GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(RACINE) - Not being full fledged Eskimos, it took the Packers a half game to get started in their combat against the Racine Legion here on Sunday at Horlick
field which was played under "North Pole" conditions
and, as a result, they were forced to hit the trail to the
Bay on the short end of a 7 to 0 count as the Legion
squad opened fast and put across the only score of the
game early in the first quarter. Weather conditions were
more fit for a mid-winter sports carnival than a football
game. The playing field was frozen hard. All Sunday
morning two big street sweeping machines were kept
busy cleaning the playing field of snow and ice.
ABOUT 14 ABOVE
A zipping wind from the north swept the park and the
weather sharks claimed it was about 14 above when the
teams stepped into action. Old Sol shone forth in all his
glory and made it mighty difficult for backfielders facing
the west goal to glimpse the ball on punts. The chilly
atmosphere sure put a crimp in the attendance. Less
than 2,200 fans braved the wintry conditions and there
were probably about a hundred from the Bay. Heavy
robes, bear skin coats and galoshes were very much in
evidence.
RATHER HOLLOW VICTORY
At that it was sort of a hollow victory for Racine as Head
Linesman Robles pulled one for the book that didn't 
look any too good. About the middle of the third quarter,
Dick O'Donnell made a swell catch of a forward pass
and was dumped on Racine's 8 yard line. This resulted
in a touchdown that wasn't. The Bays picked up about
four yards on three plays and, then, Mathys elected to
use his ace play. The crossover pass with Voss
receiving from Lambeau. It worked like a charm as
Tillie grabbed the oval in the extreme corner of the field
back of the Legion goal line.
JOY SOON ENDED
The Bay rooters went wild but their joy soon ended. The
Packers went out to try for the goal kick when Head
Linesman Robles came forth on the field, saying it
wasn't a touchdown as O'Donnell had been offside. 
When questioned why, he waited so long to make the
decision Robles refused to answer. It looked like trouble
for a minute or two. O'Donnell got all over Robles and
Wally Neimann, who was in the sticks for the Packers,
was escorted to the bench by Referee Lambert. The
Packers were set back five and the game was renewed.
Another pass was tried but it went astray and Racine
scrimmaged on the 20 yard line. The Bays kept going
for the remainder of the game at top speed but they
simply couldn't launch a consistent attack. Several
times the breaks went to the Packers but an intercepted forward pass or a fumble would will off chances for a touchdown.
GOOD PASS DEFENSE
The Legion played smart defensive football against the Packers' air drive but, every now and then, the Bays would shoot through for substantial gains. Early in the fourth quarter, Lambeau passed to Mathys, who was dumped on Racine's 22 yard line. This looked like a possible score but, on the next play, Romney intercepted a pass on his own 10 yard line. Racine got about 5 yards in three downs and Gillo booted from behind his own goal line. It was a poor kick. Lewellen tried to make the catch on the dead run and he fumbled. Halladay scooped up the ball and dashed to the Bays' 40 yard mark before he was downed. This ended the Packers' chances for a score. In the closing minutes of play, Gillo tried another placekick but the attempt went astray.
PACKERS SLOW TO START
As usual, the Packers started slowly. The Big Bay Blues took a long time to get warmed up and Racine made hay while the going was good. The first quarter was scoreless although both clubs muffed chances for goals from the field. However, both of the attempts were of the long distance variety. Buck was outpunting his opponent some 20 yards on each exchange of kicks and this tended to offset the several first downs chalked by the gridders from Horlickville. When quarter time was called, Racine had the oval on its 40 yard line. The second period had hardly got underway when Racine uncorked a series of forward passes from an intricate backfield formation that soon had the Packers fighting within the shadow of their goal posts. But that is just where the Bays do fight.
ROMNEY MAKES SCORE
The Legion had the ball on the Packers' 5 yard line, first down goal to go. Gillo made a yard and then lost one when Woodin crashed through and got the Racine fullback hardly before he started. Once again, Racine pulled its "funny" pass and Johnny Mohardt tossed to Romney who wiggled his way around right end and through a broken field for a touchdown. GIllo had no trouble kicking the goal. Woodin kicked off to Glaver and the Racine backfielder fumbled the ball, O'Donnell covered for the Bays on the Legion's 19 yard line. Hendrian got four and then Halladay intercepted a Packer pass and the Bays' touchdown stock sunk down to nothing. For the remainder of the period, the play seesawed with little advantage to either team. The Legion squad kept their eyes open for passes and they knocked down a lot of them. Neither eleven could gain much on straight football. From a spectator's point of view, it was a dandy exhibition of footballing as there was just one thrill after another. Both teams based their attack on the air drive and the pigskin changed hands frequently. It was the first game of pro football that Referee Lambert had ever worked in Wisconsin. Lambert is considered one of the best officials in the Ohio district. "When President Carr asked me to come here," said Lambert, "I jumped at the chance as I had heard a lot about the class of postgraduate ball played in the Badger state."
WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED
"And I was not disappointed as it was one of the best pro league games that I ever worked. To me the outstanding features were Romney's dash for a touchdown; Lambeau's passing and Buck's great punting." When asked about the decision of Head Linesman Robles, Lambert kept pretty quiet. Lambert had to do some traveling to reach Racine in time for the game as on Saturday he worked as umpire in the college game at Danville, Ky., between Alabama and Center.
Racine Legion (4-3-3) 7, Green Bay Packers (7-4) 0
Sunday November 30th 1924 (at Racine)
PLAY BY PLAY
FIRST QUARTER
Lambeau won the toss and chose to defend the south goal. Racine is going to kickoff to Green Bay, Gillo kicks out of bounds. The kick is to be made over. The ball went out of bounds on Green Bay's 20 yard line. Gillo kicks over the goal line for a touchback. It's Green Bay's ball on its own 20-yard line. Lambeau makes three yards around left end. Buck punts 60 yards and the ball is downed by O'Donnell on Racine's 5 yard line. Gillo makes 5 yards through center on a delayed buck. Lambeau got the tackle. Gavier made 2 yards through left tackle. Gillo makes first down through center. Ball on Racine's 19-yard line. Mohardt lost a yard around left end. Gillo was held for no gains at center. Third down 10 to go. Murray gets back to kick. Gavier on a fake kick makes 4 yards through center. Fourth down 6 to go. Murray punted 15 yards. It's Green Bay's ball on Racine's 35 yard line. Basing made 2 yards off right tackle. Lambeau makes 2 yards around left end. On a run formation Lambeau fumbles but recovers the ball. He lost 6 yards. Lambeau gets back for a dropkick from Racine's 47 yard line. The kick was short, falling on Racine's 10-yard line. Mohardt returned it to the 20-yard line. First down for Racine. Gavier was held for no gain at center. Gavier ran out of bounds on his own 25-yard line. Third down, 5 to go. Mohardt makes 10 yards around left end, running out of bounds on the 35-yard line. Gillo makes 2 yards through left guard. Earps and Woodin broke through and threw Gavier for a yard loss. A forward pass, Gavier to Mohardt, gained 12 yards. Mohardt running out of bounds on his own 49-yard line. Gillo makes two yards through center. Gardner broke through and tackled Mohardt for a 10 yard loss. Ball is on Racine's 41-yard line. Third down 20 yards to go. Mohardt passed to Romney for 15 yards. Racine's ball on its own 46-yard line. Murray punts over the goal line, but the Packers were penalized 5 yards for offside. Racine's ball on its own 50 yard line. Gillo makes a yard through center. Gillo runs out of bounds for no gain. Third down 9 to go. A forward pass, Mohardt to Romney, was incomplete. Fourth down 9 to go. Gillo is going to try a placekick from the 49-yard line. The kick was short. Mathys catching the ball on Green Bay's 18-yard line. He was tackled in his tracks. It's Green Bay's ball there. First down. Buck punted 40 yards and Voss downed the ball on Racine's 40-yard line. First down. Gillo was held for no gain at center. Second down 10 to go. End of quarter.
SECOND QUARTER
Gavier lost 4 yards on a wide right end run. Third down 14 to go. Mohardt made 3 yards around right end. Third down 6 to go. Buck punted to Mohardt who is downed in his tracks on the 50-yard line. Gavier is held for no gain around right end. Earps broke through and tackled Gavier for half a yard loss. Third down 10 1/2 to go. Mohardt passed to Romney for 15 yards. Ball is now on Green Bay's 35 yard line. Gillo made a yard, but Racine is penalized 15 yards for holding. Ball now on 50 yard line. Gillo made 3 yards around right end, running out of bounds. Ball on Green Bay's 47 yard line. A forward pass, Mohardt to Halladay, was incomplete. Third down 20 to go. Romney passed 25 yards to Gavier on Green Bay's 25-yard line. Gillo makes 3 yards through right tackle. Second down 7 to go. Mohardt made 3 yards through left guard. Mohardt passes to Gillo for 10 yards on Green Bay's 5 yard line. Gillo makes 1 yard through left guard. Gillo lost a yard. Woodin breaking through and getting the tackle. Third down goal to go. Mohardt passes to Romney for a touchdown. Gillo kicks goal. Score: Racine, 7; Green Bay, 0. Green Bay is going to kickoff to Racine. Woodin kicks off to Gavier who fumbles. O'Donnell recovered and took it to Racine's 19 yard line. Hendrian ran out of bounds for no gain. Second down 10 to go. Hendrian makes 4 yards through center. Third down 6 to go. Ball on Racine's 15 yard line. Lambeau's forward pass to Hendrian was intercepted by Halladay who returned it to his own 29-yard line. Murray punts out of bounds on his own 48-yard line. Lambeau's pass to Voss was intercepted by Mohardt on Racine's 37-yard line. Racine's ball, first down. Murray punts to Mathys on Green Bay's 20-yard line. Lambeau is held for no gain on a wide run around right end. Basing made 1 yard through center. Racine halfback intercepted with Mathys on a pass on Green Bay's 39 yard line. First down 10 to go on Green Bay's 39-yard line. A forward pass to Mathys was incomplete. Second down 10 to go. A forward pass, Lambeau to Mathys, gained five yards. Third down 5 to go. Time out for Green Bay. A pass, Lambeau to Voss, was incomplete. Fourth down 5 to go. Lambeau punted out of bounds on Racine's 27 yard line. Gillo was held at center without gain. Mohardt lost 2 yards around left end. Rosatti getting the tackle. Third down 11 to go. Racine is penalized 15 yards for holding. Ball now on Racine's 10 yard line. Gillo makes two yards through center. Fourth down 23 to go. Murray punts out of bounds on Racine's 48 yard line on the west side of the field. Green Bay's ball first down. A pass, Lambeau to Voss, was incomplete. Second down 10 to go. Lambeau passed to O'Donnell for a 7 yard gain as the half ended.
THIRD QUARTER
Woodin kicked off to Murray who returned the ball 10 yards to his own 30-yard line. Gillo is held for no gain at center. Gillo made2 yards through right tackle. Third down 8 to go. Romney punted to Lambeau who returned it 2 yards to his own 38-yard line. Basing makes 1 yard through right tackle. Lambeau's pass to Voss was incomplete. Basing was held for no gain at right tackle. Buck punted 50 yards. O'Donnell downs the ball on Racine's 20 yard line. Gillo makes 2 yards around right end. He ran out of bounds. Mohardt was held for no gain on a wide end run around left end. Romney punted 40 yards to Green Bay's 49-yard line, where the ball was downed by Hallday. Hendrian made a yard and a half through left tackle. Lewellen goes in for Basing. Lewellen's forward pass to Lambeau was incomplete. Lambeau forward passes to Mathys. Mathys was interfered with. It's Green Bay's ball on Racine's 25-yard line. Hendrian run out of bounds for a yard gain. Elliott goes in in place of Gavier. Hendrian makes 5 yards through right tackle. Third down 4 to go. Hendrian makes two yards through left tackle, fourth down 2 to go. Lewellen is held for no gain. It's Racine's ball on its own 17-yard line. First down. Elliott makes 4 yards around right end. Murray on a forward pass play is thrown for a 10-yard loss. Third down 16 to go. Murray's punts out of bounds on Green Bay's 38-yard line. Hendrian makes 2 yards through left tackle. Lewellen makes 3 yards through left tackle. Third down 5 to go. Lewellen makes a yard around right end. Buck gets back to kick. Buck punts to Racine's 1-yard line where O'Donnell downs the ball. The ball is carried out 10 yards to allow Racine room to kick. Murray punts out of bounds on Racine's 33-yard lin. The ball is brought back to the 22-yard line. Green Bay's ball, first down. Lewellen is held for no gain around right end. A pass, Lambeau to O'Donnell, carries the ball to Racine's 8-yard line. First down goal to go. O'Donnell snatched the ball right out of two Racine players' hands. Hendrian makes a yard through left guard. Lambeau makes two yards through right guard. Third down 5 to go to goal. A pass, Lambeau to Voss, is good for a touchdown. Voss caught the ball behind the goal line. The referee called the play back and penalized Green Bay 5 yards for offside. A forward pass, Lambeau to O'Donnell, was knocked down behind the goal line by Gillo. Racine's ball on its own 20-yard line. First down. Romney punted and the ball rolled to Green Bay's 23-yardline, where it was downed by Brumm. Hendrian goes through left tackle for nine yards as the quarter ends.
FOURTH QUARTER
Green Bay's ball on its own 32-yard line. Shorty Barr goes in for Elliott. Hendrian was held for no gain at center. Lambeau passes to Lewellen for 10 yards, Lewellen stopping on Green Bay's 45 yard line. Lewellen gained a yard, before running out of bounds. A pass, Lambeau to Hendrian, was incomplete. A pass, Lambeau to Lewellen, was intercepted by Mohardt on his own 45-yard line. Gillo was held at center for a yard gain. Barr's pass was incomplete. Racine is penalized 5 yards for offside. Third down 14 to go. Barr was held for no gain on a left end run. Murray punts to Green Bay's 18 yard line, where the ball was downed by Brumm. Lambeau makes 1 yard on a wide end run around left end. A forward pass, Lambeau to Hendrian, was incomplete. A pass, Lambeau to Mathys, was incomplete. Fourth down 9 to go. Buck punts to Barr who is downed on his own 40-yard line. Gillo gets 2 yards through right guard. A fumble was recovered by Rosatti. Green Bay's ball on Racine's 42 yard line. A pass, Lambeau to Mathys, gains 20 yards, putting the ball on Racine's 22-yard line. Romney intercepted Lambeau's pass on his own 10-yard line. Gillo bucks center for no gain. Gillo fails at left tackle. Gillo makes 1 yard at right end. Racine punted to Lewellen who fumbled the ball. Halladay recovered and ran to Green Bay's 41 yard line. Gillo gained two yards before going out of bounds. Barr gained a yard through left tackle. Barr gained a yard through left tackle. Barr passes 20 yards to Romney who ran out of bounds on Green Bay's 20 yard line. First down ten to go. Barr makes 2 yards through center. Barr is held for no gain at center. On a fumble Racine lost 7 yards. Third down 15 to go. Gillo's placekick failed. It's Green Bay's ball on its own 20-yard line. A pass, Lambeau to Lewellen, was intercepted by Mohardt on Green Bay's 38 yard line. Gillo makes 2 yards through right tackle. Mohardt was held for no gain on a right end run. Barr goes through center for 10 yards and first down, as the game ended. Score: Racine, 7; Green Bay, 0.