ABSECON — There were no losers Tuesday as slow-motion football players took to the gridiron at Main Street and New Jersey Avenue for the 51st annual edition of a New Year’s Day tradition.

Final score: Absecon Blue Devil Tornadoes 21, Pleasantville Mainland Spartans 21.

“It’s always a tie game. We’ve never had a winner,” participant Jerry Savell said.

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The game began in Pleasantville in 1962 and has been played every New Year’s Day since. Savell said the youngest player was 2 years old, while the oldest was 80.

“It’s tackle football, but its slow motion, so nobody gets hurt. It’s been a great tradition,” Savell said.

The game’s Most Valuable Player was Kent Daly, of Mays Landing. Ventnor residents who attended Pleasantville High School, Class of 1950, played. Absecon Mayor Peter Elco took part, as did Mayor-elect John Armstrong, who will take office this week.

“The new mayor scored a touchdown,” Savell said.

Contact Richard Degener:

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