Arguably one of the top All-Time
athletes in Trinity history. A four year starting running back
quarterback and defensive back. This versatile athlete played varsity
basketball, football and track for one year .
“JoJo” was “Mr. Everything” leading the Hillers to two consecutive
Southwestern Conference Championships, 1947 & 1948. During his senior
year he rushed for 8 Td’s,kicked 11 Pat’s and threw 10 Td passes and was
a defensive back that made many tackles while intercepting several
Trinity played Crafton at Canonsburg Stadium for the 1948 WPIAL Class B
Championship in a field that was a sea of mud before 10,000 fans.
Neither teams offense could move the ball with any consistency and the
defense domminated play,resulting in a scoreless 0-0 tie. Romano was the
defensive star of the game making 13 tackles and intercepting a pass on
the one yard line late in the game.
A two time (1947 & 1948) Southwestern Conference first team All-Star and
a 1948 Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph and Pittsburgh Post Gazette All-WPIAL
Running back. After playing at Indiana University, he transferred to
Tampa University . He entered the U.S. Army (1951-1953) and served in
Japan. After discharge Joe entered Morris Harvey and played in the Cigar
Bowl in a losing effort (14-12) against his old team, Tampa University.