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PAGE SIX

T E ICIGNtA

SUNDAY, DEC. 3, 1944

Army Whips Navy, 23-7, to linch ationalChampi

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Cadets Finish Season
Undefeated; Win Nine
Walterhouse Sets Plack-kicking Record;
Davis Becomes Individual Scoring Champ

By FRITZ HOWELL
Associated Press Correspondent
BALTIMORE, DEC. 2-(,P)-Army's
magnificently equipped team hit the
heights of gridiron greatness today,
clinching the national football cham-
pionship with a thrilling 23 to 7 vic-
tory over rugged, fighting Navy be-
fore 70,000 fans in Municipal Sta-
dium.
Showing the same power, alert-
ness and deceptive attack which has
characterized the Cadets all season,
the Army boys converted two inter-
cepted passes into two of their three
touchdown marches, blocked a punt
for a safety, and rounded out a cam-
paign of nine stiaight wins-first
perfect season for West Point since
1916.
The Cadets, needing this one to
wrap up the national laurels, took no
chances. They whipped through a
73-yard touchdown march early in
the second period to take a 7-0 half-
time lead, and won going away with
two quick scores in the last session
as Navy's defenses crumpled.
Blanchard, Davis Lead Attack
With Felix (Doc) Blanchard, plebe
fullback from Bishopville, S. C., and
Glenn Davis, fleet halfback from Los
Angeles, spearhearing the attack, the
West Pointers were a great and pow-
erful outfit worthy of wearing the
crown as America's kings of the grid-
iron.
Davis, who scored the final touch-
down on a 50 yard run after taking a
lateral from Capt. Tom Lombardo,
sewed up the individual scoring
championship in the collegiate field.
It was the speedster's 20th touchdown
in nine games.
Walterhouse Set Placekicking Record
Adding to the Army honors was the
fact Dick Walterhouse, placekicking
specialist, made good on all three
attempts at points after touchdowns
to run his total to 47 in 59 tries-
a new record eclipsing the 44 out of
57, set two years ago by Clyde La-
force of Tulsa.
But it was the alertness of the West
Pointers that really paid off, and
they cashed in on all of their self-
manufactured breaks.
Balked by the stalwart Middies
through the first quarter, the Cadets
flashed their power and finesse early
in the second. Herschel Fuson, cen-
ter, intercepted a pass on his own 27,
and the Cadets were off and running.
Navy's outstanding tackle, Don
Whitmire, was injured on Blan-

chard's smash and retired, and with
him went most of Navy's defense.
Davis Scores
On the first play after Whitmire's
injury Davis swung around right end
for 21 yards, and on the next play
Hall went over left tackle for 24
yards and the first touchdown.
Walterhouse converted, putting
Army ahead 7 to 0 and writing his
own name in the record books as his-
tory's most prolific extra point scor-
er. Early in the third period, with
Navy backed up deep in its own terri-
tory, Army tackle Arch Arnold, broke
through to block a punt by Navy's
John Hansen, the ball rolling into
the end zone Hansen recovered the
ball there, Arnold tackling him for a
safety and two Army points.
Navy Scores Only Once
Angiy -Navy struck right back,
marching 79 yards to its only touch-
down after taking a Blanchard punt.
Hamberg, who took over for halfback
Bob Jenkins, star back injured in the
early going, engineered the Middie
drive. He ran for 15 yards on the
first two plays, then passed to Han-
sen and halfback Bill Barron for
first downs, an offside penalty inter-
rupted the march only momentarily,
for the 150-pounder hit end Leon
Bramlett with a 13 yard pass on the
13-yard line, and then skirted end to
the five after faking another aerial.
After receiving aid from an Army
off ised, Clyde Scott needed two
cracks at the line to put the touch-
down across. Vic Finos added the
extra point from placement to end
the Middie scoring.
Blanchard skirted right end for 22
yards, and then the big fullback and
Davis took turns carrying until they
reached the nine without a halt, from
where Blanchard blasted over right
tackle for the touchdown.
Again Walterhouse converted, and
Army held a comfortable 16-7 mar-
gin, but the cadets weren't satisfied.
After the kickoff Navy couldn't move
an inch, and punted to the Army 32,
from where an offside penalty and
runs by Blanchard and Max Minor
moved the ball to the 50 yard line
and gave Davis the perfect setting
for his touchdown run after taking a
lateral from Lombardo. It was a
beautiful bit of running by the speedy
back, not a hand being laid on him,
and it kept intact his record of hav-
ing scored against each team he
faced this year. Against five oppon-
ents he scored three touchdowns.

CADETS OF THE U. S. MILITARY ACADEMY, West Point, N. Y.
lined up beneath the signs which predicted their victory over the
Navy in the annual service game, to give their team a rousing cheer
after the contest.
'G.I. ZOO' ALSO ATTENDS:
Gold Braid and Brass Stars
redominate at Service Clash

Irish Swamp
Great Lakes
In Final, 28-7
Kelly Sparks Notre
Dame to Eighth
Win of Season
SOUTH BEND, IND., DEC. 2-(AP)
-Notre Dame's fighting Irish ex-
ploded with all the fury of their foot-
ball tradition here today to crush
Great Lakes 28-7 and close their
season with setbacks only by Army
and Navy marring a 10-game cam-
paign.
The Bluejackets carried the weight
in the first half as they sought their
10th victory against one setback and
a tie, but in the second half the
Irish struck with tremendous power
to make the game a near rout.
Sailors Take Lead
The finale of the Midwestern foot-
ball season saw Great Lakes take a
7-0 lead on the first play of the
second quarter as quarterback Jim
Youel sneaked across from the one-
yard line to cap a 26-yard Bluejacket
march. Jim Mello place-kicked the
point.
That merely set a torch to a fuse-
bomb Notre Dame attack. Midway
in the second period, the Irish'zoom-
ed 56 yards for their first touchdown
which came as quarterback Frank
Dancewicz tossed a 15-yard pass to
halfback Bob Kelly, who made a
leaping catch on the goal line. Half-
back Steve Nemeth booted the first of
his four conversions and the score
was tied at 7-7.
Irish Line Shows Its Power
As the second half opened, the
rugged Irish line was hitting so hard
Bluejackets were sprawled injured
almost play after play. It was these
smashing tactics that gave Notre
Dame its second touchdown. Half-
back Ed Saenz of Great Lakes was
smacked by Guard John Mastran-
gelo on the goal line, fumbled, and
the ball was recovered by Irish end
Doug Waybright for a score.
The final quarter produced two
Irish touchdowns, the first on a sur-
prisin gthree-yard pass from Dance-
wicz to end Bob Skoglund after
Notre Dame had marched 46 yards,
and the second on a one-yard sneak
by Dancewicz after Kelly had streak-
ed 23 yards through an exhausted
Great Lakes team to the three.
MacKenzie Takes
Detroit Prep Title
DETROIT, Dec. 2.-(P)- Gerald
Wood, Mackenzie High School end,
converted a last minute fild goal
today as the Detroit metropolitan
league prep football champions de-
feated Holy Redeemer, Catholic,
League survivor, 3 to 0, in the annual
Goodfellows Charity grid game.
A crowd of 30,054 fans saw the
city championship playoff in Briggs
Stadium, though more than 45,000
tickets were sold in advance.
Mackenzie earned a heavy statis-
tical advantage over its lighter Re-
deemer opponent but the stubborn
Catholic champs broke up three
Mackenzie drives inside their ten-
yard line in the first half.

Michigan Tankmen Face
Tough Conference Foes

Big Ten Swimmers
Will Pack Dynamite
The Michigan swimming squad
will face a tough schedule beginning
in early January, but swimming
mentor, Matt Mann, doesn't seem
to be worried about the stiff compe-
tition.
The 1945 schedule hasn't been
arranged as yet, but among the prob-
able teams the Wolverines will have
to meet, are some good Northwestern,
Ohio State, Great Lakes, and maybe
Yale squads.
Ohio State in particular is reported
to be quite formidable, with Keo
Nakama, 220 and 440 champ, back at
Columbus, and also an Erie boy, Jack
Billingsley, who walked off with AAU
honors in diving last year.
Wildcats Have Tribble, Walsh{
Northwestern is also loaded with
power, as Bob Tribble, star back-
stroker, and Heini Kessler's competi-
tor, Ed Walsh, in the breaststroke
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event, have both returned to school.
Yale, of course, is still a dangerous
threat to any team, with Alan Ford,
acclaimed by many as the number
one swimmer in the country.
Michigan Squad Is Well Balanced
Looking at the Maize and Blue side
of the .docket, however, Michigan
seems strong and very well-balanced,
boasting such stalwarts as Heini
Kessler, Conference breaststroke
champion, Mert Church and Chuck
Fries in the freestyle, and Carl Agri-
esti and Vincent Lopez in the diving
events. There are also a number of
up-and-coming tankmen, of whom,
by all indications, a lot shall be seen,
when the meets get under way. Right
now, Coach Mann is in the process
of rounding the team into shape, and
from all appearances, it seems very
probable that the Big Ten Swimming
Crown will remain at the University
of Michigan for at least another year.
The only definite meet scheduled
so far is a home and home engage-
ment with the Sailors from Great
Lakes, who trounced the Wolverines
twice last year. Coach Mann is also
angling to have the National Colle-
giates held in Ann Arbor sometime
in March, and if this deal comes
through, a lot of excellent swimming
should be seen here in the forth-
coming season.

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By BUS HAM
Associated Press Correspondent
MUNICIPAL STADIUM, BALTI-
MORE, DEC. 2-(M)-This was it,
the Army against the Navy at last.
Long before game time, the stands
were filled to the last inch by war-
time's most gaily-bedecked throng.
Everybody was there, it seemed ...
that is, everybody but President
Roosevelt.
And just before the kickoff, the
70,000 fans thought for a minute that
the president was making a belated
entrance.
Limousine Rolls Onto Track
A long black limousine rolled onto
the cindered track. Police escorted
it. One had a big gattling gun in his
arms.
The car slowly cruised around the
oval and stopped in front of the 50-
yard boxes where Navy's high-rank-
ing officers sat.
Brightly-dressed trumpeters took
their places beside the car. Then the
royal robe was spread at the rear
door.
Out came the Army's mule, stage
type, followed by the Navy's goat, a
real one, and the game was on.
Crowd Mostly Service People
The crowd was strictly service, that
is, Army and Navy people, with less
than 25,000 tickets being available
to the general public. Stage and
screen people were conspicuously ab-
sent, comedian Ed. Wynn being one
of the few of this colony to attend.

Arnold, Chief of Air Forces, and
Lieut. Gen. Ben Lear, Chief of
Ground Forces, sat on the Army side.
Admiral King Attends
Across the field in Navy boxes
were Admiral Ernest J. King, Chief
of Naval Operations; Admiral Wil-
liam D. Leahy, Chief of Staff, and
Admiral Jones H. Ingram, Command-
er in Chief of the Atlantic fleet.
Ingram, eldest of three brothers
who starred on Navy teams, was
formerly director of athletics and
coach at the Navy Academy.
The Roosevelt family was not with-
out representation. The president's,
daughter, Mrs. John Boettinger, sat
in a box on the Navy side.
Injured Servicemen Are Guests
More than 1,000 injured overseas
men, soldiers, sailors and marines,
were in field box seats. Most of them
were driven over in private cars by
the Washington Junior Board of
Commerce from the Bethesda and
Walter Reed General Hospitals.
Secretary of War Stimson, Secre-
tary of Navy Forrestal and Secre-
tary of Treasury Morgenthau, could
not attend, but their tickets were
either turned back or given to service
men.
Stimson's box was occupied by five
officers, all injured overseas.
Grid Movies
To Be Shown
Movies of last week's thrilling Mi-
chigan-Ohio State game will be
shown to the student body at 4:30
p. m. today in the Michigan Union
Ball room with a running commen-
tary by R. O. Morgan, Council Sec-
retary and Assistant General Secre-
tary of the Alumni Association.
According to Mr. Morgan, the pic-
tures turned out perfectly and por-
tray every detail of the game clearly.
Even though the Wolverines were
defeated after a gallant struggle, the
movies prove even farther that Mi-
chigan lost no prestige by the loss.
Because of the special interest
generated in the game University
women have been extended a special
invitation to witness the showing.

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ANCHORAGE, Alaska, Dec 2.-
(/P)- Tough, hard-punching boys
from the Aleutian chain came to the
mainland last night and took five of
the six bouts of the semifinal round
of the Alaska department boxing
tournament for servicemen.
Probably the best fight of the night
saw angular M.M. 3/C Bill Devries,
135, of 738 Lynch St., Grand Rapids,
Mich., take a decision over game and
hard-hitting Cpl. Charles McGowan,
132, of Houston, Tex.

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