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Game 5 | October 2, 2009

Neshaminy 28 – Truman 8

‘Skins over Tigers at home


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Langhorne: Back home in Langhorne after road trips to Germantown and then Abington, the Redskins looked to clear out any sluggishness from the battle with the Ghosts last week. And playing an always tough Harry S. Truman club in game two of its SOL schedule, a nice crowd of loyal fans was on hand to see the Tribe right the ship. So with that said, lets get down to the action on the field.

With the failed comeback seemingly still on their minds the first-quarter went by quickly, and just as well, as the Moleskinners looked as if the past, rather than the future, was the focus. For although charging right down the field on the first drive, a Blue and Red pass was picked in the end zone and that clearly set the mood for the Indians. In fact, with turnovers plaguing the offense, Neshaminy failed to score a point in the first 12 minutes; however, Truman mirrored the home team effort and the score was 0-0 as the teams changed ends.

Rolling to the second-quarter, the 'Skins finally shook off their lethargy as Charlie Marterella engineered a drive that culminated in six-points when he found Dylan Lange for a 28-yarder via the airlanes. With Ricky Domico on the money, it went to 7-0 for the Creek Kids at just about nine minutes left to go in the first half. Then after a few more exchanges of control, it was Bryan Dean busting one off on a 38-yard scamper that put the 'Skins up 14-0 following another Domico PAT. With Truman back in control as the clock was spinning, that Black and Gold effort ended on an incomplete pass as the gun sounded the arrival of halftime.

With Neshaminy kicking off to the Tigers to start the third-quarter, the visitors set up inside their own 20. Stitching together a nice move, Truman had it out to mid-field before they lost the handle on the pill with Andy Lynch covering it back at the Tiger 39. And then not much later, it was Brian Titus nailing Shane Quinn on a ten-yard scoring strike. With Domico in the groove, the score then went to 21-0 for the Warriors.

After the kick, it was Truman then on offense at their 25. And showing they meant business, they drove 70 yards down the field before they came up short on fourth down and goal to go. But with turnovers still seemingly the order of the day, the first play from scrimmage for our guys saw the third 'Skins fumble of the night giving Truman another shot with a first and goal at the seven.

From there Neshaminy's defense heroically refused to budge as on four more efforts Truman was once again stopped cold. And giving credit where credit is due, Kevin Magee was notable on those successive stands as he logged more than a few big plays to keep the Tigers from scoring. Then with the ball going back to the Schmidtmen, Dean decided to end the suspense as he quickly went the distance on a 75-yard sprint that saw the scoreboard go to 28-0 after the Domico conversion.

With a good bit of time still remaining in the final quarter, the Tigers didn't quit as they finally punched one in with under a minute to go. Showing plenty of grit, they also went for two and pegged it to make it 28-8 before trying the onsides kick. Not successful, though, it was Titus and company that then came in and grabbed a knee to burn the clock to zero.

And so were happy to report: Game to 'Skins!

Now at 4-1 overall, the Redskins have evened their SOL record at 1-1 as they have put the train back on the track. Still, you'd be hard pressed to find a great deal to cheer about this contest with the five giveaways a curiosity considering the shut out for almost the entire game. Be that as it may, next week sees our grid gang back on the bus as they travel to Warminster to take on the William Tennent Panthers.


Game captains: Brian Titus, Bryan Dean, Stephen Stemme, Ryan Katona.

See you at the game.


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Photos courtesy of Jesse Garber

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