Guido: DeWitt led Freeport to WPIAL title game 25 years ago
Through the Years will resume Nov. 28 with a look at the final football games of defunct Alle-Kiski Valley high schools.
Freeport punched its ticket to a seventh WPIAL title game with a 28-21 semifinal victory over Jeannette on Nov. 17, 1989. Jason DeWitt scored on touchdown runs of 52 and 38 yards to secure the win.
Five years ago
• Two costly fourth-quarter fumbles by Springdale resulted in a 24-13 North Catholic victory in a WPIAL quarterfinal at Deer Lakes. Sean Dugan’s 6-yard run and two Matt Weber field goals kept the Dynamos close.
• Rushel Shell ran for 230 yards and three touchdowns as Hopewell blasted Mars, 33-0, in a Class AAA playoff game.
10 years ago
• Aliquippa’s defense was too much for Burrell as the Quips rolled to a 27-7 Class AA semifinal win despite Tyler Henderson’s 27th touchdown.
• Springdale running back Wayne Mundekis became the first ball-carrier in school history to eclipse 1.000 yards in two straight seasons, but Clairton rolled past the Dynamos, 48-21, in Class A semifinal action at East Allegheny.
20 years ago
• Riverview secured its first WPIAL title-game berth with a 27-18 semifinal victory over Rochester. In one key play, quarterback Jeff Cappa was hit as he threw, but the ball popped into the air and into the hands of Justin Graham, who scored a 16-yard TD.
• Burrell lost to New Brighton, 27-0, in a Class AA playoff game at Butler. Darren Pavetto had 98 rushing yards for the Bucs.
25 years ago
• Apollo-Ridge lost the first playoff game in school history, dropping a 34-8 decision at undefeated Farrell.
30 years ago
• Despite two touchdowns from all-state running back Chris Thorpe, Fox Chapel fell to Aliquippa, 28-13, in the Class AAA semifinals.
• Freeport couldn’t overcome four TDs by Riverside back Todd Muntean and dropped a 27-0 Class AAA semifinal at Butler.
40 years ago
• Freeport’s defense caused seven Rochester turnovers, and the Yellowjackets prevailed in a Class AA semifinal, 14-6, at Geneva College’s Reeves Stadium.
50 years ago
• Before the largest crowd to date at Springdale Vets Field, Arnold advanced to the WPIAL championship game with a 7-6 victory. On the game’s second play, Chuck Johnson of the Lions stood up Springdale fullback Bob Hepler, and tackle Bill Baker swiped the ball and raced 36 yards for a TD.
• Kiski Area put the finishing touches on a 10-0 season by whipping Har-Brack, 54-7. Phil “JoJo” Booker scored three touchdowns and John Voyten added two, but the Cavaliers didn’t qualify for the WPIAL title game because of lack of Gardner Points.
George Guido is a freelance writer.