GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - Walking around on a gridiron ankle deep in mud and playing in a driving rain, the Columbus Panhandles met defeat at the hands of Green Bay here Sunday afternoon at the ball park by the score of 3 to 0. A placekick from a difficult angle on the 25 yard line by Cub Buck, Green Bay's peerless left tackle, paved the way for the Panhandles' downfall. Never has a game been played here under worse climatic conditions. It began raining before 2 o'clock and by the
time the game was to start, a half hour later, it seemed
as if the clouds had let loose. It came down in buckets
and the playing field looked more like a swimming pool
than it did a gridiron.
STANDS ARE FILLED
Choice reserve seats went wanting. Space in the
covered stands was at a premium while a few of the
more venturesome ones took their chance in the open
field covered by umbrellas, etc. A few of the more
fortunate spectators came well prepared. A few were to
be seen with hip boots, others wore all rubber outfits
but the majority were caught S.O.L. and hundreds got
wet to the skin. But it was a good natured crowd and
they took their soaking with a smile. The band cut a few
musical capers and even their "How Dry I Am" got a
good hand from the crowd. One of the spectators drew
a good laugh with the remark with "H2O" might be an
appropriate signal for the quarterback.
VICTORY PLEASE 'EM
The Bays won and that helped out a lot. As the crowd
slopped their way out of the park, through muck several
inches deep, they were all smiling and happy over the
thought that the big blue team had finally broken into
the win column. "Now that we're started, let's not stop
until we trim 'em all," so remarked one soaked-to-the-
skin, who looked as if he had been to a mud bath
instead of a football game, after it was all over. To the
victors belong the spoils but a whole lot of credit is due
Joe Carr's Panhandles. They battled valiantly in the face
of defeat and every man on the visiting squad gave a
good exhibition of sportsmanship. One thing is sure,
Columbus will be welcomed back here next year.
IS GOOD EXHIBITION
Despite the condition of the field, it was a first class
exhibition of football. The slippery pigskin made forward
passing out of the question and both teams resorted
mainly to line plunges and sweeping end runs.
Generally when a player was tackled or blocked he
would skid a few feet in the mud. The Panhandles
occasionally with Nesser back tried some long forwards
but aside from one toss which Hopkins caught in the
fourth quarter the attempts went astray. Mathys, the
Bay quarterback, played it safe after the Panhandles
had mussed up a couple of forwards and used his
backs on straight plays.
GAME CLEANLY PLAYED
The game was cleanly played and well officiated. But
two penalties were called and the Bay lost yardage
each. Once for delaying the play and the other offense
was offside. Both clubs stuck pretty well to their original lineups. Green Bay didn't make a change until the last two minutes when Nadolny substituted for Earps who suffered a minor injury. Columbus made two replacements. Frank Nesser, the power behind the Columbus team, more than lived up to advance notices. He was here, there and everywhere. Considering the fact that he boasts 39 years of age, he is still quite a footballer. Woolford at center, and Ziegler, a hard running halfback, were the other luminaries in the visitor's lineup.
The Bays worked more like a machine than in any other game this season. Splendid interference was given the man carrying the ball, especially on swings around the end. True enough, the punch still appeared to be missing a bit when within scoring distance, but even at that the offense looked considerably improved. Usher celebrated his appearance in a Green Bay uniform by playing great football. He gained a lot of ground for the home club and also starred on the defense. Gardella and Mills, together with Mathys, covered themselves with glory.
HOWARD AND HAYES
As usual, Howard and Hayes performed brilliantly on the wing positions. They both proved good mud horses, getting down the field well under punts. Buck and Earps were fighting demons at the tackle posts and the pride of Appleton made good use of his kicking foot. Woodin, Davis and Niemann, Green Bay's center trio, could be likened to a stone wall. Woodin hopped on a couple of fumbles in great style while Niemann was all over the lot. Aside from the fourth quarter, Columbus was not able to make much headway against the Green Bay line. As a matter of fact, not once during the game were the visitors inside Green Bay's 35 yard line. The Bays splashed through for about double the yardage negotiated by the Carrites.
COLUMBUS KICKS OFF
Columbus opened hostilities by kicking to the Bays. It was mighty sloppy going and the home eleven kicked on third down. Buck, with the wind behind him, sailed the pigskin far down the field and for the remainder of the quarters, the play was all within Columbus territory. Several times Green Bay backed the visitors up within their 15 yard line but were unable to score. In this period, Nesser's kicks weren't going any too good in this quarter and he was having a lot of trouble getting them away.
BUCK CATCHES HIM
The play was pretty well even up in the second period and the visitors stiffened considerably. The ball see-sawed in midfield. Towards the close of the period, the Bays attempted a punt on their own 45 yard line but a mud covered visitor broke through, blocked the kick and was headed goalward. Buck grabbed him from behind on the Bays' 45 yard marker. Between halves, Joe Carr told us, it was Mr. Mulbarger that nearly got away. The time between halves was cut short and the teams went at it again after only five minutes rest. Columbus again kicked off. The Bays launched a spirited attack and swept through for five first downs. They were held on the invaders 20 yard line. Mathys' kick was partly blocked but Green Bay recovered the pigskin.
WOODIN COVERS FUMBLE
Columbus held tight again and Buck's attempt for a placekick was stopped en route. Their was a scramble for the pigskin but when the pile was uncovered, Woodin was found grasping the ball. Again the Bays tried to gain and again Columbus held tight. The ball was fairly well over to the north side line when Buck again dropped for a placement. This time the ball went true and cleared the crossbar with a foot to spare. This won the game for the Bays. Once more Columbus kicked off and the teams "mudded" it for the remainder of the quarter with but few gains. Early in the last period the visitors found themselves for a few minutes. They made two first downs and added another when Hopkins caught a forward pass while sitting on the ground. A fumble cut short the Columbus drive on Green Bay's 40 yard line. The Bays gained on an exchange of kicks and when Nesser fumbled a pass from center on the fourth down, Green Bay secured the ball on the visitors' 35 yard line. Here it was when the whistle blew ending the "muddiest" game ever played on a Green Bay gridiron.