NEWS, SPORTS, COMMENTARY, POLITICS for Gloucester City and the Surrounding Areas of South Jersey and Philadelphia

Thomas Strandwitz, Retired Oakview Elementary School Principal, graduate of Gloucester City High School, Class of 1960
Special day for Gloucester Catholic baseball star

1963: Gloucester Catholic Takes Lead in City Football Series


Note: A series of articles about the history of the Gloucester Catholic vs. Gloucester High football games was published in a booklet released in 1993 entitled "The Renewal of Friendship”.  This great history of the series was put together my members of the Gloucester High Alumni Association.

Unfortunately I don’t have the entire book. But over the next couple of weeks leading up to this year’s game on Thanksgiving Day I will post the articles and photo pages that are in my possession.

Artist drawing of front cover by Todd Whitten

~ Bill on photo to enlarge



When Gloucester Catholic High defeated Gloucester High, 18-6 last week, the Rams took the lead in the City Series, 8-7-1. The victory was the eighth in the last 11 matches for G.C.H.S., Gloucester High having won the first five games. The Rams, who are fighting to capture the South Jersey Group B championship, impressed the large crowd with crisp tackling and powerful blocking.

Some of that blocking enabled Gary Garcznski to scoot 70 yards on the first play from scrimmage and give Gloucester Catholic a 6-0 lead. But Ted Loebel dashed 27 yards just two minutes later to enable the Lions to tie the score.

In the second half, however, the Rams asserted themselves. With Jim DiCicco and George Anastasia running well behind good blocking, the charges of Coach Joe Murphy stormed to two more touchdowns. Anastasia scored from the seven and from the two.

DiCicco was given the Memorial A.A. trophy as the most valuable player for his solid defensive work and hard running. Others who stood out were ends, Ray Sherry and Bud Shodder, and Center Woody Dooley.