They wore leather helmets and played without face
masks. While many Americans lost everything in the Wall Street stock
market crash, there was one thing that the 1929 Stoneham High football
team did not do at all...lose.
Posting a 10-0 record, the Spartans outscored their opponents by an
incredible 276-25 margin under the tutelage of second year coach, SHS
Hall of Famer Howard “Doc” Gordon.
Led by Johnny Adzigian, another SHS Hall of Fame member, not much was
expected of the Spartans by The Stoneham Independent who noted that “on
off ense, the team was extremely weak, to say the least” after a
scrimmage with Melrose.
After opening with a 14-0 victory over Winchester, Adzigian racked up
two touchdowns, including an 80 yard kick-off return to beat Maynard
25-7. That was the last score an opponent would make against Stoneham
until Essex scored a TD five games later.
Stoneham then rolled over Reading, Lexington, Danvers and Concord by
scores of 20-0, 52-0, 45-0 and 27-0. Adzigian notched five of the TD’s
against Danvers. After beating the Essex Aggies 26-6, the Spartans had a
rare close game in a 7-6 victory over Attleboro, the victory being
preserved by a Stoneham goal line stand. They soon went back on their
destructive path with a 27-6 win over Walpole and a 33-0 win over
Playing their home games at Pomeworth Street Grounds, Adzigian
accounted for 20 of Stoneham’s touchdowns and was often called upon to
kick, run or pass for the P.A.T. He got plenty of scoring help from
Roger Blackburn (10 TD’s), Gordon “Red” Marston (who would later go on
to be a longtime sports columnist for The Stoneham Independent), Will
Avery, Al Kent, Bill Chase, Fran Orsillo and Fred Corcoran.
They were anchored on the line by Warren Bingham, Norman Downes, Bob
Johnson, Al Rotondi, Arthur Theroux and Bob Wallace. The squad was
rounded out by Vincent “Jim” Messina, Gabriel Govastes, Ed Grundberg,
George Halpin, Ralph Jenkins and Art Ryan.