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NATION NOSTALGIA: Sakulich scored game-winning TD in 1985

Jeff Sakulich ran four yards for the winning touchdown with 3:22 remaining lifted the County over the City, 15-13, and made Lakeland’s Jerry Wasilchak a winner in his coaching finale.

The touchdown by the Mid Valley running back produced the fourth lead change of the night.

Scott Perry from Abington Heights opened the scoring for the County with a field goal.

Valley View’s Jeff Sparks led the comebacks, hitting high school teammate Pat Zwanch with a 68-yard touchdown pass on the first play after the City took its first lead.

Sparks, who went 3-for-5 for 140 yards, found another high school teammate, Dale Carey, for a 54-yard gain when the County was pinned at its 4.

Wasilchak had developed Lakeland into the top program in the Suburban Conference, then through a transition to the Big 11 that included the Chiefs winning a title in their first season.

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. 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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