NEWS AND NOTES
PACKERS TO BATTLE FOR SECOND PLACE
OCTOBER 21 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers will battle for second place in the National Conference when they engage the Detroit Lions in an NFL game at City Stadium at 1:30 Sunday afternoon. A crowd of more than 20,000 is expected for the crucial match, the loser of which will be virtually out of championship contention. The winner could take over undisputed possession of second place, depending on the outcome of the Chicago Bear-Ram game in Los Angeles. Green Bay, Detroit and the Bears are currently knotted with 2-2 records behind San Francisco's 4-0. LA has 1-3. Both the Packers and Lions warmed up for the "big one" with victories over the weekend, Green Bay beating the Texans at Dallas, 24-14, and Detroit stopping Los Angeles, 24-16, in Detroit. The Packers enter the game as the third highest scoring team in the league, with 101 points, against 122 for San Francisco and 116 for Cleveland. Detroit, by comparison, scored only 44. However, the Lions already played two games against powerful Frisco and came out with a total of three points. Packer head coach Gene Ronzani this week is concentrating on offense. The Bay point-makers were unable to score on a sustained drive out of their own territory, and the three touchdowns and field goal were set up by the defense recovering fumbles in Dallas territory. Once inside the Texan 50, the Packer air game worked to perfection. Tobin Rote threw two touchdown passes - one each to Bill Howton and Bob Mann, and Babe Parilli threw the other to Howton. Bill Reichardt added the field goal from 32 yards out. Returning to Green Bay for the first time as an "enemy" will be Jug Girard, the former Marinette and Wisconsin flash, who is now understudy to Doak Walker with the Lions. Girard played four seasons with the Packers before being traded to Detroit for three players last summer. The Lions, bothered by injuries for their last three games, will be in top shape for the Packers. Returning after being sidelined for short spells are Walker, the great halfback; Pat Harder; and Leon Hart, the gigantic end.
LIONS TAKING SHAPE
OCTOBER 22 (Detroit) - It looks very much as through the football team Coach Buddy Parker planned for his 1952 Detroit Lions will shape next Sunday when the Motor City
eleven meets the Packers at Green Bay's City Stadium. The Lions
are deadlocked with Green Bay and Chicago Bears for second place
in the NFL's National Conference. Detroit brushed aside Los Angeles,
24-16, while the Packers dissolved Dallas, 24-14, last week. The
Lions won because fullback Pat Harder refused to sit on the bench
any longer. End Leon Hart endured extra leg pains to aid the cause,
but halfback Doak Walker failed to get into the game at all. It looks
now as if Doak might return to his left halfback spot against the
Packers. For the past two Sundays, his position has been filled by
Jug Girard, a journeyman pro well-geared in the knowledge of
Packerland football. When the Lions obtained the Jugger from Green
Bay in a trade last August, rumor was that Detroit feared the freak
arm injury suffered by Walker would handicap his effectiveness.
Truth is the injured flipper has healed completely. It is a leg injury
that has restrained him from competition. Therefore, Parker feels
he can bank on his originally-planned backfield of Bob Layne
at quarterback, Walker and Bobby Hoernschemeyer at the halves
and Harder at fullback.
PACKERS' TOBIN ROTE IS NO. 1 PRO PASSER
OCTOBER 23 (Philadelphia) - Tobin Rote of the Green Bay Packers
is the leading passer in the NFL, statistics revealed Thursday. The
former Rice star has competed 26 of 48 passes for a .542
percentage and 428 yards. He has averaged 8.92 yards per try,
slightly more than half a yard more than the runnerup, Frankie Albert
of the 49ers. In addition, the versatile Rote ranks fifth in rushing with
196 yards in 33 attempts. In addition to Rote, Bill Howton of Green
Bay, also a Rice alumnus, lead the pass receivers in yards gained
with 392 despite the fact that he ranks sixth in number of catches
with 14. And Howton shares second place in scoring with Joe Perry
of the 49ers and Elbie Nickel of the Steelers, each with 30 points.
Lou Groza of the Cleveland Browns has 32 points, all on place kicks. The Packers as a team have one of the best offensive records in the league. They rank third in total yards gained, with 1,356; third in yards by rushing with 664; third in yards by passing with 692; fourth in first downs with 66; third in points scored with 101; second in pass completion percentage with .519 and have had the fewest passes intercepted. Fred Cone of the Packers ranks ninth in rushing with 173 yards and Clarence Self of the Packers fifth in returning kickoffs with a 28.3-yard average.
DETROIT LIONS OBTAIN SCOTT
OCTOBER 23 (Detroit) - The Detroit Lions, who meet the Packers Sunday at Green Bay, Thursday bolstered their defensive backfield by obtaining veteran halfback Clyde (Smackover) Scott from the Philadelphia Eagles on waivers. Scott, 28, a former Arkansas star, will join the club in time for Sunday's game. At the same time, the Detroit pros released fullback Pete D'Alonzo, former Villanova player, who had filled in for the injured Pat Harder. The Lions also expect to re-sign fullback Ollie Cline, whom they released last month, but he will not be eligible until 30 days have elapsed.
CARDS WAIVER HECKER
OCTOBER 23 (Chicago) - The Chicago Cardinals Thursday claimed defensive halfback Bob Hecker on waivers from the Los Angeles Rams, at the same time asking waivers on halfback Ray Pelfrey. The Cardinals two weeks ago claimed Pelfrey from the Green Bay Packers. Coach Joe Kuharich, meanwhile, named halfback Joe Geri as starting Cardinal left halfback against Geri's former club, the Pittsburgh Steelers, at Comiskey Park Sunday.
PACKERS HOPE FOR LAW OF AVERAGES
OCTOBER 24 (Green Bay) - The Packers hope the law of averages will be on their side when they battle