Canadian Junior Champions
Front Row: Stu Carrie, Trainer; Fred Smith, Asst. Eqmt. Mgr.; Frankie Bowers, Eqmt. Mgr.; Bob Cornforth, Physiotherapist; Ross Heron, Asst. General Manager; Hap Holland, VP, Public Relations; Logue MacDonald, General Manager; Ed McCoy, Director; Richard Ryan, VP; Ray Binmore, President; Ian MacDonald, Head Coach; Phil Chiarella, Defensive Coach; Vaughn McVey, Defensive Coach; Bruce Barnes, Backfield Coach; Buzz Lawton, Director, Howard O'Dell, Director; George Economides, Director; Gerry Hogan, Director.
Second Row: Les McLennan, Asst. Eqmt. Mgr; Bernie Rodtwitt, John Brown, Tom Faust, Pierre Dumont, Joe Arcaro, Stan Smith, Ted Goodwin, Jim McLellan, John McCallum, Doug Leadbetter, Leo Hoyos, Bob Matthews, Gord Ripenburg, Don Destonis, Harvey Biggs, Barclay Allen, Vince Talbot, Director
Third Row: Bruce Morrison, Doug Lovat, Rick Perry, Stan Schreiber, Tom Dyce, Bill Dixon, Rick Otto, Bruce Soutter, Erik Mikklesen, Brian Toner, Mike Peterson, Glen Scott, Jim Hamnett, Charlie Dunn, Clark Buskard, Gordie Knight, Bruce Moreland, Bryan Carroll, George Filotas
Missing: Dave Nancekivell, Gilles Proulx, Pierre St. Amour, Ron Willimus
Article in "The Montreal Star"
MacDonald Named Leafs' Grid Coach
By Sid Priddle
Ian MacDonald, former West Hill High School star and l964 backfield coach with the NDG Maple Leafs, has been named head coach of the Metropolitan Junior Football Conference team.
MacDonald replaces George Economides who resigned last week due to business pressures. Economides led N.D.G. to three Dominion finals in his three-year term as a head coach. Economides, along with last year's line coach Gerry Hogan, will remain with the club in an advisory capacity.
At 24 years of age MacDonald becomes the youngest man ever to coach the Leafs. However, MacDonald is certainly no stranger to the junior football coaching ranks.
He helped coach West Hill High School for two, years then moved to the Town of Mount Royal Lions where he was an assistant coach.
In 1962, MacDonald joined the Leafs chiefly as a scout. He has been given a great deal of credit for building the Leafs into a poorhouse through his contacts with other minor football teams.
MacDonald gained a great deal of experience as a high school quarterback after which he spent a year as QB of the now defunct Lakeshore Junior Redskins.
In 1960, he joined the Lakeshore Alouette intermediates at which time he was given a brief tryout with the Alouettes. Ian was sent to Dubuque University in Iowa on a football scholarship where he played for one year.
Upon returning from Dubuque he joined the Town juniors and the following year he took his position with N.D.G.
Other shakeups in the NDG Leaf organization will see former Maple Leaf star Bruce Barnes joining MacDonald on the coaching staff. Another assistant is to be named at the club's annual general meeting on February 8.
MacDonald is a 'student' of football. He spends his summer holidays attending grid clinics in the United States and would someday like to move into the professional ranks in some sort of a scouting capacity.
The naming of MacDonald as coach of the Leafs will likely see the NDG squad specialize on a passing offense, since MacDonald was considered one of the better passing quarterbacks seen in junior football.
In 1963 MacDonald coached the backfield along with handling his scouting chores for Leafs. Ian feels one of his biggest accomplishments was the coaching of QB Jim McKean who joined the Alouettes last year.
Article in The Montreal Star, July 15, 1965
Six Larks Dropped as Coach Trimble Stresses Hitting
Canadians dropped at this time are Al Schreiber,the speedy flanker from NDG Maple Leafs, Russ Martin, the backfield hopeful from the Navy, and Brian Lawrie, from McMaster University. Schreiber's cut is disappointing to district junior fans who had hoped that he would be given some chance on offence. Schreiber is exceptionally fast and has a good pair of hands. He is through his junior eligibility. Al saw little action with the pros.
Martin ran well in drills and was particularly anxious to land a spot on the payroll. Martin was a bright prospect last year when his knee caved in. Russ is still of Junior age.
Article in The Montreal Gazette August 20, 1965
Maple Leafs Put Accent On Speed In Junior Grid Kickoff At Verdun
By Bob Morrissey
With the accent on speed, NDG Maple Leafs open the Metropolitan Junior Football Conference season tonight at Verdun Stadium against the new entry, Verdun Leo's Boy's Mustangs.
A history of losses in the Dominion Final has caused head coach Ian MacDonald to stress speed. Last season NDG rolled over the opposition in Eastern Canada before bowing to Edmonton Huskies in the Little Grey Cup.
"We weren't fast enough last season," says MacDonald who starts his first year as head coach succeeding George Economides, who resigned because of business pressure. "We'll be much faster this year . . . at least that's what I've been stressing in camp."
Several former pros dot NDG's roster with the signing of Jim McKean, Bernie Rodtwitt, Tom Faust and Joe Arcaro.
Arcaro, who led the Conference in points last season and was cut recently by the Als, is the only one of the quartet who will see action... The remaining three must sit out one game because they played pro for a full season.
Barclay Allen, quarterback for North Shore Knights last season, was supposed to dress in place of McKean but the Canadian Rugby
Union has yet to declare him eligible. His case along with that of Leo Hoyos will be decided by al Committee of Releases within 10 days.
The NDG backfield will consist .of setbacks Arcaro and Tom Dyce and flankers Stan Schreiber and former Pointe Claire Avenger Rick Perry.
If MacDonald decides to start, Arcaro at corner, Clarke Buskard will be spotted in the backfield.
Holdovers from last season include Bruce Soutter, Jim Hamnett, Gord Ripenburg, Doug Leadbetter, Stan Smith and Brian Toner. Soutter will likely go both ways at defensive and offensive tackle.
The majority of junior football observers feel that if any team Is going to give NDG a battle for the Conference championship it will be Easton Chargers.
The Chargers have two top-flight quarterbacks in Sandy Purdie, who led NDG last year and Jim Little. Fullback John
Rennie, the 1964 workhorse, is back and will be linked with newcomers Russ Martin and Dave Hammond. Martin and Hammond both have had junior football experience with Rosemount Bombers in '61 and '62 respectively.
Little, a QB with a good passing reputation, is also hardrock in the defensive secondary and is expected to see action there when Purdie directs the offence.
Easton's first game is against Eastview Lions at Ottawa on Aug. 29. The MJFC plays an interlocking schedule with the Ottawa junior league which also includes Ottawa Sooners and, Ottawa Trojans.
Ron Willams, head coach of Town of Mount Royal Lions, admits his team hasn't the depth that either NDG or Easton have but says “we'll field a well-conditioned team with tremendous spirit."
Quarterback Wayne Lang, with five years of junior football experience, will have, Joe Gayzer, from Cote St. Luc juveniles, and either Stu Irvine, also of Cote St. Luc, or Adrian Adams, a speedster from Monklands High School, as the setbacks.
Flankers will be Danny Palov and Pete Harding, who both played at University of New Brunswick.
Williams is expecting' standout seasons from linebackers Bill Marchitello and hardrock Keith Petrovsky. Three defensive linemen also' counted heavily upon are Charlie Brabant and the Pare brothers, Yvon and Jean-Guy, from Warwick, Quebec.
Mustang's head coach Bob Geary will have 11 players from last years Dominion juvenile champion Leo's Boys in action tonight against NDG.
Three will occupy positions in the backfield: Doug Morrison, quarterback; Frank Naperiez, flanker and Kevin German, halfback. Rick Carlin, who played for Mount Royal in '64, will start at fullback. Martin Braithwaite, Verdun High Scholl product, will play one of the half positions.
Article in "Montreal Star" August 21, 1965
Maple Leafs Rip Mustangs
Regulations and league legislation kept five first stringers on the bench but NDG Maple Leafs have shown that they are definitely still the team to beat in junior football ranks once again.
The defending Eastern Canadian champs sputtered through the first quarter last night but asserted themselves in three devastating minutes of the second session as they waltzed to a 27-1 decision over the newly formed Verdun Leo's Boys' Mustangs.
The Verdun game attracted better than 2,000 fans and for a very short time it appeared they might be treated to an upset. Frank Napieriacz kicked a single from the NDG 25-yard line and that was all the scoring in the first quarter.
From then on the show was taken over by Pierre Dumont, a young man who almost made the Alouettes this season, and Tommy Dyce, a second year man with the Leafs, from Lachine High School. Both Dumont and Dyce scored two touchdowns but the similarity ends there. Dyce scored both of his on offensive maneuvers while Dumont majored on Defensive plays.
Actually, Dumont equaled the score at 1-1 early in the second quarter when he booted a 53-yard single in his left-footed fashion. Then late in the session, Dyce plunged over from the one.
One play after the ensuing kickoff Verdun fumbled and Dumont, the University of Montreal grad, sped in from his corner post to scoop up the ball and scoot 15 yards into paydirt.
Just a couple of plays after the next kickoff, Verdun fumbled, and again Dumont picked up the ball. This time he ambled 41 yards into paydirt. With no converts made this made the count 19-1 at the half.
There wasn't a score in the third quarter and in the final heat Dumont added a single and Dyce went in on a dandy romp around end of thirty yards. Jim Hamnett converted the last score.
Young Trent Wheaton, one year out of high school ranks with Montreal High, handled the winner's quarterback chores most of the way.
Because they played professional football last year, Jimmy McKean, Bernie Rodtwitt and Tom Faust could not play last night. They were forced to sit out the first game. Also, Barclay Allen and Leo Hoyos were sidelined by QRFU legislation.
Article in Montreal Gazette August 21, 1965
Dumont Scores Two Majors on Fumbles, NDG Wins 27-1
By Bob Morrissey
Pierre Dumont wasn't in the starting lineup when the NDG Maple Leafs opened the Metropolitan Junior Football Conference season against Verdun Leo's Boys Mustangs.
But, ironically enough, it was Dumont, in the defensive end spot, who powered the defending Eastern Canadian champion Leafs to a 27-1 win. Before a pro-Mustang crowd at Verdun Stadium, Dumont stunned Verdun's offence by scooping up two fumbles for touchdowns and kicking two singles on third down punts.
Hard running Tommy Dyce's two majors and Jim Hamnett's convert completed the scoring. Frank Naperiez hoisted a single for Verdun.
The game was Verdun's first of the season and first in the Conference and the home fans were given plenty to cheer about until near the end of the first half. The Mustang defence held NDG to only one first down in the opening quarter while the offence, with the aid of Maple Leaf penalties, moved to within scoring range on two occasions.
The first opportunity to go ahead came when NDG kicker Joe Arcaro was tackled on the 50 yard line after receiving a low, rolling snap. A roughing the kicker penalty helped move the ball to the NDG 29-yard line where Mustang qurterback Don Morrisson handed off to Rick Carlin who was met head on by Doug Lovat. Naperiez tried for a single but was thwarted by Pierre St. Amour who returned the ball to the NDG 23. Naperiez's single came from the 26-yard line on the next sequence of plays.
Dumont's first single late in the first half tied the score and the Leafs went ahead to stay when Dyce gathered in a 23-yard pass from quarterback John McCallum and crashed over from the one yard line on the next play. Mc Callum, who also played interior linebacker, set up Dyce's second major with an interception on the 28-yard line. Dumont's touchdown gallops resulted from hard tackles and measured 14 and 41 yards respectively.
Mustang head coach Bob Geary praised his defence but found a lot to be desired with his offense. "We need one more halfback to go along with Martin Braithwaite and Rick Carlin," said Geary.
The NDG offense was minus quarterback Jim McKean and Barclay Allen, and fullback Joe Arcaro who injured his knee early in the game. Juvenile graduate Don Destonis replaced Arcaro and performed to the satisfaction of MacDonald. Trent Wheaton and McCallum handled the quarterback chores. "They did very well considering they're not too familiar with our plays," said coach Ian MacDonald. "That's why our timing in the backfield was off at the beginning"
Mustangs middle guard Marcil Guay suffered the only serious injury, a suspected fracture of the left forearm.
Article in "Montreal Gazette" August 23, 1965 (edited)
Lions Blank Trojans in Junior Football
By Bob Morrissey
Dan Palov intercepted Bob Turner's pass and ran it back yards for a touchdown to give Town of Mount Royal Lions a 7-0 victory over Ottawa Trojans in an Interprovincial Junior Football League game at Ottawa yesterday. Andre Laviolette converted.
Lions quarterback Wayne Lang injured his knee on the second play of the game and was replaced by former East End Lark QB J.C. Zbierski. Zbierski attempted 13 passes, completed three, and had two intercepted.
Lang's injury places further importance on the playing status of Barclay Allen, now in the NDG Maple Leafs camp. Allen was scheduled to start Friday in NDG's opening 27-1 win against Verdun Leo's Boys Mustangs but was temporarily suspended by the Quebec Rugby Football Union the night before the game. His case is pending. The Lions claim Allen is Mount Royal property because he played in the organization as a junior in 1963 and not been given his release from The Town.
NDG will go into next Sunday's encounter against Mount Royal minus the services of Joe Arcaro. Arcaro, who injured his knee against the Mustangs, underwent an operation Saturday and will be sidelined approximately seven weeks.
Another Leaf, Stan Smith, came out of the game with a broken hand but is expected to dress for the next game. He'll wear a cast.
Article in Montreal Gazette" August 30, 1965
NDG Defeats Lions 8-2
NDG Maple Leafs yesterday took over sole possession of the Metropolitan Junior Football Conference when they whipped TMR Lions in a penalty-filled game at TMR Recreation Field. All points were scored in the third quarter.
Defensive linebacker John McCallum caught TMR's Ron Zbierski in the end zone early in the quarter for a safety. Rick Otto made it 8-0 minutes later when he took a handoff from quarterback Barclay Allen and plunged over from the TMR five-yard line. Jim Hamnett's convert attempt was good but the point was wiped out by a roughing penalty.
Keith Petrovsky put the Lions on the scoreboard late in the quarter when he stopped Allen in the end zone for a safety. Penalties, which many observers thought were unnecessary, hampered the offences of both teams.
Halfback Stan Schreiber and fullback Don Destonis were two of the players who gave good performances for the winners, while TMR's Bill Marchitello, going both ways, was perhaps the best player on the field.
Article in "Montreal Star" Sepember 2, 1965
NDG, Easton Clash Top Football Slate
NDG Maple Leafs face their first severe test of the young Metropolitan Junior Football Conference season tomorrow and those close to the scene figure it is a toss-up as to whether they maintain their winning ways or not. The Leafs play Easton Chargers at Trenholme Park and there is a growing suspicion that Ike Amromin has been moulding a powerhouse in the East End.
Both teams are undefeated. NDG have been unimpressive in early victories over the Verdun Leo's Boys Mustangs and The Town of Mount Royal Lions. The Chargers trampled Eastview 19-0 in Ottawa.
The featured junior tilt at Trenholme tomorrow night will be interesting in that both teams have been working extremely hard with their offensive units. Both coaches, Ian MacDonald of NDG and Amromin have expressed satisfaction with their team's defensive efforts but are looking for the offensive units to jell.
Easton will have last year's NDG quarterback Sandy Purdie at the helm while the Leafs will in all probability be directed by Barclay Allen. Jimmy McKean has been absent from the NDG camp all week due to a death in the family. The Maple Leafs have drawn an exceptional number of penalties in their first games. These, along with an unproven offensive line, have handicapped the team's offence severely.
Article in "Montreal Star" September 3, 1965
Purdie Leads Veteran Quartet With Young Easton Grid Squad
Easton Chargers are still a young team but if they are to make any particular headway in Metropolitan Junior Football Conference action this season - four old boys will have to come through with big years.
This is pretty much the way coach Ike Amromin sums up the chances of his East End squad which runs into what should prove a severe test tonight at Trenholme Park in a game against the NDG Maple Leafs. Game time is 8 p.m.
Through their first season in the conference last year, the Chargers were far and away the youngest team in the league. "Why, we had twelve guys out of midget age," points out Amromin. "We have 19 players back from last season now. WE still are a young team. But we will lose a few big guys at the end of this year who will be hard to replace."
The big guys in their last junior years are quarterback Sandy Purdy and ball-carriers Russ Martin, John Hammond and John Rennie. These are the fellows who must carry a major load and Amromin for one, feels they can do just that.
Purdie is the former Rosemount high school star who has been with NDG for the past two seasons. Purdie is small but he can pass. If Purdie can muster any type of aerial game to compliment the Chargers' strong running attack, the team will be tough.
Martin is the young man who almost made the Alouettes this season. He has had two successful tryout camps. Hammond sat out last season but has junior experience with Rosemount and the Town.
Rennie is the ^' 238-pound defensive end and fullback who won the Metropolitan Conference most valuable player award last season.
The Chargers work out of a twin fullback system with Martin and Hammond working behind Purdie. The flankers are two-way halfback and backup quarterback Jim Little, Howie Murphy and Marcel Darady with Little and Darady expected to start tonight.
Returnees Dave Howell at guard and Richard Grenidge at centre are bulwarks of the offensive line while two bright lights in a powerful, defensive roster are safety Stan Paris and linebacker Mike Deschenes. Paris was plucked from the Cote St. Luc Juvenile Jets while Deschenes performed well in the Als' Canadian camp after playing at Notre Dame College.
The Chargers edged NDG 7-6 in a league game last year.
Article in "Montreal Gazette" September 3, 1965
Passing Name Of Game For Easton-NDG Clash
by Bob Morrissey
Passing may predominate tonight when NDG Maple Leafs and Easton Chargers of the Metropolitan Junior Football Conference meet for the first time in 1965 at Trenholme Park. But, unlike last season, it might be the Chargers doing the passing.
The reason revolves around veteran junior quarterback Sandy Purdie, who joined Easton after leading NDG to the Eastern Canadian championship in '64.
"Sandy is a terrific passer," says Easton head coach Ike Amromin. "That's something we lacked last season. Sandy will be throwing to two good ends in Al Earle and Terry Mayhew. Our halfbacks Marcel Paradis and Jim Little can also catch the ball."
Ian MacDonald, Leafs' head coach sent scouts to Ottawa to see Easton dump Eastview Lions 19-0 last Sunday and agrees with Amromin. "Sandy completed over half his passes and looked strong doing so," says MacDonald. "The Chargers also have a tough defence."
MacDonald's immediate problem concerns his offence. In two games so far, NDG has gone undefeated but the offence has not been impressive. "If the offence is going to move it had better be tonight," says MacDonald. "Our defence has been holding us up. Particularly the outstanding play of John McCallum and Jim Hamnett. Bruce Soutter has also been a standout."
Barclay Allen will quarterback NDG in the absence of Jim McKean, who is in Halifax for personal reasons. Juvenile product Don Destonis and Clarke Buskard will start in the backfield.
"Pierre Dumont, hardrock defensive end who scored two majors off fumbles in NDG's opening 27-1 win over Verdun Leo's Boys Mustangs, will play on defence but will also see action at fullback.
Amromin expects NDG to go with a passing attack and is hoping for strong performances from deep backs Bill Worton, Marcel Valin, Jim Little and Stan Paris. Mike Deschenes and Mike Orrell will guard the inside with Brian Lafleur and Gord Reid at the corners. John Rennie and Milt Green are the defensive ends.
Half time entertainment will be supplied by the NDG Maple Leaf majorettes under the supervision of Janet Sauve. Miss Sauve, a former Miss Alouette, has 24 girls in her troupe and they will perform to music by the St. Lambert Girls Brass Band.
Article in "Montreal Gazette" September 4, 1965
Leafs Win on Late TD
by Bob Morrissey
NDG Maple Leafs don't have to look any further for competition in the Metropolitan Junior Football Conference. They found it last night. Before a sit down, stand up crowd at Trenholme Park last night, NDG rookie quarterback Barclay Allen skirted 23 yards around the end on a keeper with six minutes remaining to give the Leafs a rugged 6-0 victory over Easton Chargers.
Allen, inconspicuous for three quarters, moved NDG deep into Charger territory with brilliant series of pass completions. He hit Bob Matthews with 20, 15, and 10 yard passes and found Stan Schreiber and Tom Faust open for 12 and 18 yard efforts respectively.
Charger quarterback Sandy Purdie, who played for NDG last season, directed Easton deep into Leaf territory on several occasions in the first half, but couldn't finish off his plays.
Purdie moved Easton down from his own 36 yard line to NDG's 27 on the first series of plays before the NDG front wall held Russ Martin on third down and took possession. The Chargers threatened again, moving on the ground with Martin and Dave Hammond, before NDG defensive half Jim MacLellan came up with a timely interception. MacLellan turned in another clutch maneuver, scooping up a fumble by Chargers' John Rennie and racing to Easton's 45-yard line.
Purdie also threw into the arms of defender John Brown ending another threat.
Jim Little, a standout all night, was probably the most ........... game. He had a sure six points on a 40-yard Purdie pass but dropped the ball on the goal line because "I was looking at the goalpost."
Both teams tried field goals. NDG's Jim Hamnett came closest when his attempt hit the cross bar in the second quarter. George Filotas tried another for NDG, but his was blocked. Brian Lafleur attempted one for Easton from the 15 only to have it blocked.
Most of NDG's rushing was supplied by Don Destonis and Clarke Buskard, both standouts. Hardrock Bruce Soutter also played a rugged game on both offence and defence.
Martin Hammond and Rennie were Easton's best rushers.
Article in "Montreal Star' September 4, 1965
Committee Room Decision Pays Off for N.D.G. Leafs
Allen Leads Gridders, Melee Mars Finish
NDG Maple Leafs take their victories anyway they can get them. More often than not the defending Eastern Canadian champions score their Metropolitan Conference wins on the football field. But they accept committee room decisions that go their way as well.
The fruits of a committee room decision made several weeks ago were borne out in a bitterly fought field encounter last night when before 3,000 fans at Trenholme Park. Barclay Allen paced the Leafs to a 6-0 win over Easton Chargers.
Allen had been ruled property of NDG by an impartial three-man committee despite a claim by Town of Mount Royal Lions that he belonged to them. Allen played for the 'Town' in 1963 and for the North Shore juveniles last season.
Young Allen, just turned 19 and still eligible for juvenile ball, remained at the controls of the Leafs even though the team was not moving offensively. The man the Leafs are counting on for the lead position - Jimmy McKean - was not on hand, so Allen stayed on. Suddenly, in the fourth quarter, he found himself.
Play calling coolly, passing sharply and finally running excellently, Allen guided Leafs downfield and then scampered over from 32 yards out on an option play which was beautiful to watch.
The spectacle was marred by a disgraceful post game scene which saw players of both teams milling, slugging and kicking with opposition and fans. Game officials did not single out individuals involved in the melee because, according to head linseman John Chase, "the game was officially over."
Metropolitan Conference commissioner George Lindsay said the situation would be studied. He could not comment on whether punishments will be meted out.
Prior to that, the punishing was done through hard hitting. Players from both sides were helped from the field time after time following bone-crunching blocks and tackles.
Easton appeared to have the upper hand behind the brilliant running of Russ Martin and steady plodding of Dave Hammond. Quarterback Sandy Purdie couldn't click on his passing game with Jim Little dropping one perfect throw when all alone in the end zone.
Then Allen went to work with passes to Bob Matthews on a couple of plays and then to Tom Faust. On one march down the field he had the Easton defenders running around in circles. The he kept himself for the score.
On the last play of the game Allen broke up the centre again and was hauled down heavily by five or six players. It was from this melee that the donnybrook broke out with several players and the Easton trainer suffering blood-letting facial injuries.
The Chargers have little time to recover since they play the Town of Mount Royal Lions at the Town tomorrow afternoon at 2:30.
Article in "Montreal Star' September 8, 1965
Leafs, Chargers Each Fined $100
George Lindsay, commissioner of Metropolitan Junior Football Conference has fined NDG Maple Leafs and Easton Chargers $100 each for the melee which broke out following their last meeting at Trenholme Park last Friday.
Lindsay also warned that a similar outburst by either tem in the future will mean suspension for the remainder of the season. The case is still under investigation. Subsequently Maple Leaf end Doug Leadbetter was suspended for a game.
From "Montreal Gazette" September 10, 1965
Minor Football Column
by Bob Morrissey
In the MJFC tonight, Verdun-Leo's Boys Mustangs play their second game against undefeated NDG Maple Leafs and Town of Mount Royal Lions travel to Morgan Park against Easton Chargers. The Leafs also have an appointment Sunday in Ottawa against the Sooners of the Interprovincial Junior Football League.
Ian MacDonald head coach of NDG, received quite a scare in Leafs' opening game against Verdun. NDG won 27-1 but needed outstanding defensive plays to do so. "The Mustangs are a tough team and we're not taking them lightly," said MacDonald referring to tonight's game. "I think Geary (Bob Geary, Mustangs head coach) is hiding something judging from a talk we had two weeks ago."
With Jim McKean still in Halifax, NDG will go with Barclay Allen at quarterback. Allen was at the helm last Friday when Leafs edged Easton 6-0 and was effective with his passing and running. He completed seven passes in a row before skirting the end from the 32 yard-line to give NDG the victory.
"Our offence will be 60-40 in favour of passing," said MacDonald. "Rick Otto, just off a one-game suspension, and possibly Clarke Buskard will be the setbacks."
About the game Sunday: "We've always had trouble with the Sooners," said MacDonald, thinking back to last year's Eastern Canada semi-final won by NDG 21-20. "Skip Corrigan helps give them a solid ground attack."
Another player NDG will have to guard closely is Bonnie Powers. Powers has 42 points in three games, including three touchdowns in Sooners 33-0 win against Eastview last Saturday.
Article in "Montreal Gazette" September 11, 1965
Schreiber paces NDG Win
By Bob Morrissey
Last season when Allan Schreiber played flanker for NDG Maple Leafs he ripped apart the opposition in the Metropolitan Junior Football Conference with his fine pass receiving. It's his brother Stan's turn this season.
The speedy 18-year old wingback grabbed four touchdown passes last night to spark the Leafs to a 54-6 win over Verdun Leo's Boys Mustangs before a large gathering at Trenholme Park.
In the second game last night Easton Chargers blanked Mount Royal Lions 36-0 at Morgan Park.
Jim MacLellan's pair and single ones by Rick Otto and Mike Peterson ended the NDG touchdown barrage. Jim Hamnett, a standout on defence, was good on four convert attempts.
Steve Key scored Mustangs' six points on a five-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Doug Morrison. Key also provided Verdun fans with one of the most exciting plays of the game, a 60-yard reception on another Morrison toss.
The win was Leafs' fourth in as many games and marked their best offensive output to date. It was Verdun's third straight loss, a record that includes a 27-1 setback against NDG in the season opener.
Three of Schreiber's touchdowns came on passes from quarterback Barclay Allen. MacLellan hit Schreiber with his fourth major after coming in to quarterback in the second half with NDG ahead 34-6. MacLellan's two majors were the result of keeper plays around the end from the 23 and 10-yard lines respectively. Peterson went over after Hamnett crashed in to block a Verdun punt.
Otto and Clarke Buskard did most of the rushing for NDG and found gaping holes in Mustangs' defensive line, particularly the left side.
The NDG defensive unit contained Verdun's running attack and kept Morrison off balance on pass attempts. Morrison was forced to resort to the short punt formation. Verdun coach Bob Geary summed up the loss this way: "We just ran out of bodies. They really beat us physically."
Article in "Montreal Star" September 11, 1965
Schreiber Sizzles for Football Leafs
Stan Schreiber, a wil-o-wisp flankerback with NDG Maple Leafs, and the awesome defensive unit of the Easton Chargers share the spotlight in district minor football today.
Schreiber, following in the footsteps of his older brother Allan, darted in and out of the Verdun Leo's Boys Mustangs deep defense all night and wound up with four pass-catching touchdowns as NDG routed the young Verdunites 54-6 at Trenholme Park.
An at the other end of town, the Easton Chargers blanked Town of Mount Royal Lions 36-0.
At Trenholme, the defending champion Leafs had much too much for the game Mustangs, who trailed only 7-6 after one quarter but couldn't keep pace much longer.
Just Too Fast
With Barclay Allen at the controls and Schreiber running wild, the Leafs were ahead 34-6 at halftime. Allen clicked with the 18-year old Schreiber on basic down and out patterns for five-yard, eight yard and 25-yard pass and run scores in which the receiver simply ran away from corner defenders.
A Montreal West High School student, Schreiber is picking up where his brother Al left off. Al won the junior scoring championship with NDG in '62 and tied with teammate Joe Arcaro for laurels last season after playing for McGill in 1963. Alan is currently with Boston Steamrollers of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Along with the Schreiber TD's, then, in the first half Rick Otto barged over from the four and Mike Peterson scooped up the loose ball and raced in from the 29 after Jim Hamnett had blocked a kick. Hamnett converted four of those five first half scores.
Verdun's score came about when quarterback Doug Morrison connected on a jumping end zone pass to Steve Key after Larry Gahan recovered an NDG fumble.
Jim MacLellan took over for quarterback Allen in the second half and scored 23 yard and nine-yard keeper plays behind sound blocking of Gilles Proulx among others. Late in the contest, MacLellan hit Schreiber from ten yards out to complete that young man's productive evening. Hamnett converted two of the three second half scores.
From "Montreal Gazette" September 13, 1965
Minor Football Column
By Bob Morrissey
A doubleheader was played in the Interprovincial Junior Football Conference before 4,000 at Ottawa's Lansdowne Park. NDG Maple Leafs increased its winning streak to five games by beating Sooners 31-12 in the second game while Eastview Golden Eagles edged Ottawa Trojans 6-0 in the opener.
Tom Dyce paced NDG over the Sooners with two touchdowns, both from the one-yard line. Rick Otto, from the one, and Jim Hamnett scored the other majors. Hamnett booted three converts and Pierre Dumont and Billy Dixon were credited with safety touches to complete the scoring.
Quarterback Ken Riznek and Mike Landry put the Sooners on the scoreboard. Riznek crashed over from the one and hit Thomas with a 35-yard pass for the other major.
Hamnett's touchdown came when tough the defensive specialist pounced on a fumble in the Sooner end zone. Dumont also played a brilliant defensive game for NDG on defense.
Barclay Allen directed the Leafs and carried on a 22-yard keeper play to Ottawa's one-yard line on the last play of the game before he was pushed out of bounds. The loss was the Sooners first of the season.
From "Montreal Gazette" September 17, 1965
Minor Football Column
By Bob Morrissey
Prospects of winning aren't too bright for Town of Mount Royal Lions of the Metropolitan Junior Football Conference. The Lions, with a 1-3 won-lost record, play two games in the next three days, both against two of the toughest teams in Canada.
The Lions face undefeated NDG Maple Leafs tonight at Trenholme Park and then nurse bruises until Sunday when they make a homestand against Ottawa Sooners, powerhouse of the Ottawa Conference.
Poor attendance at recent workouts coupled with a stuttering offence are two reasons why Ron Williams, head coach of the Lions, will be glad to see Monday come.
"Our offence has played about one quarter of good football," said Williams yesterday. "Meanwhile our defence has done a terrific job."
The Lions will be minus two defensive ends for the remainder of the season with the departures of Ken Phillips and Jean-Guy Pare. Stu Lunan and Pierre Plourde will take over their spots.
Quarterback J.C. Zbierski will have backs Bill Marchitello and Stu Irvin handling most of the rushing.
Meanwhile the Leafs meet the Lions on the heels of an impressive 31-12 victory over the Sooners last Sunday at the Capital. The win was their fifth in as many games.
Her's how the backfield will lineup tonight. Barclay Allen will be at quarterback, Tommy Dyce at half, Rick Perry and Tom Faust will be the wingbacks and Rick Otto will operate out of the fullback spot. Clarke Buskard, NDG's leading ground gainer, will play the corner, replacing John Brown, who was injured in the Sooner game.
From "Montreal Gazette" and "Montreal Star" September 18, 1965
NDG, Easton Win Junior Games
Set Up Big Clash
Head Coach Ian MacDonald celebrated his birthday by watching his NDG Maple Leafs defeated Town of Mount Royal Lions 29-7 at Trenholme Park last night and although their unbeaten streak in the Metropolitan Junior Football Conference was extended to six games MacDonald was dissatisfied with his offence, particularly the play of quarterback Barclay Allen.
"Barclay was at his best against Easton when we won 6-0," said MacDonald after the game. "He made too many technical mistakes tonight, didn't carry enough and went for the long ball too often."
Two of those long ball efforts went into the arms of Bob Matthews, both good for touchdowns. The first carried for 55 yards and the second 33. Rick Otto, who helped set up Matthew's second major with a 30 yard dash off a screen pass, scored the remaining NDG touchdowns on three and seven yard carries up the middle.
After a 55-yard pass to Tom Faust to the Lions five the Leafs had to be satisfied with defensive hardrock Pierre Dumont tackled Mount Royal quarterback J.C. Zbierski in the end zone for a safety touch after the Lions held NDG. Jim Hamnett was good on three convert attempts. The fourth attempt was ruined by a poor snap from centre.
Ron Tarnowski returned an interception 51 yards for Mount Royals' TD. Andre Laviolette converted. An earlier interception by Tarnowski was called back because of a penalty. Another penalty proved costly for Mount Royal. Bill Marchitello, a standout for The Town all night, scampered 70 yards with the ball only to have a holding penalty wipe out the effort.
The NDG defence again played outstandingly. For instance, John MacCallum set up Otto's second touchdown with an interception on the 25.
Ron Williams, head coach of Mount Royal, was disgusted with his team's performance but couldn't expect much better "after all only 20 players showed up at practice the night before the game. "Marchitello, Laviolette and Keith Petrovsky were the only ones who did anything tonight," said Williams. "What do the others expect when they don't come to practice. I could only dress 28 men and three were juvenile cuts."
From "Montreal Gazette" and "Montreal Star" September 22, 1965
Chargers Eager For Battle With NDG Tonight
Ike Amromin, head-coach of Easton Chargers, thinks his team can beat the NDG Maple Leafs at Morgan Park tonight. It's the night junior football fans have been anxiously awaiting. If Amromin's thinking materializes Easton and NDG will be tied for first place in the MJFC.
And Amromin hasn't forgotten his team's only loss earlier in the season, a 6-0 victory for the Leafs at Trenholme Park. "We beat them statistically but we couldn't score when we got in close," says Amromin. "We threw the game away with penalties and dropped passes. They scored their touchdown on one good march.
"If we can take advantage of opportunities tonight we should beat them," continued Amromin. "The players have been looking forward to this game because thet want to redeem themselves."
John Grew and Jim Mayhew, two players who have contributed greatly to Easton's enviable defensive record (nine points in five games), have been lost for the remainder of the season, the result of injuries suffered in Easton's 35-3 victory over Verdun Leo's Boys Mustangs last Friday. Mike Deschenes will occupy Grew's interior linebacker spot while Gerry Rodriguez will take over the defensive tackle position left vacant by Mahew.
Charger quarterback Sandy Purdie, rapidly coming into his own as a passer, will have fullbacks Dave hammond and Russ Martin and setbacks Jim Little and Marcel Paradis keeping him company in the backfield.
Purdie's aerial accuracy hasn't escaped the attention of Ian MacDonald, head-coach of the Leafs. He expects Easton to come oput passing. "We know Sandy can pass," says MacDonald. "After all, he played for us last year.
The responsibility for knocking down Purdie passes will go to defensive backs Harvey Biggs, Stan Schreiber, Jim McLellan and Pierre St. Amour. Glen Scott will operate out of the middle guard spot. Schreiber will also see action in the offensive backfield along with Tommy Dyce, Rick Otto, and Tom Faust. Don Destonis will spot Dyce or Otto on occasion. Dyce was injured last Friday and MacDonald elected to rest him in the second half so that he would be ready for tonight's encounter. But the real key may be Otto. "he's due to break loose. He has to explode, that's what we're looking for," said MacDonald. "Maybe Wednesday night...."
Barclay Allen, runner and passer par excellance, will handle the quarterbacking chores with Bob Matthews and Doug Leadbetter at the right and left ends. Allen demonstrated his passing know-how against the same Chargers when he hit on seven in a row leading to the deciding touchdown. Coach MacDonald is working on isolating Faust and Matthews in one-on-one situations.
Gord Ripenburg will miss tonight's game because of a boil on his knee. Stan Smith will be back after a five-game layoff with a broken hand. He'll play with his cast.
From "Montreal Star" and "Montreal Gazette" September 23, 1965
Maple Leafs Outlast Easton Chargers - Dumont, Dyce Shine in Seventh Win
Ian MacDonald went into great raptures over the play of young Pierre St. Amour last night and little wonder. His late game interception settled the Junior QRFU contest for MacDonald's Maple Leafs.
"What a play! That boy was just where he should have been," said MacDonald as he watched St. Amour streak toward the end zone with a 60-yard interception with two minutes remaining in last night's game with Easton Chargers.
It was a jubilant MacDonald who accepted the good wishes of the Leaf supporters in the 5,000 plus crowd at Morgan Park as he left the field after a 30-20 victory. Easton had outfought and outplayed the Maple Leafs but seemed to suffer lapses which prevented them from overcoming the Leafs.
Chargers drew first blood as the displayed their strength by stopping the Leafs, marching upfield on a series of runs and NDG penalties, and then sending John Rennie crashing into the end zone from the five. Russ Martin added the convert.
Leafs came back on a defensive setup as Pierre Dumont, the game's outstanding player, blocked a punt on Easton's 24-yard line. Tommy Dyce advanced the ball from the 14 on two tries for the equalizer. Jim Hamnett converted. Minutes later he scored again on a 24-yard field goal after QB Barclay Allen tossed first down passes to Doug Leadbetter, Bob Matthews and Tom Faust.
NDG rounded out the first half scoring marching 57 yards before Dyce registered the six pointer scampering from the two yard line. The convert gave the Leafs a 17-7 lead. "Dyce turned in an outstanding individual performance," said MacDonald after the game. "The whole team played well. It was our best all around game of the season."
Easton had several scoring opportunities but each time they reached the 25, Dumont and his mates would throw QB Sandy Purdie for a loss. In the second half they finally managed to launch a pass but Stan Schreiber was there in the end zone to intercept. After being stopped on the ground again Easton finally broke Rennie loose for two long runs and he bulled his way from the two to put the Chargers back in the game.
Allen hit Dyce for a 51 yard pass and run play in the fourth quarter to put Leafs out in the clear. Rick Otto scored from the five yard mark and the score was 23-13 after the convert was nullified on a penalty. Easton countered immediately as a swing pass to Martin and a 25-yard run by Rennie set up a dive play by Martin for the major. NDG was forced to punt and as the three minute mark rolled around, Purdie took to the air. He completed two passes before St. Amour suddenly appeared to dash all hopes of an Easton victory. It was a game until then.
Ike Amromin, head coach of Easton was disappointed but satisfied with the performance of his team. "We were in the game until the interception and we would have won it in the third quarter." The NDG defensive unit lead by Dumont, Doug Lovat and Hamnett, made it a miserable night for Purdie.
On Saturday NDG will play an exhibition contest in Lennoxville against Bishop's University.
From "Montreal Gazette" September 24, 1965
Bishop's - NDG Game Test of Champions
By Jon Everett
Last year the Eastern Canadian Junior Champions Maple Leafs gave Bishop's University Gaiters, the Ottawa-St. Lawrence Football Conference Champions, a trauma by scoring three touchdowns in the last quarter to win 27-20.
This time Bishop's coach Bruce Coulter says his team has more depth for the school's opening game of the season against the tough Leafs, who this year have won seven straight against junior football competition.
Bishop's which won the conference title by whipping University of Ottawa Gee Gees 32-12 in a playoff have only two starters back from last year's offensive team. Theyare quarterback Will Mitchell and halfback Alan Gratias. Among losses is Mike Sommerville, the team's MVP for the past three seasons who tried out for the Alouettes this year.
Bob Wilton, 190-pound Town of Mount Royal resident, will start at fullback against NDG.
The Maple Leafs appear set with rookie quarterback Barclay Allen and fullbacks Tommy Dyce and Rick Otto or Don Destonis.
From "Montreal Star" October 3, 1965
N.D.G., Easton Split
NDG Maple Leafs survived a rocky first half to defeat Eastview Golden Eagles 34-9 but Easton Chargers were less fortunate, dropping a 20-7 decision to Ottawa Sooners.The undefeated Maple Leafs were scored upon early in their game when Jack Guilbeault rambled over from the six to climax a 35 yard drive. Barclay Allen scored the equalizer several plays later wading through the mud for a 20-yard run. Jim Hamnett kicked the convert. A 32 yard run by Don Destonis and five Golden Eagle penalties set up Tommy Dyce's eleven yard run to give NDG a 13-7 lead. A safety touch by Eastview's Clarence Wilson rounded out the first half scoring as Wilson nailed Erik Mikkleson on an end around sweep.
In the second half the Maple Leafs came to life. Golden Eagles were on offence for only eight plays as Tom Dyce, Don Destonis and Rick Otto all scored majors with Hamnett adding three converts. Leafs were without top defensive ace Pierre Dumont who will be out for two weeks with an injured ankle. He will be rested until the playoffs begin.
Sooners, the leading team in Ottawa, scored three times in the first half to provide the margin of victory. Biff Dolan, Skip Corrigan and Bonnie Powers romped to paydirt while John Rennie scored the only touchdown for the Montrealers in the second half.
From "Montreal Star" October 6, 1965
NDG Loses Tackle Hoyas
NDG Maple Leafs sewed up the MJFC last weekend but the victory over Eastview Golden Eagles cost Maple Leafs the services of tackle Leo Hoyas. Hoyos suffered a ruptured ligament and ruptured cartilage when Tom Dyce pushed his block into Hoyas' path. Hoyas was walking after the injury but subsequent examination revealed the injury and an operation was performed yesterday. Hoyas will have his leg in a cast for six weeks and will miss the remainder of the season.
Coach Ian MacDonald had seven players missing for the Ottawa game but a two week rest period will give him time to regroup his forces. Defensive standout Pierre Dumont is expected to return in time for the playoff series against Easton Chargers, October 22 and 29 at Jarry Park. Also expected to return are defensive halfback Pierre St. Amour, halfback Joe Arcaro and lineman Gary Toner.
From "Montreal Gazette" October 15, 1965
Minor Football Column
The Metropolitan Junior Football Conference season comes to an end Sunday with Ottawa Trojans meeting NDG Maple Leafs at Marymount Park (the move from Trenholme Park was a result of resodding following the installation of a new drainage system.) and Easton Chargers playing Verdun Leo's Boys Mustangs at Verdun Stadium.
Sunday's games for NDG and Easton have no bearing on the standings but could provide the respective coaches with a chance to experiment for when the teams meet in a two-game total point series starting Oct. 22.
Several players will come off the injured list for NDG against Trojans. They are linebacker John MacCallum, defensive half Mike Peterson, backup quarterback and defensive half Jim MacLellan, defensive end Pierre Dumont and corner linebacker and fullback Clarke Buskard. Stan Smith, NDG's hardrock middle guard, will move to offense in place of injured Leo Hoyos. Coach Ian MacDonald said "we are ready for the playoffs but we're going to miss Hoyos at tackle. Stan is capable but it will be difficult for him to go both ways and stay sharp for sixty minutes. Of course getting Dumont will help and we're going all the way.
Meanwhile the NDG Booster Club draw, under the chairmanship of George Economides, is still in full swing. The drawing for two tickets and an all-expense paid trip to the Grey Cup at Toronto, will take place Nov. 17.
Tickets can be purchased at Solly Mastro's Service Station, corner of Sherbrooke and Decarie or from any member of the Leaf executive.
From "Montreal Gazette" October 18, 1965
Minor Football Column
By Bob Morrissey
NDG Maple Leafs and Easton Chargers swept to easy victories in the MJFC. The Leafs put together their best offensive performance of the season in beating Ottawa Trojans 64-1 while the Chargers downed Verdun Leo's Boys Mustangs 39-0.
Rick Otto scored three touchdowns while Tom Dyce, Bob Matthews and Don Destonis each contributed two for NDG. Bernie Rodtwitt's safety touch, a convert by Jim Hamnett and a pass by Doug Leadbetter to Bob Matthews for another convert completed the scoring. Quarterback Bill Durocher booted a 25-yard single for the Trojans.
Quarterback Barclay Allen played another fine game for NDG. The junior rookie combined with Schreiber and Matthews on 31 and 36 yard pass and run TD plays respectively. Otto's majors came on runs of eight, 13 and one yards. NDG carried half leads of 9-0, 33-0 and 40-1.
Maple Leaf coach Ian MacDonald was glad to have his whole team back for the effort but expressed concern over the team's ability to convert the score. The team only managed two converts in ten efforts.
From "Montreal Gazette" October 22, 1965
Minor Football Column
By Bob Morrissey
NDG Maple Leafs and Easton Chargers, one-two finishers in the MJFC respectively start the playoff ball rolling tonight at Jarry Park with the opening game of their total-points series. The teams are expected to attract a sellout crowd.
Ike Amromin, Easton's head coach, isn't predicting a win for his Chargers against the Leafs tonight. And he has several good reasons. "After all," says Amromin, "they were undefeated during the season and beat us twice. "But we can win if we don't make mistakes." he continued. "If it hadn't of been for mistakes we would have beaten the Leafs this year. They have the ability to capitalize on mistakes and that's what we've got to guard against. "Meanwhile we have to take advantage of their errors. All we need is a couple of breaks....".
A lot of attention will be focused on Easton quarterback Sandy Purdie, the former Leaf. The stocky passer, in his first year with the Chargers, has enjoyed an outstanding season mainly because of his passing ability.
In Easton's final game of the season last Sunday against Verdun, Purdie clicked on 14 of 24 passes for 277 yards and directed the team to 570 yards total offence. "Sandy hasn't been at his best against NDG," claims Amromin, "because of poor pass blocking. He should get good protection tonight, though."
From "The Star" The Leafs will miss Stan Smith on defence but standout Pierre Dumont makes the end run difficult for the opposition. Barclay Allen has a slight edge at quarterback. His passing is not up to the standard of Purdie's but he mixes his plays well and call signals better than his more experienced counterpart.
Both teams have powerful running forces. Easton has Russ Martin, who competed in the Little Grey Cup in 1961 while toiling for the Rosemount Bombers. John Rennie will also see action in the backfield if necessary.
Maple Leaf coach has been waiting all season for Rick Otto to explode for long yardage. He probably will have a long wait but, in the meantime, Otto remains as the finest short yardage man in the conference. Tom Dyce will do the exploding with his fine balance while a host of understudies, Don Destonis, Stan Schreiber, Doug Leadbetter, Joe Arcaro and the powerful Dumont are in the wings.
Article in "Montreal Star" Oct 23, 1965
Leafs Rout Chargers In Junior Grid Play
Stan Schreiber is normally an unsung hero. Occasionally he plays offence and catches a pass but he usually knocks down passes, runs back punts, or serves as the defence's "court of last resort" against an opposing runner. Last night, however, he had his night in the limelight. He opened the scoring with a 70 yard punt return and started NDG Maple Leafs on the road to routing Easton Chargers 23-6 in the opening game of a two-game, total-point series for the Provincial Junior football title.
NDG was the superior team as rain marred Easton's passing attack and Rick Otto and Tom Dyce continued to eat up yardage behind inspired signal calling from Maple Leaf quarterback Barclay Allen.
Jim Hamnett added a point for NDG as he converted Schreiber's major and Allen gained a single when Marcel Valin was nailed in the end zone after a field goal attempt from the 15 yard line was blocked.
Easton put together their only sustained drive of the game after a strong wind negated a Barclay Allen punt. John Rennie moved the ball into scoring position and Easton's one bright halfback, Russ Martin, scored from the one yard line.
NDG marched to the five as time ran out in the first stanza but they came back roaring in the second half. Hamnett provided a heads up defensive play to recover a fumble and Tom Dyce and Rick Otto took turns carrying the ball downfield. Dyce marched over from the two for the first of his two majors. Later in the half he scored from the three after Tom Faust and Otto rolled up 55 yards to put the ball inside the five.
Sandy Purdie, a former Maple Leaf, had trouble moving his team after a driving rain halted his passing attack. Martin was held to minimal yardage and there was no one else to fill the gap.
Barclay Allen seemed to writing his own playbook as he elected to run on third down eight times during the contest and on each occasion the powerful Dyce-Otto combination produced the first down.
Maple Leaf coach Ian MacDonald had been looking for a clear night and expected to pass 60% of the time but the rain neutralized his plans and he allowed the youthful Allen to call his own game. With a 17 point lead he felt confident that his team would capture the title.
Easton coach Ike Amromin was less optimistic, but he promised a hard week of work for his squad before the second encounter. He indicated that Purdie's passing was improved despite the wet grounds and that on a dry field there would have been a different result. He promised a wide open finale to the series next Friday night.
Article in "Montreal Gazette" October 23, 1965
NDG Leafs Defeat Easton
By Bob Morrissey
Talking about stopping Tommy Dyce and stopping him are two different things. At least that's what Easton Chargers found out last night when they met NDG Maple Leafs in the first game of their total points series at Jarry Park.
Dyce, a second-effort fullback, scored two touchdowns to lead the Leafs to a 23-6 win and contributed numerous short yardage runs, enabling NDG to control the ball and the game. Stan Schreiber scored the other Maple Leaf touchdown, quarterback Barclay Allen booted a single and Jim Hamnett converted three touchdowns and added an extra point on a missed field goal to complete the scoring.
Russ Martin crashed over from the two-yard line for Easton's points.
"You can't win when you don't have the ball," summed up Charger head coach Ike Amromin, referring to the Leafs masterly ball control in the second half. "Our defence played poorly," he remarked flatly. "They know they can't make mistakes against NDG and still win. The defence was particularly poor on second down and short yardage situations."
Schreiber's touchdown, the first of the game, is a good example of what Amromin was talking about when he referred to mental lapses on the part of his team.
Ran 70 Yards
The speedy flanker scored his touchdown on a punt return and covered 70-yards of sideline doing so. "They stood there watching him," said Amromin in disgust. "There must have been six or seven guys on him when he caught the ball."
Allen, NDG's passing quarterback, kept the Leafs on the ground, handing off to Rick Otto and Don Destonis, when a heavy downpour saturated the field during the second quarter.
Article in "Montreal Star" October 27, 1965
Junior Grid Chargers Nearing Elimination
NDG Maple Leafs carry a 17-point lead into the second game of their two-game total-points series for the Provincial junior football title. Kickoff is 8:00 p.m. Friday night at Jarry Park.
The top two junior squads appeared headed toward another of their classic battles last week with Maple Leafs holding a slim 9-6 lead at the half. Rain marred the remainder of the game however, and the heavier NDG line continually opened holes for the one-two running punch of Tom Dyce and Rick Otto. The Leafs emerged with a 23-6 victory.
Easton coach Ike Amromin is hoping for clear weather Friday night as he will likely give quarterback Sandy Purdie the all clear on throwing the "bomb". NDG defensive end Pierre Dumont makes end runs difficult so Purdie will attempt to close the gap between the two teams with passes to halfback Russ Martin, flanker Jim Little and the team's leading receiver Marcel Paradis.
John Rennie, a powerful runner who doubles as a defensive end and offensive lineman, will also be employed as a running back if the field is dry. Rennie had trouble with his footing the last time out and was obviously tired going two ways.
On the other side of the fence, NDG coach Ian MacDonald is going all out to win this game as well as the two-game series. It will be the last home appearance for Maple Leafs unless they reach the Little Grey Cup on November 21 at Molson Stadium and they are anxious to complete their local schedule with an unblemished record.
Barclay Allen will again be calling the signals and the game plan will probably call for a full night's work from Dyce, Otto and Don Destonis. If Allen does take to the air he will have a quartet of fine receivers in former Rifle Tom Faust, Bob Matthews, Doug Leadbetter, and defensive standout Stan Schreiber.
Ottawa Sooners took the first half of their series with Eastview Golden Eagles and the finale in that playoff is also scheduled Friday night. The winner of this series will meet the NDG-Easton winner in Ottawa on November 7.
Article in "Montreal Star" October 28, 1965
NDG Leafs Lose Runner Destonis
NDG Maple Leafs coach Ian MacDonald is concerned over tomorrow night's Junior football finale with Easton Chargers at Jarry Park. MacDonald has lost the services of his number three running back Don Destonis.
Destonis was listed as a doubtful starter yesterday after injuring his ankle and the prospects of a slippery field have placed him on the sidelines. MacDonald has reactivated halfback Joe Arcaro for the game. Arcaro has missed most of the season due to a back injury. Snowfall over the city added to the prospects of a hard fought running contest in the second game of the total point series.
From "Montreal Gazette" October 29, 1965
Minor Football Column
By Bob Morrissey
NDG Maple Leafs have a 17-point cushion to lean on tonight when they meet Easton Chargers at Jarry Park in the second game of their two-game total-points series for the Quebec junior football championship. The Leafs, undefeated champions of the MJFC, won the opener 23-6.
NDG head coach Ian MacDonald wants his team to score first tonight and you can't really blame him. It would give the Leafs a 23-point lead and force the Chargers into a passing attack. "They'd have to," said MacDonald. "Then it would be up to our defensive backs and I think their the best NDG has had in its history." Speaking about NDG history, MacDonald went on to praise the work of two-way tackle Bruce Soutter, a standout all season. I can't remember when NDG has ever had a finer lineman," said MacDonald. "He plays both positions equally well."
Three Leafs will be missing from the lineup tonight. Don Destonis is out with a bad ankle sprain, Brian Toner is suffering from boils on his arm and Clarke Buskard is recovering from a dislocated shoulder. All three are under the care of team physiotherapist Bob Cornforth.
Joe Arcaro, returns to action tonight and will join quarterback Barclay Allen, Tommy Dyce, Rick Otto, Tom Faust and Stan Schreiber in the backfield. Allen, who MacDonald considers the best quarterback in the league, will pass tonight if the weather permits.
From "Montreal Star" October 29, 1965
Chargers' Last Roundup For Junior Grid Glory
It's an uphill battle for Easton Chargers as they attempt to defeat the powerful NDG Maple Leafs in the second game of a two game total points series for the MJFC playoff title. Kickoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. at Jarry park.
NDG registered two regular season wins over Easton in the course of their undefeated 1965 campaign and carry a 17 point lead into the final contest. Leafs Coach Ian MacDonald expressed optimism at his team's chances and pronounced his squad ready for the test.
Easton coach Ike Amromin was less optimistic but he has sent his players through a hard week of workouts. Chargers were close in the season play but were outclassed in last Friday's tilt. Amromin is hoping to close the gap tonight.
MacDonald scoffed at the idea that Easton would benefit from a dry field. "We have a better passing attack," he said, "and I'm hoping that the weather will be good. They'll be better on the dry ground than on the wet field, but we still have the edge."
Last week the rain hindered the Easton attack and Maple Leafs used their superior running and line strength to steamroll the Chargers. Tom Dyce and Rick Otto will again lead the attack for NDG while Joe Arcaro will return to the backfield to replace the injured Don Destonis.
Amromin will attempt to put more punch in the Easton offense. League scoring leader Russ Martin was outstanding for Easton. This week Easton will try to spread out the offense and lineman John Rennie is expected to see action at fullback.
While tonight's game brings together such outstanding players as Dyce, Otto, linebacker Pierre Dumont, Martin and Rennie, the league's MVP comes from Town of Mount Royal Lions who finished a distant third in the four team Metro standings.
Bill Marchitello, a speedy halfback for the Lions was chosen in a poll of coaches. The 5' 8" speedster was a one-man show for the Lions starring as a defensive halfback and offensive fullback. He led the squad in yards gained, scoring, interceptions, and pass receptions. Marchitello received 13 votes in the poll while runner-up Russ Martin polled seven. Dumont and Rennie were tied for the number three spot with five votes each.
The person most pleased with the selection of Marchitello was Ron Williams, head coach of the Lions. "Bill had a terrific season." Williams said. He's the type of boy who sets an example with his ability not his mouth."
Elsewhere around the country, junior teams are continuing playoff series leading to the Little Grey Cup in Molson Stadium, November 21.
Ottawa Sooners and Eastview Golden Eagles battled to a 12-12 tie last Friday and the second game of that two-game total-points series is on tap tonight. The Easton-NDG winner meets the Ottawa winner next Sunday in Ottawa.
In Ontario Junior play Windsor AKO take a 44 point lead into the second game of a total point series while Weston Invictus eked out a 24-22 win over Hamilton Hurricanes in the first of another two-game feature. Both series wrap up Saturday with the Ontario finals slated for a sudden death finale a week from Sunday.
Out west the defending Edmonton Huskies took the Alberta provincial title by defeating Edmonton Wildcats 17-6 and 20-0 in a two out of three game series. Huskies meet the winner of the British Columbia series pitting Vancouver Blue Bombers and Meraloma. Blue Bombers lost in the western final to Edmonton last year 13-0.
NDG Maple Leafs dominated the all-star team as expected with twelve players selected. Named to the squad were:
Offense: Quarterback, Barclay Allen; NDG; Halfbacks, Russ Martin, Easton; Tom Dyce, NDG; Fullback, Bill Marchitello, TMR; Flanker, Marcel Paradis, Easton; Ends, Doug Leadbetter, NDG; Bob Matthews, NDG; Guards, Gilles Proulx, NDG; Al Chester, Verdun; Doug Maliff, Easton; Tackles, Leo Hoyos, NDG; Charles Brabant, TMR; Centre, Richard Greenidge, Easton.
Defense: Safety, Doug Griffith, TMR; Larry Gahan, Verdun; Halfback: Pierre St. Amour, NDG; Danny Palov, TMR; OutsideLinebacker: Bill Dixon, NDG; Pete Petrofsky, TMR; Inside Linebacker; Jim Hamnett, NDG, John Campbell, Verdun; End: Pierre Dumont, NDG; John Rennie; Easton; Tackle; Bernie Rodtwitt, NDG; Yvon Pare, TMR; Middle Guard; Doug Lovat, NDG.
Article in "Montreal Star" October 30, 1965
Leafs Junior Champs
A disappointed crowd of 1200 watched NDG Maple Leafs and Easton Chargers last night as the two Junior powers plodded through four quarters of unexciting play to end in a 2-2 draw. The tie gave NDG the provincial Junior title in the two game total point series 25-8.
NDG controlled the play in the first half and set up their only score after an onside punt attempt by Easton failed. An NDG punt put the ball on the one yard line and after two unsuccesful attempts at the first down, Russ Martin conceded the safety touch. Maple Leafs threatened later but Barclay Allen fumbled the ball on the three yard line and the half ended with the score 2-0.
Easton hit the scoreboard late in the game when Barclay Allen conceded a safety touch on a similar play. Earlier in the half Allen attempted to concede the two pointer but he attempted to run after a moment's hesitation. Easton stopped him on the six-yard line but failed to score when Russ Martin fumbled on a third down and one situation.
Easton had three good chances to score inside the NDG ten yard line but on each occaision the Maple Leaf defense forced Martin to mishandle the ball. NDG had one touchdown called back on an offside and their only other threats to score came on two attempts to kick a field goal.
Easton quarterback Sandy Purdie generally ignored the pass which he had to throw to overcome the 17 point lead NDG took into the game. Instead he tried to run at the strong Maple Leaf defence and his most succesful gain was a 13 yard romp by Martin. His few pass attempts were overthrown. He did complete several swing passes to Marcel Paradis in the first half but abandoned this play later in the game.
NDG went with its strong running duo of Tom Dyce and Rick Otto and was content to hold the ball and let Easton come to them. The cold weather and a heavy wind hampered Allen's passing and with a comfortable margin protecting him, he was content to run the clock. Halfback Joe Arcaro, out for the entire season made an impressive return catching a pass and carrying the ball three times for 26 yards.
NDG now advances to the Eastern semi-final where they are scheduled to meet the winner of the Ottawa Sooner-Eastview Golden Eagles series. These teams meet this afternoon to break a 12-12 deadlock which was reached after sixty minutes of football in the series opener.
Article in "Montreal Star" November 4, 1965
Leafs Lose Two Players For Ottawa
NDG Maple Leafs continued practice sessions last night and were apparently undaunted by the loss of two regulars for Sunday's junior football clash with the Ottawa Sooners at the Carleton University grounds.
All-star middle guard Doug Lovat was sidelined earlier in the week when he broke blood vessels in his leg. He was told he could be ready for the game on November 14 if Leafs win Sunday but Ian MacDonald has found a capable replacement in Ron Willimus and Lovat will rest until the Little Grey Cup contest.
Rick Otto, the powerful Leaf running back was put on the sidelines yesterday with a knee injury and was listed as a doubtful starter. Otto will be replaced by Joe Arcaro who played on last year's version of the Eastern champion Maple Leafs. Arcaro spent most of this season taking treatment on his knee after an operation. He returned in the second Easton playoff game and showed flashes of brilliance picking up a pass for 12 yards and running 24 yards in three attempts.
Article in "Montreal Gazette" November 8, 1965
NDG Maple Leafs Beat Ottawa 28-6
OTTAWA - (CP) - NDG Maple Leafs walloped Ottawa Sooners 28-6 yesterday afternoon in the Eastern Canadian junior football semi-final played at Carleton University Field here. The Leafs now meet Weston Invictus in the eastern Canada final at Toronto's Birchmount Stadium.
This marks the fifth(actually fourth) year in a row that the two teams have met and the Montreal club has eliminated the Sooners all five(four) times. Ottawa's only major came in the last minute of the first quarter when Skip Corrigan broke over from the three yard line.
The Leafs took over early in the second quarter and never looked back. Tom Dyce, the league's leading scorer was the outstanding NDG player getting three touchdowns while teammate Tom Faust logged the other. Jim Hamnett converted all four touchdowns.
Stan Schreiber and Jim MacLellan each intercepted two passes at defensive half while Pierre St. Amour and Harvey Biggs also stood out at deep back. St. Amour rocked standouts Corrigan and Jim Chiarelli with bruising body slams.
Other standouts for the Maple Leafs were ends Bob Matthews and Faust while Bernie Rodtwitt, Pierre Dumont and Charlie Dunn were the pick of the linemen.
The game was marred by 12 roughing penalties and with three minutes left in the last quater Hamnett was thrown out of the game for fighting. The eviction nearly satarted a free-for-all when players from both teams left their benches tojointhe fray. But order was restored and the final mminutes were played without incident.
At Toronto, Weston Invictus defeated Windsor AKO 13-7 in the other Eastern Canadian semi-final. Stu Winnick opened the scoring with a 55-yard run to give Weston a 6-0, first quarter lead. The convert was missed. Weston scored the second touchdown on a pass interception, first downs by Winnick and Raivi Hilr and a 45-yard run by Ron Arends. Renato Sabadin kicked the convert.
Article in "Montreal Star" November 8, 1965
Dyce Downs Sooners - Next Stop - Toronto!
N.D.G. Maple Leafs scored a 28-6 victory over Ottawa Sooners here yesterday to gain a berth in the Eastern Canada Junior finals next weekend against Weston Invictus in Toronto.
There were generally high spirits on the team's bus as it wound its way toward Montreal and the game was portrayed in shouting dialogues. "That Skip Corrigan will never make the pros," yelled one player while another suggested that Jim Chiarelli was the best of the Ottawa crew. Chiarelli, normally a quarterback, caught a 51-yard pass which set up the game's first score, a three yard plunge by Corrigan, who was stopped cold for most of the game.
"Dyce has to be the best," came a voice from the front of the bus but the sarcasm belied the fact that Dyce was probably the best. He gained 138 yards and scored three times to lead N.D.G.
Leo Hoyos sat with his cast-burdened leg spread across two seats and was sharing his team-mates' joy. Hoyos was sidelined with a knee injury and he spoke wistfully of getting into the Little Grey Cup against Edmonton in Molson Stadium on November 21.
Across the seat Erik Mikklesen also spoke of missing the game but the defensive back was placed on the sidelines by a referee's whistle. "He didn't see the other guy hit me first. I was the one who got caught but the other guy started it," he stated. He had been banished on the opening kickoff.
Jim Hamnett, who scored on all four of his convert attempts, was similarly banished from the game, as was Ottawa's George Bond. "Will I be able to play, next game," asked Hamnett who was acting to defend himself after Bond kneed him. An N.D.G. coach assured him that the referee had not recommended a suspension and he breathed easily.
"Those refs were something else. Did you see that pass to Faust? If that wasn't interference," the voice trailed off. The arbiters handed out over 259 yards in penalties but the inexperienced Sooners collected 180 of them. Faust, who scored the fourth major, looked up from his seat but returned to his nap, declining to comment on the refs.
Joe Arcaro, who managed 44 yards in 11 carries was soft spoken as he discussed the game. He cringed periodically and complained of a headache, "Some guy kicked me out there," he explained. He discussed his play candidly, "It's really my first full game. The knee didn't bother me but the back part of the ligaments there, hurt when I was hit. I still need a little time to find the holes in the line. If the first one is closed I'm lost."
Arcaro summed up most of the team's feelings when he said that he thought the big game was in Toronto next week. "We have a score to settle with Edmonton and I think we can beat them on our home grounds. Next week will tell the story and we have to win."
Article in "Montreal Gazette" November 9, 1965
Four NDG Leafs Hurt, Otto Returns
Fullback Rick Otto is slated to return to the lineup Saturday but four other members of the NDG Maple Leafs are listed as doubtful starters for the eastern Canadian final playoff.
They include two new ailments, an ankle injury sustained by linebacker John MacCallum and a shoulder separation picked up by centre Ted Goodwin. Goodwin continued to play most of the game but was replaced by Craig Morrison late in the 28-6 victory over Ottawa Sooners in Ottawa.
The other doubtful starters are all-star tackle Doug Lovat and Gilles Proulx. They were injured against Easton in the Metropolitan league finals as was Otto who hurt his knee.
The Leafs clash with Weston Invictus Redmen, a suburban Toronto team coached by Ulysses Curtis, on Saturday in the eastern final at Birchmount Stadium.
The western final will be played Thursday afternoon in Edmonton between Regina Rams and Edmonton Huskies. The Little Grey Cup game will be played in Montreal at Molson Stadium on Nov 21 between the east and west finalists. Edmonton has won it in each of the past three seasons, all against NDG.
Article in "Montreal Gazette" November 12, 1965
NDG Faces Toughest Test Against Weston Saturday
by Bob Morrissey
There is one similarity between NDG Maple Leafs and good wine. Both improve with age.
At least that's the opinion of members of the NDG football household, including rookie head coach Ian MacDonald.
"We have better personnel than last season," claims MacDonald. "Our defense is stronger and our defensive backs are the best that any NDG club has ever had."
MacDonald's words are comforting when it's considered that the Quebec junior football champions face their severest test tomorrow against Weston Invictus in the Eastern Canada final at Toronto's Birchmount stadium.
Just how tough are the Invictus? "It's the toughest team we've had to face this season," assures MacDonald who has had the club scouted.
"They're smaller but physically strong. They have an outstanding fullback in Stew Winnick and four or five of their guys have been offered scholarships in the United States."
The offensive strategy planned by MacDonald for tomorrow's game is the twin-fullback formation, led by their top scorer Tommy Dyce and rookie Rick Otto. Barclay Allen will quarterback while Tom Faust and Doug Leadbetter will be the flankers. Joe Arcaro and Don Destonis may also see action in the backfield.
"But we'll pass about 50 per cent of the time," says MacDonald. "That was the plan we used last Sunday against the Ottawa Sooners in the semi-final." The Leafs, on that day, were led by Dyce and won 28-6.
Allen, voted the all-star quarterback of the Metropolitan Junior Football Conference this season, attended the Als' Canadian Camp in June and was chosen as a prime prospect. MacDonald respects him as both a passer and a runner. His prime receivers are Faust, Leadbetter and speedster Stan Schreiber.
Bruce Soutter, Stan Smith and Pierre Dumont are expected to lead the defence. Soutter, who failed to make the all-star team much to the surprise of the three coaches of the other teams who voted, is considered by MacDonald to be the "best all-around lineman the Leafs have ever had." Smith is a tough veteran while Dumont is a prospect held in high esteem by the Als.
MacDonald is also counting heavily upon interior linebackers Jim Hamnett, John McCallum and Charlie Dunn. McCallum and Dunn, both rookies from the juvenile ranks, have been two of the team's hardest hitters this season. McCallum may see only limited action because of an ankle injury suffered against the Sooners. Gilles Proulx is also recovering from an injury. The only player certain pot to dress is tackle Doug Lovat with ligament problems.
Article in "Montreal Star" November 12, 1965
"Angry Young Men" Seek Junior Honors
Linemen in football traditionally do all the work and get none of the credit. This situation is making "angry young men" of a pair of NDG Maple Leafs, Stan Smith and Bruce Soutter. Soutter and Smith alternate at receiving accolades as the number one man in the junior ranks up front and both were surprised when they failed to make the Montreal All-Star team. It perturbed them at first but it has delighted NDG Maple Leaf coach Ian MacDonald who has watched his own "Baby Bulls" vent their wrath on opposing linemen in an effort to graphically demonstrate who is best.
Many persons speculated that Smith and Soutter were not selected because too many Leafs had been named already to the "dream team" and coaches wanted to have other teams represented. This wealth of talented stars is one reason why NDG will be the favorite tomorrow afternoon in Toronto against Weston Invictus.
Tom Dyce and Rick Otto will again be in harness as the double fullback combination with Joe Arcaro and Don Destonis on the sidelines in relief. MacDonald plans to pass 50% of the time against the Toronto club and Bob Matthews, Tom Faust and Doug Leadbetter are the likely targets for Barclay Allen's tosses.
Dyce scored three touchdowns last week but Weston had a performer who turned in a similar feat in Stu Winnick. Former Argo player Ulysses Curtis who coaches the home team said that he has an even greater threat in halfback Ron Arends who led the league in scoring as Invictus won eleven straight without a loss. Quarterback Marty Atkins is considered the finest running quarterback in the league.
EDMONTON, Nov 12 - (CP) - Edmonton Huskies moved into their fourth consecutive junior football final Thursday with a come-from-behind 28-10 victory over Regina Rams in the western final.
The Edmonton Juniors trailed Rams 7-0 in the first half of a game hit by intermittent snow and temperatures that dipped to below 20 degrees. They fought back to a 13-10 lead after three quarters.
Article in "Montreal Gazette" November 13, 1965
Junior Cup Success May Rest With NDG
By Bob Morrissey
TORONTO - NDG Maple Leafs can almost insure a successful Little Grey Cup game if they get by Weston Invictus here today at Birchmount Stadium in the Eastern Canada junior football final.
For the first time in its history, the Dominion Classic will be played in Montreal and nothing would be more appropriate, for both financial and sentimental reasons, than to have a local team entered.
It's hard to imagine 15,000 people flocking to Molson Stadium next Sunday to see the Invictus and Edmonton Huskies battle for the crown. But the popular Leafs would draw, if they make it.
If the Leafs drop Weston today, it will mark the fourth year in a row that NDG has made it to the final. Their opponents the last three years have been the Huskies and all three times resulted in humiliating losses for NDG. (Not true, 1962 was a 7-3 loss and NDG totally dominated the game.).
The Leafs, therefore, have a score to settle in more ways than one. "The boys want one more shot at them," said team vice-president Hap Holland when informed Edmonton had made it to the Classic. "We can beat them this year," he continued. "This is the best club in the history of NDG."
Ian MacDonald, NDG's rookie head coach, has matched Holland's confidence since the beginning of the season. The words "little Grey Cup" were often sprinkled into his vocabulary. The players are just as optimistic.
When the team picture was taken and the players were asked to smile someone quipped "save the smile until Nov. 21 when we beat the Huskies." At the time the picture was taken, the Leafs had yet to beat Ottawa Sooners in the Eastern Canada semi-final.
In Weston, NDG meets a team with a good combination of youth and experience. Coached by Ulysses Curtis, former Toronto Argo and Balmy Beach halfback in the 1950's, the Invictus went unbeaten in 10 league games and four playoffs.
The players to watch are halfback Ron Arends, who scored 24 touchdowns in league play and seven in the playoffs; quarterback Marty Atkins, who scored eight touchdowns during the regular season and halfback Stu Winnick. Winnick and Atkins are 19 and Arends is 20. They probably will be back next year.
Article from "Montreal Star", November 13, 1965
Grid Leafs Hope for Big 'Day'
"Break up NDG!" is a familiar cry in Junior football circles, but local grid fans will use the Maple Leafs as their rallying point next weekend as the Edmonton Huskies come east to seek their fourth consecutive Little Grey Cup in the Junior Classic's first appearance in Quebec.
There's a proviso in the above, of course, and that is if the Leafs fly high today in the Eastern Canada final battle in Toronto against Weston Invictus.
The Maple Leafs are a complex football machine with more coaches and officials than players. Their reputation extends well into the past decade and only a brief reign by Rosemount Bombers broke the spell they cast over Eastern rivals. Year after year the team has languished through a winning season only to be chopped down by a fierce western opponent. This year it will be the same old song except that the Montreal have written some new words for the old melody.
"Playing at home makes all the difference," explained fullback Joe Arcaro, who has seen action in two previous Little Grey Cup encounters. "It's difficult going all the way to Alberta and seeing 10,000 people staring down at you, all hoping for the other team to beat you. We should beat them at home if we're in the final."
The Karnak Shrine Hospital committee, which is handling the arrangements for the tilt, have secured Molson Stadium, lined up a fine halftime show, put tickets on sale at all the Alouette outlets, avoided a scheduling conflict with the Ottawa - Hamilton television duel and most importantly, have scheduled an excellent football game.
NDG was undefeated in nine league games and swept past Easton Chargers in a two-game total-point series. They tied in the second game with Easton, but they were adhering to the Maple Leaf code which seems to dictate that the team play only as hard as they must to win. In subsequent playoff action they defeated the Ottawa Sooners 28-6 and are heavily favored to defeat Weston Invictus this afternoon.
The Montreal AAA Winged Wheelers captured Dominion Junior titles in 1925-26-27, but there was a 34-year dearth before another Montreal team won a title in 1961. That was the year Rosemount Bombers assembled their great squad and brought the title east. In 1962 the Edmonton - NDG series was begun with the westerners edging the local boys 7-3. They continued to dominate the series, taking the next two games 47-3 and 48-27. This year NDG has its best chance to turn the tide.
Article in "The Montreal Gazette" November 15, 1965
Allen Leads Leafs Into Junior Final
By Bob Morrissey
TORONTO - Once again it's NDG Maple Leafs and Edmonton Huskies in the Dominion junior football final to be played at Molson Stadium next Sunday.
Leafs earned the right here Saturday with a 13-8 victory over Weston Invictus Redmen for their fourth consecutive Eastern Canada championship.
NDG has now won five such titles, surpassing the record of four previously held by Hamilton.
Erik Mikklesen provided the margin of victory with a third quarter field goal and added another in the fourth. Tommy Dyce, NDG's leading scorer, scored a touchdown and Jim Hamnett converted.
Stu Winnick, Weston's most respected back, scored for the Redmen from the three while Renato Sabadin pounded two singles.
"That was the toughest team we've had to face this season," remarked NDG rookie head coach Ian MacDonald, the nervousness of a late fourth-quarter Weston rally straining his face.
"We can play better," he continued. "We'll have to if we're going to beat the Huskies." Several Leafs agreed.
NDG players plan to beat the Huskies in this Sunday's Classic for two reasons: to avenge for three losses against Edmonton in the last three years and to win before the home crowd at Molson Stadium. This is the first year the final has been booked into Montreal.
The man most responsible for NDG's victory Saturday was quarterback Barclay Allen. At least that was the opinion of Uly Curtis, head Coach of the Redmen.
"His running killed us said Curtis, somber in the defeat. "He didn't carry the ball in the semi-final against the (Ottawa) Sooners so we had no idea he was such a good ball carrier. Aside from that, the Leafs didn't surprise us.
Allen, who was awarded the game ball by his teammates, wasted little time in showing why he was voted the top quarterback in the Metropolitan Junior Football Conference this season.
With NDG trailing 1-0 in the first quarter, Allen faked one of his backs into the line and carried 51 yards around left end to the Weston 30. Dyce hit over on the next play and the Leafs never looked back.
Doug Leadbetter set up the field goal that won the game with a fumble recovery on the NDG 45 yard line. Allen promptly passed to Bob Matthews, Dyce carried for the important first down to the Redmen 32 and Mikklesen followed up with the three pointer.
"I wasn't even sure if I'd be dressed today," said Mikklesen. "I found out just before the game."
Stan Schreiber, who "ran only one pass pattern" after straining a muscle in his leg on Allen's 51-yard run, also contributed a key defensive play.
The speedy end and defensive half saved NDG what appeared a sure six points early in the first quarter when he tackled Weston's Chris Vansteen on the Maple Leaf 25 after the sturdy fullback had already covered 60 yards. Schreiber had the last shot at him.
The most crucial moment as far as the Leafs were concerned occurred in the fourth quarter when, with the score 13-8, defensive back Jim MacLellan was called for pass interference on Ronald Arends on the NDG 32.
Weston quarterback Marty Atkins called two running plays, then tried a pass to Winnick for the first down but the play was alertly broken up by John Brown.
1- Weston (single) Sabadin
2- NDG (touchdown) Dyce
3- NDG (convert) Harnnett
4- NDG (field goal) Mikklesen
5- Weston (single) Sabadin
6- NDG (field goal) Mikklesen
7- Weston (touchdown) Winnick
Article from the Toronto Star, November 15, 1965
Weston's first loss costs title
By Marvin Zucker
Montreal Notre Dame De Grace Maple Leafs moved into their fourth straight Dominion junior football final Saturday as a result of a hard-fought 13-8 victory over Weston Redmen at Birchmount Stadium..
A 50 yard single by Renato Sabadin gave Weston an early lead in the first quarter, but it was evident Redmen were in for a long afternoon. Their usually powerful rushing machine, a major part in 14 straight victories this year, was constantly stalled by NDG.
Late in the first quarter, with third down and two yards to go, Montreal elected to gamble on the Weston 30. Tom Dyce took a handoff from quarterback Barclay Allen and went all the way for a touchdown. The score remained 7-1 at halftime.
Two 30-yard field goals by Erik Mikklesen of NDG, the first coming as a result of a fumble by Weston on a Montreal kick, sandwiched by another Sabadin single made the score 13-2 with less than seven minutes remaining.
Weston finally came to life as quarterback Marty Atkins raced 25 yards and six plays later Stu Winick, top ground-gainer for both teams, took a pitchout three yards to cut the score to 13-8.
Redmen again had an opportunity to score but another kick was fumbled, enabling NDG to retain possession of the ball and hand Weston its first loss of the year.
Article in "The Montreal Gazette November 17, 1965
NDG Impresses Edmonton's Coach
EDMONTON - (cp) Chapter four of junior football's longest serial is scheduled Sunday in Montreal when Edmonton Huskies and NDG Maple Leafs tangle in their fourth successive Canadian final.
The Huskies won the last three championships in a row against Montreal in games in Calgary and Hamilton.
Edmonton Coach Paul Brady was present last weekend when Montreal defeated the Ontario champions Weston Invictus, for the eastern title and came away impressed.
He said in an interview the Leafs, offensive and defensive lines are as big as most professional teams, but pointed out his club has been giving away weight all season.
Only one Huskie, defensive back Gary McClain, is considered a doubtful starter. He suffered bruised kidneys while making a tackle against Regina in the Western final and missed a couple of workouts.
McClain is one of 11 Huskies who will end their junior careers Sunday. Others are defensive ends Vic Justik and Ron Finch, defensive tackles George Spanach and Ken VanLoon, defensive halfback Clare Johnson, offensive tackle Larry Bird, end Jon Sterling and offensive halfback Hart Cantelon.
Observers say Sterling, Johnson and Spanach have opportunities to move directly into professional football with Edmonton Eskimos. Eskimo Coach Neill Armstrong had special praise for Johnson after he intercepted three passes in the 29-7 triumph over Regina.
John and Ian Macleod lead Huskies' deep defence and Justik, Spanach and linebacker Moe Shandro, defensive captain, spearhead the defensive line. Major offensive threats are quarterback Gary Corbett, a rookie, halfbacks Cantelon and Nick Bakay, fullback Gordon Lund and Sterling, an excellent receiver. Sterling also shares punting duties with Corbett and does an adequate job on placements.
Cantelon and Bakay, nimble setbacks, are equally adept at sweeping the ends or moving into the open with Corbett's passes. Lund, who salvaged an indifferent season with an impressive finish, scored three touchdowns in the 1964 final.
Lund, 1964 Canadian junior ski-jumping champion, attended Eastern Oklahoma University briefly this season but returned home after a severe arm injury sidelined him.
Defensive brilliance carried Edmonton into the final. A gritty goal-line stand stopped Vancouver on the one-yard line when Meralomas held a lead in the Western semi-final at Vancouver. And two defenders scored touchdowns against Regina.
Corner linebacker Terry Ayers notched one touchdown by batting down a pitchout and chasing it into the end zone. Tackle Ralph Rasmuson forced Regina quarterback Grant Beeker into a fumble on the two-yard line and slid into the end zone with it.
Despite their lack of size, Huskies were stronger at the finish in most of their games this season. Brady is confident they can continue to wear down larger opponents.
Article in "Montreal Star", November 17, 1965
Eskie Prospects Seek National Grid Titles
The Edmonton Eskimos failed to earn a place in the Western Football Conference playoffs, but there are better years ahead. This weekend's football action will give eastern fans a look at the home-grown talent for future Eskimo squads, as the University of Alberta and Edmonton Junior Huskies seek national titles.
The Huskies come into Montreal Friday to battle with the NDG Maple Leafs in the Little Grey Cup feature at Molson Stadium. The Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children benefits from the Dominion Junior title contest and all indications are that the spectators will have a field day.
Huskies lost many of the key players who brought them three successive wins over NDG under Western skies. The Maple Leafs are stronger than ever and despite Edmonton's rampage through to the Western finals, the odds are getting slimmer on a Huskie win.
Edmonton coach Paul Brady scouted the NDG-Weston Invictus Eastern final last weekend and was generally impressed with the size of the Montreal line. "They're as big as many pro teams," he stated, but of course we've had to give up a weight advantage before."
Size means little to Gary Corbett, the triple threat quarterback who directs the Huskie attack and who has the leading receivers in the West in Hart Cantelon and Nick Bakay. Bakay snared all 13 passes thrown his way this season.
The defense is anchored by a strong secondary, featuring halfback Clare Johnson, who came up with three interceptions last week against Regina. George Spanach and Ken Van Loon, the two big men on the team may not be as big as their Maple Leaf counterparts, but Edmonton Eskimo scouts and opposing backs rate them as top defensive material.
Maple Leafs continued workouts in the rain last night and coach Ian MacDonald was generally optimistic. He took reports about the demise of the westerners with a skeptical nod but also noted that his squad was much stronger than the ones who dropped three straight to Edmonton in previous national playoffs.
"It's a new ball game Sunday," he exclaimed, "and we'll be in it all the way. The way things are going we'll be at full strength and when they bring that Little Grey Cup east, it'll stay around Montreal for a few years."
Article in "The Montreal Gazette" November 18, 1965
Huskies' QB Highly Rated
By Bob Morrissey
Gary Corbett, Edmonton Huskies 18-year old quarterback will be one of 12 rookies facing NDG Maple Leafs in the Dominion junior football final at Molson Stadium Sunday. And if all reports from the West are accurate, the Leafs may have their hands full. "He has great potential," says Bob Bateman, general manager of the Huskies. "He even looks like a football player." The six-foot-two, 185 pounder, who has already been offered several scholarships by colleges in Canada, is considered a triple threat in that he can pass, run, punt and kick field goals and converts. He can also bring the Huskies from behind as he demonstrated in Edmonton's triumph over Vancouver Meralomas in the western junior semi-final.
With the Sled Dogs trailing, Corbett combined with halfback Nick Bakay on a 109-yard touchdown play narrowing the margin to 15-14 and then moved the team 74 yards for the clinching touchdown.
Hart Cantelon and Bakay were Huskies' main offensive threats during the season. Cantelon finished third in rushing with 358 yards while Bakay placed fourth with 278 yards and grabbed 13 of 13 passes thrown his way.
Although the Sled Dogs led in points scored (144) and total offence (1,890 yards), Huskie head coach Paul Brady admits that it was the defence that pulled the team through.
One example of this can be seen in the fact that Edmonton intercepted 22 passes. Ian MacLeod, who attended the Eskimo spring camp and has another year of junior left, led with five.
Vic Justik, 165-pound defensive end, is the sparkplug on defence and is considered by Brady to be as good as Ron Forwick, WFC rookie of the year, when the latter was at the same stage of development.
The Leafs will also have to contend with two all-stars in George Spanach and Bruce Gainer. Spanach, at six-foot-two and 220 pounds, was the league's top offensive tackle while Gainer, who was coached by former Eskimo Johnny Bright, gained all-star recognition on sheer determination.
Fourth Time Around
The Huskies have experience on their side in John Sterling and Clare Johnson who, along with Spanach, have participated in the three previous Dominion finals. . . all won by the Huskies.
Ian MacDonald, head coach of NDG, considers both clubs to be on a par, with only one or two touchdowns separating them. He said the Huskies can "sink you from the two-yard line, the 20-yard line or anywhere on the field the minute you make a mistake." A lot is depending on Barclay Allen, the 19-year old star rookie quarterback of the Metropolitan Junior Football Conference.
MacDonald considers him "fast and elusive and hard to catch on the rollout." Allen's talent as a runner, although not featured to any great extent during the regular season, came into prominence during the Eastern Canadian final against Weston Invictus. Invictus coach Uly Curtis held Allen almost solely responsible for the Weston defeat "because of his running."
Maple Leafs feature a powerful backfield in Rick Otto, Joe Arcaro, Don Destonis and Tommy Dyce, who was the leading scorer in the MJFC this season. Arcaro, who had a brief fling with the Als this year, was injured in NDG's opener against Easton Chargers and has not yet returned to full strength.
Column from the "Montreal Star" November 18, 1965
The Gist and Jest of it
By Elmer Ferguson
A few weeks ago, Dave Campbell, former mayor of Lachute and an energetic worker on behalf of the Shrine Hospital for Crippled Children organized a gathering of Lachute folks, nurses, and doctors mostly, to visit the Shrine Hospital in Montreal.
One of his guests was Roger Regimbald, who is now M.P. Argenteuil-Two Mountains. Reaching the hospital, Dave noted that a Roman Catholic priest was visiting the children, walking from bed to bed. He thought Mr. Regimbald might like to meet this visitor, took him over, and when the priest turned, Mr. Regimbald said, happily: "We don't need an introduction. This is my brother." As they shook hands warmly, be added: "We haven't seen each other for three years,"
"It's like that In the Shrine hospital," said Dave yesterday between answering calls from dispensers of tickets for the Shrine-sponsored Little Grey Cup football battle at Molson Stadium Sunday afternoon in which the unbeaten NDG Maple Leaf team meets the perennial western Canadian Junior champions, Edmonton Huskies. "Because these hospitals welcome ailing kiddies regardless of creed, race or color, there are frequently priests, Protestant pastors and rabbis, among the daily visitors."
Judging by advance ticket sales, particularly those at the chalet where the Leafs train nightly, the Shrine Hospital will benefit richly and Dave Campbell who years ago played a season on defence for the Canadien hockey team, remarked yesterday that over 1,200 'child patients bad been treated at the Montreal hospital the present year. There are 70 beds, a large number of emergency patients for lesser injuries, and there are too, unhappily, many youngsters who have been in the hospital for years, but still with hope that one day the Shrine game motto "Strong legs run so that weak legs may walk" will one day come true.
"We are very proud." Dave Campbell told us, "of our new form of treatment Shrine hospitals have developed. All youngsters are liable to burns. The Shrine medical department has developed the most modern system for treating serious burns. This is administered in two U.S, Shrine hospitals. We use the one in Boston If a child is brought to the hospital suffering from severe burns, the patient is immediately sent Boston for treatment. Results have been remarkable."
The Shiners took over sponsorship of the Junior title play in 1961, After the professional all-star game had proven too expensive and too late. The Canadian junior series championship originated back in 1925, when Col. Ritchie, a western newspaper man, donated the Ritchie Cup, which is still the nominal emblem of superiority and was, incidentally, won first by the Montreal AAA team, coached by Hoddy Foster, which defeated Regina by a scant four points in a game at the old Westmount ground.. Billy Soden, later a noted coach, was quarterback of that team. Last Montreal team to win the title was a powerful Rosemount Bomber crew, which in 1960-defeated Saskatoon Hilltops, but lost the next year to Winnipeg Rodneys, 16-13, in a Calgary game sponsored by Alazar Shiners.
They Play Good Football!!
MONTREAL will get its last glimpse of Canadian championship football in the Sunday afternoon game which, very smartly, has been listed to start at one o'clock, so that It can finish in daylight.
Most football fans, we hear, don't quite realize the fine brand of football these juniors play. It's first class in quality, and has improved over the years. Leafs, regular winners of the eastern title, have a long-standing score to settle with Huskies. Three years in succession, Leafs have bowed to the westerners in the final tussle, but never on Leaf's home grounds. One loss was in Hamilton, two in Calgary.
While Leafs of the present season are rated the most powerful team the, west-end has fielded, they meet tough opposition in the westerners. Football in the prairie cities particularly is more of a community project than in the larger cities of the east. Players and coaches of western C.F.L. teams generously contribute time and effort to coaching the junior clubs of their centres, with the result that western juniors have many earmarks of professional talent. The Huskies rolled through the western teams to the title in easy fashion. In the Alberta league they had 144 points and 1890 yards on offence. Gary Corbett is their quarterback, and the west rates him a "dream player" in that he neither smokes nor drinks (no junior should if he plans an athletic future) and is a triple threat who can pass, run, punt and kick field goals. "
Article in "The Montreal Gazette" November 18, 1965
Weather Threatens NDG's "Grey Cup" Battle Plans
By Bob Morrissey
Ian MacDonald, head coach of the NDG Maple Leafs, doesn't have any control over the weather but he wished he did. Then he wouldn't have to worry about a muddy field when his Leafs take on Edmonton Huskies for the Dominion junior football championship at 1 p.m. Sunday at Molson Stadium.
"Anything but a muddy field," said MacDonald yesterday. "We'd have to change our game plan and it would affect our passing attack. We'd also have to adjust to their defence."
MacDonald is not the only individual concerned with the playing condition of Molson Stadium. Steps have been taken to make the field as playable as possible. "Snow blowers have been used to clear off the field," said John Forsythe, athletics business manager at McGill. "The field will be rolled and marked today. The ground underneath is good but rain would make it muddy. A light snowfall wouldn't be damaging."
Regardless of what shape the field is in, MacDonald is confidant his Leafs can beat the Huskies. "There are more veterans (14) on the team than last year," MacDonald said, "and everyone is keyed up. Our last game against the Weston Invictus was a tough one and that will help." NDG won 13-8 for the Eastern Canada championship.
With only 28 players allowed to dress, MacDonald has the unenviable task of telling 10 Leafs, "You can't dress today."
At the moment NDG's starting backfield will consist of quarterback Barclay Allen, fullbacks Rick Otto and Tommy Dyce and flankers Tom Faust and Stan Schreiber. Joe Arcaro will dress to spell either Otto or Dyce. Don Destonis appears to be an unlikely starter.
Schreiber, who played for NDG last year but didn't dress for the final, will go both ways, joining rookies Harvey Biggs, Jim MacLellan and Pierre St. Amour in the defensive backfield.
Erik Mikklesen, who kicked two field goals for NDG against Weston, will also dress and may be spotted as a flanker. Bob Matthews and Doug Leadbetter are the ends.
The Huskies, who will be trying for their fourth consecutive Little Grey Cup, all against the Leafs, moved into town last night and the word from Coach Paul Brady sounded anything but optimistic.
"This isn't the same team that beat NDG last year," said the 23-year old head coach who was an assistant in 1964. "We're not as big as NDG and we don't have the experience."
"The Edmonton offensive line averages only 190 pounds while the defensive line averages 195. Concerning field conditions at Molson Stadium, Brady said "We brought running shoes down for all the players but I can't say whether we will use them until game time."
Regardless of the shape of the gridiron, Brady says his team will move the ball along the ground with Nick Bakay doing most of the running. "We'll hit inside," said "Brady. "That's what we have been doing all season."
The Huskies, who had a 5-1 record in the Alberta Junior Football League this season may start either Gary Corbett or Bob Wanzel at quarterback. Corbett, an 18-year-old rookie said to resemble Joe Kapp, has been the signal caller for Edmonton's last three playoff games. It's likely he will start Sunday.
Article in "Montreal Star" November 18, 1965
Weather Seen Key Factor In NDG-Edmonton Contest
Snow was falling lightly on the grounds of the Shriner's Hospital for Crippled Children and George Lindsay, commissioner of the MJFC surveyed the scene calmly. "There's sun due tomorrow," he stated, "I only hope it stays clear for Sunday's game."
"Sunday's game" is the Little Grey Cup which gives local fans a chance to view NDG Maple Leafs as they attempt to wrest the National junior title from the Edmonton Huskies. Molson Stadium is the site for the tilt which is an annual East-West affair benefiting the Shriners and their charitable activities.
Forecasts of good weather will help spur the advance ticket sale which officials hope will reach the 9,000 mark by Saturday afternoon. Local teams and Alouette outlets have already disposed of many seats between the 30-yard lines and optimistic predictions set Sunday's crowd at close to 12,000 persons.
The fans will be looking for good weather but NDG may have the advantage if the field is wet. "I'd like to see a nice day Sunday," NDG coach Ian MacDonald said, but one could sense that he felt the Leafs would fare better in the mud.
The Huskies have defeated the Leafs in the past three Little Grey Cup outings, but they ride into Montreal this weekend with the smallest team they have fielded in recent years. Four players tip the scales at more than 205 pounds for the westerners and the big NDG forward wall could have fun pushing them around in the mud.
Maple Leafs are also counting on the home town fans behind them in their first playoff at home. "We've always been away," explained Joe Arcaro who has appeared in two previous "Cup" games. "It's hard to play when you're a thousand miles from home and 15,000 persons are screaming for your blood."
Arcaro was a main cog in Maple Leaf offenses in past years, but a knee injury kept him on the sidelines most of the current campaign. "He won't start this one," said MacDonald, "but I'll have him right by my side if Rick Otto can't do the job. In any case he'll see some action. He's still a good "bread and butter man."
Article in "Montreal Star" November 19, 1965
Worries Beset Little Grey Cup Game
Game time is rapidly approaching for all those concerned with the Little Grey Cup East-West Junior playoff scheduled Sunday afternoon in Molson Stadium. As Sunday looms closer there is perspiration and anxiety appearing on the brows of many persons connected with the national playoff event.
NDG Maple Leaf coach Ian MacDonald is attempting to squeeze in two more practice sessions and he would like to get one outdoors. Unfortunately, Jack Frost is not cooperating and this evening's tutoring is slated for a gym, either at Trenholme Park or the Royal Montreal Regiment Armory.
"There are many ifs," said MacDonald last night. "I wasn't really counting on snow, one can imagine the reaction from Edmonton coach Paul Brady who arrives in Montreal tonight with his charges to seek their fourth consecutive Grey Cup. NDG outweighs the western club to a man and his quick opening offences can only suffer in wet weather. As a matter of fact poll of both coaches indicates the game will be a scoreless tie.
Consider too, McGill's Joe Forsythe - who is responsible for the grounds at McGill which holds the mortgage on the stadium. Forsythe was sent scurrying about the city lining up emergency help to clear the field and finally wound up with an offer from the City of Montreal to plow and roll the field.
Pressure is building on the NDG team also. All season long they have perpetrated the rumour that they are the best team in the junior ranks and as one Maple Leaf player put it, "I guess it's time to put up or shut up."
The weatherman eased the anxiety of the two factions this morning when he announced that the weekend may be cold but that it would be free from snow. Fans expecting to brave a blizzard finding their seats breathed easier and ticket salesmen at the Alouette outlets girded themselves for the last minute rush preceding the game.
Last but nit least are the Shriners who parade in their outrageously colorful costumes out of the Karnak Temple on St. Marc Street. The serious side of the brothers is often unseen by the man in the street but the Shriners have arranged the Junior classic to be held in Montreal to give the football fan a chance to donate some of his cash to a worthy cause while also viewing an excellent football game.
Article in "Montreal Star" November 20, 1965
Huskie Confident for Cup Game
Edmonton Packs Speed - Not Size
Edmonton Huskies rolled into Montreal last night and served warning to NDG Maple Leafs that they plan to "steal" the national junior title in tomorrow's Little Grey Cup tilt at Molson Stadium.
Edmonton coach Paul Brady, a twenty-three year old veteran of Little Grey Cup competition as both a coach and a player, was cheerfully light as he discussed his team's chances of capturing a fourth consecutive title.
"Who are your big backs?" he was asked. What big backs?" he replied laughing. The Edmonton attack is centered around Nick Bakay and Hart Cantelon who are listed on the roster as 5' 7" and 180 pounds each. Brady called the figures "generous"
"It's true we're not a big club, but we've been outweighed everyone of the past four years we've met an NDG squad. We've sacrificed size for mobility and it's paid off so far." claimed Brady, who has led his speedsters through an undefeated season under western skies..
One big back in the Edmonton group is quarterback Gary Corbett who at 6' 2", 190 pounds directs the Huskie attack which moves mainly on the plain with an occasional pass for variety. "Corbett is a definite pro prospect," says his coach, "he can pass, run, punt and most of all he thinks." Corbett's targets on aerial plays are Cantelon and Vic Justik who packs 170 pounds on a 5' 6" frame.
Brady saw NDG in Toronto last weekend as the west end squad gained the national final by defeating Weston Invictus 13-8. He was generally impressed. "This is the best squad they've produced in the four years I've seen them play. I think we can beat them but I'd say they won't be more than six or seven points behind."
"I guess the snow will help you guys," offered an onlooker. Brady winced and then announced that Alberta, at least the southern part of it, has been untouched by snow this year. "We were disappointed to hear that the weather down here had taken such a turn for the worse. We brought our running shoes along just in case but we hear that the field should be in shape for spikes by tomorrow."
The Shriners, who are hoping to reap a profit to help their hospital work, have been working with the city of Montreal to ready the McGill University field but city snow blowers found it rough going and smaller sidewalk size blowers were pressed into service. Youngsters from the Unity Boys Club have added their efforts to cleaning off the seats and indications are that the field will be in tip top shape for Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
The home team has not been idle for the past week and Ian MacDonald has a surprise or two waiting for the westerners. His Maple Leafs are bent on revenge after suffering three defeats at the hands of the defending champions.
Bruce Soutter, who has been the mainstay of the Leafs offensive line will lend his 235 pound frame to defensive chores tomorrow afternoon and Pierre Dumont and Gord Ripenburg, the defensive ends are expected to throttle any attempts to run the NDG ends.
"Defense is the difference between this year's club and the past three," claims line coach Phil Chiarella. "Last year we had a few weak spots in our secondary but now we have Pierre St. Amour, Jim Hamnett, and Stan Schreiber and they have started coming up to make the tackles and they're all good on pass defense."
Head coach MacDonald is confident of a win if his youthful quarterback Barclay Allen can come up with a good game. "Allen can mean the difference between a win and a loss and I think he is 'up' for this one. He called a good game against Toronto and with a good day he should be able to lead a well balanced ground and air attack."
Article in "The Montreal Gazette" November 22, 1965
NDG Leafs Win Junior Title 2-1
By Bob Morrissey
NDG Maple Leafs ended three years of frustration against Edmonton Huskies yesterday with a 2-1 victory in the first Montreal located Dominion junior football final.
Quarterback Barclay Allen provided the points with two singles in the fourth quarter, but it was NDG's defence that deserved most of the praise.
"They won it today," said Leaf head coach Ian MacDonald. "But all in all it was a team effort."
Trailing 1-0 going into the fourth quarter and 4,500 fans at Molson Stadium fearing the worst, Allen booted NDG into the lead with a 30-yard quick kick single that bounced into the end zone off the flag on the goal line.
The 19-year-old rookie had tied the score with a 20-yard kick in NDG's previous series of downs. Jon Sterling booted Edmonton's single.
The turning point of the game came with the Leafs leading when a 43-yard Edmonton pass completion from Wanzel to Nick Bakay moved the ball to the NDG 20. Leaf defensive end Pierre Dumont, who was outstanding all afternoon, came through with a timely fumble recovery on Huskie fullback Les Sorenson. The Leafs took over and ran out the clock.
When asked why he didn't call for a single, Huskie head coach Paul Brady replied, "That one point would have only tied the game. Had it been second down, I would have told them to kick, but not on first down."
Edmonton missed two excellent scoring chances in the third quarter. After a fumble by NDG's Pierre St. Amour, the Huskies moved down to the NDG seven. But the Leaf defence held.
Minutes later Tommy Dyce fumbled and again it appeared the Huskies would score.
With the ball spotted on the NDG eight yard line, Wanzel threw an incompleted pass, handed off to Gord Lund who was held to a two-yard gain by Dumont and then came the field-goal attempt. The ball never left the ground.
"That's why I called for a single instead of going for a field goal," said MacDonald, referring to Allen's single that tied the game.
"I knew that if we tied the game we'd go on to win."
MacDonald praised the work of Allen who completed six of 13 passes in the 30-degree temperature.
"That kid's going to be a pro someday," said MacDonald. "he's not afraid to gamble and he knows how to run with the ball."
"I don't know if I can be a pro but I'll sure give it a try," said Allen.
Because of the snow-covered field, neither team could come up with much of a rushing attack.
Dyce, who caught two passes for 38 yards, gained 44 yards on 14 carries, Rick Otto picked up 14 yards in 10 carries and Don Destonis six yards on two carries.
Top ground gainer for Edmonton was Sorenson with 45 yards on 11 carries. Lund was the workhorse with 12 carries for 24 yards. Bakay carried 35 yards on four carries and Hart Cantelon 16 yards on five carries.
NDG's Bob Matthews snared three passes for 37 yards and flanker Tom Faust one pass for six yards. Faust, who was outstanding on defence, was named the game's most valuable player.
The victory in the Dominion final was the first for NDG since the team was formed in 1946. The winners were presented with the Regina Leader Post trophy after the game.
MacDonald pointed out that when he said the victory was a team effort he included the work of his assistant coaches Bruce Barnes, Phil Chiarella, and Vaughn McVey who "did a terrific job all season long."
EDMONTON:Halves: Bakay, Cantelon, Johnson, Kolduc Lund, MacLeod, Rustrup Savill, Sorenson: Quarters: Corbett, Wanzel: Centres: Gainer Gilbert: Guards: Ayers, Bird, Chandler, Shandro, Starr, Yohemas: Tackles: Rasmusson, Spanach, Van Loon: Ends: Finch, Justik, Mercer, Stirling
MONTREAL: Halves: Biggs, Buskard, Destonis, Dyce, Mikklesen, Otto, St. Amour, Schreiber: Quarters: Allen: Centres: Goodwin: Guards: Duun, Proulx, Smith, Toner: Tackles: Rodtwitt, Soutter, Willimus: Ends: Dumont, Faust, Leadbetter, Matthews, Ripenburg, Scott, Carroll
Referees: Harry Ross, Montreal, Line Umpire: Bud Wylie, Montreal: Downfield Umpire, Chuck Paul, Ottawa: Judge of Play: Bob Fleming, Montreal: Head Linesman, Norm McLeod, Montreal.
1-Edmonton, single, Sterling..........10:30
2-Montreal, single, Allen................10:40
3-Montreal, single, Allen................11:58
Statistics Edmonton NDG
Yards Passing 42 81
Yards Rushing 110 78
First Downs 7 7
Passes Made/Tried 1/9 6/13
Passes Intercepted By 4 3
Punts/Average Yards 14/32.6 10/38
Fumbles/Fumbles Lost 7/4 6/4
Penalties/Total Yards 8/75 7/95
Article in "Montreal Star" November 22, 1965
Singles by Allen Provide Edge As Leafs Lift Canadian Crown
By Pat Hickey
Celebrations went far into the night as NDG Maple Leafs put an end to the jokes about Montreal football with a 2-1 Little Grey Cup victory over Edmonton Huskies yesterday. The win gave NDG its first Canadian junior title and first undefeated season in the club's twenty-year history.
NDG spotted the visitors a 1-0 lead on Jack Sterling's single in the second quarter but Barclay Allen warmed the hearts of 4,500 snowbound fans in Molson Stadium, kicking two singles in the final five minutes of play to provide the margins of victory.
The teams were evenly matched in the first half. Allen and his Edmonton counterpart Gary Corbett began the contest passing in hopes of hitting the scoreboard quickly but six interceptions, three by each team, thwarted their ambitions and both squads dug in for a ground game.
Late in the second quarter Rick Otto fumbled on his own 28-yard line and after two futile attempts to gain the first down Edmonton settled for one point on Sterling's punt. Otto's fumble was one of 13 such miscues in the tilt.
In the third quarter, Edmonton recovered a fumble on a punt and found themselves with a first down on the NDG seven yard line. Leafs employed a strong six man line throughout the contest, received a stellar performance from defensive end Pierre Dumont who stopped two Edmonton invaders and halted the threat.
Seconds later the Leafs again failed to hold the ball and after two cracks at the line the westerners elected to try a field goal. A bad snap resulted in Sterling attempting to run and Dumont nailed him for a five yard loss.
Allen returned to the passing game in the final quarter, hitting Bob Matthews and Tom Faust for four successive first downs. He then ran Tom Dyce inside the end and Maple Leafs found themselves in scoring range on the Edmonton 20.
"I wanted to kick the field goal," explained Leaf head coach Ian MacDonald after the game, "but I wanted to be sure. We figured it would still give us good field position if they couldn't move from the 25-yard line." Allen kicked the single as expected, with Doug Leadbetter nailing Claire Johnson for the tying point.
Gord Ripenburg made MacDonald look like a genius on the next sequence of plays as he knocked the ball loose from Gord Lund and recovered the fumble on the 23 yard line. Allen ran the ball once and then quick kicked. His low punt skimmed along the sidelines, hit the flag in the corner and stopped dead three yards into the end zone. Leadbetter was again on the scene to prevent the runback and NDG was sitting in the driver's seat.
"He's a real gambler," MacDonald said when asked about Allen's first down run. "I called the quick kick but he decided to try for the touchdown first. That's one of the things that will help him when he gets to the pros."
Edmonton was still in the game however and Bob Wanzel completed the first Huskie pass of the afternoon, a 7-yarder to Nick Bakay which gave Edmonton another chance to score.
"We wanted to win," explained Edmonton coach Paul Brady after the game. He had instructed his team to attempt to score rather than kick and tie. Les Sorenson sprinted around end and was nailed by Dumont and fumbled. Allen ran out the clock with a series of short running plays into the line and NDG escaped with the Little Grey Cup.
Tom Faust received the Tommy Tomasso Trophy as the game's Most Valuable Player on the basis of a fine two-way performance. The 190-pound six-footer intercepted two passes and caught three of Allen's tosses for forty yards in setting up the first single.
NDG's defensive line, bolstered by the addition of offensive captain Bruce Soutter, was outstanding with Bernie Rodtwitt and Stan Smith contributing their usual fine games. "It was a team effort," said Macdonald.
Article in "The Montreal Gazette" November 22, 1965
Leafs' First Stop 'Home' After Beating Edmonton
By Bob Morrissey
The first stop for NDG Maple Leafs following their 2-1 victory over Edmonton Huskies in the Dominion junior football final yesterday was the chalet in Trenholme Park.
It was returning home because the chalet had been NDG's practice headquarters during the season. The team picture had been taken there.
There was noise and pride in the room. After three consecutive losses to Edmonton in the final, the Leafs veterans proved they could win.
There was humour. When somebody asked NDG defensive halfback Jim MacLellan how much better the Leafs were than the Huskies the 20-year-old rookie replied, "Twice as good... the score was 2-1 wasn't it?"
Don Destonis, who didn't dress for NDG's Eastern Canada final against Weston Invictus, was also bubbling. He dressed against the Huskies. "I'm glad I got in," said Destonis. "I was going crazy sitting on the bench."
Charlie Dunn, who like Destonis is a rookie, accepted the victory in stride. "I'm Lucky," he said. "This is the second championship team I've been on in two years." He played for the Dominion Juvenile champion Point St. Charles Leo's Boys last season.
There was sadness. Gord Ripenburg felt it a bit because it was his last game. He'd like to play for NDG forever, if he could. Other veterans felt the same.
There was satisfaction. Especially for NDG Maple Leafs head coach Ian MacDonald and his assistants Bruce Barnes, Phil Chiarella and Vaughn McVey.
"They did a terrific job," said MacDonald. MacDonald might have mentioned himself because this was his first year as head coach of NDG and the team didn't lose a game.
"It's funny," said MacDonald, "After every game I said it was a team victory. I hate to say it again... but that's just what it was."
"And you know what," he continued, "I'd like to play that team (the Huskies) on a dry field. We'd beat them by a lot more."
Column in "Montreal Star" November 22, 1965
The Passing Sport Show
By Baz O'Meara
NDG Maple Leafs won one championship for Montreal when they outlasted the Edmonton Huskies in the snow at Molson Stadium . . . They won by a narrow margin of 2-1 but it was sufficient . . . The crowd was a way below expectations but many who bought tickets didn't use them so that the overall ticket sale will be bigger than at the gate . . . Barclay Allen showed resource with his quick kicking . . . The Leafs were given a banquet at the Helene De Champlain restaurant which was put on by the city . . . The players crowded around Hap Holland, who had been trying for forty years to help win a Junior Canadian title . . . Ted Workman congratulated the team and said it was a high moment his life to be associated with a championship team.