It was a cool day at Greenway Avenue Stadium on Saturday, as one of the oldest rivalries in Maryland went head to head for the title to victory and a celebration of homecoming. The series dates back to 1936 and features a large group of activities at each school during the week to make it truly a community event.
The recipient from Allegany is Matthew Wolfe, son of Kelly and Larry Wolfe. Matt is a two-year letterman on the varsity football team and was an All-Area selection at offensive line for the 2009 season. Matt is a member of the National Honor Society and Teenage Republicans. He plans to attend Frostburg State and pursue a degree in biology.
The scholarship recipient from Fort Hill is William Patch, son of Bill and Pam Patch. William is a four-year member of the football program along with the bowling team. He is also a member of the National Honor Society, the 1800 GPA Club, and, in every quarter during high school, the Principal’s Honor Roll.
Earle “Lefty” Bruce set the city scoring record in 1948 for the 9-0-1 Campers with 23 touchdowns and 138 points in 10 games. That season, Bruce scored the only touchdown for Allegany in a 6-6 tie with Fort Hill. For the 1948 season, Bruce was voted Player of the Year and named to the All-Maryland team at fullback. After high school, he received a scholarship to Ohio State University where, after his playing days were over, he joined Coach Woody Hayes’ staff. Bruce succeeded Coach Hayes at Ohio State in 1979 and went on to compile an 81-26-1 record in nine seasons in Columbus. His coaching record at the college level is 151-90-2 in 21 years. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2003.
Greg Hare was the Fort Hill quarterback during the 1968-69 rivalry games. He finished his high school career with a dazzling performance, guiding the Sentinels to a 27-0 victory over the Campers. In that game, he passed for two touchdowns, rushed for another and intercepted two passes on defense. He was named one of the Top 11 high school players in the USA by Sunkist and Coach Athlete Magazine. He went to Ohio State where he was the starting quarterback during his sophomore and junior seasons. As a captain his junior year, he led the Buckeyes to the Rose Bowl. During his college career, he totaled 1,338 passing yards and 470 rushing yards and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1974. Currently, Greg is a local businessman and owner of Document Solutions.