USO Benefit Football Game At Moore Park
October 11, 1942

USO Benefit Football Game - October 1942.
A spectacular play as Rankin, of St. Justin High School, flips over the goal line for his team's first
touchdown in a 23-0 victory over St. George High in the opening game of the Catholic High School
season at Moore Field, Brookline, played as a benefit for the USO before a crowd of 10,000.

10,000 See St. Justin Win, 23-0

Paced by Joe Petrolio, fullback, the St. Justin eleven, of Mount Washington, walloped St. George, 23-0, in the opening game of the Catholic High School League season before a crowd of 10,000 at Moore Field, Brookline, yesterday. The game, a benefit for the USO, realized $486.24 for the fund.

Right Halfback George Rankin opened the scoring in the first quarter with a 15-yard field goal and then plunged over from seven yards out for a touchdown in the second session. He also converted. Petrolio, a few minutes later, registered the second six-pointer on a 16-yard run around end.

A forward pass from Rankin to Nally, followed by a lateral to Petrolio accounted for the third and final score of the game in the third period.

USO Benefit Football Game - October 1942
Don Doran, of St. Justin High School, tackled by Meade, of St. George High School.

* Copied from Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph - October 12, 1942 *

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More 1942 Football Action At Moore Field

The new lighted field at Moore Park was in high demand for use by local high schools, sandlot teams and just about anyone else in need of a regulation size field for baseball or football. Not long after the USO game mentioned above the Post-Gazette ran another image of gridiron action on Moore Field, this time featuring Mount Washington's St. Justin High School versus St. Veronica from Ambridge.

Football game at Moore Park - November 1942

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