Neshaminy Rallies To Win ‘Cuskie’s
Most Wanted Game
Sub QB Stars In 26-7 Win Over Wilson
By JOHN RIBAR
Courier Times Sports Writer
LEVITTOWN – Almost! But not quite.
Woodrow Wilson’s fired up gridders almost blighted
Neshaminy Coach John Petercuski’s desire “to win my
most wanted game” last night by holding a 7-0 lead
two-thirds of the way into the third quarter.
With over 9,000 fans at the Wilson field awed at the
upset-in-the-making, Neshaminy exploded suddenly!
Four quick TD’s and Neshaminy had itself a
come-from-behind 26-7 triumph.
The Redskins victory was the 51st consecutive
without a defeat and marked the last game in which
Petercuskie will be at the helm of the Neshaminy
gridders. The “all-winning” coach announced his
retirement at the end of the season in a statement
earlier this year.
The triumph give Neshaminy the Lower Bucks County
Section One championship with a 3-0-0 mark (10-0-1
overall). Coach Lou Sorrentino’s Golden Rams could
have taken the Section One title with a victory but
had to settle for a 1-1-1 record (5-2-3 overall)
the game, Petercuskie (hugging the game ball) said,
“This is the one I wanted to win more than any game
I can remember. It is a wonderful ‘going away
present’ from a great team that had to come from
behind to win over a dandy Wilson team.”
Coach Sorrentino came to midfield from the Wilson
side after the contest and fought his way through
the crowd to reach Petercuskie.
Shaking the Neshaminy coach’s hand, Sorrentino
remarked, “Congratulations John, I wanted to beat
you! But your boys just wouldn’t let us, they played
a great game.”
“Yes they did,” was Petercuskie’s answer, and then
he added, “but your boys gave us a real scare! Lou,
you can be proud of them.”
Neither team did much offensively on the ground as
the game featured great defensive work on both
After nearly two periods of scoreless play Wilson
recovered a Redskin fumble and notched a TD in four
ground plays covering 20 yards. The 7-0 bulge
remained well into the third period.
looked bigger and bigger, especially with Redskin
team leader and quarterback Jim Colbert out of the
game. He had been injured in the second quarter and
been taken to Lower Bucks County Hospital.
What appeared to be a serious injury turned out to
be a muscle strain of the thigh. After x-rays and an
examination, Colbert was sent home.
Junior Ernie Forchetti replaced Colbert and pulled
the Redskins from the brink of disaster to a
thrilling comeback win.
He led the Petercuskie lads to a 7-7 tie by
marshalling a 57-yard drive in 11 plays featuring
two passes which he completed, one for 18 yards and
another for 11. The latter to Rich McHale scored,
and George Nolte’s placement kick knotted the count
The next three TDs, which broke open the game, came
early in the final quarter.
The first was on a nine-play series of 64 yards. The
other two on interceptions, one brought back to the
six-yard stripe for a setup while the other was
returned to the end zone for a score.
interception, just two plays before the contest
ended, halted a determined Wilson drive after the
Rams reached the fore’s four-yard line.
Neshaminy totaled nine first downs and spread them
over all four periods, while Wilson notched five,
two in the second and the other three in the last
The Redskins defense contained the Wilson ground
game in three periods as the Rams netted nothing in
the first, minus four yards in the third and only 13
in the final.
The Wilson lad mustered66 yards on rushing efforts
in the second period which featured a 34-yard dash
by Jack Jakobik who was nailed from behind at the 13
on a great tackle by Gerry Barr.
Neshaminy only netted 30 yards on the ground in the
opening half, then added 90 more in the remaining
Wilson took advantage of a break late in the second
quarter. John Little covered a fumble on the
Redskins 20. Four plays later Rollie Clark banged
through the line for seven yards and a TD. Jakobik’s
plunge gave Wilson its 7-0 lead. There was still
4:39 of the period to play.
Neshaminy knotted the count with 3:58 remaining in
the third. After only 2:22 was gone in the fourth
Neshaminy was on “victory road” as Forchetti sneaked
over. Then in three minutes the winners tallied two
Fred Conger’s interception and runback, plus a
personal foul penalty, put it to the six. It took
three plunges and a four-yard burst by Barr to tally
the score. Two plays after the ensuing kickoff, Tom
Thompson intercepted a pass and lugged it some 35
yards to pay dirt.
Half a dozen Wilson boys stood out defensively. As
usual, Vince Scancella led the tackling with 12
stops while Rick Lewis had eight, six of them were
big ones out in the open to halt potential scoring
Rich Banyas latched on to nine tackles. Tom Porter
had eight while Tom Zefferi and Little divided 14.
The stickouts on Neshaminy’s defense were headed by
Steve Whitehurst who was credited with nine stops of
his own. Thompson, McHale and Harry Hoffman divided
18 one-on-one tackles. Nolte and Bob Rotolo also
were defensive standouts.
Barr was the workhorse for the Redskins as he
carried the oval 21 times in their 48 running plays.
Jakobik was called on mostly by the Rams for ground
In addition to Jakobik’s 34-yard sprint, the longest
runs of the evening were 18 and 14, both by