“FOOTBALL AT FENWAY”


 

ANDY KARPUS

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
The Boston Bears climb into a first place tie
with a thrilling 20-0 win over Buffalo

October 20, 1940 ... The Bears rode into a first place tie atop the American Football League as they hammered the Buffalo Indians into submission for the second time in five days.  This time by a count of 20-0.  By breezing to their fourth straight triumph, the local pros earned themselves a share of the league's top spot with the idle Columbus Bulls, and a full game ahead of the Milwaukee Chiefs, the Bears' next opponent here.

Once they got rolling after a moment of uncertainty at the start, all the members of the Boston cast collaborated effectively in staging their most varied and open attack of the season.  The triumvirate composed of Vito Ananis, Andy Karpus and Warren Negri accounted for the stars on today's scorecard.  Negri booted two field goals in opening and closing the festivities.  In between times Ananis made life generally horrid for the visitors. The Boson College alumnus rocked away the first touchdown in the second quarter when he ran 25 yards with an Ernie Wheeler pass.  Early in the last chapter, he snared a long heave from Karpus at the 10-yard line and ending up on his head.  Andy finished it off with a six yard plunge into the end zone.

A 33-yard aerial from Karpus to big Keith Ranspot at the Buffalo 27, set up the initial score.  After three plays that went nowhere, Negri booted one in from the 34-yard line. The Bears took over at the Indian 41-yard line some seven minutes after the start of the second session, when Wheeler dropped back and let one fly to Ananis who parked all by himself at the 25 who took it in virtually untouched. 

On several occasions the Bears drove the Indians crazy.  Bears' tackle Les Lane moved into the flank and served as a target for Karpus. Ananis checked in during the last period and Karpus found him streaking down the sideline with a strike.  Ananis danced along the chalk line and made a desperate lunge to reel it in at the 10-yard line with a shoe string catch.  Karpus passed to Lane at the six.  Then on third down, Andy faked a pass, shot through left guard and cut to the left, personally bowling through a couple of Indians into the end zone.

Negri saved his best display for the end.  Already leading 17-0, the Bears were stalled at the Buffalo 30.  Negri dropped back to boot from the 40-yard line and the ball found the lower left hand corner of the cross bar.

 

 

 
 

F  E  N  W  A  Y   P  A  R  K

 
 

 

1

2

3

4

 

R

H

E

 
 

BUFFALO INDIANS

0

0

0

0

 

 

0

 

 
 

BOSTON BEARS

3

7

0

10

 

 

20

 

 

 

 1st Qtr

34 yd Field Goal - Warren Negri (Bost)

Buffalo (0)
Boston (3)

 2nd Qtr

25 yd Pass – Ernie Wheeler to Vito Ananis (Bost)
Warren Negri (PAT)

Buffalo (0)
Boston (10)

 4th Qtr

6 yd Rush – Andy Karpus (Bost)
Warren Negri (PAT)

Buffalo (0)
Boston (17)

 4th Qtr

40 yd Field Goal - Warren Negri (Bost)

Buffalo (0)
Boston (20)

 Attendance – 9000