GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(ROCK ISLAND) - Revenge is sweet and the Packers got it aplenty Sunday afternoon at the City stadium when they crashed their way to a brilliant 20 to 0 triumph over the Rock Island Independents, who up until yesterday's encounter were one of the undefeated teams in the NFL. This win more than evened up for the 3 to 0 upset that the Big Bay Blues received at the hands
of Rube Ursella & Co. on the Islanders' home lot two
weeks ago. It was a clean cut success for the Bays.
Only in the last few minutes of play did Rock Island get
inside of the Packers' 35 yard line and not once during
the entire game were they in a position to attempt a
goal from the field. Incidentally, it was Rock Island's
first defeat of the 1925 season and the worst licking of
the Independents had ever suffered in their long career
on the professional gridiron.
STORM ARRIVE EARLY
About an hour before the game started, a storm blew up
from the south and rain began falling. However, the
greater majority of the fans refused to let the damp spell
stop them from seeing the Packers in their revenge
battle. Possibly the wet blanket held some of the
spectators at home but there were about 5,000 in the
park and ninety-five percent of them stuck to the finish.
During the first half, it seemed as if the Packers were
not going to get their revenge. The Islanders looked
pretty good and they smeared the Bays just as hard as
Lambeau's team returned the favor. What's more,
Ursella was having a bit more success than Buck in
riding the wet ball and the visitors were gaining on the
on the exchanges of kicks. There were only two first
downs, one by each team, made in the first half.
PACKERS BREAK ICE
The third quarter started out tamely but Buck began
getting off some corking good punts and it wasn't long
before the Packers were going nicely in a way that
meant a touchdown. The fireworks broke when
O'Donnell grabbed a pass from Lambeau and was
downed on the Islanders 16 yard line. The crowd began
yelping for a touchdown. Two rushes netted little but
then the touchdown play was called into use. Mathys
tossed the ball to Norton and the Packers counted.
Buck added the extra point. Early in the final period,
Rock Island, driven to desperation, stated forward
passing deep in their own territory. Larson grabbed one
of these and hotfooted it to the visitors' 20-yard line
before he was dropped. Here the Packers showed a
punch and the Islanders were beaten back to their goal
line where Basing smashed through for a score.
BASING SCORES AGAIN
After the next kickoff, the Islanders tried to open up
once more. This time Basing intercepted. Once again
the Packers steamroller swept into action and it wasn't
long before Basing crashed over center for a score.
Buck kicked the goal. Every man on the Packer team
played bangup football. The backs, Mathys, Lambeau,
Norton, Harris and Basing, were in the game every
minute. O'Donnell and Vergara at the ends were down
the field mighty fast. Buck and Earpe turned in a great
job at the tackles. Gardner and Woodin, after their
week's vacation, showed class galore at the guards
while Ojay Larson turned in his best game of the
season at center. Gavin and Slater were the luminaries
for Rock Island.
KICKS TO GAVIN
The Packers opened the game by kicking to Rock
Island. Gavin returned Woodin's boot to the 35 yard line.
Gavin failed to gain and Lamb was dumped for a loss.
Ursella punted to the Packers' 35 yard line where
Mathys signaled for a free catch. The Packers gained
little in two downs and Buck booted to Rock Island's
forty. Gavin couldn't gain. Lamb got five in two attacks.
Ursella kicked to the Packers' twenty. Basing returned
ten yards. Norton got some yardage while Basing lost
three. Buck booted to Gavin, who ran out of bounds on
the visitors' forty. Lamb fumbled, then he gained a yard.
Ursella booted to Basing, who came back to the
Packers' 28. Lambeau got two yards. A forward pass
failed and Buck kicked to Lamb who was dumped on
Rock Island's 41. The invaders made a first down on a
crisscross and Armstrong's line buck. Lamb was
stopped dead and a forward netted only a yard.
Armstrong lost three. Ursella punted to Mathys who
brought the ball back to the Packers' 32. Basing got a
couple, Lambeau added one but the Packers lost eight
on an attempted forward. Buck punted to Armstrong.
He was dumped on the Islanders' 38. Armstrong
couldn't gain but Gavin made three as time was called
for the quarter. The ball was in Rock Island's
possession on its own 38 yard line.
ARMSTRONG STOPPED DEAD
Armstrong was stopped dead and Ursella punted to
Mathys who ran out of bounds on the Packers' 22.
Lambeau lost a couple and Buck kicked to Lamb. He was stopped on the Islanders' 41. A crossbuck fozzled. Lamb got four yards in two rushes. Gavin made three. Ursella punted out of bounds on the Packers' 15. Lambeau got 6 yards. The next play failed to gain. Buck booted to Rock Island's 35. Gavin got a yard. Ursella was stopped. Lamb couldn't gain and Ursella booted to Basing on the Packers' 25. The Bays were held tight for two downs and Buck punted out of bounds at midfield. Lamb made a yard. Then he added another. Two other plays netted little yardage. Ursella kicked across the Packer goal line and the Bays scrimmaged on their twenty. The Packers failed
in two passes. Then Lambeau grabbed one for an eight
yard gain. Buck punted out of bounds on Rock Island's
45. Gavin got three. The visitors lost five for holding.
Lamb gained ground on a forward pass. Two passes
flunked. Ursella kicked to Mathys who was stopped on
the Packers' 15. A pass to Norton gained 7 yards.
Norton added another. Buck's pass was incomplete.
Basing was stopped dead as halftime was called.
URSELLA TAKES KICKOFF
The third quarter started with Woodin kicking off to
Ursella. He was downed on the Islanders' 33. Gavin got
five in two rushes and Lamb added three. Ursella
booted to Basing who returned to the Packers' 33.
Basing and Norton made three. Buck booted to Lamb
and he was dumped on his own 35. Gavin fumbled but
Lamb recovered. The crisscross failed, Novak losing
five. Ursella kicked and Mathys returned to midfield.
Norton got four in two rushes. A pass by Lambeau
failed. Buck punted behind the Rock Island goal. The
visitors scrimmaged on their twenty. The Islanders were
held tight on two downs. Ursella booted to Mathys. He
was stopped on the Packers' 45. Norton got two yards
and Lambeau tore through center for 7. Basing made it
a first down. After two rushes failed, Lambeau passed
to O'Donnell who was flopped on the visitors' sixteen.
Two thrusts at the line netted little. Then the touchdown
play was called. Mathys passed to Norton who scored.
Buck kicked the goal. Woodin kicked off to Novak who
passed the ball to Lamb. This trick didn't work and the
former Lombard flash was thrown hard on his twenty.
Gavin got five yards in two rushes. Novak lost a yard.
Ursella punted to Mathys who was downed on the
Packers' 45. Lambeau gained a yard. Time for the quarter was called with the ball in the Packers' possession on their own 46.
BUCK KICKED TO LAMB
Apass to O'Donnell was completed but Dick grabbed it out of bounds and the ball went back. Buck kicked to Lamb at Rock Island's 25. Larson intercepted a pass and ran the ball to Rock Islands' 25. Larson intercepted a pass and ran the ball to Rock Island's twenty. Mathys got four yards. Norton added six for a first down. Norton gained five yards. Basing made two yards. Norton added three and then Basing hit center for a touchdown. Buck missed the goal. Woodin kicked off to Lamb who was dropped on the Islanders' twenty. Gavin got a good gain. Basing intercepted a pass and it was the Packers' ball on Rock Island's fifteen. Norton got six yards. Basing added two. Norton gained a yard and then Basing crashed over. Buck kicked the goal.
PENALIZED FOR OFFSIDE
Woodin kicked to Lamb. He was halted on the Islanders' 35. Two forward passes were incomplete. The Packers lost five for offside. Then the Bays were set back another "V" for the same violation. Lamb grabbed a pass from Armstrong and put the ball on the Packers' 48 yard line. Two rushes by Gavin made a first down. Another pass from Lamb to Ursella netted a ten yard gain. Here the Islanders' rush stopped as Earpe intercepted a pass and after Harris had got a yard at center the final whistle blew.
ROCK ISLAND - 0 0 0 0 - 0
GREEN BAY - 0 0 7 13 - 20
3rd - GB - Norton, 10-yard pass from Lambeau (Buck kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
4th - GB - Basing, 1-yard run (Kick failed) GREEN BAY 13-0
4th - GB - Basing, 1-yard run (Buck kick) GREEN BAY 20-0
PLAY BY PLAY
Woodin kicked off for Green Bay to Buck Gavin, who returned the ball to Rock Island's 35-yard line. Gavin hit center for a yard, but Lamb was thrown for a five-yard loss on an attempted left end run, Vergara spilling him. Ursella punted to the Packers' 25-yard line, where Mathys signaled for a free catch. Basing and Lambeau hit the right side of the line for a total of two yards, and then Buck punted from his own 30-yard line to Rock Island's 38, where the ball remained inactive. Gavin banged against a stonewall at center. Lamb gained a couple of yards at left tackle, and then the same player banged through center for one more yard. Ursella punted to the Packers' 20-yard line, and Basing, taking the ball, brought it back eight yards to the Packers' 28. Norton gained a yard through right tackle. Basing lost two yards trying to penetrate left tackle. Buck punted to Rock Island's 40 yard line, where Gavin ran the ball offside. Lamb's fumble was covered by Woodin, but Rock Island was given the ball on the play. Lamb gained a yard around left end. Ursella punted to Green Bay's 26-yard line, and again Basing ran the ball back to the 28-yard line. Lambeau gained two yards at right tackle. A forward pass by Curly was incomplete. Buck, standing on his own 20-yard line, punted to Lamb on Rock Island's 35-yard line, and the latter brought the ball back to the Islanders' 41. Lamb crisscrossed to Armstrong, who then took the ball around left end for a nine-yard gain. Armstrong piled through center for first down. Woodin stopped Lamb at right tackle. Lamb received a forward pass from Armstrong, but only three yards were gained on the play. Armstrong lost 3 yards trying to pass around left end. Ursella punted to Mathys on Green Bay's 10-yard line, and Charley brought it back to his 32-yard line. Basing banged through center for a couple of yards. Lambeau added another around left end. Curley lost 8 yards on an attempted forward pass. Buck punted to Armstrong, who was stopped on Rock Island's 35-yard line. Armstrong failed to gain at center. Gavin slammed through the same hole for 3 yards. Score: Green Bay 0; Rock Island 0.
Armstrong failed to gain at center. Ursella punted to Mathys on Green Bay's 22-yard line, who stepped offside. Lambeau lost two yards at left tackle. Buck punted offside on Rock Island's 41-yard line. A crossbuck from Armstrong to Lamb didn't work so well, and two yards were lost on the play. Lamb crashed into right guard for 2 yards. Lamb banged into right guard for two more yards. Gavin dove over center for 3 yards. Ursella punted offside on Green Bay's 15-yard line. Lambeau slammed through left tackle for a six-yard gain. Curley lost a yard at center. Buck punted to Rock Island's 35-yard line, where Vergara covered the ball. Gavin slammed into center for a yard gain. Ursella was held trying to go around right end. Lamb couldn't gain an inch around the other end of the line. Ursella punted to Basing on Green Bay's 25-yard line, where the latter was held. Norton couldn't gain at right tackle. Lambeau tossed a pass to Basing, but only a yard was gained on the play. Buck punted offside on the fifty-yard line. Another crossbuck, from Ursella to Lamb, was successful to the extent of a one-yard gain. Lamb ran around left end for another yard. Gavin crashed into center for 4 yards, and then Ursella dropped back to punt. He booted the ball across the Bay goal line. Two forward passes by Lambeau were grounded. Buck then tossed a pass to Curley, who ran out of bounds on Green Bay's 28 yard line. Buck punted offside on Rock Island's 45-yard line. Gavin gained 3 yards at center, but Rock Island was penalized 5 yards for offside. A forward pass from Armstrong to Lamb put the ball on the Packers' 45-yard line, and another by the same paid advanced it three yards further. A crossbuck from Ursella to Lamb was meant for a pass, but Lamb was tackled, rolled over, got up, and gained ten yards. A forward pass was grounded. Ursella punted to Mathys, who was held on Green Bay's 15-yard line. A pass, Lambeau to Norton, gained 7 yards. Norton gained a yard at left guard. Buck's pass was incomplete. Basing lost a yard at left guard as the half ended. Score: Green Bay 0; Rock Island 0.
Woodin kicked off for Green Bay to Ursella, who was stopped on Rock Island's 33-yard line. Gavin banged through center for 2 yards, and then hit the same hole for two more. Lamb pranced around left end for 3 yards. Ursella punted to Basing on Green Bay's 20-yard line, and Basing returned the ball five yards. Basing slammed into center for a yard. Norton added another yard at left guard. Buck punted, and Lamb was held on Rock Island's 35-yard line. Gavin fumbled, and Lamb picked up the ball but was stopped at center. Then the old crossbuck fizzled, and after Lamb gave the ball to Novak, the latter lost 5 yards at left end. Ursella punted to Mathys who returned the ball to the Packers' 48-yard line. Norton hit right tackle for 2 yards, and then climbed around right end for two more. A forward pass by Lambeau failed. Buck then booted the ball behind the Independents' goal, and the ball was taken out and put in play on Rock Island's 20-yard line. Gavin failed to gain through the middle of the Packers' line, and only gained two yards at left guard. Lamb was held at right guard. Ursella punted, and Charlie returned the ball to Green Bay's 45-yard line. The Packers were gaining a little on every punt. Norton smashed through right tackle for a two-yard gain. Lambeau gained 7 yards at center - it was almost a first down, and Basing made it so a moment later with a five-yard gain through center. Norton failed to gain at center in two plays. A fine forward pass from Lambeau to O'Donnell put the ball on Rock Island's 16-yard line. Lambeau lost three yards trying to hit through left tackle. Basing dove through right guard for a touchdown. It was the old touchdown play, and worked like a charm. Buck kicked the goal from placement. Score: Packers 7; Rock Island 0. Woodin kicked off for Green Bay to Novak, who crossbucked the ball to Lamb. Lamb was dropped on the 20-yard line. Gavin broke through right tackle for 2 yards and added three more at center. Novak lost a yard trying to penetrate the Packers' line. Ursella punted to Mathys, who set the ball on Green Bay's 45-yard line. Lambeau gained a yard at right tackle. Score: Green Bay 7; Rock Island 0.
Lambeau completed a pass to O'Donnell, but Dick ball caught the ball out of bounds and was called back. Buck punted to Lamb, who brought the ball to Rock Island's 25-yard line. Armstrong went in for Novak. Larson intercepted a forward pass and ran the ball back to Rock Island's 20-yad line. Mathys went around right end for a 4-yard gain. Norton broke through left tackle for six yards and first down. Norton gained 5 yards around right end. Basing crashed through center for two yards. Norton broke through right tackle and placed the ball on Rock Island's one-yard line. Basing slammed through the center of the line for a touchdown. Buck kicked the goal. Score: Packers 20; Rock Island 0. Woodin kicked off and Lamb returned the ball to Rock Island's 35-yard line. A forward pass was incomplete. Lamb went around right end for a two-yard gain. Harris went in for Basing. Another pass was grounded, but the Packers were penalized five yards for offside. Armstrong's forward pass to Lamb brought the ball to the Packers' 48-yard line. Armstrong lost 2 yards on an attempted left guard buck. Gavin gained 5 yards through center for first down. A pass was incomplete, and another, from Lamb to Ursella, gave Rock Island first down. Gavin hit right guard for a yard. Earpe intercepted Armstrong's pass and brought it to Green Bay's 25-yard line. Harris gained a yard at center as the game ended. Score: Green Bay 20; Rock Island 0.