Philadelphia High School Football
History of St. James in Chester, PA

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 This page details much of the football history of St. James High in
Chester, PA. The Bulldogs joined the Philadelphia Catholic League
for the 1943 season and remained there through 1992. The school
closed in June 1993.
  Please note: The school first played football in 1929. It was known
as St. Robert's through the 1939-40 school year. This page details
the school's Catholic League seasons.

  If corrections/additions are needed, please contact
Ted Silary at
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and provide verification of new information,
if possible. Thanks!
  Thanks for help to: Joe Smagala,
  Some research is still being conducted/cross-checked. 
 
(Information prior to 1976 was provided mostly by Dr. Roger B. Saylor,
a famed Pennsylvania football historian. He passed away in 2013.)


RECORDS VS. ALL OPPONENTS  
1943-1992 -- Philadelphia Catholic League  
NON-CATHOLIC LEAGUE MEMBERS  
  W L T
Academy Park 0 1 0
Allentown Central Catholic 1 0 1
Archmere Academy (DE) 1 0 0
Chester 15 13 3
Collingdale 1 0 1
Downingtown 1 0 0
Eustace (NJ) 1 0 0
Frankford 1 0 0
Interboro 0 1 0
Loyola (MD) 3 2 1
Lower Merion 0 1 0
Marple-Newtown 1 0 0
Mount Pleasant (DE) 2 0 0
Northeast 0 0 1
Reading Central Catholic 1 0 0
Ridley 6 16 2
St. Mark's (DE) 1 4 0
Salesianum (DE) 4 4 1
Sun Valley 10 7 0
Trenton Catholic (NJ) 1 1 0
  Total 50 50 10
CATHOLIC LEAGUE MEMBERS    
(Includes Non-League Games & Playoffs)  
  W L T
Bonner 17 20 2
Carroll 12 14 0
Dougherty 2 4 0
Egan 2 5 0
Judge 5 4 1
Kenrick 2 0 0
La Salle 8 10 2
McDevitt 1 1 0
Neumann 29 21 2
North Catholic 8 10 2
O'Hara 13 19 0
Roman 30 15 5
Ryan 2 3 0
St. John's 7 0 0
St. Joseph's Prep 24 17 2
St. Thomas More 21 4 2
West Catholic 24 27 0
  Total 207 174 18
ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS, OPPONENTS
CATHOLIC LEAGUE/CITY TITLES    
  W L T
Bonner 1 1 0
Carroll 1 1 0
Egan 0 2 0
Frankford 1 0 0
Judge 0 1 0
Kenrick 1 0 0
McDevitt 0 1 0
Neumann 1 1 0
Northeast 0 0 1
O'Hara 2 2 0
Ryan 0 1 0
West Catholic 1 0 0
  Total 8 10 1
ALL-TIME PLAYOFF RECORDS, COACHES
CATHOLIC LEAGUE/CITY TITLES    
  W L T
Beans Brennan 0 1 1
Joe Logue 3 2 0
Marty Moke 3 4 0
Ray Gionta 2 3 0
  Total 8 10 1

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SCHOOL RECORDS

Most Wins Season
          12 in 1972 and 1991
Longest Unbeaten Streak
          17, all 10 games in 1953 (9-0-1), first seven games in 1954 (6-0-1)
Most Losses Season
          10 in 1982
Longest Losing Streak
          15, last four games in 1981, all 10 games in 1982, first game in 1983
Most Points Scored
          Season: 387 in 1972 (12-0)
          Game: 63 vs. Ridley in 1953 (63-7) and North Catholic in 1969 (63-14)
Most Points Allowed
          Season: 273 in 1977 (2-9)
          Game: 50 vs. O'Hara in 1973 (50-20) 
Fewest Points Scored Season
          56 in 1951 (1-6-2)
Fewest Points Allowed Season
          47 in 1953 (9-0-1)
Most Shutouts Season
          6 in 1953 (9-0-1)
Most Times Shut Out Season
          6 in 1965 (2-6-2)
Biggest Winning Margin
          58 vs. Roman Catholic in 1964 (58-0)
Biggest Losing Deficit
          47 vs. Neumann in 1952 (47-0)
Longest Shutout Streak
          4, three games to end 1945, first game in 1946
Longest Streak Times Shut Out
          4, games three through six in 1950
Longest Streak Without Being Shut Out
          36, last four games in 1961, all 31 games from 1962 through 1964, first game in 1965
Longest Streak Without a Shutout
          63, last 10 games in 1977, all 52 games from 1978 through 1982, first game in 1983

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SEASON LEADERS IN RUSHING/PASSING/RECEIVING
(Starts With 1983)
RUSHING (Based on Total Yards)
Year Name Car. Yards YPC TDs
1983 Unavailable        
1984 Joe Bartholomew 129 302 2.3 2
1985 Marcas "Old" Bradley 174 651 3.7 7
1986 Marcas "Old' Bradley 196 873 4.5 9
1987 Marcas "Old' Bradley 312 1584 5.1 18
1988 Anthony Barber 169 698 4.1 9
1989 Scott Reid 86 441 5.1 3
1990 Scott Reid 125 445 3.6 2
1991 Brian Martin  149 794 5.3 6
1992 Bob McCabe 206 943 4.6 16
PASSING (Based on Total Yards)
Year Name C-A Yards Pct. TDs
1983 Tom McNeely 44-101 683 43.6 6
1984 Tom McNeely 82-233 1081 35.2 7
1985 Neal McLaughlin 64-128 1028 50.0 11
1986 Neal McLaughlin 66-135 928 48.9 7
1987 Joe DiGregorio 97-228 1381 42.5 10
1988 Stan Bystrek 62-155 917 40.0 4
1989 Stan Bystrek 60-144 878 41.7 7
1990 Scott Green 69-169 1074 40.8 6
1991 Scott Green 79-188 937 42.0 9
1992 Mike Mulholland 57-118 892 48.3 4
RECEIVING (Based on Total Receptions)
Year Name Rec. Yards YPR TDs
1983 Lou Palermo 40 681 17.0 5
1984 George "Skip" Reid 34 447 13.1 3
1985 George "Skip" Reid 44 718 16.3 10
1986 George "Skip" Reid 28 486 17.4 5
1987 Pat Van Horn 38 512 13.5 4
1988 Unavailable        
1989 Bob Jackson 19 304 16.0 1
1990 Bob Jackson 31 522 16.8 2
1991 Mike Mulholland 33 440 13.3 4
1992 Unavailable        

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RECORDS FOR GAME/SEASON  
Entries in italics are from seasons prior to 1983
RUSHING YARDS, GAME
Frank Ryan 262 1962 Bonner
Marcas "Old" Bradley 226 1987 Sun Valley
Scott Reid 201 1989 SJ Prep
Marcas "Old" Bradley 176 1987 Neumann
Marcas "Old" Bradley 165 1987 Ridley
Marcas "Old" Bradley 160 1986 SJ Prep
RUSHING YARDS, SEASON  
Marcas "Old" Bradley 1584 1987  
Dave Lansberry 1,173 1972  
Tony Serge 1,069 1972  
Bob McCabe 943 1992  
Marcas "Old" Bradley 873 1986  
Brian Martin 794 1991  
Anthony Barber 698 1988  
RUSHING CARRIES, GAME  
Marcas "Old" Bradley 33 1987 West Catholic
Marcas "Old" Bradley 32 1987 Sun Valley
Anthony Barber 28 1988 Bonner
Marcas "Old" Bradley 27 1986 Neumann
Marcas "Old" Bradley 27 1987 Carroll
Marcas "Old" Bradley 27 1987 Bonner
Bob McCabe 27 1992 O'Hara
RUSHING CARRIES, SEASON  
Marcas "Old" Bradley 312 1987  
Bob McCabe 206 1992  
Marcas "Old" Bradley 196 1986  
Marcas "Old" Bradley 174 1985  
Anthony Barber 169 1988  
RUSHING TOUCHDOWNS, SEASON  
Marcas "Old" Bradley 18 1987  
Marcas "Old" Bradley 9 1986  
Anthony Barber 9 1988  
   
PASSING YARDS, GAME  
Tom McNeely 329 1983 Neumann
Scott Green 270 1990 Chester
*Tommy Fannon 247 1949 SJ Prep
Stan Bystrek 215 1989 West Catholic
Joe DiGregorio 194 1987 O'Hara
Joe DiGregorio 191 1987 Carroll
*passed 10-for-10      
PASSING YARDS, SEASON  
Joe DiGregorio 1381 1987  
Tom McNeely 1081 1984  
Scott Green 1074 1990  
PASSING COMPLETIONS, GAME  
Tom McNeely 14 1983 Neumann
Tom McNeely 14 1983 O'Hara
Stan Bystrek 14 1989 O'Hara
Tom McNeely 13 1984 O'Hara
Joe DiGregorio 13 1987 Carroll
Scott Green 13 1990 Chester
PASSING COMPLETIONS, SEASON  
Joe DiGregorio 97 1987  
Tom McNeely 82 1984  
Scott Green 79 1991  
PASSING ATTEMPTS, GAME  
Tom McNeely 36 1983 O'Hara
Tom McNeely 30 1984 Bonner
Tom McNeely 30 1984 SJ Prep
Joe DiGregorio 28 1987 Bonner
Stan Bystrek 28 1988 O'Hara
PASSING ATTEMPTS, SEASON  
Tom McNeely 233 1984  
Joe DiGregorio 228 1987  
Scott Green 188 1991  
PASSING TOUCHDOWNS, SEASON  
Neal McLaughlin 11 1985  
Joe DiGregorio 10 1987  
Scott Green 9 1991  
       
RECEIVING YARDS, GAME  
Larry Pierce 157 1949 SJ Prep
George "Skip" Reid 152 1985 SJ Prep
Scott Reid 152 1990 Chester
George "Skip" Reid 147 1985 Carroll
George "Skip" Reid 145 1984 O'Hara
George "Skip" Reid 144 1985 Sun Valley
RECEIVING YARDS, SEASON  
George "Skip" Reid 718 1985  
Lou Palermo 681 1983  
Bob Jackson 533 1990  
RECEPTIONS, GAME    
George "Skip" Reid 12 1985 Carroll
George "Skip" Reid 10 1984 O'Hara
Scott Reid 7 1990 Chester
Bob Jackson 7 1990 O'Hara
  many with 6      
RECEPTIONS, SEASON    
George "Skip" Reid 44 1985  
Lou Palermo 40 1983  
Pat Van Horn 38 1987  
RECEIVING TOUCHDOWNS, SEASON
George "Skip" Reid 10 1985  
       
SCORING LEADERS, SEASON TD-Conv.
Dick Christy 114 1953 19-0
Marcas "Old" Bradley 114 1987 19-0
Frank Ryan 100 1963 15-5
Tony Serge 80 1972 12-4
       
KICK SCORING LEADERS, SEASON PAT-FG
Gus Fernandez 53 1972 38-5
Kevin Nodis 41 1987 29-4
Bill Dechant 40 1991 28-4
Kevin Nodis 38 1988 14-8
Tom DeFosse 36 1953 33-1

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MAJOR ALL-STARS
1st/2nd TEAM ALL-SCHOLASTIC
(1943-70 Bulletin -- Five-County Area)
Year Name Pos.
1945 Fran Desmond E - 1
  Joe Ward B - 2
1949 Herman Sweeney C - 1
  Don Shea G - 2
1952 Dick Christy B - 2
1953 Dick Christy B - 1
  Tom Defosse C - 2
  Henry Nacrelli G - 2
1954 Joe Pullekines E - 1
1955 Leo Broadhurst C - 2
1957 Tom Wynne E - 1
1958 George Stratts T - 2
1959 Dave Mitro T - 2
1960 Frank Gallagher E - 1
1963 Ken Scheivert E - 1
  Frank Ryan B - 2
1964 Bob "Sparky" Faries B - 2
1966 Dennis Yarnell E - 2
1967 Dennis Yarnell E - 1
1969 Tom Christensen L - 1
  Jim Bigas DB - 2
1970 Ray Gionta G - 1
FIRST TEAM ALL-CITY
(1971-77 Bulletin/1978-1992 Daily News)
1971 Gary Barnes C
1972 Gary Barnes C
  Tony Serge RB
  Gus Fernandez K
  Joe Gallagher DE
  Bill O'Connell DB
1976 Nick Miller DL
1985 George "Skip" Reid Rec.
1986 George "Skip" Reid Rec.
1987 Marcas "Old' Bradley RB
  Dave "Duke" Elison DL
1988 Jesse Richardson DL
1991 Mike Breen L
  Brian McCrae L
  Jameel McClairen DL
  Scott Reid DB

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COACHES & RECORDS
CATHOLIC LEAGUE ERA, 1943-92  
Coach Years League Overall
Francis "Beans" Brennan 1943-64 88-70-11 112-80-17
Joe Logue 1965-77 54-36-3

74-56-5

John "Sam" Dermigny 1978-80 6-15-0 7-24-1
Marty Moke

1981-88

26-28-2 36-47-4
Ray Gionta 1989-92 18-9-1 28-17-1
  192-158-17 257-224-28

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YEAR-BY-YEAR RECORDS/COACHES
CATHOLIC LEAGUE ERA
   

W   L   T

1943 Beans Brennan    4   4   2
1944      3   5   2
1945      8   2   0
1946      5   5   1
1947      5   6   0
1948      5   5   0
1949      5   2   2
1950      2   6   1
1951      1   6   2
1952      4   4   1
1953      9   0   1
1954      7   1   1
1955      6   1   1
1956      4   3   1
1957  

6   3   0

1958      7   2   0
1959      4   5   0
1960      6   3   0
1961      0   8   1
1962      5   4   1
1963      8   2   0
1964      8   3   0
1965 Joe Logue    2   6   2
1966      5   5   0
1967      5   3   1
1968      4   3   1
1969    10   1   0
1970    10   2   0
1971      6   4   0
1972    12   0   0
1973      3   7   0
1974      4   7   0
1975      4   6   1
1976      7   3   0
1977      2   9   0
1978 Sam Dermigny    2   9   0
1979      3   7   0
1980      2   8   1
1981 Marty Moke    1   9   0
1982      0 10   0
1983      5   6   1
1984      3   6   1
1985      4   6   1
1986      7   4   0
1987    10   2   1
1988      6   4   0
1989 Ray Gionta    3   7   0
1990      5   6   0
1991    12   2   0 
1992      8   2   1

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CATHOLIC LEAGUE TITLES

1953, Overall: 7-0, 9-0-1 . . . also tied for overall City Title
1972, Overall: 7-0, 12-0  . . . also won overall City Title 
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RECAPS OF WINS IN CATHOLIC LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS

1953
Decided in Regular Season
St. James (7-0-0)
    Dick Christy played a part in all five TDs -- running for three,
passing for two -- as the Bulldogs, CL members for 11 seasons, bashed
West, 34-0, to win their first title. Christy's two longest TDs covered
73 and 88 yards. One of his TD tosses, to Don "Ducky" Van Horn, came
on a fake punt. South went 6-1-0 for second.

1972
Overall
At Villanova Stadium
St. James 29, Kenrick 27
    On an end-around double reverse, Dave Kasarsky threw a 50-yard
scoring pass to QB Kevin Dare to erase a 14-13 deficit and give St.
James momentum. Dare threw a 49-yard TD pass to Bill Warrington and
Tony Serge ran for two TDs. For Kenrick, Jim Genuardi carried 15 times
for 124 yards and a TD while Jordy Hinkle ran for one score and passed
for another.

RECAPS OF TIE/WIN IN CITY TITLES

1953
At Franklin Field
St. James 20, Northeast 20 (tie)
    St. James franchise Dick Christy carried 16 times for 131 yards
and a 79-yard TD, but he left the field dejected after his sure score in
the final moments turned into a fumble and end-zone recovery for
Northeast's Don Jones. Christy finished the season with 1,520 yards and
19 TDs. He also passed for 692 yards and six TDs, made nine
interceptions and punted for a 41-yard average. Don "Ducky" Van Horn
carried five times for 75 yards and two scores. For Northeast, Ed Kramer
ran for two short scores, passed for one and kicked two PAT. The leading
rushers were Bill Rushing (25-117) and Paul Boldin (18-85).

1972
At Franklin Field
St. James 42, Frankford 0
    Tony Serge rushed 17 times for 154 yards and two TDs and Dave
Lansberry added two more scores while rushing 20 times for 134 yards.
St. James rang up 507 yards total offense and 23 first downs. Gus
Fernandez kicked six PAT. For Frankford, Gary Hegh was limited to 43
yards on 12 carries, but he finished his career with 2,595 yards.