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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Monday, September 15, 2014

SOUTH WESTERN MUSTANGS GRIDIRON 2014-4

By Bill Engelhardt
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Last Friday evening, September 12, the Mustangs of South Western visited the Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division’s Thundering Herd of Carlisle and were defeated 34-23 in another donnybrook.  The game was nip and tuck until DaShawn Millington’s 61-yard touchdown scamper early in the 4th quarter decided it.

The Mustangs opened the game with a ten play 44-yard drive from their own 38-yard line to the Thundering Herd 18-yard line, featuring a few nice runs by Robby Harbison and Brock Geiman’s 4-yard pass to Miles Francis and 9-yard pass to Drew Hartlaub.  Andrew Slater kicked a 35-yard field goal and the Mustangs were up 3-0 at the 8:13 mark of the first quarter.

The Thundering Herd then drove 35-yards in eight plays, only to have a fumble recovered by Corbin Byers for the Mustangs at their 47-yard line.  The Mustangs drove 53-yards in five plays, featuring a 25-yard pass from Geiman to Noah Staub, and ending with Geiman’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Byers.  Slater’s extra point kicked put the Mustangs up 10-0 with 38 seconds left in the first quarter.

The Thundering Herd then drove 73-yards in nine plays, featuring a 13-yard run by Tyler Greene, a 13-yard pass from Billy Burger to Deonte Ramsey, and a 22-yard pass from Burger to Glenn Jackson.  Greene then scored a touchdown on a 4-yard run and Millington ran in for a 2-point conversion, making the score 10-8 in favor of the Mustangs with 8:59 left in the second quarter.

Jackson intercepted a Mustangs pass shortly thereafter at the Mustangs 44-yard line.  Four plays later the Thundering Herd turned the ball over on downs.  The Mustangs got one first down and then punted.

The Thundering Herd drove 93-yards from their own 7-yard line five plays, featuring a 25-yard pass from Burger to Ramsey, and a 56-yard pass from Burger to Zion Patterson.  Greene scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run and the Thundering Herd took the lead 14-10 with 2:46 left in the second quarter.

The Mustangs ended up punting but the Thundering Herd muffed it and Matt Smolko recovered the ball for the Mustangs at the Thundering Herd 12-yard line.  Five plays later Geiman threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Hartlaub and Slater’s extra point kick put the Mustangs back on top 17-14 with 10 seconds left in the half.

Millington returned the second half kickoff 58-yards to the Mustangs 27-yard line.  Two plays later Burger threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Ramsey and Millington threw a 2-point conversion pass to Ramsey.  That put the Thundering Herd back on top 22-17 at the 10:52 mark of the third quarter.

The Mustangs and the Thundering Herd then exchanged punts twice.  The Mustangs then drove 51-yards in seven plays, featuring a 14-yard pass from Geiman to Staub and an 11-yard run by Harbison, and ending with Hartlaub’s 17-yard touchdown run.  The Mustangs went back on top 23-22 with 24 seconds left in the third quarter.

Ramsey returned the kickoff 50-yards for the Thundering Herd, to the Mustangs 35-yard line.  Burger then threw a 29-yard pass to Jackson.  Two plays later Greene scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run, putting the Thundering Herd back on top 28-23 with 11:16 left in the game.

The Mustangs ended up punting to the Thundering Herd 39-yard line.  Millington then scampered 61-yards for a touchdown to close out the scoring at 34-23 in favor of the Thundering Herd, with 9:25 left in the game.

Both teams turned the ball over on downs in subsequent drives.

Andrew Slater kicked off 5 times for 239-yards, with the longest going for 57-yards, and Brock Geiman punted 5 times for 182-yards (for an average of 36.4-yards) with the longest going for 44-yards.  Miles Francis returned 1 punt for 17-yards.  Jeff Green returned 2 kickoffs for 22-yards, with the longest going for 13-yards, Drew Hartlaub returned 1 kickoff for 20-yards, and Francis returned 1 kickoff for 6-yards, for the Mustangs.

Ryan Krebs, with 7 tackles and a caused fumble, led the Mustang defense, followed by Hunter Palmer with 6 tackles and 2 passes defended, Tyler Jachelski with 6 tackles and a pass defense, Tyler Fulmore with 6 tackles and a pass hurry, Corbin Byers with 3 tackles and a recovered fumble, Miles Francis with 3 tackles and a pass hurry, Seth Janney with 3 tackles and a pass hurry, Bret Hertzog, Chris Steckel and Nate VanCampen with 3 tackles each, Matt Smolko with 2 tackles and a recovered fumble, Brady Thayer with 2 tackles and a pass defense, Mike Farace and Zach Hughes with 2 tackles each, Marcus Jones with 1 tackle and a pass defense, and Skylar Bowman, Jeff Green, Gus Landis, and Carson Perry with 1 tackle each.

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

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

The Mustangs gained 151-yards rushing and 97-yards passing for a total of 248-yards of offense. Junior quarterback Brock Geiman completed 9 of 24 passes for the 97-yards and 2 touchdowns, 2 for 39-yards to Noah Staub, 1 for 16-yards to Brady Thayer, 2 for 14-yards to Miles Francis, 2 for 11-yards to Drew Hartlaub (including a 1-yard touchdown), 1 for 10-yards and a touchdown to Corbin Byers, and 1 for 7-yards to Robby Harbison, for the Mustangs.  Harbison led the Mustangs rushing attack with16 carries for 67-yards, followed by Hartlaub with 11 carries for 59-yards (including a 17-yard touchdown), Miles Francis with 4 for 17-yards, and Geiman with 8 carries for 8-yards.

Andrew Slater kicked a 35-yard field goal and 2 extra points, Corbin Byers and Matt Smolko each recovered a fumble, Tyler Jachelski defended a pass and hurried a pass, Hunter Palmer defended 2 passes, Brady Thayer and Marcus Jones each defended a pass, Ryan Krebs caused a fumble, and Tyler Fulmore, Miles Francis, and Seth Janney each recorded a pass hurry, for the Mustangs.

The Thundering Herd gained 165-yards rushing and 222 yards passing for a total of 387 yards gained.  Billy Burger completed 16 of 25 passes for 193-yards and DaShawn Millington completed 1 pass for 29-yards, for the Thundering Herd.  Deonte Ramsey caught 9 passes for 80-yards, followed by Glenn Jackson with 5 for 76-yards, Zion Patterson with 1 for 55-yards, Tyler Greene with 1 for 10-yards, and Mike Wuestner who caught 1 pass for 1-yard.  Millington led the Thundering Herd attack with 4 carries for 90-yards (including touchdowns of 3 and 61-yards), followed by Greene with 14 carries for 45-yards (including touchdowns of 4, 1, and 1-yards), Jackson with 4 carries for 26-yards, and Burger with 2 carries for 4-yards.  Millington ran in for a 2-point conversion and threw a 2-point conversion pass to Ramsey, and Jackson intercepted a pass, for the Thundering Herd.

The 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.  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 Carlisle Thundering Herd Marching Band gave a crowd-pleasing pre-game performance.

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

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

The Mustangs have a career record of 341-212-8.  The results of the 561 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 host the Colonials of New Oxford (0-3 overall, 0-0 league) to begin YAIAA Division I action for the season.  New Oxford is coming off of a 21-15 loss to the Canners of Biglerville.  The Mustangs are now looking to resume their winning tradition.  GO MUSTANGS GO.

THE GRIDIRON 2-2014

By Dick Engelhardt 


The CUTTERS of Fair Lawn High shocked the FIGHTING MUSTANGS of Clifton High 22-0 last week at SASSO FIELD in Big North Conference (BNC) Liberty Division action. Captains Dan Morganstein, Dillon Rinaldo and Deshawn Roberts won the coin toss and Fair Lawn received. On Clifton’s 1st possession, with great defensive plays by Jon Fochesato, Anthony Messina, Morganstein and Matt Phillips and Tyler Pollock, our heroes stopped the FIGHTING MUSTANGS on the 17. Later, Mark Terwilliger electrified the crowd returning a punt to the 4 but a penalty nullified the run. No matter, Jake Schwartz picked up a 1st down and Tyler Johnson raced to the 11. QB Gal Harari ran to the 1 and plunged for the TD. Schwartz’ 2 point conversion run had Fair Lawn up 8-0 with 19 seconds left in the half. Alex D’Angelo and Maxwell White had broken up passes and Morganstein intercepted a pass.

In the 2nd half Roberts rambled for big yardage and Johnson raced 43 yards for a TD. D’Angelo recovered a fumble and Schwartz’ fumble recovery led to a 40 yard TD gallop by Roberts that put Fair Lawn ahead 20-0. Roberts’ 2 point conversion run closed out the scoring. Dillon Rinaldo forced 2 fumbles! The shutout win was the 83rd in FLHS history versus 90 shutout losses. Fair Lawn last shutout Clifton 21-0 in 1979. Clifton leads the 1972-81 and 2010-14 series 11-4-1 (.733).    

Last week when I listed the years our CUTTERS made the playoffs, I left out ’87. That was the Bayonne game played in gale force winds and bitter cold at VETERANS MEMORIAL STADIUM. It was so cold they had to stop selling tickets because they could not handle money and the band couldn’t play the National Anthem because the instruments were frozen. BEES coach Don Ahern was thankful for the conditions and the 12-6 Bayonne win.  He admitted that, on a good day, Fair Lawn’s offense might have prevailed. The stadium is now named after the late Coach Ahern. 

In the other BNC Liberty Division game, the defending champion BULLDOGS of Passaic County Technical Institute shutout the GHOSTS of Paterson Eastside 39-0. In an interesting non- league game, I saw the INDIANS of Pascack Valley manhandle the MOUNTIES of Montclair 29-14. Pascack Valley is mourning the passing of legendary coach Joe Talamo at age 87. He was a fixture at PV football games in his folding chair. Current PV Coach Craig Nielsen coached at Fair Lawn 1980–85 under Pete Natale. He was the architect of the vaunted Fair Lawn offense on the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League (NNJIL) tri-championship team in 1980 and Northern Bergen Interscholastic League (NBIL) Division 1 championship teams in 1984 and 85.

This Saturday at 1:00 our CUTTERS take on the MAROONS of Ridgewood at SASSO FIELD in the 43rd game played between the schools. On Thanksgiving Day 1944-83 Ridgewood went 26-11-3 (.703) against Fair Lawn with 13,000 fans at the 1966 game in which the MAROONS broke Fair Lawn’s 24 game non-losing streak winning 40-34. With the BNC cross over victories in 2012 and 2013, Ridgewood leads the rivalry 28-11-3 (.718). The MAROONS demolished the INDIANS of Passaic 53-6 last week giving Coach Chuck Johnson his 200th win!

Our heroes played their hearts out against Clifton and are vastly improved over last season. I smell an upset. From here it looks like Fair Lawn 24 – Ridgewood 21. GO CUTTERS GO!!!

THIS WEEK IN FLHS GRIDIRON HISTORY – Week 2


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 13-7 by the LAKERS of Mountain Lakes. Fair Lawn went 1-1 (.500 against the LAKERS 1943 and 1944. The Mountain Lakes football team is now called THE HERD because of its huge Group I turnout. 


1954 - Frank Bennett’s CUTTERS beat the BEARS of Hawthorne 12-7 in Bergen-Passaic Interscholastic League (B-PIL) action. Independently in 1944 and in the B-PIL 1945-55, our CUTTERS went 9-3 (.750) over the BEARS. When Hawthorne, then the only Passaic County school in the league, left in ’56, the B-PIL was renamed the Northern Bergen Interscholastic League (NBIL).

1964 - Ed Sheehy’s CUTTERS were shutout 16-0 by the COMETS of Hackensack in Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League (NNJIL) action. During 1959-82 in the 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 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 Big North Conference (BNC) crossover action in 2010 – 13 has the COMETS’ record against our CUTTERS 21-7-1 (.750).

1974 - Al Reinoso’s CUTTERS were stung 21-13 by the HORNETS of Passaic Valley in NNJIL action. During 1944-46 and 1966 independently and 1967- 81 and 83 in the NNJIL the HORNETS went 13-6-2 (.684) over our CUTTERS including a 20-0 shut out victory in the 1980 State playoff finals at GIANTS STADIUM after Fair Lawn had beaten the INDIANS of Passaic 27-18 in the first round. Fair Lawn had edged PV 7-6 in NNJIL play during the season.

1984 - Pete Natale’s CUTTERS returned to the NBIL that they had left in 1959 with a crossover victory against the COWBOYS of Pascack Hills. During 1984-86 and 1994-98 our CUTTERS went 6-2 (.750) over the COWBOYS in NBIL interdivisional action.

1994 – Mike Alberque’s CUTTERS were edged 13-12 by the BRAVES of Indian Hills in NBIL crossover action. Our CUTTERS took the 1984-97 and 2000-2008 rivalry against the BRAVES 13-10 (.565). It will be renewed September 27th as Fair Lawn celebrates Hall of Fame Day at SASSO FIELD.

2004 - Greg Tanzer’s CUTTERS were beaten 49-8 by the PATRIOTS of Wayne Hills in NBIL Division 1 action. The PATRIOTS took the 1984-2008 NBIL and 2009 North Jersey Tri-County Conference (NJTCC) rivalry 20-5 (.800). Fair Lawn’s last victory was in 1989 when Mike Alberque’s NBIL Division 1 champion and playoff bound CUTTERS thrashed Wayne Hills 35-8.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

SOUTH WESTERN MUSTANGS GRIDIRON 2014-3

By Bill Engelhardt
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Last Friday evening, September 5, the Mustangs of South Western visited the Mid-Penn Keystone Division Colts of Cedar Cliff and were out scored 55-33.  A very bright spot for the Mustangs was Drew Hartlaub’s two kickoff returns for touchdowns, for 92 and 95-yards.  This sophomore sensation also ran one back last week so has three in two games. He also led the team in rushing, caught a touchdown pass, and defended 2 passes this week.

The Mustangs opened the game with a seven-play 74-yard touchdown drive, featuring a 24-yard run by Hartlaub and ending with a 32-yard touchdown pass from Brock Geiman to Hartlaub.  Andrew Slater’s extra point kick put the Mustangs up 7-0 with 9:40 left in the first quarter.

The Colts and the Mustangs then traded possessions and then the Colts drove 53-yards in six plays, featuring a 20-yard pass from Grant Brenneman to Mike Viti and ending with a 7-yard touchdown run by Jayden Demmy.  Matt Helwig blocked the extra point and the Mustangs still led 7-6 with 2:25 left in the first quarter.

The Mustangs went three and out and punted and the Colts drove 37-yrds in eight plays and Demmy scored his second touchdown on a 6-yard run.  Noah Malone’s extra point kick put the Colts up 13-7 at the 9:30 mark of the second quarter.

Hartman then returned the kickoff 92-yards for a touchdown and Slater’s extra point kick put the Mustangs up 14-13 at the 9:12 mark.

The Colt had a drive seemingly end with a punt only to have the Mustangs muff the punt and give them the ball back at the Mustangs 34-yard line.  Four plays later Brenneman threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Charles Ghiazza and Malone’s extra point kick put the Colts up 20-14 at the 6:20 mark of the second quarter.

The Colts opened the second half with an 80-yard drive, featuring a 40-yard pass from Brenneman to Malone and a 40-yard touchdown pass from Brenneman to Malone.  Malone’s extra point kick upped the score to 27-14 in favor of the Colts at the 9:49 mark of the third quarter.

The Mustangs punted and the Colts drove 69-yrds in three plays, featuring a 48-yard pass from Brenneman to John McGee and ending with a 4-yard touchdown pass from Brenneman to Jordan Styles.  Malone’s extra point kick put the Colts up 33-14 at the 7:07 mark of the third quarter.

A quick kick was recovered by the Colts but they ended up punting.  The Mustangs drove 21-yards in five plays and attempted a fake punt that failed to gain a first down and the Colts took over on the Mustangs 25-yard line.  Six plays later Demmy scored his third touchdown on a 1-yard run.  Malone’s extra point kick put the Colts up 41-14 with 1:27 left in the third quarter.

The Mustangs responded with a five play 80-yard drive, featuring a 30-yard pass from Geiman to Hartlaub and a 20-yard run by Hartlaub.  Geiman threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Miles Francis and the extra point kick by Slater made the score 41-20 as the third quarter ended.

The Colts then drove 80-yards in three plays, a 10-yardrun by John McGee, a 10-yard run by Demmy, and a 60-yard touchdown run by McGee.  Malone’s extra point kick upped the score to 48-20 with 10:43 left in the game.

The undaunted Mustangs struck back immediately as Hartman returned the kickoff 95-yards for a touchdown.  The extra point attempt failed and the Colts were still up 48-26.

The Colts then drove 69-yards in seven plays, featuring runs of 15, 10, and 10-yards by Demmy and ending with his 10-yard touchdown run for his fourth of the night.  Malone’s extra point kick made the score 55-26 with 6:45 left in the game.

The Mustangs then drove 68-yards in seven plays, featuring a 13-yard run by Robby Harbison, a 15-yard pass from Geiman to Zach Hughes, and a 23-yard run by Harbison.  Geiman threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Noah Staub.  Slater’s extra point kick closed out the scoring at 55-33 in favor of the Colts with 3:33 left in the game.

Andrew Slater kicked off 6 times for 299-yards, with one touchback, and Brock Geiman punted 4 times for 174-yards (for an average of 43.5-yards) with the longest going for 57-yards.  Miles Francis returned 1 punt for 4-yards.  Drew Hartlaub returned 3 kickoffs for 172-yards (for an average of 364yards), with the longest going for 95-yards and a touchdown, to go along with his 92-yard touchdown return, Zack Hughes returned 1 kickoff for 9-yards, and Francis returned 1 kickoff for minus 3-yards, for the Mustangs.

Ryan Krebs, with 10 tackles, led the Mustang defense, followed by Bret Hertzog with 9 tackles, Miles Francis with 8 tackles, Tyler Jachelski with 7 tackles, Seth Janney and Chris Steckel with 4 tackles each, Jeff Green, Marcus Jones, Josh Martin, and Hunter Palmer with 3 tackles each, Corbin Byers, Mike Farace, Chris Ginerva, Zach Hughes, and Matt Smolko with 2 tackles each, Tyler Fulmore with 1 tackle for a sack for an 8-yard loss, Drew Hartlaub with 1 tackle and 2 pass defenses, Luke Baugher with 1 tackle and a caused fumble, Skylar Bowman, Robby Harbison, Carson Perry, Evan Raubenstine, Austin Reusing, Nate VanCampen, and Josh Zeroth with 1 tackle each, and Matt Helwig with a blocked extra point attempt.

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

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

The Mustangs gained 81-yards rushing and 180-yards passing for a total of 261-yards of offense. Junior quarterback Brock Geiman completed 13 of 17 passes for the 180-yards and 3 touchdowns, 3 for 84-yards to Drew Hartlaub (including a 32-yard touchdown), 4 for 43-yards to Noah Staub (including a 13-yard touchdown), 1 for 15-yards to Zach Hughes, 2 for 14-yards to Miles Francis (including a 9-yard touchdown), 1 for 10-yards to Robby Harbison, 1 for 8-yards to Brady Thayer, and 1 for 6-yards to Bret Hertzog, for the Mustangs.  Hartlaub led the Mustangs rushing attack with 5 carries for 62-yards, followed by Harbison with 11 for 46, Miles Francis with 1 carry for 2-yards, Hughes with 5 carries for minus 8-yards, and Geiman with 5 carries for minus 21-yards.

Hartlaub returned a kickoff 92-yards for a touchdown and another for 95-yards and a touchdown, Andrew Slater kicked 3 extra points, Matt Helwig blocked an extra point attempt, Hartlaub defended 2 passes, and Luke Baugher caused a fumble, for the Mustangs.

The Cedar Cliff Colts rang up 267-yards rushing and 256 yards passing for a total of 523 yards gained.  Sophomore quarterback Grant Brenneman completed 216 of 20 passes for the 256-yards and 3 touchdowns, 4 for 97-yards to Noah Malone (including a 40-yard touchdown), 2 for 56-yards to John McGee, 4 for 35-yards to Mike Viti, 1 for 29-yards and a touchdown to Charles Ghiazza, 3 for 20-yards to Jordan Styles (including a 4-yard touchdown), 1 for 10-yards to Ryan Schoppert, and 1 for 9-yards to Cole Whalen, for the Colts.

Jayden Demmy led the Colts rushing attack with 26 carries for 157-yards (including 4 touchdowns, for 7, 6, 1, and 10-yards), followed by McGee with 2 for 70-yards (including a 60-yard touchdown), Patrick Duggan with 5 for 30-yards, and Brenneman with 8 carries for 10-yards.  Malone kicked 7 extra points for the Colts.

The 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.  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 Cedar Cliff Colts Marching Band gave a crowd-pleasing performance at halftime.

The 27 member Mustangs Cheer Leading Squad (26 girls and a guy) and the Colts Cheer Leading squad were both very impressive as they roused the faithful.

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

The Mustangs have a career record of 341-211-8.  The results of the 560 games played in the history of the South Western Mustangs are a career .618 winning percentage and a .623 non-losing percentage.

Next week the Mustangs visit the Mid-Penn Commonwealth Division’s Thundering Herd of Carlisle (1-1 overall, 0-0 league).  Carlisle suffered a 19-18 loss to the Patriots of Red Land this week.  The Mustangs are still looking to resume their winning tradition.  GO MUSTANGS GO.

THE GRIDIRON 1-2014

By Dick Engelhardt 


It’s great to begin my 18th season as “The Voice of The CUTTERS on THE GRIDIRON” as the CUTTERS of Fair Lawn High begin their 72nd football season. I became the announcer in 1997 after my twin brother, Bill, and I had been “spotters” for some 30 seasons for long time popular Fair Lawn announcer, Joe Hausmann. Even then. I enjoyed taking the crowd on my “Walk Down Memory Lane.” I look forward to the 2014 season with my spotter, Shawn Kerestes.

Amir Saadah, a 2000 FLHS graduate who played for Mike Alberque’s 1997-99 CUTTERS, took over in 2011 as the 11th Football coach in FLHS history. He followed Marty Fischbein 1943-44, Frank Bennett 1945-60, Ed Sheehy 1961-64, Frank Devens 1965-71, Al Reinoso 1972-74, Rich Szura 1975-77, Pete Natale 1978-87, Mike Alberque 1988-2001, Greg Tanzer 2002-06 and Stan Myles 2007-10. Their combined 1943-2013 record is 317-315-14 (.502).

Championships came in the Bergen-Passaic Interscholastic League (B-PIL) in 1945, 53 and 55 with co-championships in ’46 with BUCCANEERS of Bogota and ’47 with the GOLDEN BEARS of Lyndhurst. My brother Bill and I were “Water Boys” on Coach Bennett’s ’55 team. Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League (NNJIL) titles came in 1965 and 66 with a tri-championship in 1980 with the FIGHTING MUSTANGS of Clifton High and the HORNETS of Passaic Valley. Northern Bergen Interscholastic League (NBIL) Division 1 championships came in 1984, 85, 87 and 89. The State playoff system began in 1974 and our CUTTERS have been in the playoffs in 1979, 80, 85, 88, 89, 2000 and 2009.

Saadah has a fine coaching staff. Billy Lynn is offensive coordinator, Saadah continues as the defensive coordinator and Brian Caiazzo, Scott Leathem, who is the Lacrosse Head Coach; Anthony Tozzi and Brian Walis are assistants. Ed Guy and Andy Berninger continue to coach the freshman team. The names Berninger, Guy, Leathem, Lynn, Saadah, Tozzi and Walis are big in FLHS GRIDIRON history.

The 2014 schedule is interesting. The LANCERS of Lakeland are replaced by the BRAVES of Indian Hills who will be our “Hall of Fame” game at SASSO FIELD Saturday, September 27th at 1:00. Our CUTTERS lead the 1984-97 and 2000-2008 Indian Hills rivalry 13-10 (.565). And instead of playing the PALADINS of Paramus Catholic, who will play the HONEY BADGERS of Eastern Christian Academy in Elkton, Maryland, our CUTTERS will travel 60 miles to New Canaan, Connecticut to take on the STORM of St. Luke’s High School on Saturday, October 25th at 2:00.

This Saturday at 2:30 our CUTTERS open the season at SASSO Field in Big North Conference (BNC) Liberty Division action against those FIGHTING MUSTANGS of Clifton High. The game was switched to Fair Lawn because the new field turf at Clifton School Stadium isn’t ready. Last year the Clifton game was the 1st football game on Fair Lawn’s new turf and Fair Lawn would have been the 1st to play football on the new Clifton turf. During 1972-74 independently, 1975-81 in the NNJIL and 2010-13 in the BNC Liberty Division, Clifton has gone 11-3-1 (.786) over Fair Lawn, including a State playoff victory in 1979 after Pete Natale’s CUTTERS had upset the FIGHTING MUSTANGS 21-0 during the season. Coach Sadaah’s 2011 Cutters edged Clifton 13-12. Fair Lawn got ready for the season with scrimmage action at Sasso Field against Hawthorne, Manchester and Plainfield and at Fort Lee and Secaucus. I look forward to seeing our heroes get off to a good start. From here it looks like Fair Lawn 14- Clifton 7. GO GUTTERS GO!!! 

THIS WEEK IN FLHS GRIDIRON HISTORY – Week 1


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 began their 1st full season with a 13-7 victory over the TIGERS of Spring Valley, NY in independent action in the only game ever played between the schools.   

1954 - Frank Bennett’s CUTTERS went outside their Bergen-Passaic Interscholastic League (B-PIL) to beat the HIGHWAYMEN of Teaneck and the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League (NNJIL) 12-7. 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.

1964 - Ed Sheehy’s NNJIL CUTTERS were beaten 7-0 by the CRUSADERS of East Paterson (Now Elmwood Park) representing the Passaic Valley Conference (PVC) in independent action. During 1962-65 the tough CRUSADERS went 3-1 (.750) over our CUTTERS. The 1st Fair Lawn victory was in the last game in 1965 when our CUTTERS went 8-0-1 (1.000) and took the NNJIL title.

1974 - Al Reinoso’s CUTTERS were edged 7-6 by the COMETS of Hackensack in NNJIL action. During 1959-82 in the 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 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 Big North Conference (BNC) crossover action in 2010 – 13 has the COMETS’ record against our CUTTERS 21-7-1 (.750).

1984 - Pete Natale’s CUTTERS returned to the Northern Bergen Interscholastic League (NBIL) that they had left in 1959 with a 19-10 crossover victory against the COWBOYS of Pascack Hills. During 1984-86 and 1994-98 our CUTTERS went 6-2 (.750) over the COWBOYS in NBIL interdivisional action.

1994 – Mike Alberque’s CUTTERS shutout the NORSEMEN of Northern Valley/Demarest 12-0 in NBIL Division 1 action. Our CUTTERS took the 1956-58 and 1990- 2008 NBIL rivalry 13-9 (.591). The NORSEMEN went 2-0 in 2010 and 11 Big North Conference (BNC) crossover action and Fair Lawn leads the rivalry 13-11 (.552).    

2004 - Greg Tanzer’s CUTTERS were shutout 41-0 by the GREEN RAIDERS of Ramapo in NBIL Division 1 action. Ramapo took the 1956-58 and 1984-2008 NBIL Division 1 rivalry 17-11 (.607). 

Sunday, August 31, 2014

SOUTH WESTERN MUSTANGS GRIDIRON 2014-2

By Bill Engelhardt
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Last Friday evening, August 29, the Mustangs of South Western hosted the Warriors of Gettysburg, the newest member of the York Adams Interscholastic League (YAIAA), at the Mustang Corral and were edged 44-41 in a donnybrook.  The Mustangs are in Division I and the Warriors are in Division II so this was a non-league encounter.  Gettysburg joined the YAIAA in fine fashion as Kobe Wansel returned the opening kickoff 93-yards for a touchdown.  Michael Heeschen’s extra point kick put the Warriors on top 7-0 fourteen seconds into the game.


The Mustangs went three and out and punted and the Warriors drove 50-yards in six plays, ending with Wade Laudeman’s 30-yard touchdown run.  Michael Heeschen’s extra point attempt was blocked by Corbin Byers, leaving the Warriors up 13-0 at the 7:02 mark in the first quarter.

Drew Hartlaub then ran the Warriors kickoff back 91-yards for a touchdown.  Andrew Slater’s extra point kick made the score 13-7 with 6:49 left in the first quarter.

After a 63-yard kickoff return by the Warriors, the Warriors drove 32-yards in four plays, ending with a 15-yard touchdown run by Nathan Sharrah.  Heeschen’s extra point kick made the score 20-7 with 5:20 to go in the first quarter.

The Mustangs then drove 64-yards in six plays, featuring a 20-yard scamper by Brock Geiman and an 11-yard pass from Geiman to Brady Thayer.  Robby Harbison scampered in for a 12-yard touchdown run and Slater’s extra point kick made the score 20-14 in favor of the Warriors with 3:10 left in the first quarter.  The two teams combined scored 34 points in 8 minutes and 50 seconds.

Miles Francis returned a Warriors punt for 28-yards to the Warriors 44-yard line.  The drive then included runs of 11, 13, 3, and 2-yards by Harbison, with a 12-yard run by Hartlaub.  Harbison scored on a 2-yard run and Slater’s extra point kick put the Mustangs up 21-20 at the 10:59 mark of the second quarter.

The Warriors then drove 86-yards in nine plays, ending with Laudeman’s 60-yard touchdown run.  Jake Myers’ 2-point conversion pass to Tyler Lampe put the Warriors on top 28-21 with 7:05 to go in the first half.

The Mustangs stormed back with an 11 play 73-yard drive, featuring an 18-yard run by Hartlaub, a 14-yard pass from Geiman to Noah Staub, and a 9-yard pass to Francis.  Geiman scored on a 2-yard plunge and Slater’s extra point kick tied the score at 28 with two minutes left in the first half.

The Warrior then drove 64-yards in six plays, featuring runs of 15 and 11-yards by Elijah Jackson and runs of 14 and 4-yards by Laudeman.  Laudeman scored on a 3-yard run with 28 seconds left in the first half, putting the Warriors up 34-28 at the half.

The Mustangs went three and out to open the second half and the Warriors drove 74-yards in 14 plays.  Heeschen kicked a 33-yard field goal and the Warriors were up 37-28 at the 3:37 mark of the third quarter.

Jeff Green returned the Warriors kickoff 45-yards to the Warriors 46-yard line.  Six plays later, featuring a 23-yard run by Harbison, Geiman threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Hartlaub and the   Mustangs closed to within three points, 37-34.

The Warriors next drive was thwarted when Corbin Byers batted down a pass and Francis intercepted it for the Mustangs.  The Mustangs drove to the Warriors 10-yard line, only to turn the ball over on downs.  The Warriors then ended up punting and the Mustangs drove 36-yards in seven plays, ending with Hartlaub’s 5-yard touchdown run.  Slater’s extra point kick put the Mustangs on top 41-37 with 4:05 left in the game.

The Warriors then drove 75-yards in five plays, ending with Myers’ 46-yard touchdown pass to Wansel.  Heeschen’s extra point kick put the Warriors back on top 44-41 with 1:56 left in the game.

The Mustangs final drive ended when they had a 4th and 12 at their own 46 and Geiman’s pass to Brady Thayer netted 11-yards.  The turnover on downs enabled the Warriors to run out the clock.

Andrew Slater kicked off 7 times for 328-yards, with the longest going for 55-yards, and Brock Geiman punted 2 times for 63-yards (for an average of 31.5-yards) with the longest going for 35-yards.  Miles Francis returned 1 punt for 28-yards.  Drew Hartlaub returned 4 kickoffs for 140-yards (for an average of 35-yards), with the longest going for 91-yards and a touchdown, and Jeff Green returned 2 kickoffs for 45-yards (for an average of 22.5-yards), with the longest going for 30-yards, for the Mustangs.

Corbin Byers, with 9 tackles, a blocked field goal attempt, a caused fumble, and a pass defense, led the Mustang defense, followed by Ryan Krebs with 9 tackles, Bret Hertzog with 8 tackles, Seth Janney with 7 tackles (including one for a loss), Tyler Jachelski with 7 tackles and a pass defense, Hunter Palmer with 5 tackles, Skylar Bowman and Marcus Jones with 4 tackles each, Miles Francis with 3 tackles and an interception returned for 5-yards, Brady Thayer with 2 tackles and a pass defense, Chris Steckel with 2 tackles (including one for a loss) and a pass hurry, Mike Farace, Zach Hughes, Josh Martin, and Matt Smolko with 2 tackles each, Josh Zeroth with 1 tackle and a pass hurry, and Jeff Green, Matt Helwig, Tyler Fulmore, Carson Perry, and Andrew Slater with 1 tackle each.

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

Zach Hughes, Ryan Krebs, Hunter Palmer, and Brady Thayer patrolled the secondary for the Mustangs.

The Mustangs gained 186-yards rushing and 87-yards passing for a total of 273-yards of offense. Junior quarterback Brock Geiman completed 8 of 18 passes for the 87-yards and 1 touchdown, 2 for 41-yards to Noah Staub, 2 for 18-yards to Brady Thayer, 2 for 13-yards to Drew Hartlaub (including a 9-yard touchdown), 1 for 9-yards to Miles Francis, and 1 for 6-yards to Zach Hughes, for the Mustangs.  Robby Harbison led the Mustangs rushing attack with 17 carries for 96-yards (including touchdowns of 12 and 2-yards), followed by Hartlaub with 8 for 40 (including a 5-yard touchdown), Geiman with 6 for 27 (including a 2-yard touchdown), Hughes with 2 for 16-yards, and Francis with 2 carries for no yards.

Hartlaub returned a kickoff 91-yards for a touchdown, Andrew Slater kicked 5 extra points, Miles Francis intercepted a pass, Corbin Byers blocked a field goal attempt, defended a pass and caused a fumble, Tyler Jachelski and Brady Thayer each defended a pass, and Chris Steckel and Josh Zeroth each recorded pass hurry, for the Mustangs.

The Gettysburg Warriors rang up 295-yards rushing and 83-yards passing for a total of 378-yards gained.  Quarterback Jake Myers completed 4 of 10 passes for the 83-yards and 1 touchdown, 1 for 46-yards and a touchdown to Kobe Wansel, 1 for 22-yards to Nathan Sharrah, 1 for 13-yards to Tyler Lampe, and 1 for 2-yards to Lane Sherman, for the Warriors.  Wade Laudeman led the Warriors rushing attack with 9 carries for 122-yards (including touchdowns of 30, 60, and 3-yards), followed by Myers with 11 for 48, Lampe with 14 for 40, Elijah Jackson with 6 for 30, Sharrah with 3 for 23 (including a 15-yard touchdown), Sherman with 4 for 11-yards, and Mitchell Hoffman with 1 carry for 1-yard.

Wansel returned a kickoff 93-yards for a touchdown, Michael Heeschen kicked a 33-yard field goal and 3 extra points, and Myers completed a 2-point conversion pass to Lampe, for the Warriors.

The 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 pre-game performance, presenting their 2014 field show “Nevermore,” based on “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe.  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 Gettysburg Warriors Marching Band performed a medley of tunes from “The Wizard of Oz” and Oz for their show entitled “The Wizard of Oz Meets Oz.”

The 27 member Mustangs Cheer Leading Squad (26 girls and a guy) and the Warriors Cheer Leading squad were both very impressive as they roused the faithful on both sides of the field.

The Mustangs of South Western are 0-1-0 overall and 0-0-0 in York Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association (YAIAA) Division I league play.

The Mustangs have a career record of 341-210-8.  The results of the 559 games played in the history of the South Western Mustangs are a career .619 winning percentage and a .624 non-losing percentage

Next week the Mustangs visit the Colts of Cedar Cliff.  Cedar Cliff opened the season with a 27-20 loss to the Comets of Penn Manor in a game played in Dublin, Ireland.  The Mustangs played their hearts out in the heartbreaking opening loss.  They are looking to resume their winning tradition and make this a memorable season.  GO MUSTANGS GO.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

SOUTH WESTERN MUSTANGS GRIDIRON 2014-1


Preseason Review

By Bill Engelhardt
________

The Mustangs of South Western return to gridiron action Friday night, August 29, as they host the Warriors of Gettysburg to kick off the 2014 season.  The Warriors have left the Mid Pen Conference and joined the York Adams Interscholastic Athletic Association (YAIAA) this year, resulting in a realignment of the three YAIAA divisions.  The Warriors are in Division II so this is a non-league contest.  Division I, now an 8 team division, consists of Central York, Dallastown, New Oxford, Northeastern, Red Lion, South Western, Spring Grove, and William Penn, with New Oxford and Northeastern moving up from Division II.


The Mustangs begin their third year under coach Damian Poalucci and are looking forward to a successful season as they enter the 55th year of the football program.  They have a career 341-209-8 record with a .620 winning percentage and a .625 non-losing percentage.  They are 335-200-8 in regular season play.  This year the Mustangs have a good group of returning seniors, returning starters and lettermen, and some exciting new players to watch, and hope to resume the winning tradition, which includes 12 league titles since 1990 and 16 in the history of the school.

Seniors Matt Helwig, Tyler Jachelski, Ryan Krebs, Hunter Palmer, Brady Thayer, and Jonas Walter, and juniors Skylar Bowman, Brock Geiman, Robby Harbison, and Noah Staub are returning starters.  Seniors Like Baugher, Bret Hertzog, and Gustave Landis, and juniors Scott Dickmyer, Miles Francis, Tyler Fulmore, and Zach Hughes are also returning letterman.

 Seniors Marcus Jones, Mitch Muir, and T.J. Sneeringer, juniors Corbin Byers, Mike Farace, Jeffrey Green, Matt Smolko, Gage Thomas, and Josh Zeroth, and sophomores Kobe Carbaugh, Drew Hartlaub, Seth Janey, Evan Raubenstine, and Austin Ruesing are up and comers to watch this year.

The graduation of key players Logan Bowman, Camden Brown, Gunner Holtz, Ryan Lane, Jordan Markle, Brandon McMinn, Tyler Sterner, Payton Taylor, and Dillon Thomas still leaves the Mustangs with a cadre of seasoned players.  Senior Ryan Krebs and junior Brock Geiman have both seen significant playing time at the all important quarterback position and both are ready and excited to vie to be the starter, leaving the position in good hands regardless of which one is behind the center.

We look for Harbison, Fulmore and Walter to vie for the fullback position and lead the heralded rushing attack, and provide depth, and Francis, Green, Hertzog, Hartlaub, Hughes, and Thomas will round out the offensive backfield and continue the great running tradition of the Mustangs.  Departed Dillon Thomas led the rushing attack last year with 485-yards and 5 touchdowns, but Francis had 219-yards and a touchdown, Walter had 167-yards, and Harbison had 150-yards and a touchdown, so there is experience in the backfield.

We are looking for Staub (14 receptions for 251-yards and 4 touchdowns), Thayer (10 receptions for 228-yards and 2 touchdowns), Palmer (7 receptions for 98-yards) in 2013, and Byers, and Smolko, to form the nucleus of a solid receiving corps. Francis (3 receptions for 61-yards) and Hertzog (2 receptions for 28-yards) in 2013, have experience catching the ball out of the backfield.

Among the returning players, Helwig (7 tackles), Jones (5 tackles), Byers (4 tackles), Zeroth (4 tackles), Landis (3 tackles) Baugher (1 tackle), and Dickmyer (1 tackle) in 2013, have significant experience on either the offensive or defensive line and should figure prominently again this year, along with Carbaugh, Jachelski, Janey, Muir, Ruesing, and Sneeringer.  The trenches will certainly be a significant factor in the success of the Mustangs this year.

Jachelski (73 tackles), Walter (33 tackles), Bowman (16 tackles), Harbison (3 tackles), Thomas (3 tackles), Farace (1 tackle), Hertzog (1 tackle) in 2013, leave the Mustangs in great shape at the linebacker position.  All are seasoned veterans.  And, Fulmore, Raubenstine, and Smolko should fit in nicely here as well.

Palmer (33 tackles), Krebs (32 tackles), Geiman (6 tackles), Thayer (6 tackles), (Hughes (4 tackles), and Francis (2 tackles) in 2013, should all see plenty of action in the secondary, with help from Green, Hartlaub, and Staub.

Geiman, with 38 kickoffs and 39 punts (for 1,323-yards and a 33.92-yard average), 25 extra points, and 2 field goals, in 2013, leaves the kicking game in experienced hands.

Damian Poalucci is ready and eager to lead the Mustangs into a new season against the Warriors of Gettysburg.  In his preseason outlook he said, “The Mustang Corral should be filled with offensive excitement this season with many returning starters on the offensive side of the ball.  With the graduation of Dillon Thomas (who became the school’s leading rusher in Game # 3 last season) Jonas Walter, Robby Harbison, and Tyler Fulmore look to earn the starting position in summer camp.  The rest of the offensive backfield will be filled by returning lettermen Bret Hertzog, Zack Hughes, Miles Francis, Jeff Green, and newcomer Drew Hartlaub.

Brock Geiman and Ryan Krebs will have a shootout for the starting quarterback position with the departure of Lebanon Valley College recruit Tyler Sterner.  With a strong receiver corps consisting of returning lettermen Hunter Palmer, Brady Thayer, and Noah Staub the QB’s should have many options to get the ball downfield.

The old cliché’ that “it all starts with the line” has never been more applicable.  The fate of the Mustang Football Team clearly rests up front.  The offensive and defensive line will be anchored by seniors Matt Helwig, Gus Landis, Marcus Jones, and returning junior starter Skylar Bowman.  Newcomers to the offensive and defensive line Scotty Dickmyer, TJ Sneeringer, Josh Zeroth and Corbin Byers will play a vital role on both sides of the football.

We do return significant playing experience in the defensive side of the ball with Ryan Krebs and Hunter Palmer returning to their safety and cornerback positions.  Tyler Jachelski will return to his ILB position and be joined by Skylar Bowman who is moving from DE.  The outside backer position returns letterman winners senior Bret Hertzog, and juniors Matt Smolko, and Chris Ginevra.

NEVER AGAIN is 2014 mantra in the South Western Corral.  The off-season work ethic in the weight room, 7v7s, voluntary camps, and instructional sessions was excellent, actually the best in many years.  The up and coming sophomores (Drew Hartlaub, Tyler Bynaker, Kobe Carbaugh, Nate VanCampen, and Jake Warrington) worked tirelessly this summer and may contribute to the returning players and lettermen.

The absolute, number one, positive with this group has been the bond of classes and willingness to work together.  There has been outstanding senior/junior leadership from the starters, lettermen, and “players to watch” (noted elsewhere in this article) and these young men really want to continue the strong tradition of Mustang Football!

                                                                                                Go Mustangs!!!!
                                                                                                            Damian Poalucci”

From here it looks like the South Western Mustangs are ready and eager to provide all the thrills and excitement their faithful fans have come to expect in their 55th season.  I think the Mustangs are up to the challenge of resuming their winning ways.  I can’t wait for the start of the 2014 season.  GO MUSTANGS GO.

SOUTH WESTERN MUSTANGS RECORD BOOK: 1960-2013

TEAM DEFENSE
POINTS SURRENDERED
1994 - 53 pts.
1982 - 62 pts.
1985 - 67 pts.
1977 - 78 pts.
1970 - 84 pts.

TEAM DEFENSE
RUSHING YARDS SURRENDERED
1994 - 497 yds.
1981 - 761 yds.
1982 - 791 yds.
1986 - 913 yds.
1992 - 952 yds.

TEAM DEFENSE
PASSING YARDS SURRENDERD
1978 - 614 yds.
1984 - 726 yds.
1985 - 728 yds.
1990 - 746 yds.
1999 - 748 yds.

TEAM DEFENSE
TOTAL YARDS SURRENDERED
1994 - 1348 yds.
1982 - 1613 yds.
1986 - 1795 yds.
1992 - 1800 yds.
1981 - 1857 yds.

TEAM DEFENSE
MOST SHUTOUTS
1994 - 5
1984 - 5
2006 - 4
1995 - 4
1982 - 4
1980 - 4
1972 - 4
1965 - 4

TEAM DEFENSE
SCORES
1984 – 6 TD’s
2006 - 5 TD’s, 2 safeties
1886 - 5 TD’s, 1 safety
1976 - 5 TD’s
1990 - 4 TD’s, 2 safeties

TEAM DEFENSE
QUARTERBACK SACKS
1993 - 44
1986 - 40
2003 - 37
2006 - 36
2000 - 34

TEAM DEFENSE
INTERCEPTIONS
1985 - 22
1995 - 20
1992 - 20
1982 - 20
2000 - 18

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSE
SEASON TACKLES
163 – Carnie Fryfogle – 2011
151 - Jason Gigous - 2006
145 - Justin Mummert – 2000
139 – Jake Myers - 2009
132 - Adam Lawrence - 2001

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSE
CAREER TACKLES
290 - Brian Hart
286 - Jeff Fritz
266 – Jake Myers
257 - Kyle Wildasin
255 - Justin Mummert

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSE
SEASON QB SACKS
16 - Zack Topper – 1993
16 - Mike McFalls – 1986
14 - Nate Stetter – 1995
13 - Scott Baublitz – 1979
10 – Jeremy Renoll - 2005
10 – Jeremie Ecker - 2000

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSE
CAREER QB SACKS
23 - Zack Topper
21 – Jeremy Renoll
17 - Bob Bealing
16 - Mike McFalls
15 - Scott Baublitz
15 - Jeremie Ecker

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSE
SEASON INTERCEPTIONS
8 - Aaron Brady – 1992
7 - Zach Krise - 2004
7 - Matt Schmidt – 2003
7 - Kyle Wildasin – 1999
6 – Duane Rowlette - 2007
6 - Doug Seidenstricker - 1990
6 - Andy Stauffer - 1984
6 - Paige Wingert - 1982

INDIVIDUAL DEFENSE
CAREER INTERCEPTIONS
12 Aaron Brady
11 - Andy Stauffer
9 - Kyle Wildasin
9 - Jason Zinn
9 - Paige Wingert
9 - Gerry Fuhrman

TEAM OFFENSE
POINTS SCORED
2006 - 441 pts.
1994 - 404 pts.
2000 - 403 pts.
1997 - 391 pts.
1993 - 379 pts.

TEAM OFFENSE
POINTS SCORED IN ONE GAME
69 pts. – Dallastown - 2006
68 pts. - New Oxford - 2004
68 pts. - Central York - 1993
62 pts. - Dover - 2000
62 pts. - Central York - 1994
62 pts. - Kennard Dale - 1985

TEAM OFFENSE
RUSHING YARDS GAINED
1997 - 3,091 yds.
2000 - 3,042 yds.
1991 - 3,029 yds.
1994 - 2,900 yds.
1992 - 2,896 yds.

TEAM OFFENSE
PASSING YARDS GAINED
2009 – 1,583 yds.
2013 – 1,445 yds.
2006 - 1,276 yds.
1990 - 1,242 yds.
1980 - 1,164 yds.

TEAM OFFENSE
TOTAL YARDS GAINED
2009 – 4,132 yds.
2006 - 4,071 yds.
1997 - 3,967 yds.
1991 - 3,967 yds.
1994 - 3,904 yds.

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE
SEASON SCORING
156 pts. – Mike Felton – 2011
142 pts. – Tim Smith - 2006
132 pts. - Andrew Kern - 2000
126 pts. - Joe Myers - 1991
121 pts. - Drew Snyder - 2006

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE
CAREER SCORING
302 pts. – Mike Felton
228 pts. - Drew Snyder
216 pts. - Allen Bittinger
213 pts. - Glenn Geiman
205 pts. - Doug Morela

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE
SEASON TOUCHDOWNS
25 – Mike Felton – 2011
23 - Tim Smith - 2006
21 - Andrew Kern - 2000
21 - Joe Myers - 1991
18 - Allen Bittinger - 1999
18 - Mike Tracy - 1994
18 - Don Parr - 1960

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE
CAREER TOUCHDOWNS
47 – Mike Felton
37 – Dillon Thomas
36 - Allen Bittinger
34 - Doug Morela
31 - Glenn Geiman

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE
SEASON RUSHING
1,541 yds – Dillon Thomas - 2012
1,525 yds. - Joe Myers - 1991
1,458 yds. - Allen Bittinger - 1999
1,263 yds. - Mike Tracy – 1994
1,232 yds. – Dustin Permenter - 2004

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE
CAREER RUSHING
3,084 yds- Dillon Thomas
2,871 yds. - Allen Bittinger
2,775 yds. - Dustin Permenter
2,351 yds. - Doug Morela
2,165 yds. - Glenn Geiman

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE
SEASON PASSING
1,483 yds. – Ian Smith – 2009
1,289 yds- Tyler Sterner - 2013
1,259 yds. - J.C. Laughlin - 2006
1,188 yds. - Doug Seidenstricker – 1990
1,074 yds. – Zach Gross – 2011

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE
CAREER PASSING
2,894 yds. - Andy Adams
2,159 yds. - J.C. Laughlin
2,094 yds. - Aaron Brady
1,876 yds. - Doug Seidenstricker
1,714 yds. – Ian Smith

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE
SEASON TOUCHDOWN PASSES
20 – J.C. Laughlin – 2006
16 – Ian Smith – 2009
15 – Tyler Sterner - 2013
14 – David Sager - 2008
13 - Matt Schmidt – 2003

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE
CAREER TOUCHDOWN PASSES
29 – J.C. Laughlin
24 - Andy Adams
24 – David Sager
21 - Aaron Brady
19 – Tyler Sterner

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE
SEASON PASS RECEPTIONS
45 - Tim Rill - 1990
31 - Brian Bidelspach - 1980
30 - Jim Stetter - 1978
29 - Jason Zinn - 1995
29 - Tim Redding - 1996
29 - Scott Baublitz - 1979

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE
CAREER PASS RECEPTIONS
70 - Tim Rill
69 – Mike Felton
66 - Corry Rutters
40 - Zach Krise
39 - Brian Bidelspach

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE
SEASON PASS RECEPTION YARDAGE
599 - Tim Rill – 1990
503 - Drew Snyder - 2006
487 – Drew Snyder - 2005
480 - Jim Stetter - 1978
468 - Aaron Soullaird - 1988

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE
CAREER PASS RECEPTION YARDAGE
1,156 – Mike Felton
992 - Tim Rill
990 – Drew Snyder
871 - Cory Rutters
651 - Bob Flemmens

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE
SEASON TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS
10 - Drew Snyder - 2006
7 - Zach Krise - 2003
7 - Tim Rill – 1989
7 – Drew Sneeringer – 2008
6 – Mike Felton – 2011
6 – Mike Felton - 2009
6 - Tim Rill - 1990
6 - Phil Null - 1973

INDIVIDUAL OFFENSE
CAREER TOUCHDOWN RECEPTIONS
16 – Mike Felton
14 – Drew Snyder
13 - Tim Rill
11 – Drew Sneeringer
9 - Corry Rutters

SPECIAL TEAMS

PUNTING
SEASON AVERAGE PER PUNT
41.5 yds. – Mike Felton – 2011
40.2 yds. - Rod Gross – 1982
39.8 yds. – Drew Snyder – 2005
39.4 yds. – Mike Felton - 2010
39.0 yds. - Allen Zepp - 1977

PUNTING
CAREER AVERAGE PER PUNT
39.0 yds. - Allen Zepp
37.3 yds. - Mike Felton
37.3 yds. – Drew Snyder
37.2 yds. - Rod Gross
37.0 yds. - Jeremie Esker

KICKING SEASON X-POINTS
44 - Ryan Wickline - 1994
38 - Josh Galemore – 1997
36 – Ian Smith – 2009
35 – Jake Tracy – 2011
34 – Drew Snyder – 2006
34 – Jamie Taylor - 2000
34 - Gene Gobrecht - 1982

KICKING
CAREER X-POINTS
105 - Ryan Wickline
81 - Drew Snyder
66 – Jake Tracey
56 - Gene Gobrecht
55 - Josh Galemore

KICKING
SEASON FIELD GOALS
8 - Drew Snyder - 2004
8 - Josh Galemore - 1996
7 - Drew Snyder - 2006
5 - Ryan Gallagher - 1998
5 - Gene Gobrecht - 1982
5 - Paul Novak - 1986

KICKING
CAREER FIELD GOALS
19 – Drew Snyder
10 - Ryan Wickline
9 - Josh Galemore
8 - Drew Snyder
7 - Gene Gobrecht
7 - Fred Shafer

KICKING
LONGEST FIELD GOALS
51 yds. - Drew Snyder - 2006
47 yds. – Drew Snyder - 2005
45 yds. - Dean Frock - 1977
43 yds. - Paul Novak - 1987
41 yds. - Gene Gobrecht - 1982
41 - yds. Zak Kruger - 2008

BEST TEAM RECORDS
2000 - 11-1 (10-0 Regular Season
1990 - 11-1 (11-0 Regular Season)
1995 - 10-1 (10-0 Regular Season)
1994 - 10-1 (10-0 Regular Season)
2006 - 12-2 (9-1 Regular Season)
2009 – 10-2 (9-1 Regular Season)
1982 - 9-1
1997 - 9-2
1993 - 9-2
1992 - 9-2

LONGEST WINNING STREAK
23 games Regular Season 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
15 games - Regular Season 1989-1990
12 games - 1999-2000, 2006

CHAMPIONSHIP SEASONS
2011 - YAIAA Division I Champions/District III Quarterfinals
2009 – YAIAA Division I Co-Champions/Hanover City Cup/ District III Quarterfinals
2008 – Hanover City Cup
2006 – District III Runner-up/YAIAA Division I Champions/Hanover City Cup
2005 – Hanover City Cup
2004 - YAIAA Division I Champions/Hanover City Cup
2003 - Hanover City Cup
2000 - YAIAA Division I Champions/Hanover City Cup I, District III Runner-up
1999 - Hanover City Cup
1998 - Hanover City Cup
1997 - YAIAA Division I Champions/Hanover City Cup
1996 - YAIAA Division I Co-Champions
1995 - YAIAA Division I Champions/Hanover City Cup
1994 - YAIAA Division I Champions/Hanover City Cup
1993 - YAIAA Division I Co-Champions/Hanover City Cup
1992 - YAIAA Division I Tri-Champions/Hanover City Cup
1991 - Hanover City Cup
1990 - YCIAA Division I Champions/Hanover City Cup
1989 - YCIAA Division I Co-Champions/Hanover City Cup
1985 - YCIAA Division II Champions/Hanover City Cup
1984 – Hanover City Cup
1982 – YCIAA Division II Co-Champions/Hanover City Cup
1977 – YCIAA Division II Co-Champions

OVERALL RECORD: 1960-2013

Year = Record

1960 = 8-2-0
1961 = 7-3-0
1962 = 6-4-0
1963 = 4-6-0
1964 = 4-4-2
1965 = 5-5-0
1966 = 4-7-0
1967 = 2-8-0
1968 = 5-5-0
1969 = 5-5-0
1970 = 6-4-0
1971 = 5-5-0
1972 = 5-5-0
1973 = 4-6-0
1974 = 3-6-1
1975 = 2-8-0
1976 = 6-3-1
1977 = 6-3-1
1978 = 4-5-2
1979 = 4-7-0
1980 = 7-4-0
1981 = 8-2-0
1982 = 9-1-0
1983 = 5-5-0
1984 = 8-3-0
1985 = 10-1-0
1986 = 7-4-0
1987 = 6-5-0
1988 = 5-5-1
1989 = 9-2-0  (0-1 playoffs)
1990 = 11-0-0  (0-1 playoffs)
1991 = 8-3-0
1992 = 9-2-0
1993 = 9-2-0
1994 = 10-0-0  (0-1 playoffs)
1995 = 10-0-0  (0-1 playoffs)
1996 = 8-2-0
1997 = 9-1-0  (0-1 playoffs)
1998 = 4-7-0
1999 = 8-2-0
2000 = 10-0-0  (1-1 playoffs)
2001 = 7-3-0
2002 = 2-8-0
2003 = 8-2-0
2004 = 8-2-0 (0-1 playoffs)
2005 = 4-6-0
2006 = 9-1-0 (3-1 playoffs)
2007 = 3-7-0
2008 = 4-6-0
2009 = 9-1-0 (1-1 playoffs)
2010 = 4-6-0
2011 = 9-3-0 (1-1 playoffs)
2012 = 6-5-0 (0-1 playoffs)
2013 = 3-7-0

Regular Season Total = 335-198-8

Playoffs = 6-11

Grand Total = 341-209-8

JUNIOR HIGH CHAMPIONSHIPS
2006 - YAIAA Division I Champions
2003 - YAIAA Division I Champions
1998 - YAIAA Division I Champions
1994 - YAIAA Division I Champions
1992 - YAIAA Division I Champions
1986 - YCIAA Division II Champions
1983 - YCIAA Division II Champions
1982 - YCIAA Division II Champions
1981 - YCIAA Division II Co-Champions

1980 - YCIAA Division II Champions