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Meet Penn-Trafford football’s latest Hall of Fame class

September 23, 2018

Some top-flight quarterbacks, an uncle and nephew combo and a nationally-highlighted team will be part of the latest group to go into the Penn-Trafford Football Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2018 features former receiver Ralph Bruno, Ken and Tyler Huether, quarterback Jeff Palladino, linebacker John Schmitt, coach Ron Smith and the 1995 Warriors team.

Bruno (Class of 1989) set the standard for receiving in the program with 122 receptions for 1,854 yards and 25 touchdowns. He had 65 catches for 1,031 yards in a single season before he went on to West Virginia Wesleyan.

Ken Huether (’82), a two-way lineman, helped lead the Warriors to a Keystone Conference title and was the conference MVP on offense and defense. He was a standout at Cal U (Pa.).

Tyler Huether (2005) was a three-year starter who graduated as the program’s all-time passing leader after throwing for more than 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons. He threw for 364 in one game. Huether went on to play at Clarion.

Palladino (’89) was the WPIAL’s first 2,000-yard passer in 1988 and graduated with 4,789 yards, a school record at the time. He piled up 2,298 yards in that ’88 season. He later played at West Virginia Wesleyan.

Schmitt (’92) was a standout outside linebacker and made all-conference three straight years. Schmitt, who later played at Geneva, has a school record with four defensive touchdowns and finished with over 200 tackles and 40 sacks.

Smith (coach from 1979-87) led the Warriors to their first conference title, in 1981, which was followed by the school’s first playoff win.

In 92 games with Smith as coach, Penn-Trafford allowed just 10.9 points per game and had just one losing season.

And finally, the prolific ’95 team won 10 straight games and a conference title. Four future Warriors Hall of Famers played for the team, quarterback Tony Zimmerman, running back Matt Gavrish, receiver Marko Thomas and coach John Yaccino. The Warriors finished 10-2 and reached the WPIAL Quad-A semifinals. They were featured in an NFL Films documentary called, “Football America.”

The inductees will be recognized Sept. 21 before Penn-Trafford plays host to Albert Gallatin.

The hall of fame banquet will be 5:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Giannilli’s II in Greensburg. Tickets are $35 for guests, $20 for members of the ’95 team.

RSVP’s can be made via email: warriorfootballhof@gmail.com or by mail to: Warrior Football Hall of Fame, P.O. Box 331 Harrison City, Pa., 15636. Ticket order deadline is Sept. 8. More information: 724-396-4396.

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