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1972 LBCL/Big 7 Champs

                     1972 Pennsbury Falcons
                  LBCL/Big Seven Champions

                  Undefeated (11-0) with 4 Shutouts
     School Record: First Undefeated team in Pennsbury Era History
                                             Head Coach: Chuck Kane




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The 1972 perfect record season:
 
W  44 CARLISLE 0
W  14 BETHLEHEM FREEDOM 10
W  23 ALLENTOWN ALLEN 12
W  16 BETHLEHEM FREEDOM 0 
W  28 BENSALEM 15
W  50 ALLENTOWN DIERUFF 6
W  37 COUNCIL ROCK 8
W  42 EASTON 0
W  49 WOODROW WILSON 13
W  63 READING 0
W  23 NESHAMINY 21






67 Knop, 76 Caine (kneeling, background, 82 Guertin and 22 Bowden (diving in attempt to make saving tackle). 
All were starters in 73, a year later....

Click on the link to see a picture of the Falcons in a 1972 game as well as photos from 1971 and Coach Kane.
The pictures are from LBCL Online with text by Brien Martin, editor of that site.
1972 Falcons in Action

The starting Falcon offense:
 
E 83 Terry HOFFMAN       6-0     185
T 79 Gary METROKA        6-1     215
G 68 Gary PASEK          5-10    180
C 51 Mike PAGE           5-9     170
G 63 Pat SORIERO         6-0     190
T 73 Jim KETTLES         6-3     210
E 84 Don BREECE          6-4     190
Q 12 Gary KUTSMEDA       6-0     145
H 44 Dale DELISE         5-9     170
H 31 Bill PORTER         5-9     180
F 33 Jeff FITZ-MAURICE   5-11    180
 
15 Mike CURLEY 6-0 160 was the punter and 78 John GIORDANO at 5-11 
and 245 handled the place kicking.

Pennsbury’s 1972 defensive stalwarts:
 
E 85 Kirk HARMAN        6-0    200
T 70 Tim MILLER         6-1    212
G 67 Warren KNOP        6-1    180
T 71 Cliff STOUT        6-3    220
T 72 Gary STADANLICK    6-3    235
E 52 Mike MCGRATH       6-3    200
L 61 John LERCH         6-0    165
L 66 Ron DUNDALA        5-10   190
M 22 Bob BOWDEN         6-1    175
C 15 Mike CURLEY        6-0    160
C 32 Frank LENNON       5-9    170
  21 Mark KRYSA         6-0    165
S 17 John ASMA          6-0    175
 
Other key defenders included tackle 76 Mike CAINE 6-3 202 , as well as 16 
Neil TANNICELLO 5-10 160 in the secondary.
 
The players on this superb team found many college opportunities. Tim Miller 
starred at Memphis State, while Curley became the punter at Pitt. Dundala 
went on to Dayton and Giordano was Vanderbilt’s placekicker. McGrath played 
at Penn, Asma at F&M, Breece at Georgia, Harman at Lafayette, Lerch at IUP, 
Knop at Duke, and Page and Mike Golub at Dickinson. Kettles, who had come in 
as a transfer from the State of Indiana, played at Princeton.

The 1972 perfect record season:
 
W  44 CARLISLE 0
W  14 BETHLEHEM FREEDOM 10
W  23 ALLENTOWN ALLEN 12
W  16 BETHLEHEM FREEDOM 0 
W  28 BENSALEM 15
W  50 ALLENTOWN DIERUFF 6
W  37 COUNCIL ROCK 8
W  42 EASTON 0
W  49 WOODROW WILSON 13
W  63 READING 0
W  23 NESHAMINY 21
 
In the West, the Gateway Gators had come through the WPIAL AA playoffs 

unscathed, upsetting the defending champion Kiski Area Cavaliers. A Gateway 

– Pennsbury state championship game would have been worth traveling to see.
In 1974, just two years later, Chuck Kane produced another fine team at 

Pennsbury. This edition of the Falcons raced through another perfect 11-0 

season. Pennsbury won tight games with Bethlehem Liberty and Council Rock 

and buried Neshaminy 49-13. Offensive center Frank Prior at 6-3 217 and 

defensive tackle Randy Wagner, a 6-4 245 tower of strength, both made the 

All-State first team. Again, the Falcons won both the Big Eight (Reading now 

included) and Lower Bucks crowns. 
 
Pennsbury was balanced and dominating, gaining 2,370 rushing yards and 1,525 

passing. The opposition gained less than 1,600 total. Tailback Billy Austin 

was a worthy successor to Delise, while QB Joe Crossin was the field general 

and passer.
 
In the WPIAL, Gateway and Upper St. Clair had played at 6-6 tie in the AA 

final. Pennsbury versus either would have been another great state 

championship match-up.*


*SOURCE FOR THIS INFORMATION

Author:  Hal Wilson, PA Football News:  http://www.pafootballnews.com/

In 2008, Hal Wilson was inducted into the Delaware County

Hall-of-Fame Historian.  

The full article can be read by clicking on the Link:

Great Pennsylvania Teams

    

 
                                   


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