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The 1940s

1940's T/E Conestoga Bulldogs Football

Early 40s Bulldogs

1941: 125 young women and men graduated with the Class of 1942.  Mr. Maas was the head football coach.  The team won four games and lost five.  On November 27, 1941, the Bulldogs beat the West Chester Warrior by a score of 14-0.  The articles in the "Early Forties story" were saved by Bob and Ray DiSerafino’s Mother.


1942: September 11, 1942, Mr. Shadel leaves for Naval Officers’ Training School at Norfolk, VA.  “The sports program was curtailed to a certain extent this year due to war-time restrictions and many changes in the faculty.  Coach Fred T. Maas left to take up a post in Nutley NJ, just after he had gotten the team well under way.

 However, the new assistant coach, Fuller Greenawalt stepped into the gap and with the assistance of Gerald Smeigh led the team through a very successful season.”  The 1943 Garnet and Gray, page 52.


The 1942 team closed the season with a record of four wins, three losses and two ties.  Frank Mazzi and Joe Appicciafucco were named to the All-Chester County All-star Second Team as backs.  Bob and Ray DiSerafino were named to the Second Team as tackles.  Joe, Frank and Bob received Honorable Mention on the All-Suburban Team as did Carlo Carnevalino.


1943: 107 young women and men graduated with the Class of 1944.  The football coaches were Fuller H. Grenawalt and Russell J. Hatch.  The football team completed a winning season with seven victories and one defeat.  Their final victory was a decisive win on Thanksgiving Day over West Chester by a score of 28-0.  No newspaper articles found yet.


1944: The football coaches were Edmund Wilcox and Russell Hatch.  James Rosato was Captain of the team.  The Bulldogs finished the season with four wins, four losses and one tie.  No newspaper articles found yet.

1945 Bulldogs

1945: Ernest Meyer was named head coach of the football team.  In his first year, the team won four contests and lost five.  They lost the biggest game of the season - the Thanksgiving Game with West Chester by a score of 12-0.  The assistant coach was John Dwight

1945 T/E Conestoga Bulldogs Football
1946 T/E Conestoga Bulldogs Football

1946 Bulldogs

Ernie Meyer was head coach, and he was assisted by Russell Hatch and James Myers.  With five wins, 3 ties and one loss, the team captured the County Championship - the first time since 1933.  And they beat West Chester on Thanksgiving day 6-0.

1947 Bulldogs

Ernie Meyer was the head coach for these three years.  In 1947, he only assistant was Robert Keehn.  Earl Metzler joined the coaching staff for the 1948 and 1949 seasons.  The 1947 Bulldogs completed their season with three wins and six losses including a loss to West Chester by a score of 14-6.  Bob Pollard was named to the First Team All County team.  Tackle Guilio DiSerafino and end Henry Ginnona were selected for the Second Team.  George Dixon, Ray Battisto, William Smurthwaite and Edwin Evens received Honorable Mention

1947 T/E Conestoga Bulldogs Football
1948 T/E Conestoga Bulldogs Football

1948 Bulldogs

In 1948, the team won the Chester County Football Championship, and Robert Pollard was named the most valuable player on the Main Line.  November 25th was a great day!  The Bulldogs defeated the West Chester Warriors by a score of 7-6.  Bob Pollard and Ralph Stango were named to the First Team All County team.

1949 Bulldogs

The 1949 team won four games, lost four games and played the Thanksgiving Game with West Chester to a 6-6 tie.  6,500 fans enjoyed the game at Villanova Stadium.  Quarterback Harry Stackhouse and guard Dave DeRafelo were named to the First Team All County Eleven.  Tackle Hayes slider and halfback Tom Miller were selected for the Second Team.  End Don Girard, tackle Charles Gasser, center Miner Vail and back Bill Hall received Honorable Mention.

1949 T/E Conestoga Bulldogs Football
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