Lancer Recalls “Thanksgiving Thriller” 50 Years Later

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Lancer Recalls “Thanksgiving Thriller” 50 Years Later
Lancer Recalls “Thanksgiving Thriller” 50 Years Later
Lancer Recalls “Thanksgiving Thriller” 50 Years Later
Lancer Recalls “Thanksgiving Thriller” 50 Years Later
Lancer Recalls “Thanksgiving Thriller” 50 Years Later
Lancer Recalls “Thanksgiving Thriller” 50 Years Later

A half century ago, on November 27, 1969, the Livingston High School football team emerged as co-champion of the Jersey Hills Conference after a 12-7 win on Thanksgiving Day. The win tied Livingston with Morris Hills for the conference title.

The stakes were high, and the Lancers gave it their all, and claimed a win against West Essex. Both had entered the game with 4-2 records.

The Lancer offense starting line-up included Tom “Doc” Hoerner (“he’s now a doctor like his Dad, who was team doctor,” says Fineran), Rich Triolo, Gary Heuer, Gary Deter (substituting for the injured Brian Higgins, a third-team all-state center), Eric Fardelmann, Jim Duguid (“who was offered a scholarship at Georgia but turned it down, according to Coach Hope”), Warren Niedhammer, John Fineran, Andrey Nikiforov, Joe Duffy (team co-captain and Livingston High School Athletic Hall of Famer), and Roy Belfer. The punter-place kicker was Steve Kylis, and the top special teams player was Chris Vidal.

 

 

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