Once again Dick Harlow must be happy, for it is a fairly sure bet that when the cadets march into the Stadium at 1:15 o'clock this Saturday, their team will be on the long side of the betting, and that is exactly the way that Giant Killer Harlow would have planned it.
Army's rise has been meteoric, and yesterday the Crimson's scouts, backfield coach Floyd Stahl and Jayvee mentor Henry Lamar, did everything possible to add lustre to the new light shining in the East. In their regular Monday afternoon meeting with the press they described the Army in terms very similar to those heard before the Dartmouth and Navy invasions, both of which ended to the advantage of Harvard's hitless wonders.
Cadets Undefeated So Far
The Cadets are undefeated in five games, and, just as was the case with the Crimson, they gained most of their publicity from a scoreless tie. Against favored Notre Dame last weekend the Army proved that its players did not need to fear General Mud, and they actually outplayed previously invincible Notre Dame throughout the afternoon.
The week before they defeated Columbia 13 to 0, and had previously run up victories over Citadel, V. M. I. and Yale. And this record looks considerably more potent than the possessed by the Crimson, which has made its two touchdowns in five games account for two wins and a tie.
Floyd Stahl summed up what the coaches think, or what the coaches want the public to think the coaches think, when he said, "We're trying to find a defense to stop them, but they're strong in right formation and they're strong in left formation, and they're strong to the strong side, and strong to the weak side," and that doesn't leave many more places in which a football team can exhibit its offensive strength.
Cadet's Offense Draws Praise
Defensively the Cadets apparently have been improving. Even with Governali, Columbia was held to under 80 yards rushing, and Notre Dame's average last week was only 107. So much for the defensive strength against which the Crimson's sporadic offensive will be pitted.
Army's backfield is light, the first one all season which will weigh about the same as Harvard's. Stahl, however, characterizes it as the best balanced quartet to face the Crimson this year. And a look at its personnel would tend to bear out his statement, for in the first team backfield, Army's new coach. Earl Blaik, can count on three triple threats.
Hank Mazur, who jackrabbited 40 yards to tie up last year's encounter between the two teams at 6 to 6, is a very dangerous man. According to this week's tidings of gloom, Mr. Mazur does everything but pump up the ball when it is snapped back to him. Army operates in the old Dartmouth style of a single wingback, and in formation right this places Mazur at the tailback spot. Here he is suited to carry on the running pass plays with which Bill Hutchinson of Dartmouth under Blaik's tutelage used to confound the Crimson secondary.
Watch Hill and Hatch Too
When Army goes into left formation, the wingback, Hill, does the running, and he also can perform this play. And for fullback Blaik has another triple threat in the person of Hatch, a tailback last year, who is none the less a very adequate plunger. The fourth member of the backfield is Jarrell, who in build and proficiency somewhat resembles George Helden at the blocking post.
On these four men has fallen the duty of playing almost all of every game, but in the line it is a different story. Henry Lamar announces that the Army has two lines, one just as good as the other, and both of them very good. In going down the listing of both lines Lamar became repetitious in a manner some-what similar to his description of the Navy forward wall, and apparently the Army line is very adequate.
One thing should be in favor of the Crimson, though, and that is morale. After the Navy and Dartmouth games, Harvard was expected to slump against Princeton, and it did exactly that. Now the psychology experts figure that it will be on the upswing, while Army, which hit a real emotional peak against the Irish, should suffer a similar letdown, preferably Saturday afternoon.