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Pride of Schenectady: Legacy Tribute - Poiriers on both sides of classic football rivalry

Linton quarterback Jim Poirier prepares to throw a pass during the 1984 Linton-Mont Pleasant football game. Poirier helped the Blue Devils to a 14-0 win in his junior year, and the next year closed out the long rivalry with a 33-0 victory. Poirier’s father, Jim Sr., quarterbacked Mont Pleasant to victories in the 1955 and 1956 game. (Gazette file photo)
Linton quarterback Jim Poirier prepares to throw a pass during the 1984 Linton-Mont Pleasant football game. Poirier helped the Blue Devils to a 14-0 win in his junior year, and the next year closed out the long rivalry with a 33-0 victory. Poirier’s father, Jim Sr., quarterbacked Mont Pleasant to victories in the 1955 and 1956 game. (Gazette file photo)
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For Jim Poirier, playing quarterback for the “other” public school football team in Schenectady was, among other things, a source of amusement. “It was always funny to see the reaction of my dad’s friends when they found out I was the starting quarterback for Linton,” said Poirier, who in 1985 sparked the Blue Devils to a 33-0 win over his father’s alma mater, Mont Pleasant, marking the final game of the intra-city rivalry between the ...

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