GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - The Packers learned by bitter experience and Sunday afternoon at the City Stadium they took a leaf out of Paddy Driscoll's b ook and scored a 7 to 0 victory over the Dayton Triangles before some 3,000 spectators. So far as a football game went, it was nothing to shout about. The Bays presented a patched up battle front. Mathys, O'Donnell and Woodin were not in the game at all while Captain Lambeau and Marty Norton only hobbled into the fray when chances for a touchdown looked rosy. Several other members of the club were pretty well battered up but they stood the gaff and came through to a glorious finish.
GAVE SPLENDID EXHIBITION
Like Rochester, the Dayton club gave a splendid exhibition of footballing. The Triangles had a sweet pair of ends, some smooth working linemen, and a dangerous backfield. Abbott was half a team in himself, doing all the kicking and passing besides running frequently with the ball. When he was forced to leave the game, due to injuries, the spectators gave him a good hand which was thoroughly justified. The visitors threatened in the first quarter when once they had the ball close for Abbott to miss a placement kick and again when they rushed the oval to the Bays' ten yard line. An offside penalty set them five yards nearer the goal line but the Packers' mighty forward turned them back on four successive tries and then Lewellen kicked out of danger. During the second period, the play was pretty
well even up. The Packers' attack was not consistent
while the Triangles' passes were falling in vacant
territory. When the second half opened, everybody
expected the Bays to stage their usual comeback but
it was missing.
PACKERS GAIN GROUND
However, they were gaining ground on every exchange
of kicks and the visitors were being backed up deep in
their own territory. Several times it seemed as if the
Bays were head goalward but Dayton was in there
strong enough to smear things up when danger loomed.
When the fourth quarter got underway, the clubs
appeared to be deadlocked and the fans figured a tie
game was certain. The ball seesawed back and worth
with the opposing elevens feeling around for a break
which didn't come until the time keeper announced
there was just a minute to play. And at that time, the
ball was on the Packers' 20 yard line. Many of the
spectators were headed for the gates but they stopped
in their tracks when Lambeau flipped a pass to
Lewellen which was good for a 30 yard gain. A second
later, Lambeau zipped the oval over to Lewellen who
had cut around and Lew grabbed for the ball right on the
goal line. He just touched the oval. It was pretty high
up. The ball bounded in a Dayton backfielder's arms
and out again. Lew made a second grab. Lewellen
clutched the oval before it touched the ground.
Everybody thought it was a touchdown but Umpire
Harris ruled he was downed about six inches from the
line. There was ten seconds to play. The teams lined
up and Lewellen crashed over for the touchdown and
then kicked the goal. It sure was a sensational windup.
Probably the greatest since 1921 when the Packers
flopped the Minneapolis Marines, 7 to 6, in their first
pro league start. The final minute well repaid the fans
for sticking to the finish. At times, the Big Bay Blues
machine looked very much off color on the offense but
even the best of 1925 models can't function properly
with some of the important cogs missing or working
LEWELLEN PACKERS ACE
Lewellen was the Packers' ace. The lanky backfielder
was here, there and everywhere. He tackled like a
demon, ran the ball in Red Grange's style and his
punting was a sight for sore eyes. Jack Harris turned in
his best exhibition since he joined the Bays. "Fighting
Jack" more than lived up to his name and he was right
at home when the going was the hardest. Eddie Kotal
made his debut in a Packer uniform and got away
nicely. Eddie displayed plenty of life. He followed the
ball closely and covered several fumbles. A raft of
Kotal's friends from Appleton was there and they had
plenty of chances to cheer the former Lawrence hero.
Basing continued his consistent work for the Bays and
it was Captain Lambeau's brilliant passing that put the
Packers on the road to victory. Vergara and Wilkins
performed nicely at the ends. Buck and Earpe held the
line firm at the tackles while the center trio. Jean,
Larson and Gardner played bangup ball on the defense.
Moose Gardner had trouble kicking off and, after two
attempts, the ball was put in play on Dayton's forty
yard line. The Triangle couldn't gain and Abbott punted
to the Bays' 18 yard mark. After two rushes, Lewellen
kicked out of bounds on the Packers' 18 yard line. The
visitors got some yardage on two rushes. A pass was
incomplete. Abbott missed a field goal, via placement,
and the Packers scrimmaged on their twenty. After
Basing had got a yard, the Bays lost five for offside.
Lewellen booted to midfield and Dobeleir ran it back to
the Packers' 41. Dayton made a couple of yards and a
pass, Mahrt to Frenner, took the oval to within 30 yards
of the Packer goal. Soon after, another pass, Abbott to
Dobeleir gained 15 yards. Things began to look serious.
Dobeleir gained three. A penalty for offside put the ball
on the Bays' 5 yard mark and it was first down goal to
PACKERS HELD TIGHT
Here the Packers held solid and took the ball on downs.
Standing behind his goal line, Lewellen punted to Green
Bay's 38. Harris intercepted a Dayton forward pass on
the Bays' 18 as time was called for the second quarter.
Starting the second quarter, Kotal gained a couple of
yards and then Lewellen booted to the Dayton thirty.
After Mahrt had lost two, Larson intercepted a Dayton
pass and the crowd had visions of a touchdown.
Lambeau replaced Basing. Several forward passes
moved the ball up near to the goal. Two tosses went to the bad and Dayton recovered the cowhide. An exchange of punts resulted in the ball being backed to Dayton's twelve. Aboott kicked again to Lambeau. The Packer captain called for a fair catch but fumbled and Young recovered for Dayton. The visitors found the going pretty tough and Abbott booted out of bounds on the Bays' 30. Kotal got four but a penalty for holding set the Bays back fifteen. Following another exchange of kicks, it was Dayton's ball on their own 35. The visitors soon kicked and Kotal brought it back to Green Bay's 41. Here the Bays cut loose a series of incomplete forward passes and Dayton took the ball. The invaders were getting pushed back on several attempted forwards when halftime was called.
PACKERS KICKED OFF
Beginning the third quarter, Gardner kicked off and Dayton ran it back to the 40 yard line. The visitors booted to Kotal on Green Bay's twenty. Three rushes gained about six yards. Lewellen booted and Dayton soon returned the ball via the kicking route. Kotal ran the ball back to the Packers' 33. Here the Packers came through with a first down by the rush was cut short and Lewellen punted to Dayton's 34 where Dobeleir was dumped. Abbott didn't waste much time before he kicked the ball back and it was the Bays' ball on their own 33. Basing got four yards and Lewellen skirted end for 20 yards. But the drive halted and Lew had to kick. It was Dayton's ball on its own 25. Abbott failed to skirt end and he kicked to Lewellen who ran the ball back to Dayton's 43, when time was called for the quarter. The fourth quarter opened fast with both teams speeding up but neither of the clubs were having much success on the offense. Thanks to Lewellen's splendid kicking, the invaders were losing ground on every exchange of kicks and the greater portion of the period was well within the Dayton territory.
THE FINAL DRIVE
However, towards the close of the quarter, the invaders seemed to find themselves a bit and a tie loomed certain. Then with a minute to go, the Packers uncorked their famous rush. Several well directed passes from Lambeau to Lewellen moved the ball down the field in a jiffy. Then Lew grabbed a long pass and was dumped about a yard from the goal. The whistle was about to blow when Lewellen crashed through the line for a touchdown. Then the brilliant Packer half finished up a great afternoon by adding the extra point and the game was history.
DAYTON - 0 0 0 0 - 0
GREEN BAY - 0 0 0 7 - 7
4th - GB - Lewellen run (Lewellen kick) GREEN BAY 7-0