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NATION NOSTALGIA: Different styles made for close finish in ‘75

The City and County used different offensive approaches to produce similar results in the 1975 Dream Game.

The equal production meant the game came down to extra points and it was the City’s ability to stop a County two-point attempt with 1:10 remaining that allowed it to hold on for a 20-18 victory at Scranton Memorial Stadium.

Lou DePalma from West Scranton ran for 145 yards and two touchdowns for the City while George Pachucy was passing for 151 yards and three scores for the County.

DePalma ran 52 and 35 yards for his scores. Frank Yanik, DePalma’s high school teammate, ran for the other score that helped the City take a 20-6 lead into the fourth quarter.

Pachucy, who finished 13-for-21, threw two fourth-quarter touchdown passes. He hit Carbondale’s Frank Galko to pull the County within two, but could not connect on the tying two-point try.

The two-point stop allowed the City to overcome three fourth-quarter turnovers and hold on for the victory.

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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