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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 29, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta Defence superb in slopping Argonauts in Grey Cup a finish to a 23-year drought By UIIUCE LEVKTT Canadian Press Sports Killlnr VANCOUVER (CI'J They'll be talking for a long lime about the wild finish of the 11171 Grey Cup game, which Calgary Ktam- peders won 14-11 Sunday over Toronto Argonauts. Tho victory ended a 23-year span o[ frustration for Calgary. And it ended Toronto's proud boast of never having lost a cup game since the contest became an east-west affair uO years ago. II took Uie Argonauts 19 years to win this berth hi the national football playoff and it took three minutes and 10 seconds to break their hearts. The clock read and To- ronto was only a three-point field goal away from a tie when Calgary quarterback Jerry Keeling saw Toronto defensive half Dick went both ways on his own 54. Thornton raced down the right sideline and it was last-man Keeling who brought him down on the Calgary 11. Toronto quarterback Joe Theismann, rookie from Notre Dame, sent halfback Leon Me Quay to the seven. Then he sen McQuay sweeping left, hoping at least for a decent field-goa angle. McQuay slipped on the ram sliek artificial turf and lu's left elbow lilt foremost, the bal flying loose. 'Hie officials said it was Reg Holmes who re- covered; others saw it as Frank AMID THE CLUTTER, THE CUP Coo-.1! Jim Duncan of the Calgary Stampeders clutches the Grey Cup as he sits amid a of cast off equipment in the dressing room Slopped Argo offence cold at Empire Stadium Sunday. Duncan had reason to be happy as his Stampeders downed the Toronto Argonauts 14-11 in the Grey Cup final. By PAUL CARBRAY VANCOUVER (CP) Wayne Hams, called "Thumper" he- cause of his crunching tackles from his middle linebacker posi- tion, received most of the plau- dits following the Calgary Stam- peders' IJ-li win over Toronto Argonauts in Sunday's Grey Cup "Wayne I-lrirris Is the great- said S'.ampeders' head coach Jim Dimcnn in the cham- Calpvy dressing "II V.-.T. n d- straggle; our (li'fence played well, but Wayne is the erratest. "lie caine nut 1c cut off those sweeps nml didn't lir> rv.niinrr from." Til-iv., ii.-i..-i-d ihq tamo's Y ,1 111 li I r pre- viously named Ca- ad.n's tf p liivman year. He said O'llire drTonsivc team deserved IV.' cred.v ttir the vic- tory. "The1 defensive cr.ris. Craig and Dick Sunerman, played a great game. T h e y .stopped Turonlo's sweep and Harris said. Kiideni'iin was voted top Canadian in tin- For Harris, week was n lucrative one. Ho won a now car for his sflecliun as the game's .most valuable player, for being named Canada's !op line- man and the which goes to each member of Hie winning team. Suderman won an airline ticket for two to any destination CP Air flies. Duncan, who lias guided (he Stampeders to the Grey Cup game in the last two years, with tliis year's win his first as head coach, said a fumbled punt, which led to the Argonauts' only touchdown, seemed to take the momentum from his club. "We were moving (lie ball well to that point, but their de- fensive team really came on after Duncan said. The punt was fumbled by Jim Killyc. Joe Vijuk picked up the for the Argonauts anil j pitched mil to Roger Scales, who rumbled over for the touch- "I told Jim not to charge the bail on Duncan said. "1 (old him In back off and let Hie ball bounce if he had lo charge it. It's all right now, though." BOVNTED AWAY Sillye said the ball hit him on the shoulder pad and bounced away. Sfampedor defensive tackle Fred James, who had n loose ball in his grasp but lost it with .lot-: ARRIO> TI JOE7S BARBER SHOP NOW OPEN JOE ABRIOTTi would like to tnvito his many friends and customers to drop in and say hello, NORBRIDGE SHOPPING CENTRE 724 23rd Street North clear sailing for the goal Ihie earJy in the game, said the wet conditions might have ham- pered him. "I bent to pick it up and it just sort of went squoosh, right through my James said. ''It took a funny bounce after that and I just couldn't got it." Tlie Empire Stadium artificial lurf, soggy after heavy rains, didn't hurt passing as nruch as tho bull ar.d his wet. hands, said Calgary quarterback Jen' Keeling. Keeling, who threw an inter- ception with less than two min- utes remaining which gave the Argonauts first down on the Cal- finry 11-yard inc. said he didn't throw ,n pno'l P3r-s on the play. Argonaut Did, Thornton inter- cepted the ball r.nd returned it yards. BALL WAS WET "I was just, going for the firsl down, but the ball was wet and 1 just didn't throw it like I wanted said Uie veteran quarterback. "I just couldn't throw very well. It's tough to get a grip en the ball when your hands are wet. You just can'l seem to dry off." Keeling, praising Toronto's defensive loam, said the Argo- naut blitz was effective, espe- cially in the second half. Dimcaii singled out defensive tackle Jim SUlhvagon for spe- cial mention. "SlillttiifKin did more than anyone to stop our running. He's so fast and so quick IB forced our guards lo go too vdde." On defence, "we knew we had lo contain Duncan said, "and we did si pretty good Harris also agreed that, con- taining Theismaim was I lie key and Ihe defensive line was I j a blj? factor In keeping Uie j rookie Toronto quarterback off- balance. James said lie defensive line had as good a pass rush as they have had in any game this year. "We knew we had lo get, to he said. "We really kept the pressure on him." Harris said he was "sort of looking" for Toronto running back Leon McQuay when Mc- Quay's fumble on the Calgary seven-yard line, recovered h" Reggie Holmes of the Siamps. moved Argonauts' best ch-ance of winning. ''He just, slipped and fell, but we had him Harris said. "The bsll seemed to pop out when his arm hit the ground." James said he know how the Argonauts felt about the game. "Toronto's now in the position we were in when we went to the Grey Cup in 1568. It takes a while and a little experience." Yardsticks CALGARY 14 TORONTO 11 1st otr Jnrt otr T'; csl, Yd', rushir.cj 2' 11 J5 Yds passing (i 50 l.i.S 46 Passes tried 1 5 10 5 Complotrd 0372 Int'cept 11 11 1 o Punts j 3 2 1 punt 40 7 37 7 J? 5 3 ilites o 0 2 blr-s 0 0 1 Penalties 1 o 2 Yds Ill (I 27 Field rjn.ils (i ,i F'ielil noils i i 3rd Otr Otr Toti T C T C T First clowns 2 1 1 u l.i rushing .12 2 U ?v M 1 Yds passing 57 15 o 0 K2 1 Basses fried t> J 3 ;o rompleted 1 1 1 o 10 nt'cept by 3 li-ld 1 icld g. Inert Andrusky who fell on the loose- ball on the 12-yard line. Toronto held Calgary and Jim Furlong punled out to about Uie Argo where receiver Harry Ahofs kicked the ball out of bounds. Abofs said later the move was unintentional, that the ball hit his leg. The officials ruled Uiat he had kicked it out purposely and awarded the bal] to Calgary as the predominantly Calgary-parlisan crowd of chrTcd approval. The Stampeders were running out Uie clock. Then, suddenly, there was a fracas involving halfback Rudy Linterman of Calgary, and defensive tackle Jim Stillwagon and linebacker Gene Mack of Toronto. Calgary was penalized 15 yards for rough play and Linter- man left the game. There was no signal from the officials, but the public-address announcer reported that the Calgary phvT had boon ejected. End Ilcrm Harrison and half- oack Jesse Minis scored Cal- ;ary touchdowns and both were con 'erted by Larry Robinson. SCALES SCORES TD Toronto's only touchdown came from offensive guard Scales. Ivan MacMillan, Argos' 19-year-old kicker, scored Uie other five points on a ield goal, a convert and a sin- le off a field goal attempt. He was short on a 47-yard try, hich could have made the dif- "erence. It was the first Grey Cup lined on artificial turf. Harrison's touchdown at if the first quarter opened the scoring. Keeling had worked the Stamps from mid-field to the j Toronto 14. He threw incomplete as flanker Jon Henderson lUTied the vn-ong way. Then he "ired to Harrison in the end :one and Robinson was good on he convert. As the second quarter opened, Theismann fired complete to tight end Mel Profit on a pass- and-run play that covered 55 to the Calgary 11. Profit lad a second Theismann pass lip off his fingei-s and Thris- nann threw to McQuay in the end zone, only to see Robinson mock the hall out of Uie half- lack's hands. MacMillan, with gone In the quarter, was good on his 18- ard field goal try. SETS ONE UP It was Lintennan who set up ;he Minis touchdown. He leaped ugh for a Keeling pass and de- ensive halfback Tim Anderson slid right under Lintennan in attempting Uie tackle. Linter- man went from the Argos' 40 to he five where Marv Luster nailed him. The ball popped loose but Cal- gary retained possession when officials ruled the whistle had ;one. Hugh McKinnis tried but lost a yard when hit by Jim Corri- gall Keeling called on Mims, vho found a wide hole when the Calgary line trapped Stillwagon and Mims hurtled six yards for .he touchdown. Robinson's con- version was the last scoring ilay for Calgary, ahead 14-3 at that point. Toward the end of the fifsl iialf, Theismann was rapped in iie later denied re- wrtl that it: was .ook himself out of the game until he could stop his eyes Tom watering. Greg Barton, who had seen little regular-season action and none in Uie playoffs because of a broken finger on his throwing lad, went in but. couldn't move .ho Argos. Then came MacMillan's abor- ive field goal attempt. SHARE QB JOB i Theismann and Barton sharec the quarterback duties from Usere on. Tha Toronto touchdown came early in the third quarter anc with explosive suddenness. Stalled on the Arcos sent 7enon Andrusysiiyn in to punt. Jim S'iilye fumhied the catch and Joe Vijuk picked up the hall. As he was hit, Vijuk tossed Ihe ball to offensive guard Scales who legged oft yards to the end zone surrounded by other members of Uie kicking squad. With the score 14-10, Argos tried tho only razzle-dazzle of the game when Theismann handed off to halfback Bill Sy- mons who ran riphl, wheeled, anil fired a pass hack to the quarterback. It was incomplete. Theismann moved the Argos in deep with passes to Thornton and flanker Jim Henderson but Toronto stalled the Ca'j'ary 27 and MarMillan's wide field goat try went for a single to end tho scoring. It was a tough defensive bat- tle, and when it was over, Cal- gary's in i dd 1 e been named Ihe oulslanding player of the gaini'. The award to the top Ca- nadian went jo nii'l; Superman, defensive line mute, ol Harris, Didn't have the hearts to follow WINNIPEG (CP) Ernest and Pearl Smith didn't follow the Grey Cup game until the final minutes in time to learn Mrs. Smith had won the top prize in the Mani- toba Sweepstake. "We've both had heart at- tacks before, so we didn't watch the game on televi- said Mr. Smith, 79, a retired department store manager. "We didn't even have the radio on until the last two minutes cf the fame." His wife, 74, wto held the lop ticket on Calgary Stam- peders, turned the offer of a free trip to Vancouver to watch the game. She felt the excitement in the Empire Stadiums stands would be tco much for her. The next biggest winner in the government-run draw was Larry Mabee, 25, of Selkirk, Man., an apprentice electri- cian who drew Toronto Argo- nauts. That ticket was wortii Mr. Smith said he didn't know for certain what he would do with the but, after 14 years on pension, he'd find lots of use for the money. Grey More than 50 people tried to unload Grey Cup tickets outside Empire Some at less than the asking hour before game time. There weren't many takers. Both Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts ran out for warmup exercises 60 minutes before kickoff. The temperature was in Uie and there Monday, November 19, 1971 THE IETHBRIDGE HERAID 11 GEE, WE WON Jerry Keeling, quarter-back cf the victorious Calgary Stampeders, trkes a moment to re- flect on his team's win over Toronto Argonauts in the Grey Cup classic in Vacouver Sunday. Keeling Ihrevv cnc- touch- down pass to Herm Harrison in the 14-11 victory. out excess soggy artificial turf. was a steady drizzle. Ground ticc punt. A table holding three electric razors for a television commer- cial on the 55-yard line was al- most knocked with the defensive halfback Peter Paquette of the Argos went after n stray prac-, The Etaniprdcrs as host west- ern team were thMr home uni- forms, red jerseys with white pants. Toronto wore wliita sweaters with blue numerals. SULLY -By Pat Sullivan WAYNE HARRIS of the Calgary Stampeders sum- med it up the besi. "I wish there were 12 cars, one for each mem- ber of this defensive ball club." Harris, voted Canada's outstanding lineman in the Canadian Football League for a record fourth time tliis past Thursday, spearheaded a brilliant defensive effort by the Stampeders that led them to a 14-11 Grey Cup victory over the Toronto Argonauts Sun- day'afternoon at Empire Stadium in Vancouver. Harris was voted the outstanding player in the game while Dick Suderman was selected the top Canadian. T would like nothing better than to say I told you so. But why? You saw it yourself if you were inter- ested enough. The first half belonged to the Stampeders and the game took on a pattern that looked like a possible one-sided Calgary win. Argonauts, however, didn't earn a berth in the national final without proving they were a solid ball club. Stampeders didn't set the world on fire in the second half offensively but they did when the Argos had the football. The name of the game was contain scrambling Joe Theismann and Harris and Co. did just that. Big games are often won in the trenches and that, precisely, is where the Stnmpcdcrs won it. Calgary's front four gave Theismann little time and forced the rookie to run for his life on numerous occasions. The Argos gained their yards between the 20 yard lines. Only once did the offence penetrate the Caigary 20-yard line and the march was snuffed out on a fumble. Only Toronto's defence could put a major score on the board. Slampeders, much to the chagrin of a number of people who were hoping for a choke in the big one, conducted themselves like Into champions. The Toronto touchdown gave, the Argos momen- tum they didn't display in tin1 first, half. But the Stampeders didn't lie down and play dead. Instead, they dug in deeper and at the final gun were the Canadian champions. Stampeders didn't blow Ihe big one. They main- tained their poise throughout. They collected all the marbles. To the victors, so they say, so go the spoils. Call it prejudice if you like hut had Calgary lost it would have been a crime. They did outplay the Argos. All Hades was expected to break loose Sundny evening in Calgary, but it didn't. The hooligans who have turned losing efforts into a shambles catch on quickly. With victory goes sophistication. Calgary boasts the Canadian football champions. They can't afford to be rowdy. They must now set tho example. 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