The 1960 football team was undefeated at 9‐0 and the talk of the school for years to come.
An offensive juggernaut, the team was led by a fierce front line (Jack Tent, Bill Connor, Dave King, Bill Houser and Terry Overton) that opened holes for (future pro) running back Ron Duncan. He was a tackler’s nightmare at 6’4” and 245 pounds. Quarterbacks (captain) Chuck Salderini and underclassmen Jim Omsberg led the passing, running and option attack. The talented receiving corps was led by All Leaguers Jack Fleming and Chuck Ingulli. The ground game was also blessed by a fast and strong group that included Dave Percival, Brian Flynn, Butch Vanderbeck and Jim Tanis.
Coach Mickey Smith preached defense and the team let in only 19 points all season. Smith said “if they don’t score, they can’t beat us” and the team followed his advice perfectly. Coach Smith built a playbook of more than 100 offensive plays and was a big believer in the split T offense, a favorite of University of Maryland’s Jim Tatum.
Glen Rock‘s big win of the year came over Glen Ridge at 21‐0. Glen Ridge had beaten the Panthers in the prior two meetings, the 1959 game featuring a long TD pass in the game’s opening play. The ball was thrown by future Baltimore Colt quarterback Gary Cuozzo.
A battle of the unbeaten featured Glen Rock and Wood Ridge in the season’s seventh game. Wood Ridge had a huge line and was crushing the opposition each week and was leading by 6‐0 late in the game. Smith repeatedly used Duncan on the wedge play up the middle to drive 80 yards for the tying score.
Vanderbeck scored the extra point and led the defense in denying Wood Ridge another score.
Prior to the Wood Ridge game, Duncan, Soldarini and Percival took the entrance exam for the U.S. Military Academy and dressed in Duncan’s car to arrive 30 seconds before game time to a wide smile of relief from a frantic Coach Smith.
The stories get better as time goes by but the 1960 football team will be remembered as one of the greatest in Glen Rock history.