HARVARD ELEVEN SHOWS NEW SPIRIT
Forward Wall Performs Duties in Good Style--Passing and Running Attack Functions Smoothly
Displaying a hard-charging line, a smooth and efficient running attack aided by brilliant passes, and a general tightening of the girths all-around, the University eleven clearly outplayed the Crusaders of Holy Cross last Saturday. The 14 to 6 score might have been larger with a little more time at the close of the fourth period.
The line, whose presence was hardly noticeable against Purdue, showed the most startling improvement. The Crimson forwards mopped up in workman-like fashion on most plays and were mopped up on a very small minority of plays. An epitome of the new spirit in the line was presented in the second period. Drais, Holy Cross end, took a long pass from Ryan and was thrown on the three-yard chalk-mark. For three downs the wall of Crimson jerseys held like a concrete abutment, and Clancy had to divenover the scrimmage line to tally the Purple's only points on the fourth play.
Crimson Offense Versatile
The rejuvenated Harvard offense got under way with the opening whistle. Vicious line plunges, alternating with occasional sweeps around end or off tackle, ate up the ground. J. P. Crosby '28 carried the ball on most of the plunges, and seldom failed to gain at least three yards. W. R. Harper '30, starting his first University game, was another power on the attack, as was G. C. Holbrook '30, who entered the game late.
The abandon with which the Crimson tossed forward passes to the winds and the success attending these attempts was surprising. A. E. French '29 and Crosby made star catches of difficult pass chances, and the Crimson's second touchdown came on a long toss from David Guarnaccia '29 to A. O. Fordyce '28, who had only three yards to run. The few lateral passes attempted worked smoothly.
French started his first game at quarterback, and ran the team with good generalship for the most part. In him the coaches may have found the solution of the quarterback problem. The Junior back is fast, can kick, and is a star pass receiver. His chief weakness Saturday was his inability to handle punts. His confusion with the Purple ends swarming down the field was evident.
Score, Harvard 14, Holy Cross 6. Touchdowns, Crosby, Fordyce, Clancy. Points after touchdowns, French 2 (dropkicks). Referee, J. E. Keegan, Pittsfield. Umpire, W. M. Hollenbach, Penn. Linesman, W. T. Holleran, Brown, Field judge, G. V. Brown, B. A. A. Time, 15-minute quarters.