10,000 Fans See Falcons,
‘Skins Follow ’63 Script
One PAT Decides Title
By BEN BOROWSKY
Courier – Times Sports Editor
If they put the Neshaminy-Pennsbury
football game of last Saturday afternoon on
television, it would have to be a sustaining
program. No sponsor would touch it with a 10-foot
“Who ever heard of the big game being
decided by one point?”
It’s too corny!
On top of that, press releases on the
show would have to say that he game was decided by
one point two years in-a-row. The critics would have
a field day with that.
Heart Thumping Drama
Now, it’s true that some of the
elementary school children in both the Neshaminy and
Pennsbury school districts, enjoy these heart
thumping “dramas,” but it is questionable whether
the sophisticated juniors and seniors in the two
high schools could really believe all this “jazz”
about the big game being decided each year by one
This may have been alright in the
days of the Andy Hardy Series, but it just isn’t
realistic enough for the budding scientists and
businessmen in high school today.
Believable or not, Neshaminy High
School’s football team retained possession of the
Section One crown in the Lower Bucks County League,
by scoring a 14-13 victory over Pennsbury before a
standing room only crowd of better than 10,000 fans
at the loser’s field.
New Script Writer
Pennsbury, the last LBCL school to
register a triumph over the Redskins on the football
field, (7-6 in 1957), dropped its second one-point
decision to Neshaminy in two years. A year ago at
Neshaminy, the final score was 21-20.
Before the contracts for the 1965
game are signed, both coaches had better sit down
and hire a new “script writer.” One more “show” like
this one and there’s no telling what might happen to
Neshaminy took advantage of “Mother
Nature” to score a quick pair of touchdowns in the
first quarter and then put up enough defense to make
it stand up.
Pennsbury was forced to punt three
times in the first quarter into a very strong wind.
Dwight Kerr was only able to get off boots of 16,
six and 17 yards, respectively. Neshaminy
capitalized on these breaks and cashed in for scores
after the first and third punts.
Kaminski Scoots 39
Bill Kaminski bolted off his own
left tackle, found some daylight and raced 39 yards
for the first Neshaminy score, with the clock
showing 6:43 left in the opening quarter.
Quarterback Jimmy Colbert went over
from the two with six seconds remaining in the
period to cap a three-play, 42-yard march, for the
second score. The key play was a 38-yard aerial from
Colbert to end Andy Irons.
George Nolte kicked the extra point
each time to give Neshaminy a 14-0 lead.
Pennsbury took up most of the second
quarter to score a touchdown and get back in the
game. Tackle Dave Pursell intercepted a Colbert
pass, which had been deflected by a team-mate, early
in the second period.
A 15-yard penalty tacked on the play
gave the Falcons a first down on their own 48.
Fourteen plays later (1:15 to go in the half), Joe
Hodgson carried it over on Pennsbury’s power sweep
play around right end. Bob Burkhart cracked into the
end zone for the conversion.
Pennsbury drove 89 yards and 35
inches midway through the third period only to lose
a touchdown and possession on a fumble at the one
inch line. Burkhart lost the ball at the goal line
and Kaminski recovered.
Neshaminy couldn’t gain much ground
and punted (into the wind) on third down to its own
34. Pennsbury marched right back down the field and
this time, early in the final period, Burkhart dived
over right guard for the final two yards.
Extra Point Fails
Pennsbury tried the exact same play
for the extra point, which would have tied the
contest, but the center of the Neshaminy forward
wall stiffened and stopped Burkhart and he fumbled
In the final minutes of play,
Pennsbury marched from its own 22 to the Neshaminy
41 on three completed passes but time ran out on the
The victory gave John Petercuskie’s
Redskins a 3-0 Section One record and 8-0-1 log in
all games. Pennsbury is 2-1 in league play and 8-1
overall. Each team has one game remaining against
Looking for a turning point in
The poor punts into the wind
which led to Neshaminy’s TDs.
The fumble at the goal line.
Although Pennsbury came back to get that
touchdown, it lost valuable time.
But probably the turning
point of the game came back before school
started. Coach Erle Baugher couldn’t find
anyone on his Pennsbury team to boot extra
points, while Petercuskie had Nolte busy
The most ardent Neshaminy and
Pennsbury rooters agreed on one thing after the
final whistle blew: “It was one helluva good