GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(MILWAUKEE) - Fighting like the Packers of old, Green Bay's pro footballers chased the jinx which has been following them all season and Sunday afternoon at Athletic park, the scrappy team from upstate spilled the dope by holding the Milwaukee aggregation
of All Americans to a 0 and 0 score in one of the
greatest exhibitions of pigskin sport ever staged in this
city. Not only did Green Bay hold Milwaukee to a tie but
aside from the last part of the third quarter and the first
three minutes of the final period, they completely
outplayed the Plunkett-McGuirk combination of
BIG CROWD AT GAME
Some six thousand spectators wandered their way into
Otto Borchert's playground, the home field of the
Milwaukee Brewers. Aside from some 650 loyal rooters
from the Bay, every other onlooker expected to see the
Milwaukee machine bury the visitors in defeat. When
Green Bay came on the field, their rooters let loose with
cheers of defiance. The Milwaukeeans gave the Bays a
sympathetic hand. It seemed as if the lambs were being
led to slaughter. Racine had beat Green Bay and
Milwaukee gave Racine a 20 to 0 trimming last Sunday.
But sometimes the dope goes astray and it did
BATTLED EVERY MINUTE
Instead of being overawed by their All-American
opponents, the Bays let loose with a fight which has
made them famous in past years. They blocked,
tackled and smeared with a vengeance. Heavy blue-
sweatered players were in their fighting to the limit. And
how they did battle. Right from the first kickoff, they got
the jump on their "sure win" opponents. The Milwaukee
fans couldn't understand it when their favorites were
dumped for loss after loss or when their supposed-to-be
brick wall line was punctured for a gain or two. However,
the football followers who knew the game sized up the
situation pretty quick. "The Bays have found
themselves" remarked a scribe for a Milwaukee paper
before the first quarter was ended. "Take it from me,
Milwaukee will be lucky to get better than a tie," he
added. His dope ran true.
BAYS DIDN'T CRACK
Green Bay didn't crack under the strain. They kept on
fighting harder than ever. Even when Lambeau their
captain and forward passing star was helped off the
field pretty badly banged up, the Bays carried on and
the way they kept battering, threw many a scare down
the backs of the Milwaukee followers who had wagered
three or four to one on the result of the invaders from up
state. The visitors blocked viciously. Dufft, the
Milwaukee captain, was the first victim of their
smashes. He was carried off the gridiron with a badly
injured leg. Green Bay was playing hard but clean.
The Milwaukee players appeared somewhat fozzled
long before the first half ended. The famous eastern stars, nearly all of whom had received All American recognition, were being battered back towards their own goal. Robeson of Rutgers fame met his match in Wheeler, a hometown boy from the Bay. Cub Buck was turning in the mighty Alexander. Pierotti, rated one of the greatest centers in the game, was being outplayed by Wally Niemann, 180 pounder, who won his spurs at Michigan. Earps, Green Bay's giant right tackle, was boring through with regularity while Howard, Gardner and Nadolny, the other Bay scrimmage line forwards, were playing like they never did before. Twice during the first half did Green Bay attempt goals from the field, both of which failed, however. The Milwaukee team simply could not get their offensive in action and not once during the opening quarters was the home team within the Bays' danger zone. Purdy began shooting forward passes with little effect as Robeson and Garrett were being dumped hardly before they got started. When halftime was called the call was about in midfield and the Bays appeared to have the home team much up a tree.
BAYS BACK STARRED
The Green Bay backfielders were playing brilliantly. Mills shone on the defensive while Regnier and Lambeau picked their holes consistently. Glick, who replaced Lambeau, showed plenty of class. Mathys, the former Indiana quarterback, ran his team carefully and had it over Purdy like a tent so far as generalship was concerned. Mathys ran back punts for many a gain. Buck, the Bay footsmith, was outdistancing Pierotti at least 20 yards on an exchange and the Green Bay ends were down on the kicks like a flash. During this half nearly all the play was in Milwaukee's territory.
MILWAUKEE'S HOPES RISE
Milwaukee's hopes rose when the teams trotted out on the field for the second half. Fritz Pollard, rated by Walter Camp as one of the greatest backfielders in the history of football, took his position with the Brewers. After an exchange of kicks, Pollard began his savage attack against the Bay line. But he wasn't finding the going any too pleasant. The visitor's players were smearing him aplenty when they got hold of him. However, Pollard's presence was felt and Milwaukee nosed its way down into the Bay danger zone for the first time in the game. With the pigskin on Green Bay's 15 yard line, Pollard cut around and received the pill on a forward pass from Doane. It was an eight yard gain. Another and it was first down goal to go for Milwaukee. The Bay rooters, game to the finish, shrieked "it can't be done - hold 'em Bays." And hold 'em they did.
DUMPED IN HIS TRACKS
Pollard was dumped in his tracks. Doane lost two yards and Pollard once more bumped up against a brick wall. Pollard stepped back for a dropkick. On the snap of the ball, Earps fought his way through and blocked the kick. It was a wild scramble for the ball but Cullen recovered for Milwaukee on the Bays' 10 yard line. Once again it was goal to go for Milwaukee but the fighting Bays were not beat by any means. Three rushes netted but a scant yard. Then Pollard, staking all on a forward, hurled the pigskin across the goal line. Niemann, the Bay center, intercepted the pass and smashed his way to the 10 yard line before he was downed.
PUNTS OUT OF DANGER
Standing behind his own goal line, Buck punted 40 yards to Pollard who came back 12 yards before he was stopped. A first down put the pill pretty close to the Bay goal line again when time was called for the quarter. After the teams has changed goal lines, Doane got six yards and it was fourth down a yard to go with the oval on the Bay 4 yard line. Doane tried again but Niemann cleared the giant Pierotti and dumped the Milwaukee fullback for a loss. This was the turning point of the game. Green Bay got the ball on downs and once more Buck punted out of danger. Milwaukee couldn't gain on the 25 yard line and Purdy tried the onside kick. Not a Milwaukee man was eligible to cover the ball as it passed the scrimmage line as the Bay forward smeared completely. The pigskin rolled back of the goal line and Green Bay scrimmaged on the 20 yard line. It was on the sidekick play that Howard smashed Pollard so hard that the negro star was forced to retire from the combat.
GLICK'S GREAT RUN
Instead of punting again, the Bays swung into action and on the first play, Eddie Glick got around end for longest run of the game. He ran about 45 yards. The Bay halfback shook off a half dozen tacklers en route and his interference knocked down man after man. The Bay stands went wild with job. The gloom was knee deep in the Milwaukee section. Three rushes netted another first down. Glick was going fast and the other backfielders were not to be denied either. The Bay advance was cut short on Milwaukee's 25 yard line when Poettiger squeezed a forward pass. A thrust around end proved costly for Milwaukee. Hayes dumped Seacholtz like a ton of brick and the Bays recovered the ball. Gardella, who took Mills' place at fullback, was in the midst of every play. There was only minutes to play and Captain Lambeau despite his severe injury insisted on going back in the game. A penalty set the invaders back 15 yards but three rushes got this back and then some more. With the oval on Milwaukee's 25 yard mark, Lambeau stepped back to the forty yard line to try a dropkick. You could hear a pin drop all over the park. The Bay line held with grim determination. Niemann sailed the ball back true to the Green Bay captain. He got his kick off nicely. The oval cleared the mass of tangled players with plenty to spare. The ball headed straight for the uprights but a gust of win caught it. The oval turned over listlessly in the air and missed the post by less than a foot. It was a tough break. Milwaukee scrimmaged on the 20 yard line but after a half dozen plays the timer's whistle chirped, ending the game and the Bay rooters simply went wild with joy.