GAME RECAP (GREEN BAY PRESS-GAZETTE)
(GREEN BAY) - There may be a better football team than the Green Bay Packers some place in the world, but you couldn't make some 7,500 fans who saw them trounce the Portsmouth eleven here Sunday, 47 to 13, believe it. Even if there is a better team, it would be hard to find and as no one cares to look for it, it might not be a bad idea to explain how those 7,500 fans got the impression that Green Bay has such a wonder team. In the first place it would be hard to find a team that can complete passes like the Packers completed them Sunday. Seven of nine passes tried were good for yardage. Not bad, when it is considered that no less an authority than Knute Rockne says that a team that completes 35 percent of its passes has a great passing attack.
NEVER HAD A CHANCE
Then it would be hard to find a team that has a line that opens holes like the Packer line opened them in the Spartan front wall. The records tell us that the Packers gained 206 yards against the Spartans by running plays. It would be hard to find a team with ends like Dilweg, Nash and O'Donnell or with backfield men such as Lewellen, Dunn, McCrary, Fitzgibbons and Molenda to say nothing of these youngsters who are looking better every Sunday, Herber and Zuidmulder, and those on the injured list. What about the pass defense and line play on defense, someone might ask, but why go on. The score speaks for itself as does the record of the team in the other six games it won in the National league competition this year, so he will get back to some of the details of the game. Portsmouth never had a chance after the Packers began getting up power early in the first period. Although the Spartans fought hard, there wasn't much doubt about the outcome when the Packers marched down the field and over the goal line for the first score in the opening period and when two more touchdowns were recorded in the second period when little doubt that existed about the outcome was brushed outside.
TIMING IS PERFECT
The timing of Packer forward pass and running plays was excellent throughout the game. The linemen took out the men they were supposed to take out and the backs carried the ball and gained according to their ability to pivot and shift or drive as the occasion demanded. However, even in defeat there were two Portsmouth men who stood out, heads and shoulders about the others in football playing ability. The pair was McClain and Father Lumpkin. Seldom has there been such an example of individual play as these two men turned in. Carrying the ball off tackle, over guard and through the center on play after play these two men smashed ahead by sheer power. True, Packer linemen stopped them, but they had their hands full doing so and often when they thought they had them stopped they managed somehow to keep on going for another three, four or five yards. The victory may cost the Bays the services of Lavvie Dilweg and Mike Michalske in the Chicago Bear game next Sunday. Dilweg sprained his wrist early in the game but continued to play until the end of the battle, turning in his customary great work. After the game he was ordered to the hospital as Dr. W.W. Kelly feared that the wrist was broken but X-ray pictures revealed only a severe sprain. Mike sprained his ankle late in the game and had to be helped from the field. A pass from Lewellen to Dunn was the starting spark in the first march of the Packers. Dunn caught the ball on the Portsmouth 30-yard line and carried it to the 26-yard stripe before he was downed. Lewellen and McCrary then began finding the holes opened for them by linemen, crashing their way for two first downs by straight football to put the ball on the three-yard line. Again Lewellen carried the ball, cutting back over center for a touchdown. Dunn booted the ball from placement squarely between the uprights and the Packers had a 7 to 0 lead.
FLECKENSTEIN CATCHES PASS
In the second period, Portsmouth threatened when Fleckenstein, a former Bear now playing end with the Spartans, caught a pass on the Packers' 15-yard line after Lumpkin had picked up some yardage with powerful thrusts at the line. A pass over the goal line, however, spoiled the scoring opportunity. A few minutes later, McCrary intercepted a Spartan pass in the center of the field and again Molenda, McCrary and Lewellen began smashing down the field, as Dunn picked the weak spots in the Portsmouth defense and capitalized on them. Molenda made seven yards, Lewellen made six, McCrary nine, that's the way it went until the Bays reached the 15-yard line. On a fake pass play, Dunn then circled left end, evading one man with a shifty side step, but getting stopped by two others as he reached the one-yard line. Dunn called he play for Lewellen to carry the ball and Lew delivered, crashing over center for a touchdown, and again Dunn kicked for the extra point and the score was 14 to 0 in Green Bay's favor. Lew got off a great punt later in the period, Nash downing the ball on the five-yard line and near the sideline. Portsmouth punted back and Dunn caught the ball in midfield, racing to the 35-yard line before he was stopped. Dunn then dropped back and passed to Lew, who was stopped on the 12-yard line. Three plays with the Packers piledriving backfield forging ahead put the ball on the one-foot line and Molenda crashed over on a play at center. The pass from center was low and Dunn did not have an opportunity to kick so he tried to pass to Dilweg that was incomplete. The half ended with Green Bay leading, 20 to 0.
DARLING INTERCEPTS PASS
Darling, who went in at center at the start of the third period, bobbed up and intercepted a Portsmouth pass soon after the start of the quarter, the Packers getting the ball on the Spartan 38-yard line. Dunn then dropped back on a fake line plunge and heaved a pass to McCrary, who galloped from the 15-yard line over the goal line, spinning out of Bennett's arms at the five-yard mark where the Portsmouth back tried to stop him. Dunn again kicked the ball from placement to give the Packers a 27 to 0 lead. McClain broke through on a great play soon after this score, tearing 35 yards to the Packer 31-yard line before Nash caught him from behind. Two plays failed to gain and Lumpkin dropped back and passed to McClain, who was clear. McClain outran the Packer secondary to score. The kick for the extra point was wide of the posts. The ever-alert Dilweg recovered a fumbled punt by Bennett on the Portsmouth 41-yard line to give Green Bay another chance to score. Herber, on a great run over right tackle, cut back to the left and picked up 15 yards. Dunn then dropped back and on the identical play that was used earlier in the same period passed to McCrary who took the ball out of the hands of Bennett and raced over the goal. Bo Molenda's kick from placement was good and the Bays had a 33 to 6 advantage.
INTERFERENCE IS RULED
In the fourth period, Portsmouth was given the ball on the Packer 11-yard line when Umpire Keefe ruled interference with a pass receiver. McClain added two yards and then Novotny cut over tackle for a touchdown. Lewis' kick from placement added another point to the Spartan score. Running plays carried the ball from midfield to the one-yard line for the Packers in the final period and Fitzgibbons plunged over right tackle for a touchdown and Molenda added the extra point with a placekick. The final Green Bay marker came a minute before the end of the game. Zuidmuler had picked up 29 yards on three plays and a pass, Lew to Fitzgibbons, was completed to put the ball deep in Portsmouth territory. Lewellen then dropped back to