PSFCA to Induct 4 Into Hall of Fame


From L to R: Dave Moore, Ted Nypaver, Jim Morgans, and John Hayes.

Dave Moore
Dave Moore graduated in 1969 from Williams Valley High School in Tower City, Pennsylvania and earned a B.S. degree from Mansfield State College in 1973.  His first permanent teaching and coaching position was at Zuni High School on the Zuni Indian Reservation in New Mexico.  He coached the Zuni T-Birds for two years, helping them to earn their first-ever winning season with a 6-3 record.  In 1978 Dave returned to New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania to teach American History and to coach three sports, including Jr. High football.  After posting a 6-1 record at that level, he was named the Varsity Head Coach of the Bulldogs in 1979.  For the next 18 years Coach Moore, his staff and teams won four Little Twelve Conference Championships and one Eastern Division Conference Title.  Redbank also captured three District 9 AA Championships and were runners up twice.  Along with those titles, the RV Bulldogs won 25 consecutive conference games in back-to-back undefeated seasons.  In 1987 Dave was the first coach in the KSAC Conference to implement the one-back set utilizing a Run and Shoot Offense.  Dave was named Coach of the Year three times in the Little 12 and Keystone Shortway Conferences and was given the same title by the Kittanning Leader Times newspaper.  He has been recognized as the winningest football coach in Redbank Valley history with a lifetime record of 118 wins, 51 losses, and 5 ties.  He was also the first coach named to the Redbank Valley Hall of Fame in 2018.  Dave credits his successes to having great assistant coaches, dedicated athletes, and a supportive community.  Most importantly, he appreciates his friends and family, with special thanks to wife Nancy, son Matt, and daughter Ashley for their patience and support.

Ted Nypaver
Ted graduated from South Union High School. He was on the All-Fayette County Football Team. He was a starter all through his college years in football, as an end, on both sides of the ball. He attended Louisiana-Monroe on scholarship. He later transferred to Salem College. His senior year he was voted, by his peers, as the Outstanding Senior Athlete. He was an assistant coach at Dunbar High School. His first head coaching job was two years at Beth Center and a one-year stint at Blairsville and Mt. Pleasant. Ted was the head football and basketball coach at Blairsville. His teams won the Indiana County championships in both sports. He was named the Indiana County H.S. Coach Of The Year. Ted accepted the job as head coach at Southern Huntingdon H.S. His teams won 124 games, lost 34, and tied 6. At home his Southern Huntingdon Rockets boasted a record of 65-12-2. They won 6 Inter-County titles and 7 Mid-Penn Conference championships. His 1978, 1979, 1980 teams held the longest winning streak of 28 games in the state. He was named Mid-Penn Coach Of  The Year six times and Inter-County Coach Of The Year four times. He was one of six coaches from PA, Ohio, and WV. honored at the Coach Of The Year Clinic in 1981. In 1984 he accepted the coaching job at Spring-Ford H.S. His tenure produced 31 wins, 5 losses, and two ties. His winning percentage is the best ever at both Southern Huntingdon and Spring-Ford. After a second place Conference finish in 1985 his teams won the PAC-10 Conference in 1986 & 1987. Ted was the PAC-10 Coach Of The Year in 1986.  In 2002 he was inducted into the Huntingdon County Hall Of Fame.

Jim Morgans
Jim Morgans has devoted 56 years to football as both a player and a coach. He began as player at Allentown Central Catholic graduating in 1964. He attended Cisco Jr. College in Cisco, TX. After two seasons Jim accepted a scholarship to play for Louisiana College in Pineville, LA. After graduating he started his coaching career at a high school in Louisiana. Soon after he accepted a teaching and coaching position at his alma mater Central Catholic. Jim had two stints as head football coach at Central Catholic: 1976-1982 and 1989-1998.
Jim left ACCHS to become the head football coach at Salisbury High School for two seasons (1999-2000) and Freedom High School for four seasons (2001-2004) before finishing at Parkland High School. Jim’s career record stands at 283-137-1. His teams have won 2 PIAA State Championships, 2 PIAA State Runner-ups, an Eastern Conference Title, 10 East Penn Conference Titles, and a record 11 District XI Championships. While at Parkland Jim received the 2007 Shutt Sports East Region Coach of the Year honor.
Jim is humbled and proud to have been inducted into the Louisiana College, Parkland HS, ACCHS, McDonald’s, National Football Foundation and Eastern Pennsylvania Football Halls of Fame. In addition, he was privileged to serve as the head football coach in the 1994 High School All-American game, the 1983, 1992 & 1995 McDonald’s All-Star Classic, and the 2008 Big 33 Game. Jim retired in 2015 after teaching for 46 years. He and his wife Kathryn have been married for 47 years. They have 7 children and 20 grandchildren. Jim would like to thank all the players and coaches that are responsible for the success that he experienced in his career, with a special thanks to his wife Kathy and children Jamie, Tracy, Wendy, James, Mary, William and Kathryn Claire.

John Hayes
John is a 1964 graduate of East Huntingdon Township High School in Alverton, PA. He participated in football and track, receiving WPIAL recognition in football his senior year. Following graduation, John attended Susquehanna University before transferring to Juniata College the following year. He participated and lettered all four years on very successful teams. 
Following graduation in 1969, Tyrone Area High School hired John as a social studies teacher and varsity football assistant. He served in that capacity until 1979. In 1980, neighboring rival Bellwood-Antis High School hired him as their head football coach. The following year he became a social studies teacher and athletic director, positions he held until 2017. Those 38 years produced a record of 323 wins, 103 losses, and 2 ties - tenth most victories in PA football history. He had 5 undefeated seasons; won 19 conference championships; qualified for 15 District 6 finals winning six championships; advanced to the PIAA Final 4 on three occasions. 
Coach Hayes has won numerous "Coach of the Year" awards highlighted by being named PSFCA "AA" State Coach of the Year in 1985 and the NFF-CHF Lifetime Achievement award in 2015. He has coached in many local all-star games and as an assistant in the Big 33 victory over Ohio in 2005. In 1984, he was the inaugural president of the CPFCA, in addition to serving two other terms as president. He served as PSFCA president in 2002 and Game Director of the PSFCA East/West game from 2001 to 2010. He was a clinic speaker many times, and received the Marines' "Semper Fidelis" Award in 2016. 
In his role as Athletic Director, John provided leadership to a highly successful and respected athletic program, and led in the renovation of BA's stadium and locker room facilities making them a copy for others to follow. PSADA named him Region 3 "AD of the Year" in 2003 and presented him with their prestigious "Distinguished Service Award" in 2016. 
Coach Hayes and his wife, Vicky, whom he credits for giving him the opportunity to pursue and achieve these accomplishments, have been married 48 years and are the parents of a son, Joshua. 
John would like to thank PSFCA for this prestigious honor, his loving family, the Bellwood Antis community, school district and administration, his outstanding former players for their enthusiastic play, and his coaches who are like family for their support and dedication over many years. 
Finally, all the glory goes to God for his Divine influence in these endeavors. None of the achievements would have been possible without His direction. 

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Team WPA wins 2018 PSFCA East West All-Star game

Mansion Park, Altoona:
 
Written by Shane Lux, Billy Splain 
 on Monday, May 7th, 2018
 
 
Selinsgrove QB Logan Leiby
 
With a steady rain falling on Altoona’s Mansion Park, Selinsgrove’s Logan Leiby threw a 10-yard completion to Penn Trafford’s Cam Suman on 3rd-and-5 with 2:06 remaining that gave the Western squad enough breathing room to run out the clock on their Eastern foes 28-25 Sunday afternoon at Altoona’s Mansion Park Stadium
 
The Leiby to Suman completion came after the East opted not to onside kick following Yahmir Wilkerson’s 1-yard touchdown run with 2:45 to play that capped an 8-play 79-yard drive. Harrisburg’s Wilkerson connected with Manheim Township’s Rece Bender on a 54-yard completion to the West’s 24-yard line to set up the score.
 
Wilkerson threw for 118 yards and a score while adding 12 more rushing and a touchdown. Bender had two catches for 91 yards. Leiby collected 134 yards of total offense including 11 rushing and a score, Suman had two grabs for 16 yards.
 
Both teams scored on their opening possessions as the West went into their bag of tricks that saw North Allegheny’s John Vardzel throw a touchdown pass from his wide receiver position to Garret Fairman of Thomas Jefferson.
 
Seven plays later the East tied the game at seven as Wilkerson hit Jake Novak of Manheim Central from 35 yards out.
 
Back-to-back touchdowns pulled the West ahead for good as Leiby scored on a 1-yard keeper punctuating a 79-yard drive.  West MVP Tim Smith of Penn Hills caught 
 
 
West MVP Tim Smith
 
a 35-yard pass from Leiby while Jeannette’s Robert Kennedy ran for a 31-yard gain on the drive. Smith accounted for 153 all-purpose yards.
 
Extending their lead, Bethel Park’s Gavin Vargesko scooped up a fumble and returned it 13 yards that pushed their lead to 21-7 with 10:26 to play in the first half.
 
East MVP Sam Karr of Abraham Lincoln ripped off a 24-yard touchdown run pulling the East to within a score at halftime 21-14. Karr rushed for all 32 yards on the drive following a shanked punt.
 
 
Sam Karr with Homer DeLattre
 
Kennedy returned the ensuing kickoff 55 yards, but the West couldn’t capitalize as Carter Raupach of Berlin Brothersvalley had his 31-yard field blocked.
 
Lampeter-Strasburg’s Peyton Denlinger nailed a 33-yard field goal that pulled that pulled the East to within 21-17 at the 3:38 mark of the third quarter.
 
But the West had other ideas as Smith broke a 42-gain and Kennedy capped off the 62-yard drive with a 4-yard scoring run making the score 28-17 after three.
 
The East out gained the West 306 to 267 in total offense.
 
After the game, Penn State preferred walk-on Colin DeBoef and Jeremiah Gutierrez of Stroudsburg were told they were given roster spots for the June 16 Big 33 game due to two other players dropping out.

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Penn Hills RB Tim Smith, Selinsgrove QB Logan Leiby steer West All-Stars to PSFCA showcase win

By Eric F. Epler | eepler@pennlive.com 
on May 06, 2018 8:57 PM, updated May 06, 2018 9:11 PM

ALTOONA -- Tim Smith didn’t haul the fastest tread to Altoona’s Manson Park Stadium yet it didn’t stop the Penn Hills running back from a good romp in the rain.
 
Smith accounted for 153 all-purpose yards and Selinsgrove QB Logan Leiby connected on 10 of 15 passes Sunday as the West contingent made it two straight in the 17th annual PSFCA East-West All-Star game.
 
Through the driving rain storm – what else is new for the venue affectionately hailed as the Raven’s Den? – Pine-Richland coach Eric Kasperowicz watched his crew secure a 21-7 halftime lead and then hold off Harrisburg QB Yahmir Wilkerson and the East.
 
Wilkerson’s TD sprint out with 2:45 to play, coupled with his 2-point conversion pass to Lincoln RB Sam Karr, had whittled the West lead to three points.
 
Leiby, however, dashed the East’s last breath when he converted a third-and-5 by hitting Penn-Trafford’s Cam Suman. The East, out of timeouts, watched Leiby take two kneel downs in victory formation.
 
Smith, the West MVP, did not score but rushed 13 times for 88 yards and caught five passes for 65 stripes. Leiby finished with 137 of 150 passing yards for the West.
 
DISTRICT 3 LEADERS
 
Smith worked behind Cumberland Valley OT Jacob Fetterolf and State College guard Collin DeBoef throughout.
 
CV’s Christian Arrington also weighed heavily on the West defense at linebacker.
 
The East managed just four first downs after halftime and were limited to 66 rushing yards on 22 totes.
 
Wilkerson, who completed 7 of 10 pass attempts, and fellow East QB Michael Ruisch did produce a handful of big plays.
 
Following a West touchdown on the opening possession, Wilkerson snapped off a third-and-15 shot to Manheim Central WR Jake Novak. The latter beat the coverage on a deep slant for a 35-yard score.
 
Later, a fumble by Wilkerson did turn into a 13-yard touchdown return by Bethel Park DE Gavin Vargesko early in the second, but Karr’s 24-yard TD run eventually sliced the East deficit to 21-14 with 2:38 to go in the half.
 
Manheim Twp. WR Rece Bender finished with two catches for 91 yards, while Central Dauphin TE Grant Smith (3-48) and Bethlehem Catholic’s Chris Drayton (3-35) gave the QB tandem plenty of targets. Wilkerson was 7 of 10 on the afternoon.
 
Lampeter-Strasburg kicker Peyton Denlinger chipped in three PATs and a 33-yard field goal late in the third quarter. Karr, named the East MVP, rushed 5 times for 70 yards.
 
Robert Kennedy, the hero behind Jeannette’s Class 2A championship in December, capped the West scoring with a 4-yard run in the third.
 
GAME NOTES
 
DeBoef, bound for Penn State as a preferred walk-on, and East guard Jeremiah Gutierrez of Stroudsburg received some good news postgame. Both were awarded roster spots for the June 16 Big 33 game after a pair of players opted out. … Middletown’s Brady Fox rushed four times for 7 yards and caught one pass for 10 yards. … Manheim Central LB Tyler Simon, Hazleton’s Adrian Otero and Lancaster Catholic DE Peyton Snopek (sack) were among the biggest standouts on the East defense. … The West won the 2017 showcase 17-14. Sunday’s game was the fourth straight decided by three points or less.
 
THEY SAID IT
 
“It feels good, but I wasn’t in condition for this one. I thought it was just come here and play. Next time I’m going to be well conditioned when I get the call.” – West RB Tim Smith of Penn Hills
 
“I got to meet new guys and we had a good connection in the game. We had a couple of mistakes but it was a good experience overall. I liked the targets (receivers). It was definitely different but throughout practice this week we got our timing down.” – East QB Yahmir Wilkerson of Harrisburg
 
17th PSFCA East-West All-Star game (Mansion Park, Altoona)
 
East – 7 – 7 – 3 – 8 -- 25
West -- 14 – 7 – 7 – 0 --    28
 
First quarter
West-Garret Fairman 8 pass from John Varadzel (Carter Raupach kick), 8:03
East-Jake Novak 35 pass from Yahmir Wikerson (Peyton Denlinger kick), 4:27
West-Logan Leiby 1 run (Raupach kick), 2:19
Second quarter
West-Gavin Vargesko 13 fumble return (Raupach kick), 10:26
East-Sam Karr 24 run (Denlinger kick), 2:38
Third quarter
East-FG Denlinger 33, 3:38
West-Robert Kennedy 4 run (Raupach kick), :47
Fourth quarter
East-Wilkerson 1 run (Karr pass from Wilkerson), 2:45
 
Team Stats        East         West
First downs          12            14        
Rushes-Yards       22-66      29-142
Passing                241         150
Comp-Att-Int      13-20-0    13-25-0
Punts-Avg.           2-38       4-30.8
Fumbles-lost        2-2           0-0      
Penalties-yds       7-70         5-55
 
Individual statistics
RUSHING: East, Sam Karr 5-70, Yahmir Wilkerson 7-11, Brady Fox 4-7, Xavier Roman 1-1, Chris Drayton 2-(minus-4), Michael Ruisch 3-(minus-19); West, Tim Smith 13-88, Robert Kennedy 5-60, Logan Leiby 5-12, Cam Laconi 1-1, Team 3-(minus-4), Drew Saxton 2-(minus-15.
 
PASSING: East, Michael Ruisch 6-10-0—123, Wilkerson 7-10-0—118; West, Logan Leiby 10-15-0—137, John Varadzel 1-1-0—9, Drew Saxton 2-9-0—4.
 
RECEIVING: East, Rece Bender 2-91, Grant Smith 3-48, Chris Drayton 3-35, Jake Novak 1-35, Xavier Roman 2-12, Andrew Nickles 1-10, Brady Fox 1-10; West, Tim Smith 5-65, John Varadzel 2-37, Garret Fairman 2-18, Cam Suman 2-16, Cam Laconi 2-12, Robert Kennedy 1-2.
 
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