A Historic Merger
In 2020, After nearly 50 years as neighborhood rivals the New Cumberland Saints and Cedar Cliff Midget Colts agreed to merge their organizations to create one unified team. For years, the Saints and the Colts shared the territory that makes up Cedar Cliff High School. The teams had many memorable contests with each side shedding its share of blood, sweat, and tears. Eventually, the players from each team would come together in High School to play for the CC Colts. We are proud that we can now start that process much earlier; providing a foundation for the Cedar Cliff High School football family that stretches from Smurfs to Seniors. Home games will be played at West Shore Stadium and practices will be held at Memorial Field in New Cumberland which has been home to football for almost 100 years. We are excited to see our football players and cheerleaders join forces and learn together the values of hard work, respect, accountability, and dedication. Thank you to all who made this possible.
History of the New Cumberland Saints
Memorial Field was home to the New Cumberland Saints, it used to be the home field of New Cumberland High School. Back then, townspeople flocked to the park between 4th and 5th streets to watch the Tigers play and hear the NCHS marching band. Later, after Lemoyne and New Cumberland High Schools were consolidated, the field remained in use by Cedar Cliff High School’s track & field program up until 1960 when the new high school was built.. The area in front of the stands at Memorial Field still has remnants of gravel and dirt from this track. Memorial Field, with its deep outfield fences, is also home to American Legion Post 143 baseball as well as a New Cumberland Twilight team. It remains the historic football home of our football team today.
Youth football in New Cumberland started in 1954. In the early days, New Cumberland Midget teams were a part of the old Central Penn Midget Football League and would travel to play teams from othere towns. In 1968, a New Cumberland based recreational league was formed that pitted several teams comprised of local players playing against each other at Memorial Field in New Cumberland. In the league's first year they had a total of 54 kids, two teams, and based their rules off of the Pop Warner rules for youth football. Coach Bob Craig of Cedar Cliff High School donated used equipment and helmets. Coach Craig requested that the league use formations and plays from Coach Craig’s playbook, a copy of which can be found here. In 1969, the New Cumberland Football League grew to four pony teams and three midget teams in the borough of New Cumberland. Two of the league's founding members were Ed Morrow (NC Steelers) and long time New Cumberland Mayor, Jack Murray (NC Packers). In 1977, the New Cumberland Town league consisting of four teams became the New Cumberland Tigers competing in the KMFC (Keystone Midget Football Conference).
Seperately, the St. Theresa’s Saints were formed in 1973 as a charter member of the then Catholic Athletic Association (CAA). Initially, St. Theresa practiced and played games at Borough Park. However, the first CAA championship game, Super Bowl I was held at Memorial Field in New Cumberland, the St. Theresa lost that game to St. Catherines. The Saints first Midget Coach was Mike Silvestri. The Saints won their first CAA Superbowl in 1975 when the St. Theresa Peewee team beat the St. Margaret Mary Spartans. After fielding several CAA championship teams in the early 1980's, the program was unable to field teams during the 1987 season. After this lowpoint, Midget Coach Bill Grace made a determined effort to get the program back on its feet in 1988. In 1990, the New Cumberland Tigers and the St. Theresa Saints merged to form one team playing in the newly named Catholic Football Association (CFA). Coach Keith Polito's Midget teams of the 1990s were some of the best in the area claiming back to back Superbowls in 1997 and 1998.
In 2010, players from the West Shore Vikings (KMFC) joined the New Cumberland Saints bringing together the towns of New Cumberland, Wormleysburg, and Lemoyne. [Check out this 2006 video with of the Vikings Peewees in their purple uniforms!]. After the merger of the CFA and KMFC in 2012, the Saints competed in the CFA's National Conference against some the very best youth football organizations in Central Pennsylvania. From 2012-2019, the New Cumberland Saints entered an unprecedneted era of success on nearly all levels. The Saints claimed multiple CFA Division Championships along with Superbowl Apperances and Championships. [check out this classic 2013 Peewee Highlight video]
A more detailed history of Saints Football including available records, rosters, and league information can be found here shorturl.at/oswyI
History of the Cedar Cliff Colts
Organized youth football in Lower Allen Township began in 1972. At that time Lower Allen was a member of the Anthracite League. In 1978, the Lower Allen Midget Football Association became an inaugural member of the Keyston Midget Football Conference (KMFC). From the beginning, the Cowboys practiced and played at Lower Allen Middle School. In 1982 and 1983, the Cowboys Peewee team won back to back KMFC Superbowls. This same group would also win a Pony Superbowl in 1985. By the year 2000, the Cowboys had joined the CFA. In 2004, the Cowboys began playing their home games at West Shore Stadium behind Cedar Cliff High School. The following year, in 2005 the organization changed their name to the Cedar Cliff Cowboys. That year, two Cowboys teams made the CFA Superbowl and capped a run of success that saw five Superbowl appearances in four years for the program.
In 2010, Cedar Cliff fully embraced the Cedar Cliff High School indentity by taking on the Colt mascot as it's own. In 2012, the Cedar Cliff Pony team featuring many future CCHS greats wontheir first CFA Superbowl defeating the Mechanicsburg Wildcats. The Colts Ponies claimed the organizations second CFA title in 2019, in a Federal Conference defeat of the East Pennsboro Panthers, dethroning a team that had won three consequtive championships. The Colts name and tradition continues into the future after a historic merger with the New Cumberland Saints. Together, the teams combined to form a powerful new organization serving the youth ds of the West Shore, the New Cumberland Colts.
A more detailed history of CC Colts Football including available records, rosters, and league information can be found here shorturl.at/lDHNY
Have more information or pictures of St. Theresa, New Cumberland, West Shore, or Lower Allen Football?
E-mail Todd Paradine: NCcolts2020@gmail.com
ROLL OF CHAMPIONS
2020 Ponies (CFA)
New Cumberland 40 - Waynesboro 0
2020 Smurfs (CFA)
New Cumberland 24 - Central Dauphin 12
2019 Ponies (CFA)
Cedar Cliff 16 - East Pennsboro 13
2018 Peewees (CFA)
New Cumberland 33 - Susquehanna 0
2017 Smurfs (CFA)
New Cumberland defeats Carlisle
2016 Smurfs (CFA)
New Cumberland defeats Susquehanna
2012 Ponies (CFA)
Cedar Cliff 13 - Mechanicsburg 0
2011 Peewees (CFA)
New Cumberland 20 - Northern 6
2009 Midgets (CFA)
New Cumberland 30 - Juniata 8
2007 Ponies (CFA)
New Cumberland 24 - South Hanover 0
1998 Midgets (CFA)
New Cumberland 14 - East Shore 12
1997 Midgets (CFA)
New Cumberland 6 - Good Shepherd 0
1985 Ponies (KMFC)
1984 Ponies (CFA)
St. Theresa 24 - East Shore 0
1983 Ponies (CFA)
St. Theresa 7 - St. Joseph 6
1983 Peewees (KMFC)
Lower Allen defeats Hershey
1982 Peewees (KMFC)
St. Theresa 24 - St. Joseph 14
St. Theresa 8 - St. Margaret Mary 0