That's the way to play this game? You scheme and adjust and it works, then an offside costs you 15 yards. Now we fake our 49 and Ron Kramer comes around from tight right end and it's the reverse. He didn't slip when he made his cut on that practice field in that rain on Wednesday, but now he slips and we lose four, and we're back on our 35 and it's second and 19.
Ron Kramer makes a great leaping catch over the middle now and we're third and eight. We go into our double wing for the first time.
"Double wing!" their middle linebacker, that 56, is hollering. "Double wing!"
So it's no surprise to them, but as Hornung moves into the slot, in a position to go out on a quick pass, it's going to force their weak side safety, who has been playing the middle zone, to play him. The rest of that defensive secondary will have to be more inside conscious, and they won't be as strong to the outside, either.
It fails, though. After a good outside feint Ron Kramer runs in zig-in, but it takes him too long to make his break to the inside and by then those two tackles I've been worrying about all week, that 71 and that big 76, overpower Thurston and Jerry Kramer and drop Starr for an eight-yard loss.
Boyd Dowler punts dead on their 21. They can't move, but when we get the ball back, we give it to them on our 42. Fumbles, fumbles! We've got these people pinned and they still haven't made a first down, but a penalty costs us 15 yards in one drive and a fumble takes us out of another, and now they're on our 42 and it's a gift.
Their quarterback is dropping back into his pocket now, but Willie Davis has his man beaten and he's forcing that quarterback out of the pocket. Somebody else takes a shot at Willie, but he pivots off.
Willie runs over a third man but that quarterback is circling to his right now and he picks up 13 yards before Bill Quinlan comes across from the other end and drives him out of bounds on our 29 as the quarter ends.
The teams have changed goals and are to my left now. Their quarterback hits his split end for nine yards and he rolls out of bounds on our 20. Their fullback picks up three and a first down on a slant, but when they give it to him again he makes only two when Hank Jordan gives his guard an inside move and goes outside to make the tackle. They fake to the fullback and hit the left halfback for five yards to the 10. It's third and three now, but Forester cracks through on a blitz and drops their quarterback, before he has a chance to unload, on the 18.
They place the ball down on the 25. I see the passback, the two lines collide, the kicker's foot comes forward. The ball starts to rise but there are two green shirts through there, arms up, and the ball is bounding back behind their kicker. There is a scramble for it, as the roar comes out of the stands, and there is another green shirt—71, that's Forester—covering it on our 36-yard line.