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1979

1979 Pennsbury Falcons    
 4-6   1 Shutout
 Head Coach: Chuck Kane




Captains: #42 John Dardes and #20 Rich Applegate

1979 Falcons

 L        Abington                            0-1
W       Altoona                               7-3 
 W       Bensalem                          40-0
L       Central West                      0-1
   L       Council Rock                   13-21
 L       Delhaas                               0-9
  W       Maple Point                      15-14
  W       Neshaminy                       28-14
 L       Plymouth-Whitemarsh     0-1
 L       Woodrow Wilson               0-1


The 1979 team would have had a record of 8-2, but an unfortunate clerical error forced a ruling of 4 forfeits 
on an eligibility issue. The team battled on and won all but one of their last 5 games.


Homecoming 1979

The 1979 Season

1980 Yearbook Text of the 1979 Football Season as written by Ray Bisczat, member of the team

This year's Falcons started off strong with an upset win over powerful Central Bucks West. Pennsbury went into Doylestown a ten-point underdog, but when the dust settled, the Falcons had a 19-13 com-from-behind victory. This opening triumph set the tone for the rest of the the season. On five other occasions, the Falcons kept the crowd on the edge of their seats with come-from-behind wins in the waning second. Perhaps the most spectacular was the homecoming game against Wilson, when the go-ahead touchdown was scored with only 30 seconds left on the clock.

The 1979 Falcons were the closest-knit team in many years. A sense of togetherness helped the team overcome what often appeared to be insurmountable odds. Each player knew he could depend on the guy playing next to him, and he knew he could depend on the bench for supposrt and fine performance when called upon. It was this sense of togetherness, not only among the seniors, but also among the juniors and the sophomores, that helped the team overcome much of the adversity it encountered at mid-season. The Falcons showed character and class as they finished the season with three straight victories after two losses and an ineligibility problem. The team could have quit, but they didn't; if anything, they played harder and with much greater intensity, a credit to the whole team.

This year's offense played in typical Pennsbury fashion: nothing fancy; just simple, fundamental football. Rich Applegate led this year's running attack, averaging well over four yards per carry. Rich also made some key catches in clutch situations. "Gates" did an extraordinary job for the Falcons all year, but especially in the latter part of the season when he played with a cast on his right hand. Dan Schaeffer and Glenn Obert also had many fine performances running the football for the Falcons. While neither received much newspaper recognition, both performed consistently all season. When quarterback Mike Elko took to the air, he had two fine receivers to throw to:  6'5" Don McMullin and tight end Jim Filotei. Jim was the team's leading receiver with 13 receptions for 177 yards, and Don was right behind him with 10 receptions for 138 yards. While McMulling and Filotei were off to fine years, Pennsbury's mystery receiver was piling up some interesting statistics of his own. Gary Nagle, who saw limited action behind Don and Jim, only caught 6 passes, but three were for touchdowns - two against Council Rock and one against Neshaminy-Langhorne just before half-time. Gary, a senior did a fine job for the Falcons.

Some credit must also be given to the unsung heroes of any offense, the lineman. This year's line was one of the biggest and best in the area; it included: Tim Meel and Ray Bisczat at the tackles, Bob Sill and Ron Dilliplane at the guards and Rich Giordano at center.

The defense is usually tough every year at Pennsbury, and 1979 was no exception. This year's headhunters were led by linebackers John Dardes and John Hackman. Dardes was the on-the-field leader, calling the defensive signals, while Hackman set out to destroy the opposition's running backs - he was very successful. But linebacking alone does not make a good defense' all eleven men have to contribute - and the did. The defensive line was anchored by Ron Dilliplane at middle-guard and secured by Ric Krawzcun and Bob Hose on the ends. All three had fine years. Ron was probably the best middle guard in Lower Bucks County. But if there was one Falcon who most personified the word"defense", it was Pete Mazenko. Pete was the free spirit of the defense. Although small in stature, he was never hard to find on the field. You just had to look for the big hits and there was Pete. The defensive secondary, one of the youngest in recent years, was led by senior Dan Gatti. Dan was like an old man in a child's game, but "Dante's" experience helped solidify what had been labeled as a possible weak point in the pre-season.

Perhaps the most outstanding quality about the 1979 Falcons was that there was no one star. Every game was a team effort. but maybe that's the way it should have been. After all, football is a team sport. From mid-August until late November, the Falcons played as a team, played almost as a family. This was the key to a very successful 8-2 season. Although the Falcons were not LBCL Champions in 1979, they played like champions every time they took the field, and for this the team has a lot to be proud of.

                 
1979-1980 Yearbook Photos









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