By Dick Engelhardt
In State Playoff Semi-Final
and Thanksgiving Day action, Fair
Lawn fans had plenty of rooting interests. In North Jersey, Section 1, Group V I saw Fair Lawn’s Big North
Conference (BNC) Liberty Division
eliminated from the playoffs as its champion BULLDOGS of Passaic County Technical Institute were beaten 31-7 by
the MAROONS of Ridgewood who were
Fair Lawn’s Thanksgiving foe 1944-83, taking the Annual Classic 26-11-3 (.703).
In Group IV the INDIANS of Pascack Valley beat the HIGHLANDERS of Northern Highlands 39-7.
PV Coach Craig Nielsen was an assistant at Fair Lawn under Pete Natale 1980-85.
Pascack Valley took the 1955-56, 1984-85 and 1988-2008 Northern Bergen
Interscholastic League (NBIL)
rivalry with Fair Lawn 14-10-1 (.583). Popular former Fair Lawn announcer Joe
Hausmann is the Northern Highlands announcer. My twin brother, Bill, and I were
his “spotters” for many years before I became “The Voice of the CUTTERS on the Gridiron” in 1997. Fair Lawn took the
1986-93 and 1998–2008 NBIL rivalry
against the HIGHLANDERS 10-9 (.526).
The SPARTANS of Paramus edged the GOLDEN KNIGHTS of Northern Valley,
Old Tappan 17-16. During 1962-83 and 2010-11 in Northern New Jersey
Interscholastic League (NNJIL) and BNC action, the SPARTANS have gone 14-10 (.583) against our CUTTERS. Fair Lawn took the 1984–2008 NBIL rivalry against the GOLDEN
KNIGHTS 15–10 (.600).
In Group III I saw the GREEN RAIDERS
of Ramapo get beaten 46-14 by the SPARTANS
of Sparta. Ramapo Coach Drew Gibbs is a class act and his son, Brian is on Amir
Saadah’s Fair Lawn staff. Ramapo took the 1956-58 and 1984-2008 NBIL rivalry with Fair Lawn 17-11 (.607).
The GOLDEN HAWKS of River Dell
surprised the THUNDERBIRDS of Mahwah
38-13. In independent action in 1958 River Dell, with Bill Parcells at running
back/QB, beat our CUTTERS 26-13.
During 1999-2001 and 2007-2008 our CUTTERS
have gone 4-1 (.800) over the THUNDERBIRDS
in NBIL interdivisional action.
In Group II the CARDINALS
of Westwood beat the BRAVES of Newton
63-12. During 1943-44 independently and 1984-85 in NBIL interdivisional action, our CUTTERS went 3-1 (.750) against the CARDINALS. Westwood Coach Vito Campanile grew up in Fair Lawn and
was an assistant coach here under Greg Tanzer. In Section 2, the RAMS of
Lodi were scalped 43-6 by the CHIEFS
of Caldwell. Coach Marty Fischbein’s brand new Fair Lawn team was edged 7-6 by
Lodi in 1943 in JV action in the first game ever played by the team that became
the CUTTERS after game 3. During
1964-66 Coaches Ed Sheehy and Frank Devens’ CUTTERS went 3-0 over Lodi.
In Group I the CARDINALS of
Pompton Lakes walloped the HILLBILLIES
of Verona 47-7. During 1945-50 Charlie Benson’s CARDINALS and Frank Bennett’s CUTTERS
split their rivalry 3-3 (.500).
On Thanksgiving Day Fair
Lawn’s BNC Liberty Division went 2-0
against outside opposition. The FIGHTING
MUSTANGS of Clifton High beat the INDIANS
of Passaic 21-6 taking a 44-36-5 (.550) lead in the overall rivalry that
began in 1923. The GHOSTS of
Paterson Eastside beat the KNIGHTS of
JFK 14-8 taking a 43-39-7 (.524) lead in the rivalry that began in 1925 when
Eastside was brand new and JFK was Paterson Central. Most Fair Lawn students
went to Eastside before FLHS opened
in 1943. The Division would up 10-17 (.370) against outside foes.
Next week we’ll look at Playoff Finals from a Fair Lawn point of view. Until then, GO CUTTERS GO!!!