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1961/Gloucester City Lions vs. Rams City Football Series

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The Year 1961-Gloucester City High School on Saturday afternoon played their finest defensive game of the season as they won over the Gloucester Catholic Rams to tie the City Series at seven games each.   

Prior to the game it was thought the contest would be a struggle between the Lions backs and the Rams' forwards but the deciding factor in the 14th meeting between the schools turned out to be the defensive line of the Public School team who played magnificently.   

Pete Pitzo scored the lone touchdown in the victory that gave the Lions their first five victory season since 1953 and they still have one game left with Delsea Regional on Thanksgiving Day.   

Gloucester defense allowed the Rams only 46 yards on the ground to go with three first downs. In the air Catholic picked up 27 yards and one first down as Terry McCarthy pithed 3 for 12. The Catholic defense wasn't overly generous in yielding yardage as the Lions doubled the Rams 46 on the ground for 92 yards with six first downs while 17 yards were made in the air for Gloucester as Wayne Ives pitched 3 for 9 and gained one first down.   

A strong wind played a prominent part in the game.   

Gloucester won the toss and elected to take the wind and Catholic promptly elected to receive.   

Ives' kickoff boomed into the end zone and the Rams took over on their 20. Three running plays netted a yard and Bob Dacierno dropped back in punt formation. The ball got caught in the wind and rolled dead on the Catholic 25.   

Gloucester wasted little time in hitting the Scoreboard. Pitzo notched a yard and hard running Toby Frymire bulled to the 14 in two thrusts.   

Pitzo then took a shovel pass from Ives and circled his own left end with Bob Bevan and Frymire leading the way for the score.   

A fumble, one of four during the game by the Rams, when a gamble on fourth down was attempted gave Gloucester a scoring threat late in the opening period. However a field goal attempt by Ives was blocked by Ed Pirrotta on the 27. 

Catholic threatened in the second period when Bill Gross intercepted a pass and ran to the Gloucester 41. Bob Fritz halted this drive when he recovered Dan O'Brien's miscue on the Lions 18 following a jarring tackle by John Senatore. 

Defensive heroes for both clubs were many. Gloucester had Senatore, Joe Stiles, Ron Middleton, Wayne Dalfonzo and Pitzo, while the Rams had Bill Murphy, Pirrotta, Rich Hancock, Jay Wolf and Hugh Vogel in for much credit from sideline observers.