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8-4-2, Finished 2nd in AAFC East Division  · 1947 AAFC Season Summary

Scored 320 points (22.9/g), 5th of 8 in the AAFC. Allowed 288 points (20.6/g), 5th.
 Differential of 32 points (2.3/g), 5th.  Expected W-L: 7.9-6.1.

Coach: Red Dawson (8-4-2)

 Training Camp: Hamilton Tigers' Practice Field (Hamilton, Ontario)

Team Info

Principal Owner James Breuil
General Manager Carl Owen

Team Stats and Rankings

Tot Yds & TO Passing Rushing
Player PF Yds Ply Y/P TO FL 1stPy 1stD Cmp Att Yds TD Int NY/A 1stD Att Yds TD Y/A 1stD
Team Offense 320 4108 763 5.4 40 17 7 175 129 267 1891 24 23 7.1 59 496 2217 18 4.5 109
Team Defense 288 4147 767 5.4 32 14 9 182 133 260 1929 14 18 7.4 64 507 2218 22 4.4 109
Lg Rank Offense 5 4 6 4 4 6 6 2 5 4 3 4 5 4
Lg Rank Defense 5 5 7 6 5 2 4 2 5 3 5 5 6 5

Team Games & Schedule

W# Day Date OT Rec Opp Tm Opp 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO 1stD TotYd PassY RushY TO
1 Sun August 31 boxscore W 1-0 New York Yankees 28 24 11 258 121 137 1 17 399 229 170 3
1 Fri September 5 boxscore L 1-1 @ Cleveland Browns 14 30 13 332 24 308 5 11 332 139 193 2
3 Sun September 14 boxscore W 2-1 Chicago Rockets 28 20 11 265 102 163 2 16 330 175 155 3
4 Fri September 19 boxscore W 3-1 @ Chicago Rockets 31 14 15 448 304 144 2 9 245 162 83 1
5 Sun September 28 boxscore L 3-2 San Francisco 49ers 24 41 8 279 134 145 4 22 408 131 277 2
5 Sun October 5 boxscore W 4-2 @ Los Angeles Dons 27 25 10 272 185 87 2 16 356 227 129 5
7 Sun October 12 boxscore W 5-2 Baltimore Colts 20 15 14 335 96 239 13 266 197 69 1
7 Fri October 17 boxscore T 5-2-1 @ Brooklyn Dodgers 14 14 13 283 81 202 1 12 286 12 274 2
9 Sun October 26 boxscore W 6-2-1 Brooklyn Dodgers 35 7 22 426 171 255 1 6 140 28 112 2
10 Sun November 2 boxscore L 6-3-1 Cleveland Browns 7 28 13 252 167 85 1 13 392 256 136 2
11 Sun November 9 boxscore W 7-3-1 Los Angeles Dons 25 0 6 90 10 80 8 180 42 138
12 Sun November 23 boxscore W 8-3-1 @ Baltimore Colts 33 14 16 325 93 232 4 11 240 143 97 3
13 Sun November 30 boxscore L 8-4-1 @ New York Yankees 13 35 10 202 115 87 5 17 360 106 254 1
14 Sun December 7 boxscore T 8-4-2 @ San Francisco 49ers 21 21 14 297 176 121 4 11 229 98 131 2

Passing

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS QBrec Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD TD% Int Int% Lng Y/A AY/A Y/C Y/G Rate QBR Sk SkYds NY/A ANY/A Sk% 4QC GWD
George Ratterman 21 QB 14 4 124 244 50.8% 1840 22 9.0 20 8.2 61 7.5 5.7 14.8 131.4 71.8 0 0
George Terlep 24 qb 11 1 5 23 21.7% 51 2 8.7 3 13.0 0 2.2 -1.9 10.2 4.6 29.0 0 0
Team Total 26.6 14 129 267 48.3% 1891 24 9.0 23 8.6 61 7.1 5.0 14.7 135.1 65.9 0 0
Opp Total 14 133 260 51.2% 1929 14 5.4 18 6.9 7.4 5.38 14.5 137.8 64.7 0 0 7.4 5.4 0.0

Rushing & Receiving

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Rushing Receiving
No. Player Age Pos G GS Att Yds TD Lng Y/A Y/G A/G Rec Yds Y/R TD Lng R/G Y/G YScm RRTD Fmb
Chet Mutryn 26 KR/LH/PR 14 14 140 868 9 50 6.2 62.0 10.0 10 176 17.6 2 58 0.7 12.6 1044 11 0
Lou Tomasetti 31 fb 13 6 92 326 2 0 3.5 25.1 7.1 13 125 9.6 0 0 1.0 9.6 451 2 0
Julie Rykovich 24 RH 12 9 92 414 4 0 4.5 34.5 7.7 4 44 11.0 0 0 0.3 3.7 458 4 0
Vic Kulbitski 26 FB 13 7 56 249 1 0 4.4 19.2 4.3 9 117 13.0 4 0 0.7 9.0 366 5 0
George Koch 28 hb 13 3 37 149 1 0 4.0 11.5 2.8 1 10 10.0 0 10 0.1 0.8 159 1 0
Steve Juzwik 29 K 10 3 26 130 0 0 5.0 13.0 2.6 5 35 7.0 1 0 0.5 3.5 165 1 0
George Ratterman 21 QB 14 4 17 -49 1 0 -2.9 -3.5 1.2 -49 1 0
Fred Evans 26 4 0 11 14 0 0 1.3 3.5 2.8 1 31 31.0 1 31 0.3 7.8 45 1 0
Alex Wizbicki 26 db 13 2 9 44 0 0 4.9 3.4 0.7 44 0 0
Buckets Hirsch 26 qb 14 2 4 7 0 0 1.8 0.5 0.3 7 0 0
George Terlep 24 qb 11 1 4 11 0 0 2.8 1.0 0.4 11 0 0
Lamar Blount 27 5 0 3 7 0 0 2.3 1.4 0.6 8 148 18.5 0 0 1.6 29.6 155 0 0
Pug Manders 34 3 0 3 15 0 0 5.0 5.0 1.0 15 0 0
Albie Reisz 30 P 13 0 2 32 0 0 16.0 2.5 0.2 32 0 0
Fay King 25 e 14 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 26 382 14.7 6 0 1.9 27.3 382 6 0
Al Baldwin 24 le 14 5 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 25 468 18.7 7 59 1.8 33.4 468 7 0
Al Coppage 31 RE 13 10 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 20 226 11.3 2 0 1.5 17.4 226 2 0
Paul Gibson 23 LE 14 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 8 154 19.3 0 0 0.6 11.0 154 0 0
Ray Kuffel 26 e 7 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 3 37 12.3 0 0 0.4 5.3 37 0 0
Marty Comer 30 de 14 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 75 37.5 1 0 0.1 5.4 75 1 0
Vince Mazza 22 e 13 2 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0 2 11 5.5 0 0 0.2 0.8 11 0 0
Team Total 26.6 14 496 2217 18 50 4.5 158.4 35.4 137 2039 14.9 24 59 9.8 145.6 4256 42 0
Opp Total 14 507 2218 22 4.4 158.4 36.2 133 1929 14.5 14 9.5 137.8 4147 36 34

Kick & Punt Returns

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Punt Returns Kick Returns
No. Player Age Pos G GS Ret Yds TD Lng Y/R Rt Yds TD Lng Y/Rt APYd
Chet Mutryn 26 KR/LH/PR 14 14 13 187 0 0 14.4 21 691 1 87 32.9 1922
Julie Rykovich 24 RH 12 9 7 93 0 0 13.3 12 257 0 0 21.4 808
Alex Wizbicki 26 db 13 2 9 105 0 0 11.7 5 164 1 91 32.8 313
Steve Juzwik 29 K 10 3 4 36 0 0 9.0 1 20 0 20 20.0 221
George Koch 28 hb 13 3 4 84 0 0 21.0 1 12 0 12 12.0 255
Fred Evans 26 4 0 3 10 0 0 3.3 1 0 0 0 0.0 55
Lou Tomasetti 31 fb 13 6 4 74 0 0 18.5 525
Al Coppage 31 RE 13 10 2 28 0 0 14.0 254
Vic Kulbitski 26 FB 13 7 1 13 0 13 13.0 1 19 0 19 19.0 398
Al Baldwin 24 le 14 5 1 6 0 6 6.0 474
Chet Kozel 28 lt 12 9 1 11 0 11 11.0 11
George Terlep 24 qb 11 1 1 17 0 17 17.0 28
Team Total 26.6 14 42 545 0 17 13.0 50 1282 2 91 25.6 6083
Opp Total 14 29 1996 0 68.8 58 1357 0 23.4

Kicking & Punting

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games 0-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Scoring Punting
No. Player Age Pos G GS FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FGA FGM FG% XPA XPM XP% Pnt Yds Lng Blck Y/P
Albie Reisz 30 P 13 0 57 2107 0 0 37.0
Steve Juzwik 29 K 10 3 3 2 66.7%% 32 28 87.5%%
Graham Armstrong 29 LT 14 8 1 0.0%% 10 8 80.0%%
Chet Mutryn 26 KR/LH/PR 14 14 2 1 50.0%%
Vic Kulbitski 26 FB 13 7 1 1 100.0%%
George Ratterman 21 QB 14 4 1 0.0%%
Team Total 26.6 14 4 2 50.0%% 46 38 82.6%% 57 2107 0 0 37.0
Opp Total 14 10 4 40.0%% 39 36 92.3%% 64 2695 42.1

Defense & Fumbles

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
Games Def Interceptions Fumbles Sacks & Tackles
No. Player Age Pos G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty
Buckets Hirsch 26 qb 14 2 3 73 1 45 0
George Koch 28 hb 13 3 3 24 0 0 0
Al Baldwin 24 le 14 5 2 90 0 0 0
Felto Prewitt 23 C 13 10 2 20 0 0 0
Julie Rykovich 24 RH 12 9 2 61 0 0 0
Bert Corley 27 c 13 4 1 41 0 41 0
Vic Kulbitski 26 FB 13 7 1 14 0 14 0
Vince Mazza 22 e 13 2 1 26 0 26 0
Chet Mutryn 26 KR/LH/PR 14 14 1 11 0 11 0
George Terlep 24 qb 11 1 1 0 0 0 0
Lou Tomasetti 31 fb 13 6 1 44 1 44 0
Team Total 26.6 14 18 404 2 45 0
Opp Total 14 34 20 3

Scoring Summary

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+)
No. Player Age Pos G GS RshTD RecTD PR TD KR TD FblTD IntTD OthTD AllTD 2PM XPM FGM Sfty Pts Pts/G
Chet Mutryn 26 KR/LH/PR 14 14 9 2 1 12 1 73
Al Baldwin 24 le 14 5 7 7 42
Steve Juzwik 29 K 10 3 1 1 28 2 40
Fay King 25 e 14 2 6 6 36
Vic Kulbitski 26 FB 13 7 1 4 5 1 31
Julie Rykovich 24 RH 12 9 4 4 24
Lou Tomasetti 31 fb 13 6 2 1 3 18
Al Coppage 31 RE 13 10 2 2 12
Graham Armstrong 29 LT 14 8 8 8
Marty Comer 30 de 14 2 1 1 6
Fred Evans 26 4 0 1 1 6
Buckets Hirsch 26 qb 14 2 1 1 6
George Koch 28 hb 13 3 1 1 6
George Ratterman 21 QB 14 4 1 1 6
Alex Wizbicki 26 db 13 2 1 1 6
Team Total 26.6 14 18 24 2 2 46 38 2 320
Opp Total 14 22 14 1 2 36 4 3 288

Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1947-08-31 NYY W, 28-24 1 1 rush George Ratterman 1 yard rush (Steve Juzwik kick)
2 1947-08-31 NYY W, 28-24 2 39 pass Fay King 39 yard pass from George Ratterman (Steve Juzwik kick)
3 1947-08-31 NYY W, 28-24 3 1 rush George Koch 1 yard rush (Steve Juzwik kick)
4 1947-08-31 NYY W, 28-24 4 8 pass Chet Mutryn 8 yard pass from George Ratterman (Steve Juzwik kick)
5 1947-09-05 @ CLE L, 14-30 3 3 rush Lou Tomasetti 3 yard rush (Steve Juzwik kick)
6 1947-09-05 @ CLE L, 14-30 3 3 pass Al Coppage 3 yard pass from George Ratterman (Steve Juzwik kick)
7 1947-09-14 CHR W, 28-20 2 2 rush Vic Kulbitski 2 yard rush (Steve Juzwik kick)
8 1947-09-14 CHR W, 28-20 3 5 pass Fay King 5 yard pass from George Ratterman (Steve Juzwik kick)
9 1947-09-14 CHR W, 28-20 4 13 rush Chet Mutryn 13 yard rush (Steve Juzwik kick)
10 1947-09-14 CHR W, 28-20 4 31 pass Fred Evans 31 yard pass from George Terlep (Steve Juzwik kick)
11 1947-09-19 @ CHR W, 31-14 1 5 pass Al Baldwin 5 yard pass from George Ratterman (Steve Juzwik kick)
12 1947-09-19 @ CHR W, 31-14 2 2 pass Vic Kulbitski 2 yard pass from George Ratterman (Steve Juzwik kick)
13 1947-09-19 @ CHR W, 31-14 3 58 pass Chet Mutryn 58 yard pass from George Ratterman (Steve Juzwik kick)
14 1947-09-19 @ CHR W, 31-14 4 18 pass Fay King 18 yard pass from George Ratterman (Steve Juzwik kick)
15 1947-09-28 SFO L, 24-41 1 14 rush Julie Rykovich 14 yard rush (Steve Juzwik kick)
16 1947-09-28 SFO L, 24-41 2 58 pass Al Baldwin 58 yard pass from George Ratterman (Steve Juzwik kick)
17 1947-09-28 SFO L, 24-41 3 87 kickoff Chet Mutryn 87 yard kickoff return (Steve Juzwik kick)
18 1947-10-05 @ LAD W, 27-25 1 32 pass Al Baldwin 32 yard pass from George Ratterman (Steve Juzwik kick)
19 1947-10-05 @ LAD W, 27-25 1 61 pass Fay King 61 yard pass from George Ratterman (Steve Juzwik kick)
20 1947-10-05 @ LAD W, 27-25 1 7 rush Chet Mutryn 7 yard rush
21 1947-10-05 @ LAD W, 27-25 3 22 pass Steve Juzwik 22 yard pass from George Ratterman (Steve Juzwik kick)
22 1947-10-12 BCL W, 20-15 2 2 rush Chet Mutryn 2 yard rush (Steve Juzwik kick)
23 1947-10-12 BCL W, 20-15 3 31 pass Al Baldwin 31 yard pass from George Ratterman (Chet Mutryn kick)
24 1947-10-12 BCL W, 20-15 4 8 rush Chet Mutryn 8 yard rush
25 1947-10-17 @ BDA T, 14-14 1 91 kickoff Alex Wizbicki 91 yard kickoff return (Graham Armstrong kick)
26 1947-10-17 @ BDA T, 14-14 2 14 rush Chet Mutryn 14 yard rush (Graham Armstrong kick)
27 1947-10-26 BDA W, 35-7 2 5 rush Julie Rykovich 5 yard rush (Graham Armstrong kick)
28 1947-10-26 BDA W, 35-7 2 38 pass Vic Kulbitski 38 yard pass from George Ratterman (Graham Armstrong kick)
29 1947-10-26 BDA W, 35-7 3 2 rush Lou Tomasetti 2 yard rush (Graham Armstrong kick)
30 1947-10-26 BDA W, 35-7 3 20 pass Vic Kulbitski 20 yard pass from George Ratterman (Graham Armstrong kick)
31 1947-10-26 BDA W, 35-7 3 44 interception Lou Tomasetti 44 yard interception return (Graham Armstrong kick)
32 1947-11-02 CLE L, 7-28 4 11 pass Al Baldwin 11 yard pass from George Ratterman (Graham Armstrong kick)
33 1947-11-09 LAD W, 25-0 1 27 pass Al Baldwin 27 yard pass from George Ratterman
34 1947-11-09 LAD W, 25-0 3 11 rush Chet Mutryn 11 yard rush (pass failed)
35 1947-11-09 LAD W, 25-0 3 6 rush Chet Mutryn 6 yard rush (Vic Kulbitski run)
36 1947-11-09 LAD W, 25-0 4 16 pass Vic Kulbitski 16 yard pass from George Terlep
37 1947-11-23 @ BCL W, 33-14 1 3 rush Chet Mutryn 3 yard rush (Steve Juzwik kick)
38 1947-11-23 @ BCL W, 33-14 2 45 interception Buckets Hirsch 45 yard interception return
39 1947-11-23 @ BCL W, 33-14 3 56 pass Marty Comer 56 yard pass from George Ratterman
40 1947-11-23 @ BCL W, 33-14 3 2 rush Julie Rykovich 2 yard rush (Steve Juzwik kick)
41 1947-11-23 @ BCL W, 33-14 4 3 rush Chet Mutryn 3 yard rush (Steve Juzwik kick)
42 1947-11-30 @ NYY L, 13-35 2 2 rush Julie Rykovich 2 yard rush
43 1947-11-30 @ NYY L, 13-35 4 59 pass Al Baldwin 59 yard pass from George Ratterman (Steve Juzwik kick)
44 1947-12-07 @ SFO T, 21-21 2 7 pass Al Coppage 7 yard pass from George Ratterman (Steve Juzwik kick)
45 1947-12-07 @ SFO T, 21-21 4 12 pass Paul Gibson 12 yard pass from George Ratterman (Steve Juzwik kick)
46 1947-12-07 @ SFO T, 21-21 4 13 pass Fay King 13 yard pass from George Ratterman (Steve Juzwik kick)

Opponent Touchdown Log

Rk Date Opp Result Quarter Dist Type
1 1947-08-31 NYY L, 24-28 1 3 rush Eddie Prokop 3 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
2 1947-08-31 NYY L, 24-28 2 17 rush Spec Sanders 17 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
3 1947-08-31 NYY L, 24-28 3 50 pass Buddy Young 50 yard pass from Spec Sanders (Harvey Johnson kick)
4 1947-09-05 @ CLE W, 30-14 1 11 rush Edgar Jones 11 yard rush
5 1947-09-05 @ CLE W, 30-14 1 3 rush Marion Motley 3 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
6 1947-09-05 @ CLE W, 30-14 2 48 interception Marion Motley 48 yard interception return (Lou Groza kick)
7 1947-09-05 @ CLE W, 30-14 2 51 pass Dante Lavelli 51 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
8 1947-09-14 CHR L, 20-28 3 pass Bill Schroeder yard pass from Sam Vacanti
9 1947-09-14 CHR L, 20-28 4 41 pass Ray Ramsey 41 yard pass from Sam Vacanti (John Rokisky kick)
10 1947-09-14 CHR L, 20-28 4 6 pass Max Morris 6 yard pass from Sam Vacanti (John Rokisky kick)
11 1947-09-19 @ CHR L, 14-31 2 76 pass Elroy Hirsch 76 yard pass from Sam Vacanti (John Rokisky kick)
12 1947-09-19 @ CHR L, 14-31 2 1 rush Elroy Hirsch 1 yard rush (John Rokisky kick)
13 1947-09-28 SFO W, 41-24 2 1 rush Frankie Albert 1 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
14 1947-09-28 SFO W, 41-24 3 14 pass Alyn Beals 14 yard pass from Jesse Freitas (Joe Vetrano kick)
15 1947-09-28 SFO W, 41-24 3 14 rush Frankie Albert 14 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
16 1947-09-28 SFO W, 41-24 4 3 rush Norm Standlee 3 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
17 1947-09-28 SFO W, 41-24 4 2 rush Frankie Albert 2 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
18 1947-09-28 SFO W, 41-24 4 2 rush Johnny Strzykalski 2 yard rush (pass failed)
19 1947-10-05 @ LAD L, 25-27 1 5 rush Charlie O'Rourke 5 yard rush (Ben Agajanian kick)
20 1947-10-05 @ LAD L, 25-27 3 pass Joe Aguirre yard pass from Charlie O'Rourke (Ben Agajanian kick)
21 1947-10-05 @ LAD L, 25-27 3 pass Joe Aguirre yard pass from Charlie O'Rourke (Ben Agajanian kick)
22 1947-10-12 BCL L, 15-20 2 6 rush Bud Schwenk 6 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
23 1947-10-17 @ BDA T, 14-14 1 18 rush Al Akins 18 yard rush (Phil Martinovich kick)
24 1947-10-17 @ BDA T, 14-14 4 84 rush Bob Hoernschemeyer 84 yard rush (Phil Martinovich kick)
25 1947-10-26 BDA L, 7-35 1 41 rush Mickey Colmer 41 yard rush (Phil Martinovich kick)
26 1947-11-02 CLE W, 28-7 1 12 rush Edgar Jones 12 yard rush (Lou Groza kick)
27 1947-11-02 CLE W, 28-7 2 11 pass Dante Lavelli 11 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
28 1947-11-02 CLE W, 28-7 3 99 pass Mac Speedie 99 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
29 1947-11-02 CLE W, 28-7 4 39 pass John Yonakor 39 yard pass from Otto Graham (Lou Groza kick)
30 1947-11-23 @ BCL L, 14-33 2 17 pass Billy Hillenbrand 17 yard pass from Bud Schwenk (Augie Lio kick)
31 1947-11-23 @ BCL L, 14-33 4 1 rush Andy Dudish 1 yard rush (Augie Lio kick)
32 1947-11-30 @ NYY W, 35-13 1 1 rush Buddy Young 1 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
33 1947-11-30 @ NYY W, 35-13 1 59 fumble Lou Sossamon 59 yard fumble return (Harvey Johnson kick)
34 1947-11-30 @ NYY W, 35-13 3 1 rush Spec Sanders 1 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
35 1947-11-30 @ NYY W, 35-13 4 1 rush Spec Sanders 1 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
36 1947-11-30 @ NYY W, 35-13 4 56 rush Spec Sanders 56 yard rush (Harvey Johnson kick)
37 1947-12-07 @ SFO T, 21-21 2 pass Nick Susoeff yard pass from Frankie Albert (Joe Vetrano kick)
38 1947-12-07 @ SFO T, 21-21 4 2 rush Ned Mathews 2 yard rush (Joe Vetrano kick)
39 1947-12-07 @ SFO T, 21-21 4 35 interception Ned Mathews 35 yard interception return (Joe Vetrano kick)