2006 Game Recaps
This is the second year that this site began to record and report on each game. Unfortunately there are no game video highlights. Jesse Garber did take some game photos - thank you Jesse. All articles are written by our own Paula G. unless otherwise noted. Click on any of the photos to enlarge. You can click on the games listed below to read all about it.
Game 1 - NHS vs SJP
Game 1 - September 1, 2006
Neshaminy 6 - Saint Joseph Prep 16
A Tale of Two Cities
First, the bad news. The final score
Second, the good news. The final score.
Neshaminy opened its season Friday against a team ranked number 1 in Eastern PA; in the top 5 in the state and the Northeast; and, in several national polls, in the top 25. Still, notwithstanding that lofty St. Joe's ranking and talented club which looks to continue dominating the PCL, the 'Skins were a big play or two away from banking a victory. A breakdown on one Hawk pass play in the first half and a penalty that nullified a monumental run by the Tribe's quarterback, Andrew Flogel, early in the third, were just enough to allow the visitors to take home the win.
Plus the Redskins rather highly ranked themselves - had more two way players than have been seen in a long, long time with a boatload of inexperienced but eager underclassmen in starting roles. And without the services of expected starting upback Kitt Anderson, and a brand new offensive line that needs a bit more seasoning, perhaps a little wiggle room can be provided the O. As to the defense they came to play (two Hawk scores were a direct result of turnovers that really can't be charged to the Big Dee). So maybe upon reflection, that sigh of relief heard from the visitor's side of the field at the final gun begins to make a little more sense.
All in all, a loss is always a bitter pill to swallow, but if the Hawks prove to be all they're cracked up to be, then the 'Skins can hold their heads high. And there's no doubt this game saw some youngsters grow up in a hurry and, if properly evaluated for what it was, it may serve as a stepping stone to a higher level of play by our boys on The Ridge.
Some high notes include Mike Ellershaw's long TD run in the fourth while Andrew Flogel was his usual versatile and 'invincible' self. On the other side of the ball, Roland Wensae and the rest of the linebacker crew were all over the place. In fact, the defense as a whole was a bright spot that just may end up causing opponents' offenses more than a few sleepless nights.
Plus at the end of the day, although this game went to the Hawks 10-0 in the first half, the second ended in a 6-6 tie. The point? The 'Skins didn't quit. So with the offense clearly capable of picking up the pace as the season progresses - and opening day jitters fading into the past - this contest may ultimately be seen as the catalyst to another successful Neshaminy football campaign.
Player of the Week - Junior Inside Linebacker #23 Greg Martell
Boxscore Game 1
Game 2 - NHS vs Archbishop Ryan
Game 2 - September 8, 2006
Skins Even Record
Stop Raiders at Gate, 27-7
The fans who came to the Ridge last night saw two very different football games. They saw a first half where Neshaminy really struggled to get going offensively, and then an explosive second half when the offense really began to click and showed us all that they can put points up on the board in a hurry.
The Redskins defense played strong in the opening period and kept the Raiders from picking up any meaningful yardage, as well as keeping them off the scoreboard. Following a touchdown late in the second period, Ryan appeared poised for a second quick strike when a Neshaminy fumble gave them the ball inside our own 6 yard line. The Redskin defense came up with a huge stop, snubbing Ryan 2 times inside the 1-yard line. That was enough to allow the half to expire before Ryan could get off another play.
The Redskins came out in the second half with a resolve that no one could deny. Neshaminy scored touchdowns on 4 of their first 5 drives of the second half. Andrew Flogel started it off with a 65 yard jaunt to the end zone to make it 6-7. On their next possession Neshaminy reeled off runs of 13, 26 & 31 yards to take them to the Raider's 6 yard line. On the very next play Jason Ulmer ran the ball in for a 12-7 lead and Neshaminy would never look back. A few minutes later, Jason Ulmer scored his second TD of the evening on a 38 yard screen pass with 43 seconds left in the third period. The 20-7 lead gave Neshaminy the breathing room they needed to take command of the game. Ian Capanna closed out the scoring with a 70 yard TD run midway through the fourth period. That TD run came as the result of a beautiful Matt Harker block, taking out the only defender between Ian and the goal line.
Neshaminy again got big performances from Roland Wensae who stopped Ryan runners all night and Mike Ellershaw who had another strong game at the tailback position.
Boxscore Game 2
Player of the Week
Player of the Week
Game 3 - NHS vs Germantown
Game 3 - September 15, 2006
Tribe Bags Bears, 48-6
Redskins Over Germantown
For those who enjoy watching football games that flow, Friday night's contest against the Bears of Germantown was a grizzly display of unnecessary penalties. In the first period alone, we saw no less than 10 yellow flags. However, neither the flags nor the Bears could stop the Redskins from doing what they enjoy most - scoring points. Neshaminy displayed an offense that was balanced, spread out, and unstoppable on Friday night.
The depth of Neshaminy's scoring machine was made evident by the number of players involved in the scoring. Of the 7 Redskin touchdowns scored, 4 came from the offense and 3 from the defense. Further analysis reveals that Neshaminy Juniors Jason Ulmer and Dan Lyons accounted for 3 of the 7 touchdowns while Seniors Andrew Flogel, Mike Ellershaw, Austin Dahn and Ryan Evans combined for the other 4 trips to the end zone. In the last two weeks alone, Jason (Who is that kid?) Ulmer has reached the end zone 5 times. With Kitt Anderson getting closer to seeing game action, and the ever dangerous Andrew Flogel at the helm, opponents won't know which Redskin to key on. Also, Coach Schmidt spread out the play calling very nicely, keeping the Bears defense guessing which direction the ball might go.
But it was not just the offense who came to play on Friday night. The defense also had a huge role in the win over Germantown. The 'Skins Dee-Boys are again the stingy group we've grown accustomed to seeing out on the field. They gave up very little ground tonight, as they dug in and kept the Bears offense pinned down (giving up only 18 yards of total offense in the 2nd half). The secondary shadowed receivers while the line stifled Germantown's running game. Although Germantown did score 6 points, the 'Skins defense more than made up for it as they scored 21 points with 2 interceptions returned for TDs as well as a fumble recovery that was picked up and taken in for a score. That last TD was set up by a monster hit on Germantown's quarterback by 'Skins Junior Eric Brown. Brown leveled the Bears' play caller with a hit that knocked the ball loose, followed by Jason Ulmer's alert recovery and run all the way to the end zone for a touchdown (it was only a 2 yard run, but he still ran it all the way in).
And with the game coming to a close, Sophomore Quilan Arnold had a nifty run down the left side and took the ball to the 1 yard line. Coach Schmidt, however, did the right thing and "took a knee" to run out the clock and game.
Next week's game against Abington is at home on Thursday night, not Friday. See you then at the Ridge.
Player of the Week - Eric Brown
Boxscore Game 3
Game 4 - NHS vs Abington
Game 4 - September 21, 2006
Ghosts Scarier Than Thought!
'Skins Script Great Moment; Win 27-21
Whoa! Take a deep breath and get yourself some air.
It wasn't supposed to turn out quite like this. Not at all. In fact, in a game that the prognosticators had decided Neshaminy would win going away maybe even bagged up for the trip home by halftime well, let's just say that ain't the way it turned out. Actually, it appeared as if the same press clippings had been posted in both locker rooms before the contest and the result was Abington stepping up to the plate in a big way while the 'Skins seemed determined to make it as hard on themselves as they could.
A couple of thoughts sum this one up: First, nail biter, cliffhanger and heart stopper; and, second, thank goodness for the Tribe's Red-Zone defense.
Imagine a predicted runaway game tied 21 all with fewer than 3 minutes to go. That's frustrating. Then imagine two of your team's top up backs grabbing some pine on the sidelines (Kitt Anderson was close but not quite there just yet while Mike Ellershaw twisted an ankle and sat out most of the second half). That's really frustrating!
But just in the nick of time Jason - Now we know who that kid is! - Ulmer, who was sharp from the opening gun, took matters into his own hands. Handling the pigskin on the 'Skins first offensive play after the Ghosts had knotted the game 21-21, Ulmer broke it open to the right and outpaced everyone on a very unfrustrating 67 yard jaunt to the promised land. With the PAT no-good, the defense protected the slim 27-21 lead as if their lives depended on it, holding off Abington's last chance drive as the gun sounded with Neshaminy on top.
And on a positive note, all-everything Andrew Flogel continues to do his part as he not only lugged one across for six himself but he also pitched two aerials for scores. And on the receiving end of both touchdown passes was Ryan Evans who has now snagged 3 for 6 in the last 2 games. Nice.
So although we have to be honest that this game was a lot closer that we wanted to see, the creek kids did post another one in the win column. And since we think knowing how to win close ones is important too, we'll leave it at that.
See you next week.
Boxscore Game 4
Game 5 - NHS vs Truman
Game 5 - September 29, 2006
Skins go to 4 and 1
Neshaminy 34 - Truman 0
Never mind that Friday night's game against the Truman Tigers marked the midpoint of the season. As Neshaminy carved out a convincing 34-0 win, they did it with a number of firsts.
- It was the first game back for Senior running back Kitt Anderson.
- Anderson scored his first touchdown of the season.
- Already at game 5, Neshaminy played their first game away from the Ridge 2006.
- The Redskins posted their first shutout of the season.
- It was the first game delayed at halftime by a security threat.
It was good to see Kitt Anderson back in the lineup and he had an immediate impact with some nifty running, 84 total yards and a 3rd period touchdown. Meanwhile, Jason Ulmer had another huge game punishing Truman tacklers as he drove and churned on every run, making the yards succumb to his strong legs. With Andrew Flogel being another scoring threat, the 'Skins were able to use a very well balanced attack, getting points from four different players. Neshaminy got touchdowns from Jason Ulmer (2), Andrew Flogel, Ryan Evans and Kitt Anderson. It's a nice predicament for Coach Schmidt to be in - he has more good ball handlers than he knows what to do with.
As good as the 'Skins offense is proving to be, this shutout was not without a stellar effort by the defense. Neshaminy's Dee boys closed in on the Truman runners quickly all night, forcing a lot of 3rd and long situations that could not be converted. The Tigers running game was contained all night by a 'Skins defense, led by Roland Wensae, that seemed to know where the ball would go on every play. The defensive effort was capped of with an interception by Austin Dahn who cut through the field then streaked down the right side 50 yards to the Truman one yard line. Two plays later Ulmer pushed the ball over the goal line.
Boxscore Game 5
Game 6 - NHS vs Pennridge
Game 6 - Saturday October 7, 2006
Pennridge 33 - 'Skins 13
Delayed Rain Game
Friday night's game against Pennridge was postponed until Saturday night, due to forecasts of heavy rain. The extra day of rest may have done more harm than good as the 'Skins were out of sorts all game and could never get on track. Pennridge topped the Tribe 33-13 in a game that we would all rather forget as quickly as possible. We know that the 'Skins will bounce back as there is still plenty more football to be played this season. With this game behind us we are looking forward to next Saturday's homecoming game against CB South.
Boxscore Game 6
Game 7 - NHS vs Central Bucks South
Game 7 - Saturday October 14, 2006
Tribe topples Titans, 43-29
Ridge roller coaster ride!
The Redskins celebrated Homecoming Saturday on a crisp, sunny afternoon - perfect weather for football. And as the 'Skins and Titans battled on the field, the coaches began their game of chess with each trying to out maneuver the other with formations and superior positioning designed to gain the upper hand.
With all due respect, will someone please teach Coach Schmidt how to play chess.
The reason we say that is the object of chess is to surround and protect your king. You must guard him with everything you have, for when he is captured, the game is over.
Coach Schmidt did exactly the opposite. Rather than hiding his most important piece, he unleashed his Homecoming King, Kitt Anderson, as well as Homecoming Court member Andrew Flogel on the Titans. It proved to be more than South could handle, as the King and his Court went on a second half rampage and scoring spree on the befuddled defenders. King Anderson and Prince Flogel combined for five touchdowns. King, errr Kitt caught a touchdown pass and ran for 2 more while the Prince threw for two and lugged one across on the ground for good measure.
We might be remiss, though, if we didn't point out the first half started out rather slow. A couple of early turnovers kept the Tribe off the scoreboard and had them down by a score at the end of one. Actually, it was the 'Skins who were befuddled as each time they scored the Titans would forge ahead with points of their own. In fact, the first half closed with the Titans on top 26-14.
The second half, however, caused the first to be quickly forgotten as Neshaminy came out looking like a team with something to prove. And that's just what they did, scoring four touchdowns to take the lead for good and put the game away.
On a positive note, the Moleskinners continue to get strong support from their underclassmen as junior Jason Ulmer added another TD (giving him 7 on the year) while sophomore Paul Carrezola grabbed an aerial for his first TD of the season.
As the Redskins take their record to 5-2, they can now look forward to an important match at North Penn next Friday.
See you there.all for first downs, and he made them all look easy. Jason Kinney, Jarred Kinney, and Abe Brooks each scored a touchdown for Neshaminy while Dennis Curran added a field goal and kicked all three extra points.
Boxscore Game 7
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Game 8 - NHS vs North Penn
Game 8 - Friday October 20, 2006
'Skins fall to the Knights 29-7
After taking to the turnpike, the Tribe found itself out Lansdale way Friday night for one of their few road games of the 2006 season. And to call this contest extremely important would be an understatement as the Redskins were lining up against the hard charging Knights of North Penn who were winners of 5 straight after dropping their first two. The 'Skins were also 5 and 2 going into this match-up and neither team could really afford a loss without causing some problems for a post-season appearance. With that said, it started out well for the Tribe as they won the toss and elected to receive.
After taking the kickoff, a short drive was all the Langhorne gang could manage before they stalled and were forced to punt. North Penn then followed up with a strong effort on its first possession before Neshaminy picked off a pass deep in Redskin territory which stopped the North Penn advance.
So far so good.
After that turnover, and with Flogel at the helm, things were looking pretty good as the Tribe's offense mixed it up well with QB options and keepers, accurately thrown passes and some bursts up the middle by a host of Redskin running backs. And all that work got the Playwicki boys down to the North Penn 5 where they appeared to be set up for a score late in the 1st period. Unfortunately, a Flogel pass went errant and was intercepted in the end zone by North Penn's Tyrece Ervin. Brought out to the twenty, the Knights took what seemed like no time at all to drive the eighty yards it needed for to put up the first 6 points of the game (with that series highlighted by a 50 plus yarder by Ervin who caused the 'Skins headaches all evening long). The PAT was good and it was 7-0 North Penn at just over two minutes into the second quarter.
Not so good but hardly over.
The following kickoff by the Knights found the Redskins covering up a squib bouncer. Then with their offense failing to get back in gear on that possession, they were forced to punt again in short order. After the exchange, the Knights took over on their end of the field and proceeded to craft together a methodical drive that ended only when they punched in another one as Ervin scored his second of the night on a short burst off the right side. With the follow-up PAT as good as the first attempt, it was 14-0 for the home club with about two minutes left in the half.
Our boys then got one more chance as they did get the ball back with some time to work before the intermission but another poor effort by the offense allowed North Penn to gain control after a punt. And the Knights would have posted another 6 except for one of their linemen who got a bit too far downfield on a screen pass that was thrown more deeply than intended. Fortunately, some poor clock management and bumbled plays closed out the last few seconds before the gun sounded the end of the first half.
At that point, even though not playing their best 24 minutes of football, the Redskins were still in the game at only a 14 point deficit at the break.
The third quarter opened with North Penn receiving. After the return, they began on their own 25. A short time later it was fourth and 1 with the blue men still on their side of the 50. In a gutsy move, the Knights went for it. Faking a dive up the middle they pitched to their upback. It paid off as just seconds later it was 20-0 as Ervin grabbed the toss and went untouched around the left side for the long distance TD. With the PAT good the scoreboard was adjusted to read 21-0. Neshaminy then lined up to receive the kickoff; ran a few; fumbled and shortly thereafter it was 27-0 as North Penn's Ronnie Akins snagged a pass and sprinted 60 markers for another Knights' score. The PAT snap was bobbled but the North Penn holder alertly threw a Hail Mary pass which was caught and the score read 29-0.
Now it was not looking good at all.
In the last quarter the 'Skins continued to plug away but it just didn't seem to be their night at all as another drive ended with a pick by the North Penn secondary near the end zone. Returned to nearly midfield the ensuing run by a Knight back was coughed up and, catching a break, Neshaminy recovered. To their credit, the 'Skins didn't quit and they finally managed to cobble together a drive that reached the end zone for 6 on a short dive by Jason Ulmer (who managed a respectable number of yards for the night in addition to his six-pointer). The PAT was good and the score was 29-7. The onsides kick attempt that followed failed and the Knights ran out the clock on their final possession after the recovery.
And that's the way it ended.
In a year that has seen the Redskins struggle, this contest followed course for the Langhorne gridders as they had trouble with consistent play. Now at 5 and 3, the last two games are certainly in the 'must win' category if the creek boys hope to see some playoff action. With tradition, a strong coaching staff, loyal fans and a belief in their own abilities to rely upon, we're confident that they'll do what's necessary to focus on the task at hand. And by coming back strong next week against Bensalem (and in the traditional season-ender versus Pennsbury) this campaign is far from over.
See you next week.
Boxscore Game 8
Game 9 - NHS vs Bensalem
Game 9 - Saturday October 29, 2006
'Skins beat Owls With 21-7 Win
On a windy, brisk Saturday featuring the threat of rain broken by rays of sunshine, the Redskins visited Bensalem to help the Owls celebrate their Homecoming Game. Unfortunately for their SOL National opponents, and although the 'Skins and their fans helped cheer the festivities, the Old Lincoln Highway gang couldn't comply by providing a final score that might have been more to the home team's liking. For at the final gun, the scoreboard read 21 to 7 in favor of the visitors from Langhorne.
Still, it was not a one-sided affair as the two teams played the first quarter as if they were two boxers sparring with each other to determine strengths and weaknesses with neither team denting the end zone. But that 12 minutes of jabbing and poking eventually paid off for the Tribe as they struck first on a beautiful 40 yard pass from Andrew Flogel to Jason Ulmer at just two minutes into the 2nd stanza (with the PAT that followed as good as gold). Keeping up the pressure, the defense then forced Bensalem into a punting situation after the kickoff. Mike Ellershaw, in a deep punt position, decided to spice things up a bit as he took the kick all the way back for another 6 at the eight minute mark. Unfortunately, this PAT failed after a penalty pushed the try back to the 18 yard marker so the 'Skins lead was but 13 at that point.
However, and showing their mettle, Bensalem refused to roll over as the Owls managed to punch one in on their next possession. With the kick good, the teams retired for the half with the Redskins on top, 13-7.
The third quarter saw the 'Skins hold Bensalem and force them to punt after they had kicked off to start the final two sessions. Then in a bid for immediate control, Neshaminy put together a smart and well engineered drive that was capped by Ulmer's 4 yard TD run for his second six pointer of the day. The two point conversion was good and, notwithstanding another quarter still to play, the score stood as it would end, 21 to 7, with Neshaminy registering the win.
Now with only one game remaining in the regular season, and at 6 and 3, the 'Skins are in the thick of the playoff chase. And in case you just returned from a trip to Mars, it's Pennsbury at home this coming Friday. Bringing their 8 and 1 record with them along with 75 years of history dating back to the leather helmet days of Langhorne-Middletown High versus Falls High, the annual tussle between the Redskins and the Falcons should be as exciting as they come.
See you at the game!
Boxscore Game 9
Game 10 - NHS vs Pennsbury
Pennsbury wins 33-0
'Skins out of Playoffs
The annual football contest between the Neshaminy Redskins and the Pennsbury Falcons is usually described as a rivalry, a tradition, or a classic match up. And so as the 2006 edition of this classic battle drew closer there was talk of Neshaminy coming out on fire and putting this one away for pride while others saw this much improved Pennsbury team playing the spoiler to Neshaminy's playoff hopes.
Tonight, the grudge match went to Pennsbury as they defeated the 'Skins 33-0. The Redskins struggled to get their offense in gear and never were able to overcome the early deficit. The Falcon's defense was quick and kept the Neshaminy runners bottled up early and often. Pennsbury's running game was relentless and hard to shut down.
This is a difficult end to the 2006 football season. We know that all of the players, and especially the seniors, had hopes of another playoff run.
We wish the best of luck to all of the Redskin players, especially the Seniors who are now moving on, thank-you for all you gave to us this year.
Boxscore Game 10