GAME RECAP (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
(GREEN BAY) - Fighting right up to the last minute of play, the Green Bay Packers went down to defeat at the hands of the Rock Island Independents by the score of 13 to 3 in an American Professional league game Sunday afternoon at Hagemeister park before a capacity crowd of football fans. It was the first game that the Packers ever most on their home gridiron. They
were facing a pretty sweet little machine of footballers.
The Islanders presented a varied attack and a smearing
defense. They work together as a unit and it was this
team play which brought home the bacon.
TEAM PLAY MISSING
Individually, the Packers played good football but the
combination work was not there. There was little or no
interference given the runner and it was only through the
aerial attack that the Green Bay eleven could negotiate
any yardage. There was little love lost in the argument.
The visitors were out to smear up Coughlin, Hayes and
Malone, three of Rock Island's former players who were
in the Packer lineup. These tactics cost the invaders 60
yards in penalties, and they were set back five yards
twice for the offset side. The Packers lost about two
chalk marks for holding and were set back once for
WENIG SOME KICKER
Wenig, Novack and Healy were the big men in the
visitor's lineup. Wenig played a great game at end and
his punting was as good as any seen here this season.
Healy showed a lot of class at tackle and he had little
trouble boxing Coughlin on line smashes. For the
Packers, Jab Murray carried off the palm. The fighting
Irishman of Marinette was in every play and when he
got riled in the third quarter, he made a monkey of his
opponent. Carey went good on the line and Sammy
Powers was very much in evidence. Lambeau tore off a
peach of a drop kick while Schmael played his usual
hard fighting game.
HARD SMASHING TYPE
After the opening kickoff, the teams battled along fairly
even up. The visitors did not show the clock line shifts
of the Minneapolis Marines but their backfielders were
of a harder smashing type. The Islanders handled the
ball loosely and fumbles early in the opening period
more than offset the yardage they piled up. It was one
of these slips up that paved the way for the Packers to
score. The invaders, after an exchange of punts were
backed down to their 20 yard line. Buck's punt had
rolled behind the uprights. They put the ball in play on
the second chalkmark. Vander Loo fumbled on a line
smash and a Packer forward covered. Three plays
netted but a few yards. Lambeau then stepped back and booted the ball through the uprights. It was a clean kick. The Packer line held perfectly not an Islander getting through to hurry the kicker. After this score the invaders buckled down to business. There was less fumbling. The Islanders smashed play after play through Coughlin and he appeared to be the target for their attack.
PUNT IS BLOCKED
They worked the ball down the field and it wasn't long before they got within the danger zone. The crowd breathed easier when Wenig fozzled a field goal. But their joy was short lasted because when the Packers scrimmaged on the 20 yard line, Cub Buck attempted to punt. The kick was blocked and it was Rock Island's ball right in the shadow of the Packers' goal posts. Two line plunges netted a few yards and Conzelman, running behind almost perfect interference got around Hayes for three yards and a touchdown. The pesky Wenig kicked the goal. During the remainder of the period the visitors did most of the ground gaining but the Packers would stiffen up when things looked bad. There was no further scoring in this quarter. The oval was in midfield at halftime. The Packers found themselves in the third quarter and they fought in "Rarin' to go" style. They couldn't do much on the offense and Wenig was outpunting Buck. This kept the ball in the Packers' territory a good portion of the time. Towards the close of the period, Novack got around end for 25 yards and this gallop put the visitors on the road for another score. When the quarter time was called, it was Rock Island's ball on the Packers' 25 yard line. At this stage of the game the Packers' defense crumbled and after three minutes of play, Nichols squeezed over for the second touchdown. Wenig missed the goal.
PACKERS OPEN UP
The Packers received the kickoff and the Green Bay team opened up with everything it had, resorting entirely to forward passes. This method of attack gained ground and three times before the final whistle blew the Packers were inside of Rock Island's 25 yard line. Once the Packers had the ball on the Islanders' 12 yard mark and it was first down. The visitors, however, were equal to the occasion and they smeared up four successive forward passes. It was a tough blow to the fans who were pulling for a touchdown. When the final whistle blew, the Packers had the ball on their own 35 yard line.