A look at Thanksgiving Day football in Delaware County in years past.
40 Years Ago
Tim Kriebel runs for a touchdown early in the fourth quarter and Carmen Lex throws a conversion pass to John Alvanitakis as coach Bob Fithian's Sun Valley Vanguards complete an 11-0 season with an 8-6 victory over Chichester. ... Herb Orensky runs 75 yards on a fake punt play late in the fourth quarter as coach Ray Stengel's Sharon Hill Owls finish undefeated with a 20-14 win at Collingdale (John O'Donnell scoring run, scoring pass from Howard Thompson). ... Jerry Salamone catches a 12-yard TD pass from Jim Fulginiti in the third quarter, and Rick Stitt's 32-yard field goal with nine minutes to play gives Interboro its first decision over Ridley after 11 consecutive losses, 9-7, spoiling the Green Raiders' bid to go undefeated in Joe McNicholas' first season as head coach. ... Julius Purnsley runs 80 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and Brian Wright adds a 96-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter of Chester's 26-6 win over St. James. ... Steve Cull's 19-yard scoring pass to Guy Lynch helps Upper Darby beat Haverford (Bryan Sibson 64-yard TD pass to Pat Kerns), 9-6, to conclude the season with a four-game winning streak. ... Ray Dissinger runs 32 yards with an interception for the first touchdown and Brian Mackrides adds a short scoring run in Springfield's 21-13 win over Marple Newtown (Pete Bartlett two touchdown passes to Scott MacDonald).
50 Years Ago
Bill Grenfell runs for a touchdown after Bill Thompson's interception, and Jim Blackburn throws a 45-yard scoring pass to Don Theetge as Collingdale hands Sharon Hill its first loss, 14-13, and gains a share of first place in Section Three. ... Ed Mason catches a Gary Rivell TD pass in the first half and runs 53 yards to score with four minutes to play in Springfield's 14-7 win over Marple Newtown. ... Frank Ryan runs for three touchdowns and Mike Flanagan has a scoring run and tosses TD passes to Jim DiMeo, Tom Kaufman and Bob Hubbard as St. James clobbers Chester, 43-0. ... Joe Ward scores on runs of 83 and 8 yards and catches a 46-yard touchdown pass from Jim Haynie, who tosses a pair of TD passes to Vince Papale, as Interboro routs Ridley Park, 45-6, and finishes undefeated under first-year head coach George Corner. ... John Waller throws three touchdown passes to Glen Gulledge and runs 50 yards to score in Ridley Township's 34-0 victory over Eddystone. ... Rich Morgan runs 77 yards in the first quarter for the TD that gives Yeadon a 6-0 win over Clifton Heights. ... Wayne Wiggins adds the extra point after Hopper Sears' scoring run in the first quarter then boots an 18-yard field goal in the second quarter as Penncrest tops Sun Valley, 10-6. ... Carl Gersbach recovers a fumble for a touchdown and Bill Gill scores on a 57-yard interception return as Swarthmore defeats Lansdowne-Aldan, 27-18. ... Dave Videon, Norm Makin and Wayne Copes run for TDs to help Upper Darby get by Haverford, 20-6.
30 Years Ago
Steve Coyne gains 209 yards rushing to finish the season with 1,992 yards and scores three touchdowns as Marple Newtown defeats Conestoga, 21-6. ... Keith Barley has a pair of scoring runs and Kevin McNicholas throws TD passes to Brian Thompson and Ken Burgese in undefeated Ridley's 34-6 win over Interboro, coach Joe McNicholas' 100th victory. ... Renault Stanback tosses a 20-yard touchdown pass to Bernie Russo in the first quarter as Chichester gets by Sun Valley, 6-0. ... Wayne Gibbs runs 38 yards for the first score, William Hutchins throws a TD pass to Oliver McNair, and Willie Bates leads the defense in Chester's 14-7 win over St. James. ... Chuck Odgers and Rick DiVitis run for touchdowns and tackle Frank Marchiafava recovers a fumble for a TD as Haverford earns a 21-12 decision over Upper Darby.
20 Years Ago
Jim Raynor and Matt Cangelosi run for touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help first-year Interboro head coach Steve Lennox's Bucs beat Ridley for the first time in 20 years, 17-6. ... Victor Glavicic has scoring runs in the first and fourth quarters of Marple Newtown's 12-7 win over Conestoga. ... Brian Dunn, Marc Pellicciotta and Brian Dejewski runs for TDs as Archbishop Carroll beats Malvern Prep, 21-13. ... Dennis Ellixson's scoring run in the third quarter gives Sun Valley a 7-0 win over Chichester. ... Floyd Wedderburn gets two sacks and forces a pair of fumbles, Frank Verna scores two touchdowns, and Bob Gibson tosses a pair of scoring passes in Upper Darby's 20-0 decision over Haverford.
10 Years Ago
Rick Dougherty has a pair of scoring runs and Dave Sapienza returns an interception 44 yards for a touchdown in Upper Darby's 28-0 win over Haverford. ... Tony Canci's two TD runs in the fourth quarter help Sun Valley get past Chichester, 14-7. ... Vinny D'Angelo gets a scoring run in the second quarter and Nick Colleluori heads up the defensive line in Ridley's 10-6 win over Interboro. ... Rudy Taylor runs for a touchdown and throws a TD pass to Darryl Barnett, but Penn Wood drops a 33-23 decision to West Catholic.