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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Graham Kelly Three swimmers earn five firsts Wednesday, November 20, LETHBRIDGE HERALD Eskimos by two touchdowns If the Montreal Alouettes had a better quarterback they could beat Edmonton. But they don't, so they won't. Edmonton should win the Grey Cup on Sunday, their first since 1956, by at least two touchdowns. Montreal Alouettes have excellent football players as befits an Eastern Champion. They are particularly strong defensively, at least on paper, especially at linebacker and defensive half. But they are suspect on offence even though they will be fielding the ordinary superstar, Johnny Rodgers the eastern rushing king, Steve Ferrughelli, Larry Smith, and Peter Delia Riva. They are suspect because of the inconsistent quarterbacking of Jimmy Jones and Sonny Wade. They are also suspect, in my opinion, at the head coaching position. Although it is the height of arrogance to criticize a head coach, I believe that Marv Levy has never managed to ad- just to the Canadian game. With a Rodgers and a Jimmy Jones Levy should spread his offence out to exploit both the wide field and the rule allowing for the backfield to be in motion. Levy runs a very tight NFL style offence, giving the impres- sion that he is playing on a field the size of a clothes closet. He doesn't use Delia Riva very often. He got rid of Terry Evanshen because he didn't fit his style. The Alouettes will show a stereotyped offence come Sun- day. They will crack Ferrughelli up the middle and off tackle and try to get Rodgers in the clear. What they should try to do against Edmonton is pick on the linebackers. Edmonton is weak there, being particularly vulnerable to the short look-in pass, and the side-liner. They are seldom stung on deep fly patterns or deep out plays. Montreal should go short, to the sideline, and to screens. If Sonny Wade is the quarterback, Montreal will likely employ that strategy. If Wade plays and has a brilliant afternoon which he has had occasionally in the past Montreal just might pull an upset. If Levy goes with Jimmy Jones, as is likely the case, Edmonton should dispose of the Eastern interlopers in rather easy fashion. Although Montreal dominated the point part of the Eastern standings, they are not as good as that might indicate. Ottawa had morale and injury problems, the first caused by Rudy Sims and Tom Laputka's near defection to the WFL. Rookie coach George Brancato did not possess the personality of Jack Gotta, something his charges sorely needed and lacked. In July Brancato told me he wanted to improve on his offence, thus ending the Ottawa situation of total dependency on Gerry Organ and defence. Because of injuries and lacklustre offensive line play, Ottawa failed utterly in reaching their goal. They played badly. Yet Ottawa was the only team that Montreal has managed to beat in their last eight outings. Hamilton was no real threat in the East what with inade- quate personnel and inconsistent quarterbacking. Toronto made numerous changes, once again providing no real challenge for Eastern supremacy. So Montreal got fat on easy pickings. Take a look at Montreal's record against Western op- position. They tied Edmonton and beat B.C. They were clobbered by Calgary. They were unimpressive in losses to Win- nipeg and Saskatchewan. For the first time in several seasons the West had the upperhand in interlocking play. The Alouettes are simply facing the champion of a much stronger league When Edmonton defeated Saskatchewan in another Western final thriller, they beat the second best team in the country All the Western clubs were tough to get by this year, even those that missed the playoffs The Eskimos are coming to Vancouver healthy. They are determined to make up for their loss last year to Ottawa, a defeat they blame unrealistically on the loss of Tom Wilkinson. Be that as it may. Wilkie is in fine form and ready to go. Roy Bell has recovered from his injury. Calvin Harrell will play a key role. Gerry Levebre will be punting the Eskimos out of trouble, catching key passes, and even playing defence if necessary. Tyrone Walls and George McGowan will rise to the occasion. And remember Dave Cutler. The Eskimo offensive line is one of the best in the league Bob Howes is at center, Larry Watkins and Charlie Turner at tackle, and Roger Scales and Willie Martin at guards. Walls is an excellent blocker. They will face Glen Weir. Gordie Judges. Joe Critchlow and Junior Ah You. The Eskimos average 257 and better than 6'3" in height, outweighing their defen- ive opposition by an average of 13 pounds a man. But the Mouette line is better than Saskatchewan's because it is much .uicker. But still, give the edge to Edmonton. I would give the edge to the rest of the Alouette defence The linebacking corps of Chuck Zapiec. Mike Widger and Carl Crennei is better than that of Dale Potter, Rob McLaren and Dan McDonough. I like the Montreal defensive backfield as well vith Phil Price. Gene Gaines. Marv Luster. Dickie Harris. Tony i'roudfoot. and occasionally Doug Smith. Edmonton will rely on that master of pass interference Ljrry Highbaugh, the veteran Dick Dupuis, rookie Morris N ble. and sophomores John Beaton and Farlinger. Montreal is stronger defensively, but not strong enough to handle all that Eskimo offence. The Montreal offensive line is smaller than Edmonton's. But 11; -y too are quick. The front line is led by the incomparable Ed George at guard. He is joined by Calgarian Wayne Conrad at centre. Dave Braggins at guard. Dan Yochum and Barry Ran- dall at tackle, and Peter Delia Riva and Skip Eamen at ends. They will not be able to handle Leroy Jones. Bruce Smith. Ron Estay. Dave Fennell. John Lagrone and Ron Forwick. The Esl- mo front four defeated Saskatchewan. They will also defeat Montreal. The kicking game is a very important part of football. Levcbvre gives the Westerns an edge in punting. Dave Cutler made 64 per cent of field-goals whereas Don Sweet's percentage was 58 Montreal, believe it or not has a substantial edge in kick- off returns. However, they gave up a lot more on kick-off returns Overall. Edmonton has an important edge with the kicking ,'ame. There is another important factor. The game is being played in Vancouver. The West has only lost one Grey Cup when Uie same contested on the West Coast. 1 think thai statistic is with more significance than one might think. So Edmonton will win the Grey Cup on the strength of a superior offence, especially at quarterback, a better front Tour. and a bctlor kicking game. The location is Jo their liking as well. Kdmcnlon will defeat Montreal by two touchdowns because they arr ihe best football Jeam in Canada. Godfather 70, NFL football 10 NKW YORK (AP) The Godfather clobbered pro foot- ball 70-10 in New York City Monday night, an National Brradrasting Co. spokesman sail totinps showed that 70 per -nt of the television sets on were tuned 1o the 2 of The Godfather, an winning movie The tic, spokesman said the film received a rating of -WS. making it the highest rated movie ever televised in New York. The National FootbaJl league contest between Kan- sas Cily Chiefs and Denver Broncos on ABC-TV drew 10 per cent of the viewing audience, he said. Ratings for the second half of Jhe football game, which started just after the movie ended, were not immediately available. The Lethbridge Amateur Swim Club played host to the Calgary Winter Club in a duel swim meet that saw a number of locals turn in outstanding performances. In boys' eight and under Neil Bailie splashed his way to a brilliant five first place finishes and a second. Greg Dyck chipped in with a second and a third. Russell Syme matched Bailie's performance in the boys' 10 and under while Tommy Punger added a first, three seconds and a third. Robbie Punger had a second and two thirds while Jeff Foder placed in three events as well. In gals 10 and under Lorelei Anderson topped the field with four first place ribbons and a second. Following very close- ly was Kyo Constable with two firsts and four seconds. Robbie Tietz, one of the club's leading swimmers, was at his best in three events. He also picked up a third place ribbon and placed in two other events competing in the boys' 11-12. Team-mate Scott Bluekins managed a third. For the girls' team Leanne Anderson picked up a first, se- cond and two thirds as well as placing in another to lead the way. Jan Lavkulik swam to a second and a third. In boys' 13-14 Tim Myers broke the barrier first in five events. Bruce Tail and Mark Babick .also turned in solid showings. Tail earned a first, second and third while Babick had three seconds and a third. Sharon Sekiya, in girl's 13- 14. picked up a first and se- cond with Lori Lavkulik adding two seconds. Marilyn Van Dyck had a first and a second. In senior ranks, boys' and girls' 15-17, Gordon Syme and Henry Van Egteren each pick- ed up a first and second with Syme adding two third place ribbons, Derek Graham chipped in with a second and third while Courtney Brewerton added strong showings in two events. Darla Anderson sparked the gals with good times in four events including a second and third place finish. Linda Sutherland also had a second and third. Lethbridge took 12 of 17 relay races and out scored their visitors 333-308 in the one day affair. TOU CHEtRlN FOR, PLO? THAT'S ONE OP OUR TEAM WHO GO CHOPPED DOWN AN' CARRIED OFF.' YES.I