Through the Years: Shutout win moved Plum toward WPIAL title |

Through the Years: Shutout win moved Plum toward WPIAL title

valley news dispatch archives
Plum fullback Paul Palamara looks for running room against Ringgold on Nov. 11, 1983, as the Mustangs won the first home playoff game in school history, 38-0. Palamara gained 204 yards and scored three touchdowns.

Each Friday during 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.•

Plum took what would be its first step toward a WPIAL title on Nov. 11, 1983, with a 38-0 victory over Ringgold at Mustangs Stadium. Paul Palamara rushed for 204 yards and three touchdowns for coach Al “Abby” Mauro’s Mustangs.

Five years ago

• In a Class AAA thriller, Highlands blew a 20-point, second-half lead against Montour to send the game into overtime. But after quarterback Jeff Sinclair scored in the extra session, the Golden Rams rebuffed a 2-point conversion to win, 35-34, at Plum.

• Beaver Falls scored four times on plays 30 yards or longer to down Ford City, 42-21, in a Class AA quarterfinal. Caleb Barrett scored two Sabers touchdowns.

10 years ago

• Springdale bowled over No 1 Monessen, 23-7, in a Class A quarterfinal at Yough’s Cougar Mountain Stadium. Dynamos running backs Wayne Mundekis and Mike Landers combined to rush for 233 yards.

• In what turned out to be the last game of coach Tim Karrs’ tenure at Highlands, the Golden Rams were humbled by Pine-Richland, 51-16, at Slippery Rock University. Current Pirates second baseman Neil Walker scored three Rams touchdowns. Karrs left several months later to take a coaching job in North Carolina.

20 years ago

• Retiring Kiski Area coach Dick Dilts went out a winner with a 7-0 Cavaliers win over Franklin Regional. The Cavaliers staged a 15-play, 71-yard drive culminated by a 6-yard pass from Jason Clouser to Tim Brestensky.

• Mt. Pleasant eliminated Kittanning, 18-7, in first-round playoff action. Dwayne Eddy’s 6-yard pass to Jon Harnish was the only Wildcats score.

25 years ago

• In a rainstorm at Santacroce Stadium, Richland denied Apollo-Ridge its first playoff berth with a 21-14 victory. Vikings quarterback Greg Fox threw a touchdown pass and scored another on a 45-yard return of a blocked punt.

• Beaver came from behind to defeat Valley, 13-6, in a Class AA playoff game. A 61-yard pass from Danny Hooper to Carl Johnson had given the Vikings a 6-0 lead.

30 years ago

• With 3 inches of snow on the ground and the wind chill hovering near zero, Knoch defeated Derry, 9-6, on a 24-yard field goal in overtime by A.J. Pagano.

40 years ago

• Despite a heavy snow and icy field conditions, Springdale defeated Burgettstown, 22-12, in a WPIAL Class AA playoff game at Kittanning. Despite the conditions, Charlie Hertzog threw scoring passes to Larry Lutz and Mike Pajerski.

• Leechburg defeated Richland, 19-13, in the AIC Bowl behind two Randy Tira touchdowns.

50 years ago

• Kiski Area knocked Connellsville out of the Foothills Conference title race with a 34-6 victory at Davis Field. Halfback Bobby “Tex” Koleno scored three Cavaliers touchdowns.

• Arnold belted Hampton, 31-0, to conclude an 8-1 season. Dave Olivo’s 52-yard pass to Gene Montemurro gave the Lions an 18-0 halftime advantage.

75 years ago

• Tarentum put the final touches on an undefeated season with a 25-7 win over Rankin at Dreshar Stadium. Ray Greco’s 11-yard reception accounted for the final Redcats score.

George Guido is a freelance writer.

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