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2012 Fair Lawn Cutters Football Schedule

Date Opponent Score (W/L) Sept. 8
Hackensack

Sept. 14 @Clifton
Sept. 22 @Kennedy
Sept. 29
Passaic

Oct. 5
@Don Bosco Prep
Oct. 12
@Passaic County Tech
Oct. 20 Ridgewood
Oct. 27
Lakeland Regional
Nov. 2 @Eastside

THIS WEEK IN FLHS GRIDIRON HISTORY – 2012 Week 1

A WALK DOWN MEMORY LANE

By Dick Engelhardt

Fair Lawn High School opened September 13th, 1943. This 2012 history covers the years ending in “2.”

1952 – Frank Bennett’s Bergen-Passaic Interscholastic League (B-PIL) CUTTERS beat the Passaic Valley Conference (PVC) GHOSTS of Paterson Eastside 26-13 in independent action. During 1947-54 and 1983 Fair Lawn went 5-4 (.556) over the GHOSTS. This was sweetened by the fact that, until FLHS opened in 1943, most Fair Lawn students attended Eastside. A few students from the Columbia Heights section went to Hawthorne and the Radburn section students went to Ridgewood. The 4-4 (.500) deadlock was broken by the 20-18 Fair Lawn victory in 1983. In 2010 the GHOSTS and CUTTERS found themselves in the new Big North Conference (BNC) Division II, which became the Liberty Division. The teams are 1-1 (.500) in (BNC) Liberty Division action in 2010-11 and our CUTTERS lead the rivalry 6-5 (.545). 

1962 – Coach Ed Sheehy’s CUTTERS were beaten 28-14 by the CRUSADERS of East Paterson, Now Elmwood Park, in an exciting new neighborhood rivalry. - During 1962-65 the tough CRUSADERS went 3-1 (.750) over our CUTTERS. The 1st Fair Lawn victory was in the last game in 1965 when our CUTTERS went 8-0-1 (1.000) and took the Northern New Jersey Inter-scholastic League (NNJIL) title.

1972 – Al Reinoso’s CUTTERS were stung 19-0 by the HORNETS of Passaic Valley in NNJIL action. During 1944-46 and 1966 independently and 1967- 81 and 83 in the NNJIL the HORNETS went 13-6-2 (.684) over our CUTTERS including a 20-0 shut out victory in the 1980 State playoff finals at GIANTS STADIUM after Fair Lawn had beaten the INDIANS of Passaic 27-18 in the first round. Fair Lawn had edged PV 7-6 in NNJIL play during the regular season.

1982 – Pete Natale’s CUTTERS began what would be their third ever winless season (1960 and 1976 were the others) with a 27-6 loss to the IRONMEN of Don Bosco in NNJIL Bergen Division action. In 1976 in independent action and 1982 and 83 in the NNJIL, the IRONMEN went 3-0 over our CUTTERS. The unfair advantage the parochial schools had was the main reason Fair Lawn and Bergenfield left the NNJIL in 1984 and returned to the Northern Bergen Interscholastic League (NBIL), which Fair Lawn had left in 1959 and Bergenfield in 1949.

1992 – Mike Alberque’s CUTTERS were beaten 21-14 by the BEARS of Bergenfield in NBIL Division 1 action. Fair Lawn took the 1945-48 and 1962-2008 rivalry 35-16 (.686) and the 1994-2008 Turkey Day rivalry 11-4 (.733). The teams squared off 1945-48 in the B-PIL, 1962-83 in the NNJIL and 1984-2008 in the NBIL. It was a great 51 season rivalry. 

2002 – Alberque’s CUTTERS were beaten 21-6 by the GREEN RAIDERS of Ramapo in NBIL Division 1 action. Ramapo took the 1956-58 and 1984-2008 rivalry 17-11 (.607). 

THE GRIDIRON 1-2012

By Dick Engelhardt

It’s great to be on THE GRIDIRON again as the CUTTERS of Fair Lawn High begin their 70th football season. Amir Saadah, a 2000 FLHS graduate who played for Mike Alberque’s 1997-99 CUTTERS, took over last year as the 11th Football coach in FLHS history. He followed Marty Fischbein 1943-44, Frank Bennett 1945-60, Ed Sheehy 1961-64, Frank Devens 1965-71, Al Reinoso 1972-74, Rich Szura 1965-77, Pete Natale 1978-87, Mike Alberque 1988-2001, Greg Tanzer 2002-06 and Stan Myles 2007-10. Their combined 1943-2011 record is 315-298-14 (.509).

Championships came in the Bergen-Passaic Interscholastic League (B-PIL) in 1945, 53 and 55 with co-championships in ’46 with Buccaneers of Bogota and ’47 with the GOLDEN BEARS of Lyndhurst; the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League (NNJIL) in 1965 and 66 with a tri-championship in ’80 with the FIGHTING MUSTANGS of Clifton High and the HORNETS of Passaic Valley and the Northern Bergen Interscholastic League (NBIL) Division 1 in 1984, 85, 87 and 89. The State playoff system began in 1974 and our CUTTERS were in the playoffs in 1979, 80, 85, 88, 89, 2000 and 2009.

Saadah has an all-star coaching staff. Billy Lynn is offensive coordinator, Bobby Guy is defensive coordinator and Dan Iozzia and Joe Borkowski are assistants. Two volunteers were added: Brian Walis, Fair Lawn High class of 2009, will be helping with O and D Line and Parag Patel, a Parsippany Hills Grad, will be working with our DB's and WR's. Jim Beshaw and Ed Guy coach the freshmen team.  The names Beshaw, Guy, Iozzia, Lynn, Saadah and Walis are big in FLHS Gridiron history and Joe Borkowski is a nephew of former Fair Lawn Coach Mike Alberque, who is a 2012 inductee into the FLHS Athletic Hall of Fame! 

This Saturday our CUTTERS open the season at home at SASSO FIELD at Noon in Big North Conference (BNC) crossover action against the COMETS of Hackensack. During 1959-82 in the NNJIL the COMETS went 16-7-1 (.696) over our CUTTERS. In 1959, Fair Lawn’s maiden season in the league, our CUTTERS won 27-6 and yet saw Hackensack take the title by half a game. Frank Bennett’s 1953 B-PIL champs shared the North Jersey, Section 1, Group III State title with the COMETS. Alberque’s 2000 CUTTERS put up a whale of a battle before losing 14-6 to the nationally ranked COMETS in the States. The 2-0 Hackensack lead in BNC crossover action in 2010–11 has the COMETS’ record against our CUTTERS 19-7-1 (.731).

My Fair Lawn High School Class of ’57 will be in town for its reunion. In their senior year Coach Bennett’s CUTTERS went 5-3 (.625) overall and 4-1 (.800) in the NBIL. The Thanksgiving game against the MAROONS of Ridgewood decided the championship with the MAROONS’ 7-6 victory giving them the crown at 5-0 (1.000). The 13th FLHS graduating class had their big day 55 years ago on June 17, 1957. We like to think we were featured in the Statler Brothers smash hit, “The Class of 57 Had Its Dreams!”

Our heroes got ready for the season with scrimmage action culminating in a game scrimmage against the NORSEMEN of Northern Valley, Demarest. I look forward to seeing our heroes get off to a good start. From here it looks like Fair Lawn 14- Hackensack 13. GO GUTTERS GO!!!

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Dan Johnson September 23, 2012 at 04:30 AM
The head coach wa actually a very very successful defensive coordinator for Hawthorne highs hook who led the past 6 years of teams to many successful games - the players are hard workers and together they all work hat to make it in the game- they come a far way from last year where everyone was learning new tactics, rules, and plays- for the first time since I was on highschool there is actually love brought back into this town. So for all of you people just looking all the scores bed a reality check that it's not only about lose or win fair lawn needs more players to come out for the love of the game because that is what matters
CaresAboutFL September 24, 2012 at 11:49 AM
The problems always starts from the top. When the favoritism, special treatment, selfishness, lack of knowledge is recordnized THEN the programs will step out of the cellar. The AD must be held responsible for the program. After several years experience with the HS all he cares about is his paycheck (along with many of the teachers and administrator). There is too much more to even say.
Me September 24, 2012 at 02:04 PM
Hey Zak, could you add the times to the dates? The times could be found here: http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/fair-lawn-cutters-(fair-lawn,nj)/football/schedule.htm
Zak Koeske September 24, 2012 at 02:20 PM
Times for the games have been added
Janice Belbol September 24, 2012 at 02:44 PM
As a parent of a FLHS Senior football player, I am disappointed with all the negative comments. These players and coaches are dedicated to their team, school and community. That's more than I can say about their community that continually bashes and puts them down, you should all be ashamed of yourselves. As far as DB & BC goes I can count on one hand how many players left Fair Lawn, so I don't think they would have really made a huge impact on our team. Also, if you choose to make stupid comments put your name on it!
LENNY September 24, 2012 at 02:57 PM
yes fair lawn does need more players. it is very hard to go both ways a whole game. and also we have to look at the top as stated above it does start their. we also have to work with are kids on the all sport level to get them to play the sport they enjoyed as kids in high school. it is never to early for our high school coaches to work with the coaches on that level. start the kids young to know your system. to the writer who does a good job every week one point to look at the past is history lets start to add the facts as to what this program needs. let us move on to make fair lawn sports better for our kids and the pride we all have.
Gabriel Francis September 24, 2012 at 04:17 PM
The Cutters, or any HS team for that matter, need several things to be successful. A coach who can galvanize the team into a dedicated unit, a focus on fundamentals and conditioning, a scheme that plays to the strengths of the personnel available and a supportive culture from the school administration and community. Until we have this mixture, our program will be relegated to mediocrity in the football universe.
Me September 24, 2012 at 04:34 PM
Thanks Zak.
FLfootball02 September 24, 2012 at 08:15 PM
100 % agree with janice. the negative non constructive comments are uncalled for. i am familiar with the coaches and know they put in a lot of time to try to get the program to where it wants to be. they give it thier all and care very much about the kids. it takes some time to turn around a program and sometimes a couple years just to correct the errors or negative image left by previous coaches. if you watch the games FL is in it for the first half but then lets the game slip away at the end. this shows the coaches are teaching the right stuff and the kids are playing well we just dont have enough players to keep them fresh. it is also not the worse thing in the world for these kids to lose, as long as they are having fun. the kids will benefit and learn from being the underdog team every week and still gonig out and trying thier best. in life no matter how hard you work you may not always win, but successful people are the ones who handle the defeat well and keep working hard and trying again.
TeacherMom September 24, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Shame on anyone who insults these young men who are going out and giving it their all. They have far more pride in their town and school than some of the posters on here. Mr. galtinski -would you also expect honors students to pay a fee for their exclusive classes? Musicians? Kids in the award winning musical?
Tommy P September 24, 2012 at 10:47 PM
To the community? How so?
Jenn S. September 24, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Good point, Janice. My cousin plays on the team and I know how hard the players and coaches work. No one understands. Everyone likes to just point a finger. The losses have nothing to do with the coaching staff. Different and new league, not enough players playing and a lot of the starting players are hurt, so the same players play both sides the entire game.
Jenn S. September 24, 2012 at 11:29 PM
And Tommy P, the players are dedicated to their community because they have to deal and put up with negative people like yourself who have nothing better to do than bash on a bunch of 15-18 year old hard working boys. The team has previously done tackle for the cure and other fundraisers to benefit the community. Maybe you should get involved and actually research your information before you form an opinion.
Jenn S. September 24, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Who gets special treatment? Who is the favorite? Who is selfish? Please answer with valid examples.
Jenn S. September 24, 2012 at 11:35 PM
Couldn't agree more. If you compare last years games with this years, there is a HUGE difference. Last year was the coaches first year and being his first year, the players had to get used to a new offense/defense. This year, the boys had the potential to win all 3 of their previous games, but like you said... at the end they slipped. I was at the Clifton game and FL had it! Look at the scores and stats. That shows that the program is improving.
Janice Belbol September 25, 2012 at 01:51 AM
They are proud to be Fair Lawn Cutters!
@tp September 25, 2012 at 05:56 PM
@tommy - please tell me where you paid in order to participate in a high school sport... you are just full of it
@tp September 25, 2012 at 06:02 PM
@sam discriminates? is picking the best people at a certain sport discriminating? thats kind of how things work sam. There are advanced classes in schools, are the less intelligent kids discrimited because they dont have the test scores or show the intelligence needed for that class? if theres a school play should the director chose the best and most qualified student for the big part or is that discrimating too?
Tommy P September 26, 2012 at 12:06 AM
At a private high school.
Tommy P October 01, 2012 at 09:40 PM
I encourage charity, I give often, time and money. Playing on a school team on the community's dime at a time when we are short police officers and people are struggling to keep their homes bothers me. It should bother everyone. Just a few months ago we heard the story of the Cuoccis whose home was sold on a short sale to a current Democratic councilman. I am all for extracurricular programs, but programs which discriminate should not be paid for with taxpayer funds. As to participating in cutter football, I am not sure how well received a homosexual man in his mid 60s would be received by parents and players, but thanks for the invite.
Tommy P October 01, 2012 at 09:41 PM
Do the kids who don't get into those "exclusive" classes go home or to another class?
Pinupdoll October 03, 2012 at 11:20 AM
Fair Lawn playing Don Bosco? This is another reason why the A.D. belongs working in the library distributing books, because apparently he has no problem with kids being slaughtered like Roman Gladiators! When this game first popped up on the schedule, something should have been done immediately!
RS2001 October 08, 2012 at 02:02 PM
this is to everyone that wrote ignorant comments on this page... look up on MARK J. CZERWINSKI article on the FL/ Bosco game. and i quote "Fair Lawn's Amir Saadah turned in one of the best coaching performances of the season Friday night, even though his Cutters lost to national football power Don Bosco, 44-0, in Big North crossover action. And his technique should be a lesson to public school coaches all over North Jersey." By MARK J. CZERWINSKI RECORDCOLUMNIST. And as far as the coaches being part time- if you only knew how many hours a week the coaches spend watching films, strategizing, being mentors to these studnets- you people should be ashamed. The job of a head coach is more than just a part time job for teachers... it is A FULL TIME JOB ON TOP OF A FULL TIME JOB that is YEAR ROUND! The only way that a coach can dedicate enough time to the studnets is if they work a job where they get out the same time students do- or would you rather see students coming hom at all hours of the night because practice doesnt start til 5:30 and then they suffer in their academic performance. all i can repeat is STOP LOOKING AT WINS VS LOSSES AND START LOOKING AT THE PERFORMANCE OF THE PLAYERS. It is sad becasue most people should be as dedcicated as the coaches on this team. Is easy for all of you to criticize sitting on your couches, but lets see you get out there and recreate a program from the bottom up and see how far you get.
RS2001 October 08, 2012 at 02:18 PM
this is to everyone that wrote ignorant comments on this page... look up on MARK J. CZERWINSKI article on the FL/ Bosco game. AS was written on northjersey.com "Fair Lawn's Amir Saadah turned in one of the best coaching performances of the season Friday night, even though his Cutters lost to national football power Don Bosco, 44-0, in Big North crossover action. And his technique should be a lesson to public school coaches all over North Jersey." By MARK J. CZERWINSKI RECORDCOLUMNIST on northjersey.com. And as far as the coaches being part time- if you only knew how many hours a week the coaches spend watching films, strategizing, being mentors to these studnets- you people should be ashamed. The job of a head coach is more than just a part time job for teachers... it is A FULL TIME JOB ON TOP OF A FULL TIME JOB that is YEAR ROUND! The only way that a coach can dedicate enough time to the studnets is if they work a job where they get out the same time students do- or would you rather see students coming hom at all hours of the night because practice doesnt start til 5:30 and then they suffer in their academic performance. all i can repeat is STOP LOOKING AT WINS VS LOSSES AND START LOOKING AT THE PERFORMANCE OF THE PLAYERS. It is sad becasue most people should be as dedcicated as the coaches on this team. Is easy for all of you to criticize sitting on your couches, but lets see you get out there and recreate a program from the bottom up and see how far you get.
RS2001 October 08, 2012 at 02:44 PM
not quite sure what Tommy P is talking about regarding discrimination because no matter "how much MONEY" he supposably donates to this community he hasn't got a clue about what actually goes on, maybe he has a personal vendetta, had a rough time in highschool and is trying to revenge those in the town that hurt him. The coaches do not discriminate- if anything they actually care about the students enough that they dont let anything slide- if a player misses practice- they are reprimanded, even benched, etc. the coaches discipline they students and do not give any favoritism despite what "onlookers" see
John Cosgrove October 08, 2012 at 02:53 PM
I'm very proud of our Kids and Coaches for the way that they have never quit this season. The State has unfairly placed them in a league with much larger schools and not to mention a Nationally ranked team. We all know that Bosco recruits from not only New Jersey, but other states. They play other Nationally ranked teams from as far away as California. I've spoken to Coaches from Don Bosco and they also believe it's unfair that the State makes Fair Lawn play them. As a former Cutter (#78 Class of 73) I am proud of this group of young men who even faced with an unfair situation have showed that they have the charachter and fortitude to keep going!! Go Cutters!!! Beat Passaic Tech this week!!!
Phil Jonas October 08, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Where does all the tax money go? What is the BOE doing? Oh, that's right, they just gave a 20% increase to SUBSTITUTES. The clowncil spent $30k for a skatepark. We waste almost $1 million on Memorial pool. And you wonder why the football team is challenged?!
Mei Won Sum October 22, 2012 at 05:57 PM
#1 industrialized nation in the world, that ranks below the top 10 country's in education, and you people want to throw more money into sports?
Dick Engelhardt November 29, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Pinupdoll should not be blaming the Fair Lawn AD for this. The State has mandated the inclusion of Parochial Schools in the public leagues and the schools have no choice in the scheduling of their team against a Don Bosco. In 2011 Bergen Catholic let Fair Lawn off the hook because they were able to schedule, with Fair Lawn's blessing, an out of State game. This season, if Don Bosco had been able to schedule another game, our AD, Corey Robinson, had scheduled the KARDINALS of Kearny for our CUTTERS to play but, alas, it didn't happen. Corey tried and it's unfair to blame him for Fair Lawn having to play Don Bosco.
LENNY December 03, 2012 at 02:45 PM
we read about all the great coaches who got their start on staffs at FAIR LAWN . Why has our board supit. or ad. never found a way to keep some of these great coaches in our town or on our teaching staffs. this is not only in football but in other sports.

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