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1978 AFA Timeline
 
February 1978
The American Football Association enters an agreement for a loose affiliation with the California Football League.

The AFA will be considered the "Southern Division" while the CFL will be considered the "Western Division".

The two leagues will play their normal schedules inside their own division. At the end of the season, the champions of each league will also play to determine the overall champion.

This season, the CFL teams are Fairfield Flyers, Long Beach Mustangs, Los Angeles Norsemen, Sacramento Buffaloes, San Gabriel Saints, San Jose Tigers, Southern California Rhinos, and the Twin City Cougars.

June 1978

American Football Association logo 1978                      
American Football Association                    
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  Austin Texans logo   Houston Titans logo   Oklahoma Stampede logo   San Antonio Charros logo   Shreveport Steamer logo  
  Austin Texans   Houston Titans   Oklahoma Stampede   San Antonio Charros   Shreveport Steamer
Champion
 
                     
  Wichita Falls Roughnecks logo                  
  Wichita Falls Roughnecks                  
                     

June 24, 1978
While only one week into the season has passed, the Austin Texans have major issues.

As the Texans' team bus departed for their game tonight in Oklahoma City, none of the coaching staff was on board, including head coach Jim Davis.

According to reports, there was a huge dispute that erupted on the practice field on Thursday, causing 10 to 12 players to walk off. Several of those players said they would not make the trip on Saturday. However, when the coaches decided not to go, all players boarded the bus.

Texans president Roger Gill tried to get everyone together. "I tried to encourage Jim (Davis) to make the trip, but he felt like it was in the best interest of the team if he didn't go. Several key players wouldn't have gone, and Jim decided it would be best for him to stay home. The players think they can do a better job of coaching themselves. If they win (tonight), they may give their philosophy some credence. If the lose, everybody needs to do a little introspection."

Gill said offensive lineman Bob Daigle and defensive back Richard Black would be joined by one of the team owners, Buck Stienke, as coaches for the game.

Apparently, several team members were unhappy with the play selection in last week's 30-25 loss to San Antonio. Also, there was some complaints about the paychecks, roughly $100 per player. Everything came to a head when Davis asked running back Leonard Brantley to join the kickoff team. Brantley refused, saying he would quit the team. Davis told him to turn in his uniform, and that's when the other players walked off, too.

At a player's meeting on Friday, the biggest problems seemed to be lack of communication between the coaching staff and the players, and concern about their insurance coverage.

Gill said he has a 'wait and see' attitude about the situation. "I'll make a decision on the coaching situation after Saturday's game. This is a weekend trial. We're going to let the players go up there and do their thing."

Game Results
 
Austin Texans logo     Austin Texans logo
Owner:     Roger Gill
Head coaches:   Jim Davis (game 1)
Two players and a co-owner (game 2)
Ray Jackson (games 3-10)
Stadium:   Nelson Field (12,000)
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  06/17/1978     San Antonio Charros 5,000 L 30-25
06/24/1978   at Oklahoma Stampede --- L 32-20
07/01/1978   Shreveport Steamer ??? L 21-13
07/08/1978   at Wichita Falls Roughnecks   --- W 20-16
07/15/1978   Houston Titans 500 L 21-19
07/22/1978   at San Antonio Charros --- L 42-14
07/29/1978   Oklahoma Stampede ??? L 33-29
08/05/1978   at Shreveport Steamer --- L 31-12
08/12/1978   Wichita Falls Roughnecks ??? L 20-0
08/19/1978   at Houston Titans --- L 57-6
  Final Season Results: 1-9
 
 
Houston Titans logo
Owner:     Fred Pierce
Head coach:   John Douglas
Stadium:   Butler Stadium
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  06/17/1978     Oklahoma Stampede ??? W 31-7
06/24/1978   at Shreveport Steamer --- W 29-28
07/01/1978   Wichita Falls Roughnecks ??? W 15-6
07/08/1978   at San Antonio Charros --- L 31-27
07/15/1978   at Austin Texans --- W 21-19
07/22/1978   at Oklahoma Stampede --- L 32-14
07/29/1978   at Shreveport Steamer --- L 50-0
08/05/1978   at Wichita Falls Roughnecks   --- L 11-9
08/12/1978   San Antonio Charros ??? W 22-7
08/19/1978   Austin Texans ??? W 57-6
  Regular Season Results: 6-4
  First Round Playoffs
08/26/1978   at San Antonio Charros --- L 25-7
  Post Season Results: 0-1
  Final Season Results: 6-5
 
 
Oklahoma Stampede logo     Oklahoma Stampede logo
Owner:     League owned
Head coach:   Ben Hart
Stadium:   Taft Stadium
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  06/10/1978     at Shreveport Steamer --- L 33-6
  Regular Season
06/17/1978   at Houston Titans --- L 31-7
06/24/1978   Austin Texans 400 W 32-20
07/01/1978   San Antonio Charros 400 W 11-10
07/08/1978   at Shreveport Steamer --- L 42-27
07/15/1978   Wichita Falls Roughnecks 762 W 51-0
07/22/1978   Houston Titans 650 W 32-14
07/29/1978   at Austin Texans --- W 33-29
08/05/1978   at San Antonio Charros --- L 15-14
08/12/1978   Shreveport Steamer ??? L 35-33
08/19/1978   at Wichita Falls Roughnecks   --- W 14-7
  Regular Season Results: 6-4
  First Round Playoffs
09/02/1978   at Shreveport Steamer --- L 14-0
  Post Season Results: 0-1
  Final Season Results: 6-5
 
 
San Antonio Charros logo     San Antonio Charros logo
Owner:     ???
Head coach:   George Pasterchick
Stadium:   Harlandale Memorial Stadium
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  06/17/1978     at Austin Texans --- W 30-25
06/24/1978   Wichita Falls Roughnecks ??? W 28-0
07/01/1978   at Oklahoma Stampede --- L 11-10
07/08/1978   Houston Titans ??? W 31-27
07/15/1978   at Shreveport Steamer --- L 38-25
07/22/1978   Austin Texans ??? W 42-14
07/29/1978   at Wichita Falls Roughnecks   --- W 48-21
08/05/1978   Oklahoma Stampede ??? W 15-14
08/12/1978   at Houston Titans --- L 22-7
08/19/1978   Shreveport Steamer 2,000 L 8-6
  Regular Season Results: 6-4
  First Round Playoffs
08/26/1978   Houston Titans ??? W 25-7
  American Football Association Championship
09/16/1978   at Shreveport Steamer --- L (OT) 17-14
  Post Season Results: 1-1
  Final Season Results: 7-5
 
 
Shreveport Steamer logo     Shreveport Steamer logo
Owner:     Harry Lander
Head coach:   Harry Lander
Stadium:   State Fair Stadium (52,000)
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Preseason
  06/10/1978     Oklahoma Stampede 5,688 W 33-6
  Regular Season
  06/17/1978     at Wichita Falls Roughnecks   --- W 32-16
06/24/1978   Houston Titans 7,286 L 29-28
07/01/1978   at Austin Texans --- W 21-13
07/08/1978   Oklahoma Stampede 6,800 W 42-27
07/15/1978   San Antonio Charros 8,643 W 38-25
07/22/1978   Wichita Falls Roughnecks 8,874 W 90-0
07/29/1978   Houston Titans 13,884 W 50-0
08/05/1978   Austin Texans 11,051 W 31-12
08/12/1978   at Oklahoma Stampede --- W 35-33
08/19/1978   at San Antonio Charros --- W 8-6
  Regular Season Results: 9-1
  First Round Playoffs
09/02/1978   Oklahoma Stampede 10,211 W 14-0
  American Football Association Championship
09/16/1978   Shreveport Steamer 8,000 W (OT) 17-14
1978 American Football Association champions
  American Football Association vs California Football League
  Championship "King Kong Bowl"
09/30/1978   San Jose Tigers 16,500 L 32-6
  Post Season Results: 2-1
  Final Season Results: 11-2
 
 
Wichita Falls Roughnecks logo
Owner:     ???
Head coaches:   James Reed
Ray McGowan
Stadium:   ???
     
Date Opponent   Attendance     Result     Score  
  Regular Season
  06/17/1978     Shreveport Steamer ??? L 32-16
06/24/1978   at San Antonio Charros --- L 28-0
07/01/1978   at Houston Titans --- L 15-6
07/08/1978   Austin Texans ??? L 20-16
07/15/1978   at Oklahoma Stampede   --- L 51-0
07/22/1978   at Shreveport Steamer --- L 90-0
07/29/1978   San Antonio Charros ??? L 48-21
08/05/1978   Houston Titans ??? W 11-9
08/12/1978   at Austin Texans --- W 20-0
08/19/1978   Oklahoma Stampede ??? L 14-7
  Final Season Results: 2-8


Photographs and Articles
 
Preseason
 
Photograph
06/10/1978 - PRESEASON
Oklahoma Stampede at Shreveport Steamer
 
Photograph
06/10/1978 - PRESEASON
Oklahoma Stampede at Shreveport Steamer
Oklahoma: Jo Jo Stanfield (22)
 
Regular Season
 
Photograph
06/17/1978
San Antonio Charros at Austin Texans

San Antonio: David Wehmeyer (35)
 
Article
Austin American-Statesman
 
Article     Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Photograph
06/24/1978
Austin Texans at Oklahoma Stampede

Oklahoma: George Palmer (35)
Austin: David Terrazas (75)
 
Article
The Daily Oklahoman
 
Photograph
06/24/1978
Wichita Falls Roughnecks at San Antonio Charros

San Antonio: Surcie Thompson (74), Scott DeShay (??)
Wichita Falls: Glen Ray (12)
 
Article
The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise
 
Photograph
06/24/1978
Houston Titans at Shreveport Steamer

Houston: Garland Montgomery (??)
 
Photograph
07/01/1978
San Antonio Charros at Oklahoma Stampede

San Antonio: Joe Gross (9)
Oklahoma: Jim Stone (40)
 
Article
The Daily Oklahoman
 
Photograph
07/01/1978
Shreveport Steamer at Austin Texans

Shreveport: Mike Morrison (9)
 
Article
Austin American-Statesman
 
Photograph
07/08/1978
Oklahoma Stampede at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Ernest Williams (20), Andrew Jackson (??)
Oklahoma: Milt Kirven (15), Royce Howard (45)
 
Article
The Shreveport Journal
 
Article
Austin American-Statesman
 
Article
The Shreveport Journal
 
Photograph
07/15/1978
Houston Titans at Austin Texans

Houston: Jessie Dumas (??)
 
Article
Austin American-Statesman
 
Photograph
07/15/1978
San Antonio Charros at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Ron Johnson (89)
 
Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Article
The Daily Oklahoman
 
Photograph
07/22/1978
Wichita Falls Roughnecks at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Clyde Walker (8)
 
Photograph
07/22/1978
Wichita Falls Roughnecks at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Randy Fry (44)
 
Photograph
07/22/1978
Wichita Falls Roughnecks at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: RB Rudy Thomas (36), Edwin Scott (15)
 
ArticleArticle
The Shreveport Times
 
Article
Austin American-Statesman
 
Photograph
07/22/1978
Houston Titans at Oklahoma Stampede

Houston: Garland Montgomery (10)
Oklahoma: Jim Stone (??)
 
Article
The Daily Oklahoman
 
Photograph
07/29/1978
Houston Titans at Shreveport Steamer

Houston: Al Barrett (45)
 
Photograph
07/29/1978
Houston Titans at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Derrick Battle (42), Keith Alexander (47), A. T. Banks (40)
 
Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Photograph
07/29/1978
Oklahoma Stampede at Austin Texans

Oklahoma: John Eastep (??)
 
Article
Austin American-Statesman
 
Photograph
08/05/1978
Austin Texans at Shreveport Steamer

Austin: Leonard Brantley (??)
Shreveport: Derrick Battle (??)
 
Photograph
08/05/1978
Austin Texans at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Rudy Thomas (36)
 
Photograph
08/05/1978
Austin Texans at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Rudy Thomas (36)
 
Article
Austin American-Statesman
 
Article
The Daily Oklahoman
 
Article
Article
Austin American-Statesman
 
Article
The Daily Oklahoman
 
Photograph
08/19/1978
Shreveport Steamer at San Antonio Charros

Shreveport: Marty Smith (54), Hugh Stanley (51)
San Antonio: Tom Whither (81)
 
Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Article
Austin American-Statesman
 
Article
The Daily Oklahoman
 
Playoffs
 
Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Photograph
09/02/1978 - FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF
Oklahoma Stampede at Shreveport Steamer
Shreveport: Rudy Thomas (36)
 
Photograph
09/02/1978 - FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF
Oklahoma Stampede at Shreveport Steamer
 
Photograph
09/02/1978 - FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF
Oklahoma Stampede at Shreveport Steamer
Shreveport: Hugh Stanley (??)
Oklahoma: Mike Mitchell (42)
 
Photograph
09/02/1978 - FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF
Oklahoma Stampede at Shreveport Steamer
 
Photograph
09/02/1978 - FIRST ROUND PLAYOFF
Oklahoma Stampede at Shreveport Steamer
 
Article
The Shreveport Times
 
Article
The Daily Oklahoman
 
Championship Game
 
Photograph
09/16/1978 - AMERICAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIP
San Antonio Charros at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Earnest Williams (20)
 
Photograph
09/16/1978 - AMERICAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION CHAMPIONSHIP
San Antonio Charros at Shreveport Steamer
 
Article
The Shreveport Times
 
American Football Association vs California Football League Championship Game
     (also referred to as the "King Kong Bowl")
 
Photograph
09/30/1978 - AMERICAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION VS CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
San Jose Tigers at Shreveport Steamer

San Jose Tigers: Pat Kohlman (44)
 
Photograph
09/30/1978 - AMERICAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION VS CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
San Jose Tigers at Shreveport Steamer

Shreveport: Rudy Thomas (36)
 
Photograph
09/30/1978 - AMERICAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION VS CALIFORNIA FOOTBALL LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP
San Jose Tigers at Shreveport Steamer

San Jose Tigers: Craig Kimball (17)
 
Article
The Shreveport Times
 
 
Programs
   
Program Program
07/01/1977
San Antonio Charros at Oklahoma Stampede
courtesy of Jordan Morgan
07/15/1978
Houston Titans at Austin Texans
courtesy of Richard Paulk
   
Program  
07/22/1978
Houston Titans at Oklahoma Stampede
courtesy of Jordan Morgan
 
   
Program Program
08/05/1978
Austin Texans at Shreveport Steamer
1978 DATE UNKNOWN
UNKNOWN at San Antonio Charros
   
   
Miscellaneous
 
Article
 
Photograph     Photograph
Oklahoma Stampede jersey
courtesy of Jordan Morgan
 
Miscellaneous
Cartoon featured in the Shreveport Journal on the day of the AFA Championship game
 
Photograph
Shreveport Steamer cheerleaders
(l to r) Linda Effinger, Wanda Pickering, Cindy Rowe, Iris Stephens, Terri Pollard
 
 
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