Hard-Hitting Army Team Mauls Varsity, 54-14; Score Is Highest Ever Piled Up Against Crimson
Henry Tallies Twice in Second Half Comeback; 13 Players Injured
Army's big, rough football machine tore into Harvard yesterday and rolled up the highest score ever inflicted on a Crimson team, scoring eight touchdowns to win, 54 to 14. Harvard, fighting against both a ferocious offense and a rising total of injuries, was able to work its offense only in the second half, when two drives carried for scores.
Army jumped off fast. After the Crimson had taken the kickoff and pushed from its own 26 to the Army 38, defensive center Lynn Galloway intercepted a pass and the Cadets were started. Fifteen plays later Gil Stephenson, playing his first full game of the season, bucked over from the four-yard line. The big gains in this drive came on two passes by Arnold Galiffa, to Dan Foldberg and Jim Cain, and a 13-yard run by Karl Kuckhahn.
Any "psychological" edge that Harvard might have had disappeared on the following kickoff, as Jim Noonan fumbled the kick on his own fifteen. Army leaped happily on the ball--this was the first of four Crimson fumbles that the Cadets grabbed--and scored as Frank Fischl cracked to the three and Stephenson again pushed over through tackle.
After one set of plays, Lowenstein punted from his own 22--the slim sophomore was kicking because both Charley Roche and Carl Bottenfield had been cocked out of the game in the first six minutes--and Army's Hal Shultz ran it to the Harvard 45. Seven plays later the swiftly-moving Cadets had scored again; this time a fake-pass-and-run by Galiffa (good for 20 yards) and two runs by Jim Cain (8 and 9 yards, the latter to score) did the damage. Jack Mackmull converted for the third time.
Charley Roche, Jim Noonan, Carl Bottenfield, John White, Bill Healey, Stretch Mazzone, Howie Houston, Will Davis, Sam Butler, Art Connelly, Phil Isenberg, Bob DiBlaslo, and Don Kaplan were all injured in yesterday's game. The extent of these injuries is not yet known, but all were forced to leave the game at the time.
Again the Army defense crushed Crimson attempts to move, hitting Bill Healey (replacing the injured John White) for a three-yard loss on the 20 and then trapping Jim Noonan all the way back on the seven. Lowenstein punted out only to his 28, but Don Cass recovered an Army fumble before the Cadets could get going, and the quarter ended with the ball in Harvard's hands.
Healey gained 20 yards on a beautiful broken-field run, carrying to the Crimson 43; but Harvard thereafter failed to gain, and Lowenstein punted all the way to the Army seven.
The only consequence of the next set of downs was a great leaping catch of a Noonan pass by Stretch Mazzone, who was injured on the play and removed for the afternoon. Noonan then fumbled for the second time on his 27. Three plays--a run by Jack Martin, a pass from Bob Blaik to Vic Pollock, and a seven-yard plunge by Pollock--made the score 27 to 0. Mackmull converted.
Harvard took the kickoff, was held for downs, and had to kick. Lowenstein's punt carried from the Crimson 34 to the Army 30, but Shultz ran it back to the Harvard 40. Pollock and Stephenson alternated on seven straight power runs, the latter scoring from the 17 over Harvard's left tackle. This time Bob DiBlasio broke through to block the conversion attempt.
Army's kickoff was returned by Noonan nine yards to the 19. John West, spelling Paul Shafer at fullback, carried six times in seven plays to bring the ball to the Army 36 before Elmer Stout intercepted a fourth-down Lowenstein pass and ran 65 yards to score. Mackmull converted again.
Harvard, playing mostly against the Army second-stringers, scored twice in the second half before the Cadets raised their total. Runs by West and Shafer, three runs and two passes by Lowenstein, and three passes by Bill Henry brought the ball to the Army one-yard line, Henry sneaked over the goal.
The Crimson's second score came four and a half minutes later. Jack Carman, up from the Jayvees for this game, blocked an Army punt on the visitors' 24. Four runs by West, a pass from Lowenstein to West--good for ten yards to the one--and another sneak by Henry produced a score at 3:24 of the fourth period. Walsh again converted.
Earl Blaik put his first-string offense in again at this point and it got two more touchdowns before the game ended.
The game was rugged all the way, with post-whistle blocking, big pileups, and flaring tempers consistent features of the second half especially. Coach Blaik of Army said afterwards that he didn't consider the game too rough!" but Army was penalized 120 yards to Harvard's 16.
The injuries just about cut the squad to pieces. Charley Walsh finished the game as safety man, a position he had never played before, and Valpey had to take jayvee Warren Wylie out of the stands between the halves and dress him for posible emergency use.