|The History of Chartiers Valley Football
The proud tradition of Chartiers Valley Football began in 1960 after the merger of the Scott Township
and Bridgeville school districts. Both programs sported proud programs: the Bridgeville Indians
fielded a team from 1921 to 1959 and won Class B (now A) WPIAL titles in 1942, 1948 and 1949.
They also fielded undefeated teams in 1941 and 1958. The Golden Bears of Scott Township also
regularly fielded top teams.
John Duchess, who served one year as head coach at Scott after the untimely death of Golden Bears'
coach Bob Hast, was tapped as the first Chartiers Valley coach and served from 1960 through 1964.
He led the Colts program to its first-ever win, a 25-13 victory over Stowe Twp, and built the foundation
of Colt Football. Former Bridgeville coach Harry Buzzato led the Colts for the 1965 and 1966 seasons.
Ralph Fife, a highly successful coach at Mt. Lebanon, guided the Colts to its first winning season in
1970 and a Western Conference Tri-Championship in 1972, the program's only championship to
date. The Fife era was highlighted by multiple victories over conference-rival Mount Lebanon. Coach
Fife finished with a 47-42-1 coaching record at CV, and his teams from the early 70's are often
referenced with pride by longtime Colt fans.
In 1977, the Dave Stewart era began after Chartiers Valley lured him from Franklin High School. The
Stewart tenure featured two playoff appearances (1981 & 1982) and the program record for the most
wins in a season (nine in 1981). With a career 53-58 record at CV, Coach Stewart had the most
career wins in CV football history, and the early 80's marked a return to glory for the Colts program.
In 1988, Gus Marquis, a successful coach from Sparta Highland (OH) was hired as athletic director
and head football coach. Coach Marquis led the Colts for seven seasons until 1994, and he
continued a lengthly career as the district's athletic director until 2006. After many years of playing
home games at Mount Lebanon, the Marquis-era saw the return of CV Football to the current high
school complex with the opening of Chartiers Valley Stadium in 1988.
Ron Schiarro, was hired from Riverside High School, where he had led teams to three consecutive
Class A WPIAL championship appearances. Coach Schiarro's 1995-1998 tenure was highlighted by a
1996 winning season and a 1997 playoff appearance against Brownsville.
Todd Fuller was hired after rebuilding the Cornell High School program and served as head coach for
the 1999 & 2000 seasons. The Schiarro-Fuller era served witness to the schools first NFL player and
Super Bowl participant, Raymond Ventrone.
In 2001, CV assistant coach Chris Saluga was promoted to the head coaching position. Coach
Saluga's tenure has been highlighted by high roster numbers and 8 playoff appearances. Notable
wins include the first ever playoff victory at Hopewell (2005) and the first ever home playoff game and
win against Franklin Regional (2007). The 2007 team set a school offensive scoring record and was
state-ranked for much of the season. The 2009 senior football players left the program as the most
successful three-year class in program history with 23 victories. The Saluga era has witnessed
significant Chartiers Valley facility upgrades: visitor bleachers (2001), artificial turf (2004) and stadium
wing locker rooms (2007). In 2011, Coach Saluga became the CV Football Program's all-time
For 52 years, under the stadium lights of Western Pennsylvania, Colt Football has served as the
centerpiece of Chartiers Valley community pride. For 52 years, spirited young men of Bridgeville,
Collier Township, Heidelberg and Scott Township have proudly worn the red and blue uniform of
Chartiers Valley. The band, the cheerleaders, the Charvalettes, the lights, the game -- autumn Friday
nights are special in the Chartiers Valley. And the tradition continues....
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