GAME RECAP (Green Bay Press-Gazette)
(CHICAGO) - Fighting as only a Green Bay team can fight, the Packers went down to defeat at the hands of the Decatur Staleys by the score of 20 to 0 in the final game of the midwest professional football championship at Cubs' park, Chicago, Sunday afternoon before about 7,000 football fans. The Packers were beaten but not disgraced. Every man on the team
played great football. They were there in the battling
every minute and when the final whistle blew there was
plenty of glory in the defeat. The Packers met a better
team. That was all there was to it, but there wasn't a
spectator in the park who didn't have a good word to
say for the Green Bay gridders.
PLAYED REAL FOOTBALL
The Staleys played as only an aggregation of All
American stars can play. Chicago newspapermen who
witnessed the game claim that the Starchmakers
showed their best form of the season against the
Packers and that they put up about a 50 percent better
game against the Packers than they did in the Buffalo
contest on Thanksgiving day. Stinchomb, Sternamen
and Huffine are quite some footballers. They get off fast
and run like a deer. Stinchomb was the main thorn in
the Packers' side. His dash for a touchdown early in the
second quarter was a sensational piece of footballing.
Shooting outside of tackle, he shook off about a half
dozen tackles and sidestepped his way down the
gridiron for 45 yards and a touchdown.
TURNING POINT OF GAME
This was the turning point of the game. Up until the time
Stinchomb had got away for his touchdown jaunt, the
Packers had the upper hand. All during the opening
period, the Green Bay squad more than met their much
famed opponent halfway and the play was in the
Staleys' territory continually. Once toward the close of
the first quarter, Trafton made a bad pass over Huffine's
head and the pigskin rolled to the Staleys' eight-yard
line. It was the Packers' ball. A touchdown loomed
certain and the Bay rooters' yells could be heard way
out in Zion City.
HURLED 'EM BACK
Here's the Staleys' giant line responded to the pleadings
of Captain Halas and quarterback Pearce. Twice the
Packer backs hurled themselves against the stone wall
with but scant yardage. Then Art Schmael squeezed
through for another 3 yards. The ball was resting on the Staleys' 3 1/2 yard line. On the fourth rush, the Staleys' secondary defense smashed through and the Packers' best chance to score was blocked. Following Stinchomb's run, the Staleys received the kickoff and aided by two "horseshoe" forward passes they rushed the ball within scoring distance. Three times, the Packers stopped 'em dead on the 3 yard line and then Pearce crawled over for a score.
LAUNCH GOOD DRIVE
At the start of the second half, the Packers' offensive machine was hitting on "all eleven". Three successive forward passes and some good gains along the sideline rushed the ball to the Staleys' 18 yard line. Once more the Starchmakers stiffened their defense. Three rushes netted about five yards and on the fourth play, a forward pass from Lambeau, just grazed the outstretched fingers of Barry and fell to the ground incomplete. The Staleys swung into action again but they were held scoreless in this quarter and several times the Packers loomed dangerous but the necessary punch was missing when within the Staleys' 30 yard line.
SCORE ON FORWARD
In the fourth quarter, a series of rushes carried the oval to the Packers' 15 yard line. A line plunge made it a first down twelve yards from the Green Bay goal. Three times the smashing Huffine and dashing Stinchomb were stopped in their tracks. The fourth play a double pass forward resulted in Halas grabbing a forward pass behind the Packer goal. The famous Chick Harley, who now looks more like a faded violet, tossed the ball to the Staley captain for the score. Even with three touchdowns against them, the Packers continued their fight. They received the kick and after making a first down, Lambeau shot a long crossfield forward to De Moe who dashed down the field for a 40 yard run. He had a clear field ahead of him but the brilliant Sternamen came dashing across the gridiron at a mile a minute clip and nailed the Packer end on the Staleys' 25 yard line. It wasn't long before the final whistle blew and the Packers beaten but they had won their way into the hearts of the Chicago football fans for their gritty back.
PLAY BY PLAY
Captain Lambeau lost the toss and defended the west goal with the wind against him. Jab Murray despite his broken hand took his place at center, and kicked to Halas who returned 20 yards. Staleys' ball on their own 30-yard line. Huffine made about a yard and a half through center and went out of bounds. Ball was brought to midfield. Both sides offside, no penalty. Staleys penalized five yards for offside. Ball now on Staleys' 33-yard line. Stinchomb made three yards off right tackle. Huffine punted to Lambeau who ran back 25 yards. Packers' ball on their own 45-yard line. Barry got two yards off left tackle. Barry makes three yards through right guard. Forward pass incomplete. Lambeau throws for a loss of eight yards. Fourth down, ten to go. Buck punted 40 yards down the field. Pearce played ball safe and it bounced over his head. He was downed on the Staleys' 10-yard line. On the exchange of punts, the Packers gained 15 yards. Sternaman got around De Moe for 15 yards. Huffine plunged through center for four yards. Ball on Staleys' 25 yard line. Stinchomb got a yard and a half outside tackle. Pearce makes first down. Ball on Staleys' 31-yard line. Huffine gained a yard on a cross buck, Coughlin dropping him hard. Stinchomb is dumped for no gain. Forward pass incomplete. Fourth down, 8 1/2 yards to go. Trafton makes a bad pass, ball rolls over Huffine's head. It is Green Bay's ball on the Staleys' 7-yard line. Barry got two yards over left tackle. Malone shot through for two yards. Malone makes a yard and a half. Fourth down, three to go. Packers' fourth down is mussed up. Staleys' ball on their own 4-yard line. Huffine punted to Lambeau, who runs the ball back 15 yards. Packers' ball on Staleys' 35-yard line. Packers fumble, but Buck recovered. Second down, ten to go. Schmael plunges out of bounds for a two yard gain. Ball moved to midfield. Forward pass incomplete. Fourth down, three to go. Lambeau failed in field goal. The ball rolled to the Staley 1 1/2 yard line. Huffine kicked out of bounds on Staleys' 30-yard line. Packers' ball. Lambeau got a yard around right end. Malone got through left tackle for another yard. Schmael got two yards through center. Lambeau's attempted placekick blocked. Buck recovers ball. First down, Packers' ball on Staleys' 40-yard line. Schmael got two yards outside left tackle. Malone made two yards around left tackle. Malone made two yards around right tackle. Lambeau shoots a forward pass to Barry for ten yards, the down questioned. Packers made first down on Staleys' 30-yard line. Schmael got five yards over left tackle. Barry failed to gain. Second down, five to go.
Packers' ball on Staleys' 28-yard line. Forward pass incomplete. Fourth down Packers ball, five to go. Forward pass incomplete, Staleys' ball on 28-yard line. Sternaman plunges through center for nine yards. Stinchomb gets around for a first down with about 10 yards to spare. Huffine got a couple through center. Huffine made three more. Huffine got a first down, Staleys' ball on Packers' 45-yard line. Pearce made two through center. Stinchomb ran 45 yards around left end for touchdown. It was a beautiful run. Sternaman kicked goal. Score: Staleys, 7; Packers, 0. Packers kicked to Stinchomb who is dropped on Staleys' 28-yard line by Coughlin. Pearce makes two yards outside right tackle. Huffine is dumped after a yard gain. Staleys fuss a play, technical offside. Trafton used his head and did not pass ball. Pearce shoots forward pass to Sternaman to Halas who travels to Packers' 35-yard line before being downed. Sternaman downed, no gain. Sternaman plunged through for a first down. Staleys' ball on Packers' 12-yard line. Stinchomb got two yards outside left tackle. First down. Huffine made two, ball on Packers' 2-yard line. Pearce plunged over for a touchdown. Sternaman kicked goal. Score: Staleys, 14; Packers, 0. Packers received kick. Lanum replaced Sternaman for Staleys. Huffine kicks to Barry who returns the ball 20 yards to Packers' 21-yard line. Staleys are penalized 15 yards for roughing the carrier. Packers' ball on their own 35-yard line. Schmael got two through center. Lambeau shot a forward pass to Barry for 15 yard gain. Packers' ball on Staleys' 43-yard line. Malone got a yard through center. A fake forward pass gave Lambeau five yards. Third down, two to go. Forward pass incomplete. Buck punted to Pearce who was downed on Staleys' 21 yard line. He only came back two yards. Huffine got two yards through center. Huffine thrown for a loss of four yards by Malone as the whistle blows for halftime.
Trafton kicked to Coughlin, who was downed on the Packers' 30 yard line. De Moe caught a forward pass for a 40 yard gain. Ball on Staleys' 35 yard line. Barry plunges through for first down. Packers' ball on Staleys' 25-yard line. Schmael gets a yard off right tackle and falls out of bounds. Ball brought to midfield. Schmael gets through for two yards. Lanum intercepted a forward pass on Staleys' 18-yard line. Lanum found a hole outside tackle and plunges outside for five yards. Huffine made a couple. Huffine got four more. Boland replaced Huffine. Staleys' ball first down on their own 40-yard line. Lanum failed to gain. Stinchomb shoots through for seven yards. Lanum fumbled but recovered ball. Lanum kicked to Malone. Packers' ball in midfield. Lambeau is thrown for a loss on an incompleted forward pass. Lambeau punted to Stinchomb who was downed in midfield. Boland gained yard through center. Schmael intercepted a forward pass on 30-yard line, Packers' ball. Malone got through Blacklock for four yards. No gain. Buck punted out of bounds on Staleys' 15-yard line. It was a wellplaced kick and over Stinchomb's head. Boland got three through center. Labum made three yards on a cross buck. Stinchomb shot around end for 13 yards. Staleys' ball on their own 40 yard line. Boland got five yards. Boland plunges through for 11 yards, making first down. Ball on Packers' 45-yard line. Pearce got around end for four yards. Usher replaced Smith at guard. Forward pass incomplete. Staleys punt out of bounds. Packers' ball on their own 12 yard line. Incomplete forward pass, Malone just missing the ball after a 40 yard sprint. Buck punted to Staleys' 45-yard line. Boland got two off center. Staleys fumbled, but recovered losing a couple yards. End quarter. Staleys' ball on their own 45-yard line
Harley replaced Stinchomb. Wilson took Carey's place. Forward pass incomplete. Boland punted to Lambeau who was downed on his 28-yard line, Packers' ball. Forward pass incomplete. Another forward pass failed. Fourth down, nine to go. Lambeau punts to midfield to Harley who is dropped on the 50-yard line. Harley is dumped without a gain. Forward pass incomplete. Both sides offside. No penalty, down remains the same. Staleys completed forward, Harley to Sternaman. Staleys' ball on Packers' 24-yard line. Boland got two yards. Forward pass incomplete. Staleys' ball on Packers' 18-yard line. Harley got about three yards. Staleys make first down, ball on Packers' 12-yard line. Boland makes three yards. Harley got a yard on a fake spread formation. Packers hold Harley on a center smash. Fourth down, five to go. Halas receives forward pass from Harley for touchdown. Sternaman missed goal. Score: Staleys, 20; Packers, 0. Wagner replaces Barry. Usher kicked to Malone who is thrown on Packers' 22-yard line. Schmael got through for five yards. Lambeau shot a forward pass to De Moe who ran to the Staleys' 25-yard line, a sprint of 45 yards. Lambeau got around end for two yards. Schmael was dropped without a gain. Third down, eight to go. Klaus replaced Murray. Forward pass incomplete. Staleys' ball on their 14-yard line. Boland got two outside left tackle. Boland got three outside left tackle. Time up.