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A look back at the 1998 Smethport Hubbers

With the PIAA football playoffs underway, we thought it would be fun to look back at team from District 9 that made a long run in the PIAA postseason, the 1998 Smethport Hubbers. Smethport went 13-1 in 1998 losing to Rochester in the PIAA Class A semifinals after beating Kennedy Christian and Bishop Carroll in the PIAA playoffs. The Hubbers defeated Clarion-Limestone in the District 9 title game that year after taking care of Clarion in the opening round, avenging a loss to the Bobcats in the 1997 District 9 title game.

Here is a brief summary of the 1998 season including short game recaps from the three PIAA Playoff games. Enjoy.

Editor’s note: If you have any other information on that season you would like to share, please leave a comment or send us an e-mail at sports@d9sports.com. We have done our best to ensure the information below is as correct as possible but records aren’t the greatest from the 1998 season.


RECORD: 13-1

SCHEDULE (Dates & locations are not official)

Sept. 5 vs. Youngsville – W 39-7

Sept. 12 vs. Coudersport – W 32-6

Sept. 19/20 at Elk County Christian – W 25-12

Sept. 26 vs. Ridgway – W 14-7

Oct. 2 at Cameron County – W 34-14

Oct. 9 at Otto-Eldred – W 46-0

Oct. 16 vs. Sheffield – W 43-6

Oct. 24 at Port Allegany – W 47-3

AML Title Game at Not available

Oct. 30/31 vs. Elk County Christian – W 22-14

District 9 Class A Semifinals at Smethport

Nov. 6 vs. Clarion – W 53-14

District 9 Class A Championship at Johnsonburg

Nov. 13 vs. Clarion-Limestone – W 28-14

PIAA Class A First Round at Veteran Stadium in Erie

Nov. 21 vs. Kennedy Christian – W 46-7

PIAA Class A Quarterfinals at Mansion Park in Altoona

Nov. 28 vs. Bishop Carroll – W 34-21

PIAA Class A Semifinals at North Alleghany High School

Dec. 5 vs. Rochester – L 6-41







PASSING: Comp-Att-Int – 118-183-8

POINTS – 469


Total Touchdowns scored

Marty Alter – 18 (No breakdown)

Mike Defilippi – 7 (7 rushing)

Steve Druphy – 7 (No breakdown)

Mike Dodge – 6 (6 receiving)


Mike Defilippi – 114-for-174, 2,418 yards, 24 touchdowns, 6 interceptions


Marty Alter – 159 carries, 1,167 yards

Steve Durphy – 92 carries, 330 yards

Mike Defilippi – 107 carries, 290 yards

Dan Mitchell – 42 carries, 239 yards


Mike Dodge – 43 catches, 1,073 yards

Marty Alter – 30 catches, 794 yards

Denny Mitchell – 19 catches, 331 yards




First Round – Nov. 21, 1998 – Vets Stadium – Erie


ERIE, Pa – Behind four touchdowns from Marty Alter, District 9 champion Smethport rolled to a 46-7 win over Kennedy Christian in the opening round of the PIAA Class A playoffs Saturday at Veterans Stadium in Erie.

Alter scored on runs of 67 and 15 yards and caught touchdown passes of 74 and 47 yards from Mike Defilippi, who also threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Mike Dodge and kicked a 29-yard field goal.

Kennedy Christian (9-3), the District 10 champion, actually led 7-0 following a 57-yard Brian Trimboli touchdown run.

But the Hubbers (12-0) struck back on a 74-yard DeFilippi to Alter touchdown pass to knot the game at seven after one quarter.

Alter then scored his two rushing touchdowns in the second quarter helping Smethport to a 22-7 halftime lead before Defilippi hooked up with Dodge on a third-quarter touchdown pass that put the Hubbers ahead 29-7 going to the final quarter.

In the fourth quarter, Defillipi made it 32-7 with the field goal before a 1-yard Steve Durphy touchdown run and a 47-yard Defillipi to Alter touchdown pass set the final score.

Alter had a big day with 237 yards of offense. He carried the ball eight times for 107 yards and added three catches for 130 yards. Defillipi was 7 of 11 for 231 yards and the three touchdowns.

Trimboli paced Kennedy Catholic with 14 carries for 143 yards and the score.

Smethport faces District 6 champion Bishop Carroll in the quarterfinals.


Score by Quarters

Smethport 7 15 7 17 – 46

Kennedy Christian 7 0 0 0 – 7

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

KC – Trimboli 57 run (Lauffer kick)

SM – Alter 74 pass from Defilippi (Defilippi kick)

Second Quarter

SM – Alter 67 run (Defilippi kick)

SM – Alter 15 run (Denny Mitchell pass from Defilippi)

Third Quarter

SM – Dodge 27 pass from Defilippi (Defilippi kick)

Fourth Quarter

SM – Defilippi 29 field goal

SM – Durphy 1 run (Defilippi kick)

SM – Alter 47 pass from Defilippi (Defilippi kick)


S                      K

First Downs                10                    13

Rushes-Yards              27-138             45-199

Passing Yards             231                  82

Comp-Att-Int              7-11-0              5-10-2

Total Yards                 369                  281

Fumbles-Lost              2-1                   4-2

Penalties-Yards           3-38                 9-94


Rushing – Smethport: Alter 8-107, Defilippi 7-14, Durphy 7-10, De. Mitchell 3-4, Shelgren 1-2, Da. Mitchell 1-1. Kennedy Christian: Trimboli 14-143, Friday 17-41, McClure 6-27, Cecil 7-9, Shirley 1-minus 21.

Passing – Smethport: Defilippi 7-for-11, 231 yards, 3 touchdowns. Kennedy Christian: McClure 5-for-10, 82 yards, 2 interceptions

Receiving – Smethport: Alter 3-130, De. Mitchell 2-26, Galloway 1-48, Dodge 1-27. Kennedy Christian: Shirley 2-40, Monsman 1-33, Jovenall 1-6, Friday 1-3.

Quarterfinals – Nov. 28, 1998 – Mansion Park – Altoona


ALTOONA, Pa. – Just call them Mike & Mike.

Junior quarterback Mike Defilippi and senior wide receiver Mike Dodge helped District 9 champion Smethport overcome a slow start and get a 34-21 win over District 5-6 champion Bishop Carroll in the PIAA Class A quarterfinals Saturday at Mansion Park in Altoona.

Defilippi threw for 255 yards and three touchdowns – he was 13 of 17 passing with an interception – while running for a fourth score and picking off a pass, and Dodge had seven catches for 162 yards and two touchdowns, as Smethport (13-0) overcame a 14-7 halftime deficit.

The Hubbers tied the game on a 4-yard Defilippi to Clayton Galloway touchdown pass midway through the third quarter before a 1-yard Marc Shelgren touchdown run later in the quarter gave the Hubbers their first lead of the game. Dodge then caught a 37-yard touchdown pass from Defilippi in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter to make it 28-14.

But Bishop Carroll (11-2) answered with a 43-yard Mike Tremel to Anthony Piccioni touchdown pass just over a minute later before Defilippi’s 5-yard run with 7:17 to play restored the two-score lead.

Bishop Carroll struck first on a 1-yard Justin Schilling touchdown run in the first quarter before Defilippi hit Dodge with a 39-yard touchdown pass a minute and a half later to tie the game at 7.

But the Huskies went back ahead midway through the second quarter on a Schilling 17-yard touchdown run.

Marty Alter led Smethport on the ground with 20 carries for 159 yards, 114 came in the second half, and added three catches for 70 yards, helping the Hibbers outgain Bishop Carroll 413 to 378.

Tremel was 7 of 18 for 165 yards and the touchdown but also threw three interceptions for Bishop Carroll, while Schilling ran 18 times for 75 yards and the scor scores while also catching one pass for 21 yards.

Smethport, which is looking to make it back to the PIAA title game for the first time since 1992, faces Rochester in the semifinals next week.


Score by Quarters

Smethport 7 0 14 13 – 34

Bishop Carroll 7 7 0 7 – 21

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

BC – J. Schilling 1 run (Wyss kick), 8:17

SM – Dodge 39 pass from Defilippi (Defilippi kick), 6:54

Second Quarter

BC – J. Schilling 1 run (Wyss kick), 5:28

Third Quarter

SM – Galloway 4 pass from Defilippi (Defilippi kick), 6:41

SM – Shelgren 1 run (Defilippi kick), 3:09

Fourth Quarter

SM – Dodge 37 pass from Defilippi (Defilippi kick), 10:40

BC – Piccioni 43 pass from Tremel (Wyss kick), 9:16

SM – Defilippi 5 run (Kick failed), 7:17


S                      BC

First Downs                22                    16

Rushes-Yards              41-218             42-211

Passing Yards             255                  165

Comp-Att-Int              13-17-1            7-18-3

Total Yards                 413                  378

Fumbles-Lost              2-2                   0-0

Penalties-Yards           5-34                 11-107

Punts-Avg.                  3-23                 4-30


Rushing – Smethport: Alter 20-159, Shelgren 10-18, Da. Mitchell 2-9, Defilippi 8-2, Dodge 1-0. Bishop Carroll: J. Schilling 18-75, McMahon 8-72, C. schilling 2-31, Tremel 9-29, Piccioni 1-4, Golden 3-2, Bianconi 1-0.

Passing – Smethport: Defilippi 13-for-17, 255 yards, 3 touchdowns, 1 interception. Bishop Carroll: Tremel 7-for-18, 165 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions.

Receiving – Smethport: Dodge 7-162, Alter 3-70, De. Mitchell 2-19, Galloway 1-4. Bishop Carroll – McMahon 2-15, Piccioni 1-43, Salony 1-25, Serenko 2-31, J. Schilling 1-21.

Interceptions – Smethport: Defillipi, Stroup, Alter. Bishop Carroll Salony.

Semifinals – Dec. 5, 1998 – North Allegheny High School – Wexford


PITTSBURG – Randy “Mookie” Anderson and the rest of the Rochester Rams were way too much for Smethport, as the WPIAL champions cruised to a 41-6 win over the District 9 titlists in the PIAA Class A semifinals Saturday at North Allegheny High School.

Anderson ran for 181 yards and three touchdowns, and Rochester outgained Smethport (13-1) 424 to 217.

The Rams grabbed a 21-0 lead early in the second quarter and then used a key defensive stand in the quarter after Smethport had gotten within two touchdowns to expand the advantage to 34-6 by halftime.

Trailing 21-0, Smethport got life when Mike Defilippi hit Marty Alter with a 19-yard touchdown pass to cap a 79-yard drive with seven minutes left in the first half. The Hubbers, who missed the extra point, then recovered a Rochester fumble on the ensuing kickoff at the Rams’ 33-yard line.

But Rochester’s defense stiffened allowing just two Hubber yards on four players and took over on downs at its own 31-yard line.

On the Rams first play after the defensive stand, Anderson burst through a hole and went 69 yards for the game’s decisive touchdown.

Anderson, who also scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter, tacked on a 1-yard touchdown run later in the half before Kris Griffin closed out the Rochester scoring when he picked off a Defilippi pass, one of three interceptions on the day by the junior who entered the contest with three all season, and returned in 73-yard for a score in the third quarter.

Darrell Damon got Rochester’s day started with a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, while Randy Bacon made it 21-0 Rams when he scored on a 2-yard run in the second quarter. Bacon also went over 100 yards rushing with 104 on the day.

Alter led Smethport with 15 carries for 70 yards and four catches for 49. Defilippi was 14-for-21 for 129 yards, the touchdown and three picks, while Mike Dodge had five catches for 30 yards.

Rochester will face Southern Columbia in the PIAA title game.

NOTES – Dodge finished the season 114-for-174 for 2,418 yards, 24 touchdowns and six interception … Alter had 1,167 yards rushing on 159 carries and added 30 catches for 794 yards, while Dodge had 43 catches for 1,073 yards … Smethport was trying to become just the third District 9 team to reach the title game. The Hubbers did so in 1992, and Keystone reached the championship game in 1989. Both teams lost in the title game with Smethport falling to Scotland School and Keystone to Dunmore. This was the third PIAA semifinal playoff meeting between Smethport and Rochester. The Rams won 29-20 in 1991 before Smethport turned the tables the following year with a 6-0 victory. Smethport also lost in the 1990 semifinals 63-14 to Farrell and in the 1995 semifinals 14-0 to Farrell … This was the third straight PIAA playoff game the Hubbers played in practically their opponents back yard. Smethport beat Kennedy Christian out of Sharon in Erie in the first round and then defeated Ebensburg’s Bishop Carroll in the quarterfinals in Altoona.


Score by Quarters

Smethport 0 6 0 0 – 6

Rochester 13 31 7 0 – 41

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

R – Darrell Daman 3 run (Botnovich kick)

R – Mookie Anderson 1 run (Kick failed)

Second Quarter

R – Randy Bacon 2 run (Anderson run)

S – Marty Alter 19 pass from Mike Defilippi (Kick failed)

R – Anderson 69 run (Botnovich kick)

R – Anderson 1 run (Kick failed)

Third Quarter

R – Kris Griffen 73 interception return (Botnovich kick)


S                      R

First Downs                15                    21

Rushes-Yards              24-88               50-369

Passing Yards             129                  55

Comp-Att-Int              14-21-3            2-2-0

Total Yards                 217                  424

Fumbles-Lost              0-0                   2-2

Penalties-Yards           6-52                 3-24


Rushing – Smethport: Alter 15-70, Shelgren 1-15, Durphy 1-2, Defilippi 7-1. Rochester: Anderson 15-181, Bacon 14-104, Kr. Griffen 5-32, Damon 5-27, Burkure 3-12, Williams 5-9, Cunning 1-3, Touth 1-2, Harvey 1-minus 1.

Passing – Smethport: Defilippi 14-for-21, 129 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions. Rochester: Harvey 2-for-2, 55 yards.

Receiving – Smethport: Dodge 5-30, Alter 4-49, Mitchell 2-25, Galloway 1-12, Stroup 1-10, Durphy 1-3. Rochester: Braham 1-48, Anderson 1-7.





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