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The first game played at Neshaminy’s new field, called the “Neshaminy Athletic Field” or “Playwicki Field”, was in 1956. In 1965 Dick Dougherty of the Courier-Times refers to Neshaminy’s football field as “Heartbreak Ridge”. It was appropriately renamed as Harry E. Franks Stadium in 1985. LED lights were installed in July of 2015. Neshaminy is the 1st High School field on the East Coast to have these installed

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The “Wall of Fame” was built to serve as a very public and important display of the many players, coaches and others who have contributed so much to Neshaminy’s football program since its first season of 1928. The statue of Coach John Petercuskie Sr., 1960 - 1965, was dedicated on September 19, 2010. His record was 59-1-5.

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Our Cheer team. led by Michelle Mazur has a long history of winning Championships. Known for their famous Chant "Everybody do the Redskin Rumble", they raise spirits at every game.

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Neshaminy has strong student participation and they represent at every game no matter home or away. The Redskin 8 changes each year and leads the student section in vocal support of our players.

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Under the direction of Mike Lipton, our Marching Band is second to none. With a new and exciting theme each year, they keep the crowds entertained with their excellance in musical creativity and spot-on precision formations. For video of our fight songs click here

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Game 15

December 7, 2013 East Final

Neshaminy 21 - St Joe Prep 37

Redskin's season ends in Eastern Final

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Philadelphia: Heading to Northeast Philly and Charles Martin Stadium, the Redskins traveled down The Boulevard to take on St. Joseph's Prep in the Eastern Regional Final. Following Neshaminy's win over North Penn last week, and the Hawk's topper over Parkland in the D12/D11 sub-regional, the two squads earned the right to line-up in the PIAA AAAA state semi-final contest. At 10-3, St. Joes has played a national schedule while taking the Philadelphia Catholic League crown. Coming in at 13-1, Neshaminy has been tough all year as they claimed the D1 trophy. We're pretty sure everyone knows the story of these programs, so let's just get right to it.

With the Hawks taking the kickoff, the return man took it back to the 31 where St. Joes set up. And showing they could pass, a sideline hitch-route on the first play went the distance. The kick was blocked, though, keeping the score at 6-0, St. Joes. Kicking it back to Neshaminy, Hamiid Pack made a nice return to the 36. DAndre Pollard took the first few snaps out of The Wildcat with a loose ball costing some yards. Tyler Wombough then came in under center but it still went to a fourth and long with Chris Watson punting it to the other endzone before the returner brought it back to their 25.

Back on offense, the Hawks ran one and then went up top as Boniface Stevens made a big pick at the St. Joe's 40. Wombough and company returned but a three-and-out forced a second punt. Watson's try for the corner was close but a bouncing ball hit the endzone giving the Prep the ball at their 20.

A couple of runs and a missed pass had the Hawks going backward before a nice pass made the 35 for a first. On a third down play that saw five wide outs on the field, the Prep QB tried the run but came up short. Punting it back to the 'Skins, Cole Creighton was deep; however, a high, short kick bounced out of bounds at mid-field to give the Schmidtmen good field position. Pollard grabbed three on the first shot and then busted the next try down to the Hawk's 19 for a big first down. Two plays later he squirted through to tie it at 6 all. Dylan McDonald then hit the Pat and the Redskins went on top, 7-6.

McDonald boomed the kickoff which was picked up by the Hawk deep man at the ten and returned to the 23 with 3:09 on the first-quarter clock. A nice dive then had it at the 35 in a hurry. Going to a third-down try, the Prep just made it to the 46 to move the chains. With the same thing happening on another third-down, this time the Hawks passed mid-field to Langhorne's 32. Then showing their talent, a Hawk's running back took it in for the score. This time the PAT was good as the lead went back to the Philly school, 13-7. With Pack taking the kickoff again, he motored to the 32 as Pollard then took the first handoff for three yards with the first-quarter ending on that play.

After the flip & walk, Wombough hit Pack to make it third-and-inches. On a hard count the Hawks jumped to give Neshaminy a first on the penalty. Set up at the 46, Pollard took it to the mid-field stripe. Two more efforts came up short to make it fourth-and-five as Watson punted a liner that bounced to the 22 where St. Joe's offense came back out on the field with ten minutes on the clock.

Going to The Pistol, a ground effort gained three with the next earning the first. Sticking to the no-huddle, a St. Joe's pass was batted down with a ground effort stopped at the line of scrimmage before another aerial moved the chains into Neshaminy territory. Then on a great pitch-and-catch, St. Joes made the two-yard stripe. The next run had it in for a TD but the try for two missed to leave it at 19-7.

Booting it back to Langhorne, Pack took it back to the 26 before he was tripped up. Back on offense, Pollard took the first for a short gain with Pack then grabbing five on a screen. Pollard earned the first and Denny Lord then took a direct snap in The Wildcat and passed to Pack but just missed. Going back to Lord, he ran it for seven before busting the next carry down to the 34 with the clock showing under five minutes in the second-quarter. Another hard-count caused the Hawks to jump and put it at the 29 before Lord barreled to the 20 on the next carry.

As Lord took a breather, Pollard handled the next snap for a yard and then followed up with four more. At third-and-five, Pollard earned the first with a facemask call putting the ball at the enemy five. An offsides call on the 'Skins moved it back to the ten but no matter as Lord scooted across for the touchdown on the next play. McDonald hit the extra point and the score tightened to 19-14.

McDonald's kickoff was a squibber that was picked up at the 35 with a little over a minute remaining before the half. A three-and-out followed as Neshaminy's defense swarmed the field. Punting with 15 seconds on the clock, the rolling kick went to the 20 as the clock expired and the two teams retired to the lockers.

With Neshaminy receiving to start the second-half, this time Devon Brown did the honors as he put it at the 21 after the return. Going right to Pollard, he popped it for nine to the 30. Looking for the short-yard, Pollard got by The Box for 16 yards to the 46 and a first. Making it three straight, number 21 then earned nine more to the enemy 45 as Lord grabbed the first-down on the next effort. With another Hawk's offsides, the ball was moved to the 39. Lord added another burst for good yards and then Sullivan pocketed another first down. Continuing to make the push, on a third-and-an-inch this time Neshaminy jumped to make it an even five for a chain-move. Going to Lord, he shook off tacklers to make the first by a yard.

With a fresh set of downs, it was Pollard taking the next shot down to the five for a first-and-goal. But on the next play a loose Neshaminy ball was picked up by a St. Joe's player and returned 99 yards for a Hawk's score. The PAT missed and it stayed at 25-14.

Brown grabbed the Prep kickoff that followed and had Neshaminy at the 35 after the return. With a three-and-out following, Watson then came on the field. Booming it, the rolling ball stopped at the 20. Two nice St. Joe runs had the rock moving but a Hawk penalty took it back to the 30 with a loss on the next play bringing up third-and-12. Alex Nicolas then sacked the QB with the punt putting the ball at mid-field after it bounced dead.

As the clock showed under two-minutes in the third-quarter, Pollard almost had the first on two out of The Wildcat. In The Package, Pollard came up just short at the Hawk's 43. With the third-quarter ending, and on fourth-down, Lord then broke it for house as he shook off a tackler and sprinted the distance as the score went to 25-21 after McDonald.

Following the McDonald kickoff and return by St. Joes, the Hawks set up at their 20. Moving the chains twice, on a fourth-and-short at the 45 a QB sneak just made it for the first. Then going for it, a long pass put the ball at Neshaminy's seven. The first effort at that spot saw another QB keeper for the TD with the two-point try missing as the scored rolled to 31-21.

Kicking it back to the Blue & Red, Neshaminy took over with nine-minutes on the clock. Two Pollard tries earned five as a third-down rolled around. Trying a bit of razzle-dazzle, Lord then pitched an aerial which was picked off at the Hawk's 45. Back on O, St. Joes stayed on the ground to chew the clock as they made t down to the 29 with five-minutes showing. Going for a score, a Prep aerial missed but a pass interference call put the ball at the 18. Shaking it off, a corner route that followed earned the score to make it 37-21 after the missed PAT.

Booting it back to Neshaminy, and in four down territory, the 'Skins used them all but couldn't convert as the ball went back to the Hawks at the Neshaminy 30. One run by St. Joes then made the 17, as the clock dipped under two-minutes, with another getting in a little closer. From there a few knees by the Prep's QB and the clock hit zero to see the game end.

First things first, congratulations to St. Joes. Manufacturing an 11-3 record with the win, they played a tough, hard-fought game and have earned the right to travel to Hershey for the State Championship game against Pittsburgh Central Catholic. Good luck Hawks!

Next, the Schmidtmen have no reason to hang their heads. Finishing the year at 13-2, and copping the D1 title, it was as exciting a campaign as it could be. Not only were the teams skills and talents showing through in so many games but its character was most evident during the playoff run as a tough Falcon game was used as a learning experience and not a final bell. And to the senior group especially, what a pleasure it has been watching you guys for the last two, three and in some cases, four years. We'll miss you as you never failed to entertain us while also making us proud (but don't forget there's always a seat in Harry's House -- so don't make yourself scarce). Plus to the underclassmen we can't wait 'till next year! So how about you get right in the weight room and start in on the next season as we'll be out in force cheering all of you 'Skins in 2014.

See you all next year.

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Game 15
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Neshaminy
7
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21
St Joe's Prep
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37

 

Team Qtr Time Description NHS OPP
SJP
1
11:39
Hawks 67-yd TD caych & run. Kick failed
0
6
N
1
3:17
Pollard 19-yd TD run. McDonald Kick
7
6
SJP
1
0:11
Hawks 32-yd TD run. Kick good.
7
13
SJP
2
7:25
24yd TD-run. 2-pt failed.
7
19
N
2
1:15
Lord 10-yd TD run. McDonald kick.
14
19
SJP
3
4:31
Hawks 98-yd TD off fumble. Kick failed.
14
25
N
4
11:51
Lord 46-yd TD run. McDonald kick.
21
25
SJP
4
9:17
2-yd TD on QB sneak. 2-pt failed.
21
31
SJP
4
4:32
Hawks 18-yd TD pass. Kick failed.
21
37

 

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Photos courtesy of Jesse Garber

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Game Video

 

Videos by Matt Bartolacci

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Courier Times Athlete of the Week

Denny Lord

WHAT HE DID: Rushed for 104 yards and two touchdowns while also playing his usual inside linebacker spot in Neshaminy’s 37-21 loss to St. Joseph’s Prep in the PIAA Class AAAA semifinals Saturday.

WHAT HE SAID: “During practice and watching film, we knew they put a lot of (defensive) players in the box. So we had to mix people in ... These guys will always be my family.”

COLLEGE: Is weighing interest from some Division I and Division II schools.

PERSON HE WOULD MOST LIKE TO MEET: Adrian Peterson.

THINGS HE LIKES TO DO: Enjoys playing recreational baseball and basketball.

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Univest Featured Athlete

Dan Johnson

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Mark Schmidt is only half kidding when – while talking about Dan Johnson – the Neshaminy coach suggests that his senior lineman “can manage my money later on.” Johnson, it turns out, has a knack for numbers, and a career in the financial field is very realistic for a young man who excels on the gridiron but keeps it in perspective. “I’m going to have a life after football, and that’s what I have to prepare for,” he said. “Academics was always my calling card, and football came after that.” Johnson’s academic resume speaks for itself. He is ranked in the top five percent of his class and had a 4.85 grade point average at the end of the first marking period. His schedule includes five AP classes this year. “Academically, he’s off the charts,” Schmidt said. “He’s one of the best math students in the school – they say he’s one of the better ones in the county.”

Johnson has been asked to be a ‘mathlete’ when the season is over, and he was the team math tutor in the offseason, but don’t be fooled into thinking that football would be little more than an afterthought to Johnson. He is equally committed to excellence on the gridiron and was a key member of an offensive line that allowed the Redskins to accumulate close to 5,000 yards of total offense en route to a district title. The senior guard is quick to point out that it was a team effort on the offensive line where he is joined by John Koch, Matt Wynne, Mike Palmer and Hunter Kelly. “We’ve all jelled together this year, and it’s turned out great,” Johnson said. “The key to a great line is making sure everyone is on the same page, everyone knows what their responsibility is and everyone goes as hard as they can every single play. It’s all about effort and determination, and I definitely think our offensive line has that in bunches.” Johnson, according to Schmidt, has been coming on strong since midway through last season, and this year he became a fulltime two-way player. “This year he was a guy we were counting on to be pretty darn good, and it worked out,” the Redskins’ coach said. “He just really became a guy we could count on.”

Whether Johnson, a member of the National Honor Society, continues his career at the collegiate level remains to be seen. He is basing his decision on academics first. For three straight summers prior to this past summer, Johnson went on mission trips with his church. “The mission trips put a lot of things in perspective for me,” he said. “It made me appreciate everything I have in my life and what my parents provided for me. Those trips most of all humbled me.” Johnson, who plans to major in Actuarial Sciences, has applied to the University of Pennsylvania and admits he has loved Michigan since he was a youngster. Penn State is also on his radar. Numerous D-3 schools also are interested in acquiring his football talents. “Whatever he gets, he deserves,” Schmidt said.

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Game Articles

Pregame Courier Times: Neshaminy's defense will face tough test

Courier Times: Intelligencer/Courier Times 'Let's Talk Football (Wk 15)

Suburban One Sports: Brown a Difference Maker for the Redskins

Pregame Courier: Neshaminy's Pollard takes on Prep, record books

Pregame Courier: Redskins' commitment pays off vs. Prep

Suburban One Sports: Special Season Ends for 'Skins in State Semis

Courier Times: Neshaminy will miss Lord and other seniors

Suburban One Sports: 2013 SOL End-of-Season Football Notebook

Philly.com: St. Joe's Prep is Hershey-bound

 

Return to 2013 Guide

 

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