McKay also had a record-breaking running attack, powered by his own Sam (Bam) Cunningham, Oklahoma's Greg Pruitt and a spectacular added starter out of Long Beach State, Terry Metcalf. Jordan's East squad, quarterbacked by Terry Davis of Alabama (a non-draftee) and Don Strock of Virginia Tech, marched up the field and down the field for 24 first downs, but despite the talents of Purdue's Otis Armstrong and Miami's Chuck Foreman, the East could only score with field goals by Southern Mississippi's Ray Guy, the Oakland Raiders' first draft choice who may well press George Blanda into retirement.
Pruitt and Metcalf broke loose for the long runs that set up West touchdowns. "It's not so much the way Metcalf runs by you," said Tennessee Tech Linebacker Jim Youngblood, "it's the embarrassment. What you do when he steps around you in the open field is rush back into the huddle and get lost in the crowd before anybody sees your number."
Metcalf, a third-round draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals, got on McKay's roster for this game and the next when Nebraska's Johnny Rodgers signed to play in Canada. Metcalf gained 135 yards through the East, scored one touchdown and set up another to earn the game's MVP award. He is 5'10" and 190 pounds, and he runs the 100 in 9.7. "I haven't signed with St. Louis yet," he said, "but this may help me. I'm counting on the All-Star Game to help, too. I'm going to swing in Chicago."
Metcalf had a rough senior season with a Long Beach team that was 5-6, but McKay had noticed that he scored 16 touchdowns and gained 779 yards. "He is a super runner," McKay said, "but I think you also saw a super blocker out in front of him. Sam Cunningham was knocking down a few cornerbacks on those plays."
McKay complained that although he had tried to keep plays simple for this game there were still problems. "We reduced things to where we had one play called 'fullback run strong,' which meant to the side where our tight end is. Charley Young is 6'4" and 230, but we've got one back who hasn't found him yet."
McKay regarded it all as a tuneup for the Dolphins. "We'll do a hell of a lot more in Chicago," he promised. Said Charley Young: "The idea here was to get acquainted and get all the cadence down, then go up there and really put it on the pros."
The East's Youngblood, who will join Young and Metcalf and Pruitt and the rest at the All-Star camp, was half fearful and half kidding when he considered the two-touchdown defeat by the West. "Boy," he said, "I hope the Dolphins aren't tougher than these guys."