GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - Displaying an offensive that was "hitting on all eleven", the Green Bay Packers ushered in the 1925 professional football season here on Sunday by soundly walloping the Iron Mountain All Stars to the tune of 48 to 6 in a game which opened the new city stadium at Joannes park before some 4,000 spectators. This included about 500 in the "Knot Hole" gang. It was one of the largest crowds that ever witnessed a football game in this city. Weather conditions were ideal and football fans from miles around came in droves to look over the Packer machine of 1925 and it was the unanimous opinion that this year's Big Bay Blues is the greatest aggregation that has ever represented the city on the postgraduate gridiron.
FIELD IS PRAISED
The new football field came in for no end of favorable comments. Although it was the first game, there was little or no confusion around the gates and the crowd was handled nicely. After the final whistle blew, the ten
big exits were thrown open and the throng melted out of the park in a jiffy. About half the city of Iron Mountain followed their gridiron warriors here for the game and they enjoyed everything but the score. The Michiganders made themselves right at home and their
snake dance between halves drew a big hand. The
Flivvers had a jazz band which was heard frequently.
BAND ENTERTAINS CROWD
A big feature of the afternoon was the American Legion
band. These war veterans paraded downtown before the
game and then marched into the park playing a snappy
tune. When the Packers ran on the field, the Legion
band cut loose with "On, Wisconsin" and the entire
throng raised to its feet and cheered. The band also
rendered many other selections between halves and
other appropriate times. Getting back to the game it
was a pretty good exhibition of football. The visitors
were a scrappy aggregation and never gave up the
battle but the Packers' aerial attack had them running
around in circles - and elsewhere. Captain Lambeau
was zipping the pigskin with deadly accuracy and his
receivers made all kinds of circus catches. The Packers
showed a consistent ground gaining offensive. When a
yard or two was needed, the line cleared the way and
the backs plunged over for the necessary distance. Line
plunging inside the enemy's 15-yard line paved the way
for, at least, three of the Packers' touchdowns.
EVERY MAN A REGULAR
Captain Lambeau made frequent changes in the lineup
and every player came through with bells on. The
Packers are so fixed this year that it is possible to
switch the battle front without weakening the team a bit.
Every man on the squad is a regular and there are
seventeen husky gridders "rarin' to go." It would be
hard to pick the stars of the Packer machine as every
player displayed class galore. Lewellen played his
greatest game in a Packer uniform. Lambeau, Mathys,
Harris, Norton and Basing, the other backfielders,
looked exceptionally good. O'Donnell, Wilkins and
Vegara turned in a good job at the ends. Larson put up
a whale of a game on the wings. Buck, Gardner,
Abramson, Jean, Earps, Woodin and Heagle did
everything asked of them at the other line jobs.
NEIMANN BATTLED HARD
For Iron Mountain Wally Neimann battled desperately
against his old teammates as did Hearden, another ex-
Packers. Carlson got away for the one run that netted
the "Flivvers" their long touchdown. The game was
cleanly played and the officials handled it nicely. There
were but one penalty aside from several offsides, Iron
Mountin losing 15 minutes for holding. After getting the layout of the land early in the first quarter, the Packers launched their first touchdown drive when Lewellen grabbed a 35-yard pass from Lambeau. Three or four line crashers netted a first down and then Harris plunged over for a touchdown. Buck kicked the goal.
TWICE IN SECOND QUARTER
There was no further scoring in the quarter but the Packers counted twice in the second period. After Zimmers had punted to Mathys, who was dumped on the visitors' 45-yard line, the Packers got the touchdown habit again. Several short forward passes, coupled with some terrific line crashing, put the ball on Iron Mountain's one yard line and Basing slid over. Buck missed the goal. The Packers soon started another touchdown march. Mixing up the offense a bit, Norton hurled a pass to O'Donnell, who was run out of bounds on the 12-yard line. Three crashes netted a first down and then Marty Norton skirted over for a score. Lambeau dropkicked the extra point. The Packers ran wild in the third period, chalking up 21 more points on the scoreboard. The Bays kicked off and, after an exchange of kicks, Lambeau & Co. cut loose with a slashing attack. Lewellen picked a pass out of the air and scored a touchdown. Lambeau added the extra point again. Following the next kickoff, Lewellen punted 70 yards and then Iron Mountain attempted a few prayer passes. Basing intercepted one of them and ran to the 15-yard line. Then Mathys passed to Lewellen for another touchdown and Lambeau kicked the goal. The next touchdown came quickly. Zimmers punted to Iron Mountain's 15-yard mark. A penalty and a half dozen plays took the ball within the shadow of Iron Mountain's goal post and Basing plunged across for the score. Once again Lambeau kicked.
BASING SCORES AGAIN
Early in the fourth quarter, the Packers marched down the field and Basing side-swiped Jabber Murray for a touchdown and Curly dropkicked successfully. It was his fifth straight. At this stage of the game, the visitors came to life and got away with several passes that took the ball well within the Packers' territory. Then to the surprise of everybody, Carlson, a substitute back, grabbed a toss and ran for a touchdown. Hearden missed the goal. Shortly afterwards, the final whistle blew and Iron Mountain had learned its football lesson.
PLAY BY PLAY
Zimmers kicked off for Iron Mountain. Mathys taking the ball on the ten yard line and returning ten. Two line plays followed without noticeable success, and Buck punted, the ball traveling 50 yards. Iron Mountain stabbed at right tackle, at center and around right end, making about 6 yards on three plays. Zimmers punted 40 yards to Mathys. Lambeau's pass was incomplete. Packers were penalized 5 yards for offside. Harris hit right tackle for three. Lambeau passed 10 yards to Lewellen. Lewellen hit right tackle for one yard. Lambeau made four at left tackle. Mathys failed to gain. Iron Mountain was penalized 5 for offside. Mathys lost a yard at left end. Harris gained a yard at center. Lambeau passed 35 yards to Lewellen. Lambeau gained eight yards at right guard. Harris made it first down through center. Harris gained three yards at left tackle. Lambeau made three years through right guard. Harris went through left guard for a touchdown. Buck kicked goal. Zimmers kicked 50 yards to Lambeau who returned the ball 25. Lewellen gained 5 through left guard. Lambeau made another at left tackle. Lewellen's pass was incomplete. Buck punted 50 yards and Feeney was tackled in his tracks. Green Bay was penalized 5 yards for offside on the next play. Dunsmore was held at left guard. Zimmers hit center for a few inches. Heardon made 5 yards and first down through right guard.
Heardon lost three yards at right end. Feeney lost two at left end. Zimmers punted 50 yards, Mathys returning 10. Lewellen gained three at left guard. Lambeau passed 5 yards to Lewellen who ran 5. Lewellen made four yards at right tackle. Basing gained three at left guard. Lewellen gained one yard at right tackle. Basing made three more at left guard. Lambeau hit right tackle for five. Basing smashed center for four. Basing made it first down. Norton was held at left tackle. Basing made three yards to Norton. Basing took the ball over from the one yard line. Buck missed the try for goal. Zimmers kicked off for Iron Mountain. Earps receiving, returning the ball 10 yards to the 40 yard line. Norton made 15 through right tackle. Basing hit the same hole for six. Lambeau failed around left end. Norton made 15 through right tackle. Basing hit the same hole for six. Lambeau failed around left end. Norton passed 20 yards to O'Donnell, who stepped outside on the 12 yard line. Basing made six yards at center. Basing made another at left guard. Lambeau made it first down on the one yard line. Lambeau made a foot through center. Norton hit right tackle for the touchdown. Lambeau kicked the goal. Abramson kicked off. Dunsmore returning to the 25 yard line. A pass was incomplete. A pass to Christenson gained 8 yards. Heardon made it first down. Lambeau blocked two passes. Zimmers kicked 30 yards to Mathys. Basing was held at right tackle. Buck punted 35 yards, Zimmers returning four.
Woodin kicked off, the ball rolling over the goal line. Zimmers failed to gain at right end. A pass was imcomplete. Zimmers punted 40 yards to Mathys who fumbled, but recovered. Basing hit right tackle for three yards. Harris made a yard at center. Lewellen punted 60 yards, the ball rolling over the goal line. Zimmers gained a yard at left tackle. A pass to Jensen was fumbled, and Harris recovered. Lewellen gained 8 yards at right tackle. Basing hit the same spot for two yards and first down. Lambeau attempted two passes, which failed. A pass, Lambeau to Basing, gained four yards. Lambeau passed twenty-five yards to Lewellen, who crossed the goal for a touchdown. Lambeau kicked goal. Woodin kicked off, Zimmers returning to the 20 yard line. Heardon gained one at left tackle. Two passes failed. Zimmers punted to Mathys who fumbled, Murray recovering for Iron Mountain. Two passes failed. A short pass, Zimmers to Jensen, was good for a yard. Zimmers punted 35 yards, the ball going offside at the 15 yard line. A pass failed. Lewellen punted 70 yards to Iron Mountain's 15 yard line. Dunsmore failed to gain at left end. Basing intercepted a pass, running to the 15 yard line. Mathys passed to Lewellen behind the goal line for a touchdown. Lambeau kicked goal. Woodin kicked off to Zimmers, who returned to the 20 yard line. Iron Mountain was penalized 5 yards for offside. Zimmers punted to the 40 yard line, Mathys receiving. A pass failed. Lambeau passed to Basing who ran 10 yards. Lewellen gained nine yards around right end. Basing made a yard for first down. Basing went over on the next play for a touchdown. Lambeau kicked the goal. Woodin kicked off, Zimmers again receiving and bringing the ball to the 20 yard line. Dunsmore failed to gain at left end. Zimmers punted 30 yards, offside in midfield. Lewellen gained six yards at right tackle.
Lambeau gained three yards at center. Lambeau passed 20 yards to O'Donnell who ran to the 13 yard line. Mathys took the ball offside. A pass, Mathys to Lewellen, brought the ball to the three yard line. Basing was stopped six inches from goal. Basing carried the ball through right guard for a touchdown. Lambeau kicked goal. Woodin kicked off to the 20 yard line, Dunsmore returning 15 yards. Heardon gained two yards at right tackle. A pass was incomplete. The Packers were penalized 5 yards for offside. Two passes were incomplete. Zimmers punted to Mathys who returned 20 yards to the 30 yard line. Basing took the ball offside. A pass to Lambeau was intercepted by Heardon and returned 10 yards. Heardon passed to Chard for a gain which brought the ball to the Packers' 10 yard line. Zimmers was thrown for a loss of 10 yards. Heardon passed to Carlson who ran across the line for a touchdown. Heardon missed the goal. Woodin kicked off. Fenney being downed in his tracks by Heagle. Feeney failed to gain at left tackle. Two passes were incomplete. Zimmers punted 40 yards to Lambeau who returned the ball 10 yards. Buck punted 35 yards. Feeney failed to gain at right end. A pass, Heardon to Feeney, gained 5 yards. A pass was incomplete. Zimmers punted to Mathys, who returned the ball 5 yards to the 35 yard line. A pass was incomplete. Buck's punt was partially blocked, traveling only 20 yards. Three passes failed. Zimmers punted 40 yards to Mathys as the game ended.