The 1988 Peddie varsity football team faced a number of formidable challenges including strong traditional opponents and powerful non-conference teams. Even before the season began, the untimely death of Headmaster Potter was felt keenly by the football team he had always supported strongly.
Opening against Perkiomen, Peddie unleashed a ferocious defense and awesome rushing attack. Then the defense and the running of Spencer Day felled Lawrenceville, 15–2. Against prep power Mercersburg, a Peter Yoars conversion kick proved to be the difference in a 7–6 victory. Playing powerful Germantown, the Falcons fell behind 18-0 by mid-third quarter. Then, in an 8–minute span, Peddie’s three unanswered scores — through the heroics of Sal Leale, Jack Miscall, and Lance Rucks - earned a 20-18 win.
Next, Hun was dominated by the Falcon defense, led by John Coffey and Rob Pedott. Hun Coach Long proclaimed Peddie “the best team he’d ever faced.” At Farragut, the offense — led by Day, Jeff Smith, and Yoars — romped for 50 points. Hill who hadn’t lost to Peddie in over 10 years, saw Miscall starring both ways and scoring a defensive TD early as the Falcons shutout their nemesis.
The showdown, for both the Prep A title and an undefeated season, came at Blair. Behind the play of Pedott, Mike Adamson, Coffey, Doug Costle, and the 250–yard rushing, four–TD performance of Spencer Day, Peddie won, 56-28, to finish the season unblemished. The Falcons were named the number one prep team in New Jersey and the top-ranked squad in Mercer County. Thus the 1988 Peddie varsity football team — led by Head Coach John Mackay, and assistant coaches Ray Visbeck, Pat Clements, and Robert Foote — took its place as one of the finest teams ever to don the Old Gold and Blue.