The Redskins brought mystery and suspense to today's scrimmage against the Baltimore Colt rookies and veterans. Call it The Case of the Missing Football Team. "The only guy who lost his poise today was our bus driver," said quarterback Kim McQuilken, who distinguished himself by throwing the touchdown pass in a 6-0 Redskin triumph before an estimated 12,000 fans.
Washington's bus driver took what he said was a shortcut en route from the team's training camp in Carlisle, Pa. Instead, he turned a less-than-two-hour trip into an almost 3 1/2-hour tour of Maryland.
"At one point," said Coach Jack Pardee, "I guess I was about 20 miles from my home in Middleburg, Va. I though we were going home instead of playing."
Washington Finally arrived in time to gets things underway an hour later than scheduled. The patient fans wound up seeing a nice effort by McQuilken, and a decent demonstration by the Redskin defense. They also saw a future star for the Colts, top draft choice Barry Krauss, who caught the eye of that old linebacker, Pardee.
"He is impressive," Pardee said. "He goes sideline to sideline and he gets away from blocks. I like him."
Krauss was the standout player. Unfortunately, for the Colt, he couldn't play quarterback, too.
Baltimore's man at that spot, Mike Kirkland, struggled throughout. His receivers had trouble hanging onto the ball and his blockers had difficulty holding off the Redskin's front four.
Kirkland did complete eight of 16 passes for 102 yards. He also was sacked five times.
McQuilken was more effective while sharing time with Gary Valbuena.
"Way to keep your poise," General Manager Bobby Beathard told him. I was accurate praise. McQuilken appeared capable of completing a pass whenever he chose against his inexperienced opponents.
"I had fun," he said, reviewing his six-for-nine, 62-yard performance. "It was nice to move the ball a little bit, but we would have liked to put more points on the board.
"You have to keep this in perspective. There is a lot more work to do."
McQuilken had an advantage. He said he was playing "with a part of Joe Walton's mind" in his head. Walton, Washington's offensive coordinator, was calling the plays as usual from the sidelines.
"His system is starting to rub off on me," McQuilken said. "If you can get into his head, it helps.
"I'm starting to know what he wants to do on certain plays. But this doesn't mean I've mastered it by any terms. This was still one scrimmage. But it helps."
It also helps when you can ad-lib on broken plays that Walton never would put into a game plan. That's what McQuilken did on the one score of the day, a three-yard pass to Stan Winfrey.
"I was supposed to look for the tight end or the fullback," McQuilken said. "The halfback went the wrong way, but Stan didn't lose his cool. He kept with his pattern even it if was a broken play.
"He was so open I could have underhanded the ball to him."
Under the scrimmage rules, the Redskins normally would not have had an opportunity for that scoring pass. Each team ran 12 offensive plays, then the other club took over.
But if one squad got inside the 10, it held onto the ball, which Washington did on its first possession.
On the 12th play, McQuilken found fleet rookie receiver Tony Hall across the middle. Hall, who runs a 4.5-second 40, ran 19 yards to the Colt seven.
After Winfrey gained a yard and halfback John Smith was stopped for no gain, McQuilken passed for the tounchdown.
Hall finished with two receptions for 30 yards while Winfrey had two for 11. Rookie tight end Don Warren grabbed a 17-yard McQuilken toss but later dropped a wide-open attempt.
Each team ran 48 plays. Washington penetrated once to the Colt 15 thanks to some nice running by Ike Forte, who picked up 20 yards. Buddy Hardeman added nine on a sweep around left end.
But on third down, the ball slipped out of Valbuena's hands and the march bogged down.
The Colts' only threat came against the Redskins' lone use of a 3-4 defensive alignment. Baltimore overcame a Kirkland sack by rookie linebacker Rich Milot when Randy Burke caught a 19-yard pass for a first down at the 12. But running back Ben Gary fumbled a pitch and Don Harris recovered for Washington.
Other Redskin sacks were registered by tackle Joe Pearson of Virginia State, and Jesse O'Neal of Grambling (two) and end Angelo Wells of Morgan State. Linebacker Neal Olkewicz of Maryland, wearing Chris Hanburger's old No. 55, recovered a fumble and Ray Waddy of Texas A & I intercepted a Kirkland pass and returned it 45 yards.
"Considering we only had enough offensive and defensive linemen to play, I was happy with what I saw," Pardee said.
The defense held Baltimore to 51 yards, helped mainly by those sacks. The offensive line, which featured Yale grads Gary Dubinetz and Louis Orlando, center, as guards, allowed two sacks, both on Valbuena, who completed one of three passes for eight yards.
"We showed well in the things we have been working on," Pardee said. "We've been concentrating on a aggressiveness and hitting. We had pursuit and the wide receivers were blocking down field and when we had an interception, everyone was trying to return it.
"We've been stressing fundamentals and we responded well in that area."
A Redskin official said all the remaining veterans reported to Carlisle today in preparation for Sunday's afternoon workout . . . With regular center Bob Kuziel and rookie Jimmy Jay Wells hobbled by injuries, the team has only two centers. "That already throws us off," Pardee said . . . Beathard said he wasn't interested in obtaining linebacker Waymond Bryany, cut Friday by Chicago. CAPTION: Picture 1, Redskin cornerback Ray Waddy intercepts pass intended for Charlie Green of Colts. Picture 2, Stan Winfrey Turns corner to pick up Redkin first down.; Picture 3, Kim McQuilken, trying to buy time for a long pass, is hauled down from hehind by Colt defensive end Greg Fields. Photos by Richard Darcey - The Washington Post