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A Look Back At
Moon Area's Football
Championship Season of '98'
 
 
Photos compliments of Allegheny Times and Scholastic Sports Network
 
CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON 1998
Moon Area High School Football
Regular Season
      9/4/98                               Ambridge                             21-0 (W) 
      9/18/98                             Blackhawk                          10-13 (OT) (L) 
      9/25/98                             New Brighton                     28-0 (W) 
      9/25/98                             West Allegheny                 6-7 (OT) (L) 
      10/2/98                              Chartiers Valley               34-0 (W) 
      10/9/98                              Ellwood City                       34-7 (W) 
      10/16/98                            Keystone Oaks                  37-0 (W) 
      10/23/98                            Hopewell                             30-0 (W) 
      10/20/98                            Montour                              13-0 (W) 
Playoffs
      11/6/98         Derry (Round One)                                       35-0 (W) 
      11/13/98       Belle Vernon (WPIAL Quarterfinal)       38-14 (W) 
      11/20/98       Highlands (WPIAL Semifinal)                   10-0 (W) 
      11/28/98       Blackhawk (WPIAL Championship)         34-7 (W) 
      12/4/98         Huntingdon (PIAA Semifinal)                     21-0 (W) 
      12/11/98       Allentown Central Catholic                         0-10 (L) 
                              (PIAA State Championship Game) 
WPIAL CHAMPIONS
PIAA WEST CHAMPIONS
PIAA State Champions Runner-up
 
 
How About Them Tigers!!!
 
                         Fabulous Moon Fans                 The Greatest Day
Community Pride
 
In Neighborhoods                              In Businesses
 
At School                                 In Local Government
Everywhere in Moon Township
 
That Incredible Defense
  
Shutting Out Pennsylvania's  # 1 Offense     And On To State Final at Hershey Park
 
"Pennsylvania's Number One High School Defense"
"Defense's Accomplishments"
 
* Nine regular season shutouts (ten if you include West Allegheny game)
* Only 58 points allowed in 15 games
* Only 45 points allowed in regulation time in 15 games
* Averaged allowing only 3.8 points per game
* Number 1 Defense in Pennsylvania
* Shutout Number 1 Offensive Team  in Pennsylvania (Huntingdon 21-0)
* Victorious over three undefeated teams during Playoffs
* In WPIAL Championship Game, did not allow Blackhawk a First Down
until fourth quarter
* Allowed only two rushing TD's all season (15 games)
* Only one team rushed for over 100 yards against Moon (Allentown C.C.)
 
 
                          That Great Defensive Line                 And Linebackers
 
 
                     Swarm To The Ball!!                                Working Together
 
Getting It Done Every Way Possible!
 
"An Offense That Got Better Every Week"
"Offense's Accomplishments"
 
* Joe Tobin broke school record for rushing in one season - 1571 yards
* Averaged 25 points per game until State Championship Game
* Averaged 307 yards a game - 227 on the ground
* Averaged 28 points a game during the playoffs
*  Victorious over three undefeated teams during Playoffs
* Offensive Clock Control:  Blackhawk had only 13 plays in the first
half; Highlands had only 8 plays in second half of WPIAL Semi
 
  
               Record Setter!      What Ever It Takes!              Running The Option!
 .
 
                                      Catching The Pass!                Getting The TD!
 
What Else Can You Say, But...
 
Final Rankings
AP Press:  States # 3 "AAA" Team
Scholastic Sports Network:  WPIAL's #1 "AAA" Team
 
Assoc. Press First Team All State
"Big School"
Jim D'Aniello - Linebacker
John Rodgers - Def Tackle
 
Assoc. Press Big School Coach of Year
 State of Pennsylvania
Coach Mark Capuano - Finalist
 
**Post-Gazette "West" Fab 22 Team
Joe Tobin
Jim D'Aniello
Pat Miller
Mickey Keene
Tim Morrow
John Rodgers
** indicates most players "ever" chosen from one team
 
 
Fox TV/Tribune Review
Western Pennsylvania Terrific 25
Jim D'Aniello - Linebacker
 
All Parkway Conference Team Players
 
     First Team Offense                                            First Team Defense
       John Rodgers - OT                                                            John Rodgers - DL
        Mickey Keene - OG                                                          Mickey Keene - DL
        Joe Tobin - RB                                                                   Tim Morrow - DE
                                                                                                     Alex Fillo - DL
                                                                                                     Jim D'Aniello - LB
                                                                                                     T.J. Capp - LB
                                                                                                     Pat Miller - DB
 
Honorable Mention
               Offense                                                              Defense
       Chris Zona - Split End                                                       Nathan Crawford - DE
         Brian Burgunder - Center                                                Andre Neely - DB
         Pat Miller - QB
       T.J. Capp - RB
         Jarod Moyer - Kicker
 
Athletes of the Week
John Rodgers - Post Gazette Athlete of the Week
Joe Tobin - Allegheny Times Athlete of the Week
Pat Miller - Allegheny Times Athlete of the Week
 
"Academic Honor Roll Players"
(Q.P.A. indictative of entire High School Career)
 
"Q.P.A. of 4.0"
Mike Lear
 
"Q.P.A. of 3.5 or Better"
Jason Thompson
Pat Miller
Jeremy Price
Dave Eicher
Rob Jablonski
Brian Shutak
 
"Q.P.A. of 3.25 or Better"
Jason Bunda
Chris Kabana
John Romito
 
"Q.P.A.  of 3.0 or Better"
Alex Fillo
Adam Sieracki
Mickey Keene
Ben Kohl