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Apollo Ridge's (5) Duane Brown looks back as he scores a touchdown against Beaver Falls (23) Mason Carothers during the football playoff game at Owens Field in Apollo on Friday, Oct. 31, 2014.

Apollo-Ridge is continuing its assault on local scoring records.

The Vikings rolled up 58 points Friday in their big victory over perennial WPIAL playoff contender Beaver Falls.

The 58 points were seven short of a local single-game playoff record, held by Springdale in a 65-30 victory over Monessen in 2011.

Apollo-Ridge has scored 469 points on the season, seven short of the Alle-Kiski single-season record of 476 set by 2011 WPIAL finalist Knoch.

The 469 also set the school scoring record of 422 set last season.

The average of 47 points is one short of averaging a point per minute in a regulation game.

The Vikings play Washington in the WPIAL quarterfinals at 7:30 p.m. Friday on the new artificial turf at Latrobe High School.

It’s the second straight week the Vikings will have to get past a school that ranks among the WPIAL’s top 10 winningest programs of all time.

Beaver Falls came to Apollo last week with 627 wins in its history. Wash High has 644 victories.

That’s a combined 1,271 wins.

Incidentally, the 98 combined points in Apollo-Ridge’s 58-40 win is a point short of the local mark set in Yough’s 57-42 victory over Kittanning in last year’s opening round.

The lowest-scoring playoff game involving an A-K Valley team? Har-Brack and Donora played to a 0-0 tie in the 1953 WPIAL Class AAA title game at Pitt Stadium.

Golden Rams, Mustangs move on

Highlands and Plum are still alive in the WPIAL football playoffs.

The Golden Rams will play Seton-La Salle at Valley at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

The last time these two schools engaged in a WPIAL playoff game was 1991 when the Rebels eked out an 18-17 win at Staresenic Stadium.

Both were Class AAA schools at the time.

Highlands won at Valley, 42-21, on Oct. 24.

The last time Highlands was at Valley Memorial Stadium for a playoff game was 1976, losing to Plum, 7-6.

Plum takes on conference rival McKeesport at Norwin on Friday.

The Tigers won at Plum, 20-3, on Oct. 10. Plum already won a game at Norwin this year, defeating the Knights, 27-14, in late September.

Two other playoff games will be in the A-K Valley on Friday.

Neshannock will play Jeannette at Deer Lakes, and North Allegheny will play Penn-Trafford at Fox Chapel.

Jeannette will be going for the 699th win in school history.

Armstrong football

Now that Kittanning and Ford City have played their final football games, the first big date in Armstrong High School football history will be Friday.

That’s the deadline to apply for the Armstrong football coaching job.

The school district also is taking applications for the boys and girls soccer, cross country and golf positions, along with girls volleyball and tennis.

It promises to be a tough call for the Armstrong School Board.

The two incumbent coaches — John Bartolovic of Ford City and Frank Fabian of Kittanning — are both successful and highly qualified.

Or will the board opt to go out of the school district for a coach?

Whoever gets the job could be into a good situation right off the bat.

The Riverhawks return quality players such as Anthony Falsetti of Ford City and Zane Dudek from Kittanning.

Plus, Ford City’s junior high has gone undefeated the past two seasons, and Kittanning reportedly has big linemen at the junior high level.

George Guido is a Valley News Dispatch scholastic sports correspondent. His column appears Wednesdays.

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