GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(ROCK ISLAND) - The Packers' winning streak ended with a thud here on Sunday afternoon at Douglas park when the Rock Island Independents pulled one of the biggest surprises of the pro football season when they slipped one over on the Green Bay eleven by the score of 3 to 0. It was one of the pigskin exhibitions that is hard to explain. The Packers gained much more yardage than the Islanders but they could not bunch their gains consistently. The Islanders did not do much to speak of except towards the close of the second quarter and in the final period with halftime only about three minutes off, the Independents grabbed off a punt in midfield. Two line slashes moved up the chalk mark a bit and then Buck Gavin, who was playing like a fighting fool, slashed through the line for a 20-yard gain. The Packers held stubbornly for three downs but old Rube Ursella, veteran of about 'steen years on the pro gridiron, still had one good boot left in his kicking toe, and he proceeded to make use of it. The pigskin sailed through the uprights clean as a whistle from the 20-yard line and some 2,000 Islanders went wild with delight. It put them ahead, 3 to 0, of what the papers here had proclaimed was the greatest pro football eleven in the country.
PLAYED ON DEFENSIVE
The handful of Green Bay followers were not exceptionally worried about the three-point advantage as they figured Lambeau and Company would yet bring the
bacon. Starting the third quarter, the Islanders played
on the defensive all the time. They would rush a couple
of times and then kick. Ursella had the win behind him
and his kicks were making up the ground gained by the
Packers. Towards the close of the third period, the
Packers unleashed a very brisk offensive that netted
three first downs in succession and the natives of the
Tri-Cities began yelling, "Hold 'em." Gavin knocked
down a Packer pass at this crucial stage of the game
and the ball changed hands. It was another lucky break
for the Islanders. When the fourth period got underway,
the Packers had the wind behind them and it was
figured that the Bays would stage a "ninth inning" rally
and pull the game out of the fire. However, the dope
went astray. Rock Island inserted a youngster by the
name of Lamb, who had burned up the gridiron at
Lombard college for three years. The newcomer was far
from being as meek as his name implies. He was a
whole team in himself. He gained plenty of yards and
his spirited runs caused the Packers plenty of trouble.
However, Green Bay died with its boots on. The
Packers were going hard at the finish. Captain Lambeau
resorted to every trick of the trade to get across the one
pass that would bring home the bacon but the Islanders
were not to be denied. Flushed with victory close at
hand, they did some wonderful blocking and every one
of the Packers, eligible to receive a pass, was always
covered like a tent.
STARTED OFFENSIVE EARLY
Even with but a minute to go and the ball deep in
Packers territory, the Packers attempted three forward
passes and then hurled a fourth one rather than kicking
but it went bad and a few seconds later the whistle blew
and the Packers dropped from a 1.000 to .667 in the
percentage table. During the first period and up to the
halfway mark in the second quarter, the Packers simply
played circles around their foes. The Islanders couldn't
move to speak of through the line or around the ends
and their few feeble attempts to forward passes went
astray. The Packers showed an offensive early in the
game that had endeared them to the fans at home. It
was a crashing, smashing game and the Islanders were
doing some fancy goose-stepping in their own backyard.
Several times the Packers were right on the verge of
scoring but the cards were dealt the other way, and the
breaks in football were breaking the other way. The
Packers' touchdown play did, but it didn't in this quarter.
With the ball about a dozen yards from the Islanders'
goal, the Bays pet formation went through like
clockwork. Once again Mathys hurled the ball to
Lewellen who grabbed the pigskin right on the outside
line. If Lew had been two inches inside, it would have
been a touchdown. But "ifs" don't win a ball game.
Continuing their rapid advance, the Packers twice more
thew shivers down the backs of the Rock Island crowd
but somewhat always crabbed the act when a
touchdown loomed certain. It was a grueling combat.
There was little love on either side and the players went
at it hammer and tongs. Bobby Cahn was a pretty busy
individual and sometimes it looked as if he might have
himself to take a hand in the milling himself.
LEWELLEN SPRAINS ANKLE
The Packers got their share of bruises and Lewellen
suffered a badly sprained ankle. Some of the others
were much the worse for their afternoon on the gridiron.
However, the Islanders had their share of aches and
bruises. They knew they had been through a pigskin
feud with frills. The Bay fans didn't suffer such of a loss
from a pocketbook point of view because Rock Island
was afraid of the Packers and they were asking three or
four to one odds.
PLAY BY PLAY
Captain Lambeau won the toss and chose to defend the
west goal. Slater kicked to Vergara who was downed on
the 18 yard line. Basing hit the center for a yard and 5
on a tackle smash. Lewellen punted to Armstrong who
was downed after making a sensational return to his
own 49 yard line. Armstrong made 5 around end.
Armstrong failed at center. Ursella punted to Mathys
who made a fair catch on 40 yard line. Lambeau made
3 over center. Basing followed with two in the same place, but Green Bay lost 5 for offside. A pass, Lambeau to O'Donnell, was incomplete. Lewellen punted over the Rock Island goal. Novak was tackled by O'Donnell for no gain. He again failed to gain, and on the next play Earpe broke through and threw him for a 5 yard loss. Ursella punted to Rock Island's 40 yard line. It was a poor kick. Lambeau failed to gain and then made 4 on a tackle smash. Basing made a first down for Green Bay on Rock Island's 25 yard line. Lewellen made 5 through the line. He followed with 2 more. Lambeau failed to gain. A pass, Mathys to Lewellen, went over the goal line. Gavin failed to gain. He then made 2 over center. Gavin failed to gain. Ursella punted out of bounds on Green Bay's 45 yard line. Lambeau fumbled but recovered for a loss of 3 yards. A long pass from Lambeau to Mathys carried the ball to Rock Island's 32 yard line. A pass, Lambeau to Vergara, incomplete. Another to Lewellen was also incomplete, being knocked down behind the goal by Armstrong. Novak made 5 over center. Gavin lost 3 yards as the quarter ended.
Ursella punted and Mathys was downed on the Packers' 43 yard line. Lambeau made 5 off tackle. Lambeau made 1 through the line. Basing failed to gain. Lewellen punted to Rock Island's 20 yard line and Armstrong returned to 30 yard mark. Novak lost 5 when he slipped in the mud. Ursella punted to Mathys who was downed in his tracks on the Packers 35 yard line. Lambeau made 15 around left end. Lewellen got 2 through center. Basing followed with 3. Lambeau made it first down through center. Lewellen lost 1 yard but Rock Island lost 15 yards for rough playing. Lambeau failed to gain on two tries. Ursella intercepted a pass on Rock Island's 20 yard line. Armstrong made 15 yards on end run. Ursella made 2 yards. A pass was incomplete. Ursella punted to Packer 20 yard line. Basing failed to gain. Lewellen made 6 yards and Lambeau lost 4 on the next play. Lewellen made a nice punt to Rock Island 40 yard line. Armstrong returned it 9 yards. Lamb went in for Armstrong. Ursella made 9 through center. Gavin went through center for 33 yards being downed by Mathys on Green Bay 16 yard line. Lamb made 1 over tackle. Gavin failed to gain. Lamb carried the ball to a position in front of the goal posts where Ursella booted a perfect dropkick for 3 points. Lewellen kicked off and Ursella returned it 35 yards to Rock Island's 40 yard line. Ursella failed to gain and Rock Island lost 5 for offside. Before another play could be made, time was called. Score: Rock Island 3, Packers 0.
Armstrong returned to his original position for Rock Island. Woodin kicked off to Rooney who fumbled. Ursella recovered on Rock Island 20 yard line. Rock Island penalized 15 yards for holding. Ursella punted and Mathys was forced out of bounds on Rock Island 42 yard line. Lewellen made 2 off tackle. Lewellen punted out of bounds on Rock Island 11 yard line. Novak made 1 yard through center. Armstrong failed to gain. Novak lost 2. Ursella punted to Mathys who was down on Rock Island 39 yard line. Lewellen made 2 off tackle. Basing failed to gain. A long pass, Lewellen to O'Donnell, was incomplete. Lewellen punted to Armstrong who was downed on his 32 yard line. Novak made 3 around end. A long pass, Ursella to Armstrong, incomplete. Ursella punted to Mathys who returned it to Packer 40 yard line. Lambeau made 1 through center. Pass, Lambeau to Mathys, was incomplete. Lewellen punted out of bounds on Rock Island 36 yard line. Ursella punted and Mathys was downed on Packers' 30 yard line. Lewellen made 5 off tackle. He made another through center. Basing made a first down on Packer 47 yard line. Basing made 6 on same kind of play. Lambeau hit center for 3 yards, and followed with a short gain which gave Green Bay a first down on Rock Island 46 yard line. Lambeau made 10 for another first down. Ball on Rock Island 36 yard line. Packers lost 5 yards for offside. Lambeau gained 5 through the line. A pass, Lambeau to Mathys, made 6 yards for the Packers. An attempted pass, Basing to Mathys, incomplete. Another pass incomplete. Rock Island obtained possession of the ball on their own 29 yard line. Ursella punted to Mathys who was run out of bounds on his own 34 yard line. Basing made 2 over center. Lambeau added three in same place, as quarter ended.
Lambeau made 1 through center, but the play was recalled and the Packers penalized 5 for offside. A pass was incomplete. Lewellen punted to Rock Island's 15 yard line. Lewellen was hurt and had to be removed, Norton taking his place. Three plays made 6 yards for Rock Island and Ursella punted to Mathys who was downed on his own 35 yard line. Two plays gained three yards for the Packers and a pass was incomplete. Buck punted to Lamb on Rock Island 15 yard line and he returned it 16 yards. Novak made 1 over center. Lamb made 4 over tackle. Lamb failed to gain and Ursella punted out of bounds on his own 45 yard line. Two plays failed to gain and a pass on the next was incomplete. Packers lost 5 for offside. Basing made 19 through center. Lambeau punted over Rock Island goal line. Lamb made 22 yards through the Packer team, and followed with 6 more. Ursella hit center for 3 yards. Lamb failed to make first down. Ursella failed to gain and the Packers got the ball on the 49 yard line. Norton failed at center. Lambeau failed around end. A pass was incomplete. Buck went back to punt but the pass from center was bad and he was downed on the Packer 45 yard line. Ursella made 7 yards. Ursella punted out of bounds on Packers' 21 yard line. Three Packer passes were incomplete all being knocked down by the Rock Island safety. Rock Island received the ball on their own 14 yard line. Lamb gained 3 yards as the game ended.
GREEN BAY - 0 0 0 0 - 0
ROCK ISLAND - 0 0 0 3 - 3
4th - RI - Rube Ursella field goal ROCK ISLAND 3-0