2014: Edward Silva, 83, Star of ’49 Pointers

Fullback Eddie Silva, who passed away recently in San Diego, where he was born, was the leading scorer in the County in 1949 and Point Loma won a championship.

Silva and Marshall (Scooter) Malcolm were touchdown twins for coach Don Giddings’ squad, which posted a 9-1-1 record and rolled to the Southern California minor division championship.

Silva scored 13 touchdowns and 78 points in 11 games. Malcolm added 11 touchdowns as the Pointers raced through the Metropolitan League, stopping only for a 13-13 tie with rival La Jolla.

Point Loma then swept through the playoffs, defeating San Dieguito, 48-7, San Jacinto, 42-12, and Bonita, 27-13.  Silva scored 4 touchdowns in the three playoff games.

Point Loma scored 330 points, with Ed Perreria, Silva, Marshall Malcolm, and Jim Dible (from left) providing the impetus.

Point Loma scored 330 points, with Ed Perreria, Silva, Marshall Malcolm, and Jim Dible (from left) providing impetus.

The Pointers’ only loss was 28-13 in the season opener to San Diego.  Silva scored one touchdown and passed to Malcolm  for the other in that game.

Silva scored twice as Point Loma beat Oceanside, 26-6, in its Metro League opening game and his 50-yard dash opened the scoring for the Pointers in a 47-7 win over Kearny.

After a 27-0 victory  over Coronado, Giddings spoke of his deep, talented team’s  two-platoon system: “Each player can concentrate his talent on either the offensive or defensive phase of his position. For this reason, twenty-two first-string players are twice as happy and fresh as eleven.”

Gene Earl of The San Diego Union offered an enthusiastic endorsement:

“The Pointer backfield of quarterback Jim Dible, backs Marshall Malcolm and Ed Perreira, and fullback Ed Silva, rolls like a well-oiled gyroscope, never a miss as they repeatedly reverse the pigskin three times from the single wing formation before stepping through the yawning holes opened by the Lomans’ forwards.”

Silva earned all-Metropolitan League and all-Southern California honors.

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