188 yards, 2 TD
    San Francisco 24 @ Chicago 45; GAME MVP: WR Johnny Morris 7 receptions, 125 yards, 1 TD
    Los Angeles 5 @ New York 21; GAME MVP: RB Kyle Rote 153 total yards, 1 TD
    Philadelphia 44 @ Dallas 7; GAME MVP: QB Sonny Jurgensen 275 yards passing, 2 TD
    Cleveland 20 @ Pittsburgh 21; GAME MVP: QB Bobby Layne 285 yards passing, 3 TD
    St. Louis 3 @ Washington 31; GAME MVP: QB Norm Snead 241 yards passing, 3 TD

    Week 6 Statistical report (TOP 5)

    PASSING YARDS: Bart Starr (GB) 1,701 yards; Johnnie Unitas (BAL) 1,697 yards; Y.A. Tittle (NYG) 1,687 yards; John Brodie (SF) 1,562 yards; Norm Snead (WAS) 1,497 yards

    TD PASSES: Johnny Unitas (BAL) 15; Y.A. Tittle (NYG) 12; Earl Morrall (DET) 11; Bart Starr (GB) 10; Sonny Jurgensen (PHI) 10

    RECEIVING YARDS: Raymond Berry (BAL) 660 yards; Red Phillips (LA) 641 yards; Johnny Morris (CHI) 564 yards; Del Shofner (NYG) 564 yards; Clyde Conner (SF) 554 yards

    RECEPTIONS: Kyle Rote (NYG) 42; Johnny Morris (CHI) 40; Clyde Conner (SF) 37; Jim Brown (CLE) 34; Bill Anderson (WAS) 32

    TD RECEPTIONS: Raymond Berry (BAL) 8; Johnny Morris (CHI) 6; Ray Renfro (CLE) 5; Red Phillips (LA) 5; Del Shofner (NYG) 5

    RUSHING YARDS: Jim Brown (CLE) 654 yards; Alex Webster (NYG) 559 yards; Jim Taylor (GB) 543 yards; John Henry Johnson (PIT) 483 yards; J.D. Smith (SF) 483 yards

    RUSHING TDs: Jim Brown (CLE) 7; Jim Taylor (GB) 7; Alex Webster (NYG) 7; Clarence Peaks (PHI) 4; John Henry Johnson (PIT) 4

    TACKLES: Roy Wilkins (WAS) 59 tackles; Les Richter (LA) 58 tackles; Chuck Howley (DAL) 56 tackles; Dick Lasse (WAS) 55 tackles; Wayne Walker (DET) 52

    SACKS: Dick Modzelewski (NYG) 5 sacks; Roland Lakes (SF) 5 sacks; Bill Glass (DET) 4.5 sacks; Jess Richardson (PHI) 4.5 sacks; Lou Michaels (PIT) 4.5 sacks

    PASSES DEFENDED: Johnny Sample (PIT) 10; Abe Woodson (SF) 8; Ben Scotti (WAS) 8; Dave Whitsell (CHI) 7; Erich Barnes (NYG) 7

    INTERCEPTIONS: Jimmy Patton (NYG) 9; Don Burroughs (PHI) 7; Jim Kerr (WAS) 6; Bobby Boyd (BAL) 5; Bernie Parrish (CLE) 5

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    Tuesday October 17, 1961

    “Team returns from East Coast Venture” – Bobby Hebert, Arizona Daily Star

    Coach Robinson and his Arizona Wranglers returned from their East Coast trip Monday Evening. “What a trip it was…..we came out on the better end of the score board twice,” commented a tired Coach Robinson when the press caught up with him at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Coach Robinson also thanked their University of Massachusetts hosts and the City of Amherst for putting up with his boys for so long. “Now if you will excuse me…..it’s been a long trip and I would like to get the business of sleeping before reporting to work in the morning.” When asked about the status of his offensive field general Coach Robinson just smiled and departed. Jack Kemp was injured in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s victory in New York. He was crushed by a hard charging Larry Grantham and left the game favoring the shoulder he injured in a week 2 matchup with the Raiders. It has been speculated that Kemp played through most of Sunday’s game in New York with an aggravated left shoulder and when Grantham drove him into the Polo Grounds turf it made the matter worse. Though it has not been confirmed sources close to the team mentioned that Kemp may played through the Jets victory with his shoulder shot full of Novocain and strapped in a protecting sling.

    Thursday October 19, 1961

    “Kemp Sidelined…Enis to Start” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Repulbic

    Dr. Harold Warrenton delivered the news to Coach Robinson and his staff Wednesday evening that starting signal caller, Jack Kemp, will join Ron Mix and Orlando Ferrante on the sidelines. Kemp has been diagnosed with a bruised shoulder and will miss this weekend’s matchup at Candlestick Park against Western Division rival the Oakland Raiders. Kemp’s backup, Hunter Enis, will get his second start of the ’61 campaign. Enis has completed 11 passes for 191 yards in his limited duty behind center. The local bay area press is having a field day with the news deeming this weekend’s game as the ‘Battle of the Backups” as second in line quarterback Nick Papac will be under center for the opposition. “Hunter is a capable quarterback and I am confident he will get the job done,” claimed Quarterbacks Coach Bob Waterfield. “We’ll have him ready for the contest…..and he had got a terrific offensive line and backs to count on…..it’s going to be a great……Battle of the Backups…” added Waterfield with smile.

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    League injury report – Thursday October 19, 1961

    BOSTON
    TE Chad Priestner – 3 weeks dislocated hip suffered in week 5

    BUFFALO
    RB Wray Carlton out for season – placed on Injured Reserve
    LB Ralph Felton – 1 week sprained finger suffered in week 5

    DENVER
    FB Al Carmichael – 6 weeks stretched knee ligament suffered in week 5
    WR Jack Hill – 4 weeks sprained ankle suffered in week 4
    DE Joe Young – 1 week bruised knee suffered in week 6

    HOUSTON
    G Hogan Wharton – 1 week dislocated collar bone suffered in week 4
    DE Dalva Allen – 1 week mild concussion suffered in week 5

    KANSAS CITY
    S Edward Kelley – 2 weeks pulled quadriceps suffered in week 6

    NEW YORK
    DT Tom Saidock – 1 week mild concussion suffered in week 6
    S Dainard Paulson – 1 week mild concussion suffered in week 6
    S Jason Boykin – 3 weeks strained knee suffered in week 6
    LB Ed Cooke – 2 weeks severe sprained ankle suffered in week 2
    C Mike Hudock – 5 weeks broken collar bone suffered in week 3

    OAKLAND
    CB Fred Williamson – 2 weeks dislocated hip suffered in week 4
    CB Bob Garner – 1 week hip stress fracture suffered in week 6
    S Jim Jones – 1 week broken nose suffered in week 4
    QB Tom Flores – 1 week torn hamstring suffered in week 6

    “Wranglers Hang on to Number Two Spot” – Billy Mitchell, The Arizona Republic

    Week 7 Power Rankings have been released. Wally Lemm and the defending AFL champion Houston OIlers still hold the number one spot. While Coach Robinson and company keep their grip on second place. Listed below are the power ratings in the league as of October 19, 1961

    1. Houston Oilers
    2. Arizona Wranglers
    3. Boston Patriots
    4. Kansas City Chiefs
    5. New York Jets
    6. Buffalo Bills
    7. Denver Broncos
    8. Oakland Raiders

    National Football League top 5 Powers rankings heading into this weekend’s matchups

    1. New York Giants
    2. Philadelphia Eagles
    3. Green Bay Packers
    4. Baltimore Colts
    5. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Arizona Wranglers @ Oakland Raiders pregame report
    Location/Time: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California; 1:15 PM PST
    Last Meeting: September 17, 1961, Oakland 3 @ Arizona 35
    All time record: 2-1
    Point Spread:-4 (ARI)
    Over/Under: 40.5

    “Raiders expect 15,000 for Candlestick Game” – San Francisco (UPI)

    (Portion posted article appeared in the Eureka Humbolt Standard, Eureka, California October 19, 1961 page 28)

    The Oakland Raiders, who have lived nearly two years for just such a day, are expecting 15,000 fans Sunday at Candlestick Park for the game with the Arizona Wranglers of the American Football League. If the ticket sales reach that figure, then everybody from the owner to the lowliest water boy will count the season as something of a success. “For the first time in our history,” says Raiders general manager Wes Fry, “we’ve had a brisk sale of tickets on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. From this I gather that we are going to have place around 15,000, at least, to see the Raiders play the Wranglers. Fry also mentioned that the sales are being helped by the fact that the Wranglers are taking 700 tickets for Arizona Fans, who will fly west to see their once beaten Western Division leading team take the field. However, it may prove to be too late for the organization’s hopes in California as they are being heavily pursued by a group of Memphis, Tennessee investors.

    INJURY REPORT
    Arizona
    QB Jack Kemp is out with a bruised shoulder – Hunter Enis will get the start
    T Ron Mix is out with a stretched knee ligament – Gene Selawski will get the start
    G Orlando Ferrante is out with a stretched ankle ligament – Ernie Barnes will get the start
    Oakland
    QB Tom Flores is out with a torn hamstring – Nick Papac will get the start
    CB Fred Williamson is out with a dislocated hip – John Harris will get the start
    CB Bob Garner is out with a hip stress fracture – Steve Pridgen will get the start
    S Jim Jones is out with a broken nose

    STATISTICAL REPORT
    Arizona
    Total Offense: 1,295 passing yards; 957 rushing yards; 2,252 total yards; 6.0 yards per play
    Total Defense: pass defense 1,386 yards; rush defense 468 yards; 1,854 yards allowed; 5.2 yards
    Oakland
    Total Offense: 1,063 passing yards; 330 rushing yards; 1,393 total yards; 4.3 yards per play
    Total Defense: pass defense 929 yards; rush defense 558 yards; 1,487 yards allowed; 4.6 yards per play

    TEAM LEADERS
    Arizona
    Passing: Jack Kemp 71-143-7, 1,152 yards, 9 TD
    Rushing: Paul Lowe 98 carries, 577 yards, 8 TD
    Receiving: Don Norton 29 receptions, 613 yards, 5 TD
    Tackles: Chuck Allen 34 tackles
    Sacks: Jerry Fields 2 sacks, Chuck Allen 2 sacks
    Interceptions: Dick Harris 5 INT
    Passes defended: Dick Harris 6 PD
    Oakland
    Passing: Tom Flores 61-140-10, 743 yards, 2 TD
    Rushing: Clem Daniels 58 carries, 194 yards, 1 TD
    Receiving: Bob Coolbaugh 21 receptions, 352 yards, 1 TD
    Tackles: Riley Morris 29 tackles
    Sacks: Bob Dougherty 4 sacks
    Interceptions: Joe Cannavino 3 INT
    Passes Defended: Joe Cannavino 6 PD

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