Today’s game will feature the 1-5 Miami Dolphins against the 0-5 Denver Broncos, a classic bottom dweller game, sometimes these can be exciting. Denver will get the football first. Denver’s QB, John McCormick gets picked off on a 3rd and long by Miami’s Willie West, returned to the Denver 16 and Miami’s defense gives George Wilson a great scoring opportunity early in the contest.
Miami gets stuffed on their first two running attempts so on the third and 10 George Wilson will need to go to the air. Three step drop, George Wilson fires and connects with Frank Jackson at the Denver 8 … little room to maneuver … and he’s dropped at the Denver 5 yard line … a pickup of 11 yards … it’s now 1st and goal from the Denver 5. Toss sweep to Joe Auer… trying to reverse field … going really wide to the right side … and he loses his footing … and is lost under a swarm of Broncos … that will be a loss of -7 yards … it’s now 2nd and goal from the Denver 12. Wilson is looking over the defense … calls and audible … snap is clean he is dropping back to pass … fires a rocket to his big tight end Dave Kocourek … looks to high! No Kocourek somehow hauled it in for the score … TOUCHDOWN! Miami 7 and the Broncos 0 with 11:25 left in quarter one.
Broncos fail to make a first down and will punt. Miami will start from their 25. Joe Auer on an end-run … turns the corner … streaking down the sideline … still going … pushed out-of-bounds … a BIG gain of 33 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Denver 42. George Wilson is changing the play, Denver is in pass coverage. Joe Auer … draw play … right up the middle … he’s tripped and dives straight-ahead … a pickup of 5 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 5 from the Denver 37. George Wilson looks up at the play-clock … takes the snap … and throws a screen out to Rick Casares … and it bounces off his shoulder pads … incomplete … it’s now 3rd and 5 from the Denver 37. George Wilson back to pass … looking … looking … throws a low pass to Frank Jackson … Jackson can’t dig it out and it’s incomplete … … the Dolphins now face a 4th and 5 from the Denver 37. Gene Mingo is heading out to attempt the 44 yarder: From the 37 … the football will be spotted at the Denver 44 yard line and the Dolphins are looking at a 44 yard field goal attempt … and here’s Gene Mingo with the kick … … it’s got the distance … NO GOOD !! … wide to the left … the Dolphins fail to widen their lead … the score remains … Miami 7 … and Denver 0. Miami struck again with 57 seconds to go in the first when Wilson found Frank Jackson all alone down the right sideline for a 78 yard touchdown.
Miami’s Joe Auer fielded a punt at the 26 of Miami and dashed 57 yards to the Denver 17, with 9:20 to play the Dolphins are looking to increase their lead. George Wilson looking to pass, under immense pressure takes off to his left, makes one man miss and he walks into the end zone! Wilson is arguing with the ref, flags on the field. This one is going against the Dolphins, 10 yards, Illegal Block by the fullback, 3rd and 17 now for Miami. Wilson had to run again and barley made it back to the line of scrimmage. Field goal team is coming out: From the 24 … the football will be spotted at the Denver 31 yard line and the Dolphins are looking at a 31 yard field goal attempt … and Gene Mingo’s field goal from 31 yards … IS UP … UP … … AND GOOD !!! … and that will extend the Dolphins lead … it’s now 17-0 for Miami. Denver has an opportunity to get good field position as they have the Dolphins pinned at the 16 after Sammy Prices was stuffed on a second down run: Sammy Price carries it … and hit behind the line by three Broncos … and stopped dead-in-his-tracks … that will be a loss of -1 yard … Miami is looking at 3rd and 4 from their own 16. George Wilson double-clutches and throws a screen out to Howard Twilley … wide open field in front of him and he’s wrapped up and dropped at the Denver 44 … a gain of 40 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Denver 44 with 3:42 to go. George Wilson … medium pass to Bo Roberson … and he makes a nice sliding catch … and he’s quickly downed at the Denver 27 yard line … a gain of 17 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Denver 27. Sammy Price has the football … breaks through the line … hit and jarred sideways … and now tackled … a pickup of 15 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Denver 12. Rick Casares running to his right … finds a crease … side-steps a hit … and now he’s tackled … a decent pick up of 9 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 1 from the Denver 3 and we are at the two minute warning. Wilson turned to hand off to Sammy Price and they collide causing a fumble, Denver recovered the ball at their 11. Denver is content to run out the clock and very lucky to be down by just 17 after that late Dolphin turnover. As we head into halftime the Broncos have failed to make a first down in the first half and accumulated minus 6 yards rushing on 11 attempts, Miami has controlled this game completely so far.
Denver will kick off to start the 3rd quarter. Denver finally picked up their first, first down of the ball game but on the very next play they turned the football over: John McCormick … complete to Lionel Taylor … for 10 yards … he’s hit … and fumbles the football … at the Miami 38 yard line … Wahoo McDaniel recovers the fumble for Miami. First down for Miami, Wilson is barking out the signals, hand off to Sammy Price on a trap play … he runs for 13 yards and gets clobbered! FUMBLE … the pigskin is bouncing all over the place … Dolphins right guard Billy Neighbors recovers the fumble and runs for 12 yards before the big man is dropped … 1st and 10 from the Denver 37. George Wilson drops back to pass … pressure from the outside, the football is batted out of George Wilson’s hand and its rolling backwards! Miami’s left guard Ernie Park recovers the fumble at the Miami 48 yard line. Back to back fumbles by Miami, both recovered by linemen. George Wilson … getting flushed out of the pocket … and he’s sacked by Bob Young … and that’s a loss of 8 yards … Miami is looking at 3rd and 33 from their own 40 after that sack. I don’t think the Dolphins have a play to pick up a 3rd and 33? Sammy Price carries it … not much there … but he squeeze’s through the line … and now he’s dumped after a decent pick up of 9 yards … the Dolphins will punt the ball away. After several punts by both teams Abner Haynes breaks a punt return for a 37 yard return setting up the Broncos with a 1st and 10 at the 41 of Miami. Denver has no running game at all today. John McCormick pumps … throws short to Al Denson … and he’s swallowed up at the Miami 37 yard line … a small gain of 4 yards … it’s now 3rd and 6 from the Miami 37. John McCormick … with a mis-direction play … BLITZ is on … throws left side to Lionel Taylor … and he’s wrapped up at the Miami 31 yard line … that’s a small pickup of 6 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Miami 31. John McCormick drops back to pass … PRESSURE UP THE MIDDLE … and John McCormick scrambles out to his right … turns up field for a 5 yard gain … that sets up a 2nd and 5 from the Miami 26. Wendell Hayes on a draw … Dolphins are blitzing … feigns right … now left … and brought to the turf … that’s a pickup of 13 yards … and that will move the chains … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Miami 13.Denver finally get some positive yards from their run game. John McCormick … play-action-pass … throws to Bob Scarpitto … and a Miami player got a hand in there to bat it away … it’s incomplete … … it’s now 3rd and 10 from the Miami 13. John McCormick … throws to Al Denson … and it’s incomplete … … the Dolphins defender was all over Al Denson … fortunate that pass interference wasn’t called … … the Broncos now face a 4th and 10 from the Miami 13. From the 13 … the football will be spotted at the Miami 20 yard line and the Broncos are looking at a 20 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Gary Kroner’s field goal from 20 yards … … … END-OVER-END … … AND GOOD !! … and the Broncos cut into the Dolphins lead … it’s now 17-3 for Miami with 2:17 to go in the 3rd.
John McCormick throws his second pick of the game early in the 4th quarter. McCormick tried to throw deep but over threw his intended receiver right into the arms of Miami’s Jimmy Warren, 26 yard return on the interception. George Wilson throws a screen to Sammy Price … caught Denver in a Blitz! Open field in front of Price … dropped it … it’s now 2nd and 10 from the Denver 32. Joe Auer carries it … hit well behind the line … but he keeps battling and just gets back to the line of scrimmage … no gain on the play … it’s now 3rd and 10 from the Denver 32. George Wilson throws to his wide out Bo Roberson … and it’s knocked away by Denver … Denver read that play well … … the Dolphins now face a 4th and 10 from the Denver 32. From the 32 … the football will be spotted at the Denver 39 yard line and the Dolphins are looking at a 39 yard field goal attempt … … … and here’s Gene Mingo with the kick … … it’s got the distance … … NO GOOD !! … wide to the left … … the Dolphins fail to widen their lead … the score remains … Miami 17 … and Denver 3 … the Broncos will now scrimmage at their 20. Denver has only gained 34 yards in the ball game compared to Miami’s 287, pretty poor offensive performance for the Broncos in this one. With 9:47 to go Miami will take over at their 45 after another punt by Denver.
Joe Auer … big hole on the left side … he looks like he was shot out of a cannon … now he’s blind-sided and dropped to the turf … a pickup of 16 yards … a new set of downs. Denver is in a goal line defense trying to slow down the Dolphins running game. Joe Auer runs left … darts inside … ducks under a high hit … and now he’s stapled to the turf … a gain of 5 yards on the play … that sets up a 2nd and 5 from the Denver 34. Joe Auer is the games leading rusher with 82 yards on 11 carries. Fullback Rick Casares carries it … not much there … but he squeeze’s through the line … and now he’s dumped after a decent pick up of 6 yards … that will move the chains. Joe Auer has the football … breaks through the line … hit and jarred sideways … smashed hard to the turf … a pickup of 6 yards … Joe will have to straighten out his helmet after that snot bubbling hit … that sets up a 2nd and 4 from the Denver 22. HB Sammy Price in for Auer … forges his way straight-ahead … not much there … but he squeeze’s through the line … now he’s dumped with a hard hit … a pickup of 4 yards … a new set of downs … as it’s 1st and 10 from the Denver 18. Miami is chewing up the clock on this drive, solid game by their running backs this afternoon. Billy Joe taking it off-tackle … right side … bounces off a hit … now shifting further to the right … and slammed down … a pickup of 3 yards … that sets up a 2nd and 7 from the Denver 15. Broncos in a goal line with the free safety in the box … Sammy Price gets around the corner on a pitchout … tip-toeing down the sideline … and now he’s drilled out-of-bounds … a pickup of 3 yards … it’s now 3rd and 4 from the Denver 12 with 4:47 to go. The Broncos are run blitzing … Rick Casares on a draw … tries the left side … picked up and slammed to the ground for a loss of -2 yards. Gene Mingo is trotting out to attempt the field goal: From the 14 … the football will be spotted at the Denver 21 yard line and the Dolphins are looking at a 21 yard field goal attempt … … … and Gene Mingo’s field goal from 21 yards … IS DRILLED … … RIGHT DOWN THE MIDDLE !!! … and that will extend the Dolphins lead … it’s now 20-3 for Miami.
Tobin Rote came in to the ball game in relief of McCormick. Three straight in completions for Rote and the Broncos will punt again. Miami just runs the clock out winning their second ball game of the year.
Actual Score: Denver 7 @ Miami 24
APBA Replay Score: Denver 3 @ Miami 20