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
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.