The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA

Mike Mastovich

September 12, 2012

MIKE MASTOVICH | Movie teams renewing old rivalry

JOHNSTOWN — Once the initial pregame hoopla subsides, Johnstown (Ampipe) and Westmont Hilltop (Walnut Heights) must play a LHAC football game on Friday night at Trojan Stadium.

Until then, there’s plenty to talk about as showtime nears.

The school districts agreed to act upon a great idea by holding an “All the Right Moves” reunion as the 30th anniversary of the Tom Cruise movie filmed in Johnstown in 1983 nears. (A feature story on the event appears on Page A1).

The spirit of camaraderie and cooperation between Johnstown and Westmont will be evident as the 1-1 Trojans (Bulldogs) host the 0-2 Hilltoppers (Knights).

Games often have special themes. Sometimes a milestone is celebrated. Of course, there are the annual homecoming and senior night games.

But the organizational skills and creativity necessary to pull off an event such as this one are many. All of those involved deserve to be commended.

Quite a few interesting concepts have been put into motion for Friday’s contest. The community and businesses in the region stepped up with financial contributions and support.

Johnstown will wear replica black-and-gold Ampipe uniforms while Westmont will sport the red-and-white Walnut Heights gear. The bands, cheerleaders and student bodies of each school will do their part to recreate the big screen magic recorded on an April 1983 night at Point Stadium.

Looking back will be a significant theme for those watching the game. On the field, the current Trojans (Bulldogs) and Hilltoppers (Knights) will get down to business soon after the initial hoopla fades.

There’s also a nod to the future. At least two scholarships will be presented in conjunction with the game according to organizers.

Perhaps we’ll see a Bulldog (Ampipe’s mascot) roaming the home sideline as one tough-looking canine did at the Point Stadium nearly 30 years ago.

Or, maybe Johnstown coach Tony Penna Jr. and his defensive coordinator Neil Cobaugh will implement a goal-line defense game plan that will have their players shouting the memorable battle cry, “6-2 stack monster, 6-2 stack monster. Ready, break!”

Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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