West 26

East 3

 

January 17, 1970

 

HOUSTON (AP)- Quarterback John Hadl of San Diego passed for one touchdown and set up another to lead the West to a 26-3 victory over the East in the 10th and last America Football League All-Star game Saturday in the Astrodome.

 

Hadl completed 18 of 26 passes for 224 yards as he guided the West to a pair of first quarter scores against the outclassed East squad.

 

Hadl fired a 21-yard scoring pass to Charger teammate Lance Alworth and set up another with a nine-yard run to the one where Dick Post, another Charger, carried it over.

 

Reserve West quarterback Mike Livingston of Kansas City ran 12 yards for a touchdown and Kansas City kicker Jan Stenerud added a pair of field goals to round out the West scoring.

 

Neither Mike Taliaferro of Boston or Jack Kemp of Buffalo were able to move the East squad and New York kicker Jim Turner avoided a shutout with a 44-yard field goal in the third period.

 

The nationally televised contest witnessed by 30,170 fans was the final event in the 10-year history of the AFL which next season will be the American Conference of the merged AFL and National Football League.

 

The West, favored with many members of the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs and strong Oakland Raiders on its squad, completely dominated the game, amassing 336 total yards to the East's 169. The West had 21 first downs to the East's eight.

 

The deepest penetration by the East was to the West's 30 yard line early in the fourth quarter.

 

The West capitalized on a short punt by East kicker George Sauer of New York to take the lead in the first quarter and the East never came close.

 

Hadl, voted the most valuable player by sportswriters, moved the West 48 yards in seven plays. Hadl set up the score with a nine-yard keeper after completing a 17-yard pass to Billy Cannon of Oakland and a 16-yarder to Al Denson of Denver.

 

Post, the league leading rusher, took it over from the one.

 

Safety Dave Grayson of Oakland put the West in business for its second first quarter score by intercepting a Taliaferro pass and returning it 13 yards to the East 24. Two plays later, Hadl hit Alworth in the end zone with the 21-yard scoring strike.

 

The East managed only 62 total yards and just three first downs in the first half.

 

When Hadl was not hitting receivers Alworth, Denson and Fred Biletnikoff of Oakland,

Robert Holmes of Kansas City and Paul Robinson of Cincinnati were picking up valuable yards on the ground.

 

Alworth led all receivers with 85 yards on seven catches while Holmes was the leading rusher with 55 yards on 11 carries.

 

Stenerud turned passer following the West's first touchdown, when Hadl fumbled the snap from center for the placement. Stenerud picked up the ball and passed incomplete.

 

Each member of the winning West team received $1,500 and each East member $1,000.

 

Butch Byrd stops Al Denson (88) after 16 yard reception in the first quarter.

 

O.J. Simpson carries for the East in the last All-Star Game at the Astrodome.

 

 

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