Neshaminy Ends Season
As Late TD Sinks
By LEN HARTMAN
Courier Times Sports Writer
LANGHORNE – Whew!
It was a thriller all the way with
Neshaminy taking home the victory and Pennsbury
taking home the glory.
The underdog Falcons came within
several yards last night of doing what no one else
has been able to do all season long, send the
Redskins down to defeat. But time ran out and
Neshaminy squeaked through to a 21-20 win before a
full house at Playwicki Field.
The wild contest ended with Pennsbury
attempting a last second pass from the Neshaminy
seven-yard stripe after driving from their own
24-yard line in 14 plays that included four first
With the exception of the first half
of the opening period, the Falcons dominated the
game as they bottled up the vaunted Redskin attack.
The statistics showed Pennsbury with 23 first downs
and 337 yards of offense as against Neshaminy’s 9
first downs and 132 yards gained.
The contest began as most local
“experts” had expected with Neshaminy scoring two
quick touchdowns. The first came in the first minute
and a half of the game when Bill Brundzo raced 37
yards to paydirt two plays after the opening
kickoff. Bob Baxter kicked the extra point.
Pennsbury took the Redskins kickoff
but could go no where and had to kick on fourth
down. A poor punt gave Neshaminy the pigskin on the
visitors’ 21 yard line. In five plays they moved to
the two from where Baxter plunged for another six
points. He then booted the PAT and the Redskins were
in front, 14-0. With the action going according to
the script, the fans sat back to see how high the
hosts would run up the score against their guests.
Didn’t Read Script
But nobody had bothered to show the
script to the Falcons. Following the kickoff after
Baxter’s TD, they began a series of movements from
their own 25-yard line. In 17 plays, that ran into
the second quarter, the Redskins drove to the
Redskins one where quarterback Vince Tanzola dove
for the score. Bob Burkhart ran for the extra point.
The 75 yard drive featured fine
running by Burkhart and John Tanner, sharp play
calling by Tanzola, and strong blocking by the
Pennsbury offensive line.
The Falcons defensive line showed its
prowess in the next series of plays after the
Redskins took the kickoff and returned it to their
own 48. Three tries at the line by Baxter failed to
gain the necessary yardage and Neshaminy was forced
14-14 at Intermission
Once again the Falcons started from
their 25 yard line. With Burkhart doing most of the
carrying they moved the ball to the Neshaminy seven.
With ten seconds remaining in the first half,
Burkhart drove the last seven yards to give the
Falcons 13 points. His successful run for the extra
point knotted the score at 14-14 where it stood a t
Pennsbury received the kickoff to
open the second half and began another drive to a
TD. With Burkhart doing the major portion of the
work they moved from their 33 to the Neshaminy 25.
Here they were faced with a fourth down – two to go
Tanzola gambled to stay with the ball
and it worked as Burkhart dove for the first down.
The Pennsbury march continued until the Redskin 12
where the Falcons where again faced with a fourth
down – two to go situation. This time a pass failed
and Neshaminy took possession.
The Pennsbury defense stiffened again
and when three attempts by the Redskins were
throttled the Redskins punted giving Pennsbury the
ball on their own 35 yard stripe.
With their fans pleading for another
score, the Falcons threw the offense into high gear.
They moved from their 35 yard line to the Neshaminy
44 as the period ended.
The drive continued as the game moved
into the final period. A 39-yard pass play from
Tanzola to Bill House put Pennsbury on the Neshaminy
three-yard line. Burkhart, trying for the TD, wasted
no time moving the ball to the two. Tanzola then
scored his second marker of the night on a keeper.
This time Burkhart’s attempted PAT run fell inches
Now it was time for the Redskins to
get into the scoring act again. Taking the kickoff
on their 42, they began to move forward on line
“bucks” by Brundzo and Baxter. They carried the ball
to the Pennsbury 27-yard stripe.
Here Redskin coach John Petercuskie
went to track star Tommy Dee. The speedy senior
outraced the Falcon pass defender to the end zone
where he grabbed Brundzo’s aerial for the TD that
knotted the score at 20-20. Baxter then kicked the
extra point that was to prove to be the margin of
Still sensing an upset, the Falcons
began their last drive of the evening following the
kickoff. It was ill-fated, however, and was destined
to fall short on the Neshaminy 30-yard stripe as the
clock ran out.
The victory gives Neshaminy another
in a long line of Lower Bucks County League crowns,
this time in Section One. The game was also the last
of the season for the Redskins who finish 9-0-1.
Pennsbury can be proud of the job its
defensive line did on Neshaminy’s Bob Baxter, the
highest scorer in Lower Bucks history. The Falcons
held the Redskin fullback to 23 yards in 15 carries,
the lowest output of his career. The stalwart Falcon
defenders, including Doug Guertin, Les Hoffman, Ken
Medlin, Al Dunning, Bob Peresta, Joe Fioravanti,
Steve Buttershell, and Mike Homa, allowed the league
champs only 33 yards on the ground in the least