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Holding Ball Saturday Was Liability And Harvard Could Only Kick, Wait For Breaks to Come

By John J. Reidy jr.

Safely over their last major hurdle prior to the Yale game, Harvard will enter into one short, snappy week of completely closed practices in preparation for the Big Blue.

Yale's performance against Princeton, a 26-0 win, to say nothing of the fact of Clint Frank's four touchdowns, one on the first play, gives Harvard little reason to relax during the coming week. Yale appears to be right in the prime and to have used the Princeton game as a great warming-up skirmish.

Harvard's 15-0 win over Davidson, on the other hand, did little to lead the team along the road of progress. In the mud and sloppiness of last Saturday holding the ball was simply a liability, and Harvard kicked just as often as they got it, waiting all the time for the breaks.

These breaks came on three occasions, the first Foley's long run being called back because of the roughing of the Davidson kicker. The kicking of George Roberts was more than satisfactory, as the Davidson coach himself stated.

The other standout last Saturday was probably Frank Foley for his long runs and general handling of the Southerners' punts. But any chance to improve timing or to practice new plays was simply non-existent against the Wildcats.

Yale on the other hand did have such a chance. Yale furthermore, for the first time against a major opponent, scored more points than was really necessary. It would appear then that they had found some additional power needing without almost complete reliance on the breaks as in the past.

Harlow meanwhile will wait on the doctor's orders in an attempt to achieve as nearly as possible the eleven which started against Princeton. Several of these positions are still definitely in doubt due to hangovers from the Princeton and Army games.

Saturday's game was no breather, however, in the way the team was hit although no injuries were reported. The team was unanimous in saying that the Wildcats were as hard-hitting an outfit as they had been up against. Tackling and blocking was all the way tough but clean.

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