Packers Tighten Grip On First Place; Win While Spartans Lose
CHICAGO, Nov. 23 - Chicago's Cardinals, who handed the Champion Green Bay Packers their first defeat last week, continued their surprising attack today, walloping the Portsmouth Spartans, 20 to 19, at Wrigley Field.
For thrills, both from successful passes and open-field running, the Spartans and the Cardinals delivered as in no other contest in Chicago this year.
The Spartans dashed to a seven-point lead in the first quarter, only to have the Cardinals equal that touchdown and point in the second period and then assume a six-point advantage on a plunge by Nevers before half-time.
Nevers, however, broke his string of eight consecutive placekicks after touchdowns and the Cardinals left the field boasting 13 to 7 advantage.
In the third period the Spartans came back to tie the score. Dutch Clark ran 50 yards through the entire Cardinal team, and Portsmouth failed to obtain a point lead, when Glenn Presnell's attempt for a point by placement was wide.
This was the status of the team when the last quarter started. The Cardinals pulled ahead again when Nevers plunged over. He also added the point to make the score 20 to 13. That point proved to be the deciding factor, for three minutes before the game ended Portsmouth totaled its third touchdown on a forward pass, Clark to Bill McKalip in the Cardinal end zone.
The result hinged on the Portsmouth try for the point. Gene Alford, standing almost ankle deep in the mud, attempted the kick, but the ball scarcely left the ground. The Chicago team then had possession of the ball until the final whistle.
The game was hard fought. It produced remarkable scoring considering the condition of the field.
Portsmouth's opening first quarter touchdown was made possible after Harry Ebding, an end, blocked Never's punt and recovered the ball on the Cardinal 34-yard line. The Spartans did not get the score immediately, but they forced the play in Cardinal territory and after an exchange of kicks, went over.
Source: Ironton Evening Tribune November 23, 1931