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Posted: July 31st, 2014

Strong Vincent's Tim Romanski, center, scores a touchdown in the District 10 Class AAA championship game against Sharon as Tony Robie (13) and Quentin Orlando (21) provide blocks. The Colonels won the game 14-10 and went on to win the PIAA championship a few weeks later, beating Conestoga Valley 29-20. ERIE TIMES-NEWS FILE PHOTO

 

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 29 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29:

Number of the day: 29

That’s the number of points Strong Vincent scored to beat Conestoga Valley Buckskins in the 1991 PIAA Class AAA championship game. The Colonels’ 29-20 victory at Lackawanna County Stadium in Moosic made them the first Erie County team to win a state championship in football, and only the second from District 10.

Vincent, coached by Joe Bufalino, shut out the Buckskins in the second half after trailing by five points at the half. The Colonels all but clinched the title when running back Tony Robie scored on fourth down-and-goal from the 1-yard line with 3 minutes, 52 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Robie, along with Tim Romanski and Quentin Orlando, accounted for the brunt of Vincent’s 186 rushing yards out of the offense’s Wing-T attack.

The Colonels earlier won their first District 10 title when they beat Sharon 14-10 with a last-minute touchdown.

– Mike Copper

Posted: July 30th, 2014

Varsity Kickoff Countdown is a daily series on the Varsity blog. It’s 30 days until the opening night of the high school football season on Friday, Aug. 29:

Number of the day: 30

That’s the number of points Hickory scored to beat Montoursville in the 1989 PIAA Class AA championship game. The Hornets’ 30-22 victory at Memorial Stadium in Middletown made them the first District 10 football team to win a state tile.

Hickory beat Fairview 34-10 in District 10′s inaugural Class AA final in 1989. They eliminated Steel Valley 17-7 in the state semifinals to set up the final against Montoursville.

Andre Coleman starred for the ’89 Hornets. The wide receiver was recruited by Kansas State and then picked by the San Diego Chargers in the third round of the 1994 NFL draft.

The highlight of Coleman’s five-year professional career was at the end of his rookie season. He scored on a 98-yard kickoff return for the Chargers during their 49-26 loss to San Francisco in Super Bowl XXIX.

Coleman will be featured in a upcoming story on the history of the District 10 playoffs in the Kickoff magazine.

– Mike Copper

 

Posted: July 29th, 2014

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Posted: July 28th, 2014

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Posted: July 27th, 2014

Bryan Divido will forever be remembered in Erie Lions Club Save-An-Eye All-Star Game history thanks to his two interception returns during Friday night’s game at

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Posted: July 27th, 2014

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Posted: July 26th, 2014

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Posted: July 26th, 2014

The 76th annual Save-An-Eye Game was a memorable one Friday night at Veterans Stadium. The County beat the City 21-14, thanks in large part to the

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Posted: July 26th, 2014

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Posted: July 25th, 2014

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Posted: July 25th, 2014

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Posted: July 24th, 2014

The full rosters — with jersey numbers, weights and positions — have been released in advance of Friday’s Save-An-Eye Game. Read more about the Save-An-Eye

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Posted: July 24th, 2014

Here’s a list of District 10 football players who have committed to play for colleges for the 2014 season. The Erie Times-News and GoErie.com would

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