|Volume 7, Issue 3
Important Dates to
End of season
By Coach Capuano
The Moon Tigers were picked fifth
at the beginning of the seasonand ended ranked fourth. The team exceeded
their expectations, but at the same time felt sad after losing to Thomas
Jefferson in the semifinals. We ended at least twelfth in the state
on defense in all classifications. The season begain with a good
win over Hampton who made it to the quarterfinals of the WPIAL.
In this game, we gave up theonly rushing touchdown for the regular season.
In the second game, we played anb lost to Blackhawk, who also finished
their season in the semifinals. Moon then went on to win nine games
in a row. With a record of 8-1 in the regular seaon, the Tigers tied
for the best record for a Moon football team. Also, no Moon team
ever had a record of 10-1 until this year. The Tigers also tied for
the Parkway Conference title with Blackhawk. The Tigers have been
to the playoffs nine out of the last ten years, and this makes two years
in a row to the semifinals. The Tigers had some big wins over several
ranked AAA teams during the season, such as West Allegheny, Hampton, Highlands,
Hopewell, and Ambridge. The win at West Allegheny was the first time
we have beaten them in six years. The Tigers also posted four shutouts
during the regular season. The defense set a new team record for
interceptions in one season with 21. Robbie Leonard lead the team
What made this team special was the fact
that no one person was counted on to carry
the team. We never had anyone leading the
WPIAL in statistics. We didn't even get
anyone recognized in the Beaver County
Times for their achievement award, which
they give each Monday. That was hard to do
for a 10-2 team. We played as a unit on
offense, defense, and special teams. We,
the coaching staff, will miss the fifteen
seniors that will graduate. They showed
great leadership on and off the field. They
set the bar even higher for the future
players. Our slogan this year was "FINISH"
and this group of seniors did that every day
- on every play!
In the beginning of December,
Every member of this year's team
Congratulations to the following players
who have been recognized for
their outstanding performance during the 2003 football season
AAA First Team
Fab 22 Terrific 25 All-Conference Team
A.Q. Shipley A.Q. Shipley Parkway
First Team Offense
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Tribune Review Robbie Leonard
PG West - Fabulous 22 All-Conference Team John Bachman
A.Q. Shipley Parkway Dante Morsillo
Robbie Leonard Andrew Miller
****** A.Q. Shipley First Team Defense
John Bachman A.Q. Shipley
Post-Gazette Andrew Miller Robbie Leonard
All-Conference Team Dante Morsillo
Class AAA Parkway Robbie Leonard Top 22 Offense
A.Q. Shipley A.Q. Shipley Top 22 Defense
Dante Morsillo Robbie Leonard John Bachman
Robbie Leonard Chad Trenney
Defense Honorable Mention - Off
A.Q. Shipley Chad Trenney
Robbie Leonard Tribune Review Mark Hartz
Allegheny Matt Dowdell
****** All-Classification Team
Honorable Mention - Def
NSN Elite Eleven Offense Joe Vennare
A.Q. Shipley John Bachman Brian Viti
Defense Chris Boyer
|The President's Column
The Quarterback Club
Junior Varsity Record: 8-1 By: Coach Smiley & Coach Dish
The 2003 JV Football season was the Tiger's most successful since the undefeated JV team of 1999. The Tigers rolled to an 8-1 record to win the JV Parkway Conference title. Only a season ending loss to Hopewell prevented the perfect season for the JVs.
The team opened the year by traveling to Hampton. Behind the running of Todd Rinaldi and Taylor Fecko, the Tigers opened the season with a 14-8 victory.
The second game of the season was against Blackhawk. The Cougars were a team Moon had not beaten since 1999, and Blackhawk opened the game with a 12 minute touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead. Casey Williams made his first start, and on his first pass he completed a 70 yarder to Zach Engel. One play later Williams scored, and the two point conversion made the score 8-7. Blackhawk was unable to answer the Tiger's big play capability, and Moon turned the game into a 34-7 rout.
The JV road show traveled to Highland the following week for a 34-12 victory. Then traveled to New Castle for a showdown of unbeaten JV teams. Moon jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead behind William's passing, Rinaldi's running, and the pass catching of Engel, Vince Drnach, and Ryan Butschle. Geoff Spaulding connected on the extra point that would prove to be the difference in the game. The defense was tested from that point on. Late in the third quarter New Castle scored and attempted a two-point conversion for the lead, but the Tiger defense held. The 7-6 score would be the final as Moon ran its record to 4-0.
The season ended the following week with a 21-8 loss to Hopewell. While the loss spoiled the undefeated season, the accomplishments of the team remain great. The season produced a JV Conference title that included wins over Blackhawk and West for the first time in four years. We saw the contribution of JV players to the varsity program all season by players such as Mike Hytia, Nick McCutcheon , Jimmy Fodse, Pat Metzler, Vince Dmach, Zach Engel, Bill Capkovic, Mark Jeffries, Casey Williams, Todd Rinaldi, George Hingson, Scott Brittner, Ryan Butschie, and Steve Raso.
It was a special season for Moon's JV team. We are extremely proud to have been given the opportunity to coach such a fine team. Thank you for all of your efforts throughout the season.
The 9th Grade Team finished with 7-1 overall record. The team won their conference, which is basically the Parkway, with the exception of Ellwood City replacing New Castle. Our only loss was a non-conference game against a very tough Thomas Jefferson team. Overall, we outscore our opponents 213 to 53. We outcored the Parkway 161 to 25.
The 9th grade staff's main goal is obviously to finish undefeated and win the conference, but we did have another goal with this group of athletes. We saw early on that they were very good athletes, but they had little confidence in themselves and in each other. Due to whatever reasoning, as 8th grade football players, they finished their respective seasons (community league and middle school) with little to moderate success. They were used to losing. The staff attempted to convince them that they were much better than that.
Out staff believes we did instill a new attitude in them, which was quite evident by examining their performances in the Blackhawk and Hopewell games. Both opponents entered the games with a chance to share the conference title with us. Our players rose to the occasion in each difficult game, working well together for victory. In each game, various players, not just one or two, took control of the game. This is something we did not see out of this group earlier in the year.
Games and results:
Moon 38 Char Vally
Moon 19 Montour
Moon 32 WA 6 Moon 14 Thomas Jefferson 28
Moon 34 Ellwood City 13 Moon 49 Ambridge 0
Moon 9 Blackhawk 0 Moon 18 Hopewell 6
The Middle School Football team finished up its 2003 season with a fourth place finish in the Southwestern Conference. The dedication and hard work shown among all 47 members of this year's team will be sure to build into continued success throughout their careers. The coaching staff is also proud to announce this year's players of the year:
8th Grade Offensive Lineman: John Merison
8th Grade Defensive Lineman: Cory Halajcio
7th Grade Offensive Lineman: Kevin Barthelemy 7th Grade Defensive Lineman: Jordan Grey
8th Grade Offensive Player: Garin Wybert
8th Grade Defensive Players: Joe Styche & Ryan Busch
7th Grade Offensive Players:Ryan Falbo & Ryan Turney 7th Grade Defensive Player: Phil Bondi
|Our players have given Moon Tiger Fans another exciting football season - from our Middle School program to the Varsity level. WHAT A PROGRAM! We are proud of all of you! It is evident our coaches and players will continue to energize the Moon Community with "Tiger Fever" for many years to come!|
The Quarterback Club's Annual Football Banquet
will be held
Invitations will be in
the mail in early January for Varsity
If the word QUIT is part of your vocabulary,
Stay tuned for Moon Tiger Football 2004!
Happy Year Year
Moon Quarterback Club
P.O. Box 680
Moon Township, PA 15108
Volunteers are needed for concession stand, 50/50 raffle, and program sales. Below is the parent group assigned for the remaining home games. Your team parent coordinator will be calling upon you for your help.
October 10th (Homecoming)
Phylis Clary, Coordinator
October 24th (Sr. Recognition)
Louis Fuller, Coordinator (9th)
with Moon Tiger apparel
Sweatsshirts, golf shirts, t-shirts, hats, etc. for
Look for the TEAM SPORTSWEAR display as