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AY, NOV. 15, 19.8 THE MICHIGAN DAILY
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PRESS PASSES
By BUo BENJAMIN

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History-And Goal Line Stands .. .
T WAS a little over two years ago. A presidential election monopolized
the news headlines, while the sports pages recorded the worst football
in recent Michigan history.,
The Wolverines had just about hit rock bottom. They had lost three
successive games to Michigan State, Indiana, and Minnesota. On Oct. 25,
they were scheduled to meet Columbia in the Stadium. "Ho-hum, and
defeat number four," cracked the experts.
The Lions had an acceptable running game and a deadly aerial
attack, administered by Sid Luckman, then a sophomore, and today
recognized as one of the top collegiate tossers in the business, Michigan,
cracked up by injuries, also started a couple of sophomores that day- ,
a husky, good-looking tackle naned Don Siegel, and a gangling end,
Ilan Smick. Before the final gun had sounded other unknowns saw
action-Jack Brennan, Ralph Heikkinen, Butch Jordan, Elmer Gedeon,
Norm Purucker, Ed Phillips, Lou Levine, and Wally Hook.
The Hook story is especially interesting. The tow-headed kid from
Grand Rapids had shown a world of promise but injuries kept him in-
active. First a sprained ankle, then a bruised shoulder, finally an injured
spine, which Wally protected by a foot long board taped to his back. Still
he had an urge to play on a team that badly needed his 10 second speed.
Harry Kipke finally put him in the ball game.
HIS DEBUT was almost a nightmare. On his first play, Columbia's Hubert
Schulze got off a high, spinning punt that wobbled down to Hook in the
safety position. He fumbled. Bonom of Columbia recovered.
On the very next play, Luckman faded and tossed a comuleted pass
over Hook's head for a sizeable gain. Thus Wally Hook opened a football
career that hardly reads like a Francis Wallace piece or a Sports Story gem.
It wasn't that his bad beginning broke him. It didn't. Before the half
was over, he was running beautifully and tackling and blocking with effective
gusto. One of his long, twisting runs set up the first Michigan score.
But Columbia was not to be denied, and in the third quarter they
struckj Luckman threw one long pass and reeled off two long runs to
move the ball from his own 33 to the Michigan nine. First down, goal
to go. Now count.
ONE: Johnny Hudaskey over left tackle to the Michigan four.
TWO: Luckman hits right tackle, but Siegel and Smick stop him for
no gain.
THREE: Luckman again hits the line, but stopped by a wave of blue
led by Siegel on the two.
FOUR: Luckman passes into the end zone, but Michigan bats it down.
The officials rule, however, that the Wolverines had interfered with a
potential receiver. Since the rules do not permit a touchdown to be scored
on a penalty, they gave. Columbia the ball on the one yard line, first down.
FIVE: Luckman hits the line, Siegel hits Luckman. No gain.
SIX: Luckman hits tackle, but Columbia is offside and is penalized to
the five.
SEVEN: Luckman slants off the other tackle, but the center of the
line, led by Brennan, throw him for a two yard loss.
EIGHT: Luckman tries to pass to Hudaskey in the end zone. Knocked
down.
NINE: Luckman tries to pass to Furey in the flat. Knocked down.
Michigan's ball on their own seven.
Michigan went on to win that game 13 to 0. It was their only 1936
victory..
But Saturday Wally Hook, the stocky tow-head that tried so hard
against Columbia, starts Michigan's most important game of the year-
Northwestern. With him are his old sophomore colleagues-Brennan,
Heikkinen, Siegel, and Smick-seniors now and no longer unknown.
It is a tough ball game, and Hook is doing 'nobly. Suddenly Wildcat
Ollie Hahnenstein passes to Bernie Jefferson, a toss good for 52 yards, to
the Michigan 11 I'ard line. It is first down. Now count.
ONE: Single wing to the right, Hahnenstein back. He tries to circle righit
end but falls for no gain. Michigan is offside, however, and is penalized to
the six. First down. Jack Ryan comes in.
TWO: Shift right, Ryan back. He cuts into the center of line,-but Heik-
kinen and .Hook stop him for no gain.
THREE: Shift right, Ryan back. Checked slightly at the line, he lunges,
forward almost to the goal before Harmon drops him on the two. 18 inches
to go for a first down.
FOUR: Shift left, Jefferson back, but McGurn takes it and plows to
the one for a first down.
FIVE: Shift right, Ryan back, but again McGurn takes it from the
bucking position, and gains about two feet. Second and inches to go.
SIX: Single wing to the right, Ryan back. A hole opens at tackle, but
Hook is there to fill it. Result: a two yard loss.
SEVEN: Shift left, Jefferson back. He tries right tackle but Fritz and
Smith slap him down. No gain.
EIGHT: Single wing left. McGurn hands the ball to Ryan, who fades
and throws an end zone pass intended for Capt. Cleo Diehl. Purucker leaps,
intercepts, and downs the ball for an automatic touchback.

Reds' Slashing
Offense Routs
Hapless Blues
Midget Touchdown Twin
Run Up 33 Points And
Halt Blue Attack
By DON WIRTCHAFTER
Coach Wally Weber's version of
the "Touchdown Twins" ran wild yes-
terday and drove the Red team to a
33-0 victory over the Blues in the
frosh intra-squad game at Ferry
Field.
Bob Westfall and Dave Nelson, each
standing only five feet seven inches
from the ground, put on an exhibition
of running, passing and kicking that
made them look like a replica of the
Varsity's Harmon and Kromer com-
bination.
Score Al Touchdowns
All in all the two midgets account-
ed for all of the Red touchdowns and
were the bulwarks in their strong de-
fense.
, They started going early in the
first quarter after Westfall had re-
turned the kickoff 20 yards to the
Blue 45 yard line. The "Twins" al-
ternated with Harris Roberts and
Mar Weber in carrying the ball to
the 16 from where Nelson shot off
tackle for the first score.
Two breaks gained the Reds two
more scores in the second period.
Early in the quarter with the Red line
charging hard and fast, Arnold Sal-
vaterra, Blue halfback, sliced his
punt out of bounds on his own 34.
Westfall Drives Over
Westfall drove through guard on
the next play for 24 yards to the 10.
It took two plays and an offside pen-
alty against the Blues before Westfall
dove over center for a touchdown.
A few minutes later Bill Doolittle,
Red tackle, broke through and
blocked Salvaterra's, punt on the Red
31. Westfall and Nelson went to work
again. Once more they alternated
in carrying the 'ball to the five and
once again Nelson scampered through
tackle to score.
Late in the third quarter, Nelson
intercepted Salvaterra's pass on his
own 45 and ran it back 25 yards to
the Blue 30. It took five plays from
there before Nelson plunged across
'from the three.
That Same Mr. Westfall
Jim Grissom, Red substitute quar-.
terback, place-kicked the extra point
to make the score 25-0. i
In the fourth quarter the Reds
scored eight more points. First Ted
Denise blocked a punt off the toe of
Bob Gager, Blue halfback, and the
ball rolled back over the end zone for
two points. Later Westf all intercept-
ed one of Gager's passes and raced
50 yards down the side lines for the
final tally.
Bob Ingalls, center, and Bill Mel-
zow stood out on the Red forward
wall, while Bill Thomas and Mar-
shall. Strenger played well on the
Blue line.
LINE-UP
Blues Reds
Strenger LE Wistert
Butler LT Doolittle

A Future Wolverine Struts His Stuff

Bob Westfall, one of Wally Weber's outstanding prospects, wheeled
off 24 yards through guard on this play as his Red-shirted team mates
beat the Blues 33-0 in the annual fresh inter-squad game at Ferry Field,
yesterday afternoon. Herman Swerinsky, closest to the camera is shown
lunging at the shifty Mr. Westfall while Marshall Strenger on his
right is trying to catch the ball carrier from behind,

Varsity Takes
Well - Deserved
Day OfRespite
Team Is Lauded For Fine
Show Against Wildcats ;
Point For O.S.U. Next
Coach Fritz Crisler gave the Var-
sity a day off from practice yesterday
and they adjourned to a room in the
warmth of the Union to discuss ways
and means of winning Satprday's
ball game against Ohio State at Co-
lumbus.
The squad came out of the 0-0
deadlock with Northwestern in fine
shape and the injured Captain Janke
who saw little service against the
Wildcats'will be set to go against the
Buckeyes, Trainer Ray Roberts re-
ported.
Praises Goal Line Stand
Crisler was profuse in his praise of
the Wolverines' great goal line stand
in the thirty quarter Saturday. "It was
the most courageous goal-line stand
I have ever seen," he said.
The Woiverine coach refused to
comment on the rumor that movies
Laken of the game showed no evidence
that a Michigan back was in motion
on the play in the last quarter which
the officials called back. Team mem-
bers who viewed the movies believe
the officials erred in calling the
penalty.
Purucker Is Commended
Crisler also praised Norm Puruck-
er's long run in the closing minutes.
A slightly high pass on a play that
called for a punt forced Purucker to
run it and he nearly broke away.
The Wolverine coach views the
Ohio State game this weekewithno
little trepidation. "That 32-14 shel-
lacking Ohio gave Illinois last week
means we'll have our work cut out for
us," he said;; but added, "but we are
going to be ready for-them. We really
want to win this game."

Thomas LG Melzow
SO HISTORY repeats itself. Columbia couldn't score on nine plays from Wilson C Inigalls
the nine yard line, and Northwestern fails on eight plays from the 11. Swerinsky RT Ostroot
Oddly enough, both of those heroic stands came in the third quarter at the Kralonec RE Sobesky
south goal of the Stadium. Fighting there Saturday in their farewell per- Schmeling Q Roberts
formance at home were the ambitious sophomores of '36-Hook, Siegel, Funk LH Nelson
Smick, Heikkinen, and Purucker. Praying for, them on the bench were Salvaterra RH Weber.
others of their class-Brennan, Levine, Gedeon, Phillips, Janke, and Jordan. I(Banoski FB Westfall

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