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September 15, 2012

VIDEO | Johnstown scripts win over Westmont

JOHNSTOWN — Johnstown coach Tony Penna Jr. probably couldn’t have scripted a better finish to the Trojans’ 20-17 victory over LHAC rival Westmont Hilltop on Friday.

It almost played out like, well, a movie.

The Johnstown and Westmont programs and their fans put forth a great cooperative effort to pay homage to the Tom Cruise motion picture “All the Right Moves,” which was filmed in Johnstown in 1983.

Social and conventional media embraced the story and word quickly spread about the commemorative event. The Associated Press picked up the local newspaper story and distributed it across the country, which led to articles in publications ranging from the New York Daily News to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and beyond.

Approximately 4,500 fans converged on Trojan Stadium to watch a football game, and maybe recapture a bit of their movie past.

The Trojans and Hilltoppers made the trip worthwhile with a workmanlike effort.

“It ended up becoming a lot bigger than even we thought,” Johnstown coach Penna. said. “You just had to embrace it. The community was excited. The school was excited and they’re kids. I wanted to let them enjoy it.

“I told them when 3 o’clock comes, we’re going to think about football.”

Johnstown wore Ampipe Bulldogs black-and-gold uniforms similar to those Cruise’s character Stef Djordjevic sported in “All the Right Moves.” Westmont Hilltop took on the identity of Walnut Heights, wearing white and red jerseys.

The public address announcer referred to the teams as Ampipe and Walnut Heights. Fans got into the spirit by wearing commemorative T-shirts.

“It was a great crowd,” Westmont coach Pat Barron said.

“Our team did a great job of focusing on the game. But as far as the atmosphere and the crowd, it was awesome. That’s what Friday nights are supposed to be like.”

Johnstown (2-1) scored 14 second-half points and kept Westmont (0-3) off the board while overcoming an 11-point deficit.

“They came out and put two more (touchdowns) on the board,” said Johnstown junior quarterback Deion Moore, who rushed for 146 yards and passed for 29.

“We came out after halftime and told ourselves we need to buckle down. If they put one more in, we’re in trouble. We buckled down and did what we had to do.”

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