The glory is still
It's the Neshaminy
Redskins and their magical football season, and
it's still their time - a time to remember.
Last night, the Redskins
became a team once again, everyone together one
last moment for Neshaminy's 61st annual football
banquet at King's Caterers, an event sponsored
by the Langhorne Lions Club.
But last night's gathering
had a deeper meaning than the previous ones.
This was one final tribute to the ultimate - the
PIAA state AAAA title, which the Redskins won
A crowd of 300 people,
friends and family mostly, celebrated the season
last night. There were hugs and kisses, video
tributes and awards.
And gold rings, too.
Superintendent Gary Bowman
said local businesses have donated $12,500 to
buy each player a personalized championship
Meanwhile, Bowman couldn't
stop praising the team and coaches.
"Thank you, young men,"
The PIAA trophy - the
giant gold football - sat in the middle of the
room as a reminder to the team's glory.
Coach Mark Schmidt, a
loquacious man whose words motivate, took to the
"Nobody this side of
Pittsburgh is having a banquet," Schmidt said.
"That's pretty stinking cool."
Time has passed and
thoughts have settled since the Redskins won the
state title on Dec. 8, beating Woodland Hills,
21-7. Neshaminy became the first team in area
history to win the AAAA title, going undefeated
(15-0) this season.
"Finally, everything has
sunk in," said senior quarterback Jay Wiater.
"It already seems like it happened a long time
ago, but it will live with us forever."
Senior fullback Jay
Collins can relate, saying the accomplishment
seems bigger now than it did when it happened.
He's been approached by children in stores,
asking for his autograph.
"It's pretty cool going
places or going into stores and people know who
you are, and they know your name. They want to
congratulate you," Collins said. "It just make
me feel proud."
No matter how much time
passes, senior lineman Steve Brett said the
magnitude of the team's achievement is still
And he also said
celebrations, such as last night's, are always
"It's never going to get
old," Brett said. "I don't think we've realized
what we've done. I never thought I'd be put in
Last night was full of
Here is the list of
Achievement Award: Jamar
Brittingham and Kevin Kelly
Most Improved Player (offense): Ryan Contento
Most Improved Player (defense): Miguel Lebron
Unsung Hero (offense): Scott Mullin
Unsung Hero (defense): Ryan van der Brand
Mr. Defensive Line: Chuck Koch
Mr. Offensive Line: Steve Brett.
Iron Man: Geoff Donahue
Mr. Back: Keith Ennis
Dick Bedesem Award: Austin Jones
Coaches Award: Neck Feszko
MVP Defense: Pat Carroll
MVP Offense: Jay Wiater
3-D Award: Jay Collins
N-Club Award: Kevin Kelly.