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Retro RFH Cheering for the Boys

The role reversed cheerleaders of RFH Powder Puff Football 1977. Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot

Let’s cheer it for the RFH boys of 1977! They were game for pretty much anything.

The moment doesn’t get much more classic than this one — some young guys of the RFH Class of ’78 getting all dressed up with somewhere to go, like the RFH football field, just to cheer the girls on in style at a powder puff football game with some feminine wile, gusto and guts to boot!

Yes, you’ve seen this collection of Retro Pic of the (George) Day snapshots of that day in the fall of 1977.

So, just to cheer you on with a smile for the weekend, here they are again.

Hip, hip, holy cartwheel! Gooooooo RFH guys! One question. Where did they get certain under garments to augment (ahem) the cheering gear? We’ve always been afraid to ask.

Recognize any of these renegades? Some are still in the area.

Thanks, once again, to George Day for providing this classic look into the past!

Retro RFH Powder Puff Football

RFH Powder Puff Football of 1977 Photo/George Day
RFH Powder Puff Football of 1977
Photo/George Day

Yes, it’s the season at RFH when it’s pretty much all about football.

But, what about those days when it was about powder puff football, too?

There were those days — at least in the late 1970s.

So, the Retro Pic of the (George) Day is a throwback to 1977 when the girls in the RFH Class of 1978, the seniors, squared off against the junior girls in the Class of ’77.

Also referred to as flag football, the game, which is conducted as a more fun exercise of competition sans tough tackling, has been a standing tradition at many high schools across the country and in Canada.

The girls played fair and with a bit of a fashion forward flair, to boot.

And the guys, well, they showed up as quite a unique looking cheerleading squad. But, you’ve seen those photos before.

The coaches, on the other hand, had some strange, yet probably ’70s appropriate ideas of football fashion.

Who was that coach? Remember who won? And who is the ref? He was an RFH sports enthusiast and former Rumson and Fair Havenite who is, unfortunately, no longer with us. RIP.

— Elaine Van Develde

Thanks, once again, to George Day for this classic RFH photo!

A Look Back at the Puff in RFH Powder Puff Football

The role reversed cheerleaders of RFH Powder Puff Football 1977. Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot
The role reversed cheerleaders of RFH Powder Puff Football 1977. Photo/RFH yearbook screenshot

It’s that time of the year — the time when all good Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) football enthusiasts take to playing the game a different way.

This particular tradition may not die hard, but how it was back in the day decades ago, in 1977, the girls played a junior vs. senior game as they were cheered on by a strange gaggle of senior guys.

The above picture includes four who are still pretty well-known in the area.

Here are your hints: one is now a retired Fair Haven police officer and still a resident, another is a former Fair Havenite and Rumsonite who runs his business out of Fair Haven, another is a Rumson dad with his own brood of RFHers, and yet another is the owner of a popular restaurant in Sea Bright that used to be Ichabod’s, this class’ favorite hang-out, post-graduation, of course.