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1 Tom Gould, cvmrr I larokl Sauiulcis, ami ciuls Phillips, George pjloimiuisl, and Graham Spencer. The W ' oUpack was upset, 7-0, in the opening Ixilile with Duke on a freak play in the last quarter. The iMue I)e il line charged a State passer, hatting the hall into the waiting aims ol tackle Louis Allen, who dashed into pavdirt with the lone touchdown ot the game. Coach Feathers " ele en had outplaved the Blue De ils all during the Ixittle hut hatl hccn unahlc to reach scoring territory. State ' s line pla ed a great game against the Blue l)e ils, hut the W ' oUpack backs could not Hnd an opening near the Duke goals. The W ' oUpack broke into the win column, triumphing over Davidson ' s Wildcats, 14-0, in Charlotte Memorial Stadium. State ' s forward wall de- serves a large portion of the credit for the victory. Paced by the rugged playing of Watts and Musser, the big line held Davidson ' s runners to a net vards rushing total of minus one. Footiie ojf as.ain. In the first quarter Palmer shoved Davidson into a hole with a 64-vard kick that rolled dead on the 2, a few minutes later the W ' olfpack failed to score on a dri e to the 5, but it was from there that it struck for its first score. Bert Anderton, Da idson back, attempted to punt from his own end zone, but got a bad pass from center and fumbled. In a scramble Tom Jovce, guard from W ' inston-Salem, fell on the ball for a touchdown and Jim Byler added the point. In the closing minutes of the game John Huzvar, 210- pound freshman full back, crashed over from the 10. Of all State performers, Goodman Stanton Blomquist McLeou dostanko Smith. O.
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Palmeu Fletcher MussER Watts RiCHKUS Saunders Goodtimn carries the ball. runner and great defensive star, averaged 43.3 yards per boot. Although he was strictly a line-smasher and punter during his freshman year at State, Palmer developed into a triple-threat back in 1947. Captain Al Phillips, end from Raleigh, closed out his career at State with a brilliant season. Al was the most spirited man on the squad and never stopped fighting. Many regarded him as the strongest defensive end in the South, and a majority of the opposing runners who tried to gain around his end agreed. Another senior who closed out his career in sensational style was Charlie Richkus, 165-pound tail back from Hillside, N. J. Charlie sparked the Wolfpack to a surprising victory over Wake Forest on Homecoming Day and despite several injuries played stellar football throughout the season. Assisting Feathers with the coaching duties were Lyle Rich, end coach; Bob Suffridge, line coach; Babe Wood, backfield coach, Carl (Butter) Anderson, assistant coach, and Bobby Courts, assistant junior varsity coach. Stalwarts on the line included guards Bernie Watts, Charlie Musser, and |ohn Wagoner, tackles Jim Rees, Ted Dostanko, Fred Wagoner, and I
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Palmer was perhaps the most brilliant. His great kicking nullified at least three Davidson drives, averaging 53 yards on all kicks. Richkus ran and passed the Wolfpack to an 18-0 ' ictory over an outclassed Clemson Tiger eleven under the arcs in Riddick Stadium. He sparked State ' s first drive to a score late in the first quarter, and pitched a touchdown pass to end Blomquist for the last 17 yards of that march. In the fourth period, he swept around right end on fourth down for 17 yards and an- other touchdown. Palmer intercepted a pass from Clemson ' s Bobby Gage on the State 31- yard line near the middle of the third period and tra ' eled 69 yards to pay- dirt on an amazing jaunt. State ' s rugged line held the Tigers to 53 yards rushing. Richkus picked up an average of 7.2 yards in 18 running plays. The University of Florida snapped a 13-game losing streak by upsetting State, 7-6. The game-winning touchdown and placement came after the battle was only three minutes old and was the result of a 70-yard dash by Bobby Forbes, one of the nation ' s leading ground gainers. As the half ended, the Wolfpack had advanced to Florida ' s 4, and late in the game Byler attempted two field goals for State but could not hit the mark. Richkus scored for State on a dash o ' er tackle from the 4. Gwynn Fletcher started the touchdown drive when he returned Billy Parker ' s punt from the Florida 45 to the 32. Bill Thompson, on a reverse from Palmer, gained two. A second down pass was incomplete, and Fletcher was stopped at center for no gain. On fourth down, Richkus fired a pass on the 12 for an 18-yard gain to Thompson. Palmer hit center for five, Richkus was good for two, but lost one on third down. He went over on the next play. Palmer switched to tailback in the Wolfpack ' s single wing formation and ran, passed, and kicked State to a 21-0 decision over Chattanooga. Footsie passed to Oscar Bozeman for State ' s first touchdown and kicked all three extra points. He also turned in the longest run of the game from scrimmage when he stepped off around left end for 28 yards in the fourth quarter. Piggy-Iiacfe— B iie Devih ami Wolfpack. Miller, F. Byler, J. HUZVAR Wagoner, ]. Rees Smith, W. 11 " ' CO ll
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