Rams Wins City Title
Marking their eighth straight triumph during the 1955 grid season, the charges of Coach Jim Hopkins on Thanksgiving Day in beating Gloucester High school finished the season with one of the best records in the history of Gloucester Catholic High school.
The Ramblers scored almost at will for the first three periods to win the annual city series by a 52-7 count before more than 3000 chilled fans.
Meanwhile it ended a winless campaign for the Blue and Gold gridders, although they did manage to break their offensive famine of not having scored a point.
Gene Miller, Lennie Lacavara and Frank DiGiacomo scored two touchdowns apiece in the one-sided victory while Dick Talley and George Gibison tallied single six pointers apiece. Miller converted after four of the eight teedees.
Jim Ashe made Gloucester's touchdown on a two yard plunge and also was the loser's standout player of the day in the backfield.
The Rams pushed across 20 points in the first period, followed with 13 in the second session, and closed out its scoring by posting 19 markers in the third period.
Coach Hopkins used his first stringers all the way as he gave his seniors a chance to play in their finale for the Maroon and Gold.
To single out a star for Catholic would be a hard proposition as all performed well on both offense and defense as they captured their third straight from the Public High eleven. The first five games of the series were won by Gloucester High.
Gloucester received and couldn't advance and punted to its own 29 in the face of a stiff wind. Gibison, Lacavara and DiGiacomo covered the 29 yards in five plays with the latter going over, Miller converted.
Another wind-blown punt gave the Rams the ball on the Blue and Gold 37 and in four plays it was 13-0. The payoff came on a 17 yard aerial from Miller to Lacavara after the latter had set the score up with a 22-yard end sweep.
Bob Viet set Catholic up again when he recovered a fumble on the Gloucester 20. Miller passed to Lacavara on the first play for the score. Miller converted.
Gibison was next to score when after the Rams drove 40 yards he plunged over from the one. Miller converted.
Lacavara intercepted a Gloucester pass near the end of the first half and returned it to the Gloucester 26. Gibison made five yards and after passing 11 yards to Talley, Miller swept the end for the score.
The sixth teedee came on a two yard pass play from Miller to Talley, and the seventh score came shortly after when Gibison was on the throwing end of a pass to Miller. The play covered 45 yards.
DiGiacomo made the final Ram touchdown when he scooped up a fumble and raced 37 yards to paydirt on the last play of the third quarter.
Walt Doherty set up Gloucester's score when he intercepted Miller's pass on the Catholic 32 and ran it back to the seven. It took Ashe three plays and he was into the end zone for his team's touchdown. Ken Lohberger booted the extra point.