1965 marked first girls football game
The annual Senior Girls Flag Football Game, featuring players from Jonathan Law and Foran High, will take place at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at the Vito DeVito Sports Complex.
The first reported game was held in the fall of 1966 at Jonathan Law, when junior and senior girls from Veritas Amicus (goddess of truth) and the Tri-Hi Club walked down the hill to the field for a tackle football game.
The players wore borrowed Pop Warner uniforms and equipment, with desert boots replacing cleated shoes.
The game was conceived by Kathy Harker, president of Veritas Amicus, who said, “The purpose of the game is to build up the treasury and to have fun.”
Proceeds from the sale of tickets went to CARE (to fight poverty) and the treasuries of the two clubs.
The contest had the blessings of Milford Schools Superintendent Joseph Foran, Law Principal Burtin Glendon, Law Athletic Director Jack Taylor, and Ralph Papa, executive director of the Milford YMCA, which sponsors both clubs.
Veritas Amicus, made up of juniors at Law, was coached by Ed Wasson, William Mancini, fathers of two of the players, and Law senior football players Greg Forcier and Tony Vano.
Starting for Veritas Amicus were Debbie Racz at quarterback, captain Sue Kregling and Kathy Steele at end, Pat Wasson at center, Kathy Harker and Peggy Ruane at tackle, July Ondusko and Linda Mancini at guard, Sharon Lofthouse at fullback and Gayle Gilbert and Sue Renzulli at halfback.
Starting for Tri-Hi Club were captain Gail Saucier at quarterback, Nancy Frederick and Dannette Wickun at end, Chris Wilder at center, Nancy McGrath and Sharon Lagrow at tackle, Ingrid Johnson and Judy Pinco at guard, Eileen Glennon at fullback and Sandy Lockwood and Linda Casson at halfback.