PITTSBURG -- Six individuals and the 1964 football team that went 9-0 will be inducted into the Pittsburg High School Football Hall of Fame at its 14th Awards Banquet on May 17 at the Pittsburg Elks Club.
John Abono of the class of 1966, a former Pittsburg player who was also an assistant football coach for over 30 years, will be honored as a contributor.
For more information, contact Steve Camitz at 925-206-2367 or 925-754-6855 for ticket information. Only 300 tickets will be sold.
Here is a look at the inductees.
Joe DiMercurio, class of 1965
Regarded as one of the top players on the 1964 football team, DiMercurio was a two-way starter at guard and defensive end and was a Diablo Valley Athletic League first-team selection as a senior. He was also selected to the San Francisco Chronicle and San Francisco Examiner's All-Metro teams, and earned a football scholarship to Utah State.
Kevin Moffett, class of 1979
Moffett was a three-year starter for the Pirates at both defensive back and wide receiver and twice he was named first-team all-East Bay and first-team all-DVAL. In 1977, he helped the Pirates go 9-1 and finish second in the DVAL.
Sal Nicolosi, class of 1981
Nicolosi was a two-way starter at guard and linebacker as a senior on the 1980 Pittsburg team that captured the North Coast Section 3A and DVAL championships. As a senior, he was a first-team all-DVAL selection at guard and was named to the All-Bay Area team as an honorable mention as a linebacker.
James Stallworth, class of 1991
Stallworth was a two-way starter for two years at both tight end and defensive end. In his senior season, Stallworth was a first-team all-Bay Valley Athletic League pick at both positions. He went to Cal on a football scholarship.
Jon Buxton, class of 1992
Buxton was a starter at both guard and defensive tackle for three years, and was a major player for the 1991 Pittsburg team that defeated De La Salle in the NCS 3A championship game. As a junior, he was named first-team all-league as a guard. As a senior, he was first-team all-league at guard and defensive line. He was first-team all-East Bay and All-Metro, and an honorable mention selection for Northern California. He also participated in the Contra Costa-Alameda All-Star game.
Joe Tafoya, class of 1996
Before Tafoya played at Arizona and had a seven-year career in the NFL, Tafoya was an honorable mention All-BVAL pick as a junior and a first-team all-BVAL pick as a senior, both at linebacker. He was a second-team all-East Bay pick by the Contra Costa Times and first-team All-Metro pick by the Chronicle.
Undefeated 1964 team
The 1964 football team, which went 9-0, is believed to be the last of five Pirates teams to go undefeated and untied. That Pittsburg team was also considered to be one of the top two teams in Northern California at that time with Stagg of Stockton.
The players on this team were characterized by running backs with exceptional speed and lateral movement, receivers with speed and great hands, a quarterback with quick reads and elusive moves and a line that was often smaller than opponents but with great quickness. The one common trait that all players had was the love of contact and the ability to physically overwhelm opponents.
The team had excellent offensive and defensive teams. The team scored 300 points versus 54 points by the opposition.
Six of the Pirates were selected to the All-DVAL first team and one second team. One selected to the Metropolitan All League first team and two to the second team. One selected to the Northern California All League team. The Tri-Club selected coach George Galli "Coach of the Year" and Alfred Wright "Season's Most Outstanding Back". Varsity football letters were awarded to 32 of the 40 players on the team.