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Moon Quarterback Club


Volume 7, Issue 3

 December 2003

  Important Dates to 

    Annual Football
    Wyndham Hotel
 January 25, 2004


        End of season
    stats, and links to
  newspaper articles,



Coach's Corner

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 with six.


     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, we will 
begin a new chapter in Moon Football.  How 
this chapter reads will depend on the 
determination, dedication, and willingness 
to focus on the goals set by past team's 
achievements.  I know one thing, the Moon 
Tigers are ready to take the next step. 

     Every member of this year's team and 
coaching staff, wants to thank the 
Ouarterback Club for their hard work and 
for all the little things the club does to make 
Moon Football a first class operation.




Congratulations to the following players who have been recognized for
their outstanding performance during the 2003 football season

All State
AAA First Team
A.Q. Shipley


    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette                  Tribune Review                 Allegheny/Beaver Times
                  Fab 22                                   Terrific 25                        All-Conference Team
           A.Q. Shipley                              A.Q. Shipley                             Parkway

                    ******                                         ******                            First Team Offense
                                                                                                               A.Q. Shipley
    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
                                                                                                                 Ryan Helfrich
               Offense                                      Defense
              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
                                                                                                                    Nicky Peterson
                                                                  Defense                                      Chris Boyer
                                                                  A.Q. Shipley
                                                                Robbie Leonard

The President's Column

                        The Quarterback Club 
                      would like to wish each family 
                         a joyous Holiday Season
                and a healthy and Happly New Year.


Monthly QBC Meetings

   All meetings held the
 second Thursday of the
month in Room 103 or 106 
     at the High School at
                7:30 PM.

           Next Meeting
                January 8

      *Refer to MCA-TV
                    or the
        Moon Record  for
      changes or updates.

2003 Season Recap

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.

9th Grade Team                   Record:     7-1                                            By:   Coach Hallowich

     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  0                           Moon  19        Montour   0
                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

7th & 8th Grade Team                                                                         By:   Coach Winner

    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!

Football Banquet

     The Quarterback Club's Annual Football Banquet will be held
at the Wyndham Hotel on Sunday, January 25, 2004 at 2:00 PM.

        Invitations will be in the mail in early January for Varsity
        through 9th Grade Players, Cheerleaders and their parents.

Weight Room Hours
Winter Session

Monday - Wednesday - Thursday

3:15 PM

All players are encouraged to attend!

If you would like to be added to the Quarterback Club e-mail list for meeting reminders, QBC updates, etc., send Jon Oberdick a note at:

Focus for next season....

If the word QUIT is part of your vocabulary,
then the word FINISH is likely not.

Stay tuned for Moon Tiger Football 2004!
We're not FINISHED ...yet!!

Happy Year Year

Moon Quarterback Club

P.O. Box 680
Moon Township, PA 15108

Concession Stand
Work Schedule

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)
Sophomore Parents

Phylis Clary, Coordinator

October 24th (Sr. Recognition)
7th/8th/9th Grade Parents

Louis Fuller, Coordinator (9th)
Sue Merrison, Coordinator (7th & 8th)

Show Your Tiger Pride

with Moon Tiger apparel

Sweatsshirts, golf shirts, t-shirts, hats, etc. for
sale at the remaining home games.

Look for the TEAM SPORTSWEAR display as
you enter the home side of the stadium