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."

Location: Glenville, Pennsylvania, United States

Friday, January 10, 2014


By Dick Engelhardt 

Head Coach: Amir Sadaah
Assistant Coaches: Offensive Coordinator Billy Lynn, Defensive Coordinator Amir Sadaah, Brian Gibbs (Son of Ramapo Coach Drew Gibbs), Dan Iozzia, Doug Lemberg and Brian Walis.
Freshman Coaches: Ed Guy and Andy Berninger 

Thurs. 9/12     AWAY   Fair Lawn                3                        Hackensack                44
Sat. 9/21          HOME   Fair Lawn               0                        Clifton*                      19
Sat. 9/28          HOME   Fair Lawn             29                        JFK Paterson              32
Fri. 10/4          AWAY   Fair Lawn              14                        Passaic                       34        
Sat. 10/12                       BYE
Sat. 10/19        HOME   Fair Lawn               0                        Passaic Tech*            60
Fri. 10/25        AWAY   Fair Lawn                6                        Ridgewood                53
Fri. 11/1          AWAY   Fair Lawn                0                        Lakeland                    49
Sat. 11/9          HOME   Fair Lawn             21                        Paterson Eastside*     43
Sat. 11/16        AWAY   Fair Lawn                7                        Montville**               13
                                                                    80                                                          347           
*Big North Conference (BNC) Liberty Division Game
** State Consolation Game (Montville) 
BNC Liberty Division Record:                      0-3 (.000)
BNC Crossover Record:                                0-5 (.000)
Independent Record:                                      0-1 (.000) Consolation Game
Overall Record:                                              0-9 (.000)

Hoping for a good 71st season, our CUTTERS played hard but suffered only the 4th winless season in FLHS Gridiron history. The others were in 1960, the 16th and last season for legendary Coach Frank Bennett; 1976 under Coach Rich Szura and 1982 under highly successful coach Pete Natale. The IRONMEN of Don Bosco let Fair Lawn off the hook playing the KNIGHTS of Friendship Collegiate Academy in Washington D.C. instead. Our CUTTERS were unable to find another foe and had a bye that week. No public school should be scheduled against the parochial behemoths unless it wants to.
In State Consolation action, our “never-say-dieCUTTERS nearly beat the MUSTANGS of Montville, losing 13-7 closing out the season. Fair Lawn is 8-6 (.571) in Consolation Game action since these games began in 1998. The season brought Fair Lawn’s 1943-2013 record to 317-315-14 (.502). The losing season was the 29th in FLHS Gridiron history!

Our heroes received their share of recognition. 1st Team All-BNC Liberty Division Offense honors went to Thomas Koike (TE) and Mike Nieman (OL). 1st Team Defense honors went to Ari Moslavi (P), Zach Parisi (LB) and Justin Williams (DL). 2nd Team Offense honors went to
Richard Marchese (OL) and Frankie Ortoll (RB). 2nd Team Defense honor was given to Anthony Messina (DL). Honorable Mention was given to Jacob Baron and Marc Terwilliger. Honorable Mention All County went to Koike, Moslavi, Nieman, Parisi and Williams.  
The Eastside game, the last regularly scheduled home game, was poignant as seniors soon to end their participation in the football program were honored and introduced with their escorts. We said goodbye and wished the best to: Kevin Arias, Baron, Carlos Carlone, Chris Connelly, Anthony Elia, Rocco Faustina, Matt Katz, Koike, Marchese, Justin Mata, Milnes, Moslavi, Anthony Nesmith, Nieman, Parisi, Nick Perez, David Rodriguez, Chris Silver, Matt Spinato and Williams.

With players coming back and freshmen moving up, our CUTTERS could be strong in 2014.


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