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Head Coach Robert Murphy
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Athletic Director Robert Murphy
Faculty Manager John Troglio
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Jeannette Jayhawks 1999
Section I "AA"- Century Football Conference Schedule
<*>This year and<> how they fared last year against eachother.... Jeannette record
last year won 7 lost 3
August 21(S) Sat. Southmoreland- Away 10:00
27(S) Fri West Mifflin- Home 7:00
September 3* Fri Deer Lakes- Home 7:30------ <>36-6-<*> 20-0
10* Fri Freeport- Away 7:30-----<> 28-7<*> 26-7
17 Fri Beth Center- Home 7:30---- <>17-0<*> 42-14
24 Fri South Park- Away 7:30-----<> 21-0<*>23-14
October 1 Fri South Allegheny- Home 7:30----- <>28-0 <*>42-18
8** Fri Brownsville- Home 7:30----- <>13-34 <*>15-9
16 Sat Steel Valley- Away 1:30------ <>21-19 <*> 10-24
22*** Fri Charleroi- Home 7:30---- <>15-18 <*> 49-20
29 Fri East Allegheny- Away 7:30---- <>38-7 <*> 33-6

(S) Scrimmage
* Non League
** Homecoming
*** Senior Night
teams like deer lakes and east allegheny and freeport still looking to beat Jeannette...
east allegheny haven't been able to beat them since i think 1992 and Jeannette pulling
out the Lonesome Polecat play to beat East Allegheny in 1994 to advance to the
Playoffs where they become the WPIAL AA CO-CHAMPIONS....Jeannette beat a
team called Bentworth that same year of 1994 beating them by the score of 53-0
Steady, successful Mucci set standard for Jayhawks' tradition-rich program
By Dave Ailes
Jeannette High School has a newly renovated stadium to go with one of the most
respected, successful football traditions in Pennsylvania.

The two will mesh Friday night when the Jayhawks dedicate McKee Stadium with a
special ceremony prior to the season opener at 7:30 p.m. against Deer Lakes. In
advance of the dedication, 80 members of Jeannette's six WPIAL champion teams,
plus four ex-Jayhawks who went on to play pro football (five others are deceased) will
be among honored guests at a buffet dinner Thursday night at Pitzer's Town House.

The 1999 Jayhawks hope to cap the ceremonies by winning the school's 550th game,
third most in western Pennsylvania, behind New Castle and Greensburg Salem.
Jeannette already holds a distinction as the only school in Westmoreland County with
six WPIAL championships.

Three of the six were earned by teams led by coach Joe Mucci.

During an 18-year coaching career at this county's version of "Title Town," Mucci led
the Jays to 149 wins to go with 34 losses and four ties, an eye-popping winning
percentage, excluding the ties, of .814.

Mucci didn't invent the art of winning, but he perfected it.

One of his predecessors, Markley Barnes, coached longer at Jeannette, piling up a
mark of 169-68-13 in 27 years, .713, excluding ties.

Another distinction that sets Mucci apart from the rest, and further enhances his
Jeannette legacy, is the part Mucci he continued to play, as athletic director after his
coaching retirement. Two of his long-time assistant coaches followed him into the
head coaching huddle - Art Tragesser, first, and then Murphy, four years ago.

Mucci will share places of special honor at the ceremonies with the four ex-Jayhawks
who went on to the NFL. They are Jack O'Brian from the Class of 1949; Melvin
Semenko (1954), Dick Hoak (1956), and Steve August (1971).

August was the only member of that quartet who was coached by Mucci. Ironically,
August wasn't even the most accomplished lineman in his own family. "Steve didn't
play football until his senior year," said Mucci.

Steve's brother, Dave, was an outstanding three-year varsity performer for the Jays.

"Dave was a dandy," Mucci remembered, when coaxed to provide a list of some of his
premier players over an almost two-decade career in front of Jeannette's bench.

There were dandies by the dozen, including a kicker, Mark Brasco, who put himself in
the national high school record books with 25 career field goals (fifth), 77 consecutive
extra points (second), and 150 career extra points (fourth).

And he wasn't Jeannette's only celebrated kicker.

In 1977, an exchange student from Denmark, Jorgen Hansen, went to the practice field
to see if his soccer skills could be utilized in football, a game he'd never seen and did
not understand. "One of my coaches explained football to Hansen, and he took it from
there," said Mucci. Hansen converted 21 of 25 extra points and 10 of 14 field goals,
the longest a 40-yarder.

"In a big conference game at Plum that year," said Mucci, "We needed a field goal
with two or three ticks left on the clock. Their coach (Joe Nauncik, who also coached at
Hempfield High School and University of Pittsburgh) tried to ice Jorgen with two
straight timeouts. That didn't bother him a bit. Hansen kicked the game-winner down
the middle. Several reporters crowded around Hansen to find out if he felt any
pressure. "He told 'em it was no big deal," said Mucci. He said: `Somebody snapped
the ball, somebody else held the ball and everybody else blocked. All I had to do was
kick.' End of interview."

Hansen turned down Division I scholarship offers to return to Denmark, where he lives
today. Mucci hears from Hansen now and then.

In no particular order of importance, Mucci listed a number of his ex-Jayhawks who
came immediately to mind. "I hope I don't forget anybody:"

Quarterbacks- Jim Moore, Terry Gregory, Mike Sarnelli, Dante Wiley, Dave Hogg,
Adam Bostick, Matt Morrison.

Running backs - Russell Matt, Larry Morgan, Fran Tragesser, Jack Barry, George and
Zack Washington, Lester Frye, Al Rivardo, Randy Williams, Jim Morrison, Charles

Receivers - Jerry Constantine, Chuck and Maurice Chamberlain, Jerry Hoak, Bob
Powell, Mark Persichetti, Joe Birk, Terry Schwartz, Sam Procida.

Linebackers - Russell Matt, Dan Ereditario, Mike Scarlett, Jim Singer, Jack Barry, Jim

Linemen - Dave Fath, John Carosella, Dave August, Steve August, Nick DeMateo, Ed
Kryzak, Scott Brasco, Gary Brasco, Roy, Larry and Bill Hall, Mike and Joe Yorio,
Carmen Masciantonio, Jeff DePalma, Roy Nichols, Gary DelGross, Mike and Chuck
Blansett, and Jerry Rizzardi.

Kickers - Mark Brasco and Jorgen Hansen.

There were family affairs through Jeannette's football history. For instance, the father
of the Blansett brothers, Jim, was on the 1956 title-winning team. Jim Burzio Sr. also
played on the '56 club that was quarterbacked by Dick Hoak, longest tenured coach in
the history of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Now retired, Mucci shook his head when asked if he ever regretted turning down
offers to coach at larger school districts and colleges. "My dream was to teach and
coach and stay around athletics as long as possible, and I did it at Standish High
School in Michigan, Greensburg Central Catholic (34-15-2 from 1962-67) and
Jeannette. I believe I was born to coach.

"My proudest moments came when three members of my staff (Bob Palko of West
Allegheny, Art Tragesser of Penn-Trafford and Bob Murphy of Jeannette) took teams
to the WPIAL finals."

Another proud moment comes Friday at the stadium dedication.
Jeannette embarks on special season
By Dave Ailes
Opening Night will be extra special for Jeannette High School's football team.

Not only will Jeannette bid for the school's 550th victory in its 100th season, the district
will dedicate renovated McKee Stadium. Players from Jeannette's six WPIAL
championship teams will participate.

But beating its initial opponent, Deer Lakes, stacks up as a short-term goal. Jeannette
has its eye on a bigger prize - the Class AA Century Conference title. "Any one of four
or five teams could finish on top," said Bob Murphy, who is beginning his 31st year at
Jeannette, the last four as head coach.

Murphy listed Brownsville, Steel Valley, East Allegheny and, yes, Jeannette as
potential contenders.

"We're a lot more experienced, especially on offense."

That's a bit of an understatement.

Jeannette's loaded with talent in the ball-moving department, starting with quarterback
Joe DeLuzio and slotback Mike Theys. They led the Jayhawks to a 7-3 record in 1998
(5-2 in the Class AA Century Conference, 7-2 in the regular season). The season
concluded with a 3-0 loss to North Catholic in the opening round of the playoffs.

Theys was Jeannette's leading rusher last year and DeLuzio developed as a passer
and team leader. Their coach had this to say about them:

THEYS: "He's a very gifted athlete. He also might be the best receiver we've got."

DELUZIO: "Joe has a nice arm. He's also a very intelligent young man who has gotten
a lot bigger and stronger since last year."

There are five other returning starters, all of whom play on both sides of the ball. The
list encompasses running back-linebacker Matt Lebe, who recently finished first in a
freestyle wresting tournament in the Midwest, and enjoys wrestling opposing ball
carriers to the ground; wide receiver-defensive back Jared Kulik; guard-linebacker
Anton Hall; guard Eric Bartlett, who will double on the defensive line; running
back-linebacker Pat Klingensmith; and Jordan Giles, a two-way tackle.

There are five other Jayhawks who must make considerable contributions if Jeannette
intends to stay at or near the top of the conference standings this fall.

One of the five is T.J. Detruf, the only ninth grader who was elevated to varsity status in
1998. Detruf is a candidate for a starting role in the defensive secondary after being a
key performer on special teams last year. He'll also be Jeannette's No. 2 quarterback -
with an eye toward the future.

The other four key contenders for starting jobs are wide receiver Bob Dent, center
Derk Barnett, defensive end Kenny Bush, and tackle Mike Cox.

While the Jayhawks have more overall team speed than size, there are exceptions.
Cox weighs about 245, depending on whether he steps on the scales after practice or
after dinner. Giles, also a tackle, goes about 230.

About last year, Murphy called it "very satisfying when you consider that we didn't have
a very experienced team."

Expectations are higher this season. But expectations are always high at Jeannette.
There are three sure things in life. Death, taxes, and Jeannette making the playoffs.
They've made the show 28 straight years and counting.

Jeannette is the only school in Westmoreland County with six WPIAL football
championships: 1932, 1939, 1956, 1971, 1981, and 1983. A seventh in 1999 would
be a perfect ending before the new millennium.

Fast Facts
Coach: Bob Murphy
Career Record: 24-8
Nickname: Jayhawks
Conference: Century
1998 record: 7-3
Notable: Murphy begins his 31st year as a coach at Jeannette.
1998 results
36 Deer Lakes 6
28 Freeport 7
17 Beth-Center 0
21 South Park 0
28 South Allegheny 0
13 Brownsville 34
21 Steel Valley 19
15 Charleroi 18
38 East Allegheny 7

WPIAL Playoffs 0 North Catholic 3

SENIORS Name Pos. Wt. Ht.
x-Derk Barnett OL 6-0 180
x-Dave Blasiole WR 5-8 165
x-Kenny Bush SB 5-8 165
Norman Dean WR 6-0 170
x-Joe DeLuzio QB 6-0 175
Jim Garlets SB 6-0 170
x-Jordan Giles OL 5-9 230
x-Anton Hall OL 5-11 205
x-Pat Klingensmith SB 6-1 185
x-Jared Kulik SB 6-0 175
Jeremy Lewis OL 6-0 180
Joe Lewis OL 6-2 200
x-Ron Marquis OL 6-1 190
x-Mike Theys SB 6-1 185

x-Eric Bartlett OL 5-11 195
Mike Cox OL 5-11 235
x-Bob Dent WR 5-11 185
Matt Guy SB 6-0 165
x-Matt Lebe TB 5-9 185
Chris Powers WR 6-1 155
Jarrett Russ OL 5-11 185
Ron Yeckel WR 6-1 160

x-T.J.Detore QB 5-11 195
Maurice Hunter WR 5-3 135
Harry Inks WR 6-7 185
Ryan Klingensmith TB 5-11 150
Mayy Kowalski OL 5-11 175
Carl Means OL 5-9 240
Danny Millar SB 5-9 175
Mike Niccols SB 5-11 155
John Orange OL 5-8 170
Erik Oskin OL 5-11 200
Jimmy Rager WR 5-3 155
Shandell Smith WR 6-1 185

FRESHMEN Braelan Harddy OL 5-5 195
Westinghouse remains atop all-time list
By Robert B. Van Atta
Westinghouse continues to be at the top the best winning-percentage list of 118
football-playing schools in a seven-county area of southwestern Pennsylvania, ahead
of Upper St. Clair, Mt. Lebanon and Greensburg Salem.

Percentages are computed for all-time Allegheny, Armstrong, Fayette, Greene,
Indiana, Washington and Westmoreland county teams counting ties as a half-win and

Counted are games against educational institutions only.

One school, Shannock Valley in Armstrong County, assumes a new identity this fall as
West Shamokin after a merger with Dayton. Dayton's last football team was in 1933.

A number of schools with low winning percentages had good years in 1998. Among
them were: Schenley (10-2), Moon (12-3), Waynesburg (10-1), Oliver (7-3), Franklin
Regional (9-1), and West Allegheny (9-2).

Following are southwestern Pennsylvania's all-time records:

School W L T PCT.
Westinghouse 516 196 40 .712
Upper St. Clair 293 121 9 .703
Mt. Lebanon 458 201 30 .687
Greensburg-Salem 599 284 39 .671
Jeannette 550 274 48 .658
Gateway 260 145 12 .638
Monessen 529 294 47 .635
Freeport 442 250 46 .630
Woodland Hills 86 51 0 .627
Washington 534 308 56 .626
North Hills 356 222 27 .611
Kiski Area 228 145 7 .609
Bethlehem-Center 232 149 16 .605
Penn Hills 361 232 27 .605
Riverview 171 110 11 .604
East Allegheny 211 136 33 .599
Clairton 465 314 41 .592
Fort Cherry 224 152 15 .592
Charleroi 482 324 60 .591
Montour 328 227 20 .588
Kiskiminetas School 388 267 45 .586
Hempfield 237 168 13 .583
Brashear 126 90 8 .580
McKeesport 485 342 67 .580
Thomas Jefferson 230 167 7 .577
Armagh United 305 221 20 .573
Belle Vernon 196 145 7 .573
Mt. Pleasant 220 163 9 .573
North Allegheny 244 181 14 .572
Jefferson-Morgan 360 268 31 .570
Northgate 131 98 7 .570
Peabody 386 284 57 .570
Homer Center 301 228 23 .566
Wilkinsburg 474 357 54 .566
North Catholic 295 225 32 .563
Penn-Trafford 151 116 10 .563
Blairsville 373 289 42 .560
Valley 192 134 9 .560
Duquesne 421 332 33 .557
Carmichaels 368 291 38 .555
Connellsville 488 386 59 .555
Steel Valley 156 125 12 .553
Shadyside Academy 419 337 46 .551
Indiana 361 295 36 .548
Pgh. Central Catholic 329 272 44 .544
Gbg. Central Catholic 194 164 10 .541
Perry Traditional 311 269 38 .534
Burrell 179 156 9 .533
Laurel Valley 268 235 25 .531
Brownsville 376 335 34 .528
South Park 283 259 27 .521
Bethel Park 318 296 31 .517
Uniontown 422 398 45 .515
Seton-LaSalle 202 101 13 .514
Albert Gallatin 188 178 17 .513
Sto-Rox 161 155 9 .509
Canevin 184 179 12 .507
Highlands 150 147 7 .505
Baldwin 264 260 26 .504
South Fayette 299 294 39 .504
Chartiers-Houston 260 259 18 .501
Keystone Oaks 333 331 37 .501
Cornell 130 130 11 .500
Burgettstown 359 362 39 .498
Avella 308 314 26 .495
Leechburg 341 351 38 .493
Carrick 294 304 47 .492
Shaler 283 292 30 .492
Latrobe 385 400 38 .491
Brentwood 294 310 28 .487
California 313 330 14 .487
Plum 260 279 25 .483
Ringgold 140 151 12 .482
Geibel 76 82 5 .481
Pine-Richland 193 208 13 .481
Carlynton 131 143 10 .479
Bentworth 170 188 7 .475
Penns Manor 178 207 10 .463
Elizabeth-Forward 322 384 36 .458
Derry Area 185 223 13 .455
West Mifflin 161 197 12 .451
Canon-McMillan 305 390 43 .442
Schenley 283 364 43 .440
Fox Chapel 159 205 9 .438
Kittanning 310 402 26 .438
Hampton 206 269 21 .436
Springdale 282 371 29 .435
Ligonier Valley 304 406 40 .432
Deer Lakes 120 160 11 .431
Frazier 242 327 16 .427
Quaker Valley 162 221 14 .426
Mapletown 251 346 39 .425
Norwin 314 441 36 .420
Peters Twp. 150 210 16 .420
Avonworth 286 407 45 .418
South Allegheny 132 185 6 .418
Trinity 278 397 37 .416
Moon 238 339 19 .415
Saltsburg 204 294 21 .413
Shannock Valley 190 275 20 .412
Chartiers Valley 152 219 5 .411
Marion Center 66 96 6 .411
Waynesburg 289 427 36 .408
Apollo-Ridge 114 172 9 .402
Allderdice 215 333 24 .397
McGuffey 190 301 25 .392
Oliver 217 346 35 .392
Franklin Regional 164 264 17 .388
Ford City 246 396 23 .387
Southmoreland 126 204 12 .386
Serra 128 207 6 .384
Laurel Highlands 123 201 7 .382
West Allegheny 171 290 14 .378
Purchase Line 144 246 16 .374
Langley 203 393 36 .350
West Greene 139 263 10 .350
Yough 93 189 14 .338
South Vo-Tech 168 503 21 .258
Not far behind, Jeannette wins No. 550

Jeannett's Matt Lebe fights off a Deer Lakes defender. (Sean Stipp/Tribune-Review)
By Jim Iovino
After his team shut out Deer Lakes, 20-0, Jeannette tailback Matt Lebe stood outside
of his team's locker room, munching on a hot dog.

The dog was well-deserved. It also was symbolic, as Lebe hot-dogged his way to a
16-carry, 162-yard performance against Deer Lakes to help give the Jayhawks their
550th win in school history.

"Before the game, I asked my offensive line to at least get me 100 yards this game,"
Lebe said. "They did it. Everywhere I went, there was a big hole."

Lebe used several great blocks to rumble for a 27-yard touchdown in the third quarter
to seal the historic win for Jeannette. Lebe's score came on the first play after he
pressured Deer Lakes quarterback Rob Mercuri into fumbling the ball on first down at
his own 27-yard line. Derk Barnett recovered the fumble, setting the stage for Lebe's

Lebe took a handoff from quarterback Joe Deluzio, cut through a big hole on the left
side of the line, then squeezed his way through two charging defenders at the Lancers'
5-yard line for the score.

"This was an important game for us to win for quite a number of reasons," Jeannette
coach Bob Murphy said. "Based on what we experienced last night (at the team's
centennial celebration), it was important for that reason, too.

Deer Lakes kept the game close early and headed into the half down by a touchdown
- an 11-yard keeper by Deluzio that caught the Lancers' defense off-guard.

That touchdown and injuries to several starters put Deer Lakes in a hole to begin the
second half.

"(Those injuries) just opened a can of worms," Deer Lakes coach Brad Spence said.
"We're a young team. We've got a lot of juniors out there playing."

After Lebe's touchdown, the Jeannette defense held the Lancers in check on the next
series. Deer Lakes running back Ryan Zaluz was stuffed for a 3-yard loss on first
down. Jeannette's Pat Klingensmith and Eric Bartlett sacked Mercuri on the next two
plays, forcing the Lancers to punt on fourth down from their own 3-yard line.

"Mercuri was very, very accurate," Murphy said. "But we thought pressure was the
answer. That's what turned the tide in the second half."

After the back-to-back sacks, Zaluz got off a 37-yard punt to Jared Kulik, who corralled
the ball and darted down the right side of the field for a touchdown.

Zaluz was held to just 11 yards on eight carries for the Lancers. Deer Lakes was held
to negative rushing yards for the game. Mercuri was 4 for 15 for 41 yards passing with
one interception by Jeannette's T.J. Detruf. Deluzio was 8 for 14 for 42 yards passing
for the Jayhawks.

Before the game, Jeannette honored members of all of its championship teams. The
ceremony was part of the rededication of Jeannette's renovated McKee Stadium.
Jeannette 26, Freeport 7 - Jeannette (2-0), the fifth-ranked team in the
Tribune-Review's WPIAL Class AA poll, broke open a close game in the second half
against Freeport (0-2) for a victory in a non-conference game. Pat Klingensmith
scored on a 6-yard interception return for Jeannette (2-0) to break a 7-7 tie in the third
quarter. Matt Lebe ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns for Jeannette.
Jeannette adjusts to injuries
By Paul Schofield
The Jeannette High School football team knows how to deal with adversity.

So, losing quarterback Joe Deluzio, who broke his collarbone in last week's victory
over Freeport and is expected to miss at least three weeks, is nothing new for the

Jeannette, ranked No. 6 in the Tribune-Review Coaches Poll, already has dealt with
the loss of Mike Theys, who broke his right arm during the second week of practice.
The senior running back-defensive back has missed the first two games of the
season, but he may return Friday, when Jeannette (2-0) plays host to Beth-Center
(0-2) in the WPIAL Class AA Century Conference opener for both squads.

"Our biggest problem so far has been injuries," Jeannette coach Bob Murphy said. "It
is tough to make headway with key injuries. So far, the kids are playing well."

Sophomore T.J. Detruf has received a vote of confidence when Murphy announced he
would replace Deluzio.

"He is mature for a sophomore," Murphy said. "I like his attitude, and I think he's
capable of handling the offense. We moved him up to the varsity last year as a

When Deluzio left last week's game in the third quarter, Detruf came in and directed
two touchdown drives.

Running backs Matt Lebe, Pat Klingensmith and Jared Kulik have split time in the
backfield with Theys out of the line-up. Lebe has rushed for 263 yards and four
touchdowns in two games.

"We are hopeful to get Mike back this week," Murphy said. "He is getting his cast off."

Murphy has plenty of respect for Beth-Center, who lost a close game to
Jefferson-Morgan in its opener and lost, 34-0, to Ford City last week.

"They could be the best team we've played all year," Murphy said. "They have a lot of
seniors on the squad, and they have moved the ball offensively.

"This is a brutal conference. There are five or six teams, including us, which could win
the conference. Brownsville and Steel Valley are very good, and South Park is 2-0."

No. 7 Brownsville and No. 3 Steel Valley face each other at the Redstone Middle
School Stadium in Republic tomorrow night.

Brownsville coach Don Bartolomucci does not see many weaknesses in Steel Valley's

"It is going to be hard to move the ball against them," Bartolomucci said. "We are
going to have trouble matching up against them in certain offensive sets. They have a
tremendous quarterback and three good tailbacks."

Brownsville defeated Steel Valley last season behind an outstanding performance by
quarterback Mike Patitucci, who now attends Ohio University.

Brownsville (1-0) played a nearly-flawless game last week in its 43-0 victory over North
Catholic. The performance even surprised their coach.

"We played really well for not having an opener," Bartolomucci said. "We capitalized
on a lot of their mistakes.

"Steel Valley has an excellent team. If we find a way to get by them, we may be able to
win the conference."

Bartolomucci hopes that running back-defensive back Tom Kwasny will be ready for
the game. The senior has been a three-year starter on defense. He has not played in a
game or practiced much while nursing a hamstring injury.

"Getting him back in some capacity would help us," Bartolomucci said.

In other conference games, No. 9 South Park (2-0) travels to Charleroi (0-2), and
South Allegheny (1-1) plays at East Allegheny (0-2).


Apollo-Ridge, winners of two non-conference games on the road, kick off Allegheny
Conference action tomorrow at Northgate (2-0).

Quarterback Jason Nulph has led Apollo-Ridge to victories over Leechburg and South

Ford City (2-0) will play host to defending WPIAL Class AA champion Shady Side
Academy, which is 0-2.

The Sabers knocked off Beth-Center last week, as quarterback Adam Peck
completed 4 of 7 passes for 114 yards and two touchdowns. Running back Dan
Jageman rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown.

Elsewhere, Freeport (0-2) will visit Mars (1-1), and North Catholic (0-2) will be at Deer
Lakes (1-1).
Jeannette Jayhawks 42
Beth Center 12 final score
Jeannette 42, Beth-Center 12 {ed} Jared Kukik scored two touchdowns to lead
Jeannette (3-0, 1-0) past Beth-Center (0-3, 0-1) in a Century Conference game.
Jeannette Jayhawks 23
South Park Eagles 14 Final

Jeannette sophomore leads 23-14 win over South Park
By Les Harvath
Looking more like an experienced senior than a sophomore making only his second
varsity start, Jeannette's T.J. Detruf completed 9-of-12 first-half passes for 143 yards
and a pair of touchdowns to lead Jeannette to a 23-14 win over South Park at South
Park's Eagle Stadium in a Class AA Century Conference game.

Starting in place of injured Joe Deluzio, Detruf picked up where he left off last week - 9
of 12, 122 yards - in the Jays' win over Beth-Center.

Despite his youth, Detruf showed his mettle in the fourth quarter with a crucial
third-down 21-yard completion to Bob Dent. Four plays later, Pat Klingensmith put the
icing on Jeannette's victory cake with a 36-yard touchdown run with 2:55 remaining in
the game.

Detruf finished the night with 13 completions in 19 attempts for 195 yards and two

"T.J. has a lot of poise and maturity for a sophomore," said Jeannette coach Bob
Murphy. "He's given us two solid performances. He's not only been extremely accurate
with his passing, but our line has given him plenty of time to throw, and our receivers
have run excellent routes and made some fine catches. Our game plan wasn't to come
out throwing. We just wanted to work in a good blend of passes with our running game,
and everything worked out."

With Jeannette's hard-running tailback Matt Lebe stymied by a solid South Park
defense, Detruf connected with Bob Dent on a 25-yard touchdown pass in the first
quarter and hit Jared Kulik for 24 yards and a touchdown in the second quarter for a
17-0 halftime lead.

South Park (3-1, 1-1) rallied for a pair of second-half touchdowns to pull within three
points at 17-14.

Matt Betler hit Jason Stewart with a 13-yard touchdown pass early in the third quarter,
and the pair connected on a 42-yard touchdown play midway through the fourth
quarter, before Jeannette's final touchdown.

"Jeannette's offense played well when it had to," said South Park coach Tom
Lougheran. "They made the plays, while we didn't. We put ourselves in a position to
win the game, but couldn't convert."

Jeannette's defense got its share of game-film highlights, holding Stewart to 15 yards
rushing in the first half, 55 for the game.

With South Park threatening late in the final quarter, Jeannette's Jarrett Russ came up
big on defense, recording back-to-back sacks.

"We needed those plays at that time," Murphy said.

For Jeannette (4-0, 2-0), the Tribune-Review's No. 6 Class AA team, Klingensmith
piled up 89 yards rushing on five carries, and teammate Jared Kulik was on the
receiving end of seven of Detruf's passes, good for 54 yards. Bob Dent added three
catches for 53 yards.

"We're pleased to be off to such a good start," said Murphy. "But with the teams still on
our schedule, we know what's ahead of us."
Team Section Overall Scoring
Jeannette 2-0 4-0 111-33
Steel Valley 2-0 4-0 109-52
South Park 1-1 3-1 93-64
Brownsville 1-1 2-1 108-29
Beth-Center 1-1 1-3 55-104
East Allegheny 1-1 1-3 45-82
South Allegheny 0-2 1-3 69-121
Charleroi 0-2 0-4 47-136
Rankings by The Tribune-Review
1. Washington (4-0) 78
2. Aliquippa (4-0) 71
3. Steel Valley (4-0) 58
4. Jeannette (4-0) 54
5. Waynesburg (4-0) 51
6. Center (4-0) 43
7. Seton-LaSalle (3-1) 26
8. Brownsville (2-1) 20
9. Mars (3-1) 11
10. Quaker Valley (3-1) 9
tie South Park (3-1) 9

Others receiving votes: Beaver (3-1) 6, Beaver Falls (2-2) 3, Riverside (3-1) 1.
Jeannette Jayhawks 42
South Allegheny 18 Final

Jeannette overpowers SA, 42-14
Pat Klingensmith scored for Jeannette on its first three drives, and the the No.
4-ranked team in the Tribune-Review coaches poll defeated South Allegheny, 42-14,
in a Century Conference game Friday night.
Linebacker Anton Hall stopped a fake-punt attempt to set up the third score.

Matt Lebe rushed for 103 yards on 17 carries and scored two touchdowns for

"I was excited how the team performed in the second half after (South Allegheny) had
the ball most of the third quarter," Jeannette coach Bob Murphy said.
By Paul Schofield
The Jeannette football team has been resilient this year.

Despite losing top running back Mike Theys for three games, then losing starting
quarterback Joe Deluzio in the second game of the season - both were felled by
injuries - Jeannette has found a way to stay undefeated.

The next two weeks of the season will tell if Jeannette is ready to maintain its
unblemished record, as well as continue its march toward the WPIAL Class AA
Century Conference title. Jeannette (5-0, 3-0) will play host to Brownsville (4-1, 2-1) on
Friday at McKee Stadium, then travels to Munhall on Oct. 16 to meet unbeaten Steel
Valley (5-0, 3-0).

Brownsville coach Don Bartolomucci said he is not surprised Jeannette stayed
undefeated, despite the injuries. He said Jeannette's success comes from the
tradition of the program - something he and his coaching staff has rebuilt at the
Fayette County school. Brownsville's only loss was to Steel Valley, 16-10.

"They have been so consistent over the years," Bartolomucci said, "and it starts with
the coaching staff. They had Joe Mucci, Art Tragesser and now Bob Murphy. Art and
Bob were assistant coaches under Joe.

"You watch Jeannette on film, you see them carry a tremendous attitude. They have a
lot of pride."

Brownsville recaptured its pride two years ago when it made the WPIAL Class AAA
finals. It continued last year when the Falcons reached the WPIAL Class AA

Justin Spence

Fullback Justin Spence, a three-year starter, is one of Brownsville's main offensive
weapons. Jason Cash and Billy Pugh are two players whose quickness can beat you
running with or catching the football.

Senior Craig Rechichar has done a good job trying to fill the shoes left by the
graduation of quarterback Mike Patitucci.

"It is tough to replace a player the caliber of Patitucci," Murphy said. "Rechichar is
doing a very nice job. Brownsville has a lot of talented players at every position.

"This is definitely going to be our toughest test to date. The next two weeks will tell us
at what level we're going to be."

Bartolomucci is concerned with the multiple formation Jeannette will show
Brownsville's defense. Even though Theys has returned on a limited basis in the
secondary, Bartolomucci is preparing his team for Theys' return on offense.

"They have done a nice job mixing things up on offense," Bartolomucci said. "The
fullback and two slotbacks have run the ball extremely well. I'm not sure we have the
numbers to run with them."

Ryan Klingensmith

With the injuries, Murphy has turned to sophomores to fill the holes. Shandell Smith
and Ryan Klingensmith have played well in the secondary and T.J. Detruf has sparkled
at quarterback.

On offense, fullback Matt Lebe and slotbacks Jared Kulik and Pat Klingensmith have
picked up the slack.

"With Spence running at fullback, our defense will need to swarm to the ball," Murphy
said. "He's a big, strong kid that runs with power. One player cannot bring him down.

"Brownsville has a strong and balanced offense. We'll need to play well to defeat it."
Jeannette Jayhawks 15
Brownsville Falcons 9

By Paul Schofield
Jeannette, ranked No. 5 in the WPIAL Class AA by the Tribune-Review Coaches Poll,
needed a little trickery and a strong defense to stay unbeaten in the Century

Trailing midway through the third quarter, Jeannette coach Bob Murphy called for a
"boot keep."

"It was a play we discussed at halftime," Murphy said after Jeannette rallied for a 15-9
victory over No. 8 Brownsville. "The coaches in the press box thought it would be a big
play. We didn't expect it to go for a touchdown."

Sophomore quarterback T.J. Detruf faked a "buck sweep" handoff to Pat Klingensmith
and raced 69 yards around right end for a touchdown with 4:14 left in the third quarter
to give Jeannette the lead.

Murphy then turned his defense loose. The defense was able to contain Brownsville's
explosive running game and sacked quarterback Craig Rechichar nine times.

"We had to stop their run and force them to throw," Murphy said. "Sometimes the best
pass defense is a pass rush. We had to come with the pressure."

Seven of the quarterback sacks came in the second half after Jeannette had taken the

Klingensmith led the way with three sacks, while Matt Lebe and Eric Barlett had two

"The difference was their quarterback was a little quicker than ours," Brownsville
coach Don Bartolomucci said. "I thought we read the play well on the touchdown, but
once the quarterback got by our linebacker, we had no help."

Jeannette, which improved to 6-0 overall and 4-0 in the conference, set the tone early
when Klingensmith raced 62 yards for a touchdown around left end on the game's
second play from scrimmage.

The success of that play set up the game-winning touchdown.

Brownsville (3-2, 2-2) cut the score to 7-6 later in the first quarter when fullback Justin
Spence plowed in from the 2. Rechichar was stopped on a two-point conversion run.

Spence's run capped an impressive 81-yard, 11-play drive. Rechichar tossed a
42-yard pass to Jason Cash to set up the score.

Brownsville grabbed a 9-7 lead early in the second quarter when Matt King booted a
25-yard field goal to cap an 85-yard, six-play drive. A 25-yard run by Billy Pugh and a
42-yard pass from Rechichar to Cash set up the score.

Rechichar completed 12 of 16 passes for 170 yards.

Jeannette put together a good drive on its next possession, but Brownsville's defense
held, and Dave Blasioli missed a 25-yard field-goal attempt.

Early in the fourth quarter, Brownsville drove to the Jeannette 13. But the Jeannette
defense made three consecutive big plays to push Brownsville back to the 31.
Brownsville never threatened again.

Lebe tackled Pugh for a four-yard loss on first down and then combined with Mike Cox
to sack Rechichar on second down. On third down, Klingensmith tackled Pugh for a
9-yard loss on a screen pass.

"We were ready for this game," Klingensmith said. "We had something to prove."

Klingensmith rushed for 109 yards on eight carries.
Sports - October 13, 1999
By Jim Iovino
Jeannette running back Pat Klingensmith had a few choice words for his offensive line
after the Brownsville game Oct. 8.

"I told them, `Thanks a lot. I owe my yardage to you.' "

Klingensmith, who rushed for 109 yards on eight carries in the 15-9 win, enjoyed his
line's performance. He was extremely pleased with Jeannette's second play from
scrimmage when some impressive blocking by the offensive line allowed Klingensmith
to ramble for a 62-yard touchdown. The line didn't allow Klingensmith to be touched, let
alone hit, by a Brownsville defender during the run.

"The line has had a strong season," Klingensmith said. "I have to say I owe most of my
yardage, probably all of it, to the hole being there."

The line made Klingensmith look good on that play, but the 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior
added plenty of his own outstanding efforts on both sides of the ball in the hard-fought
win that allowed the Jayhawks to remain undefeated. Klingensmith recorded three of
Jeannette's nine sacks on Brownsville quarterback Craig Rechichar. Klingensmith
also made numerous tackles from his inside linebacker position to go along with his
100-plus yards rushing.

For his performance, Klingensmith has been named the Tribune-Review Star Athlete
of the Week.

Klingensmith has rushed for 358 yards on 36 carries this season for an average of 9.9
yards per rush. He leads the Jayhawks with seven touchdowns, including two via the
pass. Defensively, Klingensmith has intercepted one pass to go along with a handful
of sacks.

"Pat does a great job for us," Jeannette coach Bob Murphy said. "He runs hard for us.
He has great speed. He loves the game. (Against Brownsville) he played well on both
sides of the ball. Pat certainly had one of his best games."

Klingensmith, a team captain, took it upon himself to raise his level of play a notch
after injuries knocked Mike Theys and Joe Deluzio out of the lineup earlier this

"I felt that if I stepped up to where I'm playing at 100 percent, other people (on the
team) would notice," Klingensmith said. "I'm trying to be a leader on the field."

Klingensmith said the Jayhawks feel like they finally will get some recognition after
defeating Brownsville. He said teams took them seriously before that game but never
as a threat. But as Jeannette prepares for another battle Saturday against undefeated
Steel Valley, all of that has changed.

"We've been saying for years that this is the team that's going to prove something,"
Klingensmith said. "Ever since midget football we've been together, and we've been
waiting for it - our senior year. ... We're a real tight group."
Sports Writer
This game could mark the turn of the Century, and we're not talking about the
countdown to the year 2000.

Jeannette and Brownsville will meet Friday night at McKee Stadium in a key Class AA
Century Conference game, as both teams enter the toughest stretches on their
schedules and prepare for their runs at playoff positions.

Jeannette (5-0 overall, 3-0 conference) currently sits atop the conference, tied with
unbeaten Steel Valley, while Brownsville (3-1, 2-1) is in a third place tie with South

Counting Friday night's match-up, each team has four remaining conference games,
and all of them present a challenge. Jeannette has to play at Steel Valley next
Saturday, return home to play Charleroi the following week and then wrap up the year
at East Allegheny.

Brownsville, which comes off a 42-0 bashing of Charleroi last Friday, visits South Park
next week, hosts East Allegheny and goes to Beth-Center the final week.

Looking ahead, next week's games seem more like turning points to both teams than
Friday's, but before the Jayhawks and Falcons play any of those playoff
implication-filled games, they first must renew aquaintances in this one.

``It's the same scenario as last year,'' said Brownsville coach Don Bartolomucci.
``They don't have another great team this year, they have an excellent one. I don't know
if we can match up well with them, but we'll try.''

Last year, Jeannette traveled to Brownsville in a similar situation - with five wins, no
losses and a ton of confidence. But the Falcons matched up well and handed the Jays
a brutal 34-13 loss, making this season's meeting even more important to Jeannette.

``Our kids know this is a big game,'' said Jeannette coach Bob Murphy. ``It's been all
business this week in practice. They have a well-balanced team once again.''

Jeannette may have running back Mike Theys back on offense this week. The senior
played sparingly on defense two weeks ago against South Park, but sat out last
week's 42-17 win over South Allegheny. Theys has not played offensively this year.

Jeannette has gotten plenty of production from junior running back Matt Lebe (538
yards, 6 TDs), senior running back Pat Klingensmith (8 TDs) and senior wideout Jared
Kulik (15 catches, 154 yards). Not to mention the play of sophomore quarterback T.J.
Detruf, who will make just his fourth career start Friday. Detruf has thrown for 434
yards and three touchdowns, while completing close to 60 percent of his passes, after
replacing injured senior Joe Deluzio.

``We have to try and bunch them up,'' said Bartolomucci. ``No matter what they throw
at you, it's a threat. They give you so much pressure up front.''

Jeannette will look to contain senior fullback Justin Spence, who has over 400 yards
rushing with eight touchdowns. Senior quarterback Craig Rechichar has only
completed 17 of 45 passes this year, for 393 yards, but that doesn't mean he can't
throw deep. Rechichar threw a 90-yard touchdown in a game last year.

``Their quarterback has done a nice job, he's had some big shoes to fill,'' said Murphy.

Rechichar replaced All-State QB Mike Patitucci, who now is at Ohio University.

Murphy is glad his team will play the Falcons at home, but is this Jeannette's biggest
challenge so far, even though it's at Jeannette?

``Absolutely, no question,'' Murphy said. ``It always helps to play at home, there should
be a nice crowd. But to be a good team you also have to win on the road. We feel
pretty confident going in.''

Bartolomucci would rather play the game at his place, since his concerns seem to be
with the mystique of McKee Stadium and Jeannette's tradtition.

``That's a tough place to play,'' he said. ``Our kids didn't know too much about the
history there, but I told them this week. There aren't many teams out there with 500
wins. What impresses me, is Jeannette's consistency every year.''

Jeannette won its 550th game back on Sept. 3. A win tomorrow night would give them

Sports - Oct. 14, 1999

By Kevin Gorman
Forget what happened, if you will, between Jeannette and Steel Valley last year. Let
the plays disappear, from the Ironmen's disastrous turnovers to the Jayhawks' scoring
drives they resulted in, and pretend that none of it matters.

Even if Jeannette did eliminate Steel Valley from playoff contention only one year after
the Ironmen went undefeated in regular-season play. Even if Steel Valley's Devin
Wilson did rush for 232 yards as the Ironmen outgained their opponents, 365-120, and
lost mainly because they had 11 penalties, gave up a blocked punt and lost two
fumbles on punt returns.

Remember, it means nothing.

That was last year.

"I don't see it as much of a motivator," Steel Valley coach Ed Wehrer said. "We're
undefeated. They're undefeated. What more can you do to get up for a game?"

When No. 3 Steel Valley (6-0, 4-0) plays host to No. 5 Jeannette (6-0, 4-0) at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday at Campbell Field in Munhall, it won't be just a game between two of Class
AA's six undefeated teams.

It will be the Game of the Century.

Not only are bragging rights on the line, but the winner will settle a first-place tie in the
Century Conference. Jeannette won, 21-19, last year, escaping a frantic fourth-quarter
comeback to qualify for the playoffs.

This is a much different Jeannette team, although many of the same players return.
The heroes of that game, quarterback Joe Deluzio, who scored three touchdowns, and
two-way back Mike Theys, who intercepted a potential game-tying two-point
conversion attempt, have been sidelined by injuries for much of the season.

That has drawn a parallel of sorts between Jeannette and Steel Valley. Both teams
have sophomore quarterbacks who got their break when a senior starter sustained a
broken collarbone in the second week of the season. Both have tough junior running
backs, medium-sized offensive lines and hard-hitting defenses, not to mention similar
formations and successful traditions.

"It's like a mirror-image of us," Jeannettte senior Pat Klingensmith said. "It's kind of
like we're looking face-to-face with ourselves."

Start with the young quarterbacks. Steel Valley's Luke Getsy took over as starter two
games into his freshman season when Dale Cornetta went down, and passed for
1,436 yards. The 6-2, 175-pounder has completed 52 of 119 passes for 810 yards
and seven touchdowns this season.

"We realized Luke had talent," Wehrer said. "We knew he was going to be a special

Jeannette's T.J. Detruf stepped in when Deluzio was similarly injured at Freeport, and
is 33 of 56 for 486 yards in leading the Jayhawks to wins over Beth-Center, South
Park, South Allegheny and Brownsville. The poise of Detruf, a 5-11, 195-pounder, was
no surprise to Jayhawks coach Robert Murphy, who moved him up to the varsity last

"His attitude is outstanding," Murhpy said. "He certainly had the skills. Now that he's
had the chance, he's put together successive weeks of good games."

Wilson, a 5-11, 190-pound junior, is a power back who has rushed for 869 yards and
10 touchdowns on 107 carries. Wilson's speed was evident in a 27-0 win over South
Allegheny last week, where he had touchdown runs of 53 and 63 yards and caught a
59-yard scoring pass from Getsy.

"We just think that Steel Valley is so talented," Murphy said. "Their tailback is
absolutely outstanding. He's strong, quick, has speed and size. Their quarterback
throws extremely well and has a strong arm. The challenge is there. And it's not just in
those two. Their talent runs deep. Starting with those two, they're outstanding."

Jeannette's not half bad, either. Even after losing Deluzio and Theys, who will play
defensively at free safety, the Jayhawks haven't lost any momentum. Behind Detruf,
slot backs Klingensmith and Jared Kulick and junior ace back Matt Lebe, who has
rushed for 580 yards and six touchdowns on 98 carries, the multi-faceted offense is
dangerous despite the absence of a go-to player.

"They're not looking for personal accolades," Murphy said. "They're interested in how
the team does, and that's why we've done so well."

Steel Valley is seeking its first back-to-back shutouts in a decade and will look to 6-4,
225-pound senior inside linebacker Dan Drane to lead the attack. Wehrer said that
end Brad Pearce shows total disregard for his body, something that rubs off on the
rest of the defense. One example is 5-9, 155-pound safety Romar Watts, who's known
for his rattling hits.

"When we first started the season, we thought our offense was going to demolish
people," Drane said. "But our defense is winning games. If we can stop the big play,
we have a feeling they can't run or pass effectively enough to beat us."

The problem is that Jeannette took advantage of those special teams blunders last
year, taking over at Steel Valley's 7, 1 and its own 43 on its scoring drives. The
Ironmen had six turnovers in all, which put less pressure on a Jeannette defense led by
linebackers Klingensmith and Lebe.

But that's history.

That's the past.

"We all put it to pass," Watts said. "We do want the rematch. I think they're for real. It's
going to be a good game."

It's a new year, soon to be a new century.

The next time, it will be billed as the Game of the Millenium.


By Paul Schofield
Fans haven't been getting their money's worth for Steelers games, but that shouldn't
be a problem Saturday in Munhall.

Jeannette, the No. 5 Class AA team in Tribune-Review WPIAL Football Coaches Poll,
will take on No. 3 Steel Valley at Campbell Field.

Both teams are undefeated and atop the Century Conference.

This could be the game of any century.

"They are a mirror imagine of each other," Brownsville coach Don Bartolomucci said.
"It will be a fun game to watch."

Skilled athletes dominate both teams' rosters, bringing speed and tough hitting to the

"We'll need a complete effort to defeat them," Jeannette coach Robert Murphy said. "If
we can execute on offense and swarm to the ball on defense, we'll have a chance."

It took a Steel Valley implosion last season for Jeannette to pull out a 21-19 victory at
McKee Stadium.

Steel Valley outgained Jeannette, 365-120, and tailback Devin Wilson rushed for 232
yards. But Steel Valley commited 11 penalties, fumbled on two punt returns and had a
punt blocked.

"We capitalized on our breaks," Murphy said. "The special teams played a big role in
the victory."

Steel Valley coach Ed Wehrer said he is not using last year's game as a motivator.
But he could.

"We're undefeated. They're undefeated," Wehrer said. "What more can you do to get
up for a game?"

Jeannette's roster is similar to last year's, but several key players are out with injuries.

Quarterback Joe Deluzio, who scored three touchdowns, and two-way back Mike
Theys, who intercepted a potential game-tying two-point conversion attempt, have
been sidelined by injuries for much of the season.

Sophomore T.J. Detruf has replaced Deluzio, while Matt Lebe, Pat Klingensmith and
Jared Kulik have shared the running duties in They's absence.

"It's like a mirror-image of us," Klingensmith said. "It's kind of like we're looking
face-to-face with ourselves."

Steel Valley's Luke Getsy, also a sophomore, has completed 52 of 119 passes for
810 yards and seven touchdowns this season.

"We realized Luke had talent," Wehrer said. "We knew he was going to be a special

Wilson, a 5-foot-11, 190-pound junior, is a power back who has rushed for 869 yards
and 10 touchdowns on 107 carries. Wilson's speed was evident in a 27-0 win over
South Allegheny last week, when he had touchdown runs of 53 and 63 yards and
caught a 59-yard scoring pass from Getsy.

"They're not looking for personal accolades," Murphy said. "They're interested in how
the team does, and that's why we've done so well.

"They are excited about this game and are ready for the challenge."
When, where: 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Campbell Field in Munhall
Last year's score: Jeannette 21, Steel Valley 19
Keys to the game: The Jayhawks must stop Steel Valley junior RB Devin Wilson, who
rushed for 232 yards against them last year. The return of FS Mike Theys, who was out
with a broken forearm, should help the Jeannette defense. Steel Valley committed six
turnovers last year against Jeannette, which converted three Ironmen special teams
blunders into touchdowns. The play of the sophomore QBs - Steel Valley two-year
starter Luke Getsy and Jeannette's T.J. Detruf, who has started the past four games -
could be the difference. Both inherited their jobs after their team's starters suffered
broken collarbones in the second week of the season.
Notable: This has been a game of consequence for these teams the last two years.
Jeannette's victory last season eliminated the Ironmen from playoff contention after
they went undefeated in the 1997 season. This time, the teams are battling for sole
possession of first place in the Century conference, which is why this contest is being
billed as the "Game of the Century."
Jeannette at Steel Valley
Both teams have sophomore QBs who are showing the promise of stardom and the
poise of upperclassmen. Steel Valley's Luke Getsy has already passed for more than
2,200 yards in his career and will target WR Jerrod Smith. Jeannette's T.J. Detruf is
undefeated in four-plus games after filling in for injured senior Joe Deluzio (broken
collarbone). Ironmen RB Devin Wilson ran for 232 yards against Jeannette last season
and is one of WPIAL's top junior backs. Matt Lebe, Pat Klingensmith and Jared Kulick
form a solid backfield for the Jayhawks, who may utilize Mike Theys. A brace protects
Theys' right forearm but prohibits him from effectively carrying the ball.
Advantage: Steel Valley
Steel Valley, led by brothers Corey and Luke Devey on the left side, outsizes
Jeannette up front. Tackle Mike Cox, a 5-11, 235-pound junior, is the biggest
Jayhawk. But the discipline of the lines could be more important than size. The
Ironmen were called for 11 penalties last season against Jeannette.
Advantage: Jeannette
Steel Valley coach Ed Wehrer believes his defense, led by ILB Dan Drane and
hard-hitting S Romar Watts, is the reason why the Ironmen are undefeated. DE Brad
Pearce's reckless disregard for his body sets the tone for Steel Valley. ILBs Pat
Klingensmith and Lebe lead a Jeannette attack that accounted for 10 sacks against
Brownsville last week. Theys has slowly worked his way back at FS.
Advantage: Steel Valley
This was the difference of last year's meeting, where Jeannette converted three Steel
Valley turnovers (two fumbles on punt returns and a blocked punt) into touchdowns. It's
still a weakness for the Ironmen, evidenced by freshman kicker Neal Krysinski's three
TD-saving tackles on kickoffs. Jeannette has a solid P in Anton Hall and PK in Dave
Blasioli, and Klingensmith is dangerous on kick returns.
Advantage: Jeannette
Steel Valley 27, Jeannette 21
By Jeff Martinelli
Jeannette football coach Bob Murphy knows one regular-season game does not make
a season. And maybe that's why he was looking to next week after his Jayhawks lost
to Steel Valley, 24-10, Saturday at Campbell Field in Munhall.

"They know that there's a season left for us," Murphy said. "We've got a short week
and another game coming Friday."

The victory gives Steel Valley (7-0, 5-0), the third-ranked team in Class AA in the
Tribune-Review WPIAL Coaches Poll, sole possession of first place in the Century
Conference with two weeks left to play in the regular season.

It was the first loss of the season for Jeannette (6-1, 5-1), which is ranked fourth in the

"We didn't do some things very well in the first half," Murphy said. "They came at us,
and we made our share of mistakes."

And the Steel Valley defense took advantage of the miscues to set up its offense.

The Ironmen limited Jeannette to 34 yards rushing and 72 total yards in the first half as
they rebounded an early 2-0 deficit. After a bad snap, punter Nate Krysinski kicked the
ball that sailed over his head out of the end zone to give Jeannette the lead on the

At that point it looked as though it would be a rough afternoon for the Ironmen, who had
already turned back one threat when Jeannette took the opening kickoff to the Steel
Valley 24, before Brad Pearce sacked Jayhawk sophomore quarterback T.J. Detruf
for an 11-yard loss.

Jeanette fullback Matt Lebe takes Steel Valley linebacker Dan Drane (56) for a ride
for longs yardage as Romar Watts closes in. (James Knox/Tribune-Review photo)


"It set the tone for the game," Steel Valley linebacker Dan Drane said of Pearce's
sack. "Pearce is a player that is full of energy. And when he does something big and
makes the big play, it gets the defense fired up."

The Ironmen - and Drane - were turned on full blast from there out.

After Steel Valley picked off a Detruf pass in the second quarter, the Ironmen went on
a five-play, 33-yard touchdown drive that featured a 21-yard pass to Doswell, a 5-yard
run by Posipanka, and a 10-yard run by Bobik before Wilson finished with a 16-yard
touchdown run on his first carry of the drive.

Wilson, who rushed for a game-high 122 yards on 25 carries, scored again with 7:59
left in the first half on a 26-yard run to cap a three-play drive to give Steel Valley a 14-2

And if that kind of scoring wasn't quick enough, Steel Valley showed it can it grind it
out as well when it opened the second half with an 80-yard, 12-play scoring drive,
taking 6:39 off the game clock. Doswell scored on a 26-yard reception from Getsy,
who was 8-of-13 for 120 yards and the touchdown.

It was a drive that made things extremely difficult for Jeannette.

"Well, coming out in the second half, that's exactly what you don't want to happen,"
Murphy said. "We felt we wanted to stop them as well as we could and then get a
quick score. To their credit, they moved the ball."

And so did Jeannette in the fourth quarter as Matt Lebe, who rushed for 60 yards,
capped a 13-play, 52-yard drive with a 2-yard touchdown run with 7:15 left in the

With two weeks left in the regular season, things do not look too bad for the Jayhawks,
who finish the season with East Allegheny and Charleroi. Those two teams are a
combined 2-12.

Meanwhile, Wehrer won't get too excited over the victory and put this big game in

"Whether we won or lost this game, the season wasn't going to be over today," Wehrer
said. "No championships were won today."
Jeannette Update
Jeannette Jayhawks 49
Charleroi Cougars 20 Final

Sports - Oct. 23, 1999

By Les Harvath
The Jeannette Jayhawks clinched a Century Conference playoff berth with a
convincing 49-20 win over Charleroi on Friday night at Jeannette McKee Stadium.

Jeannette (7-1, 5-1) took advantage of three Charleroi turnovers in the first half and
scored touchdowns on six consecutive possessions in the second and third quarters,
as the Jays dominated the game from the opening kickoff.

Jeannette sophomore quarterback T.J. Detruf completed 8 of 9 passes for 160 yards,
including touchdown strikes of 33 yards to Matt Lebe, 41 yards to Bob Dent, and 18
yards to Mike Theys.

After Pat Klingensmith's seven-yard touchdown run gave Jeannette a 7-0 first-quarter
lead, Charleroi embarked on one of their more unusual possessions of the season.

Taking over at the Jeannette 18-yard line, Charleroi tied the game on a 10-play drive
that consumed 6:35, climaxed by a Jeff Dumm-to-Mark Tedrow nine-yard touchdown

"We got off to a bad start," said second-year Charleroi coach Jim Dumm. "You can't
give a great team liike Jeannette field possession and expect to win. Our early
turnovers got us deeper and deeper in the hole."

After Charleroi tied the score, Klingensmith scored his second touchdown, on a
six-yard run. Mike Theys' two-yard score and the Detruf-to-Lebe touchdown pass gave
the Jayhawks a 28-7 lead.

With 21 seconds remaining in the first half, Dumm and Andy Debnar connected on a
53-yard touchdown pass to cut Jeannette's halftime lead to 14 points.

"We needed a win like this," said Jeannette coach Bob Murphy, referring to the
Hawks' loss to undefeated Steel Valley last week. "After the loss, our guys worked
hard all week, and their effort paid off. It's nice to clinch the playoff spot, but we have to
wait to see what happens next week with the rest of the conference (regarding playoff
positioning). Our good field position played a big part in the game tonight."

Detruf stepped in as Jeannette's quarterback in the second game of the season when
Joe Deluzio went down with a broken collarbone. For the season, Detruf has
completed 56-92 passes for 784 yards.

"T.J. is an accurate passes," said Murphy. "He got us started in the second half."

Murphy also found delight in the play of Deluzio, who played in his first complete game
since the injury, recording a pair of interceptions to lead Jeannette's defense, which
held Charleroi to 206 yards in total offense.

Charleroi's Justin Spada was the game's leading rusher with 75 yards on 15 carries.

Pat Klingensmith returned the opening kickoff 89 yards for a touchdown to lead
Jeannette, ranked sixth in the Tribune Review's coaches poll, to a 33-6 Century
Conference victory over East Allegheny. Pat Klingensmith rushed for 62 yards for a
touchdown on the next series before leaving with an unspecified injury.

Brian Klingensmith rushed for 126 yards on 15 carries to help Jeannette (8-1, 6-1)
finish alone in second place in the Century Conference.

T.J. Detruf tossed two touchdown passes for Jeannette.

Adam Wagner completed 13 of 25 passes for 113 yards for East Allegheny (1-8, 1-6).

Sunday, August 30, 1998
By Dave Ailes
If city fathers decide to re-name Clay Avenue, Jeannette's main drag, here's a

"Playoff Boulevard."

Almost every year, whether the Jayhawks are rebuilding or reloading, they qualify for
the WPIAL football playoffs. It's been that way each of Bob Murphy's two years as
head coach, and the previous 27 years when he served as a top assistant.

And don't bet against Jeannette in 1998. Their chances are even better since the
WPIAL has expanded the post-season format to include four teams from every

On the other hand, it won't be a stroll through the park, either. Jeannette's conference,
the Class AA Century, has added powerhouse Brownsville, which was 9-1 in AAA last
year. Brownsville made the playoff finals a year ago, and the Century's defending
champion, South Park, went to the state finals.

"It's going to be a hornet's nest again," Murphy predicted, pointing out another entry,
Steel Valley, has the same type of outstanding football reputation as Jeannette.

Making the Jayhawks' job more complicated are graduation losses of two-year
quarterback Gabe Smith and top running back Jeremy Binakonsky. Eleven other
contributors also graduated.

It's time to reload. The leading quarterback candidate is Joe Deluzio. Another junior,
Mike Theys, is chief among tailbacks. Theys is the kind of outstanding athlete who
could play quarterback, too, if necessary.

The new faces won't slow the run-and-shoot, said Murphy. "I know we're going to throw
the ball a lot, and I'm convinced we'll throw it well."

Dan Agapito brings experience to the wide receiver position, along with Dave Blasiole
and Tim Pershing. The slotback candidates are Brian DeGuffrey, Jeremy Frye, Matt
Clark, and Jared Kulik, while the key tailback slot includes one of the team captains,
Marcillo Dodson, to go with Pat Klingensmith and Matt Lebe.

"We've got some good speed," said Murphy. At Jeannette, that's like saying most of
the classrooms are indoors. There's always speed in Jeannette's backfield. "We don't
have anybody the caliber of Mycal Jones (sophomore kick returner at Northwestern).
But you don't get players like Jones very often - high school or college."

The Jayhawks are approaching the trenches from a new direction. The coaches plan
to use as many of their linemen as possible on a rotation basis. "The kids are going to
play almost equally," said the coach.

Assuming inevitable injuries along the way, plus a roster that numbers only 32, the
coaches want every Jayhawk to earn his wings. "All of them are going to see action,
Murphy said."

The leading linemen include 280-pound Eric Keto and 290-pound Matt Schultz. The
others - who began training camp as interchangeable parts of Jeannette's puzzle - are
Jonas Wolfe, Clayton Kebe, Chris Lewis, Joe Lewis, Justin Elliott, Jordan Giles, Ron
Marquis, Erik Bartlett and Mike Cox.

Murphy, whose Jays open at Deer Lakes, said, "I don't think we've ever had as
challenging a schedule as this year's.

"Overall, we've got a young team with pretty good speed and an excellent attitude. A
lot will depend on getting off to a strong start, and building some momentum before we
head into the conference schedule."

The rest will depend on Jeannette's reputation as a football team that gets better as it
ages, like fine wine. It goes all the way to Playoff Boulevard.

1997 Results 1997 results
7 Yough 14
39 Southmoreland 7
0 Bentworth 21
26 Charleroi 14
45 South Allegheny 13
6 South Park 20
32 Freeport 6
21 Beth-Center 9
28 East Allegheny 0

WPIAL playoffs 17 Aliquippa 0
21 Sto-Rox 6
13 Shady Side Academy 14

Seniors Name Pos. Ht. Wt.
x-Dan Agapito WR 6-1 185
x-Marcello Dodson WR 6-1 185
x-Justin Elliott LB 5-11 190
x-Jeremy Frye DB 5-9 160
x-Eric Keto OT 6-3 285
x-Clayton Lebe OL 5-10 265
x-Chris Lewis DE 5-11 180
x-Tim Pershing WR 5-11 185
Matt Schultz OL 6-2 300
Josh Valerio WR 5-11 170
x-Jonas Wolfe OL 5-11 210

Juniors Derk Barnett DE 6-0 170
x-Dave Blasioli WR 5-8 165
Ken Bush DB 5-8 165
x-Matt Clark DE 6-2 195
Norman Dean DB 6-0 170
x-Joe Deluzio QB 6-0 165
Brian DeGuffroy SB 5-8 165
Jim Garlets LB 5-9 170
x-Jordan Giles OT 5-9 215
x-Anton Hall OL 5-11 200
Jeremy Lewis OL 6-0 180
Joe Lewis DE 6-0 170
x-Pat Klingensmith SB 6-1 185
x-Jarod Kulik DB 6-0 165
x-Ron Marquis OT 6-1 210
x-Mike Theys RB 6-0 175

Sophomores Sophomore
Eric Bartlott OL 5-11 195
Casey Ciampi DB 5-6 120
Mike Cox OL 5-11 210
Bob Dent WR 5-11 180
John Hockman OL 5-11 170
Matt Lebe LB 5-9 175
Tom Detruf QB 5-11 175
By Paul Schofield
Joe Deluzio was the starting quarterback at Jeannette High School when the football
season began back in September.

But as the Jayhawks (8-1) prepare to battle Beaver Falls (7-2) in the WPIAL Class AA
playoffs Friday night at McKee Stadium, Deluzio will be lining up at a new position.

The 6-foot, 160-pound senior is now playing wide receiver and defensive back. He
lost his job to sophomore T.J. Detruf when he (Deluzio) sustained a broken collarbone
during the second game of the season at Freeport.

Because Detruf has played so well at quarterback, Jeannette coach Bob Murphy did
not want to make a switch. So Deluzio made the change.

"I wanted to help the team," Deluzio said. "I was needed as a receiver and defensive
back. I just wanted to play."

And because he made the sacrifice, Deluzio has made Jeannette a stronger team.

"He gives us more depth," Murphy said. "Joe had given us a huge lift, especially in the
secondary. He is playing more now than he did when he played quarterback.

"Joe is unselfish and a first-class person. He is more interested on what he can do to
help the team, not what the team can do to help him."

Detruf, who moved into the starting job in the third game of the season, finished the
regular season by completing 60 of 101 passes for 870 yards and eight touchdowns.

Deluzio wasn't the only starter to miss time this season. Running back Mike Theys, a
senior, cracked a bone in his arm and missed the first five games.

Matt Lebe, a junior, has picked up the slack in the running game by rushing for 748

"We're a better offensive football team this year," Murphy said. "We're more

Jeannette will face a team in Beaver Falls that also starts a sophomore quarterback.
Justin Sciarro has completed 62 of 121 passes for 1,044 yards and 13 touchdowns.

"When you get into the playoffs, everyone is a challenge," Murphy said. "Sciarro has a
great arm and moves well. We'll probably be recruited heavily when he's a senior."

Beaver Falls finished third in the Midwestern Conference behind Aliquippa and
Center. It is coached by Rick Mancini.

"We're looking forward to the game," Mancini said. "Jeannette has a lot of tradition,
and so do we. When I look at them, they look like a mirror imagine of us."

September 2, 1999
Six WPIAL championship teams; three WPIAL runner-up teams; 549 overall wins; ten
players who went on to play professionally.

Needless to say, the next 100 years of Jeannette High School football will have a
tough task in matching the first 100.

The Jayhawks' football program, one of the most successful in Pennsylvania history,
kicks off its 100th season Friday night against Deer Lakes, and they'll do it at the
same time they unveil the new version of their longtime home.

McKee Stadium, home of the 'Hawks since 1937, has been renovated since last
season, and while it may hardly resemble its former self in the physical sense, from an
emotional standpoint, all the history of the great Jeannette teams of the past remains
as strong as ever.

The legend that has become Jeannette High School football began in the fall of 1900
(just five years after a team from the city battled Latrobe in what many believe was the
first professional football game ever played), when the Jayhawks won the first game
ever played in school history, a 41-33 victory over McKeesport. The rest, as they say,
is history.

The names associated with Jeannette football are known and respected throughout
the region - Getto, Semenko, Hoak, Barnes, Mucci, and on and on. Jeannette
definitely has a big history for a small town.


After playing just three games from 1900-1905, the Jeannette High School football
program truly began to take shape in 1906, when Dr. B.F. Jenkins took over as coach.

The program was actually mired in mediocrity at first, posting just three winning
seasons from 1906-1922. In fact, three seasons were cut short. In 1915, the team
played five games, posting a 1-3-1 mark before the rest of the season was cancelled
because of the team's sub-par academic performance. In 1916, four games were
canceled for unknown reasons, and in 1918, the team played just two games because
of a flu epidemic.

In 1923, however, things began to roll and the Jayhawks began the journey that would
turn the program into one of the standard-bearers of Southwestern Pennsylvania

Coach Frank W. (Pie) Williams took over in '23 and the Jayhawks responded with a
6-2-2 record, their first winning season since the 2-0 mark in the flu-ravaged 1918
season. The following year, the 'Hawks posted an 11-1 mark, with the only loss coming
to Norwin 19-12. A controversy over the use of ineligible players ensued, however, and
after a series of forfeits, the 1924 record was amended to 3-8. Williams left the team
after the '24 season with an outstanding two-year mark (on the field) of 17-3-2, but his
successor would do even better.

Lloyd Jordan took over in 1925 and in his three seasons at the helm, the Jayhawks
would go 25-2-2, including a 10-0 mark in his final season, 1927, in which Jeannette
outscored its opponents 319-13. During the five years Williams and Jordan coached
the team, the Jays dominated, outscored their 51 opponents 1268-186, an average
score of 25-4.

One of the standouts on those Jeannette teams was Mike Getto. After graduating from
Jeannette in 1925, Getto was an All-America tackle at Pitt and went on to coach
professionally with the NFL's old Brooklyn Dodgers under Jock Sutherland. He later
became head coach at the University of Kansas.

The 1928-29 Jayhawks' teams were successful under one-year coaches. In '28,
Joseph Harrick led the squad to a 9-1 mark, and in '29 Blair McMillan's Jays went

With the start of the depression came a bit of a swoon in 1930, the first year of a two
season stint for coach C. Arthur Dahl. Dahl went 5-3-2 in '30.

A 1930 graduate, John Love, would become the first Jayhawks alum to play in the
NFL. After playing tackle at Pitt, Love signed with the Steelers in their second year,
1934, but saw his career come to an end during his rookie year because of an ankle
injury. Love later coached at Connellsville for five seasons.

The Jays bounced back in '31 to post a 7-2-1 mark and set the stage for the first of
many magical seasons in Jeannette.


In 1932, a gentleman by the name of A. Markley Barnes took over the Jayhawks.
When he left 26 years later, after the 1958 season, he would be the Jayhawks'
winningest coach and a local legend. During his tenure, the 'Hawks would post 22
non-losing seasons, including eight years of eight wins or more.

The first of those winning campaigns was Barnes' rookie year as coach in '32. After a
21-6 win over Sewickley to start the season, the Jays, led by Buster Clarkson, who
would later play pro baseball, gave up just eight more points the rest of the season on
their way to a perfect 9-0 mark and the school's first WPIAL championship. The
perfect season was clinched in front of an estimated 15,000 fans in a 13-6 win against
Greensburg at Offutt Field. The title was shared with New Castle and McKeesport that
season as no playoffs were held in that era.

In 1933, the Jayhawks may have been just as dominant, not allowing a point in their
first six games. After a 19-6 win over Youngwood and a 20-0 victory over Washington,
Jeannette lost a chance at a second title when they were beaten by Greensburg 13-0,
a loss which ended a 19 game winning streak. Ironically, Greensburg was the last
team to beat the 'Hawks to that point in 1931, and that was just the beginning of many
huge games between the teams over the years.

After slumping to 4-4-2 in 1934, Barnes ran off back-to-back unbeaten seasons in
'35-'36, the lone blemish being a 13-13 tie in '35 against Vandergrift. The '36 team
posted nine straight shutouts to start the season, and wasn't scored upon until the final
game of the year, a 25-6 win over Hurst. The defensive performances of those teams
were incredible, as the Jays blanked 17 of their 20 opponents over those two
seasons, including 11 in a row at one point.

Among the stars of that era were John Eibner and Albert ``Chick'' Caviggia.

Eibner graduated from Jeannette in 1934 and went on to become an All-SEC tackle at
Kentucky. He played pro ball with Philadelphia in 1941-42, then returned after military
duty in World War II to play one more season with the Eagles. He would later coach at
the University of Florida.

A 1936 graduate, Caviggia went on to star at LSU and was selected to play in the
Chicago College All-Star game in 1942. After leaving the Tigers, Caviggia played for
the New York Giants in 1945, but injuries ended his career prematurely.

After the glory comes the fall, they say, and that's what happened at Jeannette over the
next two seasons. The Jays went 4-3-1 in '37 and slumped to 1-7-2 in '38. 1937 would
later provide some fond memories, though, as that would be the year the new McKee
Stadium opened.

Despite the team's stuggles at the time, the Jays had a star in Alex Piasecky. A 1938
graduate, Piasecky went to Duke, then played three years for the Washington
Redskins as a two-way end before moving to the All-American Football Conference
for a season with the Miami Seahawks.

After a couple of down years, the 1939 team bounced back to go undefeated (10-0),
allowing just 20 points. The season was capped with a 6-0 win over Ambridge which
gave Jeannette its first outright WPIAL title. The only touchdown of the game came on
a 95-yard return of the opening kickoff by the Jayhawks' Bill Olezewski.

The next 16 seasons were a roller coaster ride for Barnes and the Jayhawks. There
were some solid seasons (7-1 in 1940, 7-1-1 in '42, 7-2 in '46 and 8-1 in '51) and
some not-so-solid ones (3-5 in 1941, 3-4-2 in both '43 and '45, and 2-7 in '50). After a
9-1 season in 1954, the Jays went 5-4 in '55, but were ready to bounce back and
return to their former glory.

The post-war years saw two stars rise to the pro ranks from Jeannette - Jack O'Brien
and Mel Semenko.

O'Brien graduated from Jeannette in 1950 and went on to the University of Florida
before going pro with the Steelers and seeing time in the Canadian League.

Semenko left Jeannette in 1955 and went on to the University of Colorado. A
successful pro career followed in the CFL with the British Columbia Lions, Ottawa
Roughriders and Montreal Alouettes.

The 1956 team, led by future Penn State and Steelers standout Dick Hoak, ran the
table, going 10-0, outscoring their opponents 204-33. It all could have came to an end,
however, in the final game of the season against Greensburg at Offutt Field, but the
'Hawks came away with a memorable 14-6 win.

``Bob Mitinger (of Greensburg) caught a pass down behind our defense and fell down
on the one-yard-line. We were ahead 7-6. They had four shots to get into the end zone
and they didn't get in,'' said Hoak. ``We took the ball right at the end of the third
quarter, we drove 99 yards and kept the ball the whole fourth quarter, except for about
a minute, and scored and then qualified to play Charleroi for the championship.''

Ironically, Mitinger and Hoak would become teammates at Penn State a short time
later. Mitinger would win All-America honors and go on to play for the San Diego
Chargers, while Hoak spent ten years with the Steelers as a player before joining their
coaching staff.

Hoak points out he wasn't the only star on that Jayhawks' championship squad.

``Wayne Tucci ... went to Purdue,'' he said. ``I had three cousins on that team - Charles
Evans, Buddy Torris and Frank del Gross. Buddy went to Penn State, Charlie went to
Clemson. We had a kid named Bob Lavella. Bob went to West Virginia ... I remember
all of them.''

That victory gave the Jayhawks a shot at their third WPIAL title, and they capitalized,
beating Charleroi 16-13 on a Jim Burzio field goal in the final seconds. Ironically, that
was the only field goal that Burzio ever attempted with the Jayhawks, and it won a

Barnes would coach for two more seasons, posting a career record of 168-68-13, the
most wins ever by a Jeannette coach.

After Barnes' tenure came to an end, the Jayhawks' program hit the skids and suffered
through the next decade, posting just 27 wins from 1959-67 under four coaches -
Alfred Amann, Joseph Mastro, William Baughman and Thomas Duff.

Bob Tatarek, a 1964 graduate, would go on to bigger things. After attending the
University of Florida, where he made honorable mention on All-America teams as a
junior and senior, Tatarek went on to play with the Buffalo Bills for four years after
being a second round draft choice in 1968. He was later traded to Detroit and spent
two years with the Lions, before going to the old World Football League and playing
with the Birmingham Americans and Jacksonville Sharks.

After going a combined 2-16-1 under Duff in 1966-67, Jeannette made a change that
would result in more than 30 years of top notch football.


Joe Mucci was the first head coach at Greensburg Central Catholic prior to coming to
Jeannette in 1968 and before his retirement in 1985, he would lead the 'Hawks to 149
wins, two WPIAL titles and four WPIAL championship game appearances.

After three years at the helm, Mucci's 1971 team posted the first perfect season at
Jeannette in 15 years, going 11-0 and winning the WPIAL Class AA title over Beaver
14-7 in a game that saw two huge defensive plays near the goal line by Jeannette's
Dan Ereditario and a game-winning 62 yard run in the fourth quarter by fullback Russ

``We had such an outstanding bunch of kids (on that team), from our captains on
down,'' said Mucci. ``I think we had a group of kids who were very dedicated, who
worked very hard, had a tremendous attitude.''

The next season, the Jays moved into the Keystone Conference, went 10-0 in the
regular season and in the process won the first of five section crowns in a seven year
span. Jeannette returned to the WPIAL Class AA final, but lost to Gateway 20-0. That
loss ended a 21 game winning streak.

The way the 'Hawks actually got to the final was highly unusual. There was no overtime
in the playoffs in '72, and after playing to a 14-14 tie with Monessen in the semifinals,
Jeannette was awarded the win by virtue of gaining more total yards than the

A 1972 graduate, Steve August was a late bloomer in football, but turned out to be
star. After leaving Jeannette, August went to the University of Tulsa and was later a
first round draft pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 1977 and went on to have a solid NFL
career. In fact, in the '77 draft, August was involved in the Seahawks' trade with Dallas
that allowed the Cowboys to select Pitt legend Tony Dorsett.

Another perfect regular season followed for the Jays in 1973, giving Jeannette 27
straight regular season wins. That streak would reach 29 before a 19-14 loss to East
Allegheny in Week 3. The Jays beat Greensburg-Salem 40-13 in the first round of the
playoffs but were eliminated the following week by Mt. Lebanon 33-14.

Despite posting winning record in each of the next seven seasons, the 'Hawks could
not get past the opening round of postseason play until 1981, the second year of the
new Allegheny Interscholastic Conference. The '81 team ran the table, going 9-0 in the
regular season, then beat Riverside (29-13) and Charleroi (13-0) before taking the
WPIAL title with a tremendous defensive effort in 26-7 win over Freeport.

The '82 team (10-2) won its third straight AIC title and made it to the WPIAL final
again, but lost to Beaver 18-13.

Undaunted by the '82 loss, the Jayhawks would again go perfect in 1983, led by Dante
Wiley, Maurice Chamberlain and Mark Brasco. After wins over South Park (29-7) and
Washington (21-19), Jeannette beat Canevin 6-0 on two Brasco field goals to take
their second WPIAL Class AA title in three years.

``In '81 and '83, we had such a good array of athletes,'' said Mucci.

After a 9-2-1 season in 1984, Mucci said farewell to the sidelines by posting an 11-1
mark in 1985, good for the championship of the AIC.

Although Mucci would leave coaching after the '85 season, his influence can be felt to
this day on the Jayhawks' sideline. Two of Mucci's disciples picked up for their
legendary mentor, and the 'Hawks haven't missed a beat.


Art Tragesser and Bob Murphy, two longtime Mucci assistants, have continued
building on Mucci's foundation of success right up to the turn of the century.

Tragesser took over from Mucci in 1986 and posted an outstanding record of 73-33-3
in his 10 seasons at the helm. He led the Jays to his first AIC title in 1989 and made it
to the second round of the playoffs before being eliminated by Freeport.

After another AIC title in 1991, Tragesser led Jeannette to a milestone in 1993 - the
500th win in school history. It came in a 14-0 win at McKee Stadium over Greensburg
Central Catholic.

The following season, after moving to the Century Conference in the WPIAL's
realignment and installing a new run-and-shoot offense, Tragesser and the 'Hawks
returned to the WPIAL championship game for the first time since 1983. The Jays
beat Seton-LaSalle (41-34) and Beth-Center (12-7) in the first two rounds, but a worn
down and beaten up Jeannette squad was no match for powerful New Brighton in the
final, losing to the Lions 36-7 in what would be the 'Hawks last trip to the finals to this

After winning the Century Conference title in 1995, Tragesser left Jeannette to take
over at Penn-Trafford, where he continues to be one of the top coaches in the WPIAL.

Tragesser has many memories of his days as coach of the red, white and blue, but a
few, in particular, stand out.

``We had a lot of big games there. I think the biggest game we had that I can
remember was the playoff game against Greensburg (early 1970s),'' he said. ``We
had won the Keystone Conference, and Greensburg had won the Foothills
Conference. The Keystone was kind of looked down upon as maybe not a very good
conference. It was Quad-A, but it was mostly smaller schools. It snowed, and it was
cold, and we just had a great game. We beat a team that was supposed to beat us.''

``Working with Joe (Mucci) was great. We had a lot of good times together, and we're
good friends. I had a chance to work with a lot of different kids and families, like the
Halls, the Cooks, the Morgans, the Washingtons, the Matts and the Chamberlains and
all those guys. A lot of good memories.''

Taking over for Tragesser was his offensive coordinator, Bob Murphy. 1999 marks
Murphy's fourth year as head coach, and his .750 winning percentage (24-8) during his
tenure is third all-time among coaches who have spent at least three years at
Jeannette (Jordan .897, Mucci .807)

Murphy's first team won the 1996 Century Conference title before losing to Mars in the
WPIAL quarterfinals 26-12. In '97, The Jayhawks almost made it back to the WPIAL
championship game, but let a 13-0 lead against powerful Shady Side Academy get
away in a muddy quagmire at Valley and lost 14-13 in the semifinal matchup.

Last season, the Jays (7-3) once again made the postseason, but fell just short, 3-0, to
North Catholic in the first round of the WPIALs.

Murphy also has fond memories of the glory days in ``J-Town.''

``We had many big games at the old stadium,'' he said. ``One that jumps out in my
mind is the year we played Greensburg in a playoff game in the snow in the early
seventies. They brought the streetsweeper in to try and clear some of the snow off the
field, and I don't know how cold it was at that game, it couldn't have been much colder.
But the crowd at that game was just enormous. There was probably 12,000 people at
that game.''

``In my early years, I was always up in the press box during the games, fighting the
hornets and whatever else you would find crawling around in that old press box. We
had a lot of good seasons and a lot of good games.''

``Jeannette football tradition is so great. There have been WPIAL championship
teams, but in between, there have been so many other great conference
championships and outstanding teams. You can't always measure it by `did they win
the WPIAL championship?'.''

A major part of the Jeannette tradition, Mucci, is rightly proud of the job his successors
have done.

``As a head coach, one of the things you try to do is surround yourself with good
people,'' said Mucci. ``I couldn't have chosen any better than Bob Murphy and Art

``It makes me feel proud because these are the type of people that I surround myself
with. We worked hard and committed a lot of time. Believe me, success didn't come
easy ... but I always found out that success breeds success. These guys were in a
successful program and when they took over, I think it became part of their whole new
programs and believe me, they'll continue winning.''


Sixty-two years after it was used for the first time, Jeannette's McKee Stadium has
received a facelift for the 1999 season. The old traditions of Jeannette football remain,
but in a new-look setting with all the modern conveniences.

The old cinder track has been replaced with a new all-weather surface, new restroom
and concession facilities have been constructed, along with a new press box. The new
stadium should seat close to 4,200 people.

``McKee was always a nice place to play a high school game,'' Tragesser said. ``The
surface of the field was always as good as you could get for grass. We always played
well there. It was just a nice place to play.''

Although the physical appearance of McKee Stadium has changed, one thing that
remains constant is the love of football in the Jeannette community.

``It's one of the last spots where it's still (the city's) high school,'' said Hoak. ``It's a way
of life in Jeannette. We were brought up that way.''

``There's something about this town ... it has a spirit that's so prevalent in this
community,'' said Mucci. ``I love this caliber of town, this caliber of the community, and
above all working with the children and youngsters of Jeannette has been just a
wonderful, wonderful experience.''

A banquet will be held tonight at Pitzer's in Jeannette, with members of all six
championship teams and several of the Jayhawks who went on to pro careers
attending. A reception will be held Friday before the season opener at the McKee
Middle School cafeteria and the former players will also be honored at McKee
Stadium before the game.


By Paul Schofield
Someone from the Jeannette boosters club gave hot dogs to the football team to eat
after Friday night's WPIAL Class AA first-round playoff game at McKees Stadium.

Just minutes earlier, Jeannette chewed up a pretty good Beaver Falls squad. Matt
Lebe scored three touchdowns, and the Jeannette defense forced six turnovers in an
impressive 27-14 victory over Beaver Falls.

The victory puts Jeannette (9-1) in the quarterfinals against top-seeded Aliquippa,
which defeated Freeport, 47-0. The site, time and date of the game will be announced

"We got off to a slow start," Beaver Falls coach Rick Mancini said. "That's because
Jeannette played well defensively. They were aggressive and did a good job stopping
a lot of things we like to do."

Beaver Falls (7-3) hoped to pound the ball at the Jeannette defense with running
backs Gerris Wilcox and Daine Williams.

But the Jeannette defense was up to the task thanks to the play of Lebe, Anton Hall
and Eric Barlett.

"We'll challenge anyone who wants to try to pound the ball at us," said Lebe, who also
recovered a fumble on defense. "We were surprised they didn't try to throw the ball

Jeannette jumped out to a 7-0 lead early in the first quarter after Hall blocked a Beaver
Falls punt. Six plays later, Lebe scored on a 1-yard run.

Defensive back Mike Theys recovered a Beaver Falls fumble two plays later, but the
Beaver Falls defense stiffened as Jeannette moved the ball to the Tigers 6.

"We couldn't get anything going in the first half," Mancini said.

Neither team mustered much offense in the second quarter. Jeannette hurt itself with
penalties, Beaver Falls lost another fumble and Theys intercepted a pass.

The second half belonged to the Jeannette offense. After the Jayhawks missed a
35-yard field goal on their first possession, they scored touchdowns on their next three.

"We made a few adjustments at halftime," Jeannette coach Robert Murphy said. "The
line did a great job."

Lebe, who rushed for 126 yards, said, "The offensive line took control in the second
half. They were opening up some huge holes."

Jeannette took a 14-0 lead early in the fourth quarter when quarterback Tom Detruf
tossed a 3-yard scoring strike to Bob Dent.

Detruf, a sophomore, had a big night. He completed 11 of 14 passes for 89 yards and
outshined Beaver Falls sophomore Ron Sciarro, who completed only 5 of 14 passes
for 16 yards.

Beaver Falls, stymied all night by the Jeannette defense, finally showed signs of life
when Wilcox raced 73 yards for a touchdown to cut the Jayhawks' lead to 14-7 with
8:54 left.

Jeannette then seemingly put the game away after Derk Barnett recovered an onside

Lebe capped the 49-yard drive with an 8-yard run with 4:57 left and added a 17-yard
touchdown with 3:01 left after Beaver Falls failed to get a first down on its next

Beaver Falls did add a late score when Williams, who rushed for 118 yards, scored on
a 5-yard run with 2:32 left. Williams set up the score with a 66-yard run.

"Other than the two big runs, the defense played well," Murphy said. "We sure made
things interesting in the fourth quarter."

After the second Beaver Falls touchdown, kicker Richard Morris recovered an onside
kick. But on the next play, Wilcox fumbled, and Lebe recovered to end the suspense.

"We made a few mistakes in the second quarter," Lebe said. "We can't afford to
make them next week."
for The Standard Observer
Going into Friday night's contest, the Jeannette Jayhawks knew they had to contain
Beaver Falls sophomore quarterback Justin Sciarro to weaken the Tigers' offense.

For the majority of the game they did, riding on the heels of Matt Lebe who rushed for
129 yards and three touchdowns, helping the Jayhawks take care of their first round
Class AA playoff foe 27-14.

``My line did a heck of a job. That was the key to the game,'' said Lebe.

The Jays' defense quickly set the tempo of the contest, as Anton Hall and Pat
Klingensmith blocked a Tigers' punt on their first possession, giving the Jayhawks
their first crack with the ball. That led to Jeannette's first touchdown drive, covering 38
yards in 10 plays. Lebe did the honors, pounding the ball over the line from one yard

Just one play into the Tigers' next series, Mike Theys pounced on a Daine Williams
fumble, giving the Jayhawks an opportunity to break the contest wide open. But the
Hawks couldn't take advantage of the mistake, and instead created many of their own,
including committing six penalties for 60 yards before the midway point of the second

The Jayhawks' shortcomings in the second quarter stymied their ground attack as the
Tigers contained Lebe and put tremendous pressure on quarterback T.J. Detruf.

``I think early on to their credit they got some pressure on us,'' said Jeannette coach
Bob Murphy. ``We didn't have a lot of time to throw, they sacked us a couple of times
early on.''

On the other side of the ball, the Jays' defense came ready to play, forcing five
turnovers on the night. Theys was key early on, knocking down a pass on a drive
midway through second quarter that was about to go for big yardage. Then, he
intercepted a pass late in the second quarter to stall a drive.

``We did manage to get some pressure on them, which gave us the ability to defend
the pass. Our guys broke on the ball well, and knocked some passes down that could
have been very big plays,'' said Murphy. ``Theys, (Joe) Deluzio and (Jared) Kulik
made some pretty nice plays.''

The Jayhawks took a 7-0 lead into halftime.

The second half started out slow and quickly turned into a tale of two teams not ready
to give up.

The Jayhawks slowly moved the ball downfield to start the third, running 12 plays,
chewing up 6:12 on the clock, only to see the drive stall because of penalties. The
most critical was a flag that caused a Pat Klingensmith touchdown to be called back.

On the Jayhawks' next possession, they again went 12 plays, with Detruf hitting Bob
Dent for a three-yard score to put the Jayhawks up 14-0.

On Beaver Falls' (7-3) next play, Gerris Wilcox scampered 73 yards into the end zone
narrowing the gap to seven, at 14-7.

However, the Jayhawks responded in timely fashion, going 54 yards in six plays, as
Lebe scored his second touchdown on the night, to make it 21-7.

Lebe found the end zone with 3:01 left, bolting 16 yards to expand the lead to 27-7.

The Jays (9-1) next will face unbeaten Aliquippa, which also advanced to the
quarterfinals with a 47-0 win over Freeport Friday. That game's site and time is yet to
be determined.
By Paul Schofield
It's bad enough that the Jeannette football team must face Aliquippa (10-0), the
top-ranked Class AA team in the Tribune-Review Football Coaches Poll, in the
quarterfinals of the WPIAL playoffs Friday.

But the site, Ambridge High School, has Jeannette coach and athletic director Robert
Murphy and the loyal Jayhawks fans asking why. That practically makes the game a
home game for Aliquippa.

"It is a good trip for us, that's for sure," said Murphy, whose team must drive 1 hours
to the game while Aliquippa has a short 10-minute trip. "Obviously, we are happy to be
playing the game.

"We can't control things like where they put games. If that's where we must play, we
have to go down their focused on winning."

Jeannette, which owns a 9-1 record, traveled to Aliquippa two years ago and knocked
off the Quips, 17-0, in their famous stadium, "The Pit." Murphy is confident his team
can do it again at Ambridge.

The WPIAL announced the sites for the quarterfinal round in Class AAAA, Class AA
and Class A on Monday, and for the most part found neutral spots for all the games,
which will be played at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

Larry Hanley, executive director for the WPIAL, spent all day Sunday and early Monday
trying to secure spots. Some locations such as Ringgold, West Mifflin and Mt.
Lebanon were not available because both teams are in the playoffs.

"First of all, we think Ambridge is a great site to play football," Hanley said. "I'm aware
that Ambridge is a bit of a trip to send Jeannette down there. (But) it's always been a
great football night (at Ambridge).

"Could we have found another site? Possibly. But Ambridge is a great site, Aliquippa
is the No. 1 seed, and Jeannette didn't have to travel last week."

The other Class AA sites are more centrally located. Washington (9-1) will play
Quaker Valley (7-3) at Chartiers Valley, Waynesburg (10-0) will face Center (9-1) at
Canon-McMillan, and Brownsville (7-2) meets Steel Valley (10-0) at Charleroi.

"People have this idea I can snap my fingers, and we can go anywhere we want to go,
but that's not true," Hanley said. "We hope we can give everybody a reasonably good
place to play their game.

"Sometimes you have to go a little farther to get a quality site. I understand people's
concern with that. There a lot of factors that go into (choosing a site)."

Norwin and Penn-Trafford were spared long trips by the WPIAL. Both teams will play
their next games in Westmoreland County.

Norwin (7-3), which upset Penn Hills, 20-10, will play Ringgold (8-2) on the artificial turf
at Franklin Regional High School, while Penn-Trafford (8-2) will play against
McKeesport (6-4) on the new turf at Hempfield Area High School.

"It wasn't until yesterday that I knew Hempfield would be available," Hanley added.
"They had to call someone in to do some finishing touches on their field project."

Running lanes still need to be painted on the track at Spartan Stadium.

McKeesport advanced to the quarterfinals by shocking Quad North Conference
champion North Hills, 28-19.

Chuck Colborn, Ringgold coach and athletic director, was not upset with the choice of
Franklin Regional. He said he thought the site might be Hempfield.

"We are a fourth-place team," Colborn said. "We have no say in that stuff. That's the
WPIAL's decision."

The two other Quad-A games will be played on grass. Mt. Lebanon (9-1) will face
Gateway (7-3) at Montour High School, and No. 1 Woodland Hills (10-0) will meet
Bethel Park (8-2) at Baldwin.

"When we used the turf field, we tried to use them on the same side of the bracket,"
Hanley said. "Team A can't say that we had to play in the mud, while Team B got to
play on the turf. We try to level the playing field in that respect.

"With regard to the site set up at this time, we have several of our turf fields out of
commission for one reason or another. Peters Township is a good example. Peters
Township is under construction, and we are going to have to shuttle people around

There are other sites which can't be used because they returned the site availability
questionnaire and said facilities were not available, Hanley said.

In Class A, Monessen (10-0) will meet Monaca (8-2) at Fox Chapel, No. 1 South Side
Beaver (10-0) goes against Riverview (7-3) at Ellwood City, Fort Cherry (9-1) tangles
with Farrell (5-5) at Blackhawk, and South Fayette (8-2) meets Brentwood (9-1) at
Peters Township.

The Class AAA pairings will have Pine-Richland (8-2) at Belle Vernon Area (9-0),
West Mifflin (8-2) at West Allegheny (9-0), Elizabeth Forward (6-4) at Moon Area (8-1),
and Thomas Jefferson (8-2) at Burrell (6-3).
November 11, 1999

Both have great tradition.

Both have high-scoring offenses.

Both have strong, stingy defenses.

Only one, however, will survive to play in the WPIAL semifinals.

Top-seeded and undefeated Aliquippa (10-0) and the Jeannette Jayhawks (9-1) will
go at it Friday night at 7:30 p.m. in a WPIAL quarterfinal at Ambridge with a trip to the
Class AA ``Final Four'' on the line.

If there was a dream matchup in the second round of the Class AA playoffs, this is it,
as both teams bring the capability of scoring from anyplace on the field at anytime.

Aliquippa, coached by Mike Zmijanac, blew out Freeport 47-0 in last week's
quarterfinals, while Jeannette topped Beaver Falls, another Midwestern Conference
team, 27-14 at McKee Stadium.

That game saw a solid performance by both the Jayhawks' offense and defense. Matt
Lebe rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns and T. J. Detruf completed 11 of 14
passes for the Jays. On the defensive side of the ball, Jeannette held the Tigers' fine
quarterback, Justin Sciarro, to 16 yards passing and forced six turnovers.

On the down side, the Hawks did have a few problems, but not enough to outweigh the

``When you win a playoff game, you're always going to be happy about it. We had
some penalties I wasn't particularly pleased with ... but nonetheless, we were thrilled to
win against a good Beaver Falls team,'' said Jeannette coach Bob Murphy.

As they did all season, the Jayhawks saw several players play key roles against
Beaver Falls. Detruf and Lebe have been solid all season and that continued against
the Tigers. Mike Theys, Joe Deluzio, Jared Kulik and Pat Klingensmith are back in top
form after injury problems. Also, receiver Bob Dent, who saw his productivity go up as
the season went along, caught a key touchdown pass last week. That depth and
versatility could pay some big dividends in the remainder of the postseason.

``It's very, very important, because what it does is give you some balance to your
offense, and some balance as well to your defense. You're not just looking for one
person necessarily to win the game for you and you can draw from that,'' said Murphy.
``I think that's been one of the keys to our success this season.''

While the Jayhawks have many weapons to depend on, so do the Quips.

``They're a great football team. They're 10-0 because they are outstanding. They have
big play potential. They have some Division I players on that team, without a doubt,''
said Murphy. ``They're very well coached as well.''

The Quips attack starts with senior running back Vashon Patrick and junior
quarterback Bernard Lay.

Patrick (5-11, 190), who gained nearly 1,000 yards in the regular season, blew up for
219 and three touchdowns last week against Freeport.

Lay (6-1, 175), meanwhile, was five of nine for 110 yards and a touchdown against the
Yellow Jackets. He was the WPIAL's 10th leading passer during the regular season,
throwing for 1,235 yards and 17 touchdowns. He is also a threat running the ball.

``It all starts with their quarterback, who is just a tremendous athletic talent. He can
throw the ball and run the ball. He's a very heady kind of player,'' said Murphy.

Lay has a crew of fine receivers to throw to, led by 6-2, 180 pound junior Quanear
Gaskins. Gaskins had a three touchdown game earlier in the season against
Freedom and returned a punt 72 yards for a touchdown last week. He averaged nearly
20 yards a catch in the regular season.

Defensively, the Quips have been hard to move the ball on. They are allowing less than
eight points a game and their secondary and line have been keys to that statistic.

``They have some skilled players in their secondary. They'll match up - they'll play real
up-close, tough man-to-man or they can play a real good zone. They can cover a lot of
ground,'' said Murphy. ``Their size up front is also considerable.''

Much has been made this week of the fact that Jeannette must make a long trek to
Ambridge, technically a neutral site, while the Quips just have to cross the bridge to
get to the game.

Jeannette however, may have some factors on their side. The Jayhawks won a playoff
game at ``The Pit'' in Aliquippa two years ago, and they also have the right mental
approach coming in, according to Murphy.

``One thing I'll say about our kids ... they don't worry about where they're playing or who
they're playing. Our kids, we feel, are pretty tough kids,'' he said. ``The opponent they
are facing ... I don't want to say they don't respect them, because they do, but they
certainly don't fear them.''

The winner of this game will face the Washington/Quaker Valley winner in the
semifinals next week at a site and time to be announced.
By Kevin Gorman
They have a common bond, and it's not just that they are four sophomore quarterbacks
who have led their teams to the WPIAL quarterfinals.

That's true of T.J. Detruf of Jeannette, Tim Eckman of Burrell, Luke Getsy of Steel
Valley and Tyler Palko of West Allegheny. Despite their youth, they have assumed
leadership roles on some of the WPIAL's most talented teams.

Tonight, they'll show why.

Eckman and Burrell (6-3) play host to Thomas Jefferson (7-3) and Palko and West
Allegheny (9-0) play host to West Mifflin (8-2) in Class AAA. Detruf leads Jeannette
(9-1) against Aliquippa (10-0) at Ambridge and Getsy and Steel Valley (10-0) face
Brownsville (7-2) at Charleroi in Class AA. All WPIAL quarterfinal games start at 7:30

"This is definitely unusual to have so many sophomore quarterbacks that are very
good," Jeannette coach Bob Murphy said. "It's nice to have someone with that ability.
You like to have a person that can make plays under pressure."

That is only one trait this fantastic foursome has shared this season. They are poised
in the pocket. They are tremendous athletes and excellent students. Because of those
qualities, their coaches have granted them the opportunity to change plays at the line
of scrimmage.

And, more often than not, their choice works.

Their teams have combined records of 34-4, and all four quarterbacks should finish
with 1,000 or more passing yards. Reaching the semifinals, however, would be new
territory for them. None of their teams advanced past the second round last year.
That's something the sophomore quarterbacks want to change.

Not that, after a full season, any of them are viewed as sophomores anymore.

Murphy saw talent in the 6-foot, 180-pound Detruf and moved him to the varsity last
season. Detruf was the backup to Joe Deluzio until a broken collarbone sidelined him
at Freeport in Week 2. Detruf has played so well in Deluzio's absence that when the
senior returned, Murphy decided to stick with the sophomore and moved Deluzio to
wide receiver.

"In practice, we didn't see a lot of the things he's doing on the field," Murphy said,
noting Detruf's improvisational skills on the scramble. "And he's going to get better
with experience."

Steel Valley's Getsy, coincidentally, got his first start the same way last year. The 6-2,
175-pound Getsy was splitting time with senior Dale Cornetta before he suffered a
broken collarbone in Week 2.

Ironmen coach Ed Wehrer never hesitated to play the strong-armed Getsy. The
freshman responded by passing for 1,436 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine
interceptions last year. This season, he has teamed with running back Devin Wilson to
guide Steel Valley to its second undefeated season in three years and the Century
conference title.

"There's a lot expected of you because I had a good season last year," said Getsy, a
straight-A student who has played football since he was 6 years old. "I've been around
the game a long time. Ever since I was little, my dad has been showing me how to play
quarterback. Football comes natural to me."

Same for Tyler Palko, a 6-2, 200-pound lefthander who is perhaps the best college
prospect of the four. Palko absorbed the game by tagging along with his father, West
Allegheny coach Bob Palko, throughout the Indians' WPIAL Class AAA championship
season in 1997.

It was no surprise he was an impact two-way player last season.

"He was thrown into the fire," Bob Palko said. "But he was baptized in the playoffs. He
would get nervous before our playoff games. And he was only an eighth-grader. He
wasn't even going to play."

Tyler displayed big-time skills in a 34-0 win over defending WPIAL AAA champion
Moon in Week 4, including an unforgettable play in the third quarter. On a play
designed to go left, Palko scrambled right under pressure, short-stepped to the
sidelines and threw a touchdown pass before falling out of bounds.

"For him to make that play ... I thought he was going to get sacked," said West
Allegheny senior Mike Bracken. "He surprises me every single day."

Added Burrell coach Tom Henderson: "He looks like he's been there 20 years. He
doesn't get rattled. That's impressive for a kid his age."

Bob Palko hears frequently about Burrell's Tim Eckman because his wife works with
Eckman's father and they exchange highlights every Monday in the office.

Henderson used a three-quarterback rotation before going strictly with Eckman in
Week 3. The 6-4, 190-pound Eckman played so well that his competitors, seniors
Josh Maxwell and Kevin McArdle, became two of his favorite targets at receiver.
Eckman came through in the clutch against Pine-Richland, passing for 243 yards and
a fourth-quarter touchdown to clinch the top seed in the Greater Allegheny Conference
and a first-round bye in the AAA playoffs.

"Right from the get-go we saw he had a lot of potential," Henderson said of Eckman,
also a straight-A student. "The nicest part is when you teach him something, it doesn't
go in one ear and out the other. It's accomplished. You can tell he works on it."

It wasn't the first time Henderson turned to a sophomore quarterback. Kevin Horwatt
led the Bucs to the Class AA semifinals in 1994, then helped Burrell win the WPIAL
title and the state final as a junior the next year.

All four quarterbacks - and their coaches - are expecting similar results in the future.

"People always say, `You're doing good and you're only a sophomore. Just wait until
you're a senior,'" Getsy said. "I'll take things as they come."

The sooner the better.
Aliquippa defeats Jayhawks
for The Standard Observer
Aliquippa coach Mike Zmijanac emerged from the halftime locker room Friday night
with a three-point lead and a one-track mind.

``We were snuffing them up front and we were going to run the ball,'' he said.

No. 1 Aliquippa (11-0) didn't a throw a pass in the second half, wearing down
Jeannette on both sides of the ball in a 27-9 victory over the Jayhawks on Friday night
at Moe Rubenstein Stadium in the WPIAL Class AA quarterfinals.

Running behind a determined offensive line, junior tailback Vashon Patrick rushed for
207 yards and two touchdowns as Aliquippa turned a 12-9 halftime lead into a
lopsided victory.

``It's easy calling plays when you're knocking their linemen down the field,'' Zmijanac

``We just had to overpower them,'' said Patrick, who pushed his season total to 1,374
rushing yards. ``We could tell they were getting tired at the end of the first half.''

Leading 12-9 at halftime, Aliquippa scored two touchdowns in a 1:07 span of the third
quarter to stay unbeaten and earn a WPIAL Class AA semifinal rematch with nemesis
Washington (10-1) next week. The site and time of that game will be determined.

On the opening drive of the third quarter, Patrick carried eight times for 64 yards on a
77-yard drive, capped by his 2-yard run for a 20-9 lead. Two plays later, junior Monroe
Weekley picked up a fumble and returned it 28 yards for a touchdown to give the
Quips a 27-9 lead.

``I saw the ball lying on the ground and my eyes just got big,'' Weekley said.

It was Weekly's second touchdown of the night. Early in the first half, he dropped back
into coverage and intercepted a T.J. Detruf pass, returning it 15 yards for a 6-0
Aliquippa lead.

``My coach kept telling me if I dropped back into coverage, I would get one,'' Weekley
said. ``My defensive linemen got their hands up in the air and the quarterback threw a
bad pass and I caught it.''

After Dave Blasioli's 26-yard field goal cut the Aliquippa lead to 6-3, the Jayhawks
went ahead 9-6 on Pat Klingensmith's 2-yard touchdown run with 3:36 to play in the
second quarter. Klingensmith had set up the touchdown when he intercepted
Aliquippa quarterback Bernard Lay, who went 3 for 11 for 39 yards and one
interception, at the Quips' 20 and returned it to the 2.

But Jeannette's lead lasted only 19 seconds as Michael Lowe returned the ensuing
kickoff 79 yards to the Jayhawks' 6, and Patrick scored on the next play.

Aliquippa will play Washington next weekend at a neutral site. Washington has
defeated the Quips three consecutive games, including 30-7 in last year's WPIAL

``It's payback time,'' Weekley said.
Mentoining Gerald Foster about how great a football player he is which comes natural
especially when you played for the Jeannette Jayhawks....
That is why i mention him on this page good luck Gerald in everything you do :-))))
Foster runs wild as Dukes stomp Canisius
By Josh Naggy
Gerald Foster met with reporters with a stunned look on his face after breaking three
single-season Duquesne records Saturday afternoon in the final college game of his

"I still have a hard time believing it," Foster said. "It's a great feeling that I don't want to

Foster, a Jeannette graduate, caught six passes for 182 yards and scored two
touchdowns as Duquesne defeated Canisius, 68-12, to win its third Metro Atlantic
Athletic Conference championship in five seasons.

Foster finished the season with 72 receptions for 1,340 yards and 10 touchdowns. All
are Duquesne single-season records.

He wasn't the only senior to finish his season on a high note.

Cornerback Kevin Thompson entered the game with one interception this season. In
the locker room before the game, he talked with his coaches and teammates about
making some big plays. In his career finale, Thompson intercepted three Bryan Roland
passes and returned one 54 yards for a touchdown.

"The work up front by the defensive line made my job easy," Foster said. "They threw
the quarterback off his game and made him easy to read."

The Dukes' (8-3, 6-1) point total is the third highest in the school's history and the
highest total ever in the MAAC. It's the most points scored by one team at Rooney
Field and the most given up by Canisius (1-10, 0-7) in the school's history.

Canisius was competitive early in the contest. Ryan Nice intercepted a pass in the end
zone to keep Duquesne from going up 14-0 in the first quarter. Canisius then drove the
ball 80 yards in 10 plays and made the score 7-6 on a 23-yard touchdown pass from
Roland to Luke Rood.

The extra point was wide-left, and the Dukes put Canisius away on the next play from

Quarterback Tony Zimmerman hit Foster streaking down the right side line for a
55-yard score.

Duquesne scored 41 unanswered points in the third and fourth quarters and rested its
starters in the fourth.

Duquesne coach Greg Gattuso said he is tired from the season but would like at least
one more game.

"When we were on the field I said to the kids, `I want to keep talking to you. I don't want
this to end,' "

December 9, 1999

Longtime Jeannette team physician dies
Staff Writer
For 15 years, Dr. Omar Ayoub dedicated his life to the Jeannette Jayhawks athletes. The fun-loving sports physician, known as ``The Hawks' Doc'' died Wednesday at the Irwin home of his daughter, Samantha Ayoub.

``He really took care of the kids,'' said John Dobrinick, funeral director and historian of Jeannette Jayhawks football. ``If they got sick, he had them up at his house and his wife would make them soup.''

Described as a devoted fan, Ayoub and his buddies, Dobrinick and Joe Constantine, got together every Friday night before a Hawks' football game.

``We had a ritual,'' Dobrinick noted. ``We'd smoke cigars and then go out to eat before every home and away game.''

Penn-Trafford football coach Art Tragesser remembers Ayoub as a ``good-hearted individual'' and a ``great person for the team.''

``Jeannette won three WPIAL championships (in 1971, '81, and '83) when Ayoub was our team doctor,'' Tragesser said. ``And we won 10 to 12 conference championships.''

Ayoub played high school football under Pete Dimperio, a renowned coach at Westinghouse High School. His love of the game, according to former Jeannette coach Joe Mucci, stemmed from his experiences in high school.

``Doc had such strong feelings for Jeannette,'' Mucci said. ``The city was similar to where he grew up. He was so excited to become a part of our athletic department.''

Mucci began as coach at Jeannette in 1968 through the 1985 season and remained as the school's athletic director until his retirement in 1997.

``You'd always see Doc on the sidelines with his pipe,'' he said.

Current Jeannette athletic director and head football coach Bob Murphy credited Ayoub with giving so much of himself to the student athletes at the high school.

``He was a wonderful person, so caring and giving,'' Murphy noted. ``He cared about everyone, not just the athletes.''

In addition to his duties as athletic physician, Ayoub was a general practitioner in the Jeannette area for years.

He is survived by four daughters, Samanatha Ayoub, with whom he resided, Stephanie Robinson of Jeannette, Anne Forrest of Massachusetts, and Amanda Ayoub of Oregon; and two grandchildren.

``I will always consider Doc a great friend,'' stated Mucci.


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