FOOTBALL AT FENWAY
Patriots win 18-7; Gino Boots three
November 5, 1967 ...
A scrub player named Billy Johnson was the star Patriot of the game today. His five excellent punt returns, which totaled 126 yards, kept the Pats in excellent field position most of the day. Then there was the ball-control offense. Jim Nance, Bob
Cappadonna and Larry Garron piled up 219 rushing yards, but none of them put any points on the board until the final quarter. In the first three periods it was all Gino Cappelletti, who booted field goals 40, 12 and 18 yards, to give Boston a 9-0 lead. The score was increased
to 11-0 on the final play of the third period, when Nick Buoniconti tackled the Oilers' Ron Hopkins in the end zone for a safety.
With Houston's impotent offense, which had only two first downs, it looked like this was enough of a lead. But it wasn't. A fumbled kickoff by Bob Cappadonna set up a fast Houston score, early in the fourth period and reduced the lead to 11-7. Going
into the final six minutes, the game was still up for grabs. Then Johnson ran a punt back for 31 yards to the Houston 31-yard line, where the Pats pushed it across in five running plays to wrap it up.