HASBROUCK HEIGHTS, NJ - For two teams that are in towns that border each other, it has taken an awful long time for Hasbrouck Heights and Lodi to meet in a regular season football game. (They have scrimmaged a few times in the past few years, however.)
59 years to be exact.
Some might point to the Aviators all time 2-10 record against Lodi, but it was more a case of just not being in the same conference for a good part of the time. Up until 2010, when the NJIC was formed, they were in different leagues.
The game is scheduled for Friday, September 27 at 7pm at Depken Field in Hasbrouck Heights.
Per BergenPassaicFootball.com here is a comparison of where of where the teams played.
Twin County Conference, 1963-1965
BCSL National, 1966-1981
BCSL Olympic, 1982-1996
BCSL National, 1997-2002
BCSL Olympic, 2003-2009
But there a few odd facts about this matchup. Aside from the Aviators being (-8) in the win/loss ratio, the Rams won the majority of the matchups. (See below)
For several years, Lodi versus Hasbrouck Heights was played on Thanksgiving, pre-dating the Wood-Ridge versus Hasbrouck Heights rivalry.
But prior to Lodi High School opening in March 1934, students from Lodi attended Hasbrouck Heights High School, including former NFL star Joe Maniaci, who inducted into the Hasbrouck Heights High School Athletic Hall of Fame a year ago.
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