14th
Annual
Schenectady City School District
Athletic Hall of Fame
& Reunion Dinner


 

Rhonda Phillips Scott

Armand Farina

History of Annual
Cross-town Football Game

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Schenectady’s Cross-town Football Rivalry

1932   MP      25              NT       0         (at Union’s Alexander Field - 11/8)

- A crowd of approximately 6,000 witnessed Fred “Corky” Stanton pass, run and kick MP to victory in the inaugural crosstown game.  Don Thelan (MP) scored the first TD in series history.  MP, coached by Sig Makofski, scored 19 fourth quarter points.           

1933   MP      20              NT       0          (at Alexander Field - 11/7)

- An estimated crowd of 6,000 watched in inclement weather as MP remained undefeated & unscored upon.  John Gorecki scored two MPtouchdowns.  MP finished the season undefeated & unscored upon. 

1934   MP      6                NT       0          (at Alexander Field - 11/6)

- 7,000 people witnessed Stanley  Kruszewski (MP) score the game’s only TD in a driving rainstorm (ankle deep mud in some areas of the field). 

1935   NT       13             MP      6          (at Alexander Field - 11/5)
- Nearly 10,000 fans saw Fran Francis score NT’s first points in the  series.  Francis scores both NT touchdowns.

1936   NT       13              MP      6          (at Alexander Field - 11/3)

- 10,000 fans watched as NT captain Steve Mashuta threw the winning touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.  NT finished the season unbeaten.

1937   NT       6               MP      0          (at Alexander Field - 11/2)

- Close to 8,000 fans saw Steve Mashuta complete a touchdown pass to Steve Sharkey as NT defeated MP.  Nott Terrace finished 6-0-2. 

1938   NT       6               MP      0          (at Alexander Field - 11/8)

- 10,000 people saw NT win its first game of the season.  It was the fourth consecutive win in the series for the Blue Devils.

1939  MP      19               NT       0          (at Alexander Field - 11/7)

 - Between 6,000 and 7,000 people watched as MP dominated the game, holding NT to just two first downs.  MP finished undefeated.

1940  MP      6                 NT       2          (at MP - 11/5)

- Close to 7,000 fans saw MP’s Doug Creasy score the winning touchdown with about three minutes remaining.        

1941  NT       6                MP      0          (at Alexander Field - 11/4)

- Both teams entered the game undefeated for the first time.  County scoring leader Leroy Siegel led a fourth quarter NT drive and scored from the one.  NT finished undefeated & evened the series at five wins apiece.  (Attendance - 6,000)

1942  MP      26                 NT       7          (at Alexander Field - 11/3)

- Bud Cascini scored two first half touchdowns to propel MP to victory. Mont Pleasant remained undefeated in front of 6,500 people. 

1943  MP      0                   NT       0    [tie]    (at Alexander Field - 11/6)

- 4,000 fans witnessed the first tie in the series.

1944  NT       13                MP      0          (at Alexander Field - 11/4)

- Between 5,000 & 6,000 saw Stan Siegel and Eddie Smialek score  NT
touchdowns. The NT victory evened the series.   

1945  NT       10                MP      7          (at Alexander Field - 11/6)

- Ed Gejay scored all NT’s points in front of an estimated 7,000 people (TD pass from Ken Johnson, the PAT, and the game winning FG  with three minutes remaining). 

1946  MP      7                   NT       0          (at Alexander Field - 11/5)

- Ed Dempsey scored the only TD and kicked the extra point as MP evened the series in front of 7,000 fans. 

1947  MP      7                   NT       6          (at Alexander Field - 11/4)

- Jack Jeffers scored on a 20-yard TD run for MP in the 4th quarter to tie the game & sophomore Tony Parisi ran for the extra point to give MP                                the series lead.  (5,500 fans attended the game.)

1948  MP      19                  NT       0          (at Alexander Field - 11/2)

- Each team entered the game with just one loss.  More than 9,000 fans watched as Tony Parisi scored twice & kicked an extra point to lead MP to victory.  

1949  MP      20                  NT       6          (at Alexander Field - 11/5)

 - Tony Parisi, George Kozak & Jack Jeffers scored touchdowns for  undefeated MP. These same three players shared the county scoring title.   (Attendance - 5,000)

1950  MP      28                   NT       13        (at Alexander Field - 11/7)

- Jack Hamilton scored three touchdowns to lead MP to its fifth consecutive victory in the series.  (Attendance - 7,000)

1951  MP      18                    NT       6          (at Schenectady Stadium - 11/6)

- Walt Jablonski scored three first-half touchdowns in MP’s victory.  He ran for 238 yards on 23 carries.  MP finished the season with just one loss.  Jablonski scored 14 touchdowns in six games and led the Capital District in scoring.  (Attendance - 7,000)       

1952  MP      27                    NT       7          (at Schenectady Stadium - 11/4)

- Don Giagiacomo (Como), the county scoring champion, scored three touchdowns and propelled MP to its seventh consecutive victory vs. NT.  Como had 180 yards in 19 carries.  Larry  Mulvaney’s first MP team tied for the Class “A” League title.  (Attendance - 6,000)

1953  NT       19                    MP      0          (at Schenectady Stadium - 11/3)

- The greatest football team in NT history broke MP’s seven game winning streak in the series.  NT was led by fullback Derry Cooke & All American guard Bob Czub.  NT won the Class “A” League title and finished undefeated, outscoring its opponents 277-6.  (Attendance - estimated over 10,000)

1954                (No game - polio outbreak)

- Each team finished undefeated.  MP (5-0) outscored its opponents 171-6. NT (5-0 & undefeated for the second consecutive year) outscored its opponents 193-33.  The Election Day game was canceled after Dan  Monaco, MP’s co-captain & fullback, contracted polio just days before the game. Oliver DeVito, a Nott Terrace halfback, also contracted polio.  Each team had one additional game canceled.

1955  MP      21                    NT       0          (at Schenectady Stadium - 11/8)

- Jim Poirier threw two first half touchdown passes as MP won its tenth consecutive game (dating back to ‘54). MP won the Class “A” League championship & finished undefeated for the second consecutive year.  (Estimated. attendance - 8,000)

1956  MP      51                    NT       12        (at Schenectady Stadium- 11/6)

- League champion MP gained over 500 yards as it won the most lop-sided game in series history.  Eddie Ferraro (MP) had TD runs of 54 & 58 yards. All American Gary Trout, Robb Ogilvie & Carm Pantalone also starred for MP. Carl McNeal (NT) had a 98 yard kickoff return.                                 (Attendance - 5,300)     

1957   NT      13                    MP      7          (at Alexander Field - 11/5)

- NT upset favored MP.  Jim Gaetano’s QB sneak put NT ahead for good. Carl McNeal, Jack Hughes, Carm Ronca & Dick Brainard also starred for NT. It’s the last rivalry game involving NT.  (Attendance - 5,000)

1958   MP      25                    L          0          (at Alexander Field - 11/4)

- In the first game played by Linton in the series, Tom Mahar (MP) scored on two 34-yard TD runs as MP won the Class “A” League title (undefeated and unscored upon in league play).  (Attendance - 7,000)    

1959   MP      33                    L          0          (at MP - 11/3)

- 5,500 fans watched as Al Bojarski, Jack Edwards, Ron Penta, Joe DeMeo & Pat Maney scored touchdowns for MP.  MP remained unbeaten & won the league title when it broke open a close game with 27 second half points. (MP lost its final game at White Plains.)                                      

1960  L         18                    MP      0          (at MP - 11/8)

- Dick Wilgocki & Dick Stipano (67 yard TD run) led the Linton ground attack.  Stipano also scored on a 27-yard fumble recovery and Paul Bricoccoli threw a 15-yard TD pass to Nick Capra.  Linton finished 7-1.    (Attendance - est. 6,000)

1961  L          13                    MP      0          (at Linton - 11/7)

- Linton All-American Ron Oyer ran for a 12-yard TD & threw a TD pass to Dan DeMeo.  Linton won the Class “A” League championship and finished 7-1.  No Section II team scored on Linton. (Attendance - 6,000)

1962  MP      14                    L          13        (at MP - 11/6)

- An 8-yard TD pass from Frank Pidgeon to Joe Massaroni with 27 seconds remaining enabled MP to upset undefeated Linton (with All- American Pat Riley & Thom McAn Award winner Mike Meola) in perhaps the most exciting game in the series.  MP & Linton tied for the Class “A” League championship.  (Attendance -5,000)           

1963  MP      27                    L          6          (at Linton - 11/5)

- Powerful fullback Ralph Moore scored two touchdowns as MP ended Linton’s 1963 five game winning streak.  Speedy All-American halfback Paul Della Villa, the county scoring champion, also starred for MP.  The MP defense forced six LHS fumbles & blocked a punt for a TD.  MP  won the Class “A” League title.  (Attendance - almost 8,000) 

1964  MP      19                    L          7          (at MP - 11/3)

- Emery Moore rushed for 158 yards on 11 carries, including a 98 yard TD run in the closing minutes to secure MP’s victory.  (Attendance - 6,000)

1965  MP      27                    L          14        (at Linton 11/2)

- Red Raider Emery Moore scored on TD runs of 63, 61 & 35 yards as MP won the rivalry game for the fourth consecutive year.  (Attendance 4,500)

1966  L          6                      MP      6          (at MP - 11/8)

- The game ended in a tie for the second time in series history.  John Campbell (L) & Ron Page (MP) each scored a touchdown.  Linton & MP  shared the Class “A” League title.  Linton finished undefeated (6-0-1).  (Attendance - 6,000)

1967  MP      27                    L          13        (at Linton - 11/7)

- Both teams entered the game undefeated in the league. MP, ahead 14-13, scored two 4th quarter touchdowns to secure the victory. Dennis Pelkey (MP) scored two touchdowns. Ron Page (126 yds. on 25 carries) &  Harold Oppelt also scored MP touchdowns. MP finished 8-0, won the Class “A” League and was voted #1 in NYS. Other notable Red Raiders included All-American Gale Knull, co-capt. Al Aldi & future nationally acclaimed movie producer, John Sayles. (Attendance - over 7,000)

1968 MP      14                    L          13        (at MP - 11/5)

- A crowd of 6,500 watched as QB Ken Wachowicz scored a touchdown in the 3rd period & Jerry Carlos added the extra point to give MP a 14-13 lead and the victory.  All-American Ron Page also scored a TD for MP. The Red Raiders won the Class “A” League (undefeated in league play).

1969 L          6                      MP      0          (at Linton - 11/4)

- Linton surprised MP behind the outstanding play of All-American Ken Grey. Grey scored the only touchdown & was selected as the game’s outstanding defensive player (9 tackles & 9 assists).  MP tied for the  Class “A“ League championship. (Attendance - est. 6,500)

1970  MP      12                    L          0          (at MP - Sat. 11/7)

- Marc DellaVilla caught two touchdown passes from Bob DeGasperis to lead MP to victory.  (Attendance - 5,000)

1971 L          26                    MP      7          (at Linton - Sat. 11/6)

- Brian Rossler, Rodney Palmer, Ernie LaBier & John Sykes (the future president of VH1) scored Linton’s touchdowns. Bernie Torres led an outstanding effort by the Blue Devils’ defense. The Saturday game drew one of the series’ smallest crowds - perhaps 4,500.

1972  MP      23                    L          0          (at MP - 11/7)

- The rivalry game was once again played on Election Day. Approximately  6,500 fans watched as Mark DiDonato threw  TD passes to Orin Griffin & John DeMeo. DeMeo also ran for a TD. The Red Raiders  won the Class “A” League championship.                                      

1973  L          9                      MP      0          (at Linton - 11/6)

- Linton upset MP in front of 6,000 people.  Jim Ring excelled for the Blue Devils.  Frank Washington scored the game’s only TD in the 4th quarter.

1974  MP      12                    L          8          (at MP - 11/5)

- With the Red Raiders trailing 8-6, MP’s Mike Palmer threw a 31 yard TD pass to Dick Holoday with 1:26 remaining in the game.  Palmer also scored a TD for MP.  Percy Johnson had a TD & a two point conversion for the Blue Devils.  (Attendance - 5,000)

1975  L          3                      MP      0          (at Linton)

- Alan Darling kicked a 30-yd. FG in the 4th quarter as Linton defeated MP & won a share of the Class “A” League title. (Attendance - 6,500)

1976  MP      14                    L          8          (at MP - 11/2)

- Jim Donahue scored a TD and threw a TD pass to Terrance Williams as MP won the last rivalry game played on Election Day. It was also Larry  Mulvaney’s last crosstown rivalry game. Tony Affinito scored Linton’s TD.  Williams & Affinito each gained nearly 150 yards on the ground.  (Attendance - over 4,000)

1977  MP      12                    L          8          (at Linton - 11/11)

- Trailing 8-7 in the fourth quarter, Rick Boni kicked a 20-yard FG to give MP the lead. MP won for the first time at Linton since 1967.     (Attendance - 3,500)

1978  MP      28                    L          14        (at MP - 11/10)

 - Ricky Boyd (171 yards in 19 carries) ran for three third quarter touchdowns as MP pulled away from Linton.  Tim Kennedy starred on defense for Red Raiders.  (Attendance - est. 3,500) 

1979  MP      20                    L          0          (at Linton - 11/12)

- John Sawchuk scored two first half touchdowns to lead the Red Raiders to victory in front of a crowd of 2,500.

1980   MP      14                    L          9          (at MP - 11/11)

- Vinnie Savini threw two second quarter TD passes to Mike Gartley as MP won its fifth consecutive game in the series. (Attendance - 3,000)

1981    L          33                    MP      14        (at Linton - 11/14)

- Sean Messitt (L) scored two touchdowns & rushed for 148 yards on 20 carries.  John Palmiotto (fumble recovery) & Jeff Woodard (interception return) also scored Linton touchdowns.  Joe Capra (MP) blocked two punts, each resulting in a TD.  (Attendance - est. 2,300)

1982   MP      10                      L          7          (at MP - 11/11)

- In the 50th game in the football rivalry, John Greco broke a 7-7 tie when he kicked a 25-yard FG in the fourth quarter.  Todd Williams (127 yards on 30 carries) scored MP’s touchdown.  Kyle Siegel (L) rushed for 112 yards in the first half, including a 67 yard TD run.  (Attendance - 3,500)

1983   MP      37                    L          7          (at Linton - 11/11)

- Running backs Joe Marra & Todd Williams combined for 187 yards & three touchdowns as MP defeated Linton in a steady rain.  (Attendance - nearly 3,000)

1984   L        14                    MP      0          (at MP - 11/12)

- Brian Borowski & Ray Schiavo scored fourth quarter touchdowns as Linton defeated the Red Raiders for the first time at MP since 1960.  Schiavo was a two-way standout for Linton.  (Attendance - 2,500)

1985    L          33                    MP      0          (at Linton - 11/11)

- Flanker Vince Pedone caught two TD passes from Jim Poirier as Linton    won the final game in the series.  It was the most lopsided win by the Blue Devils in the 53 games played by the  city rivals.  MP was held to  75 yards in total offense on a cold, rainy day. Tony Mammola (L) scored the final point in the series, a PAT following a Chris Brown TD.         (Attendance - 2,000)

OVERALL:  Mont  Pleasant  -  33 victories           

Nott Terrace / Linton  -  18 victories  (nine by each school)   

                                                (Two ties)

COACHING RECORDS:

 

            Mont Pleasant       

            Sig Makofski                6-5

            Nick Reig                     1-2-1

            George Van Heusen     5-0

            Larry Mulvaney            14-7-1

            Tony Parisi                   1-1

            Dick Serapilio               6-3

 

            Nott Terrace / Linton

            Erwin Clark                  5-6-1

            Whitey Boehm  2-1

            Pete Shulha                  2-8

            Walt Przybylo               0-1      

            Bill Eaton                      0-1

            Dick Lalla                     2-2

            Spencer Sullivan           0-2

            Gerry Baker                 5-7-1

            Hugo Bach                   0-1

            Ted Thomson               2-4

 

Information found in the Daily Gazette, the Union Star, the Knickerbocker News & the Linton Hi-Lights.

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