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1988 Retrospective - Week Ten

The Belle Vernon Leopards were the one team standing in the way of Johnstown's dream of an undefeated season as they were the Trojans' week ten and therefore final regular season opponent. It would be no simple task as the Leopards themselves entered the contest undefeated and had high expectations for their squad going into the season.

The Trojans scored first as Alex Roebuck hit Mark Roebuck from 4 yards out and Doug Goff made the extra point so it was 7-0 early and that was the score at the end of the first quarter.

It was 14-0 after B.J. Gibson scored from 2 yards out and Goff added his second PAT. BV got right back into it though as Whited recovered a fumble in the end zone and Fayak added the PAT to make it 14-7, a score both teams would leave on the scoreboard at the half.

In the third quarter, with momentum on their side, the Leopards tied the game. It was Whited again, this time on the offensive side of the ball as he reeled in a pass from Fayak from 19 yards out and Fayak at the PAT to make it 14 all.

But the Trojans would ultimately prevail as Mark Roebuck caught his second TD pass of the day, this one from 29 yards out and Goff connected on his third PAT of the day to cement the final score at 21-14 and history was made.

Coach Davitch told the Tribune Democrat following the game, "going undefeated is 200 times more meaningful here than it would be anywhere else." The players appreciated their coach as they rode him off the field on their shoulders following the game.

Looking back on the regular season twenty years later, Davitch reflected: "It was a great accomplishment to go undefeated. The area was really captured by this team. I was getting cards and letters and phone calls from classmates that I hadn't heard from in years."

With a perfect 10-0 season in the books, the team looked ahead to the playoffs and Indiana, a two-loss squad in their first year in the WPIAL. The Little Indians would be invading Point Stadium for a Saturday afternoon first round playoff game in one week's time.

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