"The Steel Valley High School football program was turning 11 years old in 1982, but was still barely past the crawling stage.
The baby steps were a few winning seasons, but rarely did this program even show signs of teeth in its first 10 years. The Ironmen were more like Papermen. Steel Valley had a 32-game losing streak from 1972-75 and another 18-game winless streak from 1978-80.
Then all of a sudden, things turned magical for the Ironmen in the fall of 1982. Steel Valley put itself on the WPIAL map, won a championship with a perfect 13-0 record and used football to galvanize the people in the Mon Valley steel towns of Homestead, Munhall and West Homestead.
This is the 30-year anniversary of the 1982 Steel Valley Ironmen. While winning the WPIAL Class AAA title that year was an extraordinary feat for a program that suffered through so much losing, it was the Ironmen's makeup that made it one of the special teams in the WPIAL over the past 40 years."