Through the years: Burrell defense negated Canevin’s rushing attack
Each Friday throughout the 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.
Burrell’s Johnny Horwatt ran for two touchdowns and the Bucs defense held Canevin to minus-1 rushing yards on Nov. 11, 1994 in a 27-0 opening-round home playoff win.
Five years ago
• Greensburg Central Catholic’s balanced attack proved to be too much for Freeport as the Yellowjackets dropped a Class AA first-round playoff game 35-6. Alex Isenberg’s 70-yard run with 33 seconds left prevented a shutout.
• Despite averaging 30 points per game, Burrell’s offense couldn’t get untracked as Keystone Oaks won just the second playoff game in the school’s 45-year history 27-0.
10 years ago
• Beau Citrone and Mike Landers ran for two touchdowns each as defending WPIAL Class A champ Springdale manhandled Farrell, 35-14, at Beaver’s Gypsy Glen Stadium.
• Burrell senior Jason Makara scored what proved to be the winning touchdown on a 22-yard run then sacked South Park quarterback Ryan Streno on a late fourth-down play as the Bucs prevailed 29-23 in a Class AA playoff game at Plum.
20 years ago
• McGuffey limited Hampton to just 60 rushing yards as the Talbots dropped a 26-7 playoff decision in Claysville.
25 years ago
• Freeport tailback Jody White ran for 77 yards on the second play from scrimmage as the Yellowjackets won an opening-round playoff game at Washington, 20-7.
• Highlands drove inside the Belle Vernon 20-yard line three times but came up empty on each occasion as the Leopards prevailed 12-0.
30 years ago
• Ankle-deep mud at Fox Chapel Stadium didn’t stop all-state running back Chris Thorpe from rushing for 167 yards and three touchdowns as the Foxes eliminated Ringgold, 28-14, in a Class AAA playoff game.
• A late 87-yard touchdown run by Freeport’s Jim Charlton lifted the Yellowjackets to a 14-7 home win over Serra Catholic to open the Class AA playoffs.
40 years ago
• A playoff night crowd of 9,667 at Valley High Memorial Stadium watched Gateway blank Penn Hills, 13-0, behind two Kevin Plowman touchdowns.
• Knoch safety Bob King Jr. broke up a Riverview pass in the end zone on the final play of the game to preserve a 29-24 Knights victory. Knoch, under late coach Bob King Sr., posted a 6-2-1 record, its first winning season since joining the WPIAL 10 years earlier.
50 years ago
• Tarentum quarterback Ron Misejka finished his career by rushing for two touchdowns and throwing for another as the Redcats won at Fox Chapel, 33-21.
• Kiski Area won the first of nine Foothills Conference titles by pounding Connellsville, 42-7. Phil “Jo-Jo” Booker led the Cavaliers with three touchdowns, and John Voyten added two.
75 years ago
• Ken High’s Red Huet scored three touchdowns in a 40-0 victory over neighboring Arnold as 5,000 fans crammed into Herr Stadium.
George Guido is a freelance writer.