Through the years: A look at final games of A-K Valley schools
With Kittanning and Ford City recently closing out their football histories, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look back at the final games of other Alle-Kiski Valley schools on Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12.
Oakmont 28, Verona 6
Nov. 14, 1970
Oddly enough, Verona and Oakmont ended their playing days against each other in the AIC Bowl at muddy Highlands High stadium.
Oaks fullback Rich Cecil scored three touchdowns and ran for a pair of 2-point conversions as Oakmont rolled to a 28-6 victory.
Cecil carried the ball 37 times for 252 yards and led the A-K Valley in scoring that year with 120 points.
The matchup involved future hall-of-fame coaches Chuck Wagner of Oakmont and Jake Cappa of Verona.
The two didn’t face each other again for 23 years, when Cappa was guiding Riverview and Wagner was in charge at Springdale in 1993.
Saltsburg 14, East Deer 13
Nov. 1, 1968
East Deer lost a heartbreaker in its final outing.
The Bucks scored two touchdowns in the final 2 1⁄2 minutes.
An 85-yard TD pass from Ron Novosat to Bill York was followed by an onside kick recovery by Dan Sieminski.
Andy Fenoglietto scored from the 1-yard line but was stopped on the conversion attempt.
Conversion runs and passes were worth one point at the time. The rule would be changed to two points the following year, but it was too late for East Deer.
East Deer native Jim Marelli coached the final game for the Bucks at Saltsburg, then a member of the AIC Class B ranks.
Saltsburg left the WPIAL two years later.
Springdale 26, West Deer 7
Nov. 2, 1968
West Deer ended its 26-year history on a Saturday afternoon at Springdale Veteran’s Memorial Field.
The Braves took a 7-0 lead on quarterback Hank Kenyon’s 1-yard sneak. It turned out to be the last touchdown in West Deer history as Springdale took over from there.
Joe Nypaver scored three Dynamos touchdowns, but the score could have been much worse as Denny Pitttman intercepted a pass at the Braves 4 and later recovered a fumble on the 3.
West Deer stopped another Springdale drive on downs at the 1.
Don “Pappy” Boulton coached West Deer’s final season and is now on the Springdale staff.
George Guido is a freelance writer.