Sports

Gov. Livingston Honors Former Coach, Gets First Win of Season Over North Plainfield

f9c7e87baa7002f667f4_IMG_9772.JPG
Players from the GL Bicknell Era celebrated the 50th Anniversary by unveiling a plaque during halftime of Saturday's football game. Credits: Bobbie Peer
8d5e703c57fa8828c484_IMG_9756.JPG
482b4e7a0c4ba899d88f_IMG_9752__1_.JPG
652c73667cc43a7958aa_IMG_9761.JPG
c270f0dab61c76549d6d_IMG_9765.JPG
04949a4369f609895c75_IMG_9776.JPG
a0674300f83658580030_IMG_9799.JPG
6c4b9700ad229ef5be48_IMG_9751.JPG
501fff3860622b7454de_IMG_9748.JPG
94390e16858647b605d8_IMG_9744.JPG
f676ead5871bd5d84fa4_IMG_9739__1_.JPG
2a70394b3e2f45a262a4_IMG_9811.JPG
f9c7e87baa7002f667f4_IMG_9772.JPG

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ – On a day that felt more suitable for summer preseason than a regular season September game, Governor Livingston celebrated the legacy of former Highlander Coach Jack Bicknell on its way to a 36-29 win over North Plainfield.

Bicknell coached the Highlanders from 1964-1967, a time now referred to as the “Bicknell Era”. GL went 28-6-2 in those four seasons, including 9-0 in 1965, when the team won the school’s only state football championship. Bicknell went on to be an assistant at Boston College and then the head coach at the University of Maine for five seasons. He returned to Boston College as the head coach before the 1981 season, a position he stayed in until 1990.

Bicknell’s crowning moment as a college coach was the 1984 season, in which the BC Eagles finished the season at 10-2 and ranked No. 5 in the country. The season included quarterback Doug Flutie’s famous Hail Mary touchdown pass as time expired to beat the Miami Hurricanes. The Eagles capped it all off with a Cotton Bowl victory and Flutie winning the Heisman Trophy, given annually to college football’s best player

Sign Up for E-News

Members of the teams that Bicknell coached at GL were on hand for the revealing and dedication of a plaque that will now be permanently on display at the high school. While Bicknell was unable to make the ceremony, the players were honored on the field during the first quarter of the game.

The Highlanders didn’t disappoint as they played in front of their predecessors, overcoming a 16-point deficit in the first half to beat the Canucks. Quarterback Pat DeAngelis had three rushing touchdowns and threw for a fourth while amassing 289 total yards. Up by seven with 1:21 left in the game and North Plainfield driving towards the game tying score, GL’s Matt Schuman intercepted Brandon Smith’s pass to seal the victory for the Highlanders.

GL will have a bye week before they travel to Summit to face the Hilltoppers under the lights on Friday, Oct. 6. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Investors Bank Field.

Editor's Note: Check back in with TAPinto Berkeley Heights for complete photo gallery and TAPinto's conversations with the players of the "Bicknell Era." 

Gov. Livingston Box Score

Offense
Player   Pts
Pat DeAngelis   18
Matthew Schuman   6
James Snyder   6
Passing
Player Comp Att Yds TD
Pat DeAngelis 11 16 196 1
Receiving
Player Rec Yd Avg TD
Chris Bruno 1 3 3  
Dylan Dwyer 3 44 14.7  
Jake Faulkner 1 18 18  
Jake Pencek 2 23 11.5  
Matt Richel 1 3 3  
Matthew Schuman 3 105 35 1
Rushing
Player Att Yds TD
Chris Bruno 3 12  
Pat DeAngelis 23 93 3
Dylan Dwyer 2 9  
Defense
Player Tack Int
Chris Bruno 4  
Pat DeAngelis 2  
Dylan Dwyer 3.5  
Jake Faulkner 1  
Brendan Fenton 0.5  
DJ Gonnelli 6.5  
Brandon Gyory 1  
John Jeffords 1  
Diego Lopez 2.5  
Mike Magliacano 3.5  
Jake Pencek 0.5  
Matt Richel 2  

Drew Rittman

Matt Schuman

Noah Truncale

6.5

3

1

1

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

North Plainfield/Green Brook/Watchung

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Offering July Adoption Promotion for Cats/Kittens

July 10, 2018

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is urgently looking for homes for its cats and kittens.

According to a release from the shelter, the population surges throughout the summer during kitten breeding season, and so the shelter is launching a special promotion to help increase cat and kitten adoptions. During the month of July, all cats and kittens that over ...

Do You Recognize These Dogs?

PLAINFIELD, NJ - Two dogs were found in Plainfield near the fire station on Central Avenue on Saturday. 

The dogs are currently with a family in South Plainfield.  If you recognize the dogs, please email TAPinto Plainfield at jpopper@tapinto.net.

3rd Annual Meadowlands BBQ Battle a Smokin’ Success

July 18, 2018

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Seven competitors battled it out at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment's 3rd Annual BBQ Battle on Saturday, July 14, all vying for $2,000 in prizes and most importantly, bragging rights. 

The BBQ categories of best Ribs, Brisket, Chicken, and Pulled Pork, came with a $500 prize to the winner of each category. A panel of five judges conducted a blind ...

3-Day ‘AddamsFest’ set to Celebrate Charles Addams and His Creations This Fall

WESTFIELD, NJ — It’s creepy. It’s kooky. And it’s taking over Westfield from Oct 26 to 28. AddamsFest, a town-wide celebration honoring Westfield native Charles Addams and his most famous creations, The Addams Family, will be a destination event this fall with family-friendly activities, lectures, exhibits and film screenings, the town announced Thursday.

Watch the ...

Make the Call, Save a Life

July 10, 2018

EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - There is much focus on preventative opioid abuse education. Rightfully so. However, the goal in addressing the opioid epidemic is saving lives. Even if that means just saving one life. While people are becoming increasingly aware of resources relating to rehabilitative services, support groups for friends and family of addicts, and training parents for signs of opioid and ...

Get Ready Warren: Fireworks, Food and Family Fun At Mt. Carmel Feast

July 13, 2018

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. – It’s time again for the annual Mt. Carmel Feast, a four-day festival full of food, music, games, rides, fireworks, and other family fun, located at Mt. Carmel Field in Berkeley Heights.

The fairgrounds will be open from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday, July 13 through Monday, July 16. Those four nights will include concerts, games, and ...

Somerset Regional Animal Shelter Offering July Adoption Promotion for Cats/Kittens

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Regional Animal Shelter, in Bridgewater, is urgently looking for homes for its cats and kittens.

According to a release from the shelter, the population surges throughout the summer during kitten breeding season, and so the shelter is launching a special promotion to help increase cat and kitten adoptions. During the month of July, all cats and kittens that over ...

To Our Current and Future Representatives

July 17, 2018

To Our Current and Future Representatives - Wherever They May Be:

We can never forget we are a nation of immigrants. 

We cannot fall prey to fear, ignorance and anger when we  have been historically driven by freedom and justice. 

We must have the courage and will to fight hate, bigotry and prejudice. 

We must not wake up to what we hoped was a bad dream and ...

Obituaries

South Plainfield, NJ – Margaret (Pascazio) Butfiloski, 99, passed away peacefully on June 2, ...
Read more

Upcoming Events

Mon, July 30, 11:00 AM

Watchung Library, Watchung

Touch the Music

Arts & Entertainment

Carousel_image_a2c4ddef7ed6c72e648e_17crowd1

Thu, August 2, 4:00 PM

Milt Campbell Fields, Plainfield

Music in the Park @ Milt Campbell Field - Free ...

Arts & Entertainment Food & Drink

Thu, August 2, 6:00 PM

North Plainfield Memorial Library, North Plainfield

Microwaves & Mini Fridges

Food & Drink Health & Wellness

Wed, October 3, 7:00 PM

SCLSNJ's Warren Township Library branch, Warren

A History of the Old Presbyterian Graveyard in ...

Government Other

Bilenker Named Interim Superintendent in Watchung, Meet and Greet Scheduled

July 19, 2018

WATCHUNG, NJ  - Watchung parents are invited to a meet and greet with the newly appointed interim superintendent of Watchung Schools, Stephanie Bilenker, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 24, at Valley View Middle School. Borough Administrator Thomas Atkins commented on Thursday night that he plans on attending 

Bilenker, a former Green Brook Superintendent and Director ...

White Supremacist Actions Denounced

July 19, 2018

SOMERSET COUNTY, NJ - Two groups denounced Identity Evropa, a white supremacist group posting of fliers in multiple Central New Jersey towns. Both statements lay blame on President Donald Trump.

The New Jersey Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) and the Somerset County Democratic Committee issued statements today. 

"The promotion of a racist and ...

White Supremacist Fliers Found in Central New Jersey Towns

BRIDGEWATER, NJ - Residents of Bridgewater, Somerville, Morristown and surrounding communities are mobilizing for action after they found posters around town promoting Identity Evropa, which the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) has labeled a white supremacist group.

According to Bridgewater resident Stacey Friedlander, a member of the “Not In Our Town – Bridgewater/Raritan” ...