Remembering the Past: Thanksgiving Memories

Remembering the Past by Diane Norek Harrisonby Diane Norek Harrison

PERTH AMBOY/WOODBRIDGE—The much talked about Woodbridge High School football team made its first appearance in Perth Amboy on Thanksgiving Day, 1930. They came full of vim, vigor and vitality and without considering the feelings of local fans, handed St. Mary’s High School a 12 to 0 beating.

All was accomplished before a record crowd of 5,000 people who filled every available nook of the new stadium in spite of biting wind and wintry temperature that gave Thanksgiving Day in 1930 a real Turkey Day feeling.

Before the battle on Thanksgiving Day, neither team had been defeated. St. Mary’s had a single blotch on its record–a scoreless tie with St. Mary’s High School in South Amboy.

It was the fourth meeting of the two clubs and the township victory brought the series to an even-all basis. St. Mary’s captured the first two, in 1927 and 1928, Woodbridge won in 1929.

The touchdowns for Woodbridge were made by Don Montague and Stillman in the first two periods. The captain of the Woodbridge team was Cacciola.

The players for both teams, with the names listed first being Perth Amboy players: Left ends, Mason and Schmidt; left tackles, J Martin and Cacciola; left guards, McDonnell and Aquila; centers, Harrington and Dign; right guards, Ivan and Bosze; right tackles, Barcheski and Ruddy; right ends, Keating and Sherman; quarterbacks, Chizmadia and Lockie; left halfbacks, Beatty and Dimock; left halfbacks, F. Martin and Montague and right halfbacks, McDonald and Stillman.

Substitutes for Perth Amboy were: Grega, McDermott and Skow. For Woodbridge: Predmore, Parsons, Nelson, Lee, Markus, Hacker, Campbell and Pomeroy.

If you have any sports material or memories for Carteret, Edison, Metuchen, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy or Woodbridge, let me know for my 2009 columns. You can email me at or send copies of your material to me c/o CMD Media, P.O. Box 1061, Rahway, NJ 07065.

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