Through the years: Heard's TD capped Valley rally
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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.
Valley overcame a 19-0 deficit and defeated Burrell, 26-25, on Aug. 31, 1984, as Kevin Heard scored from 8 yards out. Mike McNabb then kicked the extra point and made a game-saving tackle with 9 seconds left to preserve the rivalry win.
Five years ago
• Freeport scored 21 points in the first 14 minutes and collected six turnovers as the Yellowjackets rolled to a 37-21 victory over Kittanning. One of the interceptions resulted in a 40-yard scoring run by Darius Frantz.
• Touchdown runs of 45 yards by Bill Arch and 85 yards by Dylan Barraclough propelled Springdale to a 27-6 win over Monaca, the previous season's WPIAL Class A runner-up.
10 years ago
• The WPIAL was given the OK to start the regular season a week earlier than other districts, and Valley's Toney Clemons was ready. He caught six passes for 142 yards and a touchdown while the Vikings took advantage of six Highlands turnovers en route to a 34-0 victory over the Golden Rams.
• With members of the 1964 undefeated Kiski Area team looking on, the Cavaliers played like their predecessors, pounding Butler, 27-10. Mychal Skinner scored on a 92-yard punt return and added a 15-yard keeper.
20 years ago
• Plum picked up seven Knoch fumbles, including one in the end zone by defensive tackle Sean Reagan as the Mustangs opened with a 21-7 win over the Knights.
• A halfback option pass with 4:40 to go by Apollo-Ridge's Justin Wilmot to Jeremy Horvat covered 64 yards and lifted the Vikings to a 14-13 victory over Leechburg.
25 years ago
• Fox Chapel wide receiver Erik Swart hauled in a 2-point conversion from Olin Johnson with 1:05 left in the game to give the Foxes a 20-19 victory over Shaler.
• Coach Bill Rometo's debut at Plum was a successful one as two Brian Casey touchdown runs led to a 28-15 win over Kiski Area.
30 years ago
• “You can be sure if it's Westinghouse” was an old TV slogan. But in the 1984 opener, you could be sure it was Knoch's day as the Knights vanquished the City League's Bulldogs, 40-12, behind a pair of Troy Miller touchdown runs.
40 years ago
• Burrell opened the season on a winning note, emerging with a 7-6 victory over Yough at ancient Bruno Field in Hermanie. Jay Storrick's 3-yard run on a pitchout and John Liput's extra point was enough for the Bucs.
• A Riverview touchdown was called back because of the failure of a player to wear a mouthpiece, allowing Leechburg to secure a 21-12 victory on two Frank Spaniel scoring runs.
50 years ago
• Arnold started its march toward an eventual WPIAL championship game berth with a 6-0 victory over Plum behind an early touchdown by burly fullback John Henry Favors. • Knoch made its WPIAL debut with a 20-7 win at Mars. The Knights had played their first eight seasons in PIAA District 9 as a member of the old Butler County League.
75 years ago
• East Deer played its first football game and the outcome wasn't a pleasant one, losing to Apollo, 33-0. Joe Stanko scored three touchdowns and Fred Grimm added two for Apollo.
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