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On This Day in History | 1940

October 26, 2014
The 1940 Football Squad

The 1940 Football Squad

On this day 74 years ago, the football team improved to 3-1 on the season, edging Montclair, 7-0. After falling to Poly Prep in the season opener, the boys reeled off victories over Adelphi (14-13) and South Huntington (24-9), before the match-up with Montclair.

After a scoreless first half, the Blue and White opened the second with an aerial attack, finding themselves on Montclair’s 35-yard line after John Ryder connected with Phil Ahrenhold for a long gain. They scored a few plays later when Ahrenhold snared another pass, this time from Paul Stewart. On the point after attempt, Dick Shaughnessy’s kick was blocked, but he recovered by catching the ball in mid-air and running it in for the extra point.

They would prove to be the only points the Brook needed as the defense kept Montclair’s powerful running game off the board. Montclair’s big back, Mel Van Sant, threatened to score on multiple occasions, but the Brooker line was resilient. In the defensive highlight of the afternoon, Bob Stewart, affectionately known as “Tubbits” by his teammates, intercepted a pass and returned it 35 yards downfield. John “Frenchy” Parmentier was the embodiment of the hotly contested game, coming away from the contest with a broken nose.


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