BOSTON'S NFL EAST CHAMPS
Redskins mangle the Dodgers and
climb into 2nd place
November 22, 1936 ... Blocking and tackling as if their paychecks depended on it, the Redskins minced the Dodgers today at Fenway Park, and climbed into second place in the Eastern
Division of the NFL. They did everything well, rolling up 15 first downs to Brooklyn’s six, outrushing them 220 yards to nine, and outgaining them in the air. They wore down the Dodgers in the early stages and ran them ragged in the closing quarters. Ace of the day was Pug Rentner who
ran and passed for most of the important yardage. With Turk Edwards, Wayne Milner and Frank Bausch leading the charge, the fast improving interior made the opponent give ground continuously. Milner made a couple of spectacular pass receptions, including a one-handed gem in the third
quarter. Ralph Kerchival got off several exceptional punts for the Dodgers, including one which carried 66 yards and hopped out of bounds a foot before the end zone.
Riley Smith opened up the scoring with a field goal. After a couple of kicks had been exchanged across midfield, Eddie Britt intercepted one of Bobby Wilson’s passes at his own 40. Two plays later, Britt uncorked a pass in the
flat to Wayne Milner who raced down the sideline to the Dodger 29. Plunges by Battles and Britt rang up a first down at the 16, but three plays were smothered and Riley Smith nudged over his three pointer. It was back and forth pretty evenly after that, until Kerchival buried Boston and
its own goal line with his great punt. Boston punted and the Dodgers missed a field goal from the 38. The Redskins took the ball and marched 60 yards in seven plays, and the drive ended when Riley Smith missed a field goal from the 26 yard line.
EDDIE BRITT INTERCEPTS
Immediately after taking the second half
kickoff, Boston drove the ball 50 yards to the Dodger 30 where Smith missed another field goal. Brooklyn went nowhere and Kerchival punted to the Redskins’ 32. Rentner passed to Milner for a first down. Then Milner made a great one-handed catch at the Dodger 48 and rolled down to the
43. Battles carried twice for a first down at the 24. Rentner took the ball down to the four and then plunged through right guard for the score. On the first play of the ensuing kickoff, Kerchival passed to Morris Badgro who coughed up the ball when hit by Riley Smith. Battles picked
the ball out of the air and brought it down to the 30. Three plays later Rentner passed to Justice at the one yard line. Then Battles was able to run it in for the score.
Brooklyn marched to its only score on the next kickoff, on a Phil Sarboe pass to Jeff Barrett. The Redskins
concentrated on defense thereafter, but Rentner added another touchdown by intercepting a Sarboe pass at the Brooklyn 35 and weaving his way through the entire dodger defense.. After the next kickoff, Ed Smith pulled in another Sarboe ball for yet another turnover and scampered down the
sideline to the Brooklyn four yard line. Two plays later a pass from Ed Smith to Sam Busich notched the Redskins’ final score of the day.