CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY
CAMDEN CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
Camden Catholic High School
Broadway & Federal Street
High School vs.
September 23, 1950
AT CAMDEN CATHOLIC
an infant in the fall sport in comparison to Mooseheart (Illinois) High
School, Camden Catholic High School's football teams have had phenomenal
success on the gridiron.
probably isn't a high school in this state than can show as fine a
record during the past four years. The "Fighting Irish"
resumed football in 1946 after a lapse of several years.
the major credit for the success attained by Green and White clad teams
since 1946 is due mainly to the knowledge of the game imparted
by Head Coach Tom Kenney, and his assistants, to the youngsters.
out of the Navy as an officer early in 1946, Kenney,
who was a former star lineman at St. Joseph's Prep in Philadelphia, and later an All-New England
quarterback at Holy Cross College, started from scratch and built Camden
Catholic into one of the football powers of the state.
by Lou Wray, former college and professional coach and player who
instructed Kenney at Holy Cross; Athletic Director Johnny McCarthy, a
star in his own right at St. Francis College and later a professional
gridman, and Frank Law, former All-Philadelphia lineman, Kenney has
coached his teams through two undefeated seasons and were considered
mythical state champions in
1948 and 1949.
the past four years, Catholic's teams have engaged in 36 games, turning
in the enviable record of 30 victories, three deadlocks and suffering
only three setbacks.
playing its first season (
severe handicaps, the "Irish" came up with a record of five
victories, one tie and two losses, the most any Catholic team suffered
in one campaign. The team that year chalked up 76 points against 93 for
since that inaugural season, the Broadway and Federal street institution
has outclassed its opponents each ensuing year. The 1946 squad
lost 6 to
0 to Audubon High and 20 to 6 in an upset to Florence High and also
played a stalemate with Riverside High.
then the "Irish" have performed notably on the gridiron,
capturing city series championships each succeeding year. In 1947
they came up with
their first undefeated season with a record of seven triumphs and two
ties, 6-6 with Audubon and 13-13
Palmyra High. During that campaign Catholic rolled to 163
to 52 for the opposition.
in 1948, Catholic
had a memorable season. Winning their first eight games of the campaign,
the "Irish" cropped their final regularly scheduled contest to
Merchantville High on Thanksgiving Day, 19ˇ12.
the game as the underdog, Catholic surprised its most ardent admirers by
grinding its way to a 19-12
for a season's record of nine wins and one defeat. That year they
continued to surpass previous seasonal scoring by tabbing 256 points and
holding the opposition to 69.
last year the Green and White came up with its second unbeaten season,
compiling the best record of its four years of competition under Kenney.
It won nine straight contests, rolling up 299 point
to only 19 for
the 36 games played, Catholic has chalked up 794 points
against 233 for its rivals, or an average of a little more than 22
points per game against 6 for the opposition.
During the past three years Catholic has pitched camp at Bamber Lake, a site owned by the Knights of Columbus near Whiting in Ocean County, for pre-school training. This has proved to be a successful venture as its records can attest.
And the squad that takes the field today for Camden Catholic will be protecting a record of having been beaten only once in its last 30 starts, but it is a club that is looked upon by many to repeat the successes attained by its predecessors.
down on the greensward of Collingswood High School's gridiron today you
will see a group of youngsters who are orphans or part-orphans from many
states in this country who are representing one of the nation's
outstanding high schools in football.
are standard-bearers of friendship and good will of Mooseheart High
School, an institution sponsored and supported by member's of the Loyal
Order of Moose.
come from what is known throughout the country as the "Child
City" in Illinois, located about 35 miles from the windy city of
Chicago and on the fertile lands adjacent to the Fox River valley.
youngsters, who are given such training that when they graduate need not
take an entrance examination at any college in the country, are as adept
on the gridiron as they are in the class room.
records compiled by Mooseheart elevens speak for themselves.
the fact that these youngsters play more than half of their games away
from their own environment each year, traveling around 7,000 miles each
season, they deserve much credit because they continually encounter
opposition much heavier and taller.
1917 when football records were first compiled at Mooseheart, the Red.
Ramblers have played 267 contests, winning 186, losing only 65 and
engaging in 16 deadlocks.
this period the teams have racked up a total of 5,112 points to only
1,648 for the opposition. They have averaged 155 points per year to 50
for their opponents.
Red Ramblers have gone through
seasons undefeated, their best years being in 1920 and 1925 when they
were not only undefeated but also unscored upon. There have been two
other seasons when only one touchdown was scored against them.
team today comes here protecting a record of having been beaten only
once in its last 23 games, the string starting in the fourth game of
1947 when it won five straight before ringing down the curtain.
in 1948 it waded through nine straight games without a defeat or tie
and last year compiled a record of six victories, two ties and one loss.
The lone setback came in the next to the last game of the season when
Waterloo High won in the last minute of play by a 32 to 27 score.
1949 the team compiled a
a year the team is permitted to make a long trip either to the east or
west and in this skein of games, Mooseheart defeated Cumberland, Md.,
46-13, in 1947; Tacoma, Wash., 14-6, in 1948 and played a scoreless tie
against New Kensington, Pa., in 1949.
coached by Johnny Williams, a
former Mooseheart student, who took over the head coaching reins in 1935
and since then has had remarkable success. His teams do not huddle,
getting in approximately 25 plays per game more than their huddle-minded
of the formations include the single wing, double wing, "T,"
short pant, Notre Dame box, and various spreads with a repertoire of 150
That in a nutshell is the background of Mooseheart's football history.
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