“FOOTBALL AT FENWAY”


 

ATILIO FERDENZI

FOOTBALL AT FENWAY  
B.C. wins game on fumbled punt

November 7, 1936 ... A missed fair catch on a punt set up the winning score for Boston College over North Carolina State at Fenway Park.  The Eagles had received a punt at midfield but went nowhere.  Tony DiNatale got away a punt into a slight wind.  North Carolina's punt returner, Eddie Berlinski signaled for a fair catch, but the ball got held up by the wind and didn't reach him.  As he dove for the ball he hit it with his outstretched hands just as B.C.'s Jimmy Kissell was bearing down.  Kissell fell on the ball at N.C.'s 13-yd line.  B.C.'s ball - first down.  A run brought it to the nine.  Ira Jivelekian took the snap on second down and saw Atilio Ferdenzi at the goal line. Ferdenzi jumped high, grabbed the ball and fell over the goal line for the winning touchdown.

At the start of the second period, Charlie Gadd drop-kicked a 31-yd field goal to put the first points on the board for North Carolina State.  After that on two occasions as North Carolina marched toward a touchdown, a fumble ended their drive.  Just before the half, Charlie Gadd grabbed a pass in the flat from Joe Schwerdt behind midfield for N.C.  Gadd wove back and forth down the right sideline, but on his last cut, he lost control of the ball.  Boston College recovered.  Just before that play the most sensational run of the game happened.  N.C.'s Ed Berlinski grabbed a DiNatale punt at his own 28-yd line.  Down the sideline he raced for 75 yards to the Eagle 15-yd line.  A clipping penalty wiped out the spectacular run.  Except for the game winning touchdown, neither team really threatened the other's goal line most of the day.  B.C. out-rushed N.C. two to one, but was no more a scoring threat than their opponents.   Both team's defensive squads dominated the game.

 

 

 
 

F  E  N  W  A  Y   P  A  R  K

 
 

 

1

2

3

4

 

R

H

E

 
 

NORTH CAROLINA STATE

0

3

0

0

 

 

3

 

 
 

BOSTON COLLEGE

0

0

7

0

 

 

7

 

 

 

 2nd Qtr

31 yd Field Goal - Charlie Gadd (NC)

N.C. State (3)
Boston College (0)

 3rd Qtr

9 yd Rush – Ira Jivelekian to Atilio Ferdenzi (BC)
Tony DiNatale (PAT)

N.C. State (3)
Boston College (7)

 

 Attendance – 5600