GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(MILWAUKEE) – Gene Ronzani's Green Bay Packers took a bow
in defeat here Sunday - a happy bow. They lost an exhibition to
Bo McMillin's Philadelphia Eagles, one of the really tough clubs
of the National league, but they made such a gallant fight of it,
such a good uphill fight, that they gained caste, not lost. The
score was 14-10. They spotted the Eagles a couple of
touchdowns in the first 20 minutes of play, which seemed
according to script since they had gone into the game decided
underdogs, but they suddenly found themselves after this and for
the rest of the way and to the delight of 19,282 fans, had all the
better of the fight. In the second half, the Eagles just off a game
with the Los Angeles Rams in which they had rolled up 23 first
downs, got exactly one.
ALL SCORING IN FIRST HALF
All of the scoring was confined to the first half, a rather unusual
situation in this this day of let 'er rip football. The Eagles scored
on a 16 yard run by Bosh Pritchard in the first quarter, then again
on a 10 yard pass from Adrian Burk to Pete Pihos early in the
second and they seemed on their way. But after the second of
these tallies they never resumed. It became Green Bay's game.
At the finish the Eagles were desperately hanging on. Green Bay
took charge immediately after the second of Philadelphia's
touchdowns, and although the score does not show it, they never
let up. Bobby Thomason passed 13 yards to Breezy Reid for a
touchdown and the Old Foot himself, Ted Fritsch, booted a 27
yard field goal.
TWO TOUCHDOWNS RECALLED
Actually, the Packers had more points recalled than they scored -
and there was a grinding of teeth on the banks of the Fox today.
Just before Fritsch's goal, Thomason passed five yards to Jack
Cloud for six points but the play was recalled - holding. And early
in the third quarter, Tobin Rote passed 12 yards to Bobby Mann
in the end zone, but the play was recalled again - backfield in
motion. Aside from this, and the scoring they did to, they had
other opportunities to wrap up their game, good ones, but always
failed. At different time, and without anything to show for it, they
had first down on Philadelphia's 6, 17, 4 and 12 but always
bumped into penalties or a stiffened defense. The penalties
particularly hurt, not only in their severity, but in their unfortunate
timing. They always seemed to occur when they did the greatest
harm. All told, the Eagles, with a little squawk coming
themselves on this score, drew 12 for 114. The frequent and not
always consistent tooting of Messrs. Bill Downes, Sam Pecora,
Jim Beiersdorf, Claude Grigsby and Chuck Sweeney marred the game throughout.
GOOD DEFENSIVE PLAY
Particularly impressive, since it was rather unexpected, was the defensive play of the team against one of the best all-around backfield in the league. The great Steve Van Buren got exactly 28 yards on 15 plays and the entire Eagle corps of ball toters 96. Both the outside and the middle, with Walt Michaels backing up in Clay Tonnemaker's shoes, were always well covered. As expected the Packers did their heaviest damage in the air. On the ground they didn't do much more than Philadelphia with only 104 yards of which hard running Jack Cloud at fullback got 65 on 15 plays. In the air, though, they left no doubt of their edge. With Bobby Thomason particularly having a sharp afternoon - at one stage he completed eight in a row including interferences which were called - the Packers completed 16 out of 37 for 250 yards. Adrian Burk, who played the entire game at quarter for the Eagles, completed six out of 14 for 170 yards. He also contributed some spectacular punting.
EAGLES SCORE QUICKLY
The ease with which the Eagles scored their first touchdown didn't augur well. They went half the distance of the field on two plays the second time they laid hands on the ball. A pass, Burk to Pihos, picked up 31 yards on the first and Pritchard, with fine blocking, dashed 16 yards around Green Bay's right end for the second. They scored their second touchdown, too, the very next time they laid hands on the ball and again they went half the distance of the field. Burk's passes to Walston and Pritchard brought the ball to the 13 and after Steve Van Buren had picked up three, Burk, with all the time in the world to pass, tossed the ball home to Pihos. After this, though, the Eagles never threatened again except for a moment in the fourth quarter when Grimes fumbled and Ebert Van Buren recovered on Green Bay's nine. Nothing happened. The Packers held, Volz batting down a fourth down pass from the three. The Packers, with Thomason completing his eight passes in a row, went 81 yards for their first touchdown, Thomason to Cloud, to Mann, to Wimberly, to Girard with a couple of interferences - the Eagles couldn't stop him. With the ball finally on the 13, Thomason shot the ball home to Reid. The Packers also drove 56 yards to get position for Fritsch's kick the next time they laid hands on the ball, but with that they rested their scoring for the day, although they repeatedly threatened. A 48 yard punt return by Billy Grimes, a pass interception by Summerhays and several other short drives created scoring opportunities, but the final punch the Packers didn't have.
PHILADELPHIA - 7 7 0 0 - 14
GREEN BAY - 0 10 0 0 - 10
PHI – Bosh Pritchard, 16-yard run (Steve Van Buren kick) PHILADELPHIA 7-0
PHI – Pete Pihos, 9-yard pass from Adrian Burk (Van Buren kick) PHILADELPHIA 14-0
GB – Reid, 13-yard pass from Thomason (Fritsch kick) PHILADELPHIA 14-7
GB – Fritsch, 27-yard field goal PHILADELPHIA 14-10