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Member of World Football League
Charlotte, N C. 28280
(704) 377-9424


Mailed: October 21, 1975


NBC TO DO SPECIAL ON HORNETS: NBC-TV rolls into Charlotte on Thursday, October 23 to begin its shooting for a Hornets' feature to be shown on their new innovative sports show "Grandstand" broadcast Sunday afternoons in conjunction with NFL football. NBC selected the Hornets from the World Football League since the Charlotte Hornets are the only team in the league which has all its players on strictly percentage contracts. In fact, the Hornets are the only team in all of professional sports to have this distinction.

HAWAII GAME DESIGNATED AS UNITED WAY NIGHT: In conjunction with Saturday's game versus the Hawaiians, the Chamber of Commerce distributed 8,000 tickets to local businesses at $2.00 a piece. One dollar of these tickets which were sold in blocks of 100 or more to the businesses will go to United Way.

FAN APPRECIATION DAY IS SATURDAY: The Hornets have also designated Saturday's contest versus the Hawaiians as fan appreciation day. For approximately for one half hour before the game, fans will be allowed onto the field to converse with Hornets players or obtain autographs. This will be followed by a special message to the fans by one of the captains upon introduction of the team immediately before the game.

BIRMINGHAM GAME CHANGED TO SATURDAY NIGHT: The Hornets home contest slated for Sunday, November 16 against the Birmingham Vulcans has been changed to Saturday evening, November 15 at 8 p.m. The Hornets hope this change in schedule does not inconvenience anyone and hopes to have a good crowd for this crucial encounter.

"FALL SEASON" SEASON TICKETS STILL AVAILABLE: Season tickets are still available for the Hornets five remaining home games. Good seats are still available. Should the Hornets make the playoffs, it would be possible for a post-season game to be played in Charlotte, and a season ticket would assure the fan of a choice seat. Tickets range from $43.75 to $12.50. Payment plans available.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: John Evenson, Director of Public Relations
3625 NCNB Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28280
Office: (704) 377-9424


Saturday, October 25, 1975 8 p.m.
Memorial Stadium, Charlotte, N.C.
Capacity -- 25,433
THE COACHES: Bob Gibson (Youngstown State '50)
Mike Giddings (California '55)
RECORDS: CHARLOTTE: Won 6, Lost 5 (1-1 in Fall Season)
Hawaiians: Won 4, Lost 7 (1-1 in Fall Season)

San Antonio 27, CHARLOTTE 20 (A)
Memphis 23, CHARLOTTE 11 (A)
CHARLOTTE 27, San Antonio 20 (H)
CHARLOTTE 33, Jacksonville 14 (A)
CHARLOTTE 10, Philadelphia 0 (H)
CHARLOTTE 30, So. California 22 (A)
Birmingham 22, CHARLOTTE 16 (A)
So. California 24, CHARLOTTE 17 (H)
CHARLOTTE 39, Shreveport 14 (A)
CHARLOTTE 22, Jacksonville 15 (H)
Philadelphia 18, CHARLOTTE 10 (A)

Philadelphia 21, Hawaiians 15 (A)
Hawaiians 25, Portland 24 (A)
So. California 37, Hawaiians 19 (H)
Hawaiians 28, Chicago 17 (H)
Memphis 37, Hawaiians 17 (A)
Hawaiians 33, Jacksonville 15 (H)
San Antonio 30, Hawaiians 11 (A)
Shreveport 32, Hawaiians 25 (A)
Birmingham 29, Hawaiians 16 (H)
Hawaiians 14, Philadelphia 13 (H)
So. California 26, Hawaiians 7 (A)

SEASONAL HIGHLIGHTS: OFFENSIVELY, the Hornets suffered through the worst offensive show of the season, gaining only 66 yards rushing while throwing 36 times for 120 yards. Individually, Don Highsmith, the club's leading rusher and scorer, lost two yards in 16 rushing efforts. Highsmith has carried 211 times on the season, gaining 550 yards and 11 TDs. Quarterback Tom Sherman has thrown seven touchdown passes in his 96 completions in in 193 attempts for 1378 yards. James Thompson leads all receivers with 19 catches for 277 yards.

DEFENSIVELY, Jere Brown continues to lead in tackles with a total of 109 - - 87 unassisted and 22 assisted. David Douglas is second with 100 Marty Huff is third, Tom Chandler fourth and Ike Thomas fifth. Larry Shears has five interceptions and Randy Rhino three

SPECIALTY TEAMS: Ike Thomas is averaging 24.8 yards per kick return and Rhino ranks among the league leaders in punt returns with 23 for 214 yards.


WR 36 Tim George DE 83 Lem Burnham
LT 78 Carl Collins DT 79 Karl Lorch
LG 64 John Culpepper DT 74 Levi Stanley
C 52 Charlie Tiblom DE 81 Skip Williams
RG 70 Darrel Bunge LB 54 Jim Kalili
RT 75 Jerome Gantt LB 61 Adrian Young
TE 83 Ray Parson LB 58 Jim Sniadecki
WR 48 James Thompson CB 46 Hal Stringert
QB 19 Tom Sherman CB 41 Willie Williams
RB 32 Don Highsmith WS 8 Chuck Detwiler
RB 44 Lewis Jolley SS 45 Phil Andre
DE 85 Denis Turner WR 82 Tim Delaney
DT 69 Greg Lens LT 70 Pete Solverson
DT 74 David Douglas LG 76 Cornelius Johnson
DE 67 Jerry Ellison C 57 Ken Bowman
LB 51 Jere Brown RG 60 John Wilbur
LB 54 Marty Huff RT 62 Bob Richards
LB 50 Tom Chandler TE 85 Mike Donohue
CB 23 Larry Shears WR 39 Steve Haggerty
CB 9 Sonny Hicks QB 7 Milt Holt
WS 8 Randy Rhino RB 30 Walt Wingard
SS 22 Ike Thomas RB 18 Clayton Heath

HORNETS ON THE AIR: Saturday's Charlotte Hornets vs. Hawaiians game will be broadcast on WBT-Radio, 1110 on the AM dial, featuring Harold Johnson with play-by-play and Matt Snorton doing the color.

SPECIAL GUEST: The Hornets are happy to welcome a crew from the NBC sports series, "Grandstand", who are visiting this week to do a feature on the Charlotte Hornets and the World Football League.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION: John Evenson, Director of Public Relations
3625 NCNB Plaza, Charlotte, NC 28280
Office: (704) 377-9424