GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - Fighting like they did against Milwaukee a week ago, Green Bay moved another notch higher on the professional football league by playing the Rock Island Independents to a 0 to 0 game Sunday
afternoon at the ball park before a crowd which taxed every inch of the big enclosure. It was a bitterly contested exhibition of football. The Bay squad, knowing that the success of the 1922 season hinged on the result of the game, fought like demons and the much famed Islanders' attack was smashed to smithereens.
PARK IS JAMMED
A capacity crowd jammed the ball park. Seats were at
a premium long before the game started and the
spectators were standing many deep back of the railing
around the gridiron. Green Bay turned out splendidly for
the game. It seemed as if everybody was there.
Hundreds of cars were parked outside of the grounds.
Northeastern Wisconsin was well represented.
Oshkosh up north to Escanaba, east to Sturgeon Bay
and west to Shawano they all came. Rock Island had
its following and whenever the visitors pulled a classy
play, they got their share of applause. It was an ideal
day for football and the gridiron was lightning. All of
which tended to help out over successfully a football
game which will long be remembered all those who
were fortunate enough to get inside the park.
CONZELMAN CUT SHORT
The much famed Conzelman failed to circle the Bay
ends, Gavin and Lauer, the Islanders' plunging
backfielders bumped into a stone wall time after time
and the visitors' supposed-to-be aerial attack was
completely blotted out. They made only one successful
forward pass. Rock Island's defense looked good but
every now and then Gardella or one of the other Bay
backs would puncture it for a gain. The big colored giant
who last year was picked by Walter Camp on his All
American team had his troubles - and they were
FIGHT EVERY MINUTE
Considering the fact that the Bays were without the
services of Captain Lambeau and that Mills and Gardner
were forced to leave the argument early on account of
injuries, the big blue team put up as plucky an
exhibition as has ever been seen on a home gridiron. It
wasn't a one man team. Every player on the squad was
in there fighting and scrapping to the limit. Two new
stars appeared in the Bay football sky, namely Jug
Earps and Siki Gardella. And how they did play. It was
a revenge game for Earps. He left the Islanders earlier
in the season. Dame Gossip spread some rumors about
him in these parts and he squashed 'em all yesterday.
Earps played as he never played before. He was in the
midst of every scrimmage and generally was at the
bottom of the heap. It seemed as if he took special
delight in spilling Jimmy Conzelman, the Rock Island
GARDELLA DOES GOOD
It was Gardella's first home game and he made good with a vengeance. He was here, there and everywhere. On the offense, he was a battering ram while on the defense, he would smash through interference and get the runner. Gardella's brilliant exhibition has won him a home in the Bay. He has more than lived up to all the nice things Coach Carey said about him. But Gardella and Earps weren't the only Bay stars. On the ends, Tubby Howard and Dave Hayes worked like a pair of All Americans. They were down the field like a flash under Buck's skyrocket punts and Messrs. Casteel, Conzelman and Johnson will vouch for the fact that they know all the ins and outs about the gentle art of tackling.
BUCK'S FINE KICKING
As always, Buck seemed to be half a team in himself. He played tag with Duke Slater very cleverly, seemed to take a delight in calling the Rock Island plays and, last but not least, booted the ball a mile. Buck kicked 'em so far and high that the Bay ends were generally waiting on the spot when the pigskin settled into the arms of one of the green jerseyed gridders. The Bay center trio showed class galore. Gardner was injured early and had to retire from the game but Davis went in there and played a bangup game. Whitey Woodin took Nadolny's place and filled the bill to a nicety. Wally Niemann starred at center. He played rings around the lumbering Kohls, despite the fact that he was outweighed 40 pounds. Neimann followed the ball every minute and he made several plays on intercepted forward passes which were humdingers.
MATHYS IS STAR
Fight was the middle name of the Bay backfielders. Mathys played a perfect game at quarterback. He handled the team like the field general he really is and played the punts without a sign of a miscue. Charlie was on the receiving end of several forward passes. Glick, Cronin and Regnier did all that could be asked of them. They blocked superbly. On the offense, they marked up some yardage. Mills, who started at full, covered himself with glory until he was taken to the sidelines with a badly injured arm.
VOSS AND LYLE LEAD
Tillie Voss and Duey Lyle were in the limelight for the visitors. Voss gave a great exhibition of football and smeared up many a Green Bay thrust. Lyle showed form on the line and his charging tactics, at times, kicked up considerable trouble. Conzelman showed class as a field general while Buck Gavin was partly responsible for the few first downs made by the Islanders. Both sides presented a stubborn defense and the oval see-sawed between the thirty yard lines. It was generally a case of punt after three downs and in this respect, Buck gained plenty of ground for the Bays.
RAZZ THE REFEREE
Referee Quill came in for a razzing from the crowd in the third quarter when he took the ball away from Green Bay after Gardella had covered and gave it to the visitors. He was booed from all sides of the field and was the target for some verbal threats. The Bays protested violently but Quill, like a porcupine, stood his ground. This decision looked like a bad break for Green Bay but it only served to make them fight harder than ever and it wasn't long before they regained possession of the oval. Conzelman failed in a field goal and the Bays scrimmaged on the 20 yard line. Two gains netted little and then Buck's trusty right boot sailed the pigskin far down the field out of danger.
ROCK ISLAND KICKS OFF
Rock Island kicked off to the Bays. The home team came through with a first down by soon were forced to punt. Rock Island couldn't gain and Brindley returned the kick. Green Bay then smashed its way through for a few yards and booted again. The ball swept back and forth but the play was almost entirely in the visitor's territory. Towards the close of the quarter, Mathys attempted a field goal but the oval went wide of the uprights. In the second quarter, Rock Island started off inside of the 30 yard line. They punted to Mathys who signaled for a fair catch. The Bays found the going a bit rougher and towards the middle of the period, the line came through fast on Buck, who was going to punt. He threw a forward pass which an Islander caught on the 45 yard line. This was the first time in the game that they were in the Bays' territory. The Islanders picked up a bit at this stage of the game and piled up a first down. Then the Bays held and Johnson failed in a field goal attempt. The Bays scrimmaged on the 20 yard mark and got a first down. Buck soon had to kick and the visitors came back with the ball to midfield.
RUSH IN FRESH MEN
Conzelman, Casteel and Weinig were rushed into the game by Rock Island but the newcomers got their bumps just as regularly as the men whom they replaced. On the Bays' 25 yard line, the famous Conzelman took a chance on another dropkick but it went astray. Once more the Bays went at it. Buck had to kick after three rushes were held up. The Islanders got a first down but time was called with the ball on the Bays' 35 yard line. Up until the time, Referee Quill earned the dislike of the fans, the play was pretty well even up with both teams stubbornly fighting for every inch of ground. After Conzelman had failed in his second attempt out of danger, the visitors returned the kick and the pigskin took a bad bounce and rolled to the Bays' 15 yard line. Once more Buck sailed the oval down the gridiron and when time for the quarter was called, it was Green Bay's ball on their 25 yard line. In the final period, Green Bay held the upper hand. The Islanders appeared to be playing it safe although they launched several futile forward passes which Weinig failed to get within a mile of. With about five minutes to go, the Bay's offensive swung into action. Two first downs were pushed through but a costly fumble cut short the Bay "ninth inning" drive. Rock Island couldn't gain and kicked to Mathys once more. The big blue team got another first down, then had to kick. Just before time was called, Casteel fumbled a punt on his 45 yard line and it was Green Bay's ball. Hostilities ended after a few lineups.