1965 Season Recap
Finishing 10-0-1 the Redskins earn their 14th straight LBC title and the third title in three tries in the East Penn league. Dick Dougherty of the Courier-Times refers to Neshaminy’s football field as “Heartbreak Ridge” and it sticks. And it’s a banner season for many reasons as in one game in Allentown 14,000 people pile into J. Birney Crum Stadium to see the ‘Skins beat Allen, 19-7 (it’s the most fans to watch a Redskins game to that date). All time win number 200 was earned that year too (against LaSalle in a 7-0 triumph).
Expanding their horizons by looking for new teams to play, discussions are had with Massilon, Ohio’s Washington High School but schedules conflict and the Tigers decline. Instead, Altoona is invited to Langhorne. They accept and the Mountain Lions are routed, 27-6. Upstate New York powerhouse, the Johnson City Wildcats, also visit Neshaminy that year. Just like Altoona, they are sent home losers, 35-6. Against Easton the Redskins trail 27-19 with three minutes in the game. Neshaminy scores twice in one minute, including a 61-yard run by Colbert that dazzles the fans. They then hang on and stop the Dogs at the goal-line to preserve a 33-27 win.
The 8-0-1 Redskins also host a powerful 6-1-1 Pennsbury later that year. In another first for the Redskins, the Saturday afternoon game is televised on WFIL-TV while 10,000 plus fans pile into Neshaminy’s stadium. With the game tied 0-0 late in the 4th, Neshaminy’s Gerry Barr rips off a 48-yard run that ends with his dive for the “flag” as Pennsbury’s speedy Jimmy Neeld tries to drive him out-of-bounds. The refs signal a TD and the score propels the ‘Skins to a 7-0 win. Tape replays of the game, played on WFIL’s channel 6 the next day, lead to years of arguing over whether Neeld had actually pushed Barr out at the one-foot line. The team receives a .538 rating from Dr. Roger Saylor’s “Saylor Ratings” which is the highest ever for a Redskin team (the Uniontown Red Raiders outside of Pittsburgh come in at .571 that year which is the highest ever for any team in Pennsylvania as the high .530s and low .540s normally represents the best team each season).
Following the season Petercuskie retires after 6 years. He carved out a 59-1-5 record which included a run of 51 games in a row without a loss. Colbert is named first team all state by the UPI and 2nd by the AP. A solid passer who pitched 7 TD aerials in ’65, his running skills were also on display that season too as he rushed for over 900 yards and scored 15 TD’s on the ground. He attends Penn State but several serious injuries curtail his career with the Nittany Lions.
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|Sep. 9||Friday||Bishop Egan||Home||8:15pm||41||0|
|Oct. 2||Saturday||William Allen||Away||7:30pm||19||7|
|Oct. 8||Friday||Louis E. Dieruff||Home||8:15pm||7||7||1|
|Oct. 23||Friday||Johnson City (NY)||Home||8:15pm||35||6|
|Oct. 30||Saturday||William Tennent||Away||2:00pm||39||0|
|Nov. 19||Friday||Woodrow Wilson||Away||8:15pm||26||7|
|* Homecoming||**Senior Night|
Great Moments 2005 – Edition 1 – (1965) ‘Skins football described as “explosive” in article highlighting several games
Great Moments 2005 – Edition 3 – (1965) Dick Dougherty coins the phrase “Heartbreak Ridge” in a review
Great Moments 2006 – Edition 4 – (1965) ‘Cuskie’s boys come back against Easton in the final 2 minutes
Great Moments 2008 – Edition 7 – (1965) Another Falcons nail-biter goes to ‘Skins on 4th quarter score
Great Moments 2009 – Edition 6 – (1965) ‘Skins on big cat hunt; cage Altoona Mountain Lions, 27-6
Lower Bucks County League, Section One - Champions
League record: 3-0
Members: Neshaminy, Pennsbury, William Tennent & Woodrow Wilson
Big Six Conference - Champions
League record: 3-0-1
Members: Easton, Liberty, Louis E. Dieruff, Neshaminy & William Allen
Mr. Redskin − Jim Colbert
Mr. Back − Jerry Barr
Mr. Lineman − Frank Conger
Mr. 3D − Bob Rotolo
Unsung Hero − Rich McHale
We are posting the list of seniors as we do not have a photo for everyone. I will post the ones I do have below. If you have the ad program that has the Senior photo Page please drop us a line here.
Big 6 Selections
AP All State
The Big 33 was played Saturday August 13th, 1966 at Hershey Park. Jim Colbert and Fred Conger were selected from Neshaminy to play in this game. It is the highest honor to be chosen as a Big 33 player.
From the Big 33:
Pennsylvania could have used some antiaircraft batteries to shoot down a Texas aerial circus that produced 414 yards in a 34-2 Longhorn victory before a record crowd of 25,000 at Hershey.
Don Burrell got the big plays for Texas. He caught eight passes for 260 yards and two touchdowns.
Coach Bobby Layne used three different quarterbacks—Jim Street, Joe Norwood, and Charles Hixon put the ball in the air 42 times. They completed only 19, but most of those came on key third down plays.
Pennsylvania got its only points in the opening quarter when Rich Saul of Butler tackled Norwood in the end zone for a safety.
Quarterback Chuck Burkhart of Montour managed to complete 18 of 36 passes when he wasn’t being hammered by a blitzing Texas defense.
Burkhart and Middletown end Henry Brown were Pennsylvania’s top players. Brown caught eight passes for 84 yards in addition to making some key plays as a defensive back.
Source: PROGRAM Big 33 Game History 1958-2015
The_Times_Tribune_Mon__Feb_15__1965_Big 33 Cuskie Coach
Delaware_County_Daily_Times_Sat__Sep_11__1965_Bishop Egan article
The_Bristol_Daily_Courier_1965_Sep 18 LaSalle article
The_Bristol_Daily_Courier Sat Sep 26 Easton article
Neshaminy_1965 Allen article
The_Morning_Call_Sun__Oct_3__1965_-2 Allen article
The_Bristol_Daily_Courier_1965 Oct. 8 Altoona article
The_Bristol_Daily_Courier_1965_Oct 8 Top Scorer Jim Colbert and Bensalem Pregame article
The_Bristol_Daily_Courier Sat Oct 9 Dieruff article
The_Philadelphia_Inquirer_Sat__Oct_9__1965_-1 Dieruff article
The_Bristol_Daily_Courier_Oct 14 1965 Cuskie resignation
Neshaminy_1965 game article win Big 6 title Liberty Article
The_Bristol_Daily_Courier_Tue__Oct_19__1965_Neshaminy Players in college
The_Bristol_Daily_Courier_1965 Oct. 25 Johnson City game article
The_Bristol_Daily_Courier_Wed__Oct_27__1965_football field upgrades
The_Bristol_Daily_Courier_Wed__Nov_3__1965_Jim Colbert Top scorer
The_Bristol_Daily_Courier_Wed__Nov_10__1965_Origination of Heartbreak Ridge
The_Bristol_Daily_ Courier_1965 Nov. 20 Wilson articles
The_Bristol_Daily_Courier_Tue__Nov_30__1965_All State Selections
The_Bristol_Daily_Courier_Wed__Dec_1__1965_AP All State
The_Bristol_Daily_Courier_Mon__Dec_27__1965_Big 33 Selections
Lebanon_Daily_News__and_The_Lebanon_Daily_Times_Thu__Aug_11__1966_Big 33 game for 1965 players