Powerhouse Aquinas of Rochester Comes to Schenectady

October 12, 1962 – Powerhouse Aquinas of Rochester came to Schenectady to play  Pat Riley-led Linton under the lights at Mont Pleasant High School.  Aquinas came into the game unbeaten, with recent wins over Bishop Fallon of Buffalo 48-0 and Jamestown 43-0.  They were considered to be the best Rochester team in the last 15 years.  Linton had shut out Troy 32-0 and New York Military Academy 46-0 in their two previous contests.  The Blue Devil team was running on all cylinders that night, and with their field general Riley leading the way, they shutout the Rochester juggernaut, 20-0. The quick-stepping Riley picked up yardage running the football and through the airways, and he scored two touchdowns and kicked two extra points.  Punishing junior fullback Tom Wheeler had great night running the football inside, and halfback Ron Juwa was Mr. Outside that night.  After that game, Schenectady Gazette sportswriter Marv Cermak began referring to the Blue Devils as the Gridiron Machine.   

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