Frankford Yellow Jackets (9-2-2) 2, Green Bay Packers (5-4-2) 0
Thursday November 29th 1928 (at Frankford)
GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(FRANKFORD) - "This was the one game that the best team lost." That comment by Sen. Shep Royal, president of the Frankford Athletic association tells the story in a nutshell of the 2 to 0 defeat that the Green Bay Packers suffered Thursday afternoon at the hands of the Yellow Jackets. A crowd of 8,000 plus witnessed the fracas and it is safe to say that eight out of ten of the onlookers felt the same way about the Turkey Day game as did the Frankford president. If ever a team deserved to win a ball game it was the Packers. They were outplayed, outfought and outgained
the Hornets but Dame Fortune refused to even grin just
a bit on Capt. Lambeau and his sterling footballers.
14 FIRST DOWNS
A glance at the summary shows something like this - 
the Packers made fourteen first downs to Frankford's
six; Lewellen outkicked two of the Jackets' best
bootsmiths an average of 10 yards at every exchange;
not once did Frankford ever have the ball inside of the
Bays' 30-yard stripe; and only twice did the Jackets
chalk up a pair of first downs in succession. The Bays
lost 75 yards on penalties, two "fifteens" coming when 
they were in the scoring sector; the Jackers were set
back but twice, these being for offsides. Six different
times were the Bays inside Frankford's fifteen-yard line
but could not push the cowhide across. A pair of muffed
passes costs the Bays touchdowns but even these
miscues didn't take the fight out of the gang. It was a
thrilling encounter from first to last whistle and in the 
last fifteen seconds came the outstanding play of the
day. With the Jackets stalling for time, they tried three
line plays and then had to punt. The Bays took the
cowhide on their 25-yard mark. The spread play was 
called and a pass shot to Eddie Kotal.
EDDIE NEARLY SCORES
The flashy backfielder made a circus catch and started
down the field. It seemed as if the goal posts were a 
mile away but Eddie kept on going. He shook off a
number of tacklers en route and, for a minute, it looked
as if he might get clear. There were only two hostiles in
his path, and Eddie went on while the crowd gulped its
breath in anxious suspense. The two Jackets bore
down on Eddie, he swung over towards the sideline and
dodged passed Diehl at express train speed. However,
he turned in his injured knee in the attempt and Mercer
crashed him to the ground on the Jackets' 15-yard line
just as the horn sounded for final time. It sure was a 
super climax of an ultra super ball game. The only 
score of the game came early in the first quarter. Both
teams had been feeling each other out and there had
been several exchanges of kicks. A Frankford punt
bounded out of bounds on the Bays' 22-yard line. A 
couple of line plays netted but little yardage and Lew
dropped back to punt. The pass from center sailed over
the district attorney's head and it grounded in the goal
line area for a safety and two points. These two points
did not look so big at this stage of the game but they
increased in size as the minutes ticked off and, when
the game ended the Jacket crew never saw a numeral
so big to them.
PACKERS WORK HARD
It is hard to describe the Packer game without running
into superlatives. Every man on the team played rip
snorting football. The players worked together like a
machine and the writer never saw a Packer team look
any better. The Bays were leaving their feet to block.
The line charged savagely and they rushed the Hornets' passers so that they could hardly get the ball away. The Packers died with their boots on. Jones was knocked "cuckoo" and fought like a tiger when he was taken out of the game. Bo Molenda battled as he did in the days of old at Michigan. Red Dunn turned in one of his best exhibitions, an injured ankle forced him off in the last few minutes of play and there were teats in the veteran's eyes as he reached the bench. If any of these critics of pro football had been anywhere near the Packer bench during the game, they would have changed their mind about no spirit in the dollar and cents variety of gridironing.
O'BOYLE HURLS CHALLENGE
One Jacket fan, who didn't belong to the Volstead ranks, was sitting behind the Packers and he hurled a lot of nasty razz-berries. Finally O'Boyle couldn't stand it any longer and he invited the individual to go under the stands. The dedy was unanswered but it had its effect because there were no more sarcastic outbreaks. The game stated off with Weller kicking to Kotal, who came back about 16 yards. After the second thrust Lewellen booted to Homan, who was dumped on the 18 yard line. Elkins punted to Dunn and the redhead was dumped in midfield. A penalty set the Bays back for a "V". Lewellen got around end for a first down and then the Packers forward passed their way to the Jackets' 15 yard line. Twin plays flopped and a forward pass was grounded. Elkins intercepted the next toss just inches from the goal and the Indian came back about 15 before he was nearly scalped by Nash in a savage tackle. Elkins got off a good kick which sailed over Dunn's head and rolled back of the Packers' uprights. The Bays scrimmaged on their twenty. Lewellen finally booted well into Jacket territory but Elkins came back with a kick nearly as good. The Bays had the ball on their own 22-yard line when the pass to Lewellen went bad and rolled over for a safety.
PACKERS KICK 20
The Packers kicked from their 30-yard and after an exchange of punts, marched down the field again but a pass fell dead in the end zone. Time for the period was called shortly after with the Packers having the oval in midfield. On the first play of the second frame, Molenda couldn't gain but a pass from Lewellen to Kotal gained a dozen yards and another toss to Nash chalked up a yard stick move. Following a line thrust, a pair of air drives went into the discard and Lewellen kicked from the 20 yard line to Dunn who hit the dirt in midfield. Then the ball changed hands twice on fumbles and the referee took a hand in the affair by stabbing the Bays for fifteen for roughing the kicker. Three successive forwards put the Bays inside Frankford's twenty but a grounded pass gave the Hornets the ball. The Jackets kicked it once and Dunn galloped back to the enemies 45. Dunn got around end for 22 yards. It was a pretty run. Then Lewellen tossed one to Kotal for 15 yards and it looked like a score. A penalty set the Packers back 5 and another 15 forward intentionally grounding a pass. The Bays lost the ball on downs and just as time was called for the half Frankford completed a pass good for 25 yards which placed the ball on the Bays' 38-yard line. Diehl was the tosser and Kassel, the end the Packers tried to get last year, the receiver.
MAKE 4 FIRST DOWNS
The Packers started the third frame by kicking to Frankford. The Jackets made a first down and then the Bays held tight and Elkins kicked out of bounds about midfield. Here the Packers started and chalked up four first downs via the forward pass route, but the march ended on a fumble and the Jackets kicked out of danger again. Two Packer forwards were knocked down and Red Dunn punted out of bounds on the Frankford twelve. The Hornets didn't make much yardage and Diehl booted to midfield. Kostos intercepted a Packer pass and a moment later Dilweg did the same things and journeyed some 20 yards before he was stopped. Here was another opportunity and the Bays followed it up with a Dunn-Kotal pass which was good for 25 yards and the goal line was only 15 yards away. Two line plays netted four, a pass three but the Bays on the next line crash lost the ball on downs by inches. The Hornets didn't lose much time in punting out. It was the Packers' ball on the Jackets' 45. A fumble on the next play changed possession of the cowhide again. Just as the quarter ended, a pass, Kotal to Dunn, netted 20 yards and out the ball on the Jackets' 40.
LEW GETS 6 YARDS
As the fourth quarter got underway Lewellen, who had replaced Marks, got six yards around end and a pass to Dunn made another first down on the Jackets 15. Here the Packers lost another 15 for unnecessary roughness. Lewellen punted over the goal line and the Jackets scrimmaged on their 20. They lost five for offside. Diehl booted well to Dunn who came back to his own 42-yard line. An exchange of kicks followed with little gain to either side. Then the Jackets ripped off two first downs in succession placing the ball in midfield. The Bays halted the advance and Diehl punted to Dunn, who was run out of bounds on the Packers' 18 yard line. At this stage of the game, the Jackets ran in a flock of reserves. There was only minutes to go. A pair of passes put the ball in midfield. Here a Packer pass was intercepted by Diehl, who ran it back to the Bays' 30 yard line. Dunn threw him hard and was injured on the play. The Jackets couldn't gain and lost the ball on downs. The Bays tried a couple of tosses which went bad and Lewellen punted to Jackets' 40. Here the Hornets started stalling. They shot three line plays and then Diehl punted to Baker. The Packers took time out, asked about the time and found there was just 15 seconds to go. Then came the pass to Kotal and his sensational run which terminated on the 15-yard line as the horn tooted for the end.
GREEN BAY -  0  0  0  0 -  0
FRANKFORD -  2  0  0  0 -  2
1st - FR - Team safety FRANKFORD 2-0

NEWS AND NOTES
​PROVIDENCE CONTEST WILL BE REPLAYED ON GRIDGRAPH HERE
NOVEMBER 30 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - When the Providence Steamrollers and the Packers clash at the eastern city Sunday, Green Bay fans again will have a chance to see the game replayed here on The Press-Gazette gridgraph. Every detail of the encounter
will be re-enacted on the giant board, a few moments
after the action takes place at Providence. A direct wire
from the park to the Columbus club will give every play
of the game, and trained operators of the gridgraph will
reproduce them. The Columbus club auditorium will be
open to fans at 12:30 p.m., and shortly after that time
first reports will come in from the East. All of the 
sidelights will be megaphoned to the fans before the
game gets underway at 1 p.m. A large crowd watched
the last game re-played on the gridgraph, and the Bay
management has made plans to handle an even larger
audience tomorrow.
​PACKERS MEET PROVIDENCE SUNDAY
DECEMBER 1 (Providence) - The championship hopes
of the Providence Steam Rollers will be decided here
Sunday when Jimmy Conzelman's league leaders will
rub elbows with the Packers from Green Bay, Wis., at
the Cycledrome. The Wisconsin club will arrive here
tonight and will headquarter at the Biltmore hotel. The
Packers are coming in from Philadelphia where on
Thanksgiving Day they gave such a creditable exhibition
against the Frankford Yellowjackets. Jim Laird, veteran
Steamroller lineman, who is out of the game with an
injured nose, scouted the Green Bay-Frankford game
for the Steamrollers, and he came back with the report
that the Packers had the best forward passing attack
he had seen this year and that the Green Bay club 
should have whipped the Jackets by at least two
touchdowns if any of the breaks of the game had gone
their way. The Rollers got back home from Pottsville
Friday morning and Coach Conzelman immediately
ordered them out for practice. He has rigged up a 
special defense against passes by which he hopes to
cut short the much-feared Green Bay air drive. In
scoring the 7 to 0 win over the Maroons, Thursday, the
Rollers escaped without any serious injuries although
Simmons and Ogden are suffering from minor "charlie
horses"...PHILADELPHIA: The Green Bay Packer
squad left for Providence this afternoon. The team came
out of the Yellowjacket game in fair condition. Dunn has
a sore ankle while Bruce Jones is banged around the head and shoulders. It is doubtful if either one of these gridders will start against the Rollers Sunday. An all day rain kept the Bays indoors Friday, but Capt. Lambeau held a blackboard talk and went over the offensive which will be launched against the Rhode Islanders. Saturday morning the team hustled out to Frankford field for a brief work out before boarding the train for the last scheduled game on the eastern invasion. Friday evening the team was the guest of Dr. Kelly at a Turkey supper and a good rime was had by all.
PRO GRID NOTES
DECEMBER 1 (Green Bay Press-Gazette) - Next Sunday the New York Giants and the Yankees clash in the second game of their series and this time it is a toss up as to the probable victor. The Giants have not been going any to well of late and it would not be at all surprising to see the Yankees had them a trimming as Pyle's club has been coming along in great style recently...The Packers conclude their East invasion Sunday when they mingle with the Providence Steam Rollers. This should be a real battle as the Badgers are determined to end their trip east with a victory while the Steam Rollers are equally confident that they will be able to take the measure of the Bays...The Yellowjackets and the Bears meet Sunday in Chicago and the Yellowjackets should win unless the Bears perk up suddenly. Even old George Halas is back again in uniform to see what he can do to pep up his club...Old man injury is camping tight on the trail of the Giants. Several of the New Yorkers' back have been off and on the hospital list all season and there is probably the reason why the championship will be moved elsewhere...When the next league meeting rolls around, a number of applications for franchise are expected to be filed. Aside from Boston, it is understood that Stapleton, N.Y., and Atlantic City, N.J., are anxious to join the Carr circuit...Wildcat Wilson, the Providence ace, is playing the greatest game of his pro football career. The former Pacific coast luminary is the sparkplug of the Steamroller machine. He is one of the league's leading point makers...All the lines look alike to Tony La Tone, the Pottsville bone crusher. The Maroons' star has gained plenty of yardage against the Giants, Bears and Packers. Some of the players think Tony could crash a wall made by concrete...The bench splinters must have been too much for George Halas, one of the co-managers of the Chicago Bears. He didn't plan to play this season but the call of the grid proved too strong and he is again performing in moleskins...Wild Bill Kelly is again making the headlines with the New York Yanks. This sterling backfielder has been showing flashes of the form that once gained him All-American recognition in his "rah rah" days at Montana U...Gus Sonnenberg, the Providence tackle, seems to be headed for another post on the all-star pro eleven. He has been playing a brilliant offensive game at tackle and he generally clears a path about a mile wide for the ball lugger...Bull Behman is one of the stalwarts of the Yellowjackets' forward wall. He is no spring chicken at the pro game but he has more than carried his share of the load for the Hornets in the line or behind...Wostouphal, the Detroit center, has developed into one of the stars of the 1928 season. His accurate passing had helped Friedman and the other Wolverine backs get off to flying starts. He backs up the line splendidly...Watch Kotal. That is the password of teams facing Green Bay. The Packers fancy stepping backfielder has been "on" all season. Scribes in New York claim the ex-Lawrence ace has not an equal in the open field running.