GAME RECAP (CHICAGO TRIBUNE)
(CHICAGO) - The Green Bay Packers, champions of professional football, raced to a 12 to 0 lead over the All-Stars last night in Soldiers' field and then maneuvered with this fulcrum to force the college players into a decisive 19 to 7 defeat. It was the 12th in the series of games sponsored by
the Chicago Tribune Charities, Inc., and it was seen by 92,753 fans. These
thousands paid $221,550 and the net proceeds will be given to the army air
forces aid society and Chicago servicemen's center, the actual winners in the
annual contest. The Packers' victory was an achievement many in the vast
throng earlier had believed beyond their capabilities despite their experience.
This experience paid off, however, and it was the most experienced man on
the field, Don Hutson, who made the contest a statistical compilation. Hutson,
starting his 11th professional campaign - he was graduated from Alabama and
competed in the 1935 All-Star game - scored 11 of the Packers' points.
DON STARTS THE SCORING
Hutson opened with a field goal which climaxed a Green Bay drive after the
Packers received the kickoff. He added points after two touchdowns and the
last of these came after his own 85 yard run after he had intercepted a pass
by Perry Moss, freshman star from the University of Tulsa's 1944 team.
Hutson's run, executed with decisive action that
results from years of competition, proved to be the
highlight of the game. He got away with his sprinter's
start, cut to his right to take advantage of his early
convoy of blockers, and then straightened his course
down the east sideline to beat all pursuers. He was
preceded by Clyde Goodnight, the Packers' freshman
end, who demonstrated an excellent running block on
the last All-Star defender, Charles Mitchell, who last
season was a teammate of Goodnight's at Tulsa.
SECOND VICTORY FOR PACKERS
Hutson's touchdown stultified the All-Stars' spirit
which occasionally had threatened to congeal a
lackadaisical attack into cohesive action. It set the
final tabulation of 19 to 7 and clinched Green Bay's
second victory in three appearances in the series. The
NFL now has won seven of 12 games, lost three, and
two have been tied. Previously the Packers were
beaten in 1937 by the squad coached by Gus Dorais,
6 to 0. In 1940 they won, 45 to 28. Bernie Bierman,
head coach of the defeated All-Stars, has credit for the 1936 tie with the Detroit Lions. That score was 7-all. The game last night, resplendent as always with the panoply of the massed bandsmen marching with illuminated instruments in the darkened arena, did not have the thrill of accomplishment which has characterized some previous All-Star contests. Throughout there was a sense of frustration in the performance of both teams.
FUMBLES PROVE COSTLY
The All-Stars in particular passed up scoring opportunities, the most aggravating being a fumble by Les Horvath, Ohio State back, after Charley Trippi had carried the ball to within two yards of the Packers' goal in the last period. This was the most serious, as far as scoring was concerned, but a fumble by Tom Harmon, after a sparkling 46 yard run, was almost equally disastrous to the collegians. Harmon broke loose on third down and went to Green Bay's 24 yard line with the verve which had been the mark of his play at Michigan five years ago. As he was tackled, he fell and then was hit by at least two men as he lay helpless. Harmon was withdrawn from the game and did not return. From a technical standout Harmon seemed to be down before the Packers' secondary tackles sent him to the sideline. Since the game was played under collegiate rules, in the main, the fumble possibly should not have been recorded. The ruling by referee Ronald Gibbs, whether right or wrong, provoked long disapprobation from the fans.
PACKERS SCORE EARLY
The contest principally was an air engagement. The All-Stars attempted 22 passes, two less than the champions. The completion score was 10 to 9 for Green Bay. Interceptions were most important in that Hutson put away the decision by this means. In yards gained by rushing, the Packers had a clear advantage of 132 yards to 68. Green Bay lost the toss, which permitted the All-Stars to have advantage of defending the north goal with the wind at their backs. The Packers chose to receive and began their assault from their own 44 yard line. Irv Comp's passes to Lou Brock, Ted Fritsch and Hutson carried to the All-Star 19 yard line in four plays. Comp missed on a pass but gained 5 yards at the All-Stars' left tackle. Hutson was held to a 2 yard gain on an end around play so on fourth down Don placekicked with the ball on the All-Star 20, and as it soared between the posts, the Packers led, 3 to 0.
SAFETY HELPS PACKERS
This 3 to 0 lead stood at the end of the quarter. In the second period the Packers added a safety which possibly explained the mental confusion of the All-Stars. Bob Kennedy, former Washington State fullback, who unquestionably was the best of the college men at the position, intercepted Comp's pass in his own end zone. He decided to run the ball out behind quickly formed interference, got 3 yards beyond the goal line, and then ran diagonally back. He was tackled in the scoring zone which automatically gave Green Bay two points and a 5 to 0 lead. Kennedy's confusion, not at all unusual since the goal posts were on the goal line, a professional football rule - set the tempo for other errors. Before the half ended Walter Schlinkman of Texas Tech replacing Kennedy at fullback, fumbled and Buford Ray of the Packers recovering on his own 20 yard line. Herman Rohrig passed on the next play to Roy McKay over Charley Mitchell's head for the touchdown. Hutson added the extra point for Green Bay's 12 to 0 advantage.
ALL-STARS SCORE ON PASS
The All-Stars then went into the T formation. From their own 28 yard line, Harmon and Kennedy moved to a first down and then Kennedy, taking a lateral from Don Greenwood, passed to Nick Scollard, former St. Joseph college end, and Scollard ran 35 yards to complete a 62 yard scoring play. Harmon kicked the point. The Packers now led, 12 to 7, which was the halftime tabulation. This sudden score encouraged thousands of All-Star supporters. It was done so easily that there seemed no reason why these college men couldn't duplicate. However, their line, which at no time matched the professional, failed again and again and the All-Star backs fumbled as scoring opportunities presented. Trippi fumbled a lateral and Harry Jacunski of the Packers recovered, later Comp fumbled when he was tackled by Bill Willis and Damon Tassos recovered. Comp was injured but he later returned to the game. Then the stage was set for Harmon's brilliant 46 yard dash which was nullified by Gibbs' decision on the alleged fumble and the teams went into the final period. The Packers led, 12 to 7. Moss passed to Ted Cook of Alabama for 9 yards on the first play of the fourth period. Moss threw again and this time Hutson intercepted and went 85 yards to score.
GREEN BAY - 3 9 0 7 - 19
ALL-STARS - 0 7 0 0 - 7
1st - GB - Hutson, 20-yard field goal GREEN BAY 3-0
2nd - GB - Team safety, Bob Kennedy tackled in end zone after interception GB 5-0
2nd - GB - McKay pass from Rohrig, 20-yard pass (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 12-0
2nd -COLL - Nick Scolard, 35-yard pass from McKay after lateral fr Bob Long (Tom Harmon kick) GB 12-7
4th - GB - Hutson, 82-yard interception return (Hutson kick) GREEN BAY 19-9