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West Deer halfback Joe Paskorz (25) turns the corner with East Deer's Bill Kengor (39) in pursuit Oct. 25, 1963 at Braves Stadium. West Deer's 20-16 victory meant the school would keep the Antlers Trophy for another year.

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George Blanda, Youngwood 340 ‘45-'75 Chi.-Balt.-Houston-Oakland

Jason Taylor, Woodland Hills 233 ‘97-'11 Miami-N.Y. Jets-Washington

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Jim Sweeney, Seton-La Salle 222 ‘84-'01 N.Y. Jets-Seattle-Steelers

Fred Cox, Monongahela 210 ‘63-77 Minnesota

Ty Law, Aliquippa 203 ‘95-'09 N.E.-N.Y. Jets-Kansas City

Joe Montana, Ringgold 192 ‘79-'94 San Francisco-Kansas City

Babe Parilli, Rochester 189 '52-'69 GB-Clev.-Oak.-N.E.-N.Y. Jets

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Jonathan Hayes, South Fayette 184 ‘85-'96 Kansas City

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By George Guido
Friday, Oct. 25, 2013, 1:06 a.m.

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.

In the battle for the Antlers Trophy, West Deer held off a late East Deer rally to register a 20-16 victory on Oct. 25, 1963. Joe Paskorz scored two touchdowns, one on a 79-yard interception return before an overflow crowd at Braves Stadium.

Five years ago

• Ford City held Kittanning to 20 rushing yards in a 42-7 win over the Wildcats. The Sabers got two touchdowns apiece from Sean Kriley and Sam Repak.

• In a renewal of a rivalry dormant for 25 years, Mars scored the first three times it had the ball and rolled to a 28-0 victory over Knoch before a huge Saturday night crowd at the Mars Athletic Complex.

10 years ago

• Riverview shocked Eastern Conference co-champ Springdale, 6-0, at Riverside Park. Andrew Ardestani's 10-yard pass from C.J. Peters in the first quarter held up for the Raiders.

• Leechburg honored former coach Ellis McCracken before the game and treated him to a 27-14 victory over Wilkinsburg behind two Nathan Whitlinger scores.

20 years ago

• Sophomore Seth Hornack scored two Burrell touchdowns as the Bucs closed in on a WPIAL playoff spot with a 20-14 victory over Jeannette.

• Kittanning completed a successful return to football after a three-year hiatus with a 57-13 rout over Highlands. Matt Kutch ran for 121 yards and three touchdowns — all in the first half.

25 years ago

• Two big Kiski Area plays — a 68-yard run by Aaron Greenwood and a 64-yard pass from Dave Fields to Jason Klazon — propelled the Cavaliers to a 13-8 victory at Franklin Regional.

• Valley secured only the second playoff berth in the school's 22-year history with a 13-3 win at Burrell. Carl Johnson scored on runs of 36 and 23 yards

30 years ago

• Freeport closed in on a playoff berth as Rich Stewart caught touchdown passes of 44, 39 and 5 yards in a 31-8 win over Richland.

• Running back Chris Thorpe scored two touchdowns as playoff-bound Fox Chapel blasted Kiski Area, 38-0.

40 years ago

• Before an overflow crowd at Tarentum's Dreshar Stadium — Springdale's temporary home — the Dynamos shocked Freeport, 35-6, to take over first place in the AIC. Sam Sack scored two Dynamos touchdowns.

• Valley's Kevin Thrower carried for 207 yards and four touchdowns as the Vikings hammered Wilkinsburg, 34-6.

50 years ago

• Arnold spilled Leechburg from the undefeated ranks with an 18-6 road victory, holding the Blue Devils to 41 rushing yards. Lions defensive end Rich Fabian returned a interception 17 yards to start the scoring.

75 years ago

• Springdale defeated West View, 13-0. A 30-yard touchdown reception by sophomore Woodrow “Wicky” Howells proved to be a key play.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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