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1988 Retrospective - Week Eight

Alex Roebuck and B.J. Gibson scored rushing touchdowns and only a late score from Tri-Valley spoiled the shut out as Johnstown outlasted Tri Valley on the road 14-6 to improve to 8-0 and remain unbeaten on the 1988 season.

Alex's touchdown came first and it was in the second quarter as the teams played to a scoreless draw after 12 minutes. Roebuck drove the team down the field and topped off the drive with a 2-yard run to pay dirt. The PAT kick failed an it was 6-0 Trojans, a lead they would enjoy at the half.

In the third quarter, Gibson broke off a 37-yard run for a score and the Trojans were able to convert on the two-point play as Alex hit Mark Roebuck to make it 14-0.

It would remain at 14-0 until the fourth quarter, when the Griffins got their first and only score on a 9 yard run from Ramos. Their two-point play was a run and it failed so the final score was set at 14-6.

Coach Davitch reflected on the night, stating: "We really knew nothing about these guys (Tri-Valley) other than it was as far a road trip as we ever made. The school very close to the West Virginia border. It was a cold, miserable night and we felt to get the win and get out of there."

This was the end of a rough week for the Trojans entering the homestretch of the regular season. Davitch sent the team home after 15 minutes of practice early in the week because he wasn't pleased with the team's However, the roller coaster week ended on a peak as the team was ranked #8 in the state by the Harrsiburg Patriot-News and clinched the school's first playoff berth in 30 years.

Of course, 30 years prior was the great 1958 team that Davitch and many on his staff, including Bob Bambino, were integral members. It was great company this 1988 team was keeping but they also were writing their own pages in the history book of Johnstown High football.

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