Each week, the CDT sports staff will flash back to some of the biggest high school football storylines from 10, 20 and even 30 years ago.
In this week’s edition, a future NFL player had a breakout game and several dominating performances were highlighted in Centre County.
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10 years ago (Sept. 2, 2007)
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State College had a dominating offense in its season opener, a 45-7 drubbing of Cedar Cliff.
The Little Lions rolled to 381 total yards, 347 on the ground, yet no one surpassed 100 rushing yards individually. Larry Ryland led with 94 yards in just over a quarter at starting quarterback, highlighted by a 52-yard scoring burst. Evan Cleary added 81 yards and Alex Kenney picked up 107 all-purpose yards, including a 57-yard kick return. Robbie Stupar only had 36 yards on the ground, but scored three touchdowns.
“It was like the parting of the Red Sea,” Stupar told the CDT that night. “(The offensive line) really came out and wanted to hit today, instead of hitting the scout team.”
The defense also had a good day, including two sacks from Stupar and an interception from Ryland.
A night earlier, Penns Valley’s defense was a brick wall in a 7-0 blanking of Central. The Scarlet Dragons were held to 56 total yards of offense, with a net loss of eight yards on the ground.
The game was scoreless until late in the fourth quarter. Cody Stover picked off a pass at the Dragons’ 14 yard-line with four minutes left, and Taylor Wingard posted the only touchdown on a 13-yard scamper with 3:16 to play. Wingard finished with 134 yards on 19 carries.
20 years ago (Aug. 30, 1997)
Despite a huge effort from sophomore back Jon Condo, Philipsburg-Osceola was denied in a shootout with Lewistown 44-40 at Mitchell Field.
The Mounties rolled up 426 yards of offense, paced by Condo’s 201 yards on 20 carries and three touchdowns. The future Maryland Terrapin and Oakland Raider put P-O ahead 40-36 with a late four-yard score, but the Panthers’ Jon Collins hauled in the go-ahead 43-yard touchdown catch, winning a tip drill with P-O defensive back Corey Bainey.
The Mounties’ defense also posted six sacks in the loss.
At Bald Eagle Area, Hunter Guenot passed for 129 yards, including a 71-yard strike to John Kelly for a touchdown, and also ran for a score in a 28-19 loss to Lock Haven. John Kelly added a 59-yard scoring run for the Eagles and finished with 72 yards on the ground and 100 yards receiving.
30 years ago (Sept. 5, 1987)
Two Centre County teams picked up shutout victories to open the 1987 season.
Penns Valley followed the 1-2 backfield combination of Scott Rossman and Mark Hosterman to blank Bucktail 26-0. Rossman had 16 carries for 106 yards and a touchdown while Hosterman added 68 yards on 16 rushes with a score. New quarterback John Kubalak connected with a pair of scoring strikes to Chris Meyer.
Philipsburg-Osceola held Lewistown to 68 yards rushing in a 14-0 victory. Senior Paul Lamb had the highlight play for the Mounties’ defense, zig-zagging down the field with an interception 45 yards for a score. Scott Hoover and Bill Tressler paced the P-O offense with a combined 140 yards rushing.