Landmark victory for Freeport 25 years ago |

Landmark victory for Freeport 25 years ago

After falling behind, 17-0, in the first quarter, Freeport rallied for a 21-17 victory at Washington in a first-round Class AA playoff game Nov. 8, 1985. Jeff Christy scored on a pair of 1-yard runs, and Brian Henry’s 10-yard run proved to be the winner. It was the 200th and final victory in coach Don Earley’s illustrious career.

Five years ago

• Burrell’s Seth Napierkowski passed for 247 yards, as the Bucs overpowered Mars, 36-7, at Golden Rams Stadium. The game was moved from Burrell because of poor field conditions.

• In the final minute, Valley’s Lawrence Davis sacked South Fayette’s Andrew DiDonato, the WPIAL’s No. 2 all-time passer, to preserve a 27-20 playoff victory.

10 years ago

• Although Riverview ran 70 plays to Farrell’s 26, the Steelers used TD runs of 86, 54 and 37 yards to defeat the Raiders, 34-16, in a Class A first-round playoff game at Riverside Park.

• Kiski Area’s Tristan Booker wrapped up his high school career with a school-best 3,791 rushing yards, as the Cavaliers defeated Butler, 42-36, in a nonconference game.

20 years ago

• The saga of first-year powerhouse Armstrong Central came to an end when the Cougars dropped a 29-13 decision to Kiski Area in a first-round playoff game. Yansi Bassett and Bob Mills rushed for more than 100 yards in the victory at Davis Field.

• Freeport running back Randy Stivenson’s 31-yard scoring run on the second play from scrimmage and Brian Kurn’s 18th TD of the season propelled the Yellowjackets to a 35-0 victory over Steel Valley in a Class AA opening-round playoff game.

25 years ago

• Defending champion Aliquippa’s speed was too much for Kiski Area, as the Cavaliers dropped a Class AAA first-round playoff game, 24-7, at Davis Field. John Norman scored two touchdowns.

30 years ago

• Leechburg scored 16 points against a New Brighton team that had yielded 13 points in 10 regular-season games. But it wasn’t enough: The Blue Devils dropped a 37-16 decision before a packed house at Oak Hill Stadium.

• Penn Hills, behind massive All-America lineman Bill Fralic, controlled the line of scrimmage en route to a 17-0 victory over Foothills Conference champion Kiski Area at Davis Field.

40 years ago

• Ford City’s Marvin Russell scored two touchdowns, as the Sabers stopped Knoch, 28-8, at Knoch Knights Stadium.

• Fullback Rich Kriston’s three touchdowns and a conversion pass reception allowed Fox Chapel to beat Churchill, 22-15.

50 years ago

• A football tradition ended when Aspinwall lost the last football game in its history, 34-7, to Avonworth. The school would be absorbed into the new Fox Chapel system the following year, but the Foxes played their first season at the old Aspinwall Stadium, located on the west side of the Highland Park Bridge.

• Bill Sopko’s 70-yard pass interception return gave Ken High an 18-13 victory over Turtle Creek in coach Don Fletcher’s final game with the Red Raiders.

75 years ago

• Arnold fans learned the Works Progress Administration approved a $13,886 request to build a new football field behind the high school on Woodmont Avenue. The school only had to pay for “some materials.”

• Freeport got two touchdowns from John Moody and another from Paul Wells to defeat Tarentum, 20-0, under the lights at RiverSide Park, now known as Dreshar Stadium.

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