Chicago Bears Lose To Spartans Sunday Afternoon
Glenn Presnell Boots Field Goal, Which Is Only Score In 3 To 0 Surprise Victory Of The Spartans---Both Teams Make Stands When Goal Line Is Threatened Several Times
By Charles Krell News Sports Editor
PORTSMOUTH, O., Universal Stadium, November 29 - Glenn Presnell, premier forward passer of the National League, essayed a new role here this afternoon when he place-kicked his teammates, the Spartans, to a surprising victory over Red Grange and the Chicago Bears.
A perfect boot from the 17-yard line by Presnell was the only score of the afternoon, as Portsmouth and Chicago battled back and forth over a muddy turf.
The Spartans scored after a Bear fumble just as the second quarter opened. Ebding recovered for Chicago on the latter's 36-yard line. On the next play, Dutch Clark passed to Presnell for a first down on the Bears 24-yard stripe, and then Clark passed to McKalip for another first down on the 12-yard line. Two tries at the line and a forward pass netted but four yards gain, and on the fourth down, Presnell, with Lumpkin holding the ball, booted the field goal which proved to be the deciding factor.
A chance for a possible touchdown fizzled early in the first quarter, when Portsmouth fumbled after blocking Lintzenich's punt, and driving their way to the 24-yard line.
For the most part, the first half was a punting dual, with the Bears gaining a slight edge on the exchange.
In the third quarter, the Bears, with an entirely new backfield, started a drive which carried them to the Spartans' 8-yard line, where a forward pass into the end zone gave Portsmouth the ball on downs.
As the second half started, Presnell kicked over the goal line, and the Bears took the ball on their own 20. After exchanging punts, Nesbitt, Bears back, knifed through the line for 16 yards and a first down, and then Franklin ran around Portsmouth's right end for 35 yards and a first down on Portsmouth's 32-yard line. Walquist passed to Johnsos for another first down on the 10-yard line. Portsmouth held for three downs and on the fourth Walquist passed to Johnsos who failed to get his hands on the ball as at sailed over the goal line.
On two other occasions the Bears with Nesbitt's and Franklin's ground-gaining a feature, drove to within scoring territory only to be repulsed when the Spartans bucked and held.
In the fourth quarter, the Spartans launched an offensive which started on their own 20-yard line and ended on the Chicago 10-yard line as the Bears stiffened and held for downs.
Taking the ball after Nesbitt had punted over the goal line, the Spartans opened up. Clark made nine yards, and then a first down for Portsmouth on the 31. Presnell added four yards, and then Cavosie made four more. Portsmouth made their second first down, placing the ball on the 42. Cavosie plunged for six yards, and Presnell broke through for a first down on the Bears' 47-yard line. Cavosie and Presnell made Portsmouth's fourth straight first-down, placing the ball on Chicago's 36. Clark plunged for 3 yards, and then Cavosie made it first down on the Bears' 26. Cavosie bucked for 3 and Presnell broke through for 9 yards and another first down on the Bears' 12-yard line. Clark passed to Presnell for 5 yards. Here the going proceeded to get rough, and the Bears held Portsmouth for downs.
Presnell, Cavosie and Clark shone on the Spartans' offensive throughout the afternoon, with Nesbitt, Lintzenich and Franklin starring for Chicago. One of Lintzenich's feature offerings was a 28-yard plunge through the Portsmouth line in the dying moments of the fourth quarter.
The Spartans clinched second place in the National League by their victory over Chicago this afternoon. They have one more game, playing the Green Bay Packers at Portsmouth on Sunday, December 13.The Lineup:
Score by Periods-
Portsmouth 0 3 0 0---3
Chicago 0 0 0 0---0
Field Goal: Presnell (Placement)
Subs: Portsmouth-Long, Wager, Holm, Mitchell, Alford. Chicago- Nesbitt, Molesworth, Walquist, Franklin, Trafton, McMullen, Schutte, G. Grange, Joesting, Murry.
Officials: Referee, Durfee (Columbus); Umpire, Karch (Columbus); Head Linesman, Thomas (Charleston)
Source: Ironton News November 30, 1931