Saturday, October 15, 2011

Linfield 49 at Pacific 6 football on 10/15/2011

Linfield at Pacific football played afternoon of Oct. 15, 2011, at Lincoln Park in Forest Grove, Ore. Linfield Wildcats defeated the Pacific Boxers 49-6 in Northwest Conference action. With the win, Linfield has assured itself of its 56th consecutive winning football season.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Few remember, but Bill Carter will never forget the kick he made for 1967 Linfield football team

By Tim Marsh
Published originally in Fall 2001 Linfield Athletics Newsletter

The 1967 Linfield College football team is best remembered for:

1-- a season opening, 15-13, upset victory in Honolulu over the University of Hawaii and a come-from-behind, 16-7, triumph on Maxwell Field over Willamette.

2-- finishing with an 8-1 win-loss record and, at 5-1, tied for the Northwest Conference title with Willamette and Lewis & Clark. Because of an NWC athletic censure and probation, officially, it was not a co-championship for the Wildcats.

3-- being Paul Durham's 20th and final season before leaving Linfield to become University of Hawaii athletic director, the same job he held at the college.

However, few remember a fan from the stands scoring a point that season during Linfield's, 27-0, NWC win over Pacific University's Badgers in Forest Grove, Ore.
Tim Kubli of Yreka, Calif. , was a 6-foot-3, 210-pound tackle. His Linfield football fame was as a kicker, for kickoffs, fieldgoals and PATs/points after touchdowns.

During the game, the night of Oct. 7 on Pacific's McCready Field, his first PAT kick failed, but he made another. Kubli was clipped on the ensuing kickoff and injured his knee. After Linfied's third touchdown, teammate
Deno Edwards kicked.
Kubli and Robillard hurt during first half

Although Linfield led Pacific, 20-0, at halftime, Kubli remembers Durham was not happy. Kubli and star defensive back
Joe Robillard of Hood River , Ore., were both injured, knocked out of the game in the first half. "Coach Durham was mad as hell," Kubli remembers. "In the locker room, coach said he thought we were taking the game too lighlty and that was the reason people were getting hurt."

Kubli, Durham and Robillard do not recall who kicked the PAT after Linfield's final touchdown for the final 27-0 score.
Bill Carter, then a Linfield freshman JV team tight end and kicker from Bellflower , Calif., does.

Carter was at the Pacific game as a Wildcat fan, sitting in the stands. At halftime he was called him down to the sidelines. Durham told him to go to the locker room, put on Robillard's gear and uniform and prepare to kick in the second half.

The uniform was a good fit, Carter and Robillard were both about 6-1, 200-pounds. More important were shoes. "In those days, most if not all kickers kicked conventional straight-ahead style and used a special flat toed kicking shoe," Carter said. "Of course, I didn't have a kicking shoe I used in JV games with me. Tim's kicking shoe was too big. Joe had really narrow-toed, lightweight shoes that receivers and defensive backs used, not very good for kicking."
Carter wore Robillard's gear and uniform, borrowed shoes

What to do? He borrowed a pair of shoes from a Linfield player, perhaps Johnny Bill "Moon" Self. They were too large. So, Carter put on three pairs of socks to give them a snug fit.

Ed Griffin scored the last Wildcat touchdown on a 1-yard run in the third quarter, it was Carter's turn to attempt the kick. "If I remember right, it was very cold that night and may have even been raining some," said Carter. "It seems to me that the field was muddy. On the extra point, the ball slipped off the tee slightly, but the holder, Mike Barrow, our quarterback, did a good job of holding it upright so that I could get my foot on it." The kick was good.

While Kubli was hurt, Carter remembers kicking off several times in other games. He also played at least one varsity game at tight end. Of 293 points Linfield scored that season, Carter's one point against Pacific was the only he ever scored in his Wildcat football career. Homesick for his girlfriend and warm California weather – "I wasn't used to playing in the rain, cold, and mud." -- he left Linfield and transferred to Long Beach State.

Attending 30,000-student enrollment commuter college Long Beach State was much different than Linfield with most 1,200 students living on campus. "Not different for the better," he said.

Carter remembers Durham "sitting down at the table in the Riley Student Center coffee shop, having a Coke with me and chatting about how things were going in class." In contrast, at Long Beach State , the head football coach "barely acknowledged your existence unless you were one of the heavily recruited players. Quite a difference."
A team of pride and courage

At the 1967 Linfield football awards banquet, Durham told his players they were on a team of "pride and courage, one with great leadership, closeness and spirit."

During the event, Bill Carter received his Linfield varsity football letter. However, his true reward has come over the years since he played for the Wildcats. "I have more memories of the one year I was at Linfield than my other four years of college," he said.

--Carter and Kubli live and work in California. Carter, in Fullerton, is involved in real estate. Kubli, in Rio Vista, is a bank chief financial officer.

--Robillard is general manager of a manufacturing company in Guthrie, Okla.

--Durham, age 87, is retired and lives in Honolulu.

--Barrow, serving in the U.S. Army infantry, died at age 23 in combat, June 23, 1969, in Vietnam. His name is on the "The Wall," the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. Fund-raising is underway to name a study room for him in Linfield's new library.

--Game was played starting 8 p.m. Saturday Oct. 7, 1967, on Pacific's McCready Field in Forest Grove, Ore. Here's the game's box score from the Oct. 8, 1967, Sunday Oregonian.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

There’s even more to the story about 1967 Linfield football game

By Tim Marsh
Published originally in Fall 2002 Linfield Athletics Newsletter

My story headlined, “Few remember, but Bill Carter will never forget the kick he made for 1967 Linfield football team,” was published in the Aug. 2001 Linfield Athletics Newsletter.

It was about Bill Carter coming out of the stands to kick a point-after-touchdown for Linfield in a 1967 football win against Pacific in Forest Grove. A hero of the story were the borrowed shoes in which Carter kicked.

The story said the shoes “perhaps” belonged to Johnny Bill “Moon” Self. “They were too large. So, Carter put on three pairs of socks to give them a snug fit.”

One of the reactions to the story came belatedly – in April 2002 – to me from Moon, a 1969 Linfield grad, now a fifth grade public school teacher in Cordelia, Calif.

There was no “perhaps” about it, says Moon. They were his shoes which made it into the game, on Carter’s feet, before Moon, also wearing borrowed shoes, got into the game in its fading minutes.

Moon was a one-of-a-king person as a Linfield student and as a Wildcat football player who seldom played. He wanted to play, but the coaches did not want him to play. A photocopy of his Linfield football publicity photo he sent me includes his hand inscribed self-description, “Friendliest lineman of the year 66-67 Linfield College.”

Based on the 24-page hand-written letter Moon mailed me along with other enclosures, he’s still one of a kind. Trying to give the essence of what he said in the letter is difficult because he said so much. Much of it is quoteable. Much of it is laughable, especially if you know the Linfield cast of characters. Some of it is profane. Repeating some of it might get people mad at me. I’m going to be careful. What follows is a boiled down sanitized version. I gave myself a byline for this story. But, in reality, it is by Moon as told to Tim Marsh, who was afraid to repeat all of the words of Moon.

Moon is a 1964 graduate of California’s Napa High School, where he played football. He began his college in 1964 at Napa Junior College. He played two years for the JC including the one season during which future NFL Hall of Famer Dick Vermeil was the head coach. This is the same Dick Vermeil currently coaching the Kansas City Chief and previously coach of the Super Bowl winning St. Louis Rams.

Moon was recruited by Linfield Hall of Famer Ted Wilson, best known as Wildcat men’s basketball coach, but, at the same time, also an assistant football coach to Paul Durham.

Moon transferred to Linfield in 1966 as a 20-year-old junior with visions of playing a lot of football for the Wildcats. IT was not to be. Instead, Moon says he was initially treated like a freshman football player and it was downhill from that point. But, so much for grousing, Let’s get to the rest of the story about the 1967 Linfield at Pacific night football game in Forest Grove.

Moon did not ride the team bus. To get to Forest Grove, he rode with Coach Wilson in a “station wagon type of contraption” with a load of football equipment bags. “I felt like an assistant student manager,” said Moon.

They arrived after the Wildcat team suited up and was on the field warming up. He put on his gear and joined the other players. There were no more purple game socks available, so he put on pink socks? Pink? Yes, in those days, Joe Groves was the Linfield physical education/athletics equipment manager. He dyed socks, jocks and shirts and other stuff pink, to increase the odds no one would want to steal them.

The game, Moon says, was wet, rainy, “sluggy” and mud caked. “We trudged in the quagmire Pacific called a football field. There was so much mud that punts didn’t even bounce, they just plopped heavily into the mud and the football together, good old Oregon football,” observed Moon from the sidelines, in a clean uniform covered by a warm rain cape.

In the first half, Linfield star defensive back Joe Robillard was injured and so was talented Wildcat kicker Tim Kubli.

At halftime, Carter, a JV player and kicker in the stands as a fan, was hailed. He put on Robillard’s uniform, it fit. But, he could not wear Kubli’s shoes. Too big. Moon described them as “gun boats.” Robillard’s shoes were “jets, not made for kicking,” said Moon.

Pete Dengenis, Linfield Hall of Famer as a football player, was a Wildcat assistant football coach. HE was about to leave the Linfield locker room to see if Pacific would lend shoes for Carter when he spotted shiny, black shoes on Moon’s feet.

“Moon, give Carter your shoes,” said Dengenis. Moon obliged. So, Moon was in full uniform, wearing pink socks with no shoes. But Moon’s shoes, those Carter was going to wear, were too big. So, Carter had to put on three pairs of socks. The middle pink pair were Moon’s.

When the Linfield team returned to the field for the second half, Moon was in the Linfield locker room barefoot. “This is when I made up the ‘Friendliest Lineman of the Year Award,’” said Moon. “I’m so friendly; I’d give you the new shoes and pink socks off my feet.”

Coach Wilson returned to the locker room looking for the trainer’s medical kit. He was surprised to find shoeless, sockless Moon.

They scrounged through all of the spare equipment looking for shoes. They found Kubli’s. As with Carter, they were too big, but they were the only shoes available. So, Moon put them on.

There were no extra socks. He wore them without socks. One shoe had a shoelace. The other did not. Handiwork by Coach Wilson created a short lace from the laced shoe for the unlaced shoe. Then, Coach Wilson and Moon jogged out to the Linfield sidelines. The game was well underway in the second half.

Later, while standing on the sidelines, Moon heard a female voice. She wanted to know why he was not playing. She came to the game in the rain to see him play, she told Moon. To show her sympathy and concern, she brought Moon a cup of coffee, before joining her mother in the stands.

As the game progressed, Linfield had it in hand. The Wildcats were going to win. One of the second half points was the point after touchdown kick by Carter. “We had the game on ice – or mud anyway,” said Moon. “Suddenly from the stands there sliced through the drizzle a clear distinctive voice. ‘Hey coach, put Moon in.’ It was the mother. “Put Moon in,” she repeated. We want Moon. We want Moon.”

Said Moon, the wet loyal Linfield students who still clung to their bleacher seats seized the opportunity. Most of them knew me, so they joined in the chant. ‘We want Moon. We want Moon.’ Soon the feet of all the students were stomping in a back beat. I was trying to hide under my cape…”

The chanting worked. Although a center, he was sent into the game in its final minutes to play defense for the Wildcats. Said Moon, “I put all of my live action specialties into immediate action by ripping off my cape, swinging it around in a grand sweep, worthy of a grade B Dracula and flung it back to the bench.”

In response, the Linfield fans “raised the roof” with stomps and cheers. “I ran out about 10 feet into the mud, did a forward roll which changed my white uniform into the same color as the other uniforms on the field.”

In the last three plays of the game, he made two tackles and recovered a fumble. Linfield won, 27-0.

By the time Moon got to the sweaty, stinky locker room, the towels were gone. He took a shower and dried himself off with his pink Linfield t-shirt.

Now, you know that Johnny Bill “Moon” Self played a little football for Linfield, very little. But, he had fun doing it.

Sunday, October 09, 2011

Video clips -- UPS at Linfield Football 10/8/2011

Photos -- UPS at Linfield Homecoming Football 10/8/2011

Linfield Homecoming Winery Tour 10/7/2011

Possibly add this later (after confirming with James Lever) to Henry Lever bio

As a job in the summer of 1942 -- in the early part of World War II -- Henry Lever's engineering background was helpful when he was involved in the construction of what is now McMinnville Municipal Airport. Construction was a wartime project funded by the U.S. Army.

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Saturday, October 01, 2011