Hail to the Redskins!
Neshaminy completes its
fantastic 15-0 season, knocking off favored Woodland
Hills to claim the area's first state football
By ANTHONY STITT
In the rainy December chill, on the slop of a
football field, among the mud and muck and gunk, it
Neshaminy Redskins - the best in the state, the PIAA
Class AAAA football champions - yes, champions.
can't describe it," said Neshaminy linebacker Pat
Carroll, his smile nearly aglow, his body encrusted
with mud. "I don't think I'll ever feel like this
war-torn gladiators, caked in dirt and sweat,
emblazoned with determination and dreams, the
Redskins soared into history yesterday, beating
Woodland Hills, 21-7, in the glorious Mud Bowl.
Redskins are the first-ever area football team to
bring back a AAAA title to Lower Bucks.
the greatest game," said Neshaminy quarterback Jay
wasn't easy, though.
the score has Neshaminy by two touchdowns, but the
anxiety was thick and heavy for most of the evening.
beginning, Neshaminy beckoned its star running back
Brittingham and only Brittingham. It was like
Schmidt declared: "Try and stop our man" - the guy
who entered the day with 28 touchdowns and 2,418
opening drive, Brittingham rumbled for 48 yards on
seven carries and even nabbed a 5-yard pass. He was
involved in all eight plays of the Redskins' first
drive. And even though, the Redskins failed to score
- they missed a 32-yard field goal - it was a
portent of play calls to come.
Steve Brett (77) and Brian Burke, right, of
Neshaminy have plenty to cheer about
following the Redskins’ victory over a
devastated Woodland Hills' team.
of the evening, Brittingham slipped and slid,
rumbled and rolled and splashed on the swamp of a
playing surface. He ran the ball 30 times for 157
yards and two touchdowns. He also caught four passes
for 96 yards.
hard out there. It was hard running because it was
so wet," Brittingham said. "I just ran for power. If
I happened to break a tackle, then I'd break free.
The game plan was power."
Schmidt had to do was mix it up a little bit.
did just that - perfectly.
second drive of the game: The Redskins started on
the 32-yard-line of Woodland Hills - beautiful field
offense diversified its attack and spread the ball
Wiater hit tight end Geoff Donahue with a 9-yard
pass, then Brittingham skated 9 more yards. Then, it
was fullback Jay Collins' moment.
pounded through the line for four yards, and then
polished off the drive with a 3-yard touchdown run.
The Redskins botched the point-after, with kicker
Kevin Kelly attempting a pass.
it all looked so wonderful - as wonderful as could
be, considering the sloppy environs, with the
Redskins winning, 6-0, heading into the second
we had to run the football," Schmidt said.
football gods have a way of decreeing an event of
trepidation whenever the Redskins play.
Remember, this is Neshaminy - a team which routinely
strolls the razor's edge, a squad of heart-stoppers,
who rallied from a 12-0 halftime hole last week to
beat Cumberland Valley.
course, Woodland Hills battled back when quarterback
Steve Breaston scored a one-yard touchdown.
7-6, Woodland Hills.
stay that way heading into the half. It looked as if
Neshaminy had encountered an equal, as Woodland
Hills seemed to have the size and speed the
Redskins' other postseason opponents didn't have.
actually was as gutsy as ever.
Neshaminy's first play of the second half, Schmidt
made the call: Halfback option, Brittingham to pass.
Neshaminy coach Mark Schmidt signals #1 as
he walks off the field after his team's 21-7
victory over Woodland Hills for the state
championship football title.
Brittingham faked a dash to the left, then coiled
his southpaw arm, and winged a bomb to wide receiver
Keith Ennis - a 31-yard completion.
yes. During the season, Brittingham completed 5 of 7
passes for two touchdowns on similar plays.
the Brittingham pass which ignited the fuse
yesterday. He would end up scoring a 4-yard
touchdown to cap off the drive he initiated with his
throwing arm. And deep into the fourth quarter, he'd
zip for 45 yards for the game-sealing touchdown.
Offensively, Brittingham did it again, as if he were
playing on stone-dry turf, as he scored touchdowns
29 and 30, an area record.
Yesterday, it was also the tenacity of linebacker
Pat Carroll, who racked up 14 tackles, the most in
also the savvy of Wiater, who hit a variety of
targets for 150 yards. Somehow, he gripped the slick
ball and completed 9 of 11 passes, completing throws
to four different receivers.
WOODLAND HILLS 7
Player of the game:
Jamar Brittingham, 30 carries for 157 yards and
2TDS. He also caught 4 passes for 96 yards.
Play of the game: Neshaminy's big defensive
stop of Woodland Hills on a fourth-and-two at the
Redskins' 10 in the third quarter.
Stat of the game: Neshaminy linebacker Pat
Carroll racked up 14 tackles.