Guido: Through the years
Each Friday during 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.
Ford City amassed 426 offensive yards in a 44-14 first-round Class AA victory over Keystone Oaks on Oct. 31, 2008. Brandon Carson and Sam Repak scored two touchdowns each for the Sabers.
Five years ago
• Highlands quarterback Jeff Sinclair ran for five touchdowns, and the Golden Rams routed Laurel Highlands, 49-14, in a WPIAL Class AAA opening-round playoff game.
10 years ago
• In the first home playoff game for Springdale, the Dynamos blanked South Side Beaver, 21-0. The Springdale defense limited the Rams to two first downs in the second half.
• Josh Shelton's fourth-quarter touchdown and Mike Duffy's extra point led Highlands to a late comeback over West Allegheny, 7-6, in first-round playoff action at Golden Rams Stadium.
20 years ago
• Valley's Eric Dudek hauled in a 59-yard pass from Dave Lacinski as the Vikings got by Highlands, 19-12, to clinch the Greater Allegheny Conference title.
• Burrell secured Allegheny Conference honors with a 31-0 win over Apollo-Ridge behind quarterback Benji Neuschwander, who ran for a touchdown, passed for another and kicked a 23-yard field goal.
25 years ago
• A 46-yard field goal by Riverview's John Tamburro with six seconds left lifted the Raiders to a 3-0 victory over host Leechburg.
• A 68-yard punt return by Ford City's Chris Skultety with 2:59 left gave the Sabers a 19-18 win over Deer Lakes.
30 years ago
• Knoch solidified its playoff berth by blanking Hampton, 39-0. A.J. Pagano ran for three touchdowns.
• Riverview, out of playoff contention until Clairton had to forfeit six games for using an ineligible player, burnished its credentials with a 12-6 victory at Brentwood behind two Rich Rossi TD runs.
40 years ago
• Springdale won the AIC title and a playoff berth with a decisive 42-14 win at Apollo-Ridge. Sam Sack scored four touchdowns.
• Valley won seven games in a season for the first time as the Vikings hammered Hempfield, 41-20, behind four Kevin Thrower touchdowns.
50 years ago
• Freeport secured a berth in the WPIAL title game for the first time in school history with a 21-7 victory at Leechburg. Chip Young scored two Yellowjackets touchdowns in front of 6,000 fans at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
75 years ago
• Arnold shocked Ken High, 26-6, behind Johnny Kalita, who scored on touchdown runs of 90 and 36 yards and boomed punts of 72 and 70 yards.
George Guido is a freelance writer.