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Kiski Area's Scott McKillop breaks through the McKeesport line as Matthew McCellan readies to tackle the Pitt recruit. SLD-KISKI-MCKEESPORT3
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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 scholastic football history.

Scott McKillop became Kiski Area's all-time leader in tackles and showed his offensive prowess with an 8-yard pass reception from Adam Gunn that proved to be the difference as the Cavaliers upset McKeesport, 21-14, on Oct. 3, 2003.

Five years ago

• Burrell coach Tom Henderson won his 100th career game as the Bucs downed Apollo-Ridge, 42-15. Troy Highfield ran for three Burrell touchdowns.

• Highlands quarterback Jeff Sinclair engineered a 14-play, 80-yard drive in the fourth quarter as the Golden Rams stayed undefeated with a 21-14 victory over Indiana. Brendan Lucchino's 2-yard run culminated the drive.

10 years ago

• Deer Lakes coach Denny Fedigan returned to North Catholic where he coached for 14 seasons. Though Fedigan went to the wrong sideline at one point, his Lancers emerged with a 42-0 victory behind fullback Bob Smith's three touchdowns.

20 years ago

• Fox Chapel stunned three-time defending conference champion North Allegheny with a 21-14 victory at Newman Stadium. Quarterback Rurik Johnson's 47-yard sideline scramble with 2:38 left in the game provided the margin of victory.

• Valley linebacker Harvey Oliver's blocked punt led to the winning drive as the Vikings rallied to beat Ellwood City, 18-14, on Bob Burke's 15-yard run with 8:38 to go.

25 years ago

• Gus Frerotte fired touchdown passes to Mike Bower and Chris Russell as Ford City defeated Greensburg Central Catholic, 18-6, in Allegheny Conference play.

• Riverview quarterback Garry Bonner scored on a keeper and threw touchdown passes of 19 and 8 yards to Tim Flanders as the Raiders knocked off Duquesne, 34-12.

30 years ago

• Kittanning fullback Scott Claypoole carried 31 times for 208 yards as the Wildcats took the measure of Leechburg, 35-13.

• Knoch's defense held Franklin Regional to 3 rushing yards, and A.J. Pagano ran for a pair of scores as the Knights rolled to a 34-8 victory.

40 years ago

• Kiski Area lost its first home game in five years as Penn Hills dumped the Cavaliers, 28-7. Louis Biondi, now part of a Monroeville automotive dealership family, scored two Indians touchdowns.

• Freeport's defense gave up its first points in five games, but the Yellowjackets prevailed, 48-20. Ed King, now the athletic director at Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha Catholic, scored a pair of Freeport touchdowns.

50 years ago

• Tarentum scored all 21 points in the fourth quarter on two Paul Killian touchdowns and a pass from Ron Misejka to Bob Haggerty as the Redcats blanked West Deer, 21-0.

• Plum and Springdale played to the season's first tie, 13-13. Joe Hoak and Bill Crumley had Dynamos touchdowns, and Denny Stonis and Larry Miller crossed the goal line for the Mustangs.

75 years ago

• A late 20-yard touchdown pass to Freeport's Rusty Helmick earned the Yellowjackets a 6-6 draw against Leechburg.

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