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