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Guido: Through the years

| Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, 12:26 a.m.
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Ford City running back Brandon Carson (25) carries for yardage on Oct. 31, 2008 against Keystone Oaks. Carson ran for a touchdown and caught a Jordan Eckman pass for another as Ford City manhandled Keystone Oaks, 44-14, in a first round Class AA home playoff game.

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.

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