Philadelphia High School Football
A Look at
the 21-Year Coaching Careers of Brothers Vince
(West Catholic, 1957-64) and John McAneney (WC 1965,
1970-76; Northeast, 1982-84; Frankford (1985-86)
page includes stories, special lists, record breakdown, recaps of wins in
games and the names of All-Catholic/All-Public and All-Scholastic/All-City honorees during the McAneney
brothers' 21 total seasons.
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The McAneney Brothers'
Vince / John |
The McAneney brothers, Vince and John, coached for 21 total seasons in the Catholic/Public Leagues. They combined for 134 wins, four league championships and one City Title (along with a tie in another City Title). John won his first PL title in his second season at Northeast. Here is that story . . .
By Ted Silary
John McAneney asked of his players was that they maintain their intensity
for 48 minutes. All they did was go him 20 minutes better.
"People told me what went on in the locker room and, of course, I saw some
of it for myself," said McAneney, who became
the first football coach to win a championship in both the Public and Catholic leagues. "I'll tell you, it was exhilarating.
"We've been an emotional team in every way all year, so that was just an extension. We don't have an excessive amount of
talent. If we don't go out there filled with emotion, we play so-so and lose."
As it was, the Vikings didn't play a so-so game all season (possible exception: 7-6 victory over King) and they lost just once
- 7-0 to Frankford during the Northern Division regular season.
The way they lost was on a 48-yard screen pass with 1:56 remaining. The way they came away was unimpressed.
"We thought they quit the last game," said Cullmann, whose 14 tackles tied for game honors with teammate Lonnie Moore, a
most-time cornerback and part-time linebacker. "It looked like they gave up on moving the football . . . then they got that lucky
screen pass. We thought it was a fluke."
This time, Northeast limited superstar junior Blair Thomas to 89 yards on 28 carries and caused 13 plays to end in losses.
Also, 12 more plays went for a gain of 1 yard or less and, except for its scoring drive, Frankford penetrated no deeper than
the Vikes' 33.
About 15 percent (according to McAneney) or 25 percent (according to Cullmann) of the time, Northeast employed a 5-3
defense featuring Moore at middle linebacker.
"I was supposed to watch Blair," Lonnie said. "I loved it. Any responsibility Mr. Mac wanted to give me, I was ready for it.
"Coming in, I'd guess I'd say we were confident. We didn't know we were going to win. How can anyone say they knew
they were going to win? But off of our last game with Frankford, we had no doubt we could win. Put it this way: We're
certainly not surprised by this."
Neither was Frankford coach Al Angelo.
"I had some worries about how we were going to move the ball," he said, ''and they proved to be founded. Northeast had
some very quick, very good linemen and that Lonnie Moore - phew, he made some great, open-field tackles to stop plays
that showed promise."
When Johnny Mac assumed command at Northeast, he didn't promise a title.
He sure provided one, though.
TITLE TIDBITS: Northeast got 80 of its 124 yards, and all of its first downs, on four plays. Virnest Beale gained 26 on
a middle screen to set up the first TD, 22 more on a run with 1:32 left to seal Frankford's fate . . . Frankford
receiver-linebacker Neal Ali, who recently underwent two brain operations, was able to watch from the sideline . . .
Frankford has made 13 title-game appearances since '69, getting eight wins . . . The Vikes had to drive only 36 yards for their
first score (Cary Boyd's 1-yard run), 24 for their second (Lonnie Moore's 20-yard reception from Boyd). . . . Blair Thomas
scored on a 2-yard run with 5:45 left to cap a 32-yard drive and Frankford got the ball on its 30 with 4:07 left. Thomas ran
12 yards on the first play, but Andy Killion tripped up Ken Bozzelli on a fourth-and-8, counter crisscross from the 44 . . .
Northeast joins Abraham Lincoln's 1977 team as the league's only wild card champs.
This story was written after Vince
guided West Catholic to the 1962 Catholic
League crown . . .
This column was written after John steered West Catholic to the 1965 City Title . . .
Below are the players who earned first or second team Coaches' All-Catholic
/ All-Public honors
while playing for brothers Vince / John McAneney.
Recaps of Wins in
1962 / Vince
Recaps of Tie/Win in
1962 / Vince