January 2, 1953
Heineman and Anderson Star in Free Scoring Sun Bowl Tilt.
The Summary: El Paso Ranger
Points after touchdown……… 1 3
Touchdowns……………….. 4 3
First downs………………… 10 8
Passes attempted…………... 22 18
Passes completed………….. 9 6
Passes intercepted by……… 3 2
Yards gained passing……… 212 38
Yards from scrimmage……. 196 174
Yards lost scrimmage……… 51 8
Fumbles……………………. 3 1
Own fumbles recovered…… 2 0
Punts, No. of………………. 5 6
*Punts, distance of ………… 186 342
Punts, returned by…………. 19 12
Penalties, No. of ………….. 3 2
Yards lost penalties……….. 15 10
Kickoffs, No. of…………… 5 3
Kickoffs, distance of………. 283 151
Kickoffs, returned by……… 67 123
*From points were ball was kicked.
Functioning as a well-oiled mechanical unit that would not be dented, the El Paso All-Stars yesterday turned back the powerful Ranger Bulldogs, 25 to 21, in the first annual Sun Bowl game sponsored by the El Paso Kiwanis Club.
Two aggregations featuring offense fought the bitter struggle in the Sun Bowl before some 4000 fans who reveled in the great show of passing and running. The All-Stars, molded into a precise aggregation by Coaches Mack Saxon and Harry Phillips, who took the picked stars of the four local high schools, scored in the first quarter and added three more in the third to take a commanding lead of 25 to 7 at one stage of the game.
Ranger rallied in the late part of the third quarter and early in the fourth to draw within striking distance, 21 to 25, but they never were able to get in position to strike for another counter.
The contest, one of the most spectacular ever played on a local gridiron, featured two sensational quarterbacks, Aaron Anderson, 190-pound Ranger signal caller, who yesterday was named All-State fullback, and Kenneth Heineman, versatile little El Paso High School gridder and class of the local gridirons. It was Heineman who threw pass after pass to put the All-Stars in scoring position. He scored two touchdowns and passed to Salcedo and Crysler for two more. He also collected the only extra point scored by the All-Stars from placement.
But it was a great team that played in front of, behind and beside him. The outcome of the game proved that El Paso’s football talent, if not divided among four high schools, would be on a par with other cities in Texas.
Ranger, unable to get started early featured Anderson, kicking, running and passing back, and Britt, fullback, 210-pounder, whose power would not be denied.
Success of yesterday’s game insured continuation of the Sun Bowl classic, though gate receipts were for from what they should have been with such a stellar grid attraction.
The play by play: First Quarter: Heineman kicked to Westbrook on the 15-yard line, the Ranger half returning to the 36. Anderson picked up four yards off right tackle, and then gained four more. Anderson was stopped at the line and then kicked to the end zone and the All-Stars had the ball on their 20. Heineman pass to Perez was too high and Salcedo made a yard thorough center. Arroyo was hurt on the play, suffering a leg injury. Arroyo stayed in and Heineman passes to Thomas complete on the 40. It was a beautiful catch.
On the next play, Heineman knifed off tackle for eight yards. Salcedo, on a reverse, failed to gain in a try at the left side of the line. Perez, on a spinner, made it first and ten on the Ranger 48. Heinemann picked up two yards, and Salcedo picked up three more on a spinner. Heineman’s pass to Perez was high again but Ranger was outside and drew a five-yard penalty. Heineman went straight the line for a first and ten on the Ranger 36. Thomas just couldn’t reach Heineman’s pass deep off left end and Heineman fumbled a pass from center. He recovered but was thrown fro a 10-yard loss.
Heineman made a flat pass to Perez for 14 yards. Anderson intercepted Heineman’s pass and returned to his 25. Anderson made three yards through center. Walsh picked up six yards skirting his right end. Britt was stopped at the line on the third try and Anderson kicked to Heineman on the 20. Heinemann returned to the 30 by the aid of good blocking Salcedo fumbled and Carrasco recovered but Ranger was offside and drew a five-yard penalty. Heineman passed to Salcedo who took the ball on his 45, side stepped one tackler and running in front of perfect blocking, raced for a touchdown.
The total gain was about 70 yards. Heineman’s attempt for point after was wide and the score was 6 to 0, El Paso All-Stars.
Heineman kicked off to Britt on the 15 who returned to his 32, Anderson kicked on the first down, a quick punt that went out of bounds on the 12-yard line. Perez failed to gain in a reverse around his left end. Heineman passed to Perez complete on the All-Star 37, Heineman failed to gain in a wide skirt around his right end. Heineman’s pass was right in Carrasco’s hands but he dropped it. Heineman was thrown for a 13-yard loss on an attempted pass as Ranger covered all receivers and the All-Star quarter just couldn’t find a target.
Cisneros replaced Salcedo in the All-Star backfield. Cisneros got off a nice kick that rolled out of bounds on the Ranger 47, Anderson passed wildly and without direction some 40 yards but there wasn’t a receiver within 30 yards of the ball. Walsh failed to gain around right end. Thomas and Wighaman stopping him dead. Heineman broke up Anderson’s attempted pass and Anderson then kicked into the All-Star end zone for a touchback. Heineman’s pass to Cisneros was incomplete as the quarter ended, with the All-Stars leading. 6 to 0.
Second Quarter: Henry replaced Crysler at an end for the All-Stars and Hartin replaced Caraway. A bad pass from center was recovered by Heineman on the All-Star five-yard line and Cisneros punted from behind his goal line to the Ranger 46. Dearing replaced Arroyo and Salcedo replaced Cisneros. Anderson heaved another wild pass. Britt lashed off left end 45 yards for a touchdown and Anderson picked up the point after to make the score 7 to 6. Britt stiff armed Heineman on the 10-yard line. Anderson kicked off to Perez who returned to his 17. Gruber replaced Taylor in the All-Star line. Crysler went back in for Henry. Heineman failed to gain on a reverse. Perez, on a reversed, picked up four yards.
Heineman failed to gain on a reverse. Perez, on a reversed picked up four yards. Heineman flopped a nice pass to Crysler complete on All-Star 47 and then chunked a beautiful pass to Carrasco complete on the Ranger 34. Heinemann’s long pass was incomplete. Perez, on a spinner, made five yards through the center of the line. Salcedo picked up; three yards in a delayed end run. Heineman made it first and ten off right end, a beautiful run.
The All-Stars had the ball on the Ranger 22, Heineman lashed off left tackle and cutback to the Ranger 14-yard line Heineman made it first and ten on the Ranger 10. Heineman went off right end to the Ranger four-yard stripe. Heineman was stopped on the next play and was injured on the play. He stayed in, however, after walking around a few seconds El Paso was penalized five-yards for too many times out. Salcedo made the penalty back off right tackle. Heineman fell short of making a touchdown by one-yard and Ranger took the ball. Britt, on a fake punt, made three yards Britt made two more yards in another fake, but Anderson, on the next play, got off a beautiful 35-yard punt against the wind. It went out of bounds on the All-Star 43.
Perez made abut two on a spinner. Salcedo made six yards off his left tackle. Westbrook replaced Payton in the Ranger backfield. Perez made a bad lateral to Heineman but recovered after the All-Star quarterback had been unable to get his hands on the ball. Heineman’s punt was bad, rolling on the ground to the Ranger 36. Britt made four yards but Agnew failed to gain. Anderson failed to gain and then pushed into the end zone for a touchback. Anderson intercepted Heineman’s pass and was downed on the All-Star five-yard line. Salcedo was hurt on the play and had to be helped from the field. Britt made about a yard. Anderson failed to gain as the half ended.
Third Quarter: Heineman kicked off to Britt on the Ranger five-yard line, Britt made a nice return, but fumbled when tacked, and the ball bounded to the Ranger 11-yard line, where Carrasco recovered. Cisneros picked up four yards off right tackle, and Heineman, on a cutback, chased over the touchdown. Cisneros failed to pick up the extra point form placement, and the score was 12 to 7, with the All-Stars in front.
The score was made within a minute and a half after the start of the second half. Britt took Heineman’s kickoff on his five and returned to his 25. Umpire Clyde Wafer ruled interference on the part of Perez on an attempted Ranger pass, giving the Bulldogs their first and 10 of the game on their 45. Wighaman intercepted a Ranger pass on the Bulldog 41. Cisneros failed to gain in a try around right end.
Gains Eight Yards: Heineman, on a spinner, went off right tackle for eight yards and then skirted right end to barely make first and 10 on the Ranger 31. Carrasco was hurt, but stayed in the game. Heineman’s pass looked mighty good, but it was just a little too long for Perez to get his hands on and it was incomplete in the end zone.
Browley replaced Payton for Ranger, Heineman passed to Crysler in the end zone for a touchdown for a net gain of 30 yards, and Heineman kicked point after from placement to make the score 19 to 7.
Westbrook replaced Rhodes for Ranger; Britt took Heineman’s kickoff on his seven and returned to the Ranger 41, turning in a beautiful run. Heineman gathered in Anderson’s wildly thrown pass on the 30 and raced 70 yards for a touchdown, taking advantage of wonderful blocking and turning in a sensational exhibition of broken field running to make the score 25 to 7.
Cisneros failed to kick point after from placement. Buddy Black replaced Heineman in the All-Star backfield and the towheaded little All-Star quarterback was given a tremendous ovation as he trotted to the bench for a rest. Coaches Mack Saxon and Harry Phillips started making wholesale substitutions.
Lopez kicked off to Anderson on his 10 and the big Ranger quarterback returned it to his 31. Anderson failed to gain in a try at the line, but Westbrook picked up seven. Anderson went through to the 50 for a first and 10, the second recorded by the Bulldogs during the game. Britt and Anderson picked up seven, but Britt made one more and then made first and 10 on a fake punt. Anderson made three. Anderson added three and it was third and four. Lester suffered a leg injury, but remained in the game. Anderson’s long pass to Jacoby was incomplete in the end zone.
Britt lashed off left tackle for a first and 10 on the All-Star 23, Anderson picked up tow yards and Walsh made it first and 10 on the 13. Walsh swept around right end to the All-Star five, where Anderson was stopped dead at the line of scrimmage. Anderson made a yard as the quarter ended with the score 25 to 7 in favor of the All-Stars. El Paso now was facing into the wind, but they had the ball on their own four-yard line.
Fourth Quarter: The All-Stars were strengthened by the return to the lineup of most of the first-stringers, and Cisneros made about three through center on a fake punt. Perez made two more through center on a spinner. Browley returned Cisneros’ punt to the All-Star 30, and Wighaman battled down Anderson’s pass.
Anderson couldn’t find a receiver open and just hurled the ball to get rid of it, uttering a prayer at the same time. Anderson passed into the stadium on the north end for a touchback. His passing was with out rhyme or reason as he apparently made no attempt to find a receiver.
Heineman’s pass to Thomas was battled down by Anderson, Cisneros made two yards off right end. Warden intercepted Heineman’s pass on his 30 and Anderson lashed off his right end for 15 yards to the All-Star 15. Anderson passed incomplete to Payton in the end zone. Anderson passed to Browley complete on the All-Star six. Britt picked up one and the All-Stars drew a five-yard penalty for offside, putting the ball on the one-yard stripe. Anderson barely went over, though he was bounced back, and then kicked point after to make the score 25 to 14 in favor of the All-Stars. Cisneros returned Anderson’s punt to the All-Star 26.
Pass Complete: Heineman passed complete to Cisneros on the All-Star 38. Cisneros twisted through the line for an eight-yard gain, but fumbled, and Ranger recovered. Payton took a long pass from Anderson complete on the 14. Anderson passed to Britt and then Walsh made first and 10 on the All-Star three-yard line. Anderson knifed off right tackle for the touchdown and Anderson kicked point after to make it 25 to 21 in favor of the All-Stars. Heineman took Anderson’s kick on his 15 and made a beautiful return to his 44. Both teams were offside on the first play, but Cisneros made three through the line on a reverse.
The All-Stars were offside and drew a five-yard penalty. Cisneros lost three yards, but Heineman passed to Perez for a 14-yard gain, but it was a foot short of first and 10. Cisneros kicked to the Ranger 20, where the ball was killed. Anderson passed to Britt for a five-yard loss. Anderson’s pass was wild and incomplete. Crysler intercepted Anderson’s pass and returned to the Ranger 10 as the game ended, with the All-Stars winning, 25 to 21.
El Paso (25- Pos. -Ranger (21)
Thomas…………………… LE ………………...... Jacoby
Wilson……………………. LT ………………….. Palmer
Arroyo……………………. LG …………………. Warden
Wighaman……………….. C …………………. Bunton
Taylor……………………. RG ………………… Wheeler
Lopez……………………. RT ………………… Donuho
Crysler…………………… RE ………………… Payton
Heineman……………….. QB ………………… Anderson
Carrasco………………… HB ………………… Walsh
Salcedo………………… HB ………………… Westbrook
Perez…………………… FB ………………… Britt
Score by quarters:
El Paso………………… 6 0 19 0-25
Ranger………………… 0 7 0 14-25
El Paso scoring; Touchdowns – Salcedo, Heineman (2); Crysler, Point after touchdown – Heineman, place kick.
Ranger scoring; Touchdowns – Britt, Anderson (3); Points after touchdown – Anderson (3), place-kick.
Substitutions: El Paso – Cisneros for Salcedo; Henry for Crysler; Dearing for Arroyo; Salcedo for Cisneros; Gruber for Taylor; Crysler for Henry; Weissinger for Salcedo; Arroyo for Dearing; Cisneros for Weissinger; Keating for Gruber; Nyffenger for Thomas; Lester for Wighaman; Blanco for Wilson; Black for Heineman; Hernandez for Crysler; Shaw for Lopez; Wighaman for Lester; Sanches for Carrasco; Thomas for Nyffenger; Crysler for Henry; Lopez for Shaw; Carrasco for Sanchez; Gruber for Keating; Wilson for Blaneo.
Ranger – Caraway for Donuhe; Browley for Caraway; Agnew for Palmer; Hartin for Caraway; Westbrook for Payton; Rhodes for Agnew; Browley for Payton; Westbrook for Rhodes; Rhodes for Anderson; Payton for Jacoby; Anderson for Rhodes.