NON-LEAGUE - Green Bay Packers 3, Racine Legion 3
Sunday December 4th 1921 (at Milwaukee)
(MILWAUKEE) - With but two minutes to go and defeat staring them in the face, the Racine Legion team lined up on the Packers' 30 yard marker and Hank Gillo dropped back 12 yards further and made ready for a field goal. The result of the game hinged on this kick. Irv Langhoff, former Marquette star, squatted to take the ball from center. Bohte's pass was good. Racine's line held tight, and Gillo's tore connected squarely with the oval. The ball sailed true between the uprights and joy broke loose in the Racine rooting section.
This kick knotted the count at 3 all in the state professional football championship game between the Green Bay Packers and Racine Legion which was played at the Milwaukee ball park Sunday afternoon before the biggest crowd that has ever witnessed a pigskin argument in the Cream City. The turnout was surprising. Practically every available seat in the huge grandstand was taken and hundreds were standing in the aisles and main floor. The Racine rooters were there en masse, headed by a drum corps and cheerleaders galore. Their yells re-echoed back and forth across the field but up until the time of Gillo's kick it was mostly "Hold 'em Racine - Hold 'em."
However, the Packers were not without friends. Despite the fact that there was no organized excursion from Green Bay, at least 400 rooters were in the stands and the ranks of the crowd was swelled by hundreds of Milwaukeeans and football followers from other parts of the state. Among the notables who "hunked along" with the Bay crowed were Judge Hedding, president of the Lake Shore league, and Attorney General Morgan. The state officials was given a bench seat and he pulled just as hard for a Packer as the newest Green Bay recruit.
It was as good an exhibition of football as could be wished for. Both teams fought to the final ditch and the players were tackling with a vengeance. The forward walls of both squads were like stone walls. The
far famed Gillo bumped up against something solid on
Cub Buck turned in his best exhibition of football. He was a bulwark on defense and in every play. In the closing half, he set this young Mr. Wilson down hard several times besides spilling him the other backfielders like they were toy dolls. Buck pulled a stunt on the kickoff in the third quarter which made the stands rock with laughter. Racine kicked and one of the Packer backs fumbled the ball. Cub scooped up the pigskin and started down the field. He bowled over about four opponents and not until a trio of Racine men got hold of him did the pride of Appleton hit the turf. And the Packers had another line star. Oakes who played left tackle was very much in evidence. Weighing about 200 pounds the big fellow was in every play. He made a speciality of breaking through and getting the runner behind the interference. Once he grabbed Wilson by the neck and ripped his sweater right off his back.
Oakes played in Coughlin's place who was not in the game due to sickness in his family. Jab Murray was also among the missing due to a broken hand and the fighting Irishman's absence was felt although Smith played brilliantly at the snapper back's job. The game was more one sided than the score would indicate. Racine was never within the Packers' 30 yard line and aside from the first quarter the Legion team was outpunted. On the other hand, the Packers had two good attempts to push the ball across for a touchdown. Towards the close of the second quarter, Green Bay had the ball on Racine's 12 yard line but the visitors blocked tightly and checked the rush. In the fourth quarter, the Packers were on Racine's 10 yard line first down goal to go. It looked like a sure touchdown as Tubby Howard was plunging like a demon. The first rush netted four yards but for some reason the ball was not given again to Howard and the procession stopped dead. Racine won the toss and chose to receive at the south end of the field with the wind at their backs. As usual, the Packers started slow and Gillo's crew came through with a couple of first downs before the Bay squad got going in their true style. On the Packers' 40 yard line, the Racine rush stopped and Racine kicked. It was the Packers' ball pretty well downfield. A few rushes netted little and Buck's kick against the wind went out of bounds on the Packers' 45 yard line.
Here Oakes got through twice and dumped Wilson. A line plunge by Foster added a couple and Gillo tried a placekick but Buck blocked the oval and Schmael covered on the Packers' 25 yard line. The Packer backe want through for a first down but a fumble gave the oval to Racine on the 40 yard line. The Legion team tried to rush. Three downs gave them eight yards but Larsen spilled Langhoff on the fourth try and the Packers recovered the oval. Green Bay netted a first down and then the ball changed hands twice on an exchange of kicks.
In the second quarter, the Bays had the win behind them and Lambeau booted one about 65 yards which Wilson gathered in and was dropped on Racine's 8 yard line. From this point on, Racine was pretty much on the defensive. Langhoff's kicks weren't sailing very well against the "gale" and the Packers piled up yardage on every exchange. About the middle of the period, Lambeau tried a placekick from the 45 yard line but it went wide. Racine scrimmaged on her 20 yard line and it wasn't long before the Packers were again marching down towards their opponent's goal. Two well handled forward passes and some line plunges by Schmael put the ball within scoring distance and Captain Lambeau was equal to the occasion and he booted the ball above the cross bar. Following the next kickoff, the Packers swept forward once more and Racine was pushed back, slowly but surely towards her own goal line. Three successive first downs put the oval about 12 yards from a score but the old punch was missing in the next few rushes.
Racine was against the wind in the third quarter and the Packers had much the better of the quarter. After Buck had pulled his little run on the kickoff, the Bay team kept moving on and the Legion squad was being backed up quite regularly. About the middle of the period, Howard took Schmael's place. The Bay fullback having taken an awful pounding. It was Tubby's first appearance in three games and he was rarin' to go. Time after rim, he plunged his two hundred pounds of beef against the Racine forward line for many a good gain and soon the Packers were within their opponent's danger zone. The Packers had the ball on Racine's 22 yard line when time was called for the quarter. Starting the final period the Green Bay team plunged through for a first down. Then something went wrong and two rushes by Barry were turned back. A forward pass went astray and the hopes for a touchdown wiped out. 
Langhoff kicked immediately and Barry fumbled the ball. The oval rolled back to the Packers' 35 yard line. The teams exchanged punts and Racine opened up with a split formation which Wilson either dashed around ends or hurled forward passes. It took the Packers a first down or two to solve this attack. Time was nearly over and Gillo attempted a drop kick. The ball went wide but the headlinesman called an offside on the Packers and it was first down again for Racine five yards nearer the Packer goal. Three rushes netted four yards and then Gillo made his kick which tied the score. The Packers received the kickoff but there was no further scoring in the final minute and a half. The ball was about in midfield when time was called.
on his line plunges frequently while the other Racine backs had their hands fill marking up any yardage. For the Packers, the fullbacks, Schmael and Howard, carried off the glory. Both the plungers were good for gains. Schmael started off and Howard finished. It's too bad the Packers did not have a couple of more like them. When Racine took the field, a gridder whose name was given as Wilson was holding down a halfback job. And he was quite some star. Slippery as an eel and always dangerous, this elusive backfielder lived up to his nickname, "Triple Threat". He could pass, run or kick and it is the plain truth that he caused the Packers a lot of worry. He was about ten-elevenths of the Racine team and the Hank Gillo was the other "eleventh".