2011 Small School Defensive Player of the Year – Joey Deal, MoniteauWritten by: David Mika on Friday, December 30th, 2011
Moniteau enjoyed an unprecedented season in its school’s football history, claiming its first District 9 football championship and setting a school record for wins in a season, with 12, before bowing to Aliquippa in the PIAA Class AA quarterfinals, 32-7.
And part of the reason for that success was that Joey Deal, a senior defensive end, was wreaking havoc and posting solid game after solid game for the Warriors. In all, Deal posted 90 tackles (63 solo), a school single-season record 31 sacks (for 216 total yards lost), two forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and a blocked punt. He averaged 6.9 tackles per game and posted six games with three or more sacks.
The Warriors’ first string and reserve defensive units allowed an average of 13.7 points per game, holding nine of 13 opponents to 15 points or less, with two shutouts.
Deal also doubled as a tight end on offense, and caught 24 passes for 278 yards and five touchdowns.
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