BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Devil Dogs defeated the Leathernecks, 21-14, in the 2nd Annual Gunnery Sgt. John Basilone Bowl, sponsored by the Marine Corps. at Bridgewater-Raritan High School Thursday.
The game honors Basilone, who was awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military decoration, in recognition of heroism at Guadalcanal. In addition, at Iwo Jima, Basilone destroyed a Japanese blockhouse while going up against a bombardment of enemy fire.
Basilone was killed in action on D-Day Feb. 19, 1945, and was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.
Senior football players from all schools throughout the county were part of the teams, and all the players were recent graduates from their respective high schools.
The Devil Dogs was made up of players from Bridgewater-Raritan High School, Immaculata, Bound Brook, Hillsborough and Watchung Hills.
On the Leathernecks were students from Somerville, Montgomery, Franklin, Ridge, Manville, Delaware Valley, Bernards and Pingry.