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Guido: Through the years

| Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, 12:51 a.m.
LOUIS B.RUEDIGER
Freeport's Alex Isenberg breaks the tackle of Burrell's Luke Gathers and Sean Bates on Sept. 19, 2008 at Buccaneer Stadium. Isenberg later scored on a one yard run to give Freeport a 21-14 victory.

Editor's note: Each Friday throughout the high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the players, coaches and events that are part of local scholastic history.

Freeport moved to 3-1 on Sept. 19, 2008, with a 21-14 victory at Burrell. Quarterback Alex Isenberg scored on a 1-yard sneak with 4:48 left and the Yellowjackets stopped Burrell three times inside its 2 to preserve the win.

Five years ago

• Ford City running back Sean Kriley tied a school record with five touchdowns in a game as the Sabers pounded Summit Academy, 42-7.

10 years ago

• Justin Wray and Adam Gunn scored two touchdowns apiece as Kiski Area rolled past Indiana, 34-21, at Davis Field.

• Springdale honored its 1973 title team and gave fans a glimpse of what was to come as quarterback Jon Molnar scored two touchdowns in a 35-12 victory over Leechburg.

20 years ago

• Apollo-Ridge's Nate Dunmire ran back the opening kickoff 80 yards, and that proved to be enough as the Vikings got by Jeannette, 6-0.

• Running backs Matt Kutch of Kittanning and Bob Burke of Valley scored two touchdowns each as the Wildcats and Vikings played to a 20-20 stalemate.

25 years ago

• Dave Heavner scored two touchdowns and ran for 129 yards as Valley took the measure of Greensburg Central Catholic, 28-14. Heavner now coaches Kiski Area.

• Tom Nock and Jim Parker scored two touchdowns each as Deer Lakes downed Kittanning, 26-6. Roger Hill's 5-yard touchdown reception accounted for the Wildcats' only score.

30 years ago

• Plum's defense stopped Highlands five times deep in Mustangs territory to allow a Todd Strieter 58-yard scoring run to hold up in a 7-0 victory.

• Two fourth-quarter touchdown runs by Frank Phelps propelled Burrell to a 25-13 victory over Churchill.

40 years ago

• An overflow crowd at Valley High Memorial Stadium saw the Vikings end Kiski Area's WPIAL-record 45-game Foothills Conference winning streak with a 14-8 upset. Paul Collodi scored on a pass from Frank Milito then recovered a fumble late in the game to preserve the victory.

• Freeport junior Dan Leri ran for two touchdowns, threw for another and intercepted a Knoch pass as the Yellowjackets clipped the Knights, 37-0.

50 years ago

• Leechburg's Dennis Yajko ran for two touchdowns, and Dan Carroll threw for another as the Blue Devils remained undefeated with a 26-13 victory over Ford City.

• East Deer quarterback Joe Novosat tossed scoring passes to Gary Nyland and Rick Tatrn as the Bucks blanked Shannock Valley, 34-0.

75 years ago

• Har-Brack shocked Butler, 19-0, behind touchdowns from Eddie Klemczak, Willie Campbell and Dick Adams.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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