HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ -  With the August 1st kickoffs of pre-season practice for the Hasbrouck Heights and Wood-Ridge Meadowlands Football League teams, and the first pre-season games for the Jets and Giants coming up this weekend, one thing is certain -- football is back.  

In the days ahead, TAPinto will be filled with its annual coverage of high school football scrimmages, previews, and there will be some new features added to its coverage.  TAPinto will also preview the NJIC Patriot and Meadowlands Divisions, providing a look at each team in those divisions to see who graduated and who is coming back in 2019, giving a peak at what can be expected this season. 

There will also be a special series of stories on the history of high school football in Hasbrouck Heights, as the Aviators kick off their 102st (?) season.  It will take a look back at Hasbrouck Heights football, decade by decade, to review Hasbrouck Heights football history, with some sidelights into what else might have been going on at the time.  

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Why the question mark?  Because while the NJSIAA started in 1918-19, schools had football prior to that, but documentation of when Hasbrouck Heights started playing high school football doesn't exist. So, the 1918 season will be the counted as the first one, which means last season was the 100th anniversary of the NJSIAA.  Which means it was its 101st season, as you don't count year one in the anniversary number.  (It is the whole birthday thing, trust us.)

It is a championship-filled history, with 31 league championships, 22 state championships, including seven since the NJSIAA began sponsoring playoffs, and two NJIC championships. 

It will also note numerous Hasbrouck Heights Hall of Fame players and coaches as well.  Of note, Hasbrouck Heights has never had a losing record for a decade, and the only decade they did not win a league title was the first one.  Of course, that was only two years, 1918-19, and we are not even sure that leagues were formalized back then.

Everything from the equipment the players used, to the place the Aviators called a home field has changed over the years.   Even the rivals have changed over time.  The original rival to the South was not Wood-Ridge, but East Rutherford.  That series was ended partly because of a riot at a Thanksgiving Day game. (You will have to wait for details on that in another story.) 

As Hasbrouck Heights continues into its second 100 years of high school football, you will know what happened in the first 100+.


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