GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE SENTINEL)
(MILWAUKEE) - The Green Bay Packers made their 1947 debut in Milwaukee by edging out the Boston Yanks, 14 to 10, in a NFL exhibition game at State Fair Park yesterday afternoon before a crowd of 17,895. Neither team showed real championship class in
what developed into a typical early season game -
good in spots, but definitely on the so-and-so side
much of the way as the comparatively low score
would indicate. The final count just about
represented the difference between the two teams.
With the exception of punting, the Packers had a
little the better of everything statistically, even in
fumbling. Seven times they foozled the ball away
but costly and more numerous penalties against
the Yanks helped balance the books. Had the
visitors not been overanxious and a bit too rough at
times, it might have been a different story.
Indian Jack Jacobs' passing, flashed of running
power and class by Bruce Smith, Tony Canadeo
and Walt Schlinkman, and generally rugged
defensive play provided the bright sports in the
Packer picture. Jacobs pitched one touchdown
pass, set up the second and winning score and
gave general promise of giving the club the aerial
threat it lacked last year. Curly Lambeau's
operators never trailed. They struck from afar to go
ahead in the opening quarter and clung to a slim
7-3 lead at the half. Not until they had sewed up
the verdict with a fourth quarter marker did they give
up the visitors' lone touchdown.
A valuable offside penalty against Boston - on what
was to be a fourth down kick - sent the Bays on
their way to score No. 1 on a drive which started on
their 15, where Howard Maley had punted out of
bounds. Canadeo more than made up for a 15 yard
clipping penalty in two tries. Then Jacobs wound up
and fired a long one to Clyde Goodnight, who got
behind Frank Seno to make the catch and dashed
over the goal line. The play gained 62 yards from
the line of scrimmage. Ward Cuff placekicked the
extra point, his first as a Packers. Came the kickoff
and the Yanks were on their way. Paul Governali,
passing wizard from Columbia, hit Don Currivan for
37 yards and flipped another to Nick Scollard to
move deep into Packer territory. Jim Bellow blasted
through a couple of times to bring the ball to the
Bays' 21. But there the drive faded and on the first
play of the second period Scollard booted a 37 yard field goal to cut the score to 7-3.
The Lambeaumen reached the Boston 20 before the end of the half, there to be stopped by the first of a series of fumbles. Gene Wilson, speedy little end from Southern Methodist, made his official bow during that thwarted effort and caught the fans' fancy with his nifty dashes on end-around plays. The Packer machine sputtered three times when touchdown territory loomed in the scoreless third period. They were stopped three yards from pay dirt after a Jacobs-Luhn pass, Wilson's neat end-around dash and an interference penalty had paved the way.
TAKE OVER ON 25
Another interference penalty opened the door again, but Schlinkman fumbled less than a yard from the goal line, Boston recovering. Once again Schlinkman, driving hard, lost the ball - this time on the 11-yard line after gaining enough for a first down. In no time at all the Yanks, thanks to a Governali-Currivan pass, had romped to the Packer 25. But the Bays tightened up quickly, took over on downs early in the final period and soon were on their way. A Jacobs to Goodnight pass, plus 15 yards "earned" by Goodnight for being roughed out of bounds, put the ball in midfield. Smith was turned loose for the first time and swept right end for 28. Fritsch added 11 and 13 in two tries to move the ball to the four. Off a fake buck, Canadeo went wide around left end to score. Cuff's placekick ran the count to 14-3.
MOVE 73 YARDS
The Yanks moved 73 yards after the kickoff for the consolation score, with the help of two roughing penalties against the Packers. Mello's 26 yard thrust was the big noise. Seno fought his way to the final 10 yards in two tries. Monk Maznicki's placekick for the point was the final scoring gesture. The Bays took over on downs on the Boston 10 yard line a few seconds before the final gun, but had time only for one pass, which fell incomplete.
BOSTON - 0 7 0 3 - 10
GREEN BAY - 7 0 0 7 - 14
1st - GB - Goodnight, 62-yard pass from Jacobs (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
2nd - BOS - Nick Scollard, 37-yard field goal GREEN BAY 7-3
4th - GB - Canadeo, 4-yard run (Cuff kick) GREEN BAY 14-3
4th - BOS - Frank Seno, 2-yard run (Frank Maznicki kick) GREEN BAY 14-10