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