The 1977 Patchogue-Medford Football Team, undefeated League Champions, were led by All Long Island and Hanson Runner up Running Back and Safety Paul Mazzola, All Conference Lineman Jim Still, All League Linemen Steve Orobello and Vin Lajoi, All League Tight End Mark Koesterer and All League Quarterback All Stumpp. This team breezed teams from Sachem, East Islip, West Islip, Connetquot, Huntington, Brentwood, Deer Park and Commack.

This team excited the Patchogue-Medford Community, which had become the team everyone loved to play and beat up in years past. The community rallied behind this team, filling every seat at home and away games. Enjoying the week-after-week domination of every team they met to become the first undefeated unified League Champions in the history of Patchogue-Medford Football.

Coaches Marty Hoctor, Ed Cinelli and Joe Baglio prepared this team week after week, coming up with a stingy defense and bruising running attack that no team could figure out. When passing became necessary,it was precise.

Captains Paul Mazzola, Vinny Lajoi and Frank Geraci instilled team unity and sportsmanship through their play and actions on and off the field. Quarterback Al Stumpp, along with seniors Craig DeCarlo, Hector Machodo, Tony Mancuso, Rich Saniola, Rich Klanman, Bob Baretta, Eric Lukert, Pete Meyer, Tom Belligan, Phil Prosapio, Frank Massa, Willie Johnson, Rich Leach, Dave Clemente, Jeff Cherry, Pat Andrews, Bob Barretta and John Rymer encouraged a team character that emanated confidence and great sportsmanship. Always respecting their opponents and always considered a class act whenever and wherever they travelled, as a team or as individuals. Red Raider fans remember this team, to this day, for their second effort, determination and a humble winning attitude. Raider pride and sportsmanship were born with this team.

This Raider team had all of the ingredients of a winning football team. It had been complained in the past that the Patchogue-Medford teams “never got any breaks.” Well, this club proved that you have to make your own breaks. Time after time, this team came up with the big play. Week after week, another hero emerged. This 1977 football team is still mentioned in conversations in and around the area – a historical impact was made on the community by this unique and talented team. Gentlemen off the field, and gladiators on the field. Patchogue-Medford pride and appreciation.

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