Bill Engelhardt's MUSTANGS GRIDIRON Corner

This site is currently dedicated to covering the fortunes of the South Western High School MUSTANGS football team in York County, Pennsylvania. SOUTH WESTERN MUSTANGS GRIDIRON columns will be posted for a preseason review and following each game during the season. And we will follow my Alma Mater, the CUTTERS of Fair Lawn High School in Bergen County, New Jersey, with THE GRIDIRON columns by my twin brother Dick, the stadium announcer "Voice of the CUTTERS."

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

SOUTH WESTERN MUSTANGS GRIDIRON 2014-9

By Bill Engelhardt
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Last Friday evening, October 17, the Mustangs of South Western hosted the Bearcats of William Penn (York High) and galloped and passed to a convincing 41-29 victory.  The Mustangs rang up 18 first downs and six runners galloped up and down the field.  Some timely passes gained more than a few of those first downs as junior quarterback Brock Geiman went over the 200-yard passing mark for the third week in a row.

The Mustangs opened the game with a 2 play 81-yard drive.  Geiman threw a 42-yard pass to Robby Harbison and a 39-yard touchdown pass to Drew Hartlaub.  Andrew Slater’s extra point kick put the Mustangs up 7-0 thirty seconds into the game.

Sae’Quan Whitaker returned the kickoff 49-yards, setting the Bearcats up on the Mustangs 18-yard line.  James Way II threw an 18-yard touchdown pass to Bryshon Sweeney and the extra point attempt failed.  The Mustangs led 7-6 at the 11:10 mark of the first quarter.

The Mustangs then had a drive ended when Whitaker intercepted a Geiman pass.  The Mustangs soon returned the favor when Tyler Fulmore recovered a Bearcats’ fumble.  The Mustangs then drove 77-yards in eleven plays, featuring a 14-yard run by Robby Harbison and a 15-yad pass from Geiman to Harbison.  Hartlaub ended the drive with an 18-yard touchdown scamper.  Slater’s extra point kick upped the score to 14-6 in favor of the Mustangs with 1:59 remaining in the first quarter.

The Bearcats then drove 45-yards in ten plays, ending with a 14-yard touchdown run by quarterback James Way III.  Way III threw a 2-point conversion pass to Danny Acevedo and the game was tied at 14 at the 7:01 mark of the second quarter.

The Mustangs drove 54-yards in six plays, featuring a 36-yard pass from Geiman to Hartlaub and ending with a 4-yard touchdown run by Miles Francis.  Slater’s extra point kick put the Mustangs up 21-14 at the 4:25 mark of the second quarter.

The Bearcats had a short drive thwarted when Ryan Krebs intercepted a Way III pass and the Mustangs drove 28-yards in one play with a 28-yard touchdown pass from Geiman to Noah Staub.  Slater’s extra point kick put the Mustangs up 28-14 with 3:17 left in the second quarter.

The Bearcats then drove 81-yards in ten plays, featuring a 15-yard run by Way III an 11-yard pass from Way III to Nate Delmotte, and ending with a 27-yard touchdown pass from Way III to Acevedo.  Ethan Fogelman kicked the extra point and the score was 28-21 in favor of the Mustangs with 19 seconds left in the first half.

The Bearcats ended up punting from deep in their own territory on their first possession of the second half.  The Mustangs drove 40-yards in three plays, runs of 8 and 22-yards by Harbison, and a 10-yard touchdown run by Francis.  The extra point was missed and the Mustangs were up 34-21 at the 8:15 point in the third quarter.

Whitaker returned the Mustangs kickoff 53-yards to the Mustangs 25-yard line.  The Bearcats turned the ball over on downs on the Mustangs 24-yard line.  The Mustangs then drove 76-yards in nine plays, featuring a 20-yard run by Francis, a 19-yard run by Harbison, a 19-yard pass from Geiman to Bret Hertzog, and ending with a 3-yard touchdown run by Hertzog.  Slater’s extra point kick put the Mustangs up 41-21 at the 3:34 point in the third quarter.

Whitaker returned the Mustangs kickoff 72-yards to the Mustangs 21-yard line.  However, after The Mustangs’ Seth Janney sacked Way III for an 11-yard loss the Bearcats turned the ball over on downs.  The Mustangs then drove 43-yards before turning the ball over on downs at the Bearcats 31-yard line.

Ryan Krebs intercepted his second pass of the game for the Mustangs on the Bearcats next drive, but the Mustangs ended up punting.  The Bearcats then drove 84-yards in four plays, featuring a 47-yard run by Bryshon Sweeney.  Zack Ingram ended the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.  Sweeney ran in for a 2-point conversion and that made the final score 41-29 in favor of the Mustangs with 7:02 left in the game.

Whitaker’s 5 kickoff returns for 202-yards, for a 40.4-yard average, had kept it interesting for the Bearcats.  But that wasn’t enough to overcome the Mustangs stampede.

Andrew Slater kicked off 7 times for 328-yards, with the longest going for 56-yards, and Brock Geiman punted 2 times for 58-yards (for an average of 29.0-yards) with the longest going for 34-yards.  Roby Harbison returned 2 kickoffs for 22-yards, with the longest going foe 14-yards, Miles Francis returned1 kickoff for 15-yards, Jonas Walter returned 1 kickoff for 9-yards, and Drew Hartlaub returned 1 kickoff for 5-yards, and Francis returned 1 punt for 16-yards for the Mustangs.

Tyler Jachelski, with 10 tackles and 1 pass hurry, led the Mustangs defense, followed by Ryan Krebs with 6 tackles and 2 interceptions, Gus Landis with 5 tackles and 3 pass hurries, Tyler Fulmore with 4 tackles, 1 fumble recovery, and 1 pass hurry, Corbin Byers and Matt Smolko with 4 tackles each, Seth Janney with 3 tackles and 1 sack for an 11-yard loss, Luke Baugher with 3 tackles and 1 pass hurry, Hunter Palmer and Andrew Slater with 3 tackles each, Josh Zeroth with 2 tackles and 3 pass hurries, Josh Martin with 2 tackles and 2 pass hurries, Brady Thayer and Nate VanCampen with 2 tackles and 1 pass defense each, and Miles Francis, Zach Hughes, and Chris Steckel with 1 tackle each.

Luke Baugher, Corbin Byers, Scotty Dickmyer, Mike Farace, Miles Francis, Tyler Fulmore, Matt Helwig, Bret Hertzog, Tyler Jachelski, Seth Janney, Marcus Jones, Gus Landis, Josh Martin, Austin Reusing, Matt Smolko, Chris Steckel, and Josh Zeroth manned the offensive and defensive line and linebacker positions.

Drew Hartlaub, Ryan Krebs, Hunter Palmer, Brady Thayer and Nate VanCampen patrolled the secondary for the Mustangs.

The Mustangs gained 228-yards rushing and 203-yards passing for a total of 431-yards of offense. Junior quarterback Brock Geiman completed 9 of 16 passes for the 203-yards and 2 touchdowns, 2 for 75-yards to Drew Hartlaub (including a 39-yard touchdown), 3 for 67-yards to Robby Harbison, 2 for 37-yards to Noah Staub (including a 28-yard touchdown), 1 for 19-yards to Bret Hertzog, and 1 for 5-yards to Miles Francis, for the Mustangs.

Robby Harbison led the Mustangs rushing attack with 13 carries for 100-yards, followed by Francis with 9 carries for 47-yards (including touchdowns of 4 and 10-yards), Hertzog with 9 carries for 33-yards (including a 3-yard touchdown), Hartlaub with 5 carries for 29-yards, (including an 18-yard touchdown), Tyler Fulmore with 3 carries for 22-yards, and Geiman with 3 carries for minus 1-yard.

Andrew Slater kicked 5 extra points, Ryan Krebs recovered 2 fumbles, Tyler Fulmore recovered 1 fumble and recorded 1 pass hurry, Seth Janney recorded 1 sack for an 11-yard loss, Gus Landis and Josh Zeroth each recorded 3 pass hurries, Josh Martin recorded 2 pass hurries, Luke Baugher and Tyler Jachelski each recorded 1 pass hurry, and Brady Thayer and Nate VanCampen each defended 1 pass, for the Mustangs.

The Bearcats gained 141-yards rushing and 105 yards passing for a total of 246 yards gained.  James Way III completed 9 of 21 passes for the 105-yards and 2 touchdowns, 4 for 42-yards to Nate Delmotte, 2 for 28-yards to Danny Acevedo (including a 27-yard touchdown), 1 for 18-yards and a touchdown to Bryshon Sweeney, and 2 for 17-yards to Sae’Quan Whitaker, for the Bearcats. 

Sweeney led the Bearcats rushing attack with 13 carries for 88-yards, followed by Way III with 15 carries for 52-yards (including a 14-yard touchdown), and Zack Ingram with 3 carries for 1-yard (including a 3-yard touchdown).

Way III threw a 2-point conversion pass to Acevedo, Sweeney ran in for a 2-point conversion, Ethan Fogleman kicked 1 extra point, and Whitaker intercepted a pass, for the Bearcats.

On Band Night at the Mustang Corral the 125 member strong Emory H Markle Intermediate School Marching Band put on a pre-game show featuring a Latin piece “El Conquistador.”  The Mustangs Marching Band then joined the show and the combined bands performed “Gimme Some Lovin” and closed the pre-game show with The Fighting Mustang song, “Victors.”

The 66-member 10-time Cavalcade of Bands Champions, Tournament of Bands Group IV Champion and US Scholastic Band Champion South Western Mustangs Marching Band put on a stirring post game performance, presenting their 2014 field show “Nevermore,” based on “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe, on Band Night.  The show opened with the Overture from “Sweeney Todd” by Stephen Sondheim.  Mozart’s 25th Symphony provided the musical material for the first impact before melding into a minor treatment of the “Johanna” theme.  The madness continued with a return to the Overture that dissolved into a final solution.  The ballad began with beautiful sonorities from the front ensemble.  Freshman trumpet soloist, John Dyson, introduced the ‘Johanna’ theme as the narrator’s thoughts turn to his lost love, Lenore.  The passion built to a climax as he longed to be reunited with her, but alas, they shall be together, nevermore.  The closer brought a return to the narrator’s earlier thoughts as he peers deep into the darkness.  The music reached an emotional culmination with the Mozart and Verdi Requiems, before the percussion section took over with a short feature.

The 55-member William Penn Bearcats Marching Band gave a crowd-pleasing half-time performance of its show “When Music Was Music: A Tribute to the Rock Bands of the 1970s,” including “Rock and Roll All Nite,” Stairway to Heaven,” and “Dream On.”

The 27 member strong Mustangs Cheer Leading squad (26 girls and a guy) and the Bearcats’ squad were very impressive as they roused the faithful.

The Mustangs of South Western are 3-5-0 overall and 3-2-0 in York Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association (YAIAA) Division I league play.

The Mustangs have a career record of 344-214-8.  The results of the 566 games played in the history of the South Western Mustangs are a career .617 winning percentage and a .622 non-losing percentage.

Next week the Mustangs visit the Bobcats of Northeastern (4-4 overall, 1-4 league).  Northeastern is coming off of a 27-10 victory over the Rockets of Spring Grove.  The Mustangs are looking to remain on the winning track.  GO MUSTANGS GO.

THE GRIDIRON 7-2014

By Dick Engelhardt 

The injury depleted CUTTERS of Fair Lawn High gave the COMETS of Hackensack a whale of a battle last Saturday at SASSO FIELD before losing 21-7. Captains Dan Morganstein, Matt Philips Dillon Rinaldo and Deshawn Roberts went out for the coin toss and Hackensack won and deferred. Fair Lawn’s 1st drive stalled. Tylor Pollock caused and recovered a fumble at the 16 and heroic defensive plays were made by Dominick Barbarulo, Jon Fochesato, Johnson, Mike Laboy, Anthony Messina, Phillips, Roberts, Jake Schwartz and others. Pollock and Frank Ortoll teamed up on a great stop! With Hackensack up 14-0, Tyler Johnson electrified the crowd with a 27 yard TD gallop. With Damien Rongo holding, the sure footed Dan Kutuzov kicked the extra point. Fair Lawn was down only 14-7 at the half and the COMETS knew they were in a game! Hackensack eventually prevailed, scoring only once more in the second half. Gal Harari made a great stop and Roberts and Laboy teamed up on a great hit. Harari threw a picture pass to Roberts for a 1st down! Ryan Rue once again boomed great punts!

Interim AD Mike Miello, who is serving while Fair Lawn AD Cory Robinson recovers from surgery, had high praise for the way our CUTTERS fought! He remembers that, while coaching the GREEN RAIDERS of Ramapo, he went 0-4 against Fair Lawn coach Pete Natale 1984-87. He also coached the COMETS years ago! The Hackensack victory brings the COMETS’ 1959-82 and 2010-14 record against Fair Lawn to 28-7-1 (.800).
 
Fair Lawn’s BNC Liberty Division went 1-3 (.000) against outside foes. In addition to Fair Lawn’s loss, the FIGHTING MUSTANGS of Clifton High were beaten 44-6 by the KNIGHTS of JFK and the undefeated defending champion BULLDOGS of Passaic County Technical Institute were shutout 38-0 by the IRONMEN of Bon Bosco. The GHOSTS of Paterson Eastside chalked up the only win beating the INDIANS of Passaic 44-7. The Division is 4-9 (.308) against outside opposition on the season.

This Saturday at 1:00 our CUTTERS travel to New Canaan, Connecticut to take on the STORM of St. Luke’s High School at 2:00. The game was scheduled when the PALADINS of Paramus Catholic, who Fair Lawn was scheduled to play, asked if it was alright if they play the HONEY BADGERS of Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Maryland instead. It certainly was! It is absurd to schedule any public school against one of the parochial behemoths unless the public school is willing to play them. What they do is not high school football but resembles college football with all that implies. The folly of this is seen in St. Josephs 42 - Northern Valley/Old Tappan 0, DePaul 35 – Pascack Valley 14 and Don Bosco 38– Passaic Tech 0 scores. Even great public school programs can’t compete with these all star programs. A few years ago Wayne Hills had a 55 game winning streak going until the PATRIOTS were forced to play St. Joes. Even they couldn’t win!

St. Luke’s comes into the game 4-2 (.667) having outscored the opposition 188-118 for an average 31-20 win. Fair Lawn is 1-5 (.167) and has been outscored 204-66 for an average 34-11 loss. St. Luke’s opponents are not the likes of Ridgewood, Passaic Tech or Hackensack! This is a game our CUTTERS can win. For the 1st time Fair Lawn is not outmanned. According to MaxPreps.com, St. Luke’s has a roster of 30 compared to Fair Lawn’s 39. Our heroes will give it all they have. From here it looks like Fair Lawn 21 – St. Luke’s 13. GO CUTTERS GO!!!

THIS WEEK IN FLHS GRIDIRON HISTORY – Week 7


A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE
By Dick Engelhardt

Fair Lawn High School opened September 13th, 1943. This record covers years ending in 4.

1944 - Marty Fischbein’s CUTTERS were beaten 14-7 by the OWLS of Park Ridge in independent action. Fair Lawn had shut the OWLS out 6-0 in 1943 and the ’43-’44 series wound up 1-1 (.500).

1954 - Coach Bennett’s Bergen-Passaic Interscholastic League (B-PIL) CUTTERS were beaten 33-6 by the GRAY BEES of St. Benedicts Prep of Newark in independent action. During 1954-57 the GRAY BEES went 2-1-1 (.667) over Bennett’s CUTTERS. Al Reinoso played for them and became the 5th coach in FLHS history 1972-74.

1964 - Ed Sheehy’s CUTTERS shutout the MAROON RAIDERS of Englewood 26-0 in Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League (NNJIL) action. In independent action 1945-46, 1957-58 and 1986-89 and in the NNJIL 1959-71, our CUTTERS went 14-7 (.667) over the MAROON RAIDERS of Dwight Morrow High in Englewood.

1974 - Al Reinoso’s CUTTERS were beaten 28-19 by the SPARTANS of Paramus in NNJIL action. During 1962-83 in NNJIL, the SPARTANS went 12-10 (.545) over our CUTTERS. It was a great rivalry that ended when Fair Lawn returned to the Northern Bergen Interscholastic League (NBIL) in 1984. It resumed in 2010-11 in Big North Conference (BNC) crossover action where the SPARTANS went 2-0 (1.000) and lead the series 14-10 (.583). 

1984 – On their way to an NBIL Division 1 title in their first season back in the league, Pete Natale’s CUTTERS beat the BRAVES of Indian Hills 47-12 in NBIL crossover action. Our CUTTERS took the 1984-97 and 2000-2008 NBIL rivalry against the BRAVES 13-10 (.565). Indian Hills’ 45-8 win in Big North Conference (BNC) crossover action in 2014 closed Fair Lawn’s series lead to 13-11 (.542). 

1994 – Mike Alberque’s CUTTERS beat the GREEN RAIDERS of Ramapo Regional High of Franklin Lakes 54-35. Ramapo took the 1956-58 and 1984-2008 NBIL Division 1 rivalry 17-11 (.607).

2004 - Greg Tanzer’s CUTTERS were 33-7 by the RAMS of Ramsey in NBIL crossover action. Fair Lawn took the 1945-58, 1984-99 and 2002-06 rivalry against the RAMS by an astounding 28 games to 7 (.800) in B-PIL and NBIL action!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

SOUTH WESTERN MUSTANGS GRIDIRON 2014-8

By Bill Engelhardt
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Last Friday evening, October 10, the Mustangs of South Western visited the den of the Wildcats of Dallastown and were edged 28-27 in a thriller.  The Mustangs scored the first 21 points, and led 21-7 at the half.  The Wildcats scored the next 28 points, and the Mustangs scored the final 6 points.  Jacob Jansen’s block of the Mustangs’ extra point kick sealed the deal with 1:35 remaining in the game.


The Mustangs opened the game with a three and out and punted but the Wildcats muffed the punt and Matt Smolko recovered for the Mustangs at the Wildcats 30-yard line.  Junior quarterback Brock Geiman then threw a picture perfect 30-yard touchdown pass to Brady Thayer.  Andrew Slater’s extra point kick put the Mustangs up 7-0 at the 10:50 mark of the first quarter.

 The Wildcats then drove from their 29-yard line to the Mustangs 9-yard line in five plays, featuring runs of 26 and 30-yards by Addison Quinones.  The Wildcats attempted a field goal but were thwarted by a bad snap.

The Mustangs then drove 82-yards in thirteen plays, featuring passes of 12 and 7-yards from Geiman to Miles Francis and an 11-yard pass from Geiman to Corbin Byers.  The drive ended with Drew Hartlaub’s 14-yard touchdown scamper.  Slater’s extra point kick put the Mustangs up 14-0 at the 1:57 mark of the first quarter.

The Wildcats had a short drive thwarted by Seth Janney’s sack of Cade Gold for a 7-yard loss and punted   The Mustangs then drove 45-yards in six plays, featuring a 22-yard pass from Geiman to Francis, and ending with a 3-yard touchdown scamper by Francis.  Slater’s extra point kick put the Mustangs up 21-0 at the 10:10 mark of the second quarter.

The Wildcats and the Mustangs exchanged punts and then the Wildcats drove 70-yards in thirteen plays, featuring a couple of nice runs by Sharod Wilson, for 11 and 9-yards, and passes of 13 and 8-yards from Gold to Wilson.   Wilson ended the drive with a 4-yard touchdown run and McKinley Curran’s extra point kick made the score 21-7 with 1:16 left in the second quarter.

The Wildcats opened the second half with a 73-yard drive in seven plays, featuring a 39-yard pass from Gold to Dezmond Jones.  Wilson ended the drive with a 24-yard touchdown run and McKinley’s extra point kick made the score 21-14 at the 8:59 mark of the third quarter.

The Mustangs went three and out and punted and the Wildcats drove 67-yards in five plays, featuring a 45 touchdown run by Quinones.  McKinley’s extra point kick tied the score at 21 with 5:45 left in the game.

The Mustangs then drove 70-yards in 16 plays, featuring a 33-yard pass from Geiman to Hartlaub.  The drive ended when Jacob Garrity intercepted a Geiman pass in the end zone for the Wildcats.

The Wildcats then drove 80-yards in ten plays, featuring 57-yard touchdown pass from Gold to Owen Ritter.  McKinley’s extra point kick put the Wildcats up 28-21 with 5:45 left in the game.

The never say die Mustangs then drove 80-yards in thirteen plays, featuring a 10-yard pass from Geiman to Francis and an 11-yard pass from Geiman to Thayer.  The drive ended with Geiman’s 24-yard touchdown pass to Noah Staub with 1:35 left in the game.  Jacob Jansen blocked the extra point kick, saving the game for the Wildcats.

Andrew Slater kicked off 4 times for 176-yards, with the longest going for 57-yards, and Brock Geiman punted 3 times for 119-yards (for an average of 39.7-yards) with the longest going for 43-yards.  Drew Hartlaub returned 1 kickoff for 19-yards and Miles Francis returned 1 punt for 26-yards for the Mustangs.

Gus Landis, with 8 tackles and 1 pass hurry, led the Mustang defense, followed by Seth Janney with 6 tackles and 1 sack, Tyler Jachelski with 6 tackles, Hunter Palmer with 5 tackles and 1 pass defense, Luke Baugher with 4 tackles and 1 sack, Tyler Fulmore with 4 tackles and 1 pass hurry, Bret Hertzog, Ryan Krebs, and Brady Thayer with 4 tackles each, Matt Helwig and Zach Hughes with 3 tackles each, Corbin Byers, and Marcus Jones with 2 tackles each, Chris Steckel with 1 tackle and 2 pass hurries, Miles Francis and Drew Hartlaub with 1 tackle each, and Matt Smolko with 1 fumble recovery.

Luke Baugher, Corbin Byers, Scotty Dickmyer, Mike Farace, Miles Francis, Tyler Fulmore, Matt Helwig, Bret Hertzog, Tyler Jachelski, Seth Janney, Marcus Jones, Gus Landis, Josh Martin, Austin Reusing, Matt Smolko, Chris Steckel, and Josh Zeroth manned the offensive and defensive line and linebacker positions.

Drew Hartlaub, Ryan Krebs, Hunter Palmer, Brady Thayer and Nate VanCampen patrolled the secondary for the Mustangs.

The Mustangs gained 89-yards rushing and 253-yards passing for a total of 342-yards of offense. Junior quarterback Brock Geiman completed 17 of 30 passes for the 253-yards and 2 touchdowns, 3 for 69-yards to Drew Hartlaub, 5 for 59-yards to Miles Francis, 2 for 41-yards to Brady Thayer (including a 30-yard touchdown), 3 for 38-yards to Noah Staub (including a 24-yard touchdown), 2 for 20-yards to Corbin Byers, 1 for 13-yards to Seth Janney, and 1 for 13-yards to Hunter Palmer, for the Mustangs.

Robby Harbison led the Mustangs rushing attack with 16 carries for 41-yards, followed by Hartlaub with 12 carries for 30-yards (including a 14-yard touchdown), and Miles Francis with 6 carries for 18-yards (including a 3-yard touchdown).

Andrew Slater kicked 3 extra points, Matt Smolko recovered 1 fumble, Luke Baugher recorded 1 sack for a 10-yard loss, Seth Janney recorded 1 sack for a 7-yard loss, Hunter Palmer defended 1 pass, Chris Steckel recorded 2 pass hurries, and Tyler Fulmore and Gus Landis each recorded 1 pass hurry, for the Mustangs.

The Wildcats gained 291-yards rushing and 156 yards passing for a total of 447 yards gained.  Quarterback Cade Gold completed 7 of 11 passes for the 156-yards and 1 touchdown, 1 for 57-yards and a touchdown to Owen Ritter, 1 for 38-yards to Dezmond Jones, 2 for 26-yards to Jacob Jansen, 1 for 14-yards to Addison Quinones, 1 for 13-yards to Sharod Wilson, and 1 for 8-yards to John Middleton, for the Wildcats.

Quinones led the Wildcats rushing attack with 164 carries for 186-yards (including a 45-yard touchdown), followed by Sharod Wilson with 17 carries for 100-yards (including touchdowns of 4 and 24-yards), Gold with 6 carries for 4-yards, and Dezmond Jones with 1 carry for 1-yard.  McKinley Curran kicked 4 extra points and had 4 touchbacks on kickoffs, Jacob Garrity intercepted a pass in the end zone, Jacob Jansen blocked an extra point kick and defended 3 passes, Quinones defended 3 passes and caused 1 fumble, and John Middleton and Sean Roberts each defended 1 pass, for the Wildcats.

The 66-member 10-time Cavalcade of Bands Champions, Tournament of Bands Group IV Champion and US Scholastic Band Champion South Western Mustangs Marching Band put on a stirring half time performance, presenting their 2014 field show “Nevermore,” based on “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe, on Band Night.  The show opened with the Overture from “Sweeney Todd” by Stephen Sondheim.  Mozart’s 25th Symphony provided the musical material for the first impact before melding into a minor treatment of the “Johanna” theme.  The madness continued with a return to the Overture that dissolved into a final solution.  The ballad began with beautiful sonorities from the front ensemble.  Freshman trumpet soloist, John Dyson, introduced the ‘Johanna’ theme as the narrator’s thoughts turn to his lost love, Lenore.  The passion built to a climax as he longed to be reunited with her, but alas, they shall be together, nevermore.  The closer brought a return to the narrator’s earlier thoughts as he peers deep into the darkness.  The music reached an emotional culmination with the Mozart and Verdi Requiems, before the percussion section took over with a short feature.

The 132-member Dallastown Wildcats Marching Band gave a crowd-pleasing post game performance of its Alternative Rock show,” featuring the Red Hot Chili Peppers ‘ “Higher Ground,” Fun’s “Carry On,” Radio Head’s “Creep,” American Author’s “Best Day of My Life,” and Owl City’s “Umbrella Beach.”

The 28 member strong Mustangs Cheer Leading squad (27 girls and a guy) and the Wildcats’ squad were very impressive as they roused the faithful.

The Mustangs of South Western are 2-5-0 overall and 2-2-0 in York Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association (YAIAA) Division I league play.

The Mustangs have a career record of 343-214-8.  The results of the 565 games played in the history of the South Western Mustangs are a career .617 winning percentage and a .621 non-losing percentage.

Next week the Mustangs host the Bearcats of William Penn (2-5 overall, 2-2 league).  William Penn is coming off of a 20-17 victory over the Bobcats of Northeastern.  The Mustangs are looking to get back on the winning track.  GO MUSTANGS GO.

THE GRIDIRON 6-2014

By Dick Engelhardt 

The CUTTERS of Fair Lawn High faced the premier team in the Big North Conference (BNC) Liberty Division last Friday and gave the BULLDOGS of Passaic County Technical Institute a battle for a while before being shutout 48-0. Captains Dan Morganstein, Dillon Rinaldo and Deshawn Roberts went out for the coin toss and the BULLDOGS won but deferred. Our CUTTERS received. Tylor Johnson electrified the crowd running the kickoff to the PCTI 45 but the play was nullified by a penalty. That drive stalled and with 7:48 left in the quarter, the BULLDOGS scored. Johnson stuffed the 2 point conversion try and the BULLDOGS led 6-0. The 1st quarter ended that way with Fair Lawn fans happy with our heroes’ effort! Alas, the BULLDOGS, with a roster of 99 compared to Fair Lawn’s 39 (according to MaxPreps.com), took over and led 27-0 at the half.

Johnson, Tyler Pollock, Bradley Ramirez, Roberts and Mark Terwilleger ran the ball. Fair Lawn came close to scoring when Johnson rambled to the 24 aided by a facemask penalty but the drive stalled. Ramirez made 2 TD saving tackles and nice defensive plays were made by Sefa Basci,  Dominick Barbarulo, Joe Compollo, Alex D’Angelo, Rob Figueroa, Gal Harari, Anthony Messina, Morganstein, Frank Ortoll, Pollack, Roberts, Terwilleger and others. Ryan Rue boomed beautiful punts all night.    

The Passaic Tech victory brings the BULLDOGS’ record against Fair Lawn to 5-0 (1.000). The BULLDOGS have won the league title every year since it was established in 2010. They have now clinched at least a tie and are virtually certain to win it outright this year when they play Clifton October 24th. The shutout was the 91st such loss in FLHS history. Our heroes have shutout the opposition 83 times.
 
Fair Lawn’s BNC Liberty Division went 0-2 (.000) against outside foes. The FIGHTING MUSTANGS of Clifton High were beaten 47-12 by the MAROONS of Ridgewood and the GHOSTS of Paterson Eastside were beaten 32-6 by the COMETS of Hackensack. Clifton dedicated its renovated Joe Grecco Field at Clifton School Stadium with its new field turf at the game. The Division is 3-6 (.333) against outside opposition on the season.

This Saturday at 1:00 our CUTTERS take on those COMETS of Hackensack at home at SASSO FIELD. During 1959-82 in the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League (NNJIL) the COMETS went 16-7-1 (.696) over our CUTTERS. In 1959, Fair Lawn’s maiden season in the league, our CUTTERS won 27-6 and yet saw Hackensack take the title by half a game. Frank Bennett’s 1953 Bergen- Passaic Interscholastic League (B-PIL) champs shared the North Jersey, Section 1, Group III State title with the COMETS. Mike Alberque’s 2000 CUTTERS put up a whale of a battle before losing 14-6 to the nationally ranked COMETS in the States. The 4-0 Hackensack lead in BNC crossover action in 2010–13 has the Hackensack record against Fair Lawn 21-7-1 (.750).

Hackensack comes into the game 4-1 (.800) having outscored the opposition 130-56 for an average 26-11 win. Fair Lawn is 1-4 (.200) and has been outscored 183-59 for an average 37-12 loss. The COMETS were good last week but Eastside self destructed. Our CUTTERS will play tough and could even pull off an upset. Let’s all be at SASSO FIELD Saturday to welcome our heroes home! From here it looks like Fair Lawn 21 – Hackensack 19. GO CUTTERS GO!!!

THIS WEEK IN FLHS GRIDIRON HISTORY – Week


A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE
By Dick Engelhardt

Fair Lawn High School opened September 13th, 1943. This record covers years ending in 4.

1944 - Marty Fischbein’s CUTTERS shutout the BLUE TIDE of Harrison 6-0 playing an independent schedule. They would join the Bergen-Passaic Interscholastic League (B-PIL) in 1945 under new coach Frank Bennett. The CUTTERS and the BLUE TIDE went 1-1 (.500) against each other in 1943 and 1944.  

1954 - Coach Bennett’s B-PIL CUTTERS were edged 12-6 by the Passaic Valley Conference (PVC) COLTS of Paterson Central. Central was the Turkey Day rival of the GHOSTS of Paterson Eastside and most Fair Lawn students attended Eastside before FLHS opened in 1943. During 1951-56 and 58 Fair Lawn went 5-2 (.714) over Central. In 1988 the successor KNIGHTS of Paterson Kennedy beat our CUTTERS 20-6 in the States while, in the 2003 State “Consolation Game,” our CUTTERS prevailed 20-0. During 1951-56 independently, in the playoffs in 1988, in a Consolation game in 2003, in the North Jersey Tri-County Conference (NJTCC) in 2009 and in the Big North Conference (BNC)  Liberty Division 2010-13, Fair Lawn has gone to 8-6 (.571) over Central/Kennedy.

1964 - Ed Sheehy’s CUTTERS beat the SPARTANS of Paramus 14-2 in Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League (NNJIL) action. During 1962-83 in the NNIL, the SPARTANS went 12-10 (.545) over our CUTTERS. It was a great rivalry that ended when Fair Lawn returned to the Northern Bergen Interscholastic League (NBIL) in 1984. It resumed in 2010-11 in Big North Conference (BNC) crossover action where the SPARTANS went 2-0 (1.000) and lead the series 14-10 (.583).  

1974 - Al Reinoso’s CUTTERS ambushed the HIGHWAYMEN of Teaneck 35-28 in NNJIL action. During 1954-58 independently and 1959-82 in the NNJIL our CUTTERS went 17-11-1 (.607) over the HIGHWAYMEN. Fair Lawn’s 20-6 victory in 2009 in North Jersey Tri-County Conference (NJTCC) Division 3 action put our CUTTERS up 18-11-1 (.621) in the series.

1984 – On their way to an NBIL Division 1 title in their first season back in the league, Pete Natale’s CUTTERS were edged 21-20 by the INDIANS of Pascack Valley in crossover action. Pascack Valley took the 1955-56, 1984-85 and 1988-2008 NBIL rivalry 14-10-1 (.583).

1994 – Mike Alberque’s CUTTERS were beaten 42-0 by the RAMS of Ramsey in NBIL crossover action. Fair Lawn took the 1945-58, 1984-99 and 2002-06 rivalry against the RAMS by an astounding 28 games to 7 (.800) in B-PIL and NBIL action!

2004 - Greg Tanzer’s CUTTERS were beaten 44-22 by the GOLDEN KNIGHTS of Northern Valley/Old Tappan in NBIL action. Our CUTTERS took the 1984–2008 NBIL rivalry against the GOLDEN KNIGHTS 15–10 (.600).