Tiger Football - 2004
2004 Quarterback Club News & Updates
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Post-Season Honors/PIAA State Championship Round
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Moonís season came to an end Friday evening at Slippery Rock University when the Tigers lost a heartbreaker in overtime by a score of 27-21 in this WPIAL Quarterfinal game. Blackhawk came to this game with a lot of determination in this second meeting of the year between the two teams and played a terrific game. Jeremy Bruce displayed why he is an All State player with his grit and resolve to never quit. But the key factor in this loss was untimely Tiger penalties and at least one very questionable call by game officials near the end of regulation time. Moon scored first Friday on their first possession when they drove 34 yards in 7 plays that resulted in a TD when Casey Williams ran the final 17 yards and things looked good for the Tigers. Midway through the second quarter, the Cougars put together a 3 play, 31 yard TD drive greatly supported by Moon penalties (two of which were major) that took the ball from the 23 yard line to the one yard line and allowed Bruce to score and tie the game with 3:17 left in the half. Following a 3 and out on the Tigers next possession, the Cougars took over and drove 62 yard in 7 plays to take a 14-7 lead on a 20 yd TD pass to Josh Gumbert from QB Alan Denman with 23 seconds left in the half. The Tigers came out with renewed purpose in the second half and narrowed the score to 14-13 when FB Mitch Morsillo caught a short pass from QB Matt Dowdell and ran 43 yards for the TD. In the 4th Qtr, the Tigers put together a 12 play, 60 yard drive that put Moon back in the lead 21-14 when Dowdell score the TD from 1 yd out and then converted a two point pass conversion of Dowdell to Nicky Peterson. The Cougars came right back mainly on the efforts of Bruce and tied the score 21-21 when he was on the receiving end of 25 yd TD pass with 5:16 remaining. The play of the game came in the Tigers next possession with just a couple of minutes remaining in regulation time. Matt Dowdell threw a lateral pass to his right to Casey Williams who in turn threw it back to Dowdell along the left sideline who then ran 61 yards and an apparent go ahead TD. But the refs called a very questionable illegal block on Moon at the three yard line and the ball was brought back to the 18 yard line. After failing to generate a first down, Jon Oberdickís 30 yard FG attempt was blocked and the regulation game ended tied at 21-21. In overtime, the Tigerís lost the coin toss and were forced to go on offense first and on a fourth and three fumbled and lost the ball on an option play to their right. Blackhawk took possession at the 10 yard line and three plays later Bruce went into the end zone from one yard out for the winning score.
So the 2004 Tiger season ended earlier than the fans, players, and coaches wanted or expected. This was the best offensive team Moon has possibly ever had and a what has come to be expected great defensive unit. Thanks for the efforts and leadership of a great bunch of seniors that included Matt Dowdell, John Bachman, Chad Trenney, Mitch Morsillo, Jon Oberdick, Brian Schmidt, Zack Engel, Bobby Francis, Brian Viti, Nick Peterson, Mark Jeffries, Tarek Askari, Mark Hartz, Paul Altmyer, Nick McCutcheon, Mike Hytla, Vince Drnach, Scott Derenda, Josh Sinclair, Chris Alford, Eric Boothe, Pat Metzler, Owen Kickpatrick, Tyler Hall, Matt Bowe, James Pickens, Mike Paich, Vince Drnach, and Jim Fodse. The Tigers will return in 2005 with a lot of experienced players that includes star tailback Casey Williams, Steve Raso, Todd Rinaldi, George Hingson, Tyler Hersperger, Jacob Sykes and many, many others. They should provide Moon fans with another great team made up from the experience gained playing this year on the varsity and the undefeated JV team. Go Tigers!
Congratuations to Moon's Junior Varsity Team who went undefeated this season with a perfect 9-0 season. Special thanks to all the players and especially to Coach Smiley and Coach Dish. Click on schedule and see how they did it.
This site will be updating it's pages as information becomes available, so check back often for updates. If the QB Club would like any announcements made, please contact me.
Allegheny Times - John Bachman Selected For All State First Team
Post-Gazette - Bachman name to Fab 22
Post-Gazette - 2004 Fab 22 West All-Star Team
Tribune Review - 2004 Football All Stars
Tribune Review - All-Conference Teams
Post-Gazette - Blackhawk Upsets Moon in OT
MSA Sports - Week 9 Top Performances - Casey Williams
Tribune Review - Bachman Changes Mind on IU, Commits to Pitt
MSA Sports - Week 5 Top Performances - Matt Dowdell
Quarterfinals, WPIAL Playoffs -- Blackhawk Cougars
Within this website, you can view the team roster and schedule, find directions to away games, gain Moon Stadium information, review weekly offensive game statistics as I can obtain them, and check any team photos and game action photos that I can get. Also, you can review WPIAL AAA Game Scores and upcoming games, keep up with the AAA Rankings, track WPIAL AAA Conference Standings, and gain easy access to many links associated with high school, college, and professional football locally, across the state, and nationally. I have changed the site format slightly to, hopefully, make the site easier to navigate.
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