GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - Some three thousand enthusiastic spectators saw the Packers win their opening game in the chase for the NFL championship Sunday afternoon
at the City stadium in Joannes park at the expense of
the Hammond All Stars by the score of 14 to 0. It was
just as bitterly a contested gridiron exhibition as the
score would indicated. The visitors lived up to advance
notices. They came here with an aggregation of pigskin
chasers who are capable performers on the chalk
marked field. Hammond had a sweet looking backfield
and a rugged line. Before the season is over Doc Young
& Co. are going to win a lot of games in Joe Carr's
PASS FOR SCORE
Hammond had built up a defense against forward
passes but, just the same, the Bays came through with
some splendid gains via the aerial route. Once again
the Packer machine of 1925 showed a punch. In other
seasons the Big Bay Blues relied mostly on the aerial
attack for gains but this year the line is opening holes
and the backs are riding through for timely gains.
PUNCH IN EVIDENCE
This punch was very much in evidence late in the third
quarter and early in the fourth. With Captain Lambeau
on the sidelines with an injury, the team carried on
nevertheless and crashed their way down the field and
across the goal with a consistent line plunging attack.
Hammond was battling all the way. During the final
quarter, the visitors loomed dangerous several different
times but the Packers super-forward wall was always
equal to the occasion and the invaders were stopped
dead in their tracks.
GOOD GAME TO WATCH
It was an interesting game to watch. There was a lot of
open football and plenty of thrilling plays. There were
but few penalties and, on those called, the Packers lost
the bulk of the yardage. The visitors loomed as a threat
all way. The slippery Pollard, speedy Robinson or hard
hitting Falcon were closely watched by the Packers
who covered this trio of stars like a tent nearly all the
game. It would have meant trouble if any of these
players reached the open field as they sure can travel.
VEGARA PLAYS WELL
The Packer machine played first class football. It had to
or else Hammond would have spilled the beans. The
Bays looked in much better shape than in the game
against Iron Mountain. George Vegara has won a home
here. The flashy end played as good a game of football
at end yesterday as has ever been seen on a Green
Bay field. Dick O'Donnell on the other end of the line
was going at top speed with "dark meat" as his
specialty. Buck, Earps and Abramson were very much
in the game at the tackles. Woodin, Gardner and Jean
did their job nicely at the guards while Ojay Larson was
a whole team in himself at center. As usual, the
backfield stars shone brightly. Mathys was in every
play. Lewellen continued his brilliant work of last
Sunday while Basing, Lambeau, Norton and Harris
deserve special mention for their brilliant work in
advancing the ball.
PACKERS KICKED OFF
The Packers, facing a strong wind, opened hostilities
by kicking to Hammond. Hess received the ball but
didn't get very far. A fumble put the invaders under a
load right off the bat and they punted. The Bays didn't
do much in their first three downs and Lewellen kicked.
Hammond couldn't gain yardage and Hess punted to
Mathys, who made a free catch on the Bays' 20 yard
line. Here the Packers chalked up a first down. Three
rushes netted little and Lewellen booted to Robinson,
who was dumped in his track by Vergara. The visitors
failed to show much on the attack and punted again.
The Packers returned the kick. Hammond's air attack
flivvered out. Towards the close of the period, the Bays
got a couple of first downs. The second quarter opened
with the ball about in midfield. Soon after, Lewellen
booted over the Hammond goal line. The ball was put
in scrimmage on the 20 yard line. Hammond soon
kicked out of danger. Here the Packers started a march
for a touchdown. Three forward passes had Hammond
backed up to its goal posts and a pass, which Lewellen
grabbed behind the line, made the score. Lambeau
kicked the goal.
HAMMOND RECOVERS BALL
Hammond pulled a fluke kickoff and recovered the
pigskin on the Packers' 35 yard line. Buck broke up the
advance when he intercepted a Hammond pass while
doing a nose dive. Then Lewellen got off a 70 yard punt
and the ball was put in play on Hammond's twenty. The
invaders failed in two smashes and Kendrick punted.
The Packers cut loose again and it looked like another
score but a pass which just grazed Lewellen's fingers
grounded behind the goal line and it was Hammond's
ball. Kendrick kicked poorly and once more the
Packers opened up. Robinson, however, spoiled the
touchdown advance by intercepting a pass close to the
goal and soon after halftime was called.
BUCK TAKES KICKOFF
The crowd got a laugh on the opening play of the third quarter when Buck took the kickoff and scampered back eight yards before he was downed. It took about half the Hammond team to stop him. Several first downs out the ball on Hammond's 30 yard mark. Here the visitors braced and Lambeau attempted a dropkick from the 40-yard line which fell short by a few feet. Fritz Pollard went into the game at half for Hammond. He celebrated his appearance by fumbling a pass and being thrown for a 10-yard loss. Gil Falcon replaced Hess at fullback for the visitors and cracked the line for five. Pollard added three. Kendrick punted to Mathys and the Bays started down the field again. At this stage of the game, Captain Lambeau was injured and forced to leave the game. Jack Harris, despite his injured ankle, went into the fray and did splendid service. The Packers got two first downs but were forced to kick and Lewellen booted behind the goal line. The visitors scrimmaged on the 20-yard line. They made 8 yards in two downs, added another on the third rush but couldn't make the necessary 36 inches on the fourth try for a first down and it was the Packers' ball on Hammond's 30 yard line.
WERE NEVER STOPPED
This time the Bays were never stopped until they scored a touchdown on line smashing. Basing got three. Harris added another and then Basing crashed for a first down. This ended the third quarter. Starting the final period, Lewellen got three yards and followed with another three. Jack Harris made it a first down over the husky Carman. The goal line was only seven yards away. A penalty set the Packers back to the 12-yard mark. Lewellen gained four. Harris added two and then the Packer line ripped a big hole and Basing zipped through the remaining distance for a touchdown. Buck kicked the goal. Woodin kicked off for the Packers and the visitors began to show signs of life. After an exchange of punts, a penalty for holding cost the Bays 15 yards and the Packers were deep in their own territory. Several changes were made in the Packer lineup. Jean, Abramson and Norton going in for Woodin, Earps and Lewellen, respectively. A punt by Basing went out of bounds on the Packers' 30 yard line and the outlook wasn't very encouraging.
POLLARD COULDN'T GAIN
Pollard couldn't gain. Falcon made five. Two passes were incomplete, the second one grounding behind the Packers' goal. The Bays put the ball in play on the 20-yard line. On the second play, a Packer was offside and this meant a five-yard loss. Buck punted 30 yards. After two rushes, Kendrick failed in a field goal. Mathys ran it back to the 20-yard mark. The Packers failed to gain and Buck's kick went out of bounds on the 25-yard line. Annan skirted end for a first down. Here the Packers
HAMMOND - 0 0 0 0 - 0
GREEN BAY - 0 7 0 7 - 14
2nd - GB - Lewellen pass from Mathys (Lambeau kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
4th - GB - Basing run (Buck kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
PLAY BY PLAY
The Packers kickoff to Hammond. Woodin kicked 30 yards to Hess, who was downed in his tracks. Kendrick fumbled but recovered. Robinson was held at center. Annan made a yard through left tackle. Kendrick punted 40 yards to Mathys, who returned 5. Basing gained a yard at right tackle. Lewellen added three more in the same place. A pass from Lambeau to O'Donnell was incomplete. Lewellen punted 30 yards outside on Hammond's 44 yard line. Annan fumbled but flopped on the ball. Kendrick punted 35 yards, Mathys making a fair catch on the 20 yard line. Basing made a yard at left tackle, and Curley added three more around left end. Lewellen passed to Lambeau for a gain of 5 yards and first down. Basing hit left tackle for a yard, and then pushed through center for 6 more. Lewellen hit right guard for a yard. Lewellen punted 45 yards to Robinson, who was downed in his tracks by Vergara's flying tackle. Robinson made a yard through center. Hess hit the same place for 3 more. Annan hit right guard for a small gain. Hess punted 40 yards to Mathys, who returned the ball 10 yards to the 35 yard line. Basing hit a stonewall at right guard. Lambeau's pass to Lewellen was incomplete. Lewellen punts 45 yards to Robinson, who was again tackled by Vergara. A pass by Kendrick was incomplete. Annan pushed through center for a half a yard. Basing blocked Kendrick's pass. Hess punted 60 yards to Mathys, who returned the ball 12 yards. Lambeau smashed through center for 5 yards. Mathys gained a yard at center. Lambeau ran around right end for 15 yards. Lewellen hit center for 8 yards.
Lambeau made first down through right guard. Basing went through left tackle for a small gain. Lambeau was thrown for an 8 yard loss on an attempted forward pass. Another pass by Curley was incomplete, and Lewellen punted 60 yards behind goal. Annan gained half a yard through center. Kendrick punted 30 yards to Lambeau, who moved the ball up a yard. Lambeau passed 10 yards to Lewellen who ran 15 more. Basing took the ball outside. Basing was held at right tackle. Lambeau tossed the ball 10 yards to O'Donnell, who ran two yards before going outside. Basing hit center for a 2 yard gain. Mathys passed to Lewellen over the goal line for a touchdown. Lambeau dropkicked the goal. Kendrick kicked off 20 yards to Woodin, who fumbled. Hess recovered for Hammond. Two passes by Kendrick failed, but another gained 8 yards. Robinson lost half a yard on an attempted left end run. Buck intercepted Kendrick's pass and was held on the Packers' 30 yard line. Lewellen punted 70 yards behind the goal line. Kendick was held at left guard, and two of his passes were incomplete. Kendrick punted 30 yards, the ball being held by a Hammond end. A lateral pass, Lambeau-Basing, gained three yards. Lewellen smashed through right tackle for a 4 yard gain. A pass was incomplete. On a fake kick formation, Lambeau passed 6 yards to Mathys. Another pass failed, and then Curley plowed right through center for 10 yards and first down. A forward pass behind the goal line failed, and it was Hammond's ball on their own 20 yard line. Kendrick tossed the ball to Annan for a 4 yard gain. Two passes were knocked down, and then Kendrick punted, the ball traveling but 10 yards before going outside. Lambeau hurled a 10 yard pass to Charlie Mathys, who ran 5 yards. A pass from Curley to Lewellen was blocked. Robinson intercepted Lewellen's forward pass and held the ball on Hammond's 20 yard line. Kendrick threw three incomplete passes, and then punted 25 yards outside on the 30 yard line. A long pass by Lambeau was incomplete.
Kendrick kicked off 30 yards to Buck, who returned the ball 8 yards to the 38 yard line. Basing was held at left guard. Lambeau completed a pass to Lewellen, who ran outside for a 10 yard gain. Curley made first down through left guard for 4 yards. Lewellen passed to Lambeau for a 5 yard gain. Lewellen hit left guard for first down. Basing added three more at left tackle. Lambeau couldn't gain through the same hole. Lewellen's pass was knocked down. Lambeau attempted a dropkick which fell short and was returned by Annan to the 20 yard line. A low pass by center caused Pollard to lose 10 yards. Pollard hit right guard for 5 yards. Falcon hit 3 more through center. Kendrick punted 50 yards to Mathys, who returned the ball 5 yards to the Packers' 45 yard line. Lewellen went through right tackle for 4 yards. Lambeau went around right for 5 more. Basing gained 3 yards for first down at left guard. A pass, Lambeau to Lewellen, failed. Lewellen's forward pass was blocked. Another pass by Lewellen was incomplete, and he punted 60 yards to behind goal. Falcon gained 5 yards at left guard. Annan added 3 at center. Falcon made a few feet at left guard. Annan ran against a wall, and it was the Packers' ball on Hammond's 30 yard line. Basing made 2 yards at right guard. Harris made one more at right tackle. Basing smashed through guard for an 8 yard gain. Harris hit right guard for 3 yards.
Lewellen hit right tackle for 3 yards. Lewellen smashed through the same place for 3 and a half yards. Harris made first down through right tackle, and the Packers had 7 yards to go. Green Bay was penalized 5 yards. Lewellen gained 4 and a half yards at left tackle. Harris smashed into right guard for 2 more. Basing went over left tackle for a touchdown. Buck kicked the goal by placement. Woodin kicked off to the 10 yard line. Annan returning the ball to the 25 yard line. Kendrick punted 45 yards to Mathys, who was held. Norton lost a yard on an attempted end run. Basing gained a yard at left tackle. Norton ran around left end for a small gain. Green Bay was penalized 15 yards for holding. Basing punted 20 yards offside on the 30 yard line. Pollard couldn't gain around right end. Falcon made 5 yards through left guard. Kendrick threw two incomplete passes, and a third one, behind the goal line, gave the Packers the ball on their own 20 yard line. Harris couldn't gain at left guard, but Basing hit left tackle for 3 yards. Green Bay was penalized 5 yards for offside. Norton got it back with a 5 yard gain around right end. Buck punted 30 yards, the ball held by a Packer end. Annan hit right guard for a yard gain. Annan was held on an attempted pass. Hess' pass was incomplete. An attempted placement by Kendrick fell short and was returned by Mathys to the 20 yard line. Norton gained 2 yards at left guard. Norton was thrown for a 3 yard loss on an attempted left end run. Norton lost two more yards at right end. Buck's punt was partially blocked and went offside on the 20 yard line. A pass by Annan failed. Annan gained 10 yards around end. Kendrick was held at right guard. Falcon met a stonewall at left tackle. Hess was stopped at the same place. Annan was thrown for a 10 yard loss. Kendrick's long pass behind the goal was incomplete as the game ended.