Back to the Future

Just like the Doc and Marty McFly, the SportsLifer went back to the future.

Went back to the future today. Went back to my old high school.

It was raining, pouring. Almost didn’t make it.

But then I said to myself, did a little rain stop Marty McFly or the Doc?

No. There were no rainouts in Back to the Future. And no rainouts today.

So I went back to New Rochelle, to my old high school, to watch unbeaten Iona Prep.

Worth the trip. Got there at halftime to find the Gaels holding on to a slim 14-12 lead.

Iona promptly scored three touchdowns in the third quarter and went on to win, 42-27.

So the Prep is now 10-0, ranked # 1 in the New York metropolitan area, and will play next weekend for the perfect season and the CHSFL AAAA  title.

The last time Iona was unbeaten was 1967, my junior year, the first year in the new school on Wilmot Road.

That team, led by quarterback Howie Burke, finished 8-0. We beat  both Stepinac and St. Francis in the final seconds and blanked arch-rival New Rochelle, 13-0, in a cold, driving rainstorm on Thanksgiving morning to complete the undefeated season.

Now, 41 years later, Iona goes for another perfect record.

Back to the future.

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3 Comments on “Back to the Future”

  1. […] Back to the Future Part II Posted on November 25, 2008 by sportslifer A week or so ago, the SportsLifer went back to the future. […]

  2. Dick Ambrose says:

    Can’t believe it’s been that long since Iona went undefeated. I guess it’s not that easy to duplicate the magic of ’67. It makes me feel really old to say that.

    • sportslifer says:

      Dick, you’re right, it wasn’t easy. That ’67 team was the first one in the new school, and I think those extra practices helped. They also won some close games that year, against Stepinac and St. Francis. Of course they didn’t have the CHSFL playoffs in those days either. Last year’s team broke St. Anthony’s seven-year championship run in the title game. Good to hear from you.


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