GAME RECAP (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL)
(WINSTON-SALEM, NC) - The Green Bay Packers' fourth quarter bid for a tie failed here Saturday night and the Washington Redskins made off with a professional exhibition victory before 13,500 fans, 17-10. The loss
was the first for Green Bay after three victories. Washington, plagued for two weeks by a batch of injuries incurred on the field and on highways, boosted its record to 2-2. The Packers trailed early in the third period, 17-0. Fred Cone's field goal from the 10 yard line at this point first cut the deficit to 17-3 and then in the fourth period, with Tobin Rote at quarterback for the first time the club really rolled - but still not quite enough.
'SKINS LEAD AT HALF, 14-0
Rote immediately engineered the attack to one touchdown, then started another that fell 17 yards short of the tying score in the closing minutes. A left-handed, fourth string quarterback, Fred Wyant, was the big thorn in Green Bay's side. He completed nine of 14 passes for 177 yards, set up one touchdown with an aerial and completed a 31 yard pass for the other. A 43 yard pass from Wyant to Johnny Carson late in the first period started Washington goalward. Wyant completed another for 14 yards to Carson on the first play of the second period, placing the ball on the eight, and a minute later sent Sam Baker over the goal. Baker's kick made it 7-0. Wyant's 32 yard pass to Dick James late in the first half produced the second tally. Ralph Felton's conversion made it 14-0 at the intermission.
ROTE DRIVES HARD
A fumble recovery early in the third period gave Washington its next scoring chance, and Baker immediately cashed in a field goal - only successful one in five the Redskins tried. At this point, though the tide of battle turned. Bart Starr took the Packers to Washington's 42 as the third quarter ended and Rote took over at the throttle as the fourth quarter began. Passing and running, he quickly took the ball to the Washington six yard line, then after Howie Ferguson had plowed to the one, scored on a sneak. Cone's conversion made it 17-10. Green Bay got the ball again with five minutes to go. Rote passes to Howton for 58 yards to Washington's 30, then hit Gary Knafelc with an aerial good to the 17. In the clutch, though, Washington held, pushing the Packers back 10 yards on the next two plays, and spoiling two passes. The Packers got the ball again with a minute to go but could do nothing more than throw out a scare.
GREEN BAY  -  0  0  3  7 - 10
WASHINGTON -  0 14  3  0 - 17
WASH – Sam Baker, 7-yard run (Baker kick) WASHINGTON 7-0
WASH – Dick James, 31-yard pass from Fred Wyant (Ralph Felton kick) WASHINGTON 14-0
GB – Cone, 18-yard field goal WASHINGTON 14-3
WASH – Baker, 27-yard field goal WASHINGTON 17-3
GB – Rote, 1-yard run (Cone kick) WASHINGTON 17-10
be picking up any material put on waivers from other clubs. "If a good one pops up, though, that would be a different story." This will be the first football game ever played at Busch Stadium, home of the Cardinals. A major leveling process, which will take off the pitching mound, is in process to turn the baseball field into a suitable football site.
PACKERS DEPEND ON A VETERAN "BIG FOUR"
SEPTEMBER 14 (Green Bay) - The Green Bay Packers again will depend on four proven veterans to supply most of their scoring punch in the 1956 NFL race, but Coach Lisle (Liz) Blackbourn believes he also may get a lot of distance out of an added starter - confidence. "Of one thing I'm sure," Blackbourn said today before the Packers left by plane for St. Louis for an exhibition game with the Chicago Cardinals Saturday night. "We're much improved over 1955 in confidence. It was noticeable in camp this year and it's getting better," he said. "The boys know they've got a job to do and they're confident they can do it. I've noticed the improvement in confidence each year and right now it looks as if it's much better than a year ago." Blackbourn said he would bank on quarterback Tobin Rote, fullback Howie Ferguson and ends Billy Howton and Gary Knafelc to anchor the Packers' attack - just as they did last year. He said all but Howton, who has been injured and used only sparingly, has improved over a year ago. Blackbourn was cautious, however, when asked whether the team was better than the 1955 club, which finished with a 6-6 won-lost record for their best showing since 1947 and took third place in the Western Division. "At 40 players we're better than we were last year," he said, "but it remains to be seen whether the 35 men we'll carry for the regular league season will measure up to the same number as last year." Blackbourn said the key to whether his "big four" post a good season is the offensive line. "By that I mean blocking for Ferguson and protection for the passer," he explained. "If the blocking and protection improve over last year, then an improvement can be noted in our offense." Blackbourn expects the addition of tackle John Sandusky from the Cleveland Browns will help in this respect. "We're also hoping that the two rookies, Bob Skoronski and Forrest Gregg, can handle tackle well," he said. "That would give us an opportunity to work Len Szafaryn at guard." Blackbourn, now in his third season as head man at Green Bay, pegged offensive halfback as about the same last year, adding "we'll miss Veryl Switzer, though, and we've still got to find somebody to fill his shoes as swing man." Among the "swing" possibilities mentioned were rookies Jack Losch, the Packers' No. 1 pick in the college draft, and Bill Roberts. The other halfbacks, veterans Breezy Reid, Joe Johnson and Al Carmichael, have shown to good advantage in exhibitions. Dick Deschaine, the NFL's second best punter last year, figures to be the Bays' third end while Jim Ringo, newcomer Larry Lauer and Bill Forester probably will share offensive center. Buddy Brown and Joe Skibinski are the regular guards. Spelling the durable Rote at quarterback will be Bart Starr of Alabama, who has shown worlds of promise so far. Handing the placekicking, of course, will be reliable Fred Cone, the NFL's champ last year.
CARDINALS, PACKERS CLASH
SEPTEMBER 15 (St. Louis) - The Chicago Cardinals will open with John Roach, rookie from Southern Methodist, at the quarterback position when they face the Green Bay Packers here tomorrow night in an exhibition game. Roach earned the right to his first
starting assignment by his performance against the
Los Angeles Rams last Friday night. Subbing for
Lamar McHan, regular Cardinal quarterback, Roach
accounted for 224 of the 269 yards gained by the 
Cards and completed eight out of 11 passes. Three
Cardinals are definitely out of the game - defensive
halfback Tom Keane, offensive starting halfback Dave
Mann and offensive end Frank McPhee.
PACKERS FACE CARDS IN LAST WARMUP TILT
SEPTEMBER 15 (St. Louis) - The Green Bay Packers close their NFL exhibition season here today as they seek their fourth victory in five starts against the Chicago Cardinals. The Packers, who won three straight before losing to the Washington Redskins, 17-10, last Saturday, ruled a slight favorite. The Cardinals have only one victory to show in four outings and last weekend were pounded 69-21 by the Rams at Los Angeles. Packer Coach Liz Blackbourn brought 40 players for the game and said that all of them will see action. He's confronted by a problem he said he'd rather not face, that of cutting his squad to 35 on Monday. He has said right along that with his present 40 players he has a better team than he had at the same time last year. Some members of the freshman crop have shown promise and likely will be around on Tuesday. They are quarterback Bart Starr, who will understudy Tobin Rote, tackles Bob Skoronski and Forrest Gregg, center Larry Lauer, halfback Bill Roberts, defensive end Emery Barnes and defensive halfback Henry Gremminger. The Packers beat the Cards twice last year, 37-28 in an exhibition, and 31-14 in league play.
EXHIBITION - Washington Redskins 17, Green Bay Packers (3-1) 10
Saturday September 8th 1956 (at Winston-Salem, NC)
NEWS AND NOTES
PACKERS CUT CLUB TO 41; ASK WAIVERS ON SEVEN
SEPTEMBER 11 (Green Bay) - Coach Lisle Blackbourn of the Green Bay Packers asked waivers Monday on seven players. That trimmed the squad to 41 players as the Packers get ready for their final exhibition game, against the Chicago Cardinals at St. Louis Saturday night. Of those let go in the latest cut, only quarterback Paul Held was with the team last season. The NFL veteran lost out to rookie Bart Starr of Alabama as understudy to Tobin Rote. Two others were veterans of other league teams. They are halfbacks Ralph Goldston (Philadelphia Eagles) and Verl Lillywhite (San Francisco 49ers). Only one of last winter's draft choices was let go, Max Burnett, Arizona halfback, picked on the 12th round. The others were rookie free agents - guard George O'Brien of Wisconsin, and halfbacks Glenn Young of Purdue and Bob Maddox of Trinity (Tex.) College. Blackbourn gave all extensive tests in the first half of the exhibition game with Washington at Winston-Salem, N.C., last Saturday night. The Packers fell behind, 17-0, and the veterans could not quite catch up with the Redskins in the last quarter. The 17-10 defeat was Green Bay's first in four exhibition games. The injury situation could hardly be better. Guard Joe Skibinski sustained only a minor leg bruise. Val Joe Walker, defensive halfback who has been sidelined for two weeks with a lung injury, and Al Carmichael, offensive halfback who bumped into him in practice, will be ready to play Saturday. After the Cardinal game, the Packers will have two weeks in which to get ready for their league opener against the Detroit Lions at Green Bay September 30. The squad must be cut down to 35 players by that time.
LIZ CAREFULLY OPTIMISTIC OF CLUB'S WORK
SEPTEMBER 11 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - The Packers, trimmed down to 41 players, set up their season residency in Green Bay Monday and promptly looked ahead to their league opener against the Lions, September 30, although a final pre-season test is slated at St. Louis Saturday night against the Cardinals. Coach Liz Blackbourn, who put seven players on the waiver list after the 17-10 defeat to the Redskins, seemed cautiously optimistic as he talked about the start of play for keeps. "Our exhibition record (3-1) has been the best ever. We've used a lot of boys, Tobin Rote, at last, hasn't been overworked. And there have been signs of improvement over last year." Blackbourn listed the quarterback post, with veteran Rote and rookie Bart Starr at the controls; the end spots, with veterans Billy Howton and Gary Knafelc; and fullback, with workhorse Howie Ferguson rarin' to go the best filled positions. "Rote is more rested with a steady Starr around," said Liz. "Knafelc should be a better end than last year. Howton got dog tired Saturday night and needs more work. Ferguson will always be a good one." Blackbourn emphasized that "Knafelc, Howton and Fergy are our big wheels. Our offensive strength rests with them. We haven't anything new at halfbacks although Breezy Reid and Joe Johnson have looked good so far." The only rookies who have were singled out by the Bay coach were defensive halfbacks Hank Gremminger and Jim Capuzzi. "Both have looked sharp and are fighting it out for that defensive halfback spot."
LIZ TO START BEST AGAINST CARDS
SEPTEMBER 13 (Milwaukee Sentinel) - "We're going to start out best against the Cardinals Saturday night," Liz Blackbourn said Wednesday, which meant the starters will closely resemble the Packers which will face the Lions in the league opener, September 30. "This is our last pre-season tuneup and we've got to be shaping things up for the big ones," added Liz. "We've still got 40 players with us. I'll cut that number down Monday." Blackbourn's starting lineup for the game at St. Louis will be Billy Howton and Gary Knafelc at ends, Bob Skoronski and John Sandusky at tackles, Joe Skibinski and Jack Spinks at guards, Larry Lauer at center, Tobin Rote at quarterback, Breezy Reid and Al Carmichael at halfbacks and Howie Ferguson at fullback. Skoronski and Lauer are the only rookie. Defensively it will be another veteran unit with Hank Gremminger the only new man. Regarding the Cardinals, Blackbourn said "they'll probably be ​growling after that disastrous rout (69-21) at Los Angeles last week. They've always had speed galore but haven't been too successful at quarterback, with Lamar McHan failing to develop." Blackbourn was somewhat perturbed about preparations for Saturday night's contest. "We called off Monday's drills so our boys could get settled in Green Bay and Tuesday wasn't much good because our equipment didn't arrive from Winston-Salem, N.C. "We'll take a close look at the Redskin pictures Thursday and leave Friday morning for St. Louis." The Packer boss said he was pretty well set on his squad and didn't think he would