J.V. Falls to Pennsylvania In Mud-Filled Game, 12-7
Fumbles Hurt Team; Penn Experienced
In a preview of the varsity horror show later in the afternoon, the Crimson J.V. squad succumbed to Penn 12-7 last Saturday. The game was played on mud-soaked Murphy Field, three hours before the Varsity was defeated on Franklin Field.
The Crimson received the Quaker kick-off, and had to fight both a tough Penn squad and a high wind. Harvard moved into scoring position late in the first quarter, however, after moving the ball from its own 30 to its own 48. Halfback Tony Kilkuskie then took a pass from quarterback John McCloskey to Penn's 2 yard line, the day's longest play.
Fullback Askold Kohiman plunged through on the next down, scoring the Crimson's first and only touchdown, and Roger Noback kicked the extra point.
Penn's first touchdown came late in the second quarter. Coach Norman Shepard sent in punter Jim Gahan to pull the Crimson out of its own territory by quick kicking in a third down. But Gahan fumbled and recovered his kick from left halfback, being thrown for a considerable loss. The pass from center for the fourth down punt was also lost, and this time Penn recovered on Harvard's 3-yard line. The Quaker's scored on the next play. Kohlman broke up Penn's attempted 2-point conversion.
The second half began just as the first had ended, with a Harvard fumble. Penn kicked off again, but Harvard lost the ball on its own 48 yard line after one scrimmage. The Quakers drove to the Crimson's 20, and then ran the ball on one play to the 2. Penn again drove through the Harvard line for its second touchdown, but failed once more to successfully complete a two-point conversion.
Penn's eleven was sparked by six returning lettermen from last year's varsity, and the first string J.V. played later that day with the varsity.
The Crimson lost halfback Leo Swift, who was taken out of the game in the second period with an injured knee. Swift will probably be on the bench for the rest of the season.