Through the Years: West Deer opened new stadium with loss to Mars
Thursday, September 22, 2022 | 3:44 PM
Each week throughout the high school football season, the Valley News Dispatch will take a look at the players, coaches and events that shaped our scholastic legacy.
In its fourth season, West Deer, playing its first game at Braves Stadium, fell to Mars, 21-12, on Sept. 30, 1947. A 25-yard pass from Planets quarterback Bill Gearing to Don Crummy was the facility’s first touchdown.
75 years ago
• In a game moved from Arnold’s Leslie Stadium to the larger Ken High Memorial Stadium, a crowd of 8,100 watched Tarentum remain undefeated with a 26-0 shutout of Arnold behind two Chris Warriner touchdowns.
60 years ago
• Plum’s Ron Davis intercepted a pass in the end zone in the game’s final moments to preserve an 18-16 victory over Penn Claridge.
• Apollo remained undefeated with an 18-6 victory over the Trafford Tomahawks. Mick Jackson scored two Apollo TDs.
50 years ago
40 years ago
• Apollo-Ridge coach Harry Rollinson kept his promise that he would shave his head if the Vikings beat Leechburg and end an 11-game losing streak against the Blue Devils. Two Eli Crosby touchdowns brought the razor out in a 21-0 victory.
25 years ago
10 years ago
• Two weeks after being urged to try out for the football team, Valley soccer player Steve Colagrande booted a 26-yard field goal to provide the Vikings with a 9-8 shocker over Freeport.
Five years ago
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