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First and Ten

By 1 January, 2013No Comments

The conclusion of the 2012 season marked the finest ten year run in the history of the Marple Newtown football program.  Sixty-two victories and a .563 winning percentage are just the beginning.

Here’s a closer look at the building of a winner, by the numbers:

  • 2,900 Career Rushing Yards: Matt Moccia was the main focal point of the Tigers offensive attack from 2003-2005, but Central League opponents still couldn’t stop #42.
  • 300 All-Time Victories: The program notched all-time win #300 in a 62-6 victory over Lower Merion in 2007.
  • 256 Yards Rushing: Cimirrow Moat broke the single-game school record with 256 rushing yards in the 2011 opener against Sun Valley.
  • 62 Wins: The Tigers have won 56.3% of their games in the past decade, compiling a mark of 62-48.  
  • All-Delco Selections:  Brian Peters honor in 2004 snapped a seven-year cold streak for the Tigers.  Other honorees include: Matt Moccia (2005), Perry Koliatsis & Pete Massaro (2006), Pete Massaro (2007), Kevan Strigle (2009), Christian Whiteside (2010), and Cimirrow Moat in 2011.
  • 5 Sportsmanship Awards: Marple Newtown has been recognized by the Suburban Football Officials Association five times as the  top team in the Central League.
  • All-State Selections: Four Tigers earned All-State honors, including Brian Peters (2004), Pete Massaro (2006 & 2007) and Cimirrow Moat (2011).
  • 3 Playoff Appearances: The Tigers competed in the PIAA District 1 playoffs for the first time in history in 2006.  MN followed up with appearances in 2009 and 2011.
  • 2 State All-Star Appearances: Pete Massaro played in the 2008 Big 33 Game and Cimirrow Moat played in the 2012 East-West All-Star Game.
  • 1 Pair of Coaches: Head Coach Ray Gionta and Defensive Coordinator Lou D’Alonzo have been there for it all.

In addition to the on-field success for the program, Marple Newtown has enjoyed renovated football facilities, including the installation of SprintTurf at Harry Harvey Field, a new locker room and updated weight room.  The program’s continual community service efforts have been noted and Tiger footballers excel in the classroom and beyond.