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MOON TWP. — Moon (6-2, 4-1) followed last weeks’ blueprint to earn a second consecutive impressive conference win this week over Upper St. Clair (5-3, 3-2) to earn a first-round home playoff game in the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs.
The Tiger’s defense allowed 13 points and six points against the conference’s top two offenses and cemented their spot as a contender in 5A.
Jamal Littlejohn scored two touchdowns for the Tigers in the first half of runs of five and 18 yards.
The Tigers got on the board first but Upper St. Clair answered 18 seconds later when quarterback Ethan Dahlem scored on a keeper from 78 yards out. Two missed extra points made the game 6-6, much to the chagrin of the assembled media members, if nothing more than making sure the scores are typed out right.
Moon’s defense continued its strong first half when Dawson Snyder intercepted a pass from Dahlem in the end zone. The pass was a broken play and Snyder was able to return the interception 68 yards to Panther territory.
The Tigers capitalized 1:30 later when Littlejohn found the end zone for the second time of the half.
The play differential was nearly 2:1 in favor of the Tigers in the first half.
Special teams were a factor in the second half when Moon punted on their first possession. The sky-high kick took a Moon Bounce (get it) and skirted the sideline to the Panthers’ 12-yard line.
Three plays later the Panthers were forced to punt, this one, however, traveled only 13 yards to the Upper St. Clair 30.
The Tigers scored a few plays later on a wildcat run from Jeremiah Dean from six yards out.
Upper St. Clair punted six times in the loss, committed three turnovers and were just 2-for-10 on third-downs.
Moon had more rushing yards, ran more plays and won the time of possession battle.