GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(MILWAUKEE) - Backed by the largest delegation of rooters that Green Bay ever sent to Milwaukee, the Packers cinched the Badger state pro football title Sunday afternoon in Athletic park by defeating Johnny Bryan's hard fighting Badgers, 21 to 0. This is the worst defeat that the Cream City gridders have tasted this season. A fighting team can't be beat and that tells the story of Sunday's football game. The Big Blues went into the fracas minus the service of two of their players, Harris and Rosatti, who are on the injured list but, despite this handicap, Lambeau's gridders proceeded to bowl over the Badgers in a way that made the Cream City sport scribes open their eyes.
COSTLY WIN FOR BAYS
It was a costly victory for the Packers but not so bad as
first feared. Jugger Earpe, who is playing the game of
his career at center for the Bays, was forced to leave
the fray in the third quarter with several injured ribs.
Jugger was taken to the hospital for treatment. He will
probably be on the hospital list for some time. Injuries
to Purdy's hand and Flaherty's shoulder were not so
serious as first reported. X-ray examinations failed to
show either of the players suffering a fracture and they
both probably will be fit to feast on "bear meat" a week
BADGERS HIT HARD
The game was a battle from the opening whistle and the
Packer squad gave the Badgers credit for "hitting the
hardest" of any team they have faced this year. Bryan
had his squad tuned up to the highest pitch for the
encounter and they smeared in bulldog style from first
to last whistle. Even with certain defeat facing them, the
Milwaukee squad kept on boring in and, during the
closing minutes of play, they uncorked a "prayer" air
offensive that took the oval dangerously near the Packer
goal line. However, the Bays cut short the rally and it
was goose eggs for Milwaukee. "We did our best but it
wasn't good enough" - that was the terse comment of
Johnny Bryan, while he was counting the cash in Otto
Borchert's office after the game. "The Bays' pass game
was out of the ordinary and they sure ran us ragged. I
had drilled my team all week on an air defense but it
went for nothing because the Packers mixed up their
plays in a way that had us badly puzzled. I figured in
the third quarter that we might upset the dope but
Lewellen's return to the game changed the complexion
of things entirely. I take my hat off to him as a halfback.
I have seen a lot of 'em in my day but for all around
efficiency on a football field, I haven't ever glimpsed
anybody like him." However, there was a bit of sunshine
in Bryan's cloudy sky after all because for the first time
this year the sorrel-topped owner of the Badgers
escaped the red ink. The game drew a paid fate of some
4,300 and it was the biggest crowd at a pro football
game in Milwaukee in three years. It was an ideal day
for the gridiron pastime and the setting was just right.
The playing field was productive of fast play, which
tended to keep the spectators on their toes all the way.
There was somewhat of a collegiate touch to the
encounter as the Milwaukee management had bands
placed on both sides of the field and cheerleaders
worked as often as the onlookers wanted them to "rah
rah" yells frequently re-echoed back and forth across
BORCHERT IS AMAZED
Even Otto Borchert, who smiles only at the lady on the
silver dollar, rubbed his eyes in amazement at the size
of the Green Bay delegation. The writer asked Borchert
how many were parked in the Packer rooting section.
He gave the gang the once over and said "over 1,500."
Then he asked if there was anybody left at home and,
when he was informed that the gridgraph was playing to over a thousand at the Bay, he nearly toppled off his sideline chair. The Packers' rooters came early and stayed late. They had the time of their lives and there was a continual racket all the time. During the first half, true enough, there wasn't an awful lot to chirp about but when the Packers got going in the closing quarters and indulged in a scoring spree the joy of Bayites knew no bounds. Green Bay cars were parked for blocks around the park while hundreds made the trip by train. Green Bay ruled supreme at the Wisconsin hotel, which was the Packers' headquarters, and the jubilant rooters let the staid old Cream City know that they were mighty proud of their Packers.
COLLEGE COACHES PRESENT
It was as pretty a ball game as one could wish to see. Thrills were numerous and the dogged defense of both forward walls got a lot of attention from the football experts and there were a lot of them in attendance. At least three college coaches were among those present as well as a raft of varsity players, who undoubtedly picked up a lot of knowledge about the way the game should be played. The battle was fairly even up in the first two quarters although the Packers held the edge. Twice they were withing scoring distance but a pass went astray and later on Purdy was offside on a field goal attempt. The Badgers didn't do much offensively and Lewellen's great kicking kept the Milwaukee club going uphill.
MILWAUKEE STAGES SPURTS
When the third period got underway, the Byranites uncorked some extra pep and they cut away at the Packer line for several downs. However, the spurt was short-lived as the Bays' front wall stiffened and held tight for three downs. Murphy's field goal attempt was blocked and then the Bays recovered the ball. Lewellen booted far down the field. Milwaukee attempted a pass which the Bays intercepted and then the Badgers cracked. The Bays began shooting forward passes and it wasn't long before Lewellen nailed one, pranced around a couple of enemies, and scored. Purdy kicked the goal. Early in the fourth quarter, the Bays got the touchdown habit again. An intercepted pass gave Green Bay the ball well within Milwaukee territory. Here the Packers lunched their best offensive of the game. Purdy timed his plays just right. Two passes piled up considerable yardage and, before the Badgers knew it, they were backed up in the shadow of their uprights. The Badgers held tight on two rushes by Eddie Kotal was equal to the occasion and he slashed over Dilweg's side of the line for a touchdown. And once more Purdy "goaled".
LEWELLEN'S GREAT RUN
The final marker, which was the feature of the game, followed soon after. Following the kickoff, the teams exchanged kicks and then Milwaukee, with everything to gain and nothing to lose, tried to steal a page out of the Packers' book on forward passes. However, one of the tosses fell into Green Bay's hands. There was some skirmishing on the line with little gain. Lewellen got back, evidently to punt. Jean, who had taken Earpe's place at center, uncorked a high pass. However, Lewellen leaped high in the air and grabbed it. But instead of kicking, he tucked it under his arm and started a run around left end that resulted in a touchdown after a 70-yard gallop. It was a splendid piece of footballing. Eddie Kotal and Dick Flaherty cut a figure in Lew's run as they cleared off a half dozen Badgers. These two Packers were bumping down Milwaukee players as fast as they came in Lewellen's path.
GREEN BAY - 0 0 7 14 - 21
MILWAUKEE - 0 0 0 0 - 0
3rd - GB - Lewellen, 20-yard pass from Kotal (Purdy kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
4th - GB - Kotal, 5-yard run (Purdy kick) GREEN BAY 14-0
4th - GB - Lewellen, 70-yard run (Purdy kick) GREEN BAY 21-0