Harvard looked pretty good against Camp Edwards Saturday, but not good enough to give the players any reason to be over-confident for the two games coming up, with Tufts and Boston College.
Crimson backs were romping through or around the line for five yards a shot without any trouble at midfield, when the soldiers were playing a six-man line with a gaping hole between the guards. In scoring territory they shifted to a tight seven which stopped the ground attack cold.
After some strategy shifts between the halves, the Crimson machine functioned all the way down the field, producing scores on 52 and 72 yard marches, with Paul Perkins plunging for the first, and brother Rod catching a pass for the other. Ed Donovan converted both times. A series of virtually unstoppable passes to six foot, four inch Fred Smith gave the Yanks a touchdown, bringing the score up to 14-7.
The main trouble with the Harvard offense was the blocking, especially down-field. It required almost no effort to get the ball-carrier past the line of scrimmage, but from there on he was almost on his own, and consequently there were very few sizeable running gains.
This failing was most obvious on a screen pass which started off perfectly, with Perkins the elder taking the ball while surrounded by blockers. But his protection simply stood around and watched some very pretty dodging, until finally he was tackled for no noticeable gain. That play should have been good for most of the way to paydirt.
Not used in the first half, the offside shift was one of the Harvard's most consistent ground-gainers in the second, when Wally Trumbull called it four times. Lew Manly, the Tufts coach, was so impressed by this that he asked Henry Lamar at the football writers' luncheon yesterday to call a truce on the play, thereby disclosing the fact that the Jumbos will use some variation of it on Saturday. Mr. Lamar declined.