Great Moments Volume 1 Edition 7
Great Neshaminy Moments
Volume 1 | Edition 7
October 1970. Ray Di Lissio's riveting October 10, 1970 Courier Times' recount of that year's clash between Neshaminy and Allentown's Dieruff High succinctly sums up the essence of Redskin football at the Ridge: Never quit, never give up, and always go for the win!
Detailing the struggles of the two undefeated juggernauts of Eastern Pa football, the game started smartly for the 'Skins as they got on the board early to take a 7-0 lead in the first. From there on out, though, the Langhorne boys went flat as they allowed two scores in the second with both teams locked in a defensive stalemate for almost the remainder of the contest. Finally, the Tribe woke up late in the fourth and punched one in with less than two minutes to go to make it 14-13. Rather than settle for the tie, the Redskins stared into the abyss and went for two, were successful, and took a thrilling 15-14 victory to the bank.
(Editor’s Note:The 1970 Redskins were Jack Swartz’ third edition as Head Coach. A defensive brick wall, they allowed just 67 points all year while carving out a 9-1-1 record blemished only by a loss to Bethlehem Liberty and a tie with Pennsbury. Featuring the rock-ribbed play of Mike Emanuel, the ‘Skins All-State and High School All-American line backer, that year’s squad was loaded with talent. Seniors alone account for 9 Redskin Hall of Famers including Emanuel, Chris Bahr, Phil Silas, Andy Koch, John Swartz, Jr., Rick Rosenblatt, Tim Kelly, Alex Wasilov and Vance Forchetti while 15 underclassmen also went on to achieve Hall of Fame status.)