What would you do were you in the quarterback's place? Remember that as we approached the goal line each succeeding first down was gained with greater effort. The enemy's line is greatly reinforced by two halfbacks who have stationed themselves directly behind their two tackles. The flanks are also strengthened by two wingbacks who, because the forward pass zone is restricted to ten yards beyond the goal line, take position much nearer the scrimmage line than usual. All things considered, the chances seem to be against our scoring by a rush or a forward pass, and in favor of a drop kick.
Like a flash our quarterback makes his choice, decides upon a kick which he performs himself, and three points are credited to us.
The enemy again kick off from the forty yard line. The wind has increased in velocity so that although a splendid runback carries the ball to our own thirty yard line a punt is straightway called for, and is beautifully executed, high and so well directed away from the opposing backfield that the ball bounces on the ground and rolls merrily along to our opponents' twenty yard line. A beautiful play and well timed for, as the opponents are lining up, time is up for the first quarter.
Let us pause for one minute with the players, who now change goals, while we summarize what has happened.
Summary - The wind allowed us, in two exchanges of punts, to gain from our own twenty yard line, to our forty yard line, where we were able to bring full force and variety of attack into play. However, we were checked after a good advance, on our opponents' twenty-five yard line and missed an opportunity to score by field goal. The enemy, always deep in their own territory, tried to play safe, were helped once by our offside, but made the fatal mistake of trying to rush too far, especially when it was third down, eight yards to go on their own thirty-eight yard line. The resulting fumble gave us a golden opportunity, of which we took full advantage and advanced thirty yards. Our touchdown was probably lost on account of a fumble occurring. As slight compensation three points were scored by a goal from the field. A splendid punt by our kicker at the close of the period again put the enemy in a bad position, from which they were saved by time.
Second period. On the opening play, with the enemy in possession of the ball on their own twenty yard line, our line makes the mistake of committing itself too thoroughly to a threatened punt, instead of which there ensues a sweep, which gains some twenty yards. In spite of this success, the enemy, who want to put us deep in our own territory, elect a punt, which is too low for their ends to cover. Our back, who catches on his own twenty yard line, runs a good fifteen yards before being tackled. It is a pretty dash, during which the runner uses what is called the "straight-arm" on two opponents, before he is finally tackled by a third. We cannot gain by rushing, and a poor kick to only mid-field follows, giving the enemy a long* sought-for opportunity to swing their offense into play. Crash! Bang! To our twenty-five yard line. From this point their second rush gains enough ground to give them a first down, but the umpire detects holding and penalizes them fifteen yards, making it third down on the forty yard line with twenty-five yards to gain. Many a championship game has been lost by such an occurrence. They now try a long forward pass, which is incomplete. Believing that the play should have been successful, they try it again, but our backfield purposely bat the ball to the ground on our ten yard line. As this was attempted on the fourth down, the rules give the ball to us at the point from which the play was attempted. In other words, on our forty yard line. Thus by batting instead of catching the ball, our team gains thirty valuable yards.
It is apparent that we cannot hold our own in the kicking game against the wind, and as our opponents are rather anticipating the rushing game we try a forward pass on the second down, which is successful for a ten yard gain. Emboldened by this success we try the same type of play two downs later, but one of the enemy's wingbacks this time intercepts the pass and runs to our thirteen yard line before he is finally thrown. This play is typical of a forward pass which goes wrong; it often acts as a boomerang and instead of a successful gain sometimes results, as in this case, in a fearful loss. The enemy line up and in four plays make first down on our three yard line. Our defense is incapable of withstanding the onslaught and they score on the fourth attempt from our half-yard line. In these last eight plays, the strength of their attack lay in the superior "charge" of their line. Although the gains were short there was no slip and consequently a touchdown resulted and a goal was kicked, making the score 7 to 3 in the enemy's favor.
Toward the end of this period by the aid of the wind, the enemy were able to place a punt across the sideline at our nine yard line. With less than two minutes of play we endeavored to advance by rushing, but on fourth down were forced to kick. We should have tried to punt across the side line, but instead a "free catch" was made on our forty-two yard line from which the enemy kicked a beautiful goal from placement, making the score 10 to 8 in the enemy's favor. Almost immediately after time was called for the first half.
Summary. A feature of the early part of this period was the manner in which we escaped from dangerous territory on three occasions: first, by our good runback of a punt, second, through the penalty inflicted on our enemy for holding, third, because on fourth down they unwisely chose to try a forward pass, which was unsuccessful and resulted in the surrender of the ball. However, we soon after made a serious blunder in attempting a forward pass in our own territory, which being intercepted led to the first score for the enemy. Again we should never have allowed the enemy to make a fair catch with so little play time remaining. In other words, this whole period was characterized by bad mistakes by both teams.