In 1992, Gary Swetland took over as the 15th head coach for Portville varsity football. As head coach for the track
team as well, he followed in the footsteps of Bear Connell...using the spring sport to prepare players for the gridiron season. Success
came on both fronts.
During Swetland's eight years in the 90s, he took the team to the playoffs four times, including that first year. His
first playoff victory came in 1997, when the Panthers beat Akron and earned a trip to Ralph Wilson Stadium. That team
became one of the top teams of all-time.
During the Nineties, competition in Section VI football increased. The 1990 squad was 0-7 going into the last
game against archrival Allegany, who was undefeated. Portville won 27-24 to avert having the only winless Panther team
Kevin Curren retired after the 1991 season, compiling a 49-39-3 career record. During those years, he brought together
a staff that included Bob Connell, Mike DeBarbieri, and Gary Swetland...and he engineered the last undefeated team in history.