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NATION NOSTALGIA: Hoban led the way on record-setting night

One of the Dream Game’s smallest players came up big during the 1970 game.

Gerald Hoban, a 5-foot-8, 145-pound quarterback from Abington Heights, had running the County offense to himself following an injury to Valley View’s Jack Koniszewski.

Hoban responded with one of the finest performances in Dream Game history in a 35-14 victory before a paid crowd that was reported as a record 15,512 at Scranton Memorial Stadium.

The point totals were a record at the time for the most by one team and the most by both teams combined.

All Hoban did was account for 28 points while going 15-for-24 passing for 189 yards. He threw for three touchdowns and a pair of two-point conversions while also running for a score.

The teams combined to throw 53 times, completing 26 for 314 yards. Again, it was a record for most passes thrown in a Dream Game.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The 87th annual Scranton Lions Club-sponsored Dream Game is scheduled for July 21 at Valley View’s John Henzes/Veterans Memorial Stadium in Peckville at 7 p.m. NATION NOSTALGIA will take a daily look at the game’s history between now and this year’s game, which is being presented by Northeast Rehab and Riverfront Sports.

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