Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Week four in Ross football history....1970


Week four of the 1970 football season saw the Chuck Shuff coached Little Giants on the road. Ross was at Arlin Stadium in Mansfield to take on a good Tyger team. Mansfield was 2-0-1 on the season and coming into the game after a scoreless tie with Mansfield Madison. The Tygers were ranked in the top 20 in the AP poll. The Little Giants came into the game at 2-1 after a 14-0 win over Toledo Bowsher. Ross was 2-1 for the first time since 1967.

The Little Giants struck first on a 6 yard Tom Liggins TD run. The PAT was no good and Ross had a 6-0 lead which held through the end of that first quarter. The Tygers put the only points of the second quarter on the board on a 1 yard run by Greg Warndorff. Ray Webb punched the two point PAT over and Mansfield took an 8-6 lead in to the locker room at halftime.

In the second half Liggins went back to work for the Little Giants. In his trademark workman-like effort, the Ross back scored on a five yard third quarter TD. He added the two point PAT to put the purple and white up 14-8. That 14-8 score stood until the end of the third quarter.
In the fourth stanza Liggins put Ross up 22-8 on a 3 yard TD run and by scoring the 2 point PAT. Ray Webb wasn't quite finished for his Tygers as he scored on a 12 yard TD run to pull Mansfield to within 22-14. The PAT failed and the Little Giants led by 8. Just as Webb wasn't quite finished, neither was Liggins. The Fremont back scored on a five yard TD run in the fourth to put Ross up 28-14. The PAT failed and that was the final score.

In the battle between Webb and Liggins the Tyger back had 14 carries for 119 yards. Liggins toted the ball 30 times for 85 yards. Liggins also had several key third and fourth down conversions for his Little Giants, keeping drives alive.

Mansfield was hurt by two big personal fouls, one of which allowed the Little Giants to kick off from their own 45. The Little Giants meantime kept their cool and did not suffer from any major penalties.

Mansfield had 287 total yards of offense to 211 for Ross. The Little Giants has a 172-162 edge on the ground while the Tygers had a 125-39 edge through the airways.

The win put Ross at 3-1 on the season. The first time since 1965 that the Little Giants had won three in a row. Mansfield fell to 2-1-1 on the season.

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