Neshaminy comes back
trip Dieruff, 14-6
By Dick Dougherty
Courier Times Sports Editor
Allentown − Neshaminy High School continues to
win in the Big Eight Football Conference but not in
a fancy way.
The Redskins just plug along and last night were
forced to come from behind to defeat Louis Dieruff
High School, 14-6.
But when the Redskins wanted to do it they went to
senior end Eli Weissman for a pair of scoring
strikes from the hand of quarterback Terry
Neshaminy's defensive club played its usual role in
victory for coach Pal Allison. It only allowed one
touchdown and it came in the zone covered by senior
"I Got Burned"
burned on the first touchdown," Hayes said after
Neshaminy put its fourth win against a lone loss in
The Dieruff six-pointer Hayes saw go up on the
scoreboard came when John Gilly fired a perfect pass
down the left sidelines to a speeding Mark McCants.
It covered 33 yards on the first play of the second
"I was playing pass from that point on," Hayes
admitted. "I didn't think about the run."
Hayes, the only two-year veteran in Neshaminy's
secondary, turned the tide in the fourth period when
Dieruff threatened to overcome Neshaminy's 7-6 lead.
Put On The Pressure
5-10, 165-pound Hayes put the pressure on Dieruff's
Ed Bashner, who was wide open on the 50-yard line.
Gilly's pass was on target but Hayes just flicked it
out of reach of the Huskie receiver.
Time was against Dieruff and it went to the air
again with 2:43 left in the game.
Hayes intercepted a McCants aerial to give Neshaminy
Neshaminy couldn't move the football and punted.
Jeff Ratner's low boot rolled dead on the Dieruff
15-yard line. Gilly passed seven yards to Sonny
Arnold to the 22 as Dieruff struggled to race
Gilly unloaded it was Hayes who pulled the pigskin
out of the air at the 40 and rumbled down the left
sideline. He was knocked down at the 20 but any
hopes Dieruff had of winning the game were lost.
Four plays later Gallagher fired his second
touchdown to Weissman from five yards away with just
11 seconds on the clock.
"He's the guy we expect to keep everyone else under
control out there," Allison said as Hayes grinned.
A Near Miss
could have really had four interceptions tonight,"
Hayes added. "One I had in my hands but I couldn't
hold on to it."
Dieruff offered Neshaminy plenty of resistance in
the first half. The running of McCants and Mike
Macks helped the Huskies pile up 107 yards on the
ground and 68 yards in the air.
After intermission Neshaminy's defense allowed the
Huskie's just 16 yards on the turf and only two
completions for 34 yards. In that passing total was
a harmless 27-yarder with eight seconds left.
Neshaminy, now tied for third place in the Big Eight
with neighboring Pennsbury with a 2-1 record, cut
loose rugged Jamie Meier, a 5-11, 174-pound runner,
in the third period. He gave Dieruff the message the
Redskins where on a mission.
Meier lugged the ball eight times in a drive which
went from the Redskins 33 to the Dieruff one-yard
line before a fumble prevented a touchdown.
Neshaminy got the ball back after four plays. After
poor Huskie punt from the 12-yard line Neshaminy
started operations on the Dieruff 34. Five plays
later with a fourth and four on the eight yard line,
Gallagher threw eight yards to Weissman for
Neshaminy's first touchdown. Ratner's boot made it
Meier carried the ball again at crucial times in the
fourth session when Neshaminy needed key yards. He
ended with 99 yards on 23 assignments. Meier's
running mate - Rick Rynkiewicz − pounded the Huskies
for 48 yards on seven carries.
Weissman, the stellar split end, increased his
season touchdown record to five with a pair of
six-pointers. He hauled in eight passes for 103
"If we can get the ball to him, he'll catch it,"
Allison said. "Eli makes it tough on the defensive
halfback. On that first touchdown he (the Huskie
defender) was about 10 yards back and Eli just blew
by him. He has that type of speed. If they play back
it makes the short ones easy for Eli to catch."