GAME RECAP (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
(GREEN BAY) - In the greatest game of football ever seen on a Green Bay gridiron, the Packer celebrated their entrance into the Professional Football league by
taking the far famed Minneapolis Marines into camp to
the tune of 7 to 6 before a crowd that jammed every
corner of the field at Hagemeister park. It was one of
those kind of games that will be talked about for years
to come. There was just one thrill after another. The
spectators were kept on tip toe from start to finish and
when Schmael smashed the line for the touchdown in
the last period the crowd let loose with the wildest
demonstration ever seen here.
STAGE GREAT DEMONSTRATION
Cushions went flying in the air while soaring hats were
as thick as Green Bay flies on a July night. Staid gray
haired businessmen jumped around like school kids
and there was one continual din that could be heard for
blocks away. And when Captain Lambeau booted the
ball between the uprights for the point that beat the
Gophers, the crowd opened up again. For three quarters
the Packers had trailed behind. There was only about
six minutes left to play and it was beginning to look as
if the Green Bay squad was doomed to defeat. The
Packers had been held on three plays on their forty yard
line. Cub Buck dropped back to kick and he sent the
oval soaring down the field to Dvorak. The Marine safety
attempted to make a running catch of the pigskin. He
fumbled and Hayes covered for the Packers on the 35
WAGNER CATCHES FORWARD
Two downs netted the Packers only a few yards. The
crowd was yelling, "Throw a forward". And Lambeau did.
He tossed the ball to Buff Wagner who made a
seemingly impossible catch of the pigskin and traveled
on until he was dropped on the Marines 14 yard mark.
With a touchdown in sight, the Packers played like
demons. Three downs made about six yards, then a
plunge over tackle netted four. It was mighty close and
the line sticks were brought to measure the ball. Only
by an inch did the Packers get a first down. It was goal
to go. A silence swept the field. Lambeau chirped his
signals, the linemen crouched. Klaus snapped the ball
to Schmael. There was as fierce a scrimmage as ever
staged on a gridiron and when the players were pulled
off, Schmael was over the goal line. Joy ruled supreme.
LAMBEAU KICKS GOAL
This touchdown tied the score. The ball was brought out
for the goal kick. Cub Buck held the pigskin. Captain
Lambeau took his time and the sphere sailed between
the uprights for the winning point. With only about five
minutes to go, the Marines opened up with everything
they had while the Packers made every play safe. The
Minneapolis team received the kickoff but after three
downs they punted and it wasn't long before the
Packers returned the ball via the same route. It was the
Marines' ball on their 30 yard line. A forward pass
netted them first down. Then Umpire Ness penalized the Packers 15 yard for interfering with a receiver on a forward pass. The oval rested in midfield.
GOPHERS HAD TO PUNT
The Gophers were forced to punt and the Packers did likewise. The Bay eleven was smearing hard and the invaders couldn't pick up much yardage. Once more they were forced to kick and the Packers swung into action again on the 40 yard mark. Two plays made 7 yards and Malone was given a try around end. As he was downed by Sampson the final whistle blew and the Packers marked another milestone in their march towards a national professional championship. The Marines won the toss and chose to receive at the east end of the field. Right off the bat a penalty set the Packers back 5 yards. The visitors bumped into a stonewall defense and they punted over the goal line. The Packers scrimmaged on the 20 yard line.
FAIL IN FIELD GOAL
After three downs Buck punted to Dvorak. A couple of first downs put the ball on the Packers' 30 yard mark. Here the Packers braced and the visitors couldn't gain. Sampson failed in a field goal and the Packers scrimmaged again on the 20 yard mark. Two plays netted little yardage and Buck booted to midfield, De More downing Regnier in his tracks, about midfield. Here the Marines launched a brilliant offensive, with Sampson doing the most of the ground gaining. Slowly but surely, the Packers were forced back into the shadow of their own goal posts. Four successive first downs put the oval on the Packers' 4 yard line. The old Packer fighting spirit showed itself. Three times did the Green Bay line turn 'em back but on the fourth scrimmage Dvorak busted through for the first touchdown that has been scored on the Packers this season. Sampson flunked an easy goal kick.
PACKERS SHOW FIGHT
The Packers kicked off. Instead of wilting away, the Green Bay team fought harder than ever. The Marines had to punt and the visitors recovered the oval by intercepting a forward pass. The Gophers rushed through for a couple of first downs and they had the ball in midfield when time was called for the quarter. Three line smashes gave the Marines ten yards at the start of the second quarter. An offside put the visitors back five. They couldn't make up the distance and Sampson kicked across the goal line. The Packers scrimmaged on the 20 yard line.
BUCK'S LONG PUNT
The Packers smashed through for a first down. Then Cub Buck tore off a long punt and it was the Marines' ball on their 20 yard line. The visitors had to kick again, the Packers getting the oval on the 35 yard mark. Cub Buck booted after three downs. It was the Marines' ball on their own 30 yard marker. After two scrimmages, Sampson dropped back for a kick. His attempt was partly blocked and it was the Packers' ball. Tubby Howard was sent in but his injured ankle prevented him from doing. An intercepted forward pass cut short this Packer rally and Sampson booted out of danger. Once more, the home team got going. A couple of first downs were marked up putting the oval on the visitors' 35 yard marker.
FORWARD PASS FAILS
Wheeler was sent in for De Moe and Lambeau attempted a forward pass. Cowboy was blocked and the oval sailed over the goal line. The visitors put the oval in play on the 20 yard mark. As Sampson was being thrown for a loss the whistle piped for halftime. The Marines opened the second half by kicking to the Packers. Buck received the kick and came back 20 yards before he was dropped. The ball changed hands twice on punts. Then Malone grabbed one of Sampson's spirals and raced to the Marines' 20 yard line. A series of line plunges with Schmael going good put the oval just a chalk mark from the Marines' goal. The visitors braced and turned back the Packers, getting the oval on downs on the 4 yard mark. The visitors, thanks to Sampson and Ragnier, who got away for some good gains, soon had the ball out of their danger zone.
MARINES ADVANCE BALL
The visitors continued their smashing attack and it wasn't long before they pushed the Packers back of midfield. A penalty for offside cost the visitors 5 yards. Sampson made this up on a criss cross and the invading halfbacks, Regnier and Dvorak, smashed ahead for a couple of more first downs. When time for the quarter was called, the Marines had the ball on the Packers' 25 yard line. In this period both teams had taken turns in rushing the ball with the amount of yardage gained about even up but the Packers had come much closer to a score than the bulky invaders.
CAREY COVERS FUMBLE
"Ambition" Carey, on the first play in the fourth quarter, covered a fumble and the Marines' touchdown march was halted. The Packers waded through for a first down and then had to punt. Dvorak was dropped on his 40 yard mark. The Gophers made a first down but lost some of this yardage when penalized for stalling. They were trying to kill time. Sampson tore off a 40 yard punt, the ball rolling over the Packers' goal line. It was put in play on the 20 yard mark. The Packers smashed through for a first down. Minneapolis braced and then came Buck's punt which Dvorak fumbled, paving the way for the Packers' touchdown.
SAMMY POWERS STARS
Stars of the game were numerous. Sammy Powers covered himself with glory, getting tackle after tackle in the scrimmage line. Art Schmael battered his way into the limelight. He proved the most consistent ground gainer in the Packers' backfield. He proved the most consistent ground gainer in the Packers' backfield. The mighty Gunderson, Marine center, met his match in Klaus while the other Green Bay linemen gave their Minneapolis opponents all they were looking for and a little bit more besides. De Moe, Hayes and Malone, the newest additions to the Packer lineup, lived up to the advance notices. De Moe and Hayes played super football on the wing positions while Malone proved slippery as an eel when running with the ball. For the Marines, the giant Sampson at fullback and left tackle Palmer were the outstanding stars although the other men on the visiting squad showed themselves to be real footballers. The game was well handled and there was hardly an argument of any kind to slow up the play. Aside from the last play of the battle and once when Malone was "piled on" the contest was free from rough stuff.
NEWS AND NOTES
WATCHING THE PARADE
OCTOBER 24 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Whoopee! Some battle. One more victory. The crowd went crazy. When Art Schmael went over. The Marines got a rude surprise. They were confident of winning the game. Talk about "story book" finishes, it had 'em all beat. Those last five minutes seemed like hours to the spectators. It was the largest crowd that ever attended a football contest here. About every city and town for miles around had delegations at the pigskin conflict. And they were all Packer rooters. "See the Packers" is getting to be quite a Sunday habit in this part of the state...When the final whistle had blown and the crowd was out of the park, the strains of "On, Wisconsin" still floated through the air...That East high jazz band made themselves solid with the fans. Music puts pep into a game. After the Packers scored, the kid musicians broke loose with "Ain't We Got Fun."..."Put in the first team." That was the wail of some of the fans during the first quarter. These self appointed coaches did not know that Tubby Howard could hardly walk or that the doctor had ordered Lambeau not to play...Rube Ursella, the Marine quarterback, was loud in praise of the Packer eleven. "You've got a crack bunch of players," said Ursella. "Get them working together like a machine and I don't think you will have to take your hats off to any team in the country. Remember we held the Staleys to a 3 to 0 score last season."...Rock Island is the next foe for the Packers. The Independents play here on Sunday and the Packers will be "rarin' to go". All the men that played against the Marines will be in togs again. Frank Coughlin will be here and it is expected that Tubby Howard's ankle will be in good shape. With this gang going right, Rock Island is quite apt to get the same dose that was handed to the Marines.