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Cold weather limited the gallery to a few of the faithful yesterday as the varsity football squad began practice for Saturday's game with Brown, Coach Lloyd Jordan didn't scrimmage his first offensive and defensive teams, but the second offensive unit went through a 20-minute contact drill against the jayvees.
Tailback Bob Ray and fullback Tom Ossmon got away for several long gains in the scrimmage. The cold weather made pass receiving difficult, so the second unit stayed on the ground most of the way.
Earlier, the first offensive unit, quarterbacked by Gil O'Neil, sharpened its attack in a dummy scrimmage against the jayvees. The defensive squad concentrated on stopping Brown winged-T pass plays run off by another group of jayvees.
After practice, Jordan discussed Saturday's 63 to 26 loss to Princeton. He commented that he was not surprised at the Crimson's scoring four times, since the squad had shown scoring potential a previous games.
"In other games, we bogged down when we got close to the goal line, but Saturday we managed to put the ball cross," he said. "The trouble was that we didn't got into scoring position as often as Princeton did."
In comparing Princeton to Army, Jordan said he thought that Princeton's backs were as fast, if not faster than Army's, but that the Cadet ball carriers as harder and didn't go down so easily. He also commented that Army's blocking was cleaner and crisper.
Scouting reports indicate that Brown, as more team speed than the varsity. Their line is big and fast," said Jordan, although we may have a bit of an edge a size. They also have two backs faster than any we've got," he added.
Jordan's biggest disappointment Saturday was the collapse of the Crimson defense, which, he commented, had been fairly good up until then.
The lack of Crimson ground attack was not so much the fault of the offensive line, Jordan pointed out. He said that the line succeeded in opening holes on occasion, but that the ball carriers weren't fast enough to capitalize on them.
Carroll Lowenstein, whose passing was the only offensive bright spot for the Crimson, had good protection, Jordan thought. "The line can't be expected to hold its blocks more than five seconds," Jordan said, "and that should be enough time for Carroll to get the ball away."
Physically, the team came out of the game in fairly good shape. End Stan Britton; who played well on defense, suffered a sprained shoulder and the injury has been slow in responding to treatment. Whether Britton will play Saturday won't be known until later in the week. Regular offensive and defensive end Dike Hyde, injured against Dartmouth and used sparingly against Princeton, is expected to be in top shape for the Brown game.
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