On every snap of the ball, Cody and Dillon Moyle go full steam ahead.
It’s the only way they know how to play football.
Being deceived by their size would be a mistake, as the two brothers play with a tenacity and intensity that is not measured on a roster.
For two seasons, Dillon, a 6-foot, 180-pound guard and defensive end, and Cody, a 5-10, 170-pound wing back and defensive back, have played big parts in Lackawanna Trail’s resurgence as a District 2 Class 1A power.
This year, they did everything in their power to keep the Lions on the winning track.
“As soon as you hear the last name Moyle, the first thing that comes to mind is tough,” Lackawanna Trail head coach Steve Jervis said. “They are very tough kids. They love the game. They compete, no matter the situation, game or practice, they bring their A-game.
“They work hard. They play hard.”
The Moyle brothers arrived in Fleetville 10 years ago, moving from Maryland, and have left an impression on the football field.
Their passion for football has been passed down from their father, Scott, who played a variety of positions — from running back to linebacker to guard — at three different schools, including Westminster High School in Maryland, where he graduated.
Both began playing for the Junior Lions and have had a chip on their shoulders ever since, constantly proving that size doesn’t always matter most.
Dillon was not a huge lineman, even at the Class 1A level. There are times where he was outweighed by his adversaries in the trenches by 100 pounds.
His speed and quickness, and a little bit of nastiness, made him one of the most respected interior offensive linemen in the LFC Division III.
He thrived in Lackawanna Trail’s Wing-T offense which relies heavily on the guard to pull and trap.
“Dillon plays a pivotal position in our offense,” Jervis said. “You look at him and think he may be a bit undersized, but he is tough and does exactly what he is coached to do.”
Last season, Dillon, at 165 pounds, was part of a solid offensive line that paved the way for a potent attack.
Lackawanna Trail posted a 9-4 record and won the District 2 Class 1A title for the first time since 2007.
The Lions averaged 200.8 yards rushing per game, sophomore Nathan Rolkawas the LFC Division III all-star quarterback, and the team also won a District 1-2 Class 1A subregional playoff game against Jenkintown before losing to Williams Valley in the PIAA playoffs.
“You just have to really dig down deep and claw your way through,” Dillon said. “I just always focus and pay attention to my coaches and do whatever they tell me.
“Last season was an incredible experience. We all fought together with one heartbeat and had an amazing season.”
While Dillon provided the blocking and contributed defensively, Cody, at 155 pounds, made plays in the back end of the defense.
He used his speed and athleticism in the secondary at cornerback.
During the 2016 championship season, Cody helped the Lions limit opponents to 69.5 yards passing per game.
“Cody was brought up to the varsity as a freshman and started for us last year,” Jervis said. “He has played some receiver and now running back. He’s a corner for us who brings it every day and can really make plays.”
The success of last season motivated both for 2017.
Dillon and Cody hit the weight room and started adding size and strength.
In the spring, Cody emerged as an outstanding all-around athlete in track and field.
He finished seventh in the District 2 Class 2A Championships in the 300-meter hurdles, posting a time of 43.71 seconds. He also runs the 110 hurdles, and was a member of the 1,600 relay team that finished eighth.
“Cody is a very dedicated and hard working individual,” Lackawanna Trail head track and field coach Brian Kearney said. “I have had the pleasure of coaching him for two years in track and field, and I believe you are seeing his development begin to pay dividends on the football field.
“He is the first to practice, and the last to leave, and is willing to work with other students to ensure their success.”
As the new football season began, Dillon and Cody knew they would have expanded roles for the Lions.
While they contributed on both sides of the ball last year, now they were going to be starters on offense and defense.
“Dillon can pull and trap with the best of them,” Jervis said. “His understanding of our scheme is outstanding. He’s got good feet and good speed. Overall, he is an outstanding Wing-T guard.”
Cody was also a part of the Lions running game, totaling 223 yards on 36 carries with three touchdowns this season, a lot of times following the blocking of his brother.
“Track has really helped me a lot,” Cody said. “That has helped me get in shape. I had some success and that has carried over to football.
“Running behind Dillon is amazing. He’s great. He is a really good player for his size going against those big guys.”
Dillon, 18, and Cody, 16, are close, while also having a sibling competitiveness about themselves.
Each wants to do better than the other, understanding the importance of their combined efforts for the overall success of the Lions.
“I think they get along really well,” Jervis said. “They are a little bit different, but they also have a lot of similarities. They just play 100 miles per hour.”
Their relationship made each Friday night special.
“Everything I do, I know I have support and my brother is right there by my side,” Dillon said. “That’s awesome.
“When he is running the ball, I am blocking even harder.”
“We have a great bond,” Cody added. “I love playing on the same team as my brother.
“We are going through the work, blood and sweat together. And that is really fun.”