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Game 5 | Friday September 26, 2008

Neshaminy 42 – Truman 0

Tribe tames Tigers


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Levittown: On a damp and wet evening in Levittown, the Moleskinners traveled to Harry S. Truman high school to take on the Tigers in their second Suburban One League in-conference game. And although starting off a little shaky on their first couple of series on the rain-dampened surface, once the Langhorne gang found their footing, the game became pretty much all about the white shirted visitors. So without further ado, let's get to the recap.

As the home team won the toss, they elected to receive and after the Seth Jeffries' kick, it was Harry S. Truman starting on their own 20. Putting up a quick three and out, the Tigers were forced to punt. After the exchange, the 'Skins started on their own side of the mid-field stripe in decent field position. In a bit of a pattern, though, the Indians fumbled the ball on their first play from scrimmage and the Tigers recovered on the 28. With the Redskins defense then putting up an impenetrable wall, the Tigers were stopped cold on 4 straight attempts. But with the Warriors offense going nowhere, it was a Mike Wynne punt that resulted in the Tigers starting on their own 32. What followed was another three and out and punt by Truman with the 'Skins next setting up shop on their own 40. It was then that the dam broke open as Bryan Dean popped for 26-yards followed by Jay Colbert who took it 34-yards to the end zone for the score. With the PAT blocked, it was 6-0 for Neshaminy.

Seth Jeffries then boomed it away and unable to move the ball again, Truman was soon punting away following another failed attempt at a first down. After the punt, the Blue and Red began on their side of the field but they didn't stay there long as a nice run by Dean was followed by a beautiful 42-yard pass from Brian Titus to Rick Brebner for the score and 6 more points. Going for two, it was Titus to Brebner again that made it 14-0 for the Creek Kids. And in a blink of any eye, it was the 'Skins with the ball again after Truman failed to gain a first after receiving the kickoff. After safely fielding the punt, it took Neshaminy just two plays to find the end zone with Quilan Arnold's 50-yard jaunt for the score highlighting that mercurial sprint to the promised land. With the PAT by Keelan Adams good the scoreboard rolled to 21-0 for the Redskins.

Then in a most mechanical fashion, Truman once again couldn't gain a first down after receiving the Neshaminy kickoff, and they were forced to punt away which was then followed by Neshaminy's march back down the field with that drive punctuated by Dean's short sprint for the touchdown. The extra point by Adams didn't miss and it went to 28-0 in Langhorne's favor. With play slowing down a bit thereafter, the clock wound down on the first half without any further score.

With the Redskins receiving to start the second-half, they started at their own 28 after Dean handled the ball. What followed was a mix of nice runs and passes that took the ball down to the Truman 10-yard line with a first and goal to go. Wasting no time at all, it was Colbert punching it in for his second touchdown of the night. Jeffries handled the point after as the score widened to 35-0 for the Moleskinners. Then coming to life, the Tigers returned the kickoff to mid-field followed by a couple of nice plays that took it to the Tribe's 36. Going to 4th and 3 at the 29, Truman went for it and just made it for a first down at the 26. Following that with another first down at the 15, a very nice defensive play by Justin Donnarumma stopped the Truman drive cold as he pilfered a Tiger pass at the ten. Getting the momentum back in a hurry, two quick runs by Neshaminy saw the ball moved out to the 35-yard line with room to breathe as the third period expired.

After the teams changed sides, it took just a few plays for Dean to lug the pigskin down to the Truman 15 on a couple of nice runs. From there on out, Coach Schmidt rotated in some new players with Ricky Williams gaining 9-yards to the 6 and then one more to the 5 for a 'Skins first and goal. And although he scored on the next play, a holding call brought it back. Then featuring the exploits of the understudies, including backup quarterback Charlie Marterella, Jared Dickson and a few others, it went to 4th and goal from the 20 before Marterella found Williams through the air for another Ridgemen score. The PAT was on-target and the score then went to 42-0.

With the Mercy Rule keeping the clock running, it didn't take long at all for the final gun to sound. And with another strong defensive effort, the 'Skins recorded their third straight shut out and have not been scored on in 14 quarters. Plus, from an offensive viewpoint, Langhorne performed as expected and were happy to report: Game to 'Skins!

Now standing at 4-1 at the mid-point of the regular season, the 'Skins are also 2-0 in SOL play as they host the William Tennent Panthers next week.

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Game 5
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Photos courtesy of Jesse Garber

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