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Dom Stala

Football ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

Versatility is a commodity that every coach loves to have in the roster. Dom Stala was a prime example of a player who performed extremely well in all facets of football. Dom was a three year letterman for Carl Aschman’s Quips. As a junior, the powerful fullback was second in the county in scoring and in his senior year his all around skill was utilized even more: Dom split time between fullback and quarterback, filling needs whenever called upon. But his athletic talents weren’t just reserved for football: Dom lettered all three years in basketball, including the 1949 state championship season, and also played baseball and track for the Quips and was one of the area’s top shot putters. Maryland gave Dom a full ride, and he lettered as a freshman but was moved to the offensive line, furthering his versatile nature. As a sophomore starter, Dom helped the Terrapins to an 8-2 record, but his college career came to a halt when Dom was drafted after his second year. He continued to play in the Army, and, teaming with future Chicago Bear great, Rick Casares, Dom helped his team to the All Army championship as a lineman. His play was so good it caught the eye of the Washington Redskins, who offered Dom a contract, but a back injury suffered in the service prevented him from playing football again. Dom was an integral part of the Aliquippa Quarterback Club for over two decades.