Great Neshaminy Moments.
Saturday, October 29, 1949. In Head Coach Jim
Egli’s second year, the Redskins had overcome a
0-1-1 start by taking three straight to put the ’49
season on the right track. Actually, the about face
had put the Langhorne gang back in the race for the
LBC title. But in the following week’s home game
against the always tough, conference foe, the
Bristol Warriors, at the end of the first three
quarters of play ‘Skins fans were wondering what had
happened as the visitors were on top, 6-0. With the
clock becoming a factor, and at the mid-point of the
final quarter, the Moleskinners were forced to punt
once again as their offense seemed incapable of
cobbling together even just one drive for a score.
With Bristol taking over on their own 20-yard line
after the exchange, a few plays later saw them
backed up against their goal line after a squibbed
snap put the visitors in a hole. Had the Blue and
Red’s luck taken a change for the better or would
the Warriors simply kick themselves out of trouble?
Bristol High, 9-6
Sports Correspondent – Delaware Valley Advance
Schneider’s Brilliant Scamper and 28-Yd. Run by Max
Lawrence Pay Off
- Staging one of its greatest second half
comebacks in their 20 years of football history,
Langhorne-Middletown High’s fighting football forces
pinned a 9-6 defeat on Bristol here last Saturday
night before more than 2,000 fans.
Behind 6-0 at the half, the courageous Redskins
bounced back by scoring nine points within the space
of one minute in the fourth quarter to send Bristol
reeling into an unexpected setback.
And after picking up their nine points in swift
fashion, the charges of Coach Jim Egli hung on for
seven minutes to fight back the passing attempts of
a desperate Bristol eleven. The large crowd watching
was on edge during those final minutes.
Langhorne seemed destined for defeat going into the
final quarter. An 85-yard sustained drive by Bristol
in the second quarter found Bill Moll crossing from
the two-yard line. That 6-0 Bristol advantage loomed
bigger and bigger as the two squads battled roughly
the first three periods.
the second play of the thrilling fourth, however,
Ray Mongillo punted from the Langhorne 44 to the
Bristol 20. Mongillo took over the punting role when
Jack Cassedy was temporarily sidelined with an
injury, one of the many suffered by both sides
during the fray.
At this point fate played Bristol a jolt. On their
first running attempt from scrimmage at the 20,
Giagnocova’s snap from center zoomed over the head
of Moll and rolled all the way to the one-inch line
where Bristol recovered. Rich, standing in the end
zone in punt formation, never got Giagnocova’s next
snap. It again sailed over his head for an automatic
This cut Bristol’s lead to 6-2 and forced them to
kickoff from the 20-yard line. Albright sailed a
long boot that little Bill Schneider caught on the
redskin’s 35. He sped 37 yards up the field on a
beautiful return before being spilled on the Bristol
28. This run set up Langhorne’s score. On the very
next play, with Kaupp doing a neat fake from his
T-quarterback position, Max Lawrence zoomed like a
jet projectile the remaining 28 yards to score the
game-winning touchdown. The play baffled the entire
Bristol team and many of the fans. It went through
the right side of the Warriors’ line. Ray Mongillo
added the extra point with a placement boot to give
Langhorne the 9-6 win.
The remaining seven minutes left spectators on both
sides limp. Bristol retaliated with passes by Harry
Eisenbrey and Joe Condit. Jack Cassedy intercepted
one on the 36 to halt the threat momentarily.
After Cassedy’s interception, the locals moved to a
first down at the 50 with Mongillo, Cassedy and
Schneider running. However, a pushing penalty set
them back 15 yards to the 35. After three running
maneuvers failed to pick up a first, Cassedy punted
to the 42 and a clipping penalty cost Bristol 15
yards to the 35.
threatened after taking the punt as Eisenbrey made
good on a pass to Welker who lateralled to Moll. The
play went from the 35 to Langhorne’s territory to
the 42. Two subsequent passes failed. Then Eisenbrey
faked a pass and ran to the 30 to give Bristol a
Mongillo, a shining light for the Redskins all
night, stepped in at this stage to intercept
Eisenbrey’s aerial on the 15. He ran it back to the
20 with one minute and 40 seconds remaining to be
Langhorne tried to retain position of the ball to
kill time. Lawrence went to the 23, Cassedy skirted
end to the 27, but Mongillo lost a yard to the 26.
Cassedy booted to the 40. On the first play from
scrimmage Bristol was detected off-side to the 45.
The last play of the game found Condit’s pass too
long for its intended receiver.
An All-Star Lineup
an all-star cast in the ball game. The entire line
played its usual magnificent contest. Particularly
ferocious were Bob Davis, Calvin Tobias and Vic
Gring, all seniors. Herbie Kaupp, deft ball handler,
proved he is the leading tactician in the
conference. Ray Mongillo picked up much valuable
yardage with his line plunging. Jack Cassedy, whose
fighting brand of play was inspiring, ran well and
punted excellently. Schneider set up the winning
touchdown with his runback of the kickoff and Max
Lawrence hot-footed his way to the 28-yard clincher.
The team simply would not be beaten.
Bristol had its stars in Moll, who ripped
Langhorne’s line to shreds in the first half. A low
charging runner, Moll was not used so extensively in
the second half. The punting of Rich was exceptional
and passing of Condit and Eisenbrey always
(Editor’s Note: The Bristol Warriors! One of
the earliest year-in, year-out teams on the
Redskins’ schedule, the two had first lined up in
1931 and had played continuously since that season.
A tough opponent, Bristol had dominated play with
the ‘Skins during the Moleskinners’ first decade of
the ‘30s, finishing 8-0-1 against the Langhorne
squads. But during the following ten years, and
through to the 1949 contest, the record for that
decade was just slightly in favor of the Warriors,
5-4, so the last contest of the ‘40s did hold some
“bragging rights” importance. With the win, and the
series evened at 5-5, the stage was set for the
1950s when the rechristened Neshaminy Redskins would
take charge as they fashioned a 9-1 overall record
against the Warriors as the tables had been turned.
However, and meanwhile, Coach Egli’s troops were
still in the thick of the season and LBCL race when
they lined up on that Saturday night in October of
1949. And showing the were up to the task, the
‘Skins edged the Warriors with their 4th quarter
burst as they were paced by co-captains Vic Gring
and Jack Cassedy. Plus with solid support provided
by the likes of Calvin Tobias, Wayne Stradling,
Robert Davis, Donald Caulfield, Herbert Kaupp, Bill
Schneider, Max Lawrence, Ray Mongillo, John
Romberger, Ken Dorsey, Chester Kellet, Jack McShane,
Bob Castle, Ed Carber, Don Barnett, Charles Yantis,
Don Leitch, Wes Galloway, Al Simpson and others too,
the year came in at a positive 5-3-1.)