Albert Maz, a 1955 graduate of Linden High School and member of the 1954 state championship football team, performed the opening coin flip at Linden’s first home football game. 

guest coin flipper with Linden captains

Albert Maz with the Linden football captain before the coin flip. The players are, from left, B.J. George, Schadric Petit-Homme, Isaiah Alejo, and Caleb Davis.

The Linden High School football team hosted a very special guest at its home opener against Westfield on Friday, Sept. 7, at Tiger Stadium at Cooper Field.

Albert Maz, a member of the Tigers’ 1954 state championship team and a 1955 graduate of LHS, joined the captains for both teams at midfield for the opening coin toss. Athletic Director Steven Viana outfitted Maz with a No. 65 jersey, the same number he wore in his senior season.

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The Tigers went on to defeat the Blue Devils, 14-7, snapping Westfield’s state-leading 37-game winning streak.

“I wish my complete satisfaction and gratitude for the way Mr. Viana set up my participation,” Maz said later in a letter to the Board of Education. “He and his entire staff could not have been more gracious and kind to me, even, to my surprise, outfitting me with an LHS jersey with my No. 65 on it. I want to shout out a big thank you to the Linden organization.”

two photos from old yearbook

Images from the 1955 Cynosure, the LHS yearbook, showing Albert Maz, who was then known as Albert Maslankoski.