Neshaminy 0 - Pennsbury 7
'Skins nipped by Falcons
LANGHORNE: With Sandy
still uppermost in the minds of Lower Bucks Countys
citizens, it does put in perspective just whats
important. Still, amidst the destruction, disruption,
and difficulties it is comforting to be able to step
away for a moment and focus on things like a football
game. And although its just a game, in this case,
its Neshaminy versus Pennsbury lining up at Heartbreak
Ridge. With a tradition that dates back to 1930, were
sure this Saturdays contest will allow the staffs and
administrations of both schools; the families and fans;
the players and coaches; and of course, the Lower Bucks
community a few hours to step away from the work of
cleaning up as they enjoy the spectacle of great high
school ball. So lets get to it.
Pennsbury won the
toss but deferred the ball till the second-half. Jake
Fox took the pooch-kick for the Creek Kids. Getting to
the 33, thats where Neshaminy started it off. Gaining
nine on three tries, a punt followed and Pennsbury took
over on their 30 after the fair catch. Returning the
favor, the Black & Orange then went three and out as
well. A long punt by the Black Birds rolled into the
endzone and it was the Redskins on their 20 yard line
after the refs set it up.
Taking the initial
handoff, Nate Hall busted it out to the 39 for a nice
gain. Denny Lord then helped Hall as the duo grabbed
another Skins first out to the 50. Stalling out there,
it was the Skins with another punt. Held up by the
wind, Pennsbury started at their 31. Three carries saw
the Falcons earn a first out to the 43 as the
first-quarter ended. Following the flip-flop by the
teams, and on a crucial third and long that followed, a
very nice pass play gave the Falcons a first at the Blue
& Reds 17. In four down territory, the Redskin D came
up tough as they stopped that Falcon drive despite four
tries for the required ten yards.
Taking over at their
17, Neshaminy went nowhere and punted once again. With
Zach Miller getting a hold of it, and after a great
Neshaminy roll, it was Pennsbury with the ball again at
their 30. As the defenses where playing tough, the
Falcons were forced to punt too and after the roll it
was the Schmidtmen with a first at their 36. Going to a
fourth and inches at the 46 the Skins came up short
when a back lost his footing.
Taking over at that
spot, and with three minutes on the clock, Pennsbury
went to a fourth and a foot but made it by inches to
earn another set of downs with one minute on the clock.
One run for six yards, and then a sharp pass for the
rest of the distance, saw the Falcons strike first. The
PAT was good and the Falcons were up 7-0. Kicking it
back to Neshaminy, the Skins lined up at their 35 with
27 seconds on the clock. Looking to pass, the Creek Kids
came up short as the clock hit zero and the teams broke
for the locker rooms.
Taking the kick to
start the second-half, it was Pennsbury at their 35
after the return. Neshaminys defense held tough and
after the punt it was Langhorne with the ball at their
25. Hugh Hart set up the troops but another three and
out saw the Skins punting it back to the visitors.
After the rolling kick it was Pennsbury with a first at
Staying on the
ground, two tries by Pennsbury gained short yards before
a Black & Orange back ripped off a long one down to the
22. Tightening up at that spot, it went to a fourth and
ten when Trokon Buesmail intercepted a Falcon pass at
the ten. From there Neshaminy moved it out a bit before
setting up to punt. A hit on the punter gave the Skins
a first but the offense still couldnt get it going.
Punting it away as the quarter rolled over, it was
Pennsbury taking over at their 15. Moving it out to
mid-field, that Falcon drive came up short and a punt
gave it back to Neshaminy at their 26 with eight minutes
in the game.
Starting from there,
it went to fourth and a foot at the 36. Lord then
grabbed ten for a first as the ball was moved to the 46.
Out to mid-field, it was Hart to Blake The Bull
Sullivan on a pass that had the Skins at the Falcons
37 with three minutes to go in the final session. Going
to a fourth down and long after a sack, Neshaminy called
a timeout. Picking up 14 yards it was just short and the
ball went back to Pennsbury with 1:50 still to play.
Pennsbury looked to
stay on the ground and a couple of plays nabbed a first
out at their 46. Pushing for a first, a Pennsbury back
coughed up the ball as Alex McKenzie recovered to give
Neshaminy a shot with 57 seconds to go. Two passes found
only the ground as it went to a third down with 47 ticks
left. Then it was Joe Falkowski finding Justin Andrews
at the 17. With Falkowski then looking to do it again, a
Pennsbury rush separated the ball from the Skin QB and
it went back to Pennsbury. The gun then the curtain call
after a knee grab by the Birds.
A great game by two
great teams that came to play after a tough week in
Lower Bucks and throughout the Northeast. A shoutout and
thanks to the coaches and players for making it a
terrific Saturday afternoon for all of us. Plus
congratulations to Pennsbury for earning the SOL
National crown with the win. And dont forget that both
the Falcons and the Skins will be playing again next
week as the playoffs get underway so theres still more
football left to be played.
See you at the game.