GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(RACINE) - Charles Ray and his famous screen feature, "Two Minutes to Play", was put to shame on Sunday by Hank Gillo, captain o the Racine team, who in the final second of play placekicked the oval between the uprights for the three points which tied Green Bay in a professional football argument. The game Sunday, at Horlickville, was as bitterly contested
as the writer has ever witnessed. From the first whistle
the players went at each other with bulldog tactics and
before the game was over, many substitutions were
made in both lineups.
OFFICIATING IS TERRIBLE
Both teams suffered alike from the punk officiating.
Referee Moore seemed lost off the Chicago Cardinal lot;
Umpire Larsen didn't do a thing all afternoon while the
head linesman must have left his glasses at home
because he simply couldn't see an offside. Some 3,000
fans wended their way to the park and included in this
number were about 300 from the Bay who made their
presence known throughout the game. After the final
whistle blew, one of the Racine rooters was heard to
remark: "No wonder pro football goes over big at the
Bay. Look at the way their fans follow the team."
RACINE RATHER SURPRISED
The Racine fans were a bit surprised. It seemed strange
to them to see the mighty Elliott dumped in his tracks
or the plunging Gillo thrown for losses time after time.
These upsets got under their hide a bit, particularly
after Lambeau had placekicked the Bays into the lead
and they began crying for blood and gore. However, the
Bays held their own in this respect and gave just as
much as they received. One Jab Murray, who formerly
cavorted in a Green Bay uniform, stood out prominently
in the Racine lineup. Murray played a roving center for
the Legion and he "scented" every play. The Bays
changed their signals after the second scrimmage but
Jabber continued to well remember the plays and
formations that he had been taught while playing here.
What's more it looked very much as if several of the
other Racine players were pretty well wised up to what
the Bays were going to do.
HALT ROWDY ELLIOTT
Rowdy Elliott, former Badger star, who played a
prominent part in the game here, couldn't get started.
The Bay players hopped on him every time he tried to
budge and in the final quarter, he withered under the
storm and was replaced by Bob Foster, a plunging
backfielder who piled up considerable yardage against
the big blue team. The "other" Murray, who kicked up a
rumpus in the conference, got in the game in the final
half replacing Miller at tackle. From the way it looked
from the sidelines, the "collegiate" Murray quickly
discovered the fact that pro football is a trifle harder than
the college game. As usual the Bay defense was
superb. During the first three quarters, the Legion found
it difficult to make progress through the blue forwards.
In the final period, the Green Bay line weakened a bit
and Racine gained more ground than during all the early
part of the game.
TAKE BALL ON DOWNS
Several time, the Bays held tight on fourth downs and
took the ball away from the Legion. Early in the game,
the Bays took the pigskin in midfield and started a
march down the field. However, it was fruitless and a
field goal was missed from the 40 yard line. Green Bay
easily had the upper hand in the first and third periods.
The second quarter was about even up although Racine did get close enough once to the Bay goal to try for a field goal. The Bays scored their kick on the second play in the final quarter. Racine battled valiantly after the Bays went into the lead and had the big blue squad pretty much on the defensive. Twice in this last quarter, Gillo blew attempts on field goals and with the time slipping away fast, it looked as if the Legion were in for a licking.
HAD STARTED HOME
Even the loyal Racine fans has started on their way homeward. There was less than a minute to play. Racine had the ball in midfield, it was fourth down about eight to go. Dressen, taking a fighting chance, decided to hurl a forward. Getting the ball to Mintum at center, he pussyfooted around in the backfield, dodging several of the Green Bay forwards. Just when it seemed as if it was to be downed in his tracks, he threw the ball wildly, it went far across the field and down the sidelines. Butch Hayes raced over, grabbed the pigskin and fell out of bounds on the Bays' 15 yard line. Time was taken out as the ball was brought in for play. There was about five minutes to go. Racine lined up quickly with Gillo back for the kick and the pigskin arched through the uprights as the whistle blew ending the game. It is needless to add that the Racine fans went crazy with joy. This was tough break No. 123 for the Green Bay team this season. The Bay score came as a result of straight football. About the middle of the third quarter, the big blue squad got their offense working smoothly and on straight football they battered their way down the field. When time was called for the quarter, the Bays had the ball on Racine's 5 yard third down goal to go.
LAMBEAU KICKS GOAL
On the first play in the fourth quarter, Racine halted a Bay rush. Then Lambeau stepped back and placekicked successfully from a difficult angle. There was a rumpus over the score, Racine claiming that referee Moore had not blown his whistle putting the ball in play. However, referee Moore was made to see the error of his ways when it was made known to him that time hadn't been even taken out. Captain Gillo finally quit chewing the rage and the game went on. The Legion squad completed four forward passes which netted good gains. The Bays' aerial attack did not loom up so prominently due to the fact that Richard Jab Murray seemed to know every time just where the ball was going. He broke up about a hald dozen plays.
DRESSEN PLAYS WELL
Dressen, Racine's diminutive quarter, played wonderful ball for the Legion. He got around end once for a gain of 30 yards. Dressen in action on the gridiron looks somewhat like Norton, the Minneapolis Marines' ace. Aside from his field goal, Hank Gillo didn't set the world afire. Cub Buck outpunted him about 15 yards on every exchange of kicks. The Bay played splendid football. Lambeau continued his brilliant work of last Sunday, Niemann was a "bear" at center while Mills did some superb blocking. The Green Bay line easily outplayed the Racine forward wall except in those last few minutes when Foster was plugging through. It was a tough game to slip away into a tie, but if negotiations come through the Bays will get another crack at the Legion because plans are now being made for a third game between the clubs at Milwaukee on December 3.