THIS WEEK IN FLHS GRIDIRON HISTORY – Week 1
Fair Lawn High School opened
September 13th, 1943. This history covers the years ending in “3.”
1943 – Marty
Fischbein’s brand new team began action with 3 JV games to get started. In the 1st game Fair Lawn ever played, the team was
edged 7-6 by the RAMS of Lodi.
Because they scored quickly some wanted to call them the COMETS but another name would soon emerge. During 1964-66 Fair Lawn
went 3-0 (1.000) over Lodi in varsity play.
1953 – Frank
Bennett’s Bergen-Passaic Interscholastic League (B-PIL) CUTTERS were
beaten 20-13 by the Passaic Valley Conference (PVC) GHOSTS of Paterson
Eastside. During 1947-54 and 1983 Fair Lawn went 5-4 (.556) over the GHOSTS. This was sweetened by the fact
that, until FLHS opened in 1943,
most Fair Lawn students attended Eastside. A few students from the Columbia
Heights section went to Hawthorne and the Radburn section students went to
Ridgewood. Fair Lawn is 1-2 (.333) against the GHOSTS in Big North Conference (BNC) Liberty Division action in 2010-12 and our CUTTERS and the GHOSTS are knotted up at 6-6 (.500).
1963 – Ed
Sheehy’s CUTTERS went outside their
Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League (NJIL) and were shutout 13-0 by the CRUSADERS of East Paterson, which
became Elmwood Park in 1972. 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.
That was the 1st and only Fair Lawn team to be undefeated!
1973 – New
Coach Al Reinoso’s CUTTERS were
shutout 21-0 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 regular season.
Natale’s CUTTERS stung those HORNETS of Passaic Valley 7-0 in NNJIL action.
Alberque’s CUTTERS were shutout 6-0
by the BEARS of Bergenfield in
Northern Bergen Interscholastic League (NBIL)
Division 1 action. Fair Lawn took the 1945-48 and 1962-2008 rivalry 35-16 (.686)
and the 1994-2008 Turkey Day rivalry 11-4 (.733). The teams squared off 1945-48
in the B-PIL, 1962-83 in the NNJIL and 1984-2008 in the NBIL. State realignment has ended the
51 season rivalry, which remains the longest in either school’s history.
2003 – Greg Tanzer’s CUTTERS were shutout 35-0 by
the GREEN RAIDERS of Ramapo in NBIL Division 1 action. of Ramapo took
the 1956-58 and 1984-2008 NBIL
Division 1 rivalry 17-11 (.607).