THIS WEEK IN FLHS GRIDIRON HISTORY – 2013 Week 6
Fair Lawn High School opened September 13th, 1943. This history covers the years ending in “3.”
1943 – Marty Fischbein’s CUTTERS played
a scoreless tie against Good Council of Newark in the only game ever played
between the schools.
1953 – Frank
Bennett’s Bergen-Passaic Interscholastic League (B-PIL) and co-State champion CUTTERS
shutout the Passaic Valley Conference (PVC)
COLTS of Paterson Central (Now the KNIGHTS of JFK) 7-0. 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 2010-12, Fair Lawn
has gone to 8-5 (.615) over Central/Kennedy.
1963 – Ed
Sheehy’s CUTTERS beat the RED RAIDERS of Cliffside Park 20-0 in
Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League (NNJIL) action. Our CUTTERS
took the 1959-66 rivalry against the RED
RAIDERS 6-2 (.750).
1973 – Al
Reinoso’s CUTTERS edged the SPARTANS of Paramus 22-21 in NNJIL action. During 1962-83 in NNJIL action, 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).
1983 – Pete
Natale’s CUTTERS were shutout 6-0 by
those SPARTANS of Paramus.
Alberque’s CUTTERS were shutout 26-0
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!
2003 – Greg Tanzer’s CUTTERS edged the HIGHLANDERS
of Northern Highlands 22-20 in NBIL
action. Fair Lawn took the 1986-93
and 1998–2008 NBIL rivalry against
the HIGHLANDERS 10-9 (.526).