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This Day In Norwood History-November 29, 1946-Unruly Fans Stone Officials as Dedham Tops Norwood

DEDHAM. Nov. 28—Several thousand unruly spectators of the nearly 15000 who jammed Stone Park for the 26th annual battle between Dedham and Norwood today swarmed onto the field at every opportunity to jostle players and officials and spoiled what had all the appearances of being one of the best games ever witnessed at the local field as Dedham won, 7 to 0. Touching off the fireworks which brought the crowd onto the field for the first time in the third period was a pass that was snatched by Jackie Maroney of Norwood as he straddled the end zone line and was called back because of offensive interference. The crowd milled around the officials and players and it was 20 minutes before the field could be cleared.

Venting their displeasure at the rulings of the officials at several times during the closing minutes stones were hurled and immediately, at the finish Dedham police ringed the officials and led them from the field.

The star of the game was Dedham’s Capt Walter Keany who plunged over for the score in the second period and then booted the extra point. Keany also staved off two Norwood aerial thrusts from the Dedham five-yard line in the final seconds with jarring tackles of Norwood pass receivers.

Midway in the opening period, Norwood had an opportunity as Frank Seastrand recovered a Dedham fumble on the 18-yard line. The Dedham line held, however.

Dedham drove to the Norwood five in the second period, but another fumble was recovered by Norwood.

Dedham brought the ball back from its own 25 and Keany bulled his way over from the one.

In the third period, Norwood had a first down on the Dedham three-yard line but the hometowners held. Norwood came back and then came the play which started the crowd off and from then on it became practically a farce.

1946-1947 Norwood Mustangs Football Team in Action

Fri, Nov 29, 1946 – The Boston Globe (Boston, Massachusetts)

By HENRY M. CAREY

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