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NATION NOSTALGIA: Late scores decided the 1951 Dream Game

All the scoring in the 1951 Dream Game was saved for the final two minutes.

After the teams remained scoreless through 46 minutes, the County pulled out a 7-6 victory over the City.

Dunmore’s Nick Domnick ran 14 yards for a touchdown to break the scoreless tie.

Then, Jessup’s Joe Buckshon, for the County, and Scranton’s Al Caporelli, for the City, stepped into the spotlight.

Buckshon kicked the extra point for a 7-0 County lead.

Caporelli returned the kickoff 63 yards, only to be stopped by a touchdown-saving tackle by Buckshon at the 18. That simply delayed matters until Caporelli scored from the 1 with 1:11 left.

The Caporelli score gave the City a kick for the tying point, but it was wide and the County held on.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The 87th annual Scranton Lions Club-sponsored Dream Game is scheduled for Wednesday night at Valley View’s John Henzes/Veterans Memorial Stadium in Peckville at 7 p.m. NATION NOSTALGIA is taking 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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