GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - Staging one of those sensational finishes that you often read about but seldom see, Green Bay pulled a pro league gridiron conflict out of the fire
Sunday afternoon at Hagemeister park by making two
touchdowns in the last ten minutes which sent the
famous Minneapolis Marines back to the Gopher state
on the short end of a 14 to 6 score. It was the greatest
exhibition of post graduate football ever seen in Green
Bay and it is unfortunate that the smallest crowd of the
season turned out to witness the exhibition of pigskin
chasing. There were less than 2,000 paid admissions
and as a result of the poor gate the management lost
another big slice of dough.
IN FACE OF DEFEAT
Enough grief. Let's get back to the glory. Shortly after
the start of the fourth quarter, the big blue team got
going full speed ahead. At the time of their spurt the red
jerseyed Marines appeared to have victory in their grasp
as Dunn & Co. were on the front end of a 6 to 0 score,
thanks to a break of luck by which Messrs. Irgens and
Cleve got way with a forward toss which resulted in
Cleve dashing 35 yards for a touchdown. Irgens was
kind enough to miss the goal kick. This all happened
towards the close of the first half. In this aforementioned
glorious fourth quarter, the Bays started their drive about
midfield and marked up two first downs. They hit a
stone wall on three rushes about the 30 yard line. Then
Lambeau cut loose with a lateral play momentarily
fumbled the ball, but recovered, and battered his way
down the north side foul line to within 7 yards of the
Marines' gold. The crowd went crazy.
LAMBEAU MAKES SCORE
Gardella made a yard. Usher added two and then
Lambeau waded through a hole made by Cub Buck for
a touchdown. The teams line up for the try for goal.
Buck, standing back for the kick, yelled so hard, you
could hear him all over the field: "Steady line men, this
means victory." He kicked and the ball sailed between
the uprights for the extra point. Green Bay was in the
lead 7 to 7 and King Joy ruled supreme. There was still
9 minutes to play. As the Marines kicked off to Green
Bay, some sturdy voiced piped out: "Get another one,
gang, show you can." Everybody hoped they would but
it was not thought possible. However, here is where
surprise No. 2 came in.
NORTON IS STOPPED
As receiving the kickoff, the Bays made a couple of
first downs and then punted far down in the Marines'
territory. The big blue line was smearing like demons
and the slippery Norton, who earlier in the game caused
so much trouble, was being dumped in his tracks. It
seemed as if the Marines got a bit tired bumping their
heads against the brick and it wasn't long before the
Bays intercepted a forward pass and another touchdown
march was on. A half dozen line smashes netted a
pair of first downs and the Marines were backed up
right under the shadow of their goal posts.
HELD THREE TIMES
With but two minutes to play, the Minneapolis crew
made a game stand for three downs, the Bays gaining
but four yards. Lambeau called time out and the Green
Bay players talked it over. Back they went to their
positions and the teams lined up. Lambeau dropped back, as if for a kick, and spectators hollered, "Boot it over Curley". The Marines thought Curley was going to make a try but instead the Bay "coup" worked to perfection. On the pass, Mathys cut around from nowhere and followed Buck and Woodin for a touchdown. The Marines were fooled completely. Even Manager Dunn admitted it was classy football. Buck missed the goal kick but the Marines were offside and the extra pointed award to Green Bay. Immediately after the next kick, the whistle blew ending the game.
OPENING OF GAME
Getting back to the first of the game, there was nothing out of the ordinary in the opening quarter. The teams battled along about on a par with the Bays having the best of it on ground gaining. The bootsmiths, Buck and Irgens, exchanged kicks without much advantage to either side. The Marines, as last year, showed a puzzling offense which was featured by several switchbacks. Until the Bays got "climated" they lost some yardage on offside. The Minneapolis formations were pretty watchful and on some runs they had seven or eight men in the interference.
NORTON IS STAR
Norton, the former high schooler who played a half for the Marines, more than made good all the nice things said about him. He was the slipperiest individual that has cavorted on a Green Bay gridiron in many a moon. Norton looked somewhat like Eddie Novak in action and incidentally he gained considerable ground. Early in the second quarter, the Bays marched down the field into the Marines' territory. Once inside the 35 yard line, the visitors braced and Buck's placekick from the 40 yard line shot outside the posts. The Marines scrimmaged on their 20 yard line.
MARINES REGAIN BALL
The visitors made a first down and finally kicked down the field. The ball changed hands twice via the toe route. Finally, Irgens booted again and Mathys in trying to play it safe fouled the pigskin. A Marine hopped on it like a hot tomato. Twice the invaders hurled their backs against the Bay line with nary a gain. Then came the break, which at that time looked as if it spoiled defeat for Green Bay. It was a fake kick formation with Irgens. He got a swift pass from the center. The Bay forward line came on him with a rush. Earps grabbed and it seemed as if he was held temporarily but Irgens wiggled loose and hurled the ball far down the field. Cleve was waiting for the pigskin and as it settled in his arms, he started his dash for a touchdown. Big Kramer, the Marine guard, bowled over one Bayite and Cleve ambled across the goal line untouched. Irgens missed the goal kick. There was no more scoring in this half, the teams fighting it out, toe to toe, during the few minutes left to play.
THE THIRD QUARTER
The visitors came back for the second half bristling with pep and seemingly sure that victory was in their grasp. However, they hadn't figured on the Bay squad. They had been doing some "skull work" during the intermission. An exchange of units followed the kickoff and the Marines moved up several chalk marks on the boots. Soon after, Norton got away for a 35 yard run and before he was downed the ball was on the Bays' 35 yard line. Three rushes made another first down and it looked as if the visitors never would stop going. With the crowd yelling "Hold 'em Packers", the big blue team turned back the Gophers on three rushes and the fourth play, a forward pass, Usher knocked down the toss just before Cleve cut around to grab the ball. This was the turning point. The Bay offense began picking weak spots in the Marine line for gains and it wasn't long before the oval was pretty well back in midfield. The aggressive Mr. Norton was being dumped pretty hard by Green Bay, and the Marine players were urging referee Downer to prevent the piling on. The play waxed rough times and both sides were fighting their heads off for every inch of yardage.
FLYNN AND KRAFT
Aside from Norton, the two former All-Conference ends, Flynn of Minneapolis and Kraft of Illinois played brilliantly for the visitors. Igrens and Cleve also cut fancy capers in the backfield. The Bay squad played as a machine. Their offense particularly in the final was a revelation to all. Captain Lambeau showed his best form of the season. Usher, Mills and Gardella worked well behind the line. Mathys' work at quarterback could not be improved upon. Howard, Hayes and Wheeler held down the end positions nicely. Buck and Earps were in the midst of every play while the Bay center trio, Woodin, Niemann and Gardner, easily outclassed their much touted opponents.