GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(MILWAUKEE) - A young guy by the name of Harry Gilmer of the Birmingham Gilmers, suh, gave the Green Bay Packers a right smart going over on the ground and in the air
here Sunday afternoon and personally led the Washington Redskins
to a 35-24 victory that was a lot more conclusive than the score
suggests. The Packers, making their last exhibition start before the
league opener against the Chicago Bears a week hence, didn't have
a lot of the things the Redskins had on this warm, sunny afternoon
at State Fair park, no line, no speed, but most of all they didn't have
a Gilmer. Gilmer passed or Gilmer ran - running when he happened
to find himself trapped on passing plays - and in the court of this
exuberant afternoon he picked up 190 yards passing, 82 yard
rushing and threw four touchdowns of the five the Redskins scored.
OUTPLAYED IN THE LINE
Obviously, it was no afternoon to bring joy to Green Bay hearts. It
was even a very bitter afternoon, for this was the day on which the
team was supposed to begin to atone for its disappointments of a
year ago. Instead, here was Gilmer passing and frolicking around
and here was a Green Bay team that did not quite know what to do
about it. Green Bay was roundly outplayed in the line, outsped and
certainly outtackled. And that's just how it was a year ago. Against
Gilmer, who played the entire game on offense in the absence of
the injured Sammy Baugh, Green Bay's defenses that had begun to
look fairly good in three earlier games, almost collapsed.
Washington's 35 points were almost twice as many as the New
York Giants (7), Pittsburgh Steelers (9) and New York Bulldogs (3)
scored together in the three preceding games, and exactly as much
as the Philadelphia Eagles manufactured in the first game a month
ago. There was no stopping Gilmer, or the Redskins, when the
mood to move down the field descended upon them. Gilmer passed
35 yards to Hugh Taylor, who ran 40 yards more for Washington's
first touchdown. Harry Dowda exploded 19 yards over center for
the second. Gilmer passes three yards to Dick Poillon for the third.
Gilmer passed 30 yards to Dan Sandifer, who ran 34 yards more for
the fourth. And Gilmer passed 10 yards to Bob Goode for the fifth.
And, oh yes, Gilmer passed 30 yards to Sandifer, who ran 27 more
for a sixth, but it was recalled and the Redskins set back 15 yards
CANADEO SCORES TWICE
A remarkable lad, this 165 pound Gilmer, who played his college
football at the University of Alabama. He scooted around the
backfield with Packers futilely chasing him, then passed on the dead run, or jumped up in the air to pass, or finding everybody covered, zigzagged down the field like a scared gazelle. A remarkable lad, indeed, as football players go. There was only small consolation in what the Packers themselves scored, although the 24 points represented exactly their point production of the four previous games. Ted Fritsch banged over from the one for the first tally. Tony Canadeo, playing his first game of the season, wheeled 10 yards around right end for the second, Fritsch added a 43 yard field goal which early in the third quarter left the Packers only four points behind, 21-17, and Canadeo punched out a yard over left guard for the third touchdown. Young Stan Heath, a rookie trying to match Gilmer in the key quarterback role, had only ordinary success, although that he didn't have more was not entirely his fault. He completed only five out of 26 passes, but he might well have completed twice as many if his receivers had been able to hand onto the ball. He completed two passes to Clyde Goodnight for 17 and 9 yards, two to Ted Cook for 17 and 10 yards and a pass to Glenn Lewis for 5 yards. And except for a pass which Jug Girard threw to Goodnight for 10 yards late in the game, this represented Green Bay's total effort in the air. Heath and Girard each had a pass intercepted. Actually, Gilmer's percentage of completions was not a great deal better than Heath's. Gilmer completed 7 out of 18. Those he did make good, though, were of telling effect, and, of course, he always posed the threat of a run when trapped. Five different times he ran with the ball when unable to pass and four times he went for at least a first down - 14 yards from the line of scrimmage, 17 yards, 23 yards and 29 yards. Only once, down close to Green Bay's goal just before he passed to Poillon for Washington's third touchdown, was he stopped. He lost a yard.
LINE IS DISAPPOINTMENT
Sammy Baugh, for whom Gilmer subbed, did not get into the game at all because of injuries. Jack Jacobs, for whom Heath and Girard subbed, got in only to kick or occasionally to play defense. The big Indian's punting was slightly on the terrific side, at least in distance, and he finished with an average of 48 yards in spite of the fact that one kick was partially blocked. Most disappointing was the line, for it had been a source of hope in earlier games that Green Bay might still wage good defensive ball this fall. It might still come, but Sunday it was split rather freely. A break permitted the Packers to score first and early. Sandifer fumbled a punt when tackled by Orlich on Washington's 23, Cifers recovered and the Packers had position. Four plays later, Fritsch barged over from the one.
A 75 YARD PASS PLAY
The lead did not stand up long, though. One dazzling play late in the same quarter tied it up. The Redskins seemed safely bottled up on their own 25 when Gilmer faded back, hurled a 35 yard bolt over Kranz's head into Taylor's hands, and that was that. Taylor had a clear field for the last 40 yards. Neither did the tie stand up very long. Washington went 71 yards on eight plays the very next time it got the ball. Dowda found a big hole at center and ran the last 19 yards. With Washington ahead, 14-7, however, it became the Packers' turn again. Neal recovered Sandifer's fumble on Washington's 30 a few minutes late - the Redskins fumbled seven times, lost the ball three - and the rest was easy, despite a 15 yard penalty for roughing. The explosive little Schlinkman was the big attacker in carrying the ball to the 10, from where Canadeo went around end across the goal. It was the last time the Packers had as much as a tie, however. Washington drove 55 yards in the closing minutes of the half, then scored in the very last seconds on Gilmer's pass to Poillon in the end zone.
GIRARD ENGINEERS DRIVE
Fritsch's kick made it 21-17 as the third quarter ended, but the Redskins quickly sewed up the game with two touchdowns early in the fourth. In two plays after receiving the kickoff, following Fritsch's goal, they score again, traveling 64 yards on Gilmer's pass to Sandifer. Dowda's interception, which he ran back 20 yards to Green Bay's 14, gave the Redskins position for their final tally a few minutes later. Gilmer passed 10 yards to Goode. The Packers got their final touchdown in the last minute. They took the kickoff back to their own 30, then reeled off four first downs to Washington's five, with Girard at the throttle. It took them four more plays to score, Canadeo going over a quick opener from the one. The crowd was announced as 12,873.
WASHINGTON - 7 14 0 14 - 35
GREEN BAY - 7 7 3 7 - 24
1st - GB -Ted Fritsch, 1-yard run (Fritsch kick) GREEN BAY 7-0
1st - WASH - Hugh Taylor, 75-yard pass from Harry Gilmer (Dick Poillon kick) TIED 7-7
2nd - WASH - Harry Dowda, 19-yard run (Poillon kick) WASHINGTON 14-7
2nd - GB - Tony Canadeo, 10-yard run (Fritsch run) TIED 14-14
2nd - WASH - Poillon, 3-yard pass from Gilmer (Poillon kick) WASHINGTON 21-14
3rd - GB - Fritsch, 43-yard field goal WASHINGTON 21-17
4th - WASH - Dan Sandifer, 57-yard pass from Gilmer (Poillon kick) WASHINGTON 28-17
4th - WASH - Bob Goode, 10-yard pass from Gilmer (Poillon kick) WASHINGTON 35-17
4th - GB - Canadeo, 1-yard run (Fritsch kick) WASHINGTON 35-24