HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - Well, we have finally come to the end of the History of Hasbrouck Heights football here on TAPinto. Hope you enjoyed the series.
I must give thanks once again to Bergen-Passaic Football for being a guide from 1950 forward, although the majority of the information actually came from researching from Newspapers.com archives. Reading the archives of the Bergen Evening Record, The Paterson News, and the Passaic Herald News for game results and details allowed for the flavor I was able to add.
We also listed all the current members of the Hasbrouck Heights Hall of Fame for the contributions they made to Aviators football during that time frame. I can also speculate with reasonable assurance that there are quite a few names going to be added in future classes.
We reviewed from 1919 to 2019, with an emphasis on season-by-season results in championship seasons, seasons immediately preceding championships, and ones that ended with playoff losses.
So that is all, right?
As Lee Corso is known for saying on ESPN GameDay, “Not so fast my friends.”
In the beginning, it was established that we would look from 1919-forward, because that is when the NJSIAA was created, and began sanctioning football games. But there was football played before the NJSIAA, and games were played as far back as 1914.
(There are probably games further back, but I could only find the following results.)
First thing to remember is that some of these games were played as the Franklin High School of Hasbrouck Heights.
Availability of results is unreliable for this era,, at best. The Evening Record primarily covered Hackensack as the “home” team, often just referring to them as “the high school.” Newman High School (located on the corner of Essex St and Polifly Road, whose most famous alumni was F. Scott Fitzgerald), Hackensack and Hasbrouck Heights seemed to have a three team series going at the time, according to stories.
Game results at the time were very limited particularly for Saturday games as the Evening Record did not publish a Sunday edition.
October 7, 1914: Franklin School of Hasbrouck Heights 3, Leonia 0
November 16, 1914: Hackensack 21, Franklin School of Hasbrouck Heights 6
October 6, 1915: Ridgewood 13, Franklin School of Hasbrouck Heights 7
November 11, 1915: Franklin School of Hasbrouck Heights 7, Newman School (Hackensack) 7
November 13, 1915: Hackensack 7, Franklin School of Hasbrouck Heights 3
October 28, 1916: Park Ridge at Hasbrouck Heights (no score found)
November 3, 1916: Cliffside Park at Hasbrouck Heights (no score found)
November 10, 1916: Hasbrouck Heights at Hackensack (no score found, but in 1917 story noted that Hackensack avenged the prior year's defeat.)
November 13, 1917: Hackensack 14, Hasbrouck Heights 0
October 19, 1918: Bernards High School at Hasbrouck Heights (no score found).
The History of Hasbrouck Heights Athletics will be delayed with articles for a while, as research is done, without the use of the Hasbrouck Heights High School Yearbook, as the “on-going global situation” has the high school closed and the Hasbrouck Heights Public Library closed, and copies of the yearbook unavailable for reference.
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