Philadelphia High School Football
A Look at
the Granddaddy of the City's
Thanksgiving Rivalries . . . North Catholic vs. Frankford
teams met 80 times in all (1928-2009) and played on Thanksgiving -- or close to
foul weather occasionally caused postponements -- from 1930 through 2009. NC closed in
June 2010. NC won the series, 43-35-4, while Frankford won the scoring contest, 1,192
to 1,131. This page includes results, stories, special lists and boxscores for the final 40 games.
Mike Kaiser, former NC star, likes to call this rivalry "The Rowhouse Bowl . . . because
every player lived in a rowhouse." (smile)
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North Catholic . . . right before the final game.
By Ted Silary
The silence on North's side was deafening.
Frankford's subsequent series yielded just 2 yards on three plays as David D. Williams made two of the stops.
Then it was, Let the excitement intensify!"
"All game, the defense had been making big plays," Reid said. "Now it was our job to start doing it. This wasn't
just for us. It was for everybody who cares about North.
"I'm not thinking about what might happen to the school, or where I might have to go next year, if it comes to that.
I'm thinking about now and how happy everyone is."
Szydlik, a Frankford grad, said he'll mostly remember the encouragement his players received from the fans as they
headed to the locker room at halftime, down 14-0 and having looked very unimpressive.
"That meant so much," he said with emotion. "We fed on that all through halftime and then back out on the field."
The Pioneers' lead had resulted from two scintillating punt returns by Mills, a 67-yard TD and a 49-yarder to set up
a 16-yard run by Tyrell Martin.
Now, North finally answered to start the third quarter, driving 70 yards in 16 plays for a 1-yard score by Reid.
Reid was 4-for-4 on that drive. On the last three, he went 7-for-9, finishing 19-for-28 for 212 yards.
After his pass to Huggins (five receptions, 45 yards) was skillfully plucked out of the air, on the 8-yard TD, Reid
ame to the sideline and nearly had the life hugged out of him by a delirious Joe Lawinski, the offensive coordinator.
"You the man! " Lawinski roared. "You my man. "
Later, after his TD connection with Byrd, Reid chest-bumped multiple teammates and, while facing North's stands,
yelled at peak volume, "Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!! "
"If this is the last game in the series," Szydlik, a 1972 Frankford grad, soon would be saying, "it was a helluva way
to end it. "
"You couldn't have had a more exciting finish," said Frankford coach Mike Capriotti, also an alumnus ('70).
"Obviously, I wish we were on the other end, but I am happy for Chalie and the alumni and faculty and everybody
ssociated with North Catholic. "
A classy comment. Nice way to end it.
This story was written in 1997 after Frankford rang up
what turned out to be
the most points ever scored in series history . . .
By Ted Silary
Think of the football positions that would be a good fit for a guy nicknamed ``Pitter'' - as in the pitter-patter of
Wideout should quickly come to mind. And then maybe slotback and defensive back and . . . now you're stuck.
We give you Herbert ``Pitter'' Sample, of Frankford High, who is listed at 5-8, 155 pounds in the program.
Take off 2 inches, he says. Take off 10 pounds, he says. Now digest the fact that at 5-6, 145 pounds, the position
he plays is fullback.
"My size? No problem,'' Sample said. "I'm so quick to the hole, those big linemen never have a chance to mess
If it's true, it ain't boasting.
Sample yesterday rushed 15 times for 131 yards and one touchdown as Frankford pounded archrival North
Catholic, 54-14, before a roaring, standing-room-only crowd of 5,000-plus at windswept Frankford Memorial
North leads the series, 39-27-4.
Sample helped to author Pioneer history on his 61-yard, third-quarter touchdown, which raised his season's total
to 1,029 yards. He and franchise halfback Eddie Gaskins (1,734 yards) are the first teammates in Frankford
history to reach 1,000 yards in the same season, and the first in the Public League to do so since Central's Jarrod
Washington and Sundiata Rush in 1988.
"One-thousand yards? I can't even tell you how I feel about that,'' an overwhelmed Sample said.
"Herbie, that's my man,'' bubbled Gaskins, who finished with 202 yards and three TDs on 18 carries. ``He's the
people's man. Everybody likes him. Teachers, fans, girls. He has a great personality. He's a funny guy to be
around. And the players know how hard he works.''
But he's only 145 pounds.
"Doesn't matter,'' Gaskins said. ``He has the heart of a lion.''
Early in the fourth quarter, meanwhile, Gaskins finally displayed the heart of a hot dog and that wound up
producing some ugliness.
With Frankford leading, 47-8, Frankford coach Tom Mullineaux put his first offense back on the field merely
hoping, he said, to melt the clock. Instead, Gaskins exploded for a 53-yard touchdown and made a headlong dive
into the end zone even though the closest defender, Fred Weidenmiller, had no legitimate shot at making a tackle.
"My brother and a couple old Frankford teammates were telling me, `You never do anything [to show emotion]
when you score,' '' Gaskins said. ``I figured I had to do something for them. It was a one-time thing.''
On North's next play, Jim Miller caught a swing pass from Brian Kulb (14-for-33, 123 yards) and headed for
Frankford's sideline. Miller roared across the sideline, banged into Mullineaux, tossed the ball at him and
uttered something about Gaskins still being in the game.
"I couldn't believe it,'' Mullineaux said. "I thought, `This kid's aiming right for me.' What was his problem?''
Miller was not ejected, but coach Rich Betts did not play him thereafter.
"Evidently, Miller felt Frankford was running up the score, and he didn't appreciate that,'' Betts said. ``We saw
what he did. We told him, `We don't do that here,' then we put him on the bench and left him there.''
Of Gaskins's late-game presence on offense, Betts said, ``Frankford has [rolled up scores] all year, so it was
nothing I didn't expect.''
Incorrect. Mullineaux was guilty of leaving the first team offense on the field too long in a 63-29 win over
Murrell Dobbins Tech last Saturday in a PL semifinal, but before that, he was quick to pull Gaskins and his
playmates whenever a game became even remotely one-sided.
"I wouldn't try to run up the score,'' he said. ``I don't like those kind of people.''
The Falcons were so generous in the first half, they must have thought the holiday was Christmas.
Frankford needed to drive only 20 yards for its first score, Jim Nagle's 6-yard pass to David Kenner, after
Miller fumbled a snap on a punt and was tackled by Doyya Johnson.
Danny Owens accidently sent his kickoff only 13 yards downfield and Michael Dolbow recovered for
Frankford. Gaskins scored from the 7 eight plays later. Frankford's third and fourth scores capped drives of
only 28 and 5 yards, respectively, after a shanked punt and fumble (forced by Owens, recovered by Carlton
"Our guys didn't come to play,'' Betts said. "Turnovers hurt us early, and special teams.''
Sample was a fan of Frankford football long before he became a player. His brother, Clifford Waddy, was a
fullback in 1995 and his first cousin, Eugene Waddy, was a defensive end in '92.
Sample and Gaskins grew up around the corner from each other, but they played for rival youth
organizations - Sample for Frankford Chargers, Gaskins for Frankford Boys Club. Though Sample is a
three-year varsity player, this is his first season starting.
"I didn't have doubts about getting the spot,'' he said. "I'm not big, but I can run. Give me a little opening,
and I'm gone. A team always needs speed. To me, this doesn't seem any different than weight ball. Guys hit
hard, sure, but I've never had to come off the field because of an injury.''
He did have to yield, though, to the temptation to race against Gaskins.
"Early this season, we did a 50-yard dash,'' Sample said. "Who won? It was a tie. A flat-out tie."
Imagine that - Eddie Gaskins being tied in a race by a fullback.
final 40 games, 1970-2009 . . .
Longest Scores, 1970-2009
. . .
for Games, 1928-69
Not Played on Thanksgiving . . .
Fkd 20: Bill Dietrich 12, George "Whitey" McCaffrey 6, Safety.
NC 7: Scotty McKay, PAT awarded when defense crossed line of scrimmage
NC 2: Safety 2.
Thanksgiving Series Began . . .
NC 14: Bernie Konieczny 8, Vince Puszynski 6.
Fkd 7: Chris Pappas 6, Jack Amport 1.
Fkd 22: Chris Pappas 14, Eddie Gallagher 6, Safety 2.
NC 23: Eddie Schwope 22, McGeary 1.
Fkd 6: Orlyn Kimmell 6.
NC 26: Frank Teague 12, Eddie Schwope 8, Buzz Howlett 6.
NC 19: Ed Hennessey 7, Gus Gerasimas 6, Ed Tranausky 6.
NC 6: George Tranausky 6.
Fkd 6: Fred Kaczinski 6.
NC 13: Johnny Sadlik 13.
Fkd 6: Walt Peterson 6.
Fkd 18: Vince Galeone 12, Joe Nejman 6.
NC 6: Cliff Kaupp 6.
Fkd 20: Joe Nejman 18, Romeo Capriotti 2.
NC 6: Pete Doman 6.
Fkd 16: Romeo Capriotti 16.
NC 20: John Murray 6, Jack Chamberlain 6, George Griffin 6, Mike Connolly 1, Jim Begley 1.
NC 19: Bob Keegan 6, Tom Kelleher 6, Ed Lannigan 6, Jim Begley 1.
NC 7: John Idzik 6, Howie Willis 1.
NC 6: Roy Lorenz 6.
NC 19: Harry Connor 6, Fred McClintock 6, Ed Samocki 6, Tom Stafford 1.
Fkd 13: Dave Markloff 6, Ernie Liberati 6, Dave Lill 1.
NC 13: Frank Berk 6, Bob Bechtel 6, Tom Stafford 1.
Fkd 7: Al Angelo 6, Howard Graham 1.
NC 19: John Seixas 12, Joe Andreotti 6, Tom Formica 1.
Fkd 12: Charles Bruno 6, Bob Daniels 6.
NC 7: Don Healy 6, Jim Eberle 1.
NC 7: Harold James 6, Bob McKay 1.
Fkd 2: Safety 2.
NC 30: Jack Conroy 6, Jim Walsh 6, Paul Carriccola 6, John Lauch 6, Harold Traxler 6.
Fkd 6: Frank Russo.
NC 14: John Walsh 6, Ray Banas 6, Ray Lyons 2.
Fkd 6: John Koch 6.
NC 31: Jim Heflin 12, Ed Goshow 12, Walsh 6, Ed Schmitt 1.
Fkd 12: Walter "Sonny" Graham 6, John Wright 6.
Fkd 12: Bill Roehl 7, Joe Steinmetz 6.
NC 28: Walt Sroka 6, Marty Qualtieri 6, Andy Lavin 6, Greg Puckett 6, Tom Scanlon 4.
Fkd 13: Stan Krynski 6, Wayne Kauffman 6, Ted Angerman 1.
Fkd 40: Stan Krynski 12, John George 12, Jim Davis 10, Ted Marano 6.
NC 14: Dan Kerrane 6, Jim McGrody 6, Tim Gallo 2.
NC 27: Murvin Mitchell 12, Bill Schroeder 7, John Neri 6, Ed Convery 2.
Fkd 12: Mark Smith 12.
Fkd 12: Bill Degenhardt 6, Connie Snyder 6.
NC 6: Walt Fitzsimmons 6.
NC 20: Fran Brady 8, Tony Aspite 6, Frank Kosman 6.
Fkd 13: Karl Kruse 7, Connie Snyder 6.
NC 14: Joe Rafter 8, Jim Doman 6.
Fkd 6: Vince McCaffrey 6
NC 6: Bob Dobson 6.
NC 30: Frank Alba 12, Carl Bogatiuk 10, Dom Aspite 6, Jim O'Connell 2.
Fkd 14: Jim Keweshan 6, Dom Bisceglie 6, Vince McCaffrey 2.
NC 12: Frank Alba 6, Joe Kaiser 6.
Fkd 10: Gary Friedhoff 8, Safety 2.
NC 20: Joe Kaiser 18, Joe Welsh 2.
Fkd 8: Joe Houghton 6, Safety 2.
NC 28: John Triscszuk 6, Billy Dever 6, Dave Phillips 6, Paul Regan 6, John Daly 4.
Fkd 8: Gary Martell 6, Joe Geiger 2.
Fkd 14: Richie Glenn 12, Mike Ray 2.
NC 8: Ed Emberger 6, Jerry Fleming 2.
NC 24: Ed Emberger 8, Bob Shoemaker 6, Billy Dever 6. Steve Moretto 4.
Fkd 14: George Loos 6, Greg Taylor 6, Ernie Kinzler 2.
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