GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - Outfighting their opponents every inch of the way, the Packers scored a grand and glorious football victory Sunday afternoon at Bellevue park when
they took the famous Chicago Bears into camp by the
score of 5 to 0 in a stubbornly fought pigskin encounter.
It was one of those game that supplied thrill after thrill
for the spectators. The big crowd was kept on tip-toe
every minute and a mighty roar went up from the mob
when the final whistle blew and the Packers were sitting
on top of the world. The Packers have scored a lot of
victories on the gridiron but Sunday's win was the
sweetest of 'em all.
LIKE YOUNG GIANTS
The Bears more than lived up to advance notices. When
they pranced on the field wiyh their orange sweaters
they looked like young giants just let out of a cave. The
Chicagoans sure were husky enough and they were out
there doing their best - but it wasn't quite enough as the
Packers were going well enough to beat the greatest
club in the country. Weather conditions tended to shave
off the crowd, but, at that, there were nearly 4,000
spectators in attendance. Natives from every town
within a radius of 200 miles of Green Bay helped swell
the throng and these outsiders were pulling just as hard
for Lambeau and Co. as the Green Bayians themselves.
RAIN SHAVES CROWD
The young cloudburst early Sunday morning tended to
keep some of the out-of-towners at home and when the
clouds unloosened themselves again about 1:15
hundreds more of the football fans decided to stick by
the fire side. But nevertheless, all the reserved seats
were occupied and the general admission stands were
mighty filled. Considering the damp spell, the gridiron
was in pretty good shape. Old Sol made its appearance
in time to partly dry up the playing field and only in
spots was the going mucky, this being around the
baseball diamond. Long before it was time to open the
gates quite a crowd had gathered around the ticket
windows. These were the "early birds" who wanted to
get the cream of the general admission seats. Inside
the park the groundsmen were working valiantly to mop
up the wet spots. In several places, it was necessary to
dig trenches to run the water off. Planks laid down over
the mud holes served as bridges for the spectators on
their way to the seats.
PACKERS ARRIVE FIRST
The Packers were first to arrive on the scene of action
and as they dashed on the gridiron through the "Knot
Hole" gang gate, the crowd gave them a royal reception.
The Bears followed soon after and got a good hand.
About a minute before starting time, Bobbie Cahn, of
Chicago, appeared and he didn't waste a second getting
the elevens in action. The Bears kicked off to the
Packers. After one line plunge, Buck punted far down
the field and the Bruins put it in action on their 10 yard
mark. The visitors couldn't gain and Hanny booted to
Lambeau on the Packers' forty. Two passes went astray
and Buck kicked over the Bears' goal. After two rushes,
the invaders kicked out of bounds on the Packers' 40
yard line. The Big Bay Blues missed a first down by
inches and lost the ball. At this stage of the game, the
Bears got two first downs but the Packers braced and
Hanny punted across the goal. Buck immediately
punted far down the field and it was the Bears' ball at
the 30 yard line. After an exchange of kicks, J.
Sternaman got away for 20 yards placing the ball in
midfield. The Bears were penalized for stepping out on
PACKERS SCORE SAFETY
After another exchange of kicks, it was the Packers'
ball on their 30 yard mark as the quarter ended. Following two plays in the second period, Buck got away with another long punt to the Bears' 15 yard mark. Hanny was dumped for a 5 yard loss and then standing on his goal line, fumbled a pass for a punt and was dumped behind his own goal line for a safety. The Bears scrimmaged on the 30 yard line. After two line smashes, Hanny got off a good punt. Then J. Sternaman got off for a 20 yard run. Knop bucked the line for three. Dutch Sternaman stepped back for a placekick but the pigskin went wide of the mark. For the remainder of the quarter, the ball seesawed back and forth with the Packers gaining ground due to Buck's superb booting.
BEARS KICK OFF AGAIN
The third quarter started with the Bears kicking to the Packers. The Bay eleven wheeled in action fact and got a couple of first downs. By this time the Chicagoans were changing players about every play. The Packer drive was stopped when Kendrick intercepted a forward pass. Hanny got off a punt that rolled to the Packers' one yard line. This was a bad hole, but Buck punted out 40 yards. After three rushes, Sternaman failed in another field goal and the crowd breathed easier. Buck punted to J. Sternaman, who ran the ball back 45 yards. Dutch Sternaman again failed in a goal from placement. Mathys caught the ball on the five yard chalk line. Buck again kicked out of danger, Dutch Sternaman being downed in midfield. The quarter ended here. Two rushes failed and Sternaman kicked out of bounds on the Packers' 45. Mathys caught a pass from Lambeau for a 20 yard gain. Buck's field goal was partly blocked but the Packers recovered. Halas intercepted a pass but, on the next play, Basing did likewise and he dashed down the field to the Bears' 20 yard line. The Packers worked the ball over in front of the goal posts and Buck sailed the pigskin through the uprights. The crowd went wild.
KICK TO PACKERS
Again the Bears kicked to the Packers. The Bruins worked three or four forward passes but their drive stopped on the Packers' 30 yard line when a pass was intercepted. The Packers rushed twice and the game ended. It was a great victory. Joe Sternaman featured for the Bears while Trafton was a "bear" right on the defense. Halas grabbed off a couple of passes while Dave Healey showed a lot of class at tackle. It would be hard to pick a Packer star as the Bay eleven worked together like a well-oiled machine. Captain Lambeau, Hendrian, Basing, Lewellen and Mathys did a good job of backfielding. Tillie Voss, Milton and Dick O'Donnell performed well at the ends, while the forward wall, Buck, Rosatti, Gardner, Woodin and Earp, more than held their own against their husky opponents.
HALAS PRAISES BUCK
And, incidentally, Cub Buck kicked as he never kicked before. After the game, Halas, the Bear manager, paid Buck this compliment: "I have been playing pro football for about six years but never in my career have I seen such an exhibition of punting as Buck pulled off. It was wonderful."
PLAY BY PLAY
E. Sternaman kicked off to Hendrian, who ran to the Packers' 30 yard line. Lambeau made three yards on a line plunge. Buck punted, the ball rolling to the ten yard line. Knop made one yard. J. Sternaman failed to gain. Hanny punted to Lambeau, who was downed on the Packers' 40 yard line. Lambeau made a yard off left end. A forward pass was incomplete. Lambeau made a yard off left end. A forward pass was incomplete. Another pass failed, and Buck punted over the goal line, the Bears taking possession on their own 20 yard mark. Bryan made one yard. Hanny kicked out of bounds on the Packers' 40 yard line. Basing gained three yards. Hendrian was good for three yards, and then took the ball for three more. Mathys failed to make it first down, and the Bears took possession. J. Sternaman made five yards. E. Sternaman went through for three more, making it first down. E. Sternaman plunged for four yards. Knop added two. J. Sternaman broke through right tackle for six, and first down. Knop gained five yards. J. Sternaman failed to gain around right end. Hanny kicked over the goal line, and the Packers took possession on their own 20 yard line. Buck punted outside on the Bears' 25 yard line. Hanny made eight yards on a fake kick play. Hanny punted to the Packers' 25 yard line. A pass failed, and Buck punted to the Bears' 30 yard line, but J. Sternaman, who received returned it 20 yards to midfield. The Bears were penalized 10 yards, and Hanny kicked to the Packers' 20 yard line, Mathys returning the ball to the 30 yard marker.
A forward pass was incomplete. Hendrian clicked for eight yards. Buck kicked out of bounds on the Bears' 15 yard line. Hanny lost five yards on an attempted end run. Hanny prepared to punt from behind his own goal line, but fumbled the pass, and was downed behind the line when he recovered the ball. Score: Packers 2, Bears 0. The ball was taken out to the 30 yard line, where Hanny punted 50 yards to the Packers' 20. Lewellen made three yards on an end run. Buck punted to the Bears' 40 yard line. Knop failed to gain. J. Sternaman piled up 20 yards on an end run. Knop added three yards. E. Sternaman failed on an attempted placekick from the 40 yard line. The ball was put in play on the 20 yard line. Hendrian made one yard, but the Packers were penalized 5 on the next play. Lambeau broke through for nine yards. Buck punted out of bounds on the Bears' 30 yard line. E. Sternaman made three yards. Hanny punted out of bounds on the Packers' 30 yard line. The Bears were penalized 5 yards. Lewellen was good for three yards. Lambeau added three, and Buck punted over the goal line. The ball was brought out 20 yards and Hanny punted out of bounds on the Packers' 35 yard line. Two forward passes failed. Lambeau gained one yard, and Buck punted to J. Sternaman, who returned 15 yards to the Bears' 35 yard line. Hanny kicked to Mathys, who returned to his own 40 yard line. Lewellen was good for five yards, and Lambeau added one. Hendrian failed to gain, and Buck punted to the Bears' 30 yard line.
E. Sternaman kicked off to Mathys. Lambeau gained four yards. Hendrian broke through for 17 yards, and Lambeau added five more. The Bears were penalized five yards, and Basing plunged for three. Kendrick intercepted a Packer pass on the Bears' 40 yard line. Bryan was thrown for a five yard loss. Hanny kicked to the Packers' one yard line. Buck punted out 40 yards, Bryan returning to the Packers' 35 yard line. Bryan failed at left end. Bolan made two yards. J. Sternaman failed at right end. An attempt by E. Sternaman to kick a field goal from placement failed. The Packers took the ball, and Hendrian failed to gain. A pass, Buck to Lambeau, was good for six yards. Buck punted to J. Sternaman, who made a flashy run of 45 yards before being downed by Lambeau. Bolan failed to gain. E. Sternaman failed to gain. J. Sternaman failed at right end. An attempt to score from placement failed. Mathys received the kick, but was downed on his one yard line. Buck punted out to E. Sternaman, who was downed in midfield. A pass, Bryan to Kendrick, was good for five yards.
J. Sternaman failed to gain. A forward pass failed. E. Sternaman kicked out of bounds on the Packers' 45 yard line. A pass, Lambeau to Mathys, was good for 20 yards. Another pass failed. Hendrian made one yard. Buck's attempted field goal was blocked, but the Packers recovered. Basing failed to gain. Lambeau made five yards. Halas intercepted Mathys' pass, but on the next play, Basing intercepted a pass from Bryan, being downed on the Bears' 20 yard line. Hendrian made three yards. Basing made one. Basing ran the ball to the middle of the field, leaving Buck in a position to kick from placement, which he did successfully. Score: Packers 5, Bears 0. Lambeau returned to kick off to the 35 yard line. Basing failed to gain. Hendrian failed to gain. Buck punted, J. Sternaman receiving and running the ball back 25 yards. A pass, E. Sternaman to Kendrick, was good for 9 yards. A pass, E. Sternaman to J. Sternaman, gained five yards. Another pass failed. A forward pass, Bryan to E. Sternaman, was good for four yards. A pass, Bryan to Halas, was good for 15 yards. Hendrian intercepted the next pass on the Packers' 30 yard line and Lambeau made three yards as the game ended.
NEWS AND NOTES
SEPTEMBER 22 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Well, it is all over and the Packers are sitting at the top of the heap. The Big Bay Blues simply went out and beat their opponents. A fighting team is pretty hard to beat and it is our hunch that the Packers of 1924 are going a long way towards the national championship...Considering weather conditions, it was a wonderful turnout. Even during the morning, when it was raining pitchforks, the fans were searching around for tickets. Some of the outsiders who had driven miles to see the game were much pleased with the announcement that the Packers never cancel a game on account of weather conditions...Dr. Otis Saunders, who is the field physician for the Packers squad, had an easy day of it as he wasn't called into service more than once or twice. Hendrian got one bad bump but Doc brought him around in a jiffy. The physical condition of the Packer squad is superb as the two weeks of solid practice has put the players in tip-top shape...Referee Bobbie Cahn nearly missed the gridiron part. He reached town early yesterday morning and hit the hay as he was played out, having worked a game in Chicago on Saturday. Cahn wasn't called until 2 o'clock and he made a quick trip to the park. Bobbie is well liked here and when he stepped out the crowd gave him a round of applause...Between halves, Halas was laying the law down to his backfield men for the way they were playing Buck's punts. The Bear manager drives pretty hard and there was a lot of "french" mixed up in his expressions. One of the backfielders answered Halas this way: "Come back yourself and try when that big fellow kicks, the pigskin looks like a pea in the sky." And Halas kept on playing end. Maybe he knew where he was well off...The crowd had a fine time with Dutch Sternaman while he was changing his show before trying his first field goal. Dutch took his time shifting the shoe and somebody suggested that he get a looking glass to see if his nose was powdered in gridiron fashion...Revenge is sweet and Basing got a-plenty. A year ago, Basing fumbled a ball that enabled the Bears to get in a position for Sternaman to kick a field goal. Yesterday, it was Basing who grabbed a Bear pass and traveled down to the Bears' 20 yard line from where Buck drove the ball, clean as a whip, through the uprights.