‘Skins pound Easton;
Joe Sroba ties record
By RAY DILISSIO
Courier Times Sports Writerr
- Joe Sroba, Neshaminy High School’s gifted
halfback, is a most unselfish individual.
little difference to him that he had just tied the
Lower Bucks County record for most points scored in
a single game enroute to Neshaminy’s unbelievable
55-14 romp over Easton Area here Saturday night at
Cottingham Stadium before 8,000 spellbound fans.
whose six touchdowns and a two-point conversion
equaled the mark set by George School’s Ron Hancox
in 1969, was more concerned about Neshaminy “finally
proving to all we have a talented team capable of
Sroba peeled off his football gear following the
Redskins’ impressive opening win in the Big Seven
Football Conference, he thought back to Neshaminy’s
so-so showings in their two previous contests.
we lost to Egan (18-7), I was really hurt. I knew we
had a fine team and a tremendous coaching staff. The
talent was there but we made too many mistakes that
when we had a strong second half last week against
Penridge [in a 25-14 victory], I knew we were coming
Sroba was well aware many still had written the
‘Skins off as a contender for the Big Seven
were mad when we read our being the underdog for
tonight’s game. In fact, Rich [Eccles, Neshaminy’s
rugged 6-4, 255-pound center] was so mad he told me
he had put a hole in the wall at home when he found
were determined tonight to put it all together and I
think we did,” Sroba said with a slight grin.
the opening kickoff, which Mark Donahue took at his
own 16 and stormed upfield before being stopped at
Easton’s 13, it was quite obvious Neshaminy had just
one thing in mind: To win Big.
Redskins quickly put 21 points on the scoreboard in
the first period and were on their way to amassing
456 net yards.
was unquestionably the vital cog in handing Wayne
Grube’s winless Red Rovers their third setback of
the young season.
the first period he scored on a one-yard run and an
80-yard punt return and also ran for a two-point
conversion following Donahue’s one-yard plunge for
the ‘Skins second score.
second period Sroba, a 5-9, 190-pound senior speed
merchant, added 12 more points to his total via a
one-yard run and a 40-yard pass reception from
quarterback Bob Grupp.
following fullback Len Barker’s one-yard plunge for
the ‘Skins sixth score in the third period, Sroba
recorded his fifth touchdown of the game on a
52-yard run off left tackle in the waning moments of
final six-pointer came in the fourth quarter when
Grupp hit him with a 51-yard strike. Sroba’s chance
for breaking the LBC record was foiled when he was
stopped one-yard short on the following two-point
really didn’t know anything about the record,” Sroba
confessed. “Coach (Jack Swartz) hadn’t mentioned it
to me until I came off the field after missing the
two-point try. But that didn’t matter. I just wanted
to win big tonight.”
had nothing but praise for Sroba. “He’s a great
athlete, a great receiver with great moves and an
all-around individual. He’s also an honor student.”
Swartz was quick to add it just wasn’t Sroba’s
performance which pleased him. “We did everything we
had planned. The offense and defense both helped in
making this a big win. We jumped off fast and after
Joey’s punt return, we set the tempo forcing Wayne
(Gruber) to do things he wouldn’t normally have
was also a principal factor in the resounding
victory. He completed seven of eight passes good for
two touchdowns and 213 yards.
think he came into his own tonight,” said Swartz.
“He did an outstanding job in picking his receivers,
many times going to his secondary receivers.”
Points – The ‘Skins defensive secondary, along with
both sides of the line, completed the victory … The
secondary picked off four passes thrown by Easton’s
Mike Miller, including two by linebacker Bob Miller
… The steals were aided by teammate Frank Conger who
tipped the ball to Miler in each case … Neshaminy’s
defensive wall also pounced on three fumbles setting
up two scores …
offensive line, led by Eccles, opened numerous
holes, particularly for Sroba who collected 100
yards on 13 carries … Defensive back Don Dripps, who
recovered a fumble in the second half for the
‘Skins, suffered a dislocated right elbow and was
taken to Easton Hospital where he was treated and
released … Melvis Ransom accounted for both Easton
scores on runs of 11 and 79 yards, respectively …
Rumor has it Grube, now in his sixth season and who
guided the Red Rovers to a Big Seven title in 1968
may be removed as head coach … Both the Easton and
Neshaminy bands provided halftime entertainment.