Florida Blazers (14-6)
Head Coach: Jack Pardee
Passing Leader: Bob Davis (3079)
Rushing Leader: Tommy Reamon (1576)
Receiving Leader: Jim Strong (47-429)
New York Stars (8-5)/Charlotte Hornets (2-5)
Head Coach: Babe Parilli
Passing Leader: Tom Sherman (2311)
Rushing Leader: Bob Gladieux (690)
Receiving Leader: George Sauer (38-547)
Philadelphia Bell (9-11)
Head Coach: Ron Waller
Passing Leader: King Corcoran (3631)
Rushing Leader: John Land (1136)
Receiving Leader: John Land (54-621)
Jacksonville Sharks (4-10) - Folded October 8th
Head Coach: Bud Asher (2-4) and Charlie Tate (2-6)
Passing Leader: Reggie Oliver (1415)
Rushing Leader: Tommy Durrance (658)
Receiving Leader: Dennis Hughes (31-508)
Memphis Southmen (17-3)
Head Coach: John McVay
Passing Leader: John Huarte (2416)
Rushing Leader: J.J. Jennings (1524)
Receiving Leader: Ed Marshall (60-1159)
Birmingham Americans (15-5)
Head Coach: Jack Gotta
Passing Leader: George Mira (2248)
Rushing Leader: Paul Robinson (599)
Receiving Leader: Dennis Homan (61-930)
Chicago Fire (7-13)
Head Coach: Jim Spavital
Passing Leader: Virgil Carter (2629)
Rushing Leader: Cyril Pinder (925)
Receiving Leader: Jack Dolbin (54-942)
Detroit Wheels (1-13)
Head Coach: Danny Boisture
Passing Leader: Bubba Wyche (1869)
Rushing Leader: Sam Scarber (606)
Receiving Leader: Jon Henderson (30-406)
The Hawaiians (9-11)
Head Coach: Mike Giddings
Passing Leader: Norris Weese (1847)
Rushing Leader: Sonny Davis (680)
Receiving Leader: Tim Delaney (89-1232)
Southern California Sun (13-7)
Head Coach: Tom Fears
Passing Leader: Tony Adams (3905)
Rushing Leader: Kermit Johnson (1008)
Receiving Leader: James McAlister (65-772)
Portland Storm (7-12-1)
Head Coach: Dick Coury
Passing Leader: Pete Beathard (1247)
Rushing Leader: Rufus Ferguson (1086)
Receiving Leader: Rufus Ferguson (49-369)
Houston Texans (3-8-1)/Shreveport Steamer (4-4)
Head Coach: Jim Garrett (3-7-1), Henry Lee Parker (0-1) and Marshall Taylor (4-4)
Passing Leader: Dave Mays (997)
Rushing Leader: Jim Nance (1240)
Receiving Leader: Rick Eber (66-771)
FRANCHISES: Birmingham Americans, Chicago Fire, Detroit Wheels, Florida Blazers (originally Washington-Baltimore/Virginia Ambassadors), Houston Texans, Jacksonville Sharks, Memphis Southmen (originally Toronto Northmen), New York Stars (originally Boston Bulls), Philadelphia Bell, Portland Storm, Southern California Sun, The Hawaiians
WEDNESDAY JULY 10
MEMPHIS 34, Detroit 15 (30122) - Before a large crowd, including Elvis, QB John Huarte threw a 40-yard scoring pass to TE Gary Shirk and rookie halfback Paul Miles ran for two TDs to boost the Memphis Southmen in their opener. Memphis FB J.J. Jennings, who led the nation in scoring at Rutgers last year, ran five yards for a first-quarter TD. Jennings ran for 99 yards, while the Southmen defense limited the Wheels to only 56 yards rushing.
DETROIT - 0 0 7 8 - 15
MEMPHIS - 8 10 0 16 - 34
1st - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 5-yard run (Willie Spencer run) MEM 8-0 2nd - MEM - Gary Shirk, 40-yard pass from John Huarte (Run failed) MEM 15-0 2nd - MEM - Bob Etter, 45-yard field goal MEM 18-0 3rd - DET - Hubie Bryant, 12-yard pass from Bubba Wyche (Pass failed) MEM 18-7 4th - MEM - Paul Miles, 8-yard run (Shirk pass from Huarte) MEM 26-7 4th - MEM - Miles, 5-yard run (Ed Marshall pass from Huarte) MEM 34-7 4th - DET - Sam Scarber, 1-yard run (Joe Scales pass from Wyche) MEM 34-15
FLORIDA 8, Hawaiians 7 (18625) - Jim Strong ran for a TD and grabbed an action point pass to give the Blazers the win. For almost three quarters on a muggy summer night the two teams fought in the middle of the field, never penetrating deeper than the 20 yard line. The TD by Strong was set up when the Blazers defense forced a fumble at the Hawaii 10-yard line. Blazer DB Charles Beatty knocked down Hawaii's attempt to tie with an action pass.
HAWAIIANS - 0 0 0 7 - 7
FLORIDA - 0 0 8 0 - 8
3rd - FLA - Jim Strong, 3-yard run (Strong pass from Bob Davis) FLO 8-0 4th - HAW - John Kelsey, 6-yard pass from Norris Weese (Pass failed) FLO 8-7
CHICAGO 17, Houston 0 (36251) - Virgil Carter completed two TD passes and gained 184 yards through the air to lead the Fire before a large crowd. Carter sparked the Fire after the opening kickoff to a 60-yard march for a TD, passing for five yards to Cyril Pinder for the score. Houston never 'threatened for a TD and its best scoring chance went astray when Charlie Durkee missed a 47-yard FG. The Texans defense did have three interceptions.
HOUSTON - 0 0 0 0 - 0
CHICAGO - 7 0 7 3 - 17
1st - CHI - Cyril Pinder, 5-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Run failed) CHI 7-0 3rd - CHI - Jim Scott, 5-yard pass from Carter (Pass failed) CHI 14-0 4th - CHI - Chuck Ramsey, 30-yard field goal CHI 17-0
PHILADELPHIA 33, Portland 8 (55534) - As the Bell outdrew the Philadelphia Phillies on the same night, King Corcoran threw two TD passes and John Land rushed for two TDs for the Bell. Corcoran completed 21 of 38 passes for 227 yards. Portland finally scored, down 25-0, in the third period on a George Kendricks run. Storm QB Greg Barton was constantly harassed and completed only four of 16 passes for 66 yards.
PORTLAND - 0 0 8 0 - 8
PHILADELPHIA - 3 22 0 8 - 33
1st - PHIL - Rich Szaro, 27-yard field goal PHIL 3-0 2nd - PHIL - John Land, 1-yard run (Pass failed) PHIL 10-0 2nd - PHIL - Alan Thompson, 14-yard pass from King Corcoran (Thompson pass from Corcoran) PHIL 18-0 2nd - PHIL - Cecil Bowens, 25-yard pass from Corcoran (Pass failed) PHIL 25-0 3rd - PORT - George Kendricks, 5-yard run (Greg Specht pass from Greg Barton) PHIL 25-8 4th - PHIL - Land, 23-yard run (LeVell Hill pass from Corcoran) PHIL 33-8
BIRMINGHAM 11, S. California 7 (53231) - DB Steve Williams ran back a pass interception 50 yards for a TD in the fourth quarter to lead Birmingham in a match between the two teams considered among the strongest in the WFL. Later, he preserved the victory late in the game by knocking a pass out of the hands of Dave Williams in the end zone. In the fourth quarter, Earl Sark kicked a 26-yard field goal for Birmingham to seal the win.
S. CALIFORNIA - 0 7 0 0 - 7
BIRMINGHAM - 0 0 0 11 - 11
1st - SC - Kermit Johnson, 1-yard run (Pass failed) S. CAL 7-0 4th - BIRM - Steve Williams, 50-yard pass interception (Paul Robinson pass from George Mira) BIRM 8-74th - BIRM - Earl Sark, 26-yard field goal BIRM 11-7
THURSDAY JULY 11
JACKSONVILLE 14, New York 7 (59112) - Before a nation television audience and commissioner Gary Davidson in attendance, Jacksonville's Alvin Wyatt broke a scoreless tie in the second quarter when he ran 87 yards with a punt return. Then, with two minutes left, OG 0.Z. White pounced on a loose football in the end zone two plays after Ike Lassiter blocked a punt, securing the win before the largest crowd of the opening weekend.
NEW YORK - 0 7 0 0 - 7
JACKSONVILLE - 0 7 0 7 - 14
2nd - JACK - Alvin Wyatt, 87-yard punt return (Pass failed) JACK 7-0 2nd - NY - George Sauer, 8-yard pass from Tom Sherman (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 4th - JACK - O.Z. White recovered fumble in end zone (Pass failed) JACK 14-7
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 1 0 0 1.000 8 7 Memphis 1 0 0 1.000 34 15
Philadelphia 1 0 0 1.000 33 8 Birmingham 1 0 0 1.000 11 7
Jacksonville 1 0 0 1.000 14 7 Chicago 1 0 0 1.000 17 0
New York 0 1 0 .000 7 14 Detroit 0 1 0 .000 15 34
S. California 0 1 0 .000 7 11 Hawaiians 0 1 0 .000 7 8
Portland 0 1 0 .000 8 33 Houston 0 1 0 .000 0 17
WEDNESDAY JULY 17
Birmingham 32, NEW YORK 29 (17943) - George Mira hurled three TD passes and ran for a fourth, all in the second half, to rally Birmingham. Held without a first down in the first half, the Americans overcame a 29-3 deficit before an announced crowd of 17,943, 1,200 admitted on freebies, at dilapidated Downing Stadium. New York rallied in the final seconds, but Pete Rajecki's 35-yard FG attempt was off with 36 seconds left.
BIRMINGHAM - 3 0 15 14 - 32
NEW YORK - 16 13 0 0 - 29
1st - BIRM - Earl Sark, 35-yard field goal BIRM 3-0 1st - NY - Tom Sherman, 1-yard run (Bob Gladieux run) NY 8-3 1st - NY - Gladieux, 2-yard run (Sherman pass) NY 16-3 2nd - NY - Andy Huff, 8-yard run (Point failed) NY 23-3 2nd - NY - Pete Ralecki, 20-yard field goal NY 26-3 2nd - NY - Rajecki, 38-yard field goal NY 29-3 3rd - BIRM - Ted Powell, 20-yard pass from George Mira (Point failed) NY 29-10 3rd - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 4-yard pass from Mira (Mira pass to Jenkins) NY 29-18 4th - BIRM - Mira, 1-yard run (Point failed) NY 29-25 4th - BIRM - Dennis Homan, 63-yard pass from Mira (Point failed) BIRM 32-29
Florida 18, DETROIT 14 (10631) - Tom Reamon slashed over from five yards out with 1:37 to play to give the Blazers their second straight win. More than nine minutes remained and the sparse crowd of 10,631, half of the capacity crowd expected, seemed certain the Wheels had recorded their inaugural WFL win. But QB Bob Davis calmly directed the game-winning drive which consumed nearly half of the final period.
FLORIDA - 7 3 0 8 - 18
DETROIT - 0 7 7 0 - 14
1st - FLA - Matt Maslowski, 6-yard pass from Bob Davis (Pass failed) FLOA 7-0 2nd - DET - Sam Scarber, 10-yard run (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 2nd - FLA - Les Perry, 26-yard field goal FLO 10-7 3rd - DET - Jim Rathje, 41-yard pass from Bubba Wyche (Run failed) DET 14-10 4th - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 5-yard run (Greg Latta pass from Davis) FLO 18-14
S. CALIFORNIA 38, Hawaiians 31 (32018) - Tony Adams completed 13-of-19 passes for 208 yards and one TD and ran for two TDs to spark the Sun in their home opener. Adams completed his first nine passes, including a 17-yard TD to Dave Williams, as the Sun took a 15-0 halftime lead. The Hawaiians roared back with a 31-point fourth period to keep the game in doubt. The Sun won when on a TD pass from backup QB Gary Valbuena.
HAWAIIANS - 0 0 0 31 - 31
S. CALIFORNIA - 8 7 0 15 - 38
1st - SC - Dave Williams, 17-yard pass from Tony Adams (Kermit Johnson run) S. CAL 8-0 2nd - SC - Adams 1 run (Run failed) S. CAL 15-0 4th - SC - Adams, 14-yard run (Adams run) S. CAL 23-0 4th - HAW - Jack Kelsey, 12-yard pass from Norris Weese (Derrick Williams pass from Weese) S. CAL 23-8 4th - SC - Alonzo Emery, 76-yard kickoff return (Run failed) S. CAL 30-8 4th - HAW - Grady Richardson, 10-yard pass from Weese (Pass failed) S. CAL 30-15 4th - SC - Terry Lindsey, 17-yard pass from Gary Valbuena (Ralph Nelson run) S. CAL 38-15 4th - HAW - Tim Delaney, 32-yard pass from Dennis Dummit (Weese run) S. CAL 38-23 4th - HAW - Weese, 2-yard run (Weese run) S. CAL 38-31
CHICAGO 25, Jacksonville 22 (29508) - A 26-yard FG by Chuck Ramsey with six seconds left gave the Fire the win as QB Virgil Carter directed an 86-yard drive in less than four minutes to set up the FG that gave Chicago its second win in two starts and the Sharks their first loss. Jacksonville went ahead 22-15 in the fourth quarter when Kay Stephenson hit WR John Thornton with a TD pass, but Chicago tied the game on Mark Kellar's TD run.
JACKSONVILLE - 8 0 7 7 - 22
CHICAGO - 7 8 0 10 - 25
1st - CHI - Mark Keller, 31-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Pass failed) CHI 7-0 1st - JACK - Ricky Lake, 2-yard run (Dennis Hughes pass from Kay Stephenson) JACK 8-7 2nd - CHI - Joe Womack, 1-yard run (James Scott pass from Carter) CHI 15-8 3rd - JACK - Lake, 9-yard run (Pass failed) TIED 15-15 4th - JACK - John Thornton, 20-yard pass from Stephenson (Pass failed) JACK 22-15 4th - CHI - Mark Kellar, 1-yard run (Run failed) TIED 22-22 4th - CHI - Chuck Ramsey, 26-yard field goal CHI 25-22
HOUSTON 11, Philadelphia 0 (26227) - DB Daryl Johnson intercepted a King Corcoran pass and returned it 57 yards for a TD early in the first quarter to lead the Texans to a win before a large crowd enticed in part by "nickle beer night". There were 20 punts in the game. The Bell gained only 60 yards rushing, and Houston 87. Houston intercepted Corcoran twice and Mike Yancheff two more times as the Bell never got inside Houston's 30.
PHILADELPHIA - 0 0 0 0 - 0
HOUSTON - 8 3 0 0 - 11
1st - HOU - Daryl Johnson, 57-yard interception return (Henry Theofiledes pass to Jim Nance) HOU 8-0 2nd - HOU - Charlie Durkee, 28-yard field goal HOU 11-0
THURSDAY JULY 18
MEMPHIS 16, Portland 8 (31000) - John Harte threw TD passes of 42 and 14 yards in sweltering weather to give the Southmen the win. A crowd of 31,088, an improvement of 1,000 over last week's Memphis home opener, watched the game in 87-degree weather. Huarte completed his first six passes as the Southmen enjoyed an 8-0 halftime lead.Southmen rookie DB David Thomas intercepted two Greg Barton passes.
PORTLAND - 0 0 8 0 - 8
MEMPHIS - 8 0 8 0 - 16
1st - MEM - Rick Ettinger, 42-yard pass from John Huarte (J.J. Jennings pass from Huarte) MEM 8-0 3rd - PORT - Sam Bickerson, 29-yard pass from Greg Barton (Marv Kendrlcks run) TIED 8-8 3rd - MEM - Ed Marshall, 14-yard pass from Huarte (Gary Shirk pass from Huarte) MEM 16-8
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 2 0 0 1.000 26 21 Memphis 2 0 0 1.000 50 23
Philadelphia 1 1 0 .500 33 19 Birmingham 2 0 0 1.000 43 36
Jacksonville 1 1 0 .500 36 32 Chicago 2 0 0 1.000 42 22
New York 0 2 0 .000 36 46 Detroit 0 2 0 .000 29 52
S. California 1 1 0 .500 45 42 Portland 0 2 0 .000 16 49
Houston 1 1 0 .500 11 17 Hawaiians 0 2 0 .000 38 46
SUNDAY JULY 21
HAWAIIANS 36, Detroit 16 (10080) - Rookie QB Norris Weese passed for two TDs and ran for another to lead the Hawaiians. Weese hit Jerry Powell on a 21-yard TD pass in the third quarter to put the Hawaiians ahead to stay. He also connected with Tim Boyer and dove one yard for a TD in the second quarter. The Hawaiians, playing at home for the first time, padded their margin in the fourth quarter with a 66-yard punt return by John Moseley.
DETROIT - 0 8 8 0 - 16
HAWAIIANS - 0 14 7 15 - 36
2nd - HAW - Tim Boyer, 49-yard pass from Norris Weese (Point failed) HAW 7-0 2nd - DET - Hubie Bryant, 27-yard pass from Bubba Wyche (Jim Rathje run) DET 8-7 2nd - HAW - Weese, 1-yard run (Point failed) HAW 14-8 3rd - DET - Wyche, 1-yard run (Wyche pass to Sam Scarber) DET 16-14 3rd - HAW - Jerry Powell, 21-yard pass from Weese (Point failed) HAW 21-16 4th - HAW - John Moseley, 66-yard punt return (Weese pass to Chris Vella) HAW 29-16 4th - HAW - Powell, 8-yard pass from Dennis Dummit (Pass failed) HAW 36-16
WEDNESDAY JULY 24
Chicago 29, PORTLAND 22 (19359) - Chicago QB Virgil Carter tossed three TD passes, one a 69-yarder to James Scott, as the Fire remained unbeaten. Chicago trailed 7-0 early then scored 29 unanswered points. Portland, now 0-3 after its home opener, scored two touchdowns in the final period, the last on a three-yard pass from QB Dan Van Galder to Rufus Ferguson as time ran out.
CHICAGO - 0 8 14 7 - 29
PORTLAND - 7 0 0 15 - 22
1st - PORT - Greg Specht, 18-yard pass from Greg Barton (Run failed) PORT 7-0 2nd - CHI - Mark Kellar, 50-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Cyril Pinder pass from Carter) CHI 8-7 3rd - CHI - Pinder, 1-yard pass from Carter (Pass failed) CHI 15-7 3rd - CHI - Pinder, 4-yard run (Pass failed) CHI 22-7 4th - PORT - Marv Kendricks, 1-yard run (Pass failed) CHI 22-14 4th - CHI - James Scott, 69-yard pass from Carter (Pass failed) CHI 29-14 4th - PORT - Rufus Ferguson, 3-yard pass fr Dan Van Galder (Bob Christensen pass fr Van Galder) CHI 29-22
FLORIDA 15, Houston 3 (15289) - Rookies Greg Latta and Tommy Reamon sloshed to TDs to help the Blazers keep the lead in the Eastern Division. An umbrella-toting crowd sat through drizzle half the game to watch Coach Jack Pardee's undefeated team win its third straight game. Houston, the WFL's third best defensive team but worst-ranked on offense, scored late in the last quarter on a 47-yard FG by Charlie Durkee.
HOUSTON - 0 0 0 3 - 3
FLORIDA - 8 0 7 0 - 15
1st - FLA - Greg Latta, 28-yard pass from Bob Davis (Tommy Reamon run) FLO 8-0 3rd - FLA - Reamon, 15-yard run (Pass failed) FLO 15-0 4th - HOU - Charlie Durkee, 47-yard field goal FLO 15-3
BIRMINGHAM 58, Memphis 33 (61319) - George Mira, and rookie QB Matthew Reed shocked Memphis with five TD passes, Alfred Jenkins caught three long TD passes, to lead Birmingham in a bruising battle between two unbeaten WFL teams. At least five players were knocked out of action during the wide open game, marked by hard hitting and frequent penalties. One fan carried a banner that read "NFL Strikes. Legion Field sold out".
MEMPHIS - 3 8 15 7 - 33
BIRMINGHAM - 14 14 8 22 - 58
1st - BIRM - Carl Battles, 1-yard run (Pass failed) BIRM 7-0 1st - MEM - Bob Etter, 21-yard field goal BIRM 7-3 1st - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 38-yard pass from George Mira (Run failed) BIRM 14-3 2nd - BIRM - Jenkins, 74-yard pass from Mira (Run failed) BIRM 21-3 2nd - MEM - Gary Shirk, 35-yard pass from John Huarte (John Harvey run) BIRM 21-11 2nd - BIRM - Dennis Homan, 12-yard pass from Mira (Run failed) BIRM 28-11 3rd - MEM - John Harvey, 2-yard run (Roger Wallace pass from Huarte) BIRM 28-19 3rd - BIRM - Jenkins, 52-yard pass from Matthew Reed (Battles run) BIRM 36-19 3rd - MEM - Harvey, 1-yard run (Run failed) BIRM 36-26 4th - BIRM - Jim Bishop, 4-yard pass from Reed (Pass failed) BIRM 43-26 4th - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 1-yard run (Pass failed) BIRM 43-33 4th - BIRM - Paul Robinson, 2-yard run (Homan pass from Reed) BIRM 51-33 4th - BIRM - Jimmy Edwards, 18-yard run (Run failed) BIRM 58-33
S. California 22, JACKSONVILLE 19 (46780) - Rookie QB Tony Adams arched a 40-yard TD pass to Dave Williams on the last play to give the Sun a comeback win. Jacksonville took the lead on the first play of the fourth quarter when Kay Stephenson fired a 16-yard TD to Tony Lomax. Adams drove the Sun 80 yards in nine plays in the final 2 1/2 minutes. Grant Guthrie scored all Jacksonville's first half points with a WFL-record four FGs.
S. CALIFORNIA - 0 0 15 7 - 22
JACKSONVILLE - 3 9 0 7 - 19
1st - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 23-yard field goal JACK 3-0 2nd - JACK - Guthrie, 29-yard field goal JACK 6-0 2nd - JACK - Guthrie, 27-yard field goal JACK 9-0 2nd - JACK - Guthrie, 42-yard field goal JACK 12-0 3rd - SC - Dave Williams, 20-yard pass from Tony Adams (Run failed) JACK 12-7 3rd - SC - Ralph Nelson, 1-yard run (James McAllister run) S. CAL 15-12 4th - JACK - Tony Lomax, 16-yard pass from Kay Stephenson (Run failed) JACK 19-15 4th - SC - Williams, 40-yard pass from Adams (Run failed) S. CAL 22-19
THURSDAY JULY 25
New York 17, PHILADELPHIA 15 (64719) - Moses Lajterman booted a 40-yard FG early in the fourth quarter, giving the Stars their first victory, in a nationally televised game. The Bell blew two last-ditch chances to pull the game out. A 30-yard FG attempt by Jack Simcsak with 2:12 left and a 26-yarder by George Chatlos with one second left were both wide. The WFL record crowd went wild as hundreds of young fans ran on the playing field.
NEW YORK - 0 14 0 3 - 17
PHILADELPHIA - 8 0 7 0 - 15
1st - PHIL - Claude Watts, 18-yard pass from King Corcoran (Corcoran run) PHIL 8-0 2nd - NY - Dave Richards, 1-yard run (Pass failed) PHIL 8-7 2nd - NY - Bob Gladieux, 1-yard run (Pass failed) NY 14-8 3rd - PHIL - LeVell Hill, 9-yard pass from Corcoran (Pass failed) PHIL 15-14 4th - NY - Moses Lajterman, 40-yard field goal NY 17-15
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 3 0 0 1.000 41 24 Chicago 3 0 0 1.000 71 44
Philadelphia 1 2 0 .333 48 36 Birmingham 3 0 0 1.000 101 69
Jacksonville 1 2 0 .333 55 53 Memphis 2 1 0 .667 83 81
New York 1 2 0 .333 53 61 Detroit 0 3 0 .000 45 88
S. California 2 1 0 .667 66 61 Houston 1 2 0 .333 14 32
Hawaiians 1 2 0 .333 74 62 Portland 0 3 0 .000 38 78
JULY 29 - The fledgling WFL apparently is already considering expansion. A group of Tulsa, Okla., businessmen met with officials of the WFL to talk about the possibility of the Tulsa Knights joining the new league next year. Five or six other cities have also expressed interest in joining the WFL, a league spokesman said.
SUNDAY JULY 28
Chicago 53, HAWAIIANS 29 (12608) - Mark Kellar ran for three TDs and caught passes from Virgil Carter for two others to keep the Fire perfect. Carter hit 11 of his first 13 passes as the Fire grabbed a 30-0 lead. Carter completed 17 of 25 passes for 213 yards and three touchdowns. Hawaii rallied late in the game on TD passes from Norris Weese to Grady Richardson and Tim Delaney but it wasn't enough.
CHICAGO - 8 22 15 8 - 53
HAWAIIANS - 0 7 14 8 - 29
1st - CHI - Mark Kellar, 1-yard run (Virgil Carter run) CHI 8-0 2nd - CHI - Kellar, 15-yard pass from Carter (Point failed) CHI 15-0 2nd - CHI - Kellar, 1-yard run (Point failed) CHI 22-0 2nd - CHI - Jack Dolbin, 33-yard pass from Carter (Kellar run) CHI 30-0 2nd - HAW - Dave Buchanan, 13-yard pass from Norris Weese (Point failed) CHI 30-7 3rd - CHI - Kellar, 5-yard pass from Carter (Point failed) CHI 37-7 3rd - CHI - Bob Wyatt, 4-yard run (Wyatt run) CHI 45-7 3rd - HAW - John Kelsey, 17-yard pass from Weese (Point failed) CHI 45-14 4th - HAW - Grady Richardson, 18-yard run with blocked punt (Point failed) CHI 45-21 4th - CHI - Kellar, 13-yard run (Clayton Heath run) CHI 53-21 4th - HAW - Tim Delaney, 14-yard pass from Weese (Larry Brice run) CHI 53-29
WEDNESDAY JULY 31
Birmingham 21, DETROIT 18 (14614) - Matthew Reed leaped through two tacklers at the goal line on a 9-yard TD run with 2:12 to play to keep the Wheels winless. Reed hit the defenders with such force that DB Floyd Priester of the Wheels was taken by ambulance to a hospital with undetermined injuries. Detroit, in its second home game, had overcome a 14-7 deficit with a touchdown run by David Mims and a 29-yard Rick Guthrie field goal.
BIRMINGHAM - 0 3 8 10 - 21
DETROIT - 0 7 0 11 - 18
2nd - DET - Bruce Cullen, 20-yard pass from Bubba Wyche (Run failed) DET 7-0 2nd - BIRM - Earl Sark, 27-yard field goal DET 7-3 3rd - BIRM - Carl Bartles, 1-yard run (Paul Robinson pass from Matthew Reed) BIRM 11-7 4th - BIRM - Sark, 36-yard field goal BIRM 14-7 4th - DET - Jessie Mims, 55-yard run (Billy Sadler pass from Wyche) DETROIT 15-14 4th - DET - Eric Guthrie, 29-yard field goal DET 18-14 4th - BIRM - Reed, 9-yard run (Run failed) BIRM 21-18
HOUSTON 7, Florida 6 (16268) - Jim Nance's one-yard plunge for a TD in the first quarter held up as Houston handed the Blazers their first loss. The teams combined for a mere 231 yards in total offense, just 14 yards more than the officials called in penalties. Nance's touchdown was the first scored by Houston's offense this season, but it was set up by a 59-yard return of an intercepted pass by safety John Mallory.
FLORIDA - 3 3 0 0 - 6
HOUSTON - 7 0 0 0 - 7
1st - HOU - Jim Nance, 1-yard run (Run failed) HOU 7-0 1st - FLA - Les Perry, 26-yard field goal HOU 7-3 2nd - FLA - Perry, 21-yard field goal HOU 7-6
NEW YORK 24, Jacksonville 16 (15648) - QB Tom Sherman leaped over from the one for the tie-breaking TD early in the third period and the New York defense made it stand up. That defense knock out both Jacksonville QBs - Kay Stephenson and Kim Hammond - within a two-minute span of the second half. RB Jefferson Davis, playing QB, marched the Sharks to the New York eight with about two minutes to play, where he was intercepted.
JACKSONVILLE - 8 8 0 0 - 16
NEW YORK - 8 8 8 0 - 24
1st - JACK - Tommy Durrance, 2-yard run (Durrance pass from Kay Stephenson) JACK 8-0 1st - NY - Bob Gladieux, 4-yard run (Gladieux run) TIED 8-8 2nd - JACK - Dennis Hughes, 56-yard pass from Stephenson (Ricky Lake run) JACK 16-8 2nd - NY - Andy Huff, 1-yard run (Ray Parson pass from Tom Sherman) TIED 16-16 3rd - NY - Sherman, 1-yard run (George Sauer pass from Sherman) NY 24-16
Philadelphia 25, PORTLAND 7 (13757) - Philadelphia QB King Corcoran, who picked Portland to pieces with his passing in the season opener, did it again. He hit on 18-of-28 passes for 182 yards and two TDs. It was Portland's fourth loss in a row. The crowd was announced at 13,757, down almost 6,000 from the season opener here a week ago and perhaps an ill omen for the popularity of WFL football in the league's only northwest city.
PHILADELPHIA - 0 17 0 8 - 25
PORTLAND - 0 0 0 7 - 7
2nd - PHIL - LeVell Hill, 3-yard pass from King Corcoran (Pass failed) PHIL 7-0 2nd - PHIL - John Land, 31-yard run (Run failed) PHIL 14-0 2nd - PHIL - Richie Szaro, 48-yard field goal PHIL 17-0 4th - PHIL - Hill, 9-yard pass from Corcoran (Alan Thompson run) PHIL 25-0 4th - PORT - Darrell Mitchell, 5-yard pass from Greg Barton (Pass failed) PHIL 25-7
THURSDAY AUGUST 1
MEMPHIS 25, S. California 15 (25176) - The Southmen, displaying a strong running game and stout defense, defeated the Sun, as all three Memphis TDs came on two-yard runs, with Willie Spencer scoring twice and J.J. Jennings once. The crowd and a national television audience watched as Memphis, trailing 15-10 at halftime, scored twice in the third period on runs by Spencer and Jennings within four minutes of each other.
S. CALIFORNIA - 7 8 0 0 - 15
MEMPHIS - 7 3 15 0 - 25
1st - SC - Tony Adams, 12-yard run (Run failed) S. CAL 7-0 1st - MEM - Willie Spencer, 2-yard run (Run failed) TIED 7-7 2nd - SC - Ralph Nelson, 1-yard run (Dave Williams pass from Adams) S. CAL 15-7 2nd - MEM - Bob Etter, 25-yard field goal S. CAL 15-10 3rd - MEM - Spencer, 2-yard run (Spencer run) MEM 18-15 3rd - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 2-yard run (Run failed) MEM 25-15
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 3 1 0 .750 47 31 Chicago 4 0 0 1.000 124 72
Philadelphia 2 2 0 .500 73 43 Birmingham 4 0 0 1.000 122 87
New York 2 2 0 .500 77 77 Memphis 3 1 0 .750 108 96
Jacksonville 1 3 0 .333 71 77 Detroit 0 4 0 .000 63 109
S. California 2 2 0 .500 81 86 Hawaiians 1 3 0 .250 102 115
Houston 2 2 0 .500 21 38 Portland 0 4 0 .000 45 103
AUG 5 - The Philadelphia Bell disclosed Monday that nearly half of the fans who saw the Bell's first two regular season games either paid a discount fee or nothing at all. It was the second such disclosure Monday by a team of the fledgling league. The Jacksonville Sharks said 44,000 of the more than 100,000 fans who attended their first two games went free. Officials of the Bell said about 60,000 of the 110,000 fans at the first two Philadelphia contests paid nothing or group discounts. "I did lie, no question," said Barry Leib, executive vice president of the Bell, "but we papered the house because we wanted people to see the team and the stadium. We felt it was the only way to sell the thing." Philadelphia tax figures reportedly indicated that there was a paying crowd of only 13,855 fans on opening night and 6,200 for the second game. "I don't see where it hurt anyone," Lieb said. "It's not like it was malicious. We estimated that the more people who saw the game, the more fans we could make." The Bell announced 55,534 for its operer with the Portland Storm, and disclosed Monday that 10,000 tickets were free, 20,000 tickets were in group charity or discount blocks, and the remainder paying full price.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 7
BIRMINGHAM 28, Detroit 22 (40367) - Matthew Reed fired two fourth quarter TD passes to Alfred Jenkins, the second with 26 seconds left, to keep Birmingham perfect and Detroit winless. Reed and Jenkins combined first on a 39-yard play with 8:23 to play to wipe out a 15-13 lead and then, after Detroit led 22-20, got together on the game-winning score. It was the fourth game in which the Americans had come from behind in the final period.
DETROIT - 8 0 0 14 - 22
BIRMINGHAM - 3 10 0 15 - 28
1st - BIRM - Earl Sark, 23-yard field goal BIRM 3-0 1st - DET - Bubba Wyche, 1-yard run (Billy Sadler pass from Wyche) DET 8-3 2nd - BIRM - Matthew Reed, 2-yard run (Pass failed) BIRM 10-8 2nd - BIRM - Sark, 30-yard field goal BIRM 13-8 4th - DET - Jerry Phillips, 12-yard pass from Wyche (Pass failed) DET 15-13 4th - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 39-yard pass from Reed (Pass failed) BIRM 20-15 4th - DET - John Henderson, 18-yard pass from Wyche (Pass failed) DET 22-20 4th - BIRM - Jenkins, 17-yard pass from Reed (Jim Bishop pass from Reed) BIRM 28-22
Florida 46, CHICAGO 21 (31193) - The Florida defense converted a blocked kick and an intercepted pass into two quick TDs that rallied the Blazers to a runaway win over the previously unbeated Fire. With the Blazers behind 21-16 in the third, Lorenzo Bryant blocked a Chicago punt on the Fire 30, picked up the loose ball at the six and scampered in for the go ahead TD. Less than four minutes later, LB Billy Hobbs returned an interception for a TD.
FLORIDA - 8 8 15 15 - 46
CHICAGO - 0 21 0 0 - 21
1st - FLA - Rod Foster, 86-yard punt return (Matt Maslowskl pass from Bob Davis) FLO 8-0 2nd - CHI - Mark Kellar, 3-yard run (Pass failed) FLO 8-7 2nd - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 1-yard run (John Hilton pass from Davis) FLO 16-7 2nd - CHI - Jack Dolbin, 54-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Run failed) FLO 16-14 2nd - CHI - Jim Scott, 1-yard pass from Carter (Run failed) CHI 21-16 3rd - FLA - Lorenzo Bryant, 6-yard blocked punt return (Pass failed) FLO 23-21 3rd - FLA - Billy Hobbs, 30-yard pass Interception (Maslowski pass from Davis) FLO 31-21 4th - FLA - Richard James, 6-yard run (James pass from Davis) FLO 39-21 4th - FLA - James, 64-yard run (Pass failed) FLO 46-21
PORTLAND 15, Houston 15 (T) (15686) - Ken Johnson hit Sam Dickerson with a 15-yard TD pass with 13 seconds left in OT to give Portland the tie in the WFL's first OT game. Each team handles the ball for 7 1/2 minutes during the overtime. Portland Coach Dick Coury announced after the game that Portland was filing a protest because the contest actually ended on a penalty. The officials decided that time had run out.
HOUSTON - 0 8 0 0 7 - 15
PORTLAND - 0 8 0 0 7 - 15
2nd - PORT - Marv Kendricks, 8-yard run (Ken Johnson run) PORT 8-0 2nd - HOU - Jim Nance, 1-yard run (Don Davis pass from Mike Taliaferro) TIED 8-8 OT - HOU - Rick Eber, 12-yard pass from Taliaferro (Pass failed) HOU 15-8 OT - PORT - Sam Dickerson, 15-yard pass from Johnson (Run failed) TIED 15-15
PHILADELPHIA 46, Memphis 15 (12396) - King Corcoran threw four TD passes and his substitute, Frank DiMaggio, hurled two others to give the Bell an easy win. The Bell rolled to a 30-0 halftime lead and held Memphis scoreless until the final period. The winners scored on their first play from scrimmage when Corcoran threw a pass to RB John Land, who raced 64 yards. Philadelphia had a total net yardage of 422, while Memphis had 161.
MEMPHIS - 0 0 0 15 - 15
PHILADELPHIA - 15 15 0 16 - 46
1st - PHIL - John Land, 64-yard pass from King Corcoran (Land pass from Corcoran) PHIL 8-0 1st - PHIL - Linzy Cole, 14-yard pass from Corcoran (Pass failed) PHIL 15-0 2nd - PHIL - Claude Watts, 1-yard pass from Corcoran (Land run) PHILADELPHIA 23-0 2nd - PHIL - Don Shanklin, 45-yard pass from Corcoran (Pass failed) PHIL 30-0 4th - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 4-yard run (Ed Marshall from Danny White) PHIL 30-8 4th - PHIL - Cole, 43-yard pass from Frank DiMaggio (Paul Dunn from DiMaggio) PHIL 38-8 4th - MEM - Ed Marshall, 15-yard pass from White (Pass failed) PHIL 38-15 4th - PHIL - Shanklin, 43-yard pass from DiMaggio (Alan Thompson run) PHIL 46-15
New York 11, S. CALIFORNIA 8 (28174) - Tom Sherman unleashed a 40-yard TE pass to TE Bert Askson midway through the fourth period to give the Stars a hard-fought win. Sherman launched the winning drive from his own 12 early in the fourth. With Kermit Johnson rushing 30 times for 137 yards, the Sun continually threatened but were unable to find the end zone. Nick Dzepina, the third kicker used by the Sun this season, missed three FGs.
NEW YORK - 0 3 0 8 - 11
S. CALIFORNIA - 8 0 0 0 - 8
1st - SC - Ike Harris, 32-yard pass from Tony Adams (Jacques MacKinnon pass from Adams) S. CAL 8-0 2nd - NY - Moses Lajterman, 32-yard field goal S. CAL 8-3 4th - NY - Bert Askson, 40-yard pass from Tom Sherman (George Sauer pass from Sherman) NY 11-8
THURSDAY AUGUST 8
JACKSONVILLE 21, Hawaiians 14 (43869) - QB Eddie McAshan, in his pro debut, dove over from the one with 40 seconds left to give the Sharks the win. His TD climaxed a 14-play drive that began on the Sharks' 20-yard line. The nationally televised game was delayed 15 minutes while the crowd listened to President Nixon's resignation speech over loudspeakers. The crowd cheered twice, once when he announced his resignation, and at the end.
HAWAIIANS - 7 0 7 0 - 14
JACKSONVILLE - 3 3 0 15 - 21
1st - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 22-yard field goal JACK 3-0 2nd - HAW - Norris Weese, 2-yard run (Pass failed) HAW 7-3 2nd - JACK - Guthrie, 35-yard field goal HAW 7-6 3rd - HAW - Pete Taggares, 9-yard pass from Weese (Run failed) HAW 14-6 4th - JACK - Ricky Lake, 1-yard run (Keith Krepfle pass from Eddie McAshan) TIED 14-14 4th - JACK - McAshan, 1-yard run (Run failed) JACK 21-14
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 4 1 0 .800 93 52 Birmingham 5 0 0 1.000 150 109
Philadelphia 3 2 0 .600 119 58 Chicago 4 1 0 .800 145 118
New York 3 2 0 .600 88 85 Memphis 3 2 0 .600 123 142
Jacksonville 2 3 0 .400 92 91 Detroit 0 5 0 .000 85 137
Houston 2 2 1 .500 36 53 Hawaiians 1 4 0 .200 116 136
S. California 2 3 0 .400 89 97 Portland 0 4 1 .100 60 118
AUG 9 - The Detroit Wheels are spinning in financial troubles and the president of the WFL says the league may have to buy the franchise to save it. Reports persist that the team will either be purchased and moved to Charlotte, N.C., or be taken over by the league, possibly to stay in Detroit. Wheels executives met Friday, but no decision was reached on the team's future, a club spokesman said. The Wheels are 0-5 in the Central Division cellar. Wheels owners are reported considering a $2 million offer from North Carolina investors who would move the team to Charlotte, sources said. The Wheels are owned by 33 shareholders. At a July 28 meeting, the owners were told the team owed $280,000 and was practically out of cash, reports indicated. The Wheels' ownership assembly line is operationally cumbersome and financially hard up, its own members concede. A plan to sell stock to the public fell through, as did a bid to rent Tiger Stadium, home of the Detroit Lions. The team is playing at the home field of Eastern Michigan University and crowds—an average 12,600—have been as disappointing as the five consecutive losses.
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 14
BIRMINGHAM 39, Hawaiians 0 (43297) - George Mira threw two TD passes - one of them a 95-yarder to Alfred Jenkins - to keep Birmingham perfect. Mira, sidelined for the past two weeks by an ankle injury, relieved Matthew Reed early in the second period with Brimingham ahead 8-0. The Americans scored 24 points in the second quarter in front of 43,297 - management claimed no free tickets were given away.
HAWAIIANS - 0 0 0 0 - 0
BIRMINGHAM - 8 24 0 7 - 39
1st - BIRM - Willie Smith, 81-yard punt return (Dennis Homan pass from Matthew Reed) BIRM 8-0 2nd - BIRM - Jimmy Edwards, 7-yard run (Pass failed) BIRM 15-0 2nd - BIRM - Earl Sark, 24-yard field goal BIRM 18-0 2nd - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 95-yard pass from George Mira (Pass failed) BIRM 25-0 2nd - BIRM - Homan, 26-yard pass from Mira (Pass failed) BIRM 32-0 4th - BIRM - Art Cantrelle, 1-yard run (Pass failed) BIRM 39-0
FLORIDA 33, Jacksonville 26 (23890) - Jim Strong barreled for two TDs as the Blazers won before a near capacity crowd, which softened the rumors the team may move to Atlanta. Blazer officials have said they have been negotiating with a group of Atlantans about moving the franchise. Reggie Oliver drove the Sharks deep into Florida territory, but the drive ended on the Florida 20. Jacksonville fired coach Bud Asher after the game.
JACKSONVILLE - 11 0 0 15 - 26
FLORIDA - 16 7 8 2 - 33
1st - FLA - Jim Strong, 1-yard run (Greg Latta pass from Bob Davis) FLO 8-0 1st - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 23-yard field goal FLO 8-3 1st - JACK - Ron Coppenbarger, 20-yard fumble return (Ricky Lake run) JACK 11-8 1st - FLA - Davis, 1-yard run (Matt Maslowski pass from Davis) FLO 16-11 2nd - FLA - Maslowski, 51-yard pass from Tommy Reamon (Pass failed) FLORIDA 23-11 3rd - FLA - Strong, 1-yard run (Reamon run) FLO 31-11 4th - JACK - Reggie Oliver, 9-yard run (Oliver run) FLO 31-19 4th - FLA - Safety, Oliver tackled in end zone by Louis Ross FLO 33-19 4th - JACK - Tom Whittier, 7-yard pass Oliver (Run failed) FLO 33-26
NEW YORK 38, Portland 16 (16222) - Tom Sherman threw two TD passes to George Sauer and ran for another as the Stars took a 38-0 lead in the fourth and stretched their winning streak to four games. Sherman completed 11-of-14 for 144 yards. The crowd, made up mostly of late arrivals, was the second largest at Downing Stadium- which was still suffering from inadequate lighting despite workers adding over 36 new lamps at midfield.
PORTLAND - 0 0 0 16 - 16
NEW YORK - 16 7 7 8 - 38
1st - NY - Tom Sherman, 5-yard run (Al Young pass from Sherman) NY 8-0 1st - NY - George Sauer, 20-yard pass from Sherman (Dave Richards pass from Sherman) NY 16-0 2nd - NY - Andy Huff, 4-yard run (Pass failed) NY 23-0 3rd - NY - Sauer, 3-yard pass from Sherman (Pass failed) NY 30-0 4th - NY - Gary Danielson, 1-yard run (Richards run) NY 38-0 4th - PORT - Jim Krieg, 15-yard pass from Greg Barton (Darrell Mitchell run) NY 38-8 4th - PORT - Ken Matthews, 12-yard pass from Barton (Marv Kendricks run) NY 38-16
Memphis 37, DETROIT 7 (14424) - Willie Spencer scored twice on one-yard runs, John Huarte threw two TD passes, and J.J. Jennings ran for 113 yards as Memphis kept Detroit winless. CB David Thomas intercepted a pass and went 39 yards for a TD to give Memphis a 30-7 lead. The game was so one-sided the attention of the sparse crowd switched to frisbee throwing in the stands with more than five minutes to go in the third quarter.
MEMPHIS - 8 15 7 7 - 37
DETROIT - 7 0 0 0 - 7
1st - MEM - Willie Spencer, 1-yard run (Gary Shirk pass from John Huarte) MEM 8-0 1st - DET - Bubba Wyche, 1-yard run (Pass failed) MEM 8-7 2nd - MEM - Ed Marshall, 12-yard pass from Huarte (Run failed) MEM 15-7 2nd - MEM - Spencer, 1-yard run (Shirk pass from Huarte) MEM 23-7 3rd - MEM - David Thomas, 39-yard interception return (Run failed) MEM 30-7 4th - MEM - Gary Powell, 31-yard pass from Danny White (Pass failed) MEM 37-7
CHICAGO 32, Philadelphia 29 (27607) - Virgil Carter hit Jack Dolbin on an 11-yard TD pass with 1:34 left to give the Fire the win. Carter took the Fire 80 yards in two minutes, completing five straight passes in the winning drive. His heroics eclipsed those of Philadelphia QB King Corcoran, who plunged for one last period TD and passed for another that gave the Bell a 29-25 lead. Cyril Pinder and Mark Kellar rushed for a combined 263 yards for the Fire.
PHILADELPHIA - 8 7 0 14 - 29
CHICAGO - 3 15 7 7 - 32
1st - PHIL - Claude Watts, 6-yard run (Alan Thompson run) PHIL 8-0 1st - CHI - Chuck Ramsey, 26-yard field goal PHIL 8-3 2nd - CHI - Cyril Pinder, 6-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Carter run) CHI 11-8 2nd - CHI - Mark Kellar, 1-yard run (Pass failed) CHI 18-8 2nd - PHIL - Thompson, 2-yard pass from King Corcoran (Pass failed) CHI 18-15 3rd - CHI - Pinder, 1-yard run (Pass failed) CHI 25-15 4th - PHIL - Corcoran, 1-yard run (Pass failed) CHI 25-22 4th - PHIL - Watts, 45-yard pass from Corcoran (Pass failed) PHIL 29-25 4th - CHI - Jack Dolbin, 11-yard pass from Curler (Pass failed) CHI 32-29
THURSDAY AUGUST 15
S. California 18, HOUSTON 7 (31227) - Fleming Jensen kicked a 19-yard FG with 2:09 to play and Durwood Keeton returned an interception 66 yards for a TD in the closing seconds to rally the Sun. The Texans got within FG range before Keeton intercepted Trull and ran 68 yards down the sidelines for the final score with: 24 remaining. The game was the nationally televised WFL Game of the Week on the TVS Sports Network.
HOUSTON - 7 0 0 0 - 7
S. CALIFORNIA - 0 0 7 11 - 18
1st - HOU - John Odom, 51-yard pass from Mike Taliaferro (Run failed) HOU 7-0 3rd - SC - Jack Conners, 90-yard punt return (Run failed) TIED 7-7 4th - SC - Fleming Jensen, 19-yard field goal S. CAL 10-7 4th - SC - Durwood Keeton, 66-yard pass Interception (Dave Williams pass from Tony Adams) S. CAL 18-7
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 5 1 0 .833 126 78 Birmingham 6 0 0 1.000 189 109
New York 4 2 0 .667 126 101 Chicago 5 1 0 .833 177 147
Philadelphia 3 3 0 .500 148 90 Memphis 4 2 0 .667 160 149
Jacksonville 2 4 0 .333 118 124 Detroit 0 6 0 .000 92 174
S. California 3 3 0 .500 107 104 Hawaiians 1 5 0 .167 116 175
Houston 2 3 1 .417 43 71 Portland 0 5 1 .083 76 156
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 21
Birmingham 15, JACKSONVILLE 14 (27140) - Matthew Reed came in for the injured George Mira and lead the Americans to two fourth-quarter TDs and ran for the go-ahead action point to ruin Charlie Tate's debut as Sharks coach. Charlie Harraway scored on a two-yard TD plunge with 19 seconds left. A heavy downpour which began in the second period gave both sides trouble on the slippery field and drenched the crowd.
BIRMINGHAM - 0 0 0 15 - 15
JACKSONVILLE - 3 0 3 8 - 14
1st - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 31-yard field goal JACK 3-0 3rd - JACK - Guthrie, 51-yard field goal JACK 6-0 4th - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 27-yard pass from Matthew Reed (Pass failed) BIRM 7-6 4th - JACK - Tommy Durrance, 5-yard run (Keith Krepfle pass from Reggie Oliver) JACK 14-7 4th - BIRM - Charlie Harraway, 2-yard run (Reed run) BIRM 15-14
MEMPHIS 60, Hawaiians 8 (25123) - John Huarte threw for four first-half TDs in leading Memphis to a slaughter of Hawaii that set a WFL scoring record. The Southmen led 39-0 at the half. DB Johnny Majors added another score on a 55-yard TD interception as Memphis built a 53-8 lead by the end of the third quarter, spoiling the homecoming of Hawaii's QB, Norris Weese, who played last year at the University of Mississippi.
HAWAIIANS - 0 0 0 8 - 8
MEMPHIS - 21 18 14 8 - 60
1st - MEM - Ed Marshall, 6-yard pass from John Huarte (Pass failed) MEM 7-0 1st - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 18-yard pass from Huarte (Pass failed) MEM 14-0 1st - MEM - Marshall, 29-yard pass from Huarte (Pass failed) MEM 21-0 2nd - MEM - Jennings, 2-yard run (Pass failed) MEM 28-0 2nd - MEM - Roger Wallace, 32-yard pass from Huarte (Jennings run) MEM 36-0 2nd - MEM - Bob Etter, 29-yard field goal MEM 39-0 3rd - MEM - David Thornton, 54-yard interception return (Run failed) MEM 46-0 3rd - MEM - Johnny Majors, 55-yard interception return (Run failed) MEM 53-0 4th - HAW - Tim Delaney, 14-yard from Norris Weese (Jim Fassel run) MEM 53-8 4th - MEM - Jim Ettinger, 1-yard run (Pass failed) MEM 60-8
S. California 31, PHILADELPHIA 28 (14600) - Alonzo Emery scored his third TD of the night from one yard out with 52 seconds remaining to lift the Sun to the win. Emery's score completed an 11-play 80-yard drive that included two damaging penalties - a 15-yard bump-and-run penalty and a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The Bell drove to the Sun 19, but, with 3 seconds left, Jerry Warren had his 36-yard FG blocked by Jim Buckmon.
S. CALIFORNIA - 8 16 0 7 - 31
PHILADELPHIA - 14 7 7 0 - 28
1st - PHIL - John Land, 9-yard pass from King Corcoran (Pass failed) PHIL 7-0 1st - PHIL - Paul Dunn, 34-yard pass from Corcoran (Run failed) PHIL 14-0 1st - SC - Alonzo Emery, 1-yard run (James McAllister pass from Tony Adams) PHIL 14-8 2nd - SC - Emery, 1-yard run (Adams run) S. CAL 16-14 2nd - PHIL - Alan Thompson, 1-yard run (Pass failed) PHIL 21-16 2nd - SC - Dave Williams, 11-yard pass from Adams (Ralph Nelson run) S. CAL 24-21 3rd - PHIL - Mike Carter, 27-yard pass from Corcoran (Run failed) PHIL 28-24 4th - SC - Emery, 1-yard run (Pass failed) S. CAL 31-28
NEW YORK 43, Houston 10 (12042) - Bob Gladieux ran for three TDs, ran for 84 yards, and caught a pass for another as the Stars stretched their winning streak to five games. The Texans, who came into Downing Stadium with the best running defense in the league, allowing just 112 yards a game, gave up 231 rushing yards. New York took advantage of Houston turnovers and mistakes to score five of its six TDs.
HOUSTON - 0 3 0 7 - 10
NEW YORK - 7 14 15 7 - 43
1st - NY - Bob Gladieux, 1-yard run (Pass failed) NY 7-0 2nd - NY - Gladieux, 5-yard pass from Tom Sherman (Pass failed) NY 14-0 2nd - NY - Gladieux, 1-yard run (Pass failed) NY 21-0 2nd - HOU - Charlie Durkee, 43-yard field goal NY 21-3 3rd- NY - Gladieux, 4-yard run (Al Young pass from Sherman) NY 29-3 3rd - NY - Kreg Kapitan, 25-yard pass from Sherman (Pass failed) NY 36-3 4th - HOU - Mike Richardson, 1-yard run (Pass failed) NY 36-10 4th - NY - Gary Danielson,1-yard run (Run failed) NY 43-10
FLORIDA 11, Portland 7 (15451) - Bob Davis passed for a TD and an action point to give the Blazers a firm hold on the lead in the East Division. A noisy crowd sat under an intermittent drizzle to watch the money-troubled Blazers win their sixth game in seven outings. Blazer boss Rommie Loudd said earlier the team was in serious financial trouble and would need a full house of 29,000 at each of the remaining home games to break even.
PORTLAND - 0 0 0 7 - 7
FLORIDA - 0 8 0 3 - 11
2nd - FLA - Greg Latta, 20-yard pass from Bob Davis (Latta pass from Davis) FLO 8-0 4th - PORT - Ken Johnson, 1-yard run (Pass failed) FLO 8-7 4th - FLA - Les Perry, 24-yard field goal FLO 11-7
THURSDAY AUGUST 22
Chicago 35, DETROIT 23 (10300) - Chicago's Walter Rhone ran back a kickoff 90 yards for a TD and Virgil Carter then sealed the winless Detroit Wheels' seventh loss with two TD passes. Rookie Bruce Shaw relieved Eric Guthrie at QB in the second half and rallied Detroit to two fourth quarter scores but Chicago, which led 35-8 at that point, had enough to win its sixth game in seven decisions.
CHICAGO - 0 28 7 0 - 35
DETROIT - 0 8 0 15 - 23
2nd - CHI - Cyril Pinder, 3-yard run (Pass failed) CHI 7-0 2nd - CHI - Mark Kellar, 14-yard run (Pass failed) CHI 14-0 2nd - DET - Jim Rathje, 5-yard pass from Eric Guthrie (Billy Sadler pass from Guthrie) CHI 14-8 2nd - CHI - Walter Rhone, 90-yard kickoff return (Pass failed) CHI 21-8 2nd - CHI - Jim Seymour, 11-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Pass failed) CHI 28-8 3rd - CHI - Don Burchfield, 9-yard pass from Carter (Run failed) CHI 35-8 4th - DET - Rathje, 2-yard run (Pass failed) CHI 35-15 4th - DET - Jon Henderson, 16-yard pass from Bruce Shaw (Rathje run) CHI 35-23
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 6 1 0 .857 137 85 Birmingham 7 0 0 1.000 204 123
New York 5 2 0 .714 169 111 Chicago 6 1 0 .857 212 170
Philadelphia 3 4 0 .429 176 121 Memphis 5 2 0 .714 220 157
Jacksonville 2 5 0 .286 132 139 Detroit 0 7 0 .000 115 209
S. California 4 3 0 .571 138 132 Hawaiians 1 6 0 .143 124 235
Houston 2 4 1 .357 53 114 Portland 0 6 1 .071 83 167
BLAZERS MOVING? - Owners of the Florida Blazers met with prospective new owners in an effort to finish negotiations for planned relocation of the team to Atlanta. "We have in our possession a letter from league Commissioner Gary Davidson okaying the transfer of the Orlando team to Atlanta," said T. M. Alexander, one of the group interested in acquiring the franchise. "All we have to do is meet three conditions, and we're fairly certain we can do that." The major problem blocking the shift of the team has been finding an adequate stadium. The team has been negotiating with Georgia Tech for the use of Grant Field, which seats 60,000. The team, if the proposed transfer does materialize, would play its first game in Atlanta on Aug. 28 against Memphis.
SUNDAY AUGUST 25
Jacksonville 14, HAWAIIANS 8 (10099) - Reggie Oliver hit WR Drew Buie on a 36-yard TD pass late in the fourth quarter to give the Sharks their first win under head coach Charlie Tate. The Sharks trailed for most of the second half in a defensive battle with the Hawaiians. The Hawaiians' only TD came in the second quarter when newly-acquired Ed Hargett hit John Kelsey with a 27-yard pass.
JACKSONVILLE - 7 0 0 7 - 14
HAWAIIANS - 0 8 0 8 - 8
1st - JACK - Edgar Scott, 46-yard pass from Reggie Oliver (Pass failed) JACK 7-0 2nd - HAW - John Kelsey, 27-yard pass from Edd Hargett (Greg Smith pass from Hargett) HAW 8-7 4th - JACK - Drew Buie, 37-yard pass from Oliver (Pass failed) JACK 14-8
WEDNESDAY AUGUST 28
PHILADELPHIA 27, Detroit 23 (15100) - King Corcoaran threw two TD passes and Claude Watts scored twice to bring the Bell back to .500. Corcoran, on 4th-and-8 midway through the final quarter, hit Watts with an 18-yard pass to set up Jerry Warren's second FG of the night, which was the game winner. The Bell defense sacked Detroit QB Bubba Wyche six times. Wheels RB Jesse Mims was the leading rusher with 85 yards on 15 carries.
DETROIT - 8 8 0 7 - 23
PHILADELPHIA - 14 10 0 3 - 27
1st - PHIL - Claude Watts, 17-yard pass from King Corcoran (Pass failed) PHIL 7-0 1st - PHIL - Watts, 1-yard run (Run failed) PHIL 14-0 1st - DET - Bubba Wyche, 1-yard run (Terry Phillips pass from Wyche) PHIL 14-8 2nd - DET - Jesse Mims, 35-yard run (Mims run) DET 16-14 2nd - PHIL - Jerry Warren, 25-yard field goal PHIL 17-16 2nd - PHIL - Don Shanklin, 24-yard pass from Corcoran (Run failed) PHIL 24-16 4th - PHIL - Warren, 19-yard field goal PHIL 27-16 4th - DET - Wyche, 2-yard run (Run failed) PHIL 27-23
Memphis 26, FLORIDA 18 (17148) - John Harvey took advantage of an injury to Willie Spencer and started the game, then took advantage of the Blazers, running for 137 yards and a touchdown. Memphis QB John Huarte drilled one TD pass to Ed Marshall but depended mostly on a merciless ground attack to crack the top ranked defensive unit of the WFL. Blazer QB Bob Davis staged an aerial show in the first half, passing for 225 yards.
MEMPHIS - 11 7 0 8 - 26
FLORIDA - 7 3 0 8 - 18
1st - MEM - John Harvey, 49-yard run (Ed Marshall pass from John Huarte) MEM 8-0 1st - FLA - Greg Latta, 22-yard pass trom Bob Davis (Run failed) MEM 8-7 1st - MEM - Bob Etter, 47-yard field goal MEM 11-7 2nd - FLA - Les Perry, 32-yard field goal MEM 11-10 2nd - MEM - Marshall, 35-yard pass from Huarte (Pass failed) MEM 18-10 4th - MEM - Willie Spencer, 1-yard run (Gary Shirk pass from Huarte) MEM 26-10 4th - FLA - Gary Collins, 25-yard pass from Davis (Hubie Bryant pass from Davis) MEM 26-18
HOUSTON 14, New York 11 (10126) - The Texans, ignoring a court order to keep NFL defector John Matuszak off the playing field, rallied behind Mike Taliaferro's two TD passes for their first win in four games. Matuszak was handed a temporary restraining order keeping him from playing in the WFL for 10 days. The defenseman, who jumped a five-year Houston Oiler contract to sign with the Texans, played five downs before retiring to the bench.
NEW YORK - 0 3 0 8 - 11
HOUSTON - 7 0 0 7 - 14
1st - HOU - Willie Frazier, 6-yard pass from Mike Taliaferro (Pass failed) HOU 7-0 2nd - NY - Moses Lajterman, 34-yard field goal HOU 7-3 4th - HOU - Rick Eber, 35-yard pass from Taliaferro (Pass failed) HOU 14-3 4th - NY - Kreg Kapitan, 11-yard pass from Tom Sherman (Sherman pass to Kapitan) HOU 14-11
S. CALIFORNIA 45, Portland 15 (27814) - Tony Adams completed 12-of-13 passes for 168 yards and three TDs in the first half to spark the Sun to a rout of the winless Storm. Portland drove 60 yards on 11 plays with Bob Christiansen taking a TD pass from Greg Barton early in the second quarter to cut the Sun lead to 14-7. The Sun broke it open with three touchdowns in the second period for a 37-7 half time lead.
PORTLAND - 0 7 8 0 - 15
S. CALIFORNIA - 14 23 8 0 - 45
1st - SC - Dave Williams, 28-yard pass from Tony Adams (Pass failed) S. CAL 7-0 1st - SC - Jim Lindsey, 37-yard pass from Adams (Run failed) S. CAL 14-0 2nd - PORT - Bob Christiansen, 4-yard pass from Greg Barton (Point failed) S. CAL 14-7 2nd - SC - Ralph Nelson, 1-yard run (Run failed) S. CAL 21-7 2nd - SC - Gene Howard, 44-yard interception return (Williams pass from Adams) S. CAL 29-7 2nd - SC - Williams, 11-yard pass from Adams (Williams pass from Adams) S. CAL 37-7 3rd - SC - Lindsey, 26-yard pass from Gary Valbuena (Nelson run) S. CAL 45-7 3rd - PORT - Marv Kendricks, 1-yard run (Ken Johnson run) S. CAL 45-15
THURSDAY AUGUST 29
Birmingham 22, CHICAGO 8 (44732) - George Mira threw for one TD and directed long drives for two more to lead the unbeaten Americans and tighten their grip on first place in the Central Division. Mira, coming back off an ankle injury, completed 12 of 28 passes for 139 yards. Virgil Carter passed for 283 yards but had three of his throws intercepted and the Fire never got beyond Birmingham's 36-yard line in the second half.
BIRMINGHAM - 7 7 0 8 - 22
CHICAGO - 0 8 0 0 - 8
1st - BIRM - Jimmy Edwards, 2-yard run (Pass failed) BIRM 7-0 2nd - BIRM - Paul Robinson, 19-yard pass from George Mira (Pass failed) BIRM 14-0 2nd - CHI - Jim Scott, 19-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Jack Dolbin run) BIRM 14-8 4th - BIRM - Art Cantrelle, 3-yard run (Edwards run) BIRM 22-8
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 6 2 0 .750 155 111 Birmingham 8 0 0 1.000 226 131
New York 5 3 0 .625 180 125 Memphis 6 2 0 .750 246 175
Philadelphia 4 4 0 .500 203 144 Chicago 6 2 0 .750 220 192
Jacksonville 3 5 0 .375 146 147 Detroit 0 8 0 .000 138 236
S. California 5 3 0 .625 183 147 Hawaiians 1 7 0 .125 132 249
Houston 3 4 1 .438 67 125 Portland 0 7 1 .063 98 212
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 1
HAWAIIANS 33, Houston 15 (10248) - Norris Weese rallied the Hawaiians, who scored three times in the final quarter to cinch the victory, including a 52-yard pass interception by S John Mosely and a 61-yard run by Clem Turner on the last play of the game. RB Ernie O'Leary rushed for 107 yards and a TD for Hawaii. This was the final Sunday game of the season for the Hawaiians, who had not played a weekday home game yet.
HOUSTON - 7 0 0 8 - 15
HAWAIIANS - 3 8 0 22 - 33
1st - HAW - Willie Viney, 37-yard field goal HAW 3-0 1st - HOU - David Mays, 9-yard run (Run failed) HOU 7-3 2nd - HAW - Grady Richardson, 36-yard pass from Norris Weese (Ernie O'Leary run) HAW 11-7 4th - HAW - O'Leary, 1-yard run (Run failed) HAW 18-7 4th - HOU - Mark Richardson, 5-yard run (Paul Gipson pass from Mays) HAW 18-15 4th - HAW - John Mosley, 52-yard pass interception (Al Davis run) HAW 26-15 4th - HAW - Clem Turner, 61-yard run (Run failed) HAW 33-15
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 2
Chicago 32, S. CALIFORNIA 22 (27133) - Virgil Carter threw four TD passes and Mark Kellar ran for 118 yards to carry Chicago. Carter had TD passes to Jack Dalton, Jim Seymour, James Scott and Kellar, as he totaled 232 yards by completing 16-of-29 passes and the Fire defense stymied the Sun attack after the intermission. Derek Williams gained 126 yards and quarterback Tony Adams was 15 of 32 for 204 yards in a losing effort.
CHICAGO - 7 18 0 7 - 32
S. CALIFORNIA - 8 7 0 7 - 22
1st - SC - Kermit Johnson, 14-yard run (Dave Williams pass from Tony Adams) S. CAL 8-0 1st - CHI- Jack Dalton, 27-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Pass failed) S. CAL 8-7 2nd - CHI - Jim Seymour, 6-yard pass from Carter (Pass failed) CHI 14-8 2nd - SC - Ralph Nelson, 13-yard run (Pass failed) S. CAL 15-14 2nd - CHI - James Scott, 38-yard pass from Carter (Mark Kellar pass from Carter) CHI 22-15 2nd - CHI - Allen Watson, 39-yard field goal CHI 25-15 4th - CHI - Kellar, 5-yard pass from Carter (Run failed) CHI 32-15 4th - SC - Williams, 8-yard pass from Adams (Pass failed) CHI 32-22
BIRMINGHAM 8, Florida 7 (36529) - Rookie QB Matthew Reed, virtually called from the bench by the crowd, scored a fourth quarter TD to give unbeaten Birmingham the win. Trailing 7-0 and spurred by repeated chants of "We want Reed", Reed entered the game with 50 seconds to play in the third period only to end a Birmingham scoring threat by throwing an interception. Florida fell to 6-3 and into a tie for first place with the New York Stars.
FLORIDA - 0 0 7 0 - 7
BIRMINGHAM - 0 0 0 8 - 8
3rd - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 43-yard pass from Bob Davis (Run failed) FLO 7-0 4th - BIRM - Matthew Reed, 2-yard run (Jim Bishop pass from Reed) BIRM 8-7
Memphis 16, JACKSONVILLE 13 (22169) - J.J. Jennings ran for 89 yards and Willie Spencer scored two TDs for the Southmen. Spencer, leading the WFL's top scoring offense, plunged over from the six with 2:52 left in the second period and from the one in the fourth quarter to give Memphis its seventh win. Memphis took the win on a drive from the Southmen 30, highlighted by an 18-yard pass from John Huarte to Roger Wallace.
MEMPHIS - 0 8 0 8 - 16
JACKSONVILLE - 0 3 3 7 - 13
2nd - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 37-yard field goal JACK 3-0 2nd - MEM - Willie Spencer, 6-yard run (Spencer run) MEM 8-3 3rd - JACK - Guthrie, 38-yard field goal MEM 8-6 4th - JACK - Tommy Durrance, 2-yard run (Pass failed) JACK 13-8 4th - MEM - Spencer, 1-yard run (John Harvey run) MEM 16-13
NEW YORK 24, Philadelphia 16 (5237) - Tom Sherman threw for two TDs and ran for a third as the Stars moved into a tied for first place in the Eastern Division, while Bob Gladieux rushed for a WFL-record 161 yards on 28 carries. Bell QB King Corocoran had five passes intercepted. Only 6,132 fans (5,237 paying) attended the game at Downing Stadium, the smallest crowd of the season in New York so far.
PHILADELPHIA - 0 8 8 0 - 16
NEW YORK - 14 7 0 3 - 24
1st - NY - Ray Parson, 9-yard pass from Tom Sherman (Point failed) NY 7-0 1st - NY - Bert Askson, 28-yard pass from Sherman (Point failed) NY 14-0 2nd - NY - Sherman, 1-yard run (Point failed) NY 21-0 2nd - PHIL - Claude Watts, 6-yard pass from King Corcoran (Frank DiMaggio run) NY 21-8 3rd - PHIL - Jimmy Joe, 9-yard run (John Land run) NY 21-16 4th - NY - Moses Lajterman, 29-yard field goal NY 24-16
Portland 18, Detroit 7 at London, Ontario (5105) - Booth Lusteg kicked a 30-yard FG and Rufus Ferguson, who ran for 140 yards, set up a fourth quarter TD with a 74-yard run to give the Storm its first victory over the winless Wheels in the first WFL game played in Canada. A 52-yard punt return by Phil Bergas helped the Storm put the ball in position for the field goal by Lusteg, who was cut from Detroit at the beginning of the season.
PORTLAND - 7 0 0 11 - 18
DETROIT - 0 7 0 0 - 7
1st - PORT - Ken Johnson, 1-yard run (Run failed) PORT 7-0 2nd - DET - Bubba Wyche, 5-yard run (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 4th - PORT - Booth Lusteg, 30-field goal PORT 10-7 4th - PORT - Jim Krieg, 13-yard run (Johnson run) PORT 18-7
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 6 3 0 .667 162 119 Birmingham 9 0 0 1.000 234 138
New York 6 3 0 .667 204 141 Memphis 7 2 0 .778 262 188
Philadelphia 4 5 0 .444 219 168 Chicago 7 2 0 .778 252 214
Jacksonville 3 6 0 .333 159 163 Detroit 0 9 0 .000 145 254
S. California 5 4 0 .556 205 179 Hawaiians 2 7 0 .222 132 249
Houston 3 5 1 .389 82 158 Portland 1 7 1 .167 116 219
WHEELS MOVE GAME TO CANADA - The Detroit Wheels and the Portland Storm squared off in a contest the media had christened the "Battle of the Beaten". The announced attendance was 5,105, but officials said the figure was closer to 3,500. The game had been moved from Detroit to London due to poor attendance in Detroit and as a favor for Portland owner Robert Harris. Harris wanted to move his Portland Storm to London, Ontario and rename the team the "London Lords". Wheels ownership welcomed the $30,000 they received from Harris.
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 5
JACKSONVILLE 34, Philadelphia 30 (17851) - Reggie Oliver treated a national television audience to a 321-yardaerial circus and handed most of the credit to his offensive line. A rain-drenched Gator Bowl crowd was overjoyed as Jacksonville kept its TV record perfect. It was the third time on television for the Sharks and they have won all of them. Oliver hit Edgar Scott on a 45-yard scoring pass on the first play.
PHILADELPHIA - 15 0 8 7 - 30
JACKSONVILLE - 8 3 15 8 - 34
1st - JACK - Edgar Scott, 45-yard pass from Reggie Oliver (Tommy Durrance run) JACK 8-0 1st - PHIL - Frank DiMaggio, 3-yard run (Run failed) JACK 8-7 1st - PHIL - Bernard Chapman, 59-yard run with blocked FG (Alan Thompson pass from DiMaggio) PHIL 15-8 2nd - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 21-yard field goal PHIL 15-11 3rd - PHIL - George Chatlos, 77-yard run with blocked field goal (John Land run) PHIL 23-11 3rd - JACK - Durrance, 8-yard run (Run failed) PHIL 23-18 3rd - JACK - Durrance, 8-yard run (Durrance run) JACK 26-23 4th - JACK - Drew Buie, 13-yard pass from Oliver (Wayne Jones pass from Kay Stephenson) JACK 34-23 4th - PHIL - Land, 1-yard run (Pass failed) JACK 34-30
FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 6
S. California 10, DETROIT 7 (6351) - James McAlister caught a TD pass from Tony Adams with 4:09 left to lift the Sun to the win. The announced attendance was 6,351, but only about 2,000 people actually were on hand. Detroit club owners met earlier Friday to complete the necessary legal requirements to sell the team. The only highlight for the Wheels was RB Sam Scarber, who rushed for 86 yards on 19 carries.
S. CALIFORNIA - 3 0 0 7 - 10
DETROIT - 0 0 7 0 - 7
1st - SC - Ron Svarc, 27-yard field goal S. CAL 3-0 3rd - DET - Sam Scarber, 19-yard run (Pass failed) DET 7-3 4th - SC - James McAlister, 6-yard pass from Tony Adams (Run failed) S. CAL 10-7
PORTLAND 15, Hawaiians 8 (15551) - Rufus Ferguson raced 44 and 51 yards for TDs to lead Portland to its second straight win. The Hawaiians scored with 3:58 left on a 45-yard pass from Norris Weese to Al Davis. On the final play of the game, Weese completed a pass to Tim Delaney on the Portland one but Robin Sinclair made a game-saving tackle. The Hawaiians tried to run one last play but they didn't have enough time.
HAWAIIANS - 0 0 0 8 - 8
PORTLAND - 0 8 0 7 - 15
1st - PORT - Rufus Ferguson, 44-yard run (Greg Specht pass from Ken Johnson) PORT 8-0 4th - PORT - Ferguson, 51-yard run (Pass failed) PORT 15-0 4th - HAW - Al Davis, 45-yard pass from Norris Weese (John Kelsey pass from Weese) PORT 15-8
Florida 17, NEW YORK 15 (3830) - Tommy Reamon, a 23rd round draft pick of the Blazers starting in his first game, ran for a WFL-record 179 yards on 33 carries as the Blazers took the lead in the Eastern Division. Florida scored all its points in the first half as Reamon ran for 140 yards. The steady downpour helped set another league record - smallest attendance - as only 3,830 of 14,625 ticketholders showed up.
FLORIDA - 10 7 0 0 - 17
NEW YORK - 7 0 8 0 - 15
1st - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 28-yard run (Run failed) FLO 7-0 1st - FLA - Les Perry, 37-yard field goal FLO 10-0 1st - NY - Bert Askson, 29-yard pass from Tom Sherman (Run failed) FLO 10-7 2nd - FLA - Greg Latta, 5-yard pass from Bob Davis (Run failed) FLO 17-7 3rd - NY - Kreg Kapitan, 13-yard pass from Sherman (Bob Gladieux pass from Sherman) FLO 17-15
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 7
BIRMINGHAM 41, Chicago 40 (54872) - Americans K Earl Sark kicked a 34-yard FG with 52 seconds left in torrential rains pushed into Birmingham by Hurricane Carmen. Sark's game-winning kick marked the sixth time that Birmingham has pulled out a victory in the final stages. The Americans appeared to have the victory with a 38-19 lead going into the fourth, but Virgil Carter threw three of his five TD passes to give Chicago a 40-38 lead.
CHICAGO - 0 16 3 21 - 40
BIRMINGHAM - 8 15 15 3 - 41
1st - BIRM - Art Cantrelle, 1-yard run (Alfred Jenkins pass from George Mira) BIRM 8-0 2nd - CHI - James Scott, 2-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Carter run) TIED 8-8 2nd - BIRM - Charlie Harraway, 1-yard run (Ted Powell pass from Mira) BIRM 16-8 2nd - CHI - Scott, 28-yard pass from Carter (Mark Kellar run) TIED 16-16 2nd - BIRM - Dennis Homan, 12-yard pass from Mira (Pass failed) BIRM 23-16 3rd - BIRM - Cantrelle, 18-yard pass from Mira (Pass failed) BIRM 30-16 3rd - CHI - Allan Watson ,42-yard field goal BIRM 30-19 3rd - BIRM - Cantrelle, 4-yard run (Harraway run) BIRMINGHAM 38-19 4th - CHI - Kellar, 14-yard pass from Carter (Pass failed) BIRM 38-26 4th - CHI - Scott, 5-yard pass from Carter (Pass failed) BIRM 38-33 4th - CHI - Jim Seymour, 38-yard pass from Carter (Pass failed) CHI 40-38 4th - BIRM - Earl Sark, 34-yard field goal BIRM 41-40
MEMPHIS 45, Houston 0 (15291) - In a game moved back a night due to high school football, John Huarte and Danny White combined to fire five TD passes and lead the Southmen to an easy win. Ed Marshall and J.J. Jennings scored twice before a disappointing crowd. Houston could only reach the Memphis 16 late in the game behind David Mays, but then Memphis killed the drive when Emery Hicks sacked Mays and recovered the fumble.
HOUSTON - 0 0 0 0 - 0
MEMPHIS - 16 15 7 7 - 45
1st - MEM - Ed Marshall, 32-yard pass from John Huarte (Willie Spencer run) MEM 8-0 1st - MEM - Marshall, 12-yard pass from Huarte (Gary Shirk pass from Huarte) MEM 16-0 2nd - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 20-yard pass from Huarte (Dick Bumpas pass from Huarte) MEM 24-0 2nd- MEM - Jennings, 1-yard run (Pass failed) MEM 31-0 3rd - MEM - Roger Wallace, 26-yard pass from Danny White (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 38-0 4th - MEM - Gary Powell, 34-yard pass from White (Pass failed) MEMPHIS 45-0
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 7 3 0 .700 179 134 Birmingham 10 0 0 1.000 275 178
New York 6 4 0 .600 219 158 Memphis 8 2 0 .800 307 188
Philadelphia 4 6 0 .400 249 212 Chicago 7 3 0 .700 292 255
Jacksonville 4 6 0 .400 193 193 Detroit 0 10 0 .000 152 264
S. California 6 4 0 .600 215 186 Portland 2 7 1 .250 131 225
Houston 3 6 1 .350 82 203 Hawaiians 2 8 0 .200 138 264
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 16
CHARLOTTE 27, Chicago 0 (20333) - The Hornets blanked Chicago for the club's first victory in Charlotte. Don Highsmith scored on runs of two and 15 yards; Ed White had a 2-yard TD; and Pete Rajecki kicked a 40-yard FG. Chicago, with seven consecutive losses, outgained Charlotte 226-101 yards in the first half but the Hornets repeatedly sacked newly-acquired Fire QB Bubba Wyche in the second half.
CHICAGO - 0 0 0 0 - 0
CHARLOTTE - 0 8 11 8 - 27
2nd - CHA - Don Highsmith, 2-yard run (George Sauer pass from Tom Sherman) CHA 8-0 3rd - CHA - Highsmith, 15-yard run (Al Young pass from Sherman) CHA 16-0 3rd - CHA - Pete Rajecki, 40-yard field goal CHA 19-0 4th - CHA - Ed White, 2-yard run (Young pass from Brian Dowling) CHA 27-0
MEMPHIS 25, Florida 15 (15134) - QB John Huarte, who had missed three games with a thigh injury, passed for 212 yards and one touchdown to lead Memphis to its 11th straight win. The Southmen led 18-0 before Florida managed to score. The Blazers outgained Memphis in total yards 434 to 367 but was unable to take control of the game. Memphis RB Willie Spencer was lost for the season due to a knee injury.
FLORIDA - 0 0 0 15 - 15
MEMPHIS - 0 11 7 7 - 25
2nd - MEM - Bob Etter, 31-yard field goal MEM 3-0 2nd - MEM - Gary Shirk, 11 pass from John Huarte (Ed Marshall from Huarte) MEM 11-0 3rd - MEM - Willie Spencer, 1-yard run (Pass failed) MEM 18-0 4th - FLA - Greg Latta, 49-yard pass from Bob Davis (John Hilton pass from Davis) MEM 18-8 4th - MEM - Paul Miles, 4-yard run (Pass failed) MEM 25-8 4th - FLA - Matt Maslowski, 33-yard pass from Davis (Pass failed) MEM 25-15
Shreveport 30, PHILADELPHIA 25 (750) - In pouring rain, Jim Nance rushed for 104 yards and one TD, putting him in sixth place on the all-time pro football rushing list, as the Steamer stopped the Bell before the smallest WFL crowd yet. Nance has now rushed for 6,313 yards in a nine-year pro career. He passed former Dallas Cowboy Don Perkins on his second carry of the game. Nance holds the career rushing record for the AFL.
SHREVEPORT - 8 7 15 0 - 30
PHILADELPHIA - 7 0 10 8 - 25
1st - SHR - Rick Eber, 27-yard pass from D.C. Nobles (Willie Frazier pass from Nobles) SHR 8-0 1st - PHIL - Claude Watts, 1-yard run (Run failed) SHR 8-7 2nd - SHR - Frazier, 29-yard pass from David Mays (Pass failed) SHR 15-7 3rd - PHIL - Gerry Warren, 32-yard field goal SHR 15-10 3rd - SHR - Jim Nance, 2-yard run (Nobles run) SHR 23-10 3rd - PHIL - Ron Holliday, 9-yard pass from King Corcoran (Pass failed) SHR 23-17 3rd - SHR - Eber, 39-yard pass from Nobles (Pass failed) SHR 30-17 4th - PHIL - VInce Papale, 8-yard pass from Corcoran (John Land run) SHR 30-25
PORTLAND 3, Hawaiians 0 (11032) - Booth Lusteg kicked a 37-yard FG in the third period as the Storm, still playing for a wild card berth, won a comedy of errors. Portland, avoiding a boycott because of no payroll last week as owner Robert Harris sold real estate to meet player demands, needs an average attendance of 28,000 to break even. The Hawaiians missed four FG attempts, one a 47-yarder by R.A. Coppedge with 93 seconds left.
HAWAIIANS - 0 0 0 0 - 0
PORTLAND - 0 0 3 0 - 3
3rd - PORT - Booth Lusteg, 37-yard field goal PORT 3-0
S. CALIFORNIA 29, Birmingham 25 (25247) - Birmingham took a 17-3 lead as Charlie Harraway scored twice on short plunges, but the Sun then scored 26 straight points as Tony Adams passed for 316 yards and two TDs to lead Southern California to a division-clinching win. Adams, the WFL's leading passer, became the first to go over 3,000 yards, finishing the game with a total of 3,216, as the Sun swept to its seventh straight win.
BIRMINGHAM - 10 7 0 8 - 25
S. CALIFORNIA - 3 8 15 3 - 29
1st - BIRM - Charlie Harraway, 1-yard run (Run failed) BIRM 7-0 1st - SC - Rod Garcia, 36-yard field goal BIRM 7-3 1st - BIRM - Earl Sark, 35-yard field goal BIRM 10-3 2nd - BIRM - Harraway, 2-yard run (Pass failed) BIRM 17-3 2nd - SC - James McAllister, 12-yard pass from Tony Adams (Dave Parks pass from Adams) BIRM 17-11 3rd - SC - Keith Denson, 18-yard pass from Adams (Run failed) S. CAL 18-17 3rd - SC - McAlister, 3-yard run (Dave Williams pass from Adams) S. CAL 26-17 4th - SC - Garcia, 24-yard field goal S. CAL 29-17 4th - BIRM - Dennis Homan, 7-yard pass from Matthew Reed (Bob Brown pass from Reed) S. CAL 29-25
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 11 5 0 .688 336 219 Memphis 14 2 0 .875 494 262
Charlotte 10 6 0 .625 395 254 Birmingham 12 4 0 .750 408 315
Philadelphia 6 10 0 .375 386 359 Chicago 7 9 0 .438 374 453
F-Jacksonville 4 10 0 .286 258 359 F-Detroit 1 13 0 .071 209 358
X-Southern Cal 12 4 0 .750 412 325 Portland 5 10 1 .344 224 353
Hawaiians 6 10 0 .375 234 349 Shreveport 5 10 1 .344 183 347
X-Clinched division title F-Folded
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 11
MEMPHIS 46, Birmingham 7 (30675) - Ed Marshall caught three TD passes as the revenge-hungry Southmen broke Birmingham's perfect record. Marshall hauled in two scoring passes from QB John Huarte and aone from HB John Harvey. J.J. Jennings ran for 107 yards on 13 carries, while Huarte threw three touchdown passes in the game. The Southmen defenders made three key interceptions.
BIRMINGHAM - 0 7 0 0 - 7
MEMPHIS - 7 15 8 16 - 46
1st - MEM - Willie Spencer, 1-yard run (Run failed) MEM 7-0 2nd - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 8-yard run (Pass failed) MEM 14-0 2nd - MEM - Gary Shirk, 20-yard pass from John Huarte (Ed Marshall pass from Huarte) MEM 22-0 2nd - BIRM - Dennis Homan, 6-yard pass from Matthew Reed (Pass failed) MEM 22-7 3rd - MEM - Marshall, 48-yard pass from John Harvey (Marshall pass from Huarte) MEM 30-7 4th - MEM - Marshall, 12-yard pass from Huarte (Roger Wallace pass from Huarte) MEM 38-7 4th - MEM - Marshall, 6-yard pass from Huarte (Wallace pass from Huarte) MEM 46-7
Detroit 15, FLORIDA 14 (11,511) - A six-yard touchdown run by rookie Billy Sadler and his subsequent action-point pass reception eventually became the decisive points for Detroit, who was rumored to moving to Arkansas.
FLORIDA - 0 7 0 7 - 14
DETROIT - 0 0 15 0 - 15
2nd - FLO - Jim Strong, 16-yard pass from Bob Davis (Pass failed) FLO 7-0 3rd - DET - Jon Henderson, 49-yard pass from Bubba Wyche (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 3rd - DET - Billy Sadler, 6-yard run (Sadler pass from Wyche) DET 15-7 4th - FLO - Tommy Reamon, 1-yard run (Pass failed) DET 15-14
Hawaiians 24, HOUSTON 17 (9861) - Edd Hargett, a backup QB with the Houston Oilers until just three weeks ago, returned home to fire two TD passes and direct last-place Hawaii into second place in the Western Division. The crowd was silent most of the game, as rumors of the teams' impending move to Shreveport circulated in the local news media. Texan RB Jim Nance played his best game, finishing with 131 yards on 21 carries.
HAWAIIANS - 16 0 0 8 - 24
HOUSTON - 7 3 0 7 - 17
1st - HAW - John Kelsey, 14-yard pass from Edd Hargett (Al Davis run) HAW 8-0 1st - HOU - Jim Nance, 9-yard run (Pass failed) HAW 8-7 1st - HAW - Derrick Williams, 83-yard kickoff return (John Isenbarger pass from Hargett) HAW 16-7 2nd - HOU - Charlie Durkee, 27-yard field goal HAW 16-10 4th - HAW - Isenbarger, 17-yard pass from Hargett (Clem Turner pass from Hargett) HAW 24-10 4th - HOU - Warren McVea, 19-yard pass from Mike Taliaferro (Pass failed) HAW 24-17
PHILADELPHIA 41, Jacksonville 22 (OT) (7230) - Knotted 22-22 after four periods, Philadelphia roared in OT on Dennis Torzola's field goal, Claude Watts' scoring plunge and John Sodaki's interception return for a TD. Torzola had missed four FG attempts in regulation. Both teams totaled 105 pass attempts with 52 completions. The Bell totaled 541 yards on offense while Jacksonville had 399. Bell RB Claude Watts ran for 113 yards on 20 carrries.
JACKSONVILLE - 3 3 9 7 0 0 - 22
PHILADELPHIA - 0 0 22 0 3 16 - 41
1st - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 45-yard field goal JACK 3-0 2nd - JACK - Guthrie, 28-yard field goal JACK 6-0 3rd - PHIL - John Land, 74-yard pass from King Corcoran (Pass failed) PHIL 7-6 3rd - PHIL - Ron Mabra, 86-yard punt return (Mike Carter pass from Corcoran) PHIL 15-6 3rd - JACK - Safety, Land tackled in end zone by Ike Lassiter PHIL 15-8 3rd - PHIL - Land, 5-yard run (Pass failed) PHIL 22-8 3rd - JACK - Reggie Oliver, 1-yard run (Pass failed) PHIL 22-15 4th - JACK - Dennis Hughes, 16-yard pass from Oliver (Pass failed) TIED 22-22 1st OT - PHIL - Dennis Torzola, 26-yard field goal PHIL 25-22 2nd OT - PHIL - Claude Watts, 3-yard run (Land run) PHIL 33-22 2nd OT - PHIL - John Sodaski, 22-yard interception return (Land run) PHIL 41-22
New York 34, PORTLAND 15 (13339) - Jim Ford ran for two TDs as the Stars had their second win of the season over Portland. Newly acquired QB Pete Beathard came on for Portland in the final quarter but his second pass effort wound up in the hands of New York LB James Sims, who returned it 17 yards for a TD. The Stars defense held Portland to only 87 yards rushing and 103 yards passing.
NEW YORK - 7 8 11 8 - 34
PORTLAND - 7 0 8 0 - 15
1st - PORT - Robin Sinclair, 45-yard interception return (Pass failed) PORT 7-0 1st - NY - Jim Ford, 1-yard run (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 2nd - NY - Ray Parson, 3-yard pass from Tom Sherman (Bert Askson pass from Sherman) NY 15-7 3rd - NY - Ford, 1-yard run (George Sauer pass Sherman) NY 23-7 3rd - PORT - Marv Kendricks, 3-yard run (Gerg Specht pass from Greg Barton) NY 23-15 3rd - NY - Moses Lajterman, 42-yard field goal NY 26-15 4th - NY - James Sims, 17-yard interception return (Parson pass from Sherman) NY 34-15
S. California 31, CHICAGO 28 (24827) - Tony Adams completed a 56-yard TD to Keith Denson with 20 seconds to play to cap a 376-yard passing performance and give the Sun the win. Adams also ran four yards for a TD. The Fire lost its fourth game in a row, and lost the services of RB Mark Kellar for the season with a broken bone in his foot. The injury left the Fire without Kellar and WR James Scott- the two WFL statistical leaders at their positions.
S. CALIFORNIA - 0 15 0 16 - 31
CHICAGO - 0 21 7 0 - 28
2nd - CHI - Mark Kellar, 1-yard run (Run failed) CHI 7-0 2nd - CHI - Virgil Carter, 3-yard run (Pass failed) CHI 14-0 2nd - SC - Ike Harris, 52-yard pass from Tony Adams (Dave Parks pass from Adams) CHI 14-8 2nd - CHI - Jack Dolbin, 72-yard pass from Carter (Pass failed) CHI 21-8 2nd - SC - Adams, 4-yard run (Pass failed) CHI 21-15 3rd - CHI - Kellar, 11-yard run (Pass failed) CHI 28-15 4th - SC - Kermit Johnson, 32-yard pass from Gary Valbuena (Parks pass from Adams) CHI 28-23 4th - SC - Keith Denson, 56-yard pass from Adams (James McAllister pass from Adams) S. CAL 31-28
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 7 4 0 .636 193 149 Birmingham 10 1 0 .909 282 224
New York 7 4 0 .636 253 173 Memphis 9 2 0 .818 353 195
Philadelphia 5 6 0 .455 290 234 Chicago 7 4 0 .636 320 286
Jacksonville 4 7 0 .364 215 234 Detroit 1 10 0 .091 167 278
S. California 7 4 0 .636 246 224 Houston 3 7 1 .318 99 227
Hawaiians 3 8 0 .273 162 281 Portland 2 8 1 .227 146 259
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 23
Florida 15, CHARLOTTE 11 (23613) - Bob Davis threw two second half TD passes as Florida tightened their hold on the Eastern division lead. Blazer RB Tommy Reamon rushed for 189 yards on 35 carries and Davis completed 10 of 20 passes for 149 yards. The Blazer defense held Hornets QB Tom Sherman to 61 yards passing and the offense to a total of only 175 yards. Charlotte needed a win to tie Florida for the division lead.
FLORIDA - 0 0 7 8 - 15
CHARLOTTE - 3 0 8 0 - 11
1st - CHA - Pete Rajeck, 30-yard field goal CHA 3-0 3rd - FLA - Greg Latta, 19-yard pass from Bob Davis (Pass failed) FLO 7-3 3rd - CHA - Don Highsmith, 1-yard run (Sherman run) CHA 11-7 4th - FLA - Jim Strong, 1-yard pass from Davis (Strong run) FLO 15-11
Hawaiians 60, CHICAGO 17 (20203) - Randy Johnson completed 22 of 29 passes for 304 yards and four TDs in less than three quarters, as the Hawaiians scored eight TDs and tied a WFL team scoring record. The Fire led 10-8 on the strength of a WFL-record 52-yard FG by Allen Watson before Johnson went to work. Hawaii's offense racked up 509 total yards and avenged an earlier 53-29 loss to Chicago with an onside kick after the led 43-20.
HAWAIIANS - 8 30 15 7 - 60
CHICAGO - 10 0 7 0 - 17
1st - CHI - Bubba Wyche, 1-yard run (Run failed) CHI 7-0 1st - HAW - John Isenbarger, 7-yard pass from Randy Johnson (Norris Weese run) HAW 8-7 1st - CHI - Allen Watson, 52-yard field goal CHI 10-8 2nd - HAW - Tim Delaney, 6-yard pass from Johnson (Run failed) HAW 15-10 2nd - HAW - Isenbarger, 28-yard pass from Johnson (Pass failed) HAW 22-10 2nd - HAW - Derrick Williams, 3-yard run (John Kelsey pass from Weese) HAW 30-10 2nd - HAW - Isenbarger, 8-yard pass from Johnson (Weese run) HAW 38-10 3rd - HAW - Vin Clements, 1-yard run (Clements pass from Johnson) HAW 46-10 3rd - HAW - Clayton Heath, 2-yard run (Pass failed) HAW 53-10 3rd - CHI - Cyril Pinder, 7-yard run (Run failed) HAW 53-17 4th - HAW - Heath, 1-yard run (Pass failed) HAW 60-17
Philadelphia 45, S. CALIFORNIA 7 (26412) - King Corcoran threw for three TDs and ran for one, as the Bell scored all of their points in the second half to end the Sun's 7-game win streak. Bell RB Jon Land broke the 1,000-yard mark. The Sun scored the first time it had the ball, driving 62 yards on four plays with Tony Adams tossing a TD pass to Dave Williams. Southern California dominated the first half but was then shut out the rest of the way.
PHILADELPHIA - 0 0 14 31 - 45
S. CALIFORNIA - 7 0 0 0 - 7
1st - SC - Dave Williams, 21-yard pass from Tony Adams (Pass failed) S. CAL 7-0 3rd - PHIL - Don Shanklin, 32-yard pass from King Corcoran (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 3rd - PHIL Claude Watts, 10-yard pass from Corcoran (Pass failed) PHIL 14-7 4th - PHIL - Ron Holliday, 25-yard pass from Corcoran (John Land run) PHIL 22-7 4th - PHIL - Skip Parmenter, 25-yard fumble return (Pass failed) PHIL 29-7 4th - PHIL - Corcoran, 1-yard run (Allan Thompson run) PHIL 37-7 4th - PHIL - Frank McGuigan, 10-yard run (Willie Franklin pass from Mike Yancheff) PHIL 45-7
SHREVEPORT 31, Birmingham 0 (24617) - Jim Nance (126 yards), who passed the 1,000-yard mark, and Paul Gipson combined for 243 yards and two TDs to lead Shreveport to an easy upset. Birmingham was held to 111yards passing and only 38 yards rushing, and mounted only one scoring threat. They drove to the 18-yard line in the first quarter, but the Steamer blocked a 25-yard field goal attempt. The Americans never threatened after that.
BIRMINGHAM - 0 0 0 0 - 0
SHREVEPORT - 0 10 7 14 - 31
2nd - SHR - Jim Nance, 8-yard run (Pass failed) SHR 7-02 nd - SHR - Charlie Durkee, 44-yard field goal SHR 10-0 3rd - SHR - Paul Gipson, 1-yard run (Pass failed) SHR 17-0 4th - SHR - Doug Winslow, 15-yard pass from David Mays (Pass failed) SHR 24-0 4th - SHR - Winslow, 13-yard run (Pass failed) SHR 31-0
THURSDAY OCTOBER 24
PORTLAND 26, Memphis 25 (13288) - Rufus Ferguson ran 12 yards for a TD with 2:07 left as the Storm upset Memphis in a nationally-televised game, snapping the Southmen's 11-game winning streak. Danny White had come off the bench for Memphis, and tossed a TD pass to Ed Marshall wtih 47 seconds left. The Southmen recovered the ensuing short kickoff and tried a 38-yard FG on the last play, but Bob Etter's kick sailed wide.
MEMPHIS - 7 7 3 8 - 25
PORTLAND - 15 0 3 8 - 26
1st - PORT - Jeff Baker, 32-yard pass from Pete Beathard (Wayne Patrick run) PORT 8-0 1st - MEM - Tim Beamer, 82-yard kickoff return (Pass failed) PORT 8-7 1st - PORT - Baker, 8-yard pass from Beathard (Pass failed) PORT 15-7 2nd - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 2-yard run (Run failed) PORT 15-14 3rd - MEM - Bob Etter, 32-yard field goal MEM 17-15 3rd - PORT - Booth Lusteg, 36-yard field goal PORT 18-17 4th - PORT - Rufus Ferguson, 12-yard run (Patrick run) PORT 26-17 4th - MEM - Ed Marshall, 2-yard pass from Danny White (Roger Wallace pass from White) PORT 26-25
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 12 5 0 .706 351 230 Memphis 14 3 0 .824 519 329
Charlotte 10 7 0 .588 406 269 Birmingham 12 5 0 .706 408 346
Philadelphia 7 10 0 .412 431 366 Chicago 7 10 0 .412 381 513
F-Jacksonville 4 10 0 .286 258 359 F-Detroit 1 13 0 .071 209 358
X-Southern Cal 12 5 0 .706 419 370 Portland 6 10 1 .382 250 378
Hawaiians 7 10 0 .412 294 366 Shreveport 6 10 1 .382 214 347
X-Clinched division title F-Folded
OCT 28 - An emergency meeting of WFL owners tomorrow in Chicago may decide the fate of the Chicago Fire, the latest team to face possible extinction, says league executive committee chairman John Bassett. Bassett said in Toronto the meeting had been called to discuss the possible immediate withdrawal of the Chicago franchise. He termed the Fire management "completely irresponsible" for dropping out at this stage of the season. There has. been speculation that the Fire would pull out of the league with just three games remaining because its home schedule has been completed and there would be no possible source of new income.
OCT 29 - A power play by Chicago Fire owner Tom Origer left Gary Davidson ousted as commissioner of the WFL, but the league itself afloat for at least the rest of this season. At an emergency meeting, Davidson tenderedhis immediate resignation as czar of the circuit he founded. Donald J, Regan, WFL general counsel, was named league executive director in lieu of a commissioner, but for the time being the league obviously will be directed by its six-member executive committee. Davidson will continue in WFL operations as a member of the executive committee, chairman of the expansion committee and part-owner and governor of the Southern California Sun franchise. But his departure as commissioner was triggered by Origer's threat to drop out of the WFL immediately with three games still left to play. Origer earlier had tried unsuccessfully to strip Davidson from the commissioner's post, contending he spread the league's operation too thin financially with less than well-heeled franchise investors. Reportedly Origer recently sent a letter to the league office stating he was dropping his franchise at once. This spurred Tuesday's meeting and announced "restructuring" of the league which already has seen the Detroit Wheels and Jacksonville Sharks throw in the sponge.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 18
S. CALIFORNIA 29, Detroit 24 (22143) - Gary Valbuena hit Dick Witcher with a 26-yard TD pass with one minute left. Although the Sun had dominated most of the game, Bubba Wyche directed the Wheels to three second half TDs and an apparent victory as he hit Terry Phillips for the go-ahead score with just 1:47 remaining. Valbuena entered the game and fired three straight completions, moving the Sun 63 yards for the winning score.
DETROIT - 3 0 7 14 - 24
S. CALIFORNIA - 0 15 7 7 - 31
1st - DET- Eric Guthrie, 32-yard field goal DET 3-0 2nd - SC - Alonzo Emery, 1-yard run (Run failed) S. CAL 7-3 2nd - SC - Emery, 2-yard run (Dave Williams pass from Tony Adams) S. CAL 15-3 3rd - SC - Williams, 29-yard pass from Adams (Run failed) S. CAL 22-3 3rd - DET - Terry Phillips, 29-yard pass from Bubba Wyche (Pass failed) S. CAL 22-10 4th - DET - Wyche, 1-yard run (Pass failed) S. CAL 22-17 4th - DET - Phillips, 18-yard pass from Wyche (Pass failed) DET 24-22 4th - SC - Dick Witcher, 29-yard pass from Gary Valbuena (Pass failed) S. CAL 29-24
Memphis 25, CHICAGO 7 (26678) - J.J. Jennings overcame a virus and a 100-degree fever, as he rushed for 132 yards on 20 carries to lead the rampaging Southmen to their seventh consecutive win. Jennings ran his season total to 879 yards for the WFL lead. Memphis QB John Huarte passed for the first two TDs, but suffered a torn calf muscle in his right leg and had to sit out the second half, giving way to rookie Danny White.
MEMPHIS - 8 7 0 10 - 25
CHICAGO - 0 0 0 7 - 7
1st - MEM - Roger Wallace, 22-yard pass from John Huarte (Ed Marshall pass from Huarte) MEM 8-0 2nd - MEM - John Harvey, 21-yard pass from Huarte (Pass failed) MEM 15-0 4th - MEM - Bob Etter, 28-yard field goal MEM 18-0 4th - MEM - Marshall, 7-yard pass from Danny White (Pass failed) MEM 25-0 4th - CHI - Jack Dolbin, 22-yard pass from Virgil Carter (Pass failed) MEM 25-7
HAWAIIANS 17, New York 14 (12169) - R.A. Coppedge kicked three FGs, the last a 48-yarder with 6:28 left, to lift the Hawaiians to an upset of New York that knocked the Stars out of a first place tie in the East. New York led 11-0 in the second quarter, and had three chances to score in the fourth quarter but two interceptions by the Hawaiians cut down their hopes and time ran out on New York with the ball on its own 39, before their biggest home crowd.
NEW YORK - 0 11 0 3 - 14
HAWAIIANS - 0 8 3 6 - 17
2nd - NY - Moses Lajterman, 34-yard field goal NY 3-0 2nd - NY - Don Highsmlth, 3-yard run (Tom Sherman pass to Bert Askson) NY 11-0 2nd - HAW - Tim Delaney, 5-yard pass from Edd Hargett (Norris Weese pass to Grady Richardson) NY 11-8 3rd - HAW - R.A. Coppedge, 36-yard field goal TIED 11-11 4th - NY - Lajterman, 34-yard field goal NY 14-11 4th - HAW - Coppedge, 28-yard field goal TIED 14-144th - HAW - Coppedge, 48-yard field goal HAW 17-14
FLORIDA 24, Philadelphia 21 (10417) - Bob Davis hit Greg Latta with a TD pass with 17 seconds remaining to give the Blazers a come-from-behind victory before a small crowd of 10,417, with 8,701 paying, who watched Florida bounce back from two straight setbacks. The lead changed hands twice in the last two minutes. It looked like Philadelphia had put it on ice with a 12-yard TD run by Claude Watts with just 1:14 left.
PHILADELPHIA - 7 7 0 7 - 21
FLORIDA - 7 7 3 7 - 24
1st - FLA - Jim Strong, 1-yard run (Pass failed) FLO 7-0 1st - PHIL - John Land, 2-yard run (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 2nd - PHIL - King Corcoran, 1-yard run (Run failed) PHIL 14-72nd - FLA - Eddie Sheats, 32-yard interception return (Run failed) TIED 14-14 3rd - FLA - Dave Strock, 23-yard field goal FLO 17-14 4th - PHIL - Claude Watts, 12-yard run (Run failed) PHIL 21-17 4th - FLA - Greg Latta, 21-yard pass from Bob Davis (Pass failed) FLO 24-21
Portland 19, JACKSONVILLE 17 (16041) - Booth Lusteg kicked a 28-yard FG with two seconds left to salvage a Portland victory in a battle of last-place teams. Portland, which had a 16-3 lead going into the fourth, saw it evaporate when Sharks QB Kay Stephenson threw a TD pass to Karl Swiere with little more than a minute to play. That gave Jacksonville a 17- 16 lead and, apparently, the game.
PORTLAND - 0 0 16 3 - 19
JACKSONVILLE - 3 0 0 14 - 17
1st - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 48-yard field goal JACKE 3-0 3rd - PORT - Marv Kendrlcks, 3-yard run (Rufus Ferguson pass from Pete Beathard) PORT 8-3 3rd - PORT - Joe Wiley, 46-yard punt return (Greg Specht pass from Beathard) PORT 16-3 4th - JACK - Alfred Haywood, 7-yard run (Run failed) PORT 16-10 4th - JACK - Karl Swiere, 25-yard pass from Kay Stephenson (Pass failed) JACK 17-16 4th - PORT - Booth Lusteg, 28-yard field goal PORT 19-17
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 19
BIRMINGHAM 42, Houston 14 (33619) - Americans QB George Mira set a WFL record, completing 22 of 35 for 380 yards and two TDs, both to Alfred Jenkins. Only one day before the game, WFL officials said the franchise was being transferred to Shreveport. Coach Jim Garrett was suspended hours before the nationally televised game, allegedly for remarks he made about the move. QB Mike Taliaferro announced his retirement just before kickoff.
HOUSTON - 7 7 0 0 - 14
BIRMINGHAM - 7 8 11 16 - 42
1st - BIRM - Jimmy Edwards, 2-yard run (Pass failed) BIRM 7-0 1st - HOU - John Odom, 33-yard pass from David Mays (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 2nd - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 34-yard pass from George Mira (Mira pass) BIRM 15-7 2nd - HOU - Jim Nance, 13-yard run (Pass failed) BIRM 15-14 3rd - BIRM - Earl Sark, 27-yard field goal BIRM 18-14 3rd - BIRM - Jenkins, 45-yard pass from Mira (Art Cantrelle pass from Mira) BIRM 26-14 4th - BIRM - Charlie Harraway, 1-yard run (Jenkins pass from Mira) BIRM 34-14 4th - BIRM - Willie Smith, 78-yard punt return (Jenkins pass from Matthew Reed) BIRM 42-14
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 8 4 0 .667 217 170 Birmingham 11 1 0 .917 324 238
New York 7 5 0 .583 267 190 Memphis 10 2 0 .833 378 202
Philadelphia 5 7 0 .417 311 258 Chicago 7 5 0 .583 327 311
Jacksonville 4 8 0 .333 232 253 Detroit 1 11 0 .083 191 307
S. California 8 4 0 .667 275 248 Portland 3 8 1 .292 165 276
Hawaiians 4 8 0 .333 179 295 Houston 3 8 1 .292 113 269
SEPT 18 - The WFL announced it is moving the financially troubled Houston Texans to Shreveport, Louisiana apparently on a "play now, pay later" plan. WFL officials said they would send a lawyer in an attempt to find a local owner for the team. The league hopes to shift the Houston franchise to Louisiana within the next week. "I'm very grateful for this enthusiastic reception," said Henry Lee Parker, WFL director of football operations, who appeared with Mayor Calhoun Allen at a news conference. Allen estimated the cost of the Shreveport franchise—includingits obligations to the league—would be $2.5 million. In Newport Beach, Calif., WFL Commissioner Gary Davidsonsaid the league had purchased the Texans from former owner Steve Arnold, who was plagued by lagging attendance at the Astrodome in Houston. The Texans, 3-7-1, have been in a tailspin both at the gate and on the field. It was reported that the team is $200,000 in the red. The Houston Post quoted sources as saying the league would meet the $130,000 player payroll this month for the Texans. As the WFL informed reporters of the move, Judge Arthur Lesher ordered the Texans to play one more game at the Astrodome. The temporary restraining order blocked the proposed move to Shreveport due to L.A. Frey and Company, a New Orleans meat products concern, seeking a court order preventing the transfer of the Memphis game contending such action would damage a ticket promotion it was sponsoring. The WFL eventually worked out a settlement and the Texans were allowed to go ahead with their move. In another move, WFL commissioner Gary Davidson suspended Houston coach Jim Garrett for "conduct detrimental to the league". One report was the Garrett's suspension came because he urged the team not to report to Shreveport, a report denied by Garrett. Texan quarterback Mike Taliaferro said he would not go to Shreveport due to "personal reasons". The WFL named Henry Lee Parker, director of operations of the WFL, was named interim coach for the Birmingham game.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 30
PHILADELPHIA 37, Chicago 31 (12500) - The Bell scored 22 points in the final period with King Corcoran, who passed for 349 yards, throwing for two TDs as Philadelphia handed Chicago its ninth loss in a row. The winning points came on a TD run by John Land, set up by a 90-yard pass from Corcoran to Willie Franklin. Fire QB Bubba Wyche completed 20 of 32 passes for 258 yards and one touchdown and ran for two others in the losing effort.
CHICAGO - 0 7 10 14 - 31
PHILADELPHIA - 0 15 0 22 - 37
2nd - PHIL - Claude Watts, 48-yard run (Run failed) PHIL 7-0 2nd - PHIL - Ron Holliday, 10-yard pass from King Corcoran (John Land run) PHIL 15-0 2nd - CHI - Bubba Wyche, 2-yard run (Run failed) PHIL 15-7 3rd - CHI - Allen Watson, 40-yard field goal PHIL 15-10 3rd - CHI - Lonnie Crittenden, 27-yard pass from Wyche (Pass failed) CHI 17-15 4th - PHIL - Len Izzo, 9-yard pass from Corcoran (Run failed) PHIL 22-17 4th - CHI - Wyche, 1-yard run (Pass failed) CHI 24-22 4th - PHIL - Watts, 29-yard pass from Corcoran (Willie Franklin pass from Corcoran) PHIL 30-24 4th - PHIL - Land, 3-yard run (Run failed) PHIL 37-24 4th - CHI - Cyril Pinder, 1-yard run (Run failed) PHIL 37-31
Memphis 33, HAWAIIANS 31 (20544) - John Huarte threw three TD passes night as the Southmen took advantage of Hawaiian errors to clinch a tie for the Central Division title and win the 15th game. Southmen RB J.J. Jennings ran for 107 yards on 24 carries to lead Memphis, while QB Randy Johnson completed 23 of 44 passes for 316 yards and three TDs, all to Tim Delaney, in the losing cause.
MEMPHIS - 7 18 0 8 - 33
HAWAIIANS - 10 10 3 8 - 31
1st - MEM - Tim Beamer, 4-yard fumble return (Run failed) MEM 7-0 1st - HAW - R.A. Coppedge, 37-yard field goal MEM 7-3 1st - HAW - Tim Delaney, 38-yard pass from Randy Johnson (Pass failed) HAW 10-7 2nd - MEM - Bob Etter, 37-yard field goal TIED 10-10 2nd - HAW - Safety, center snap out of end zone HAW 12-10 2nd - MEM - Gary Shirk, 27-yard pass from John Huarte (Run failed) MEM 17-12 2nd - MEM - Roger Wallace, 49-yard pass from Huarte (Ed Marshall pass from Huarte) MEM 25-12 2nd - HAW - Delaney, 11-yard pass from Johnson (Delaney pass from Johnson) MEM 25-20 3rd - HAW - Coppedge, 20-yard field goal MEM 25-23 4th - MEM - Shirk, 37-yard pass from Huarte (Brent Longwell pass from Huarte) MEM 33-23 4th - HAW - Delaney, 13-yard pass from Johnson (Delaney pass from Johnson) MEM 33-31
BIRMINGHAM 26, Florida 18 (21872) - Matthew Reed came off the bench to lead the Americans to the win. Reed took over midway in the second period after George Mira received a shoulder injury and tossed a long TD pass to Alfred Jenkins. The Blazers crept to within five points of Birmingham in the fourth quarter, but Willy Smith intercepted a Bob Davis pass and returned it 42 yards to end the threat.
FLORIDA - 7 0 0 11 - 18
BIRMINGHAM - 0 15 8 3 - 26
1st - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 2-yard run (Pass failed) FLO 7-0 2nd - BIRM - Paul Robinson, 15-yard pass from George Mira (Run failed) TIED 7-7 2nd - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 80-yard pass from Matthew Reed (Art Cantrelle pass from Reed) BIRM 15-7 3rd - BIRM - Cantrelle, 2-yard run (Jenkins pass from Reed) BIRM 23-7 4th - FLA - Reamon, 1-yard run (Reamon run) BIRM 23-15 4th - FLA - Dave Strock, 37-yard field goal BIRM 23-18 4th - BIRM - Grant Guthrie, 22-yard field goal BIRM 26-18
S. California 34, CHARLOTTE 25 (19436) - Tony Adams ran for two TDs and passed for another to lead Southern California to the win. Adams hit WR Dave Williams with a TD pass with 22 seconds left in the first half to give the Sun a 12-point lead and the Hornets were never able to close the gap. The Hornets, struggling after two straight losses, started QB Brian Dowling for the injured Tom Sherman, but he was replaced by Gary Danielson.
S. CALIFORNIA - 7 15 2 10 - 34
CHARLOTTE - 0 10 8 7 - 25
1st - SC - Tony Adams, 1-yard run (Pass failed) S. CAL 7-0 2nd - CHA - Al Young, 14-yard pass from Brian Dowling (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 2nd - CHA - Pete Rajecki, 21-yard field goal CHA 10-7 2nd - SC - Greg Herd, 2-yard run (Pass failed) S. CAL 14-10 2nd - SC - Dave Williams, 22-yard pass from Adams (Williams pass from Adams) S. CAL 22-10 3rd - SC - Safety, Ball snapped through end zone by Bob Kuziel S. CAL 24-10 3rd - CHA - Gary Danielson, 7-yard run (Young pass from Danielson) S. CAL 24-18 4th - SC - Adams, 1-yard run (Pass failed) S. CAL 31-18 4th - CHA - Don Highsmith, 4-yard run (Pass failed) S. CAL 31-25 4th - SC - Rod Garcia, 20-yard field goal S. CAL 34-25
THURSDAY OCTOBER 31
Portland 14, SHREVEPORT 0 (20614) - Pete Beathard hit Rufus Ferguson with two TD passes in the first half as Portland continued its second half surge. After starting 0-7-1, the Storm have gone 7-3. The Portland defense held the Shreveport rushing attack to only 59 yards, and limited Jim Nance to 35 yards. Beathard completed 13 of 22 passes for 199 yards. QB David Mays starting for Shreveport in place of the injured D. C. Nobles.
PORTLAND - 7 7 0 0 - 14
SHREVEPORT - 0 0 0 0 - 0
1st - PORT- Rufus Ferguson, 6-yard pass from Pete Beathard (Run failed) PORT 7-0 2nd - PORT - Ferguson, 33-yard pass from Beathard (Pass failed) PORT 14-0
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 12 6 0 .667 369 256 Memphis 15 3 0 .833 552 360
Charlotte 10 8 0 .625 431 303 Birmingham 13 5 0 .722 434 364
Philadelphia 8 10 0 .375 468 397 Chicago 7 11 0 .389 412 550
F-Jacksonville 4 10 0 .286 258 359 F-Detroit 1 13 0 .071 209 358
X-Southern Cal 13 5 0 .722 453 395 Hawaiians 7 11 0 .389 325 399
Portland 7 10 1 .417 264 378 Shreveport 6 11 1 .361 214 361
X-Clinched division title F-Folded
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 24
NEW YORK 37, Detroit 7 (4220) - As the Wheels' declared bankruptcy, Stars' runners cruised for 277 rushing yards. Don Highsmith scored two TDs for New York, both on one-yard runs, and Ike Thomas returned a recovered fumble 38 yards for another TD. Highsmith, subbing for injured starter Bob Gladieux, carried 14 times for 97 yards in the first half that sparked the Stars, who announced they were leaving New York after the game, to a 15-0 lead.
DETROIT - 0 7 0 0 - 7
NEW YORK - 7 15 0 15 - 37
1st - NY - Don Highsmith, 1-yard run (Pass failed) NY 7-0 2nd - NY - Highsmith, 1-yard run (Jim Ford run) NY 15-0 2nd - NY - Ike Thomas, 31-yard fumble return (Pass failed) NY 22-0 2nd - DET - Bubba Wyche, 13-yard run (Pass failed) NY 22-7 4th - NY - Ford, 3-yard run (George Sauer pass from Brian Dowllng) NY 30-7 4th - NY - Lee Bouggess, 1-yard run (Pass failed) NY 37-7
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 25
PORTLAND 26, Birmingham 21 (14273) - Pete Beathard rifled a 16-yard TD pass to Bob Christiansen with 35seconds left to lead the Storm to the upset. Beathard's heroics overshadowed those of George Mira, who came off the bench in the second half to rally the Americans, only to see his desperation pass fall incomplete in the end zone as time ran out. The Storm turned an interception and recovery of a kickoff fumble into a 18-7 halftime lead.
BIRMINGHAM - 0 7 7 7 - 21
PORTLAND - 8 10 0 8 - 26
1st - PORT - Marv Kendricks, 9-yard run (Rufus Ferguson run) PORT 8-0 2nd - PORT - Pete Beathard, 1-yard run (Pass failed) PORT 15-0 2nd - BIRM - Dennis Homan, 24-yard pass from Matthew Reed (Pass failed) PORT 15-7 2nd - PORT - Booth Lusteg, 19-yard field goal PORT 18-7 3rd - BIRM - Gerard Williams, 21-yard interception return (Pass failed) PORT 18-14 4th - BIRM - Charlie Harraway, 1-yard run (Pass failed) BIRM 21-18 4th - PORT - Bob Christiansen, 16-yard pass from Beathard (Wayne Patrick run) PORT 26-21
S. CALIFORNIA 57, Jacksonville 7 (22017) - Tony Adams threw for 244 yards, including TD passes to James McAlister and Ike Harris and scored on a 26-yard run to lead Southern California Sun to their seventh win in the last eight games. The Sun rolled up a total of 549 yards and scored almost at will against the financially-troubled Sharks, whose players have not been paid for the last month.
JACKSONVILLE - 0 0 0 7 - 7
S. CALIFORNIA - 15 31 11 0 - 57
1st - SC - Kermit Johnson, 6-yard run (James McAllister pass from Tony Adams) S. CAL 8-0 1st - SC - Ike Harris, 16-yard pass from Adams (Run failed) S. CAL 15-0 2nd - SC - Ralph Nelson, 1-yard run (Pass failed) S. CAL 22-0 2nd - SC - James McAllister, 5-yard pass from Adams (Dave Williams pass from Adams) S. CAL 30-0 2nd - SC - Williams, 14-yard pass from Gary Valbuena (Williams pass from Adams) S. CAL 38-0 2nd - SC - Harris, 28-yard pass from Valbuena (Williams pass from Adams) S. CAL 46-0 3rd - SC - Rod Garcia, 44-yard field goal S. CAL 49-0 3rd - SC - Adams, 26-yard run (McAllister pass from Valbuena) S. CAL 57-0 4th - JACK - Reggie Oliver, 1-yard run (Pass failed) S. CAL 57-7
Memphis 17, SHREVEPORT 3 (21357) - J.J. Jennings, the WFL's leading rusher, ran for 77 yards and QB Danny White hit Roger Wallace with a TD to ruin the Steamer's debut in Memphis' eighth straight win. White, subbing for the injured John Huarte, went all the way in his first professional start, hitting 16 of 29 passes for 203 yards and the one TD. The Steamers scored on a 45-yard FG by Charlie Durkee for their only points.
MEMPHIS - 0 7 3 7 - 17
SHREVEPORT - 3 0 0 0 - 3
1st - SHR - Charlie Durkee, 45-yard field goal SHR 3-0 2nd - MEM - Roger Wallace, 19-yard pass from Danny White (Run failed) MEM 7-3 3rd - MEM - Bob Etter, 41-yard field goal MEM 10-3 4th - MEM - Willie Spencer, 2-yard run (Run failed) MEM 17-3
Philadelphia 21, HAWAIIANS 16 (14497) - Gerry Warren kicked two FGs in the fourth quarter and Philadelphia's defense intercepted four passes to spark the win. Warren's kicks gave Philadelphia a 21-8 lead with 8:03 left.QB Norris Weese, demoted upon the arrival of Edd Hargett and Randy Johnson, took over and drove Hawaii 76 yards in 14 plays for a TD. With seven second left, his desperation pass was intercepted by Don Vallery.
PHILADELPHIA - 0 7 8 6 - 21
HAWAIIANS - 0 0 8 8 - 16
2nd - PHIL - Claude Watts, 1-yard run (Pass failed) PHIL 7-0 3rd - HAW - Al Davis, 12-yard pass from Edd Hargett (Derrick Williams run) HAW 8-7 3rd - PHIL - John Land, 48-yard pass from King Corcoran (Alan Thompson run) PHIL 15-8 4th - PHIL - Gerry Warren, 23-yard field goal PHIL 18-8 4th - PHIL - Warren, 32-yard field goal PHIL 21-8 4th - HAW - John Kelsey, 7-yard pass from Norris Weese (Weese run) PHIL 21-16
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 26
FLORIDA 29, Chicago 0 (16679) - QB Bob Davis calmly picked apart the Chicago pass defense to keep the Blazers, rumored to be moving to Atlanta, atop the Eastern Division. The Florida defense shut down QB Leo Hart, who replaced Virgil Carter, the league's top passer, couldn't function with a passing hand injured in last week's game. Ex-NFL great Leroy Kelly, making his debut for the Fire, ran for 86 yards on 15 carries.
CHICAGO - 0 0 0 0 - 0
FLORIDA - 7 7 7 8 - 29
1st - FLA - Hubie Bryant, 28-yard pass from Bob Davis (Run failed) FLO 7-0 2nd - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 12-yard pass from Davis (Pass failed) FLO 14-0 3rd - FLA - Bill Gatti, 1-yard run (Pass failed) FLO 21-0 4th - FLA - Matt Maslowski, 20-yard pass from Davis (Jim Strong run) FLO 29-0
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 9 4 0 .692 246 170 Birmingham 11 2 0 .846 345 264
New York 8 5 0 .615 304 197 Memphis 11 2 0 .846 395 205
Philadelphia 6 7 0 .462 332 274 Chicago 7 6 0 .538 327 340
Jacksonville 4 9 0 .308 239 310 Detroit 1 12 0 .077 198 344
S. California 9 4 0 .692 332 255 Hawaiians 4 9 0 .308 195 316
Portland 4 8 1 .346 191 297 Shreveport 3 9 1 .269 116 286
SEPT 24 - The already shaky position of Gary Davidson's young WFL crumbled further in a lightning fast series of developments. It was learned that the New York Stars would be moved to Charlotte, N.C., after being purchased from Robert Schmertz by Boston investor Upton Bell. Bell had been a major factor in the attempt to move the Detroit Wheels to the southern city, but Charlotte Chamber of Commerce spokesman Bill Hensley revealed earlier in the day that the transaction had fallen through and that "plans are being made to bring another much better team to Charlotte." The deal with Detroit may well have collapsed because of the desperate financial situation of the Wheels' ownership. It was made public that the Wheels had filed for bankruptcy in United States District Court, claiming debts of $2.5 million. Meanwhile, in Jacksonville, the league had been forced to step in for the financially struggling Sharks ownership and assume control of the operation. Davidson assured the players they would receive paychecks before Wednesday's scheduled game against Southern California.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 6
BIRMINGHAM 26, Philadelphia 23 (22963) - The Americans took a commanding 26-0 halftime lead and held off a second half comeback by the Bell. Matthew Reed engineered four first half scoring drives as Birmingham threatened to make the game a rout. But Philadelphia drove 94 yards to score in the third quarter on John Land's TD run. The Bell then capitalized on two Birmingham mistakes to score a pair of last period touchdowns.
PHILADELPHIA - 0 0 8 15 - 23
BIRMINGHAM - 10 16 0 0 - 26
1st - BIRM - Art Cantrelle, 22-yard run (Pass failed) BIRM 7-0 1st - BIRM - Grant Guthrie, 23-yard field goal BIRM 10-0 2nd - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 37-yard pass from Matthew Reed (Paul Robinson run) BIRM 18-0 2nd - BIRM - Robinson, 14-yard run (Robinson run) BIRM 26-0 3rd - PHIL - Claude Watts, 2-yard run (Frank DiMaggio run) BIRM 26-8 4th - PHIL - Len Izzo, 1-yard pass from King Corcoran (Run failed) BIRM 26-15 4th - PHIL - Watts, 1-yard pass from Corcoran (Don Ratliff pass from DiMaggio) BIRM 26-23
SHREVEPORT 19, Charlotte 14 (10697) - Jim Nance scored on a TD run in the fourth quarter to lift Shreveport to the win. Mike Walker helped preserve the win by recovering a Charlotte fumble on the Shreveport 28 with 32 seconds. Charlotte had to leave its equipment and uniforms in Shreveport after a cleaning shop and a security firm filed suits claiming the club owed payment for services received when it was the New York Stars.
CHARLOTTE - 0 7 7 0 - 14
SHREVEPORT - 0 3 8 8 - 19
2nd - SHR - Charlie Durkee, 27-yard field goal SHR 3-0 2nd - CHA - Kreg Kapitan, 16-yard pass from Gary Danielson (Pass failed) CHA 7-3 3rd - CHA - Don Highsmith, 2-yard run (Pass failed) CHA 14-3 3rd - SHR - Doug Winslow, 6-yard pass from D.C. Nobles (Jim Nance run) CHA 14-11 4th - SHR - Nance,1-yard run (Nance run) SHR 19-14
HAWAIIANS 29, S. California 8 (13780) - Randy Johnson passed for two TDs to lead the playoff-hungry Hawaiians. Johnson, who passed for over 300 yards to win Player of the Week honors two weeks ago, hit John Isenbarger with both scoring passes. RBs Al Davis and Vin Clements ran for the other two scores to give the Hawaiians a 29-0 lead before the Western Division champions could get on the scoreboard.
S. CALIFORNIA - 0 0 0 8 - 8
HAWAIIANS - 8 0 14 7 - 29
1st - HAW - John Isenbarger, 4-yard pass from Randy Johnson (Norris Weese run) HAW 8-0 3rd - HAW - Isenbarger, 17-yard pass from Johnson (Run failed) HAW 15-0 3rd - HAW - Al Davis, 4-yard run (Run failed) HAW 22-0 4th - HAW - Vin Clements, 1-yard run (Pass failed) HAW 29-0 4th - SC - Kermit Johnson, 17-yard run (Dave Parks pass from Gary Valbuena) HAW 29-8
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 7
FLORIDA 23, Portland 0 (11672) - Florida RB Tommy Reamon breezed through a punchless Portland defense for 107 yards and three TDs, all but eliminating the Storm from the playoffs. Reamon scored on short bursts three times during the third quarter. The game was to have been played in Portland, but a promise of transportation and $50,000 changed the plans. Portland GM Ron Mix expressed his displeasure at the switch.
PORTLAND - 0 0 0 0 - 0
FLORIDA - 0 0 23 0 - 23
3rd - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 1-yard run (Greg Latta pass from Bob Davis) FLO 8-0 3rd - FLA - Reamon, 3-yard run (Pass failed) FLO 15-0 3rd - FLA - Reamon, 3-yard run (Luther Palmer pass from Davis) FLO 23-0
MEMPHIS 49, Chicago 24 (14085) - J.J. Jennings and John Harvey each scored twice to hand Chicago an 10th straight loss. Jennings believes the Southmen are on schedule and that their next stop is the title game - "We're the best team in the league". It might have been the last game for Chicago, since owner Tom Origer has said his team won't play in the playoffs and has threatened to skip Chicago's final regular-season game with the Bell.
CHICAGO - 0 16 0 8 - 24
MEMPHIS - 7 18 8 16 - 49
1st - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 2-yard run (Run failed) MEM 7-0 2nd - CHI - Lonnie Crittenden, 54-yard pass fr Bill Cappelman (Jimmy Kennedy pass from Cappelman) CHI 8-7 2nd - MEM - Bob Etter, 27-yard field goal MEM 10-8 2nd - CHI - Cyril Pinder, 59-yard run (Kennedy pass from Cappelman) CHI 16-10 2nd - MEM - John Harvey, 3-yard run (Ed Marshall pass from John Huarte) MEM 18-16 2nd - MEM - Jennings, 4-yard run (Pass failed) MEM 25-16 3rd - MEM - Harvey, 30-yard run (Harvey run) MEM 33-16 4th - CHI - Bob Wyatt, 29-yard pass from Cappelman (Wyatt run) MEM 33-24 4th - MEM - Marshall, 20-yard pass from Danny White (Gary Shirk pass from White) MEM 41-24 4th - MEM - Bracy Bonham, 6-yard run (Marshall pass from White) MEM 49-24
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
X-Florida 13 6 0 .684 392 256 X-Memphis 16 3 0 .842 601 384
Y-Charlotte 10 9 0 .526 445 322 Y-Birmingham 14 5 0 .737 460 387
Philadelphia 8 11 0 .421 445 413 Chicago 7 12 0 .368 436 599
F-Jacksonville 4 10 0 .286 258 359 F-Detroit 1 13 0 .071 209 358
X-Southern Cal 13 6 0 .684 461 424 Portland 7 11 1 .395 264 401
Hawaiians 8 11 0 .421 354 407 Shreveport 7 11 1 .395 233 375
X-Clinched division title Y-Clinched playoff berth F-Folded
NOV 6 - The Portland Storm left Wednesday for Florida, but there apparently is no assurance they will play the Blazers Thursday night. "We will not play unless we are paid—before the game," the Oregon Journal quoted oneplayer who asked not to be identified. The Storm players are several weeks behind in their pay. Florida reportedly has guaranteed Portland $50,000 but the money won't be paid until the day after the game, when the Blazers supposedly will be purchased by a group of investors whose identity has not been announced. Meanwhile, the owner of the Portland team, Bob Harris of London, Ont., was quoted as saying it is unlikely that the Storm will remain in Portland. The Journal said Harris made the statement on a radio talk show. "It's not definite and I wouldhope that we could stay in Portland, but there appears no solution to our stadium problem," Harris is quoted as saying. Harris complained about Portland's old stadium, which seats 33,000, difficult parking, and what he termed low attendance. Two weeks of back pay will be made up with receipts from Wednesday night's Shreveport-Charlotte, a Shreveport team official said. The Steamer began paying its players on a game-by-gamebasis when the team moved to Shreveport from Houston Sept. 25. But officials said income taxes had wiped out proceeds from the last two contests, leaving the team without funds to meet the payroll. In a meeting with league officials earlier this week, the team was given permission to use Wednesday night's gate receipts to make up the deficit.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 2
HAWAIIANS 14, Birmingham 8 (12039) - Former Giant QB Randy Johnson, in his first starting assignment as a Hawaiian, led the team on drives of 95 and 90 yards as they upset the heavily favored Americans. The Hawaiians' clinching TD came in the third quarter when Al Davis lunged over from the one. The crowd braved an early evening tropical storm and were rewarded as the Hawaiians put on their best performance of the season.
BIRMINGHAM - 0 8 0 0 - 8
HAWAIIANS - 0 7 7 0 - 14
1st - HAW - Tom Boyer, 10-yard pass from Randy Johnson (Run failed) HAW 7-0 2nd - BIRM - Jim Bishop, 1-yard fumble return (Bob Brown pass from George Mira) BIRM 8-7 3rd - HAW - Al Davis, 1-yard run (Pass failed) HAW 14-8
SHREVEPORT 14, Detroit 11 (22012) - David Mays threw an eight-yard TD pass to Willie Frazier with 5:46 to play to give the Steamer their first win since moving from Houston. D.C. Nobles put Shreveport out front 7-0 with a 63-yard TD pass to Rick Eber on the first play of the game. Shreveport out rushed the Wheels 180 to 85, with running back Jim Nance gaining 137 yards on 25 carries.
DETROIT - 0 8 0 3 - 11
SHREVEPORT - 7 0 0 7 - 14
1st - SHR - Rick Eber, 63-yard pass from D.C. Nobles (Pass failed) SHR 7-0 2nd - DET - Terry Phillips, 21-yard pass from Bubba Wyche (Billy Sadler pass from Wyche) DET 8-7 4th - DET - Eric Guthrie, 30-yard field goal DET 11-7 4th - SHR - Willie Frazier, 8-yard pass from David Mays (Pass failed) SHR 14-11
Florida 30, PHILADELPHIA 7 (7150) - The Blazers, with their pay checks two weeks overdue, traveled to Philadelphia and made the Bell pay. Tommy Reamon rushed for 130 yards and scored two TD as Florida romped to the easy win. Florida out ran the Bell 228 yards to 91, and were only penalized three times for 26 yards compared to Philadelphia's 13 times for 81 yards. Bell QB King Corcoran completed only 9 of 24 passes.
FLORIDA - 8 7 7 8 - 30
PHILADELPHIA - 0 7 0 0 - 7
1st - FLA - Richard James, 16-yard run (Bob Gatti run) FLO 8-0 2nd - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 10-yard pass from Bob Davis (Run failed) FLO 15-0 2nd - PHIL - John Land, 12-yard run (Pass failed) FLO 15-7 3rd - FLA - Reamon, 4-yard run (Pass failed) FLO 22-7 4th - FLA - Matt Maslowski, 4-yard pass from Davis (Maslowski pass from Davis) FLO 30-7
S California 26, PORTLAND 22 (20469) - Tony Adams fired a TD pass to Keith Denson with 1:56 left to rally Southern California from behind. Denson returned a punt 63 yards late in the third period to set up Kermit Johnson's TD run to get the Sun back into the game early in the final period after Portland ran up a 22-11 halftime lead on Rufus Ferguson's three touchdowns.
PORTLAND - 7 15 0 0 - 22
S. CALIFORNIA - 0 11 0 15 - 26
1st - PORT - Rufus Ferguson, 6-yard run (Run failed) PORT 7-0 2nd - PORT - Ferguson, 3-yard run (Bob Christiansen pass from Pete Beathard) PORT 15-0 2nd - SC - James McAllister, 19-yard pass from Tony Adams (Dave Williams pass from Adams) PORT 15-8 2nd - PORT - Ferguson, 5-yard run (Pass failed) PORT 22-8 2nd - SC - Rod Garcia, 22-yard field goal PORT 22-11 4th - SC- Kermit Johnson, 5-yard run (Run failed) PORT 22-18 4th - SC - Keith Denson, 35-yard pass from Adams (McAllister pass from Adams) S. CAL 26-22
MEMPHIS 47, Jacksonville 19 (15016) - Willie Spencer scored five TDs as Memphis ran its winning streak to nine. Spencer gained 137 yards on 20 carries. Teammate J.J. Jennings became the first WFL player to rush for1,000 yards. He gained 81 yards for a 14-game total of 1,037 yards. For the Sharks, the mounting legal problems surrounding potential owner Wayne Pease left that franchise without an owner and teetering on extinction.
JACKSONVILLE - 3 8 8 0 - 19
MEMPHIS - 14 7 8 18 - 47
1st - MEM - Willie Spencer, 1-yard run (Pass failed) MEM 7-0 1st - MEM - Spencer, 1-yard run (Pass failed) MEM 14-0 1st - JACK - Grant Guthrie, 32-yard field goal MEM 14-3 2nd - MEM - Spencer, 6-yard run (Run failed) MEM 21-3 2nd - JACK - Alfred Haywood, 12-yard run (Haywood run) MEM 21-11 3rd - MEM - Spencer, 3-yard run (J.J. Jennings pass from Danny White) MEM 29-11 3rd - JACK - Tom Whittier, 51-yard pass from Reggie Oliver (Tom Smith run) MEM 29-19 4th - MEM - Spencer, 10-yard run (Gary Shirk pass from White) MEM 37-19 4th - MEM - Safety, Oliver tackled In end zone MEM 39-19 4th - MEM - Ed Marshall, 24-yard pass from Jack Ettinger (Paul Miles pass from Ettinger) MEM 47-19
THURSDAY OCTOBER 3
Charlotte 41, CHICAGO 30 (22354) - Tom Sherman hurled TD passes of 63 and 45 yards and scored on a short smash in a 33-point Charlotte first half as the Stars outlasted the Fire to remain one game behind Florida in the Eastern Division race. Trailing 41-23 entering the final quarter, the Fire scored on Cyril Pinder's TD run. Chicago reached Charlotte's two-yard line, but with 39 seconds left Bill Cappelman's fourth-down pass was intercepted.
CHARLOTTE - 10 23 8 0 - 41
CHICAGO - 8 7 8 7 - 30
1st - CHA - Tom Sherman, 1-yard run (Pass failed) CHA 7-0 1st - CHI - Jack Dolbin, 61-yard pass from Bill Cappelman (Leroy Kelly run) CHI 8-7 1st - CHA - Pete Rajecki, 20-yard field goal CHA 10-8 2nd - CHI - Cyril Pinder, 3-yard run (Pass failed) CHI 15-10 2nd - CHA - Al Barnes, 63-yard pass from Sherman (Jim Ford run) CHA 18-15 2nd - CHA - Bert Askson, 45-yard pass from Sherman (Run failed) CHA 25-15 2nd - CHA - Larry Shears, 44-yard interception return (Ford run) CHA 33-15 3rd - CHI - Kelly, 2-yard run (Kelly run) CHA 33-23 3rd - CHA - Don Highsmith, 24-yard run (Highsmith run) CHA 41-23 4th - CHI - Pinder, 10-yard run (Pass failed) CHA 41-30
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 10 4 0 .714 276 177 Memphis 12 2 0 .857 442 224
Charlotte 9 5 0 .643 345 227 Birmingham 11 3 0 .786 353 278
Philadelphia 6 8 0 .429 339 304 Chicago 7 7 0 .500 357 381
Jacksonville 4 10 0 .286 258 359 Detroit 1 13 0 .071 209 358
S. California 10 4 0 .714 358 277 Portland 4 9 1 .321 213 323
Hawaiians 5 9 0 .357 209 324 Shreveport 4 9 1 .321 130 297
OCT 8 - WFL Commissioner Gary Davidson announced that the Detroit and Jacksonville teams were suspending operations, cancelling this week's games, and probably would be disbanded later this week. "Present ownership has been unable to meet financial obligations for several weeks and the league can no longer carry the teams' operation and player contracts unless financial support comes forth in the two cities," Davidson said. "Unless there is some indication of immediate involvement by new investors, other teams in the WFL will select Detroit and Jacksonville players in a draft-like procedure later in the week." Davidson said he hoped the postponement of this week's games was just a temporary thing, but the Jacksonville and Detroit franchises have been seeking financial aide almost since the beginning of the season and none has been forthcoming. The Sharks have received only one weekly paycheck from the league for their last five games. The WFL has already rejected one offer to purchase the Sharks from wealthy Miami contractor Maston O'Neal because the league said he wasn't willing to go far enough toward solving the team's back pay problems.
WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 13
HAWAIIANS 23, Portland 0 (14245) - Randy Johnson threw for 188 yards and a TD and the Hawaiians' stubborn defense blanked the Storm to move into a playoff slot. The Hawaiians' defense allowed Portland into its territory only once during the entire game. The Storm players, who got their first checks in several weeks Tuesday, stalked off the field with 2 seconds left. The Hawaiians' management guaranteed the Storm expenses for the game.
PORTLAND - 0 0 0 0 - 0
HAWAIIANS - 0 0 8 15 - 23
3rd - HAW - John Isenbarger, 12-yard pass from Randy Johnson (Norris Weese run) HAW 8-0 4th - HAW - Clayton Heath, 24-yard run (Tim Delaney pass from Weese) HAW 16-0 4th - HAW - Grady Richardson, 20-yard pass from Weese (Pass failed) HAW 23-0
BIRMINGHAM 40, Shreveport 7 (14974) - The Americans, taking advantage of five first half turnovers, built a 32-0 halftime lead as LB Warren Capone scored a TD on an interception return and set up two other scores with returns of a blocked punt and a fumble. Alabama impounded Birmingham's gate receipts and bank account for failure to pay taxes. it was reported that the teams' actual paid attendance for their opener was 12,000, not 22,000.
SHREVEPORT - 0 0 7 0 - 7
BIRMINGHAM - 17 15 8 0 - 40
1st - BIRM - Charlie Harraway, 1-yard run (Run failed) BIRM7-0 1st - BIRM - Earl Sark, 29-yard field goal BIRM 10-0 1st - BIRM - Warren Capone, 29-yard interception return (Run failed) BIRM 17-0 2nd - BIRM - Jimmy Edwards, 4-yard run (Edwards run) BIRM 25-0 2nd - BIRM - Edwards, 18-yard pass from George Mira (Pass failed) BIRM 32-0 3rd - SHR - Willie Frazier, 4-yard pass from David Mays (Run failed) BIRM 32-7 3rd - BIRM - Edwards,10-yard pass from Reed (Edwards pass from Reed) BIRM 40-7
MEMPHIS 28, Charlotte 22 (13339) - Ed Marshall caught two TD passes as the Southmen ended their regular season with the best record in the WFL. The loss, the fourth in a row for the Hornets, dropped Charlotte to 10-10. Hornet owner Upton Bell was uncertain about the teams' future and standing in the playoffs, and said he was looking for investors for the team and may skip the playoffs.
CHARLOTTE - 0 7 7 8 - 22
MEMPHIS - 7 7 7 7 - 28
1st - MEM - John Harvey, 5-yard run (Pass failed) MEM 7-0 2nd - CHA - Don Highsmith, 4-yard run (Pass failed) TIED 7-7 2nd - MEM - Gary Shirk, 27-yard pass from John Huarte (Pass failed) MEM 14-7 3rd - MEM - Ed Marshall, 7-yard pass from Danny White (Pass failed) MEM 21-7 3rd - CHA - Highsmith, 3-yard run (Run failed) MEM 21-14 4th - MEM - Marshall, 27-yard pass from White (Pass failed) MEM 28-14 4th - CHA - Kreg Kapitan, 9-yard pass from Tom Sherman (Bob Gladieux pass from Sherman) MEM 28-22
Chicago at Philadelphia - The Bell were awarded a win over the Fire who did not report because of over $800,000 in losses. Hawaii, Memphis and Philadelphia reportedly gave Chicago $50,000 each to keep the Fire alive. Fire owner Tom Origer told league officials that he would consider selling the franchise outright, selling 50% of the club or merging the Fire with another team (reportedly Hawaii or Memphis).
THURSDAY NOVEMBER 14
Florida 27, S. CALIFORNIA 24 (28213) - Eddie Sheats blocked a Sun punt and Dave Strock booted a game-winning FG with four seconds to play as the Blazers wrapped up the WFL's first regular season with a win. Coach Jack Pardee, whose players have not been paid for 11 weeks, said, "I'm very proud of this team. No one really knows the adversity we have overcome." Florida's Tommy Reamon captured the rushing title with 1,576 yards.
FLORIDA - 10 14 0 3 - 27
S. CALIFORNIA - 0 7 7 10 - 24
1st - FLA - Dave Strock, 28-yard field goal FLO 3-0 1st - FLA - Greg Latta, 26-yard pass from Bob Davis (Run failed) FLO 10-0 2nd - SC - Kermit Johnson, 33-yard run (Pass failed) FLO 10-7 2nd - FLA - Latta, 4-yard pass from Davis (Run failed) FLO 17-7 2nd - FLA - Dickie James, 9-yard run (Run failed) FLO 24-7 3rd - SC - James McAllister, 6-yard run (Pass failed) FLO 24-14 4th - SC - Rod Garcia, 25-yard field goal FLO 24-17 4th - SC - Keith Denson, 26-yard pass from Tony Adams (Pass failed) TIED 24-24 4th - FLA - Strock, 25-yard field goal FLO 27-24
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
X-Florida 14 6 0 .700 419 280 X-Memphis 17 3 0 .850 629 365
Charlotte 10 10 0 .500 467 350 X-Birmingham 15 5 0 .750 500 394
X-Philadelphia 9 11 0 .450 491 413 Chicago 7 13 0 .350 446 600
F-Jacksonville 4 10 0 .286 258 359 F-Detroit 1 13 0 .071 209 358
X-Southern Cal 13 7 0 .650 486 441 Portland 7 12 1 .375 264 426
X-Hawaiians 9 11 0 .450 413 422 Shreveport 7 12 1 .375 240 415
X-Made playoffs F-Folded
NOV 8 - Joe Namath, quarterback of the New York Jets, is considering buying a WFL franchise and becoming pro football's only player-owner, WFL officials say. Namath is one of three prospective buyers, with whom the league is discussing a franchise in New York beginning in 1976, according to John F. Bassett, president and principal owner of the WFL's Memphis Southmen and chairman of the league's executive committee. The newspaper quoted Bassett as saying the other prospective buyers are Broadway producer David Merrick and alaw firm.
CFL-WFL MERGER? - The Canadian Football League, reiterating its stand on the World Football League, said this week that, in effect, the door may be open to merger talks but the reception inside is likely to be anything but cordial. In Montreal, Alouettes' owner Sam Berger said he would not shut the door on possible merger discussions but he had reservations. "I don't want to become involved in even thinking about it at this time," said Berger. "It could be that when the playoffs and the Grey Cup—if we make it—are over, maybe we'll take a look at it." And in Edmonton, Jim Hole, president of the league and of the Eskimos' club, said: "The only thing that's ever been said on the topic is when Jake Gaudaur (league commissioner) said our league would be willing to talk to the WFL if they came to us and asked to talk. And that's exactly the way it is." Hole added: "But why would we want to merge with the World Football League? They have nothing to offer."
NOV 14 - The WFL announced Thursday the two-bracket inaugural playoffs that will culminate in the World Bowl on Dec. 5. Charlotte (10-10) is at Florida (13-6) in an upper bracket game on Wednesday, Nov. 20, while Philadelphia (9-11) travels to Birmingham (15-5) in a lower bracket quarterfinal that night. On Thursday, Nov. 21, Memphis, the WFL's top team with a 17-3 record, hosts Portland (7-12-1) in an upper bracket game and Hawaii (9-11) visits Southern California (13-6) in a lower bracket match.
NOV 18 - Birmingham owner Bill Putnam said the club must have $750,000 to pay its bills for the remainder of the season. Putnam said the team had been relatively successful during its first season, taking in "a little over $2.3 million at the gate. "Our preliminary figures show a loss of only $300,000 from the time we began putting this together last December," Putnam said. "That's not a bad loss for your first year."
NOV 19 - Following a weekend in which it reversed direction and changed its mind at least four times, the WFL was silent Monday, which means the financially struggling league apparently plans to begin its playoffs on Wednesday with six teams. In a space of about 30 hours, one official or another announced over the weekend that ( a ) the playoffs were being changed from eight to three teams; (b) the playoffs were being changed from three to four teams; (c) that b was a lie, the playoffs would have three teams; and (d) that the playoffs were being changed from three to six teams. The league, which according to an Associated Press survey has lost at least $20 million in its initial season, prefaced each announcement with its firm intention of playing another season. Plans went ahead for a meeting of WFL officials this weekend in Memphis. John Bassett, owner of the Southmen and the WFL official who made most of the weekend announcements, said the WFL would play in 1975 and that "it is going to be run by responsible business and football people." He said potential franchise buyers from such cities as San Antonio, Louisville, Jacksonville, Charlotte, Portland and Chicago would attend the meetings.
AP CLAIMS $20 MILLION IN LOSSES - An Associated Press survey shows that many of the still surviving franchises in the shaky WFL are in poor economic condition. Failure to find new dollars and stability will be terminal to some franchises, and in turn, could eventually kill the league. An example of the league's problems is that only two of the original owners are still active, and officials acknowledge they must have more stability than that. The AP survey shows a loss of about $20 million for the league. The figure could go millions higher. The strongest franchise is believed to be Memphis. There have been no reported problem meeting payroll. Elsewhere, the picture is much bleaker. For instance: BIRMINGHAM - The American, who have lost between $300,000 and $1 million depending upon which estimate is used, were pitched out of their offices last week for nonpayment of bills and are behind in paying their players. Owner Bill Putnam said it had been his intention to raise $1.5 million in local money to support the team and he had only raised $175,000. The Americans are currently unable to play any playoff games at home because of court action brought to collect $100,000 the team owes in taxes. Putnam plans a public stock offering. PORTLAND - The Storm, who have not paid their players in seven weeks, are the subject of a league hunt for local owners. The team is owned by a Canadian millionaire, and officials say it cannot stay in Portland without local support in the form of dollars. It is estimated the team is $1 million in the red. NEW YORK - A city to which the WFL hopes to return in 1976, still has a franchise of sorts, although the team is now playing in Charlotte, N.C. Officials in New York have told creditors they have assets of $94,750 and liabilities of $2.5 million. CHARLOTTE - General Manager Upton Bell has been unsuccessful in finding local investors to partially purchase the club from the New York owners. And the team has continued to lose money in the North Carolina city, failing to pay its players the last few weeks. FLORIDA - Blazers players have not been paid for 11 weeks and the club is deep in debt. Officials said Tuesday they hoped to complete sale of the team by Thursday. Similar hopes in the past months have failed to yield buyers for the team. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA - Larry G. Hatfield, president of the Sun, has pleaded innocent to a federal grand jury's charge that he submitted a false financial statement to gain a $365,000 loan for the team, which has lost about $1 million this year. At one point, this team was also behind in paying players. HAWAIIANS - The Hawaiians, considered one of the more stable franchises, have lost about $3 million this season, and owner Chris Hemmeter vows not to go through another year like this one. There have been reports the club might move to Chicago. CHICAGO - The Fire quit for the season last week. Owner Tom Origer, propped up by a $150,000 loan from three other owners at midseason, says he has lost $800,000 and he is seeking to sell the franchise to another city. SHREVEPORT - An effort to sell the Shreveport franchise, which landed there after being moved from Houston, to local businessmen has not yet met with success. Officials of the team, which has lost about $1.5 million, admitted last week that they had withheld information about inflated attendance figures because of a pending stock sale. JACKSONVILLE - Efforts to sell the Jacksonville franchise, which was dropped from the league at midseason, have continued since then with no success reported. The Detroit franchise was folded at the same time. Between them, the two teams lost a reported $4 million. NOTE - The playoffs will originally set to begin on November 20 with Charlotte at Florida and Philadelphia at Birmingham. On the following night, Memphis would host Portland and the Hawaiians would play at Southern California. On November 16, the WFL announced that it was cutting the number of teams in the playoffs to three. Florida would meet Birmingham in a semi-final game in Orlando on November 21. The winner would at Memphis on Nov. 29. The next day, the league, under heavy pressure from teams dumped, switched signals and again revamped its post-season schedule. The new format calls for Hawaii to play Southern California and for Philadelphia to play Florida, with Birmingham and Memphis receiving byes.
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 9
Florida 45, CHICAGO 17 (23298) - Tommy Reamon passed for one TD and set up two others with long runs as Florida defeated the Fire for the third time this season. Reamon also joined the elite 1,000-yards rushing class. The injury-riddled Fire led 3-0 after one quarter, but were blown out by a 30-point Blazers splurge in the fourth period. It was the Fire's sixth straight loss and seventh defeat in eight games.
FLORIDA - 0 8 7 30 - 45
CHICAGO - 3 0 0 14 - 17
1st - CHI - Allan Watson, 42-yard field goal CHI 3-0 2nd - FLA - Bob Davis, 1-yard run (John Hilton pass from Davis) FLO 8-3 3rd - FLA - Dickie James, 2-yard run (Pass failed) FLO 15-3 4th - FLA - Matt Maslowski, 60-yard pass from Tommy Reamon (Run failed) FLO 22-3 4th - CHI - Reggie Sanderson ,14-yard pass from Bill Cappelman (Pass failed) FLO 22-10 4th - FLA - Maslowski, 41-yard pass from Davis (Hubie Bryant pass from Davis) FLO 30-10 4th - FLA - Buddy Palazzo,15-yard run (Run failed) FLO 37-10 4th - FLA - A.D. Whitfield, 29-yard run (Eddie Richardson pass from Palazzo) FLO 45-10 4th - CHI - Jim Seymour, 40-yard pass from Leo Hart (Run failed) FLO 45-17
Memphis 27, CHARLOTTE 23 (25133) - Danny White threw two TDs to Ed Marshall as the Southmen won their 10th straight, spoiling the Hornets' home debut. Willie Spencer and J.J. Jennings each ran for 100 yards. The Hornets made a last-ditch effort to win before the sellout crowd but fell short when Memphis DB David Thomas intercepted a pass on his own 12-yard line in the closing minutes.
MEMPHIS - 8 0 3 16 - 27
CHARLOTTE - 8 0 7 8 - 23
1st - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 1-yard run (Ed Marshall pass from Danny White) MEM 8-0 1st - CHA - Tom Sherman, 1-yard run (Jim Ford run) TIED 8-8 3rd - MEM - Bob Etter, 28-yard field goal MEM 11-8 3rd - CHA - Don Highsmith, 5-yard run (Pass failed) CHA 15-11 4th - MEM - Ed Marshall, 13-yard pass from White (Roger Wallace pass from White) MEM 19-15 4th - MEM - Marshall, 19-yard pass from White (John Harvey run) MEM 27-15 4th - CHA - Highsmith, 1-yard run (Al Barnes pass from Sherman) MEM 27-23
Hawaiians 25, PHILADELPHIA 22 (4900) - Al Davis, cut by Philadelphia in training camp, scored three TDs for the Hawaiians, the third coming on an 8-yard pass from Norris Weese with 2:45 to play. Weese came off the bench and replaced Randy Johnson and Edd Hargett and led a 17 point surge in the second half. Willie Williams intercepted three Philadelphia passes before a very small crowd.
HAWAIIANS - 0 8 10 7 - 25
PHILADELPHIA - 8 7 7 0 - 22
Thur Nov 21 - Hawaiians (9-11) 32, S. CALIFORNIA (13-7) 14 (11430) - The Sun got off to a rocky start when RB Kermit Johnson and OG Booker Brown failed to show. Their agent, Mike Trope, claimed that they, along with RB James McAllister were now free agents after a missed payday had violated their contract. The Hawaiians raced to a 17-0 lead, as Al Davis ran for a pair of short TDs and Randy Johnson tossed two TD passes. Suns QB Tony Adams went out with an ankle injury. Backup Gary Valbuena was intercepted three times and sacked three times.
HAWAIIANS - 7 10 8 7 - 32
S. CALIFORNIA - 0 11 3 0 - 14
1st - HAW - Al Davis, 3-yard run (Run failed) HAW 7-0 1st - HAW - R.A. Coppedge, 23-yard field goal HAW 10-0 2nd - HAW - John Kelsey, 5-yard pass from Randy Johnson (Pass failed) HAW 17-0 2nd - SC - Rod Garcia, 37-yard field goal HAW 17-3 2nd - SC - Keith Denson, 46-yard pass from Tony Adams (Clay Jeffries pass from Adams) HAW 17-11 3rd - SC - Garcia, 42-yard field goal HAW 17-14 3rd - HAW - Davis, 2-yard run (Norris Weese run) HAW 25-14 4th - HAW - John Isenbarger, 8-yard pass from Johnson (Pass failed) HAW 32-14
Thur Nov 21 - FLORIDA (14-6) 18, Philadelphia (8-11) 3 (9712) - On a day they were sold, Florida got all the points it needed to win on the first play. Bell RB Claude Watts fumbled on his own 32-yard line, S Rickie Harris raced 32 yards with the ball for a TD. Robert D. Prentice, 58, an investment banker from Cocoa Beach, arrived at the game with a check for $1.5 million to pay the team's debt and 12 weeks of back pay. He said he was representing a group ready to pump $4 million into the franchise and denied reports that Arab oil money was behind the deal.
PHILADELPHIA - 0 3 0 0 - 3
FLORIDA - 8 7 0 3 - 18
1st - FLA - Rickie Harris, 32-yard fumble return (Dickie James run) FLO 8-0 2nd - PHIL - Gerry Warren, 37-yard field goal FLO 8-3 2nd - FLA - Greg Latta, 45-yard pass from Bob Davis (Pass failed) FLO 15-3 4th - FLA - Dave Strock, 24-yard field goal FLO 18-3
Wed Nov 27 - BIRMINGHAM (15-5) 22, Hawaiians (10-11) 19 (15379) - Alfred Jenkins set up Birmingham's first TD with a running catch of a short punt and, after receiving the team's MVP trophy for the season at halftime, caught a 32-yard scoring pass from Matthew Reed to put Birmingham ahead for keeps. Joe Profit rambled 147 yards on 20 carries, a club record, as the Americans rolled up 308 yards on the ground. The Birmingham defense kept the Hawaiians in check limiting the team to only 71 yards rushing, and nine first downs.
HAWAIIANS - 0 3 8 8 - 19
BIRMINGHAM - 7 0 8 7 - 22
1st - BIRM - Charlie Harraway, 2-yard run (Pass failed) BIRM 7-0 2nd - HAW - R.A. Coppedge, 30-yard field goal BIRM 7-3 3rd - HAW - Randy Johnson, 1-yard run (Norris Weese run) HAW 11-7 3rd - BIRM - Alfred Jenkins, 32-yard pass from Matthew Reed (Ted Powell pass from Reed) BIRM 15-11 4th - BIRM - Reed, 3-yard run (Run failed) BIRM 22-11 4th - HAW - Vin Clements, 17-yard pass from Randy Johnson (Kelsey pass from Weese) BIRM 22-19
November 29 - Florida (15-6) 18, MEMPHIS (17-3) 15 (9692) - Richard James bolted 4 yards with 1:13 left to lift financially troubled and angry Florida. The rookie's run came after TE Luther Palmer recovered Dave Thomas' fumble of a punt at the Memphis 22. The Blazers, who hadn't been paid in 13 weeks, assured their trip to Birmingham by blocking Bob Etter's 40-yard FG attempt with seven seconds left. Bob Prentice and his investment group had come under suspicion when a $1.5 million check that was to purchase the Blazers bounced.
FLORIDA - 0 0 11 7 - 18
MEMPHIS - 15 0 0 0 - 15
1st - MEM - J.J. Jennings, 1-yard run (Jennings run) MEM 8-0 1st - MEM - Ed Marshall, 45-yard pass from John Huarte (Run failed) MEM 15-0 3rd - FLA - Dave Strock, 25-yard field goal MEM 15-3 3rd - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 21-yard run (Del Williams run) MEM 15-11 4th - FLA - Dickie James, 4-yard run (Pass failed) FLO 18-15
NOV 23 - WFL owners declared that the league will definitely operate next year and decided the only problem in the troubled infant professional league is owners "who didn't have enough dollars to operate properly." The owners of the 10 existing franchises also agreed, after meeting behind closed doors to discuss their problems, to name Hawaiian franchise owner Chris Hemmeter as the league president. Contrary to other rumors, Bassett said the Hawaiians will remain in Honolulu next year and that Joe Namath is only one of three persons considering establishing a franchise in New York.
NOV 24 - An emergency summit conference has apparently hammered out a remedy to stop the WFL from going broke and an agreement to end public bickering. "We're no longer dealing in fantasies, but in true realities of football," said Christopher B. Hemmeter, the newly named WFL president. Hemmeter said the owners of the 10 WFL franchises have agreed on a financial reorganization plan which will ensure the "stability, longevity and growth" of the league. Details of the plan will probably be released in February or early March, when the league announces its line-up of cities for the 1975 season, he said. Hemmeter said he expects the league to clear up all its financial problems, including the nonpayment of players, before the beginning of next season. The owners also met with about 20 prospective franchise owners and investors at the summit. Although none was identified, sources said the men came from San Antonio, Louisville, Tulsa, New York, Jacksonville, Montreal and Toronto.
WORLD BOWL (December 5 at Birmingham - 32,376)
BIRMINGHAM AMERICANS (16-5) 22, FLORIDA BLAZERS (16-6) 21 - The Americans defeated Florida in what was the World Football League's first and last championship game at Legion Field. The contest went right down to the wire with the difference being a missed 'action point' by league rushing champion Tommy Reamon. The first three quarters of the game belonged to the Americans as they forged a 22-0 lead, but the Blazers erupted for three touchdowns in the fourth quarter- two on long passes by Bob Davis, and the third, a 76-yard punt return by Rod Foster. The game came down to the 'action point', and when Tommy Reamon of the Blazers went over right tackle he was stopped short on a controversial call. Birmingham used a devastating running game led by Joe Profit, Charley Harraway and Paul Robinson and surged to a 22-0 lead on a one-yard touchdown by Profit that was set up by a Blazer interception, a four-yard burst by Art Cantrelle and a 26-yard George Mira to Bobby Brown touchdown pass with 9:11 in the third quarter.
FLORIDA - 0 0 0 0 - 21
BIRMINGHAM - 0 15 7 0 - 22
2nd - BIRM - Joe Profit, 1-yard run (Pass failed) BIRM 7-0 2nd - BIRM - Art Cantrelle, 4-yard run (Matthew Reed run) BIRM 15-0 3rd - BIRM - Bob Brown, 26-yard pass from George Mira (Pass failed) BIRM 22-0 4th - FLA - Tommy Reamon, 39-yard pass from Bob Davis (Pass failed) BIRM 22-7 4th - FLA - Greg Latta, 40-yard pass from Davis (Run failed) BIRM 22-14 4th - FLA - Rod Foster, 76-yard punt return (Run failed) BIRM 22-21
1st - PHIL - Claude Watts, 7-yard pass from King Corcoran (John Land run) PHIL 8-0 2nd - HAW - Al Davis, 8-yard run (Norris Weese run) TIED 8-8 2nd - PHIL - Watts, 20-yard run (Run failed) PHIL 15-8 3rd - HAW - Davis, 1-yard run (Pass failed) TIED 15-15 3rd - HAW - R.A. Coppedge, 44-yard field goal HAW 18-15 3rd - PHIL - Land, 46-yard run (Pass failed) PHIL 22-18 4th - HAW - Davis, 8-yard pass from Weese (Run failed) HAW 25-22
BIRMINGHAM 30, Portland 8 (25621) - George Mira tossed a pair of scoring passes to Dennis Homan and to Jim Bishop, and Charley Harraway and Joe Profit scored on short runs, before the smallest Birmingham home crowd of the season, which saw the Americans break a two-game losing skid. Storm quarterback Pete Beathard passed eight yards to Robert Holmes for Portland's only score, on the Storm's first possession.
PORTLAND - 8 0 0 0 - 8
BIRMINGHAM - 0 15 8 7 - 30
1st - PORT - Robert Holmes, 8-yard pass from Pete Beathard (Wayne Patrick run) PORT 8-0 2nd - BIRM - Charlie Harraway, 1-yard run (Pass failed) PORT 8-7 2nd - BIRM - Joe Profit, 2-yard run (Paul Robinson run) BIRM 15-8 3rd - BIRM - Dennis Homan, 7-yard pass from George Mira (Bob Brown pass from Mira) BIRM 23-8 4th - BIRM - Jim Bishop, 13-yard pass from Mira (Pass failed) BIRM 30-8
THURSDAY OCTOBER 10
S. CALIFORNIA 25, Shreveport 23 (24223) - Tony Adams passed for 222 yards and the Sun whipped the Steamer to clinch a tie for the Western Division championship. Adams' passes included a 47-yard TD bomb to Ralph Nelson, whose only previous football experience was in high school. The Sun led 25-15 when Shreveport cut the margin to 25-23 midway through the fourth period on Jim Nance's TD run.
SHREVEPORT - 8 7 0 8 - 23
S. CALIFORNIA - 15 3 7 0 - 25
1st - SC - Alonzo Emery, 1-yard run (Dave Williams pass from Tony Adams) S. CAL 8-0 1st - SC - Adams, 7-yard run (Pass failed) S. CAL 15-0 1st - SHR - Paul Gipson, 6-yard run (John Odom pass from D.C. Nobles) S. CAL 15-8 2nd - SHR - John Mallory, 34-yard fumble return (Pass failed) TIED 15-15 2nd - SC - Rod Garcia, 30-yard field goal S. CAL 18-15 3rd - SC - Ralph Nelson, 47-yard pass from Adams (Pass failed) S. CAL 25-15 4th - SHR - Jim Nance, 9-yard run (Doug Winslow pass from David Mays) S. CAL 25-23
EASTERN DIVISION CENTRAL DIVISION
Florida 11 4 0 .733 321 194 Memphis 13 2 0 .867 469 247
Charlotte 9 6 0 .600 368 254 Birmingham 12 3 0 .800 383 286
Philadelphia 6 9 0 .400 361 329 Chicago 7 8 0 .467 374 426
F-Jacksonville 4 10 0 .286 258 359 F-Detroit 1 13 0 .071 209 358
X-Southern Cal 11 4 0 .733 383 300 Portland 4 10 1 .300 221 353
Hawaiians 6 9 0 .400 234 346 Shreveport 4 10 1 .300 153 322
X-Clinched Division Title Tie F-Folded
OCT 10 - The WFL, fighting a series of financial failures, cut the Jacksonville and Detroit franchises from the remainder of its 1974 schedule Thursday and announced it would continue to seek new investors for the teams. The WFL schedule will be revised by having the teams which Jacksonville and Detroit were to play each week face each other instead. Speaking in Jacksonville, where large early-season crowds brought cries of instant success from WFL promoters, league troubleshooter Chuck Rohe said, "Frankly, I'm discouraged. There are no viable possibilities for continuing." The Detroit franchise had even worse problems than did Jacksonville. It declared bankruptcy three weeks ago, is $2 million in debt, has not signed any NFL standouts, once had to call off practice because it couldn't afford to pay a laundry bill and, on another occasion, ran out of tape to patch up player wounds. Jacksonville players have been paid only once in the past seven weeks, and Detroit players tell horror stories of broken promises. There are additional problems in Orlando, where the Florida Blazers have been taken over by the league and the team's general manager has been sued several times. A temporary injunction has prevented the league from taking any additional action there. These developments came as the league's attendance figures continued to be far short of expectations. Four games on Wednesday night drew combined announced crowds of less than 80,000. A crowd of 4,900 was announced in 100,000-seat John F. Kennedy Stadium in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, three divisional winners plus three wild card teams will qualify for the playoffs, commissioner Gary Davidson announced. The league had previously not said whether four or six teams would qualify. First-round games will be Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 20 and 21st. Semifinals will be played on Nov. 27 and 28 at the homes of the Western and Central division champions.