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Jeannette celebrates success in style with win over Wilkinsburg

| Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, 11:33 p.m.
Jeannette linebacker Mark Wormack returns an interception for a touchdown against Wilkinsburg Friday Sept. 25, 2015, at  Jeannette.
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Jeannette linebacker Mark Wormack returns an interception for a touchdown against Wilkinsburg Friday Sept. 25, 2015, at Jeannette.
Members of the Jeannette marching band warm up next to a Jayhawk ice sculpture by DiMartino Ice Company prior to the football 700th victory celebration pep rally on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 at Jeannette High School's auditorium.
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Members of the Jeannette marching band warm up next to a Jayhawk ice sculpture by DiMartino Ice Company prior to the football 700th victory celebration pep rally on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 at Jeannette High School's auditorium.
Roy Hall laughs as Joe Mucci puts his arm around him during a press conference celebrating the football 700th victory after a pep rally on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 at Jeannette High School's auditorium.
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Roy Hall laughs as Joe Mucci puts his arm around him during a press conference celebrating the football 700th victory after a pep rally on Friday, Sept. 25, 2015 at Jeannette High School's auditorium.
Jeannette head coach Roy Hall (from left), and former head coaches Joe Mucci, Art Tragesser, Bob Murphy and Ray Reitz mingle after a press conference near an ice sculpture by DiMartino Ice Co. during the football 700th victory celebration pep rally Friday in Jeannette High School’s auditorium.
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Jeannette head coach Roy Hall (from left), and former head coaches Joe Mucci, Art Tragesser, Bob Murphy and Ray Reitz mingle after a press conference near an ice sculpture by DiMartino Ice Co. during the football 700th victory celebration pep rally Friday in Jeannette High School’s auditorium.
Jeannette running back Kareem Hall is wrapped up by a host of Wilkinsburg tacklers during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
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Jeannette running back Kareem Hall is wrapped up by a host of Wilkinsburg tacklers during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
Jeannette defensive back Gio Vonne Sanders hits Wilkinsburg's Nigel Noel on a screen pass during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
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Jeannette defensive back Gio Vonne Sanders hits Wilkinsburg's Nigel Noel on a screen pass during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
Jeannette defensive back Gio Vonne Sanders punches the ball loose from Wilkinsburg running back Nigel Noel during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
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Jeannette defensive back Gio Vonne Sanders punches the ball loose from Wilkinsburg running back Nigel Noel during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
Jeannette alumnus Nick Marquis '96 signs a football for former head football coach Art Tragesser before the start of their September 25, 2015 contest versus Wilkinsburg in Jeannette.
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Jeannette alumnus Nick Marquis '96 signs a football for former head football coach Art Tragesser before the start of their September 25, 2015 contest versus Wilkinsburg in Jeannette.
Jeannette running back Swade Redman eludes Wilkinsburg's Stephon Byrd during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
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Jeannette running back Swade Redman eludes Wilkinsburg's Stephon Byrd during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
Jeannette running back Jefferson Jones battles through Wilkinsburg tackler Genero Coleman en route to the goal line during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
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Jeannette running back Jefferson Jones battles through Wilkinsburg tackler Genero Coleman en route to the goal line during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
Jeannette alumni cheerleaders (from left) Susie Dengler,  Doreen Gaudi, both class of 1980, Amy McHugh, Missy Sarnelli, and Diane Testa, all class of 1979, cheer before the start of their September 25, 2015 contest versus Wilkinsburg in Jeannette.
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Jeannette alumni cheerleaders (from left) Susie Dengler, Doreen Gaudi, both class of 1980, Amy McHugh, Missy Sarnelli, and Diane Testa, all class of 1979, cheer before the start of their September 25, 2015 contest versus Wilkinsburg in Jeannette.
Wilkinsburg quarterback Daniel Scott rolls out to pass versus Jeannette during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
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Wilkinsburg quarterback Daniel Scott rolls out to pass versus Jeannette during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
Jeannette running back Swade Redman is pulled down by Wilkinsburg's Daniel Scott during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
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Jeannette running back Swade Redman is pulled down by Wilkinsburg's Daniel Scott during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
Wilkinsburg running back Nigel Noel scrambles out of the backfield versus Jeannette during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
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Wilkinsburg running back Nigel Noel scrambles out of the backfield versus Jeannette during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
Jeannette running back Kareem Hall is pulled down by Wilkinsburg's Genero Coleman during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
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Jeannette running back Kareem Hall is pulled down by Wilkinsburg's Genero Coleman during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
Jeannette school district superintendent Dr. Matthew Hutcheson, right, receives a state house citation commemorating the school's landmark 700th football victory from 58th District representative Ted Harhai before the start of their September 25, 2015 contest versus Wilkinsburg in Jeannette.
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Jeannette school district superintendent Dr. Matthew Hutcheson, right, receives a state house citation commemorating the school's landmark 700th football victory from 58th District representative Ted Harhai before the start of their September 25, 2015 contest versus Wilkinsburg in Jeannette.
The Jeannette High School marching band forms a 700 formation before the start of their September 25, 2015 contest versus Wilkinsburg in Jeannette.
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The Jeannette High School marching band forms a 700 formation before the start of their September 25, 2015 contest versus Wilkinsburg in Jeannette.
Wilinsburg's Aaron Wilson, left, and K'Saun Mattox break up a pass intended for Jeannette receiver Seth Spino during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.
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Wilinsburg's Aaron Wilson, left, and K'Saun Mattox break up a pass intended for Jeannette receiver Seth Spino during their September 25, 2015 contest in Jeannette.

Joe Mucci recalls the 1968 Jeannette football season, his first as head coach, as if it were in the recent past.

The Jayhawks won their first four games — they had won two the previous two seasons combined — and ascended to No. 1 in the state. Never did Mucci dream that in late September 2015 he'd join players and coaches past and present to celebrate program win No. 700. The accomplishment was honored prior to Jeannette's 44-6 win over Wilkinsburg on Friday at McKee Stadium.

“I never kept track of the number that we had, so when they started saying 700, it blew me off my feet,” said Mucci, whose teams won 150 games during his 18-year tenure.

The celebration began Friday afternoon with a pep rally at the high school auditorium and continued prior to kickoff with a ceremony that included the assembly of former coaches, players, cheerleaders and band members. Postgame fireworks capped the evening.

Jeannette (4-0), ranked fifth in Class A, secured win No. 702 without difficulty Friday.

After each team fumbled on its first possession, Jeannette orchestrated a seven-play, 33-yard drive that ended with Jefferson Jones scoring a touchdown on a 5-yard run. Quarterback Gio Vanne Sanders connected with Kareem Hall for the 2-point conversion.

On Wilkinsburg's next possession, Mark Wormack intercepted quarterback Daniel Scott and returned it 44 yards for a 14-0 lead. By halftime, Jeannette led 37-0.

Coach Roy Hall said he was pleased with the effort.

“You always like to score when you touch the ball,” he said. “We were inside the red zone two or three times and turned the ball over once and had some miscues. Once you get the ball inside the 20, and you get those opportunities, you want to score.”

The Jayhawks haven't allowed more than seven points in a game this season.

Wilkinsburg (0-4) dressed only 15 players. After injuries to several starters, including quarterback Daniel Scott, the Tigers didn't have substitutes from midway through the fourth quarter. Their only touchdown on the last play of the game when Dremar Everette connected with Stephon Byrd on a 23-yard pass.

“I'm mostly impressed with just the determination of those guys,” coach Michael Fulmore said. “We talk about this being like life, and you have to finish. That's what we try to do.”

Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at kprice@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KarenPrice_Trib.

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