The 1950s

The 1950s ushered in an era of excellence on the football field. It was the beginning of the Fabulous Fifties of Neshaminy High School football – a period that would last for over two decades. This was largely the influence of Harry Franks who arrived at Neshaminy in 1951 and quickly established traditions we still keep to this day. He coached JV in 1951 and moved to the varsity team in 1952. He would use different numbers for his players for their dark and for their light jerseys. We suspect that was to  confuse his opponents. We know it sure confused us multiple times in our research of the 1950s. The 1950 season was the first year the team was identified as Neshaminy High School instead of Langhorne-Middletown High School.

We have only one game from this decade – 1959. This is courtesy of Chadom Watkins. His Dad was Bill Watkins, a senior in the 1959 season and was awarded the Neshaminy Mr. Lineman selection and was also selected as All-Lower Bucks County 1st Team G.  We are grateful for this rare piece of Redskin history. Chadom was not sure of the year this game was played but after researching, this game has been identified by Paula G., our resident historian, to be a 1959 game due to the presence of Harry Franks on the sideline (in the light colored suit) and the absence of the stars on the shoulder pad area.

The days, dates, field location and time of game got harder and harder to research the further back we went in the 50s. There may be one or two incorrect game times (8:00pm versus 8:15pm). Feel free to drop us a line if you see any corrections.

WinsLossesTies
1950550
1951253
1952910
1953910
19541000
1955730
1956901
1957730
1958811
19591010
Total76205
Win Pct0.792
Points For2223
Pts against857

1950

The 1950 season is the first year as Neshaminy High School.

DateDayOpponent:H/ATimeN.H.S.Opp.Ties
Sep. 22FridayPennsburyHome8:15pm612
Sep. 30SaturdayRiverside NJAway8:15pm06
Oct. 6FridayJenkintownAway8:00pm200
Oct. 13FridayLower MorelandHome8:15pm370
Oct. 20FridayCouncil RockHome8:00pm126
Oct. 27FridayBristolAway8:45pm1912
Nov. 4SaturdaySouthamptonAway2:15pm1413
Nov. 11SaturdayRoyersfordHome2:15pm1219
Nov. 17FridayMorrisvilleHome8:15pm612
Nov. 23Thursday***BensalemHome10:00am725
Points1331050
Pts Avg13.310.5
Record550
* Homecoming **Senior Night ***Turkey Bowl

1950

Head Coach:  James Egli

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1950

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1950 Neshaminy Redskins

1951

DateDayOpponent:H/ATimeN.H.S.Opp.Ties
Sep. 21FridayPennsburyHome8:00pm661
Sep. 28FridayDoylestownHome8:00pm661
Oct. 5FridayJenkintownHome8:00pm661
Oct. 13SaturdayLower MorelandAway2:00pm330
Oct. 19FridayCouncil RockHome8:00pm06
Oct. 26FridayBristolHome8:00pm727
Nov. 22FridaySouthamptonHome8:00pm200
Nov. 10SaturdayRoyersfordAway2:00pm037
Nov. 17SaturdayMorrisvilleAway2:00pm06
Nov. 22Thursday***BensalemAway10:00am029
Points781233
Pts Avg7.812.3
Record253
* Homecoming **Senior Night ***Turkey Bowl

1951

Head Coach:  James Egli

 Captains: Kenny Dorsey and Ray Mongillo

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Various 1951 players

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1951 Cheerleaders

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1951 Neshaminy Redskins

1952

DateDayOpponent:H/ATimeN.H.S.Opp.Ties
Sep. 12FridayAmblerAway8:00pm725
Sep. 20SaturdayPennsburyAway8:00pm270
Oct. 3FridayMorrisvilleHome8:00pm2714
Oct. 10FridayLower MorelandHome8:00pm196
Oct. 17FridayCouncil RockHome8:00pm540
Oct. 24FridayBristolAway8:00pm146
Nov. 1SaturdaySouthamptonAway2:00pm477
Nov. 7FridayJenkintownAway8:00pm327
Nov. 15SaturdayRoyersfordHome2:00pm186
Nov. 27Thursday***BensalemHome10:00am337
Points278780
Pts Avg27.87.8
Record910
* Homecoming **Senior Night ***Turkey Bowl

1952

Head Coach:  Harry E. Franks

Mr. Redskin – Steve Cloak

Mr. Back – Lou Maurer

Mr. Linemanh – Al Hoffman

Coach Franks instituted the Neshaminy Awards

and selected Steve Cloak as the

first ever Mr. Redskin.

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1952_action

Lower Bucks County League - Champions

League record: 6-0

Members: Bensalem, Bristol, Council Rock, Morrisville, Neshaminy, Pennsbury & Southampton

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1952 Neshaminy Redskins

1953

DateDayOpponent:H/ATimeN.H.S.Opp.Ties
Sep. 18FridayPennsburyHome8:00pm2420
Sep. 25FridayDelhaasAway8:00pm280
Oct. 3SaturdayMorrisvilleAway8:00pm196
Oct. 10SaturdayLower MorelandAway2:00pm5526
Oct. 16FridayCouncil RockHome8:00pm326
Oct. 23FridayBristolHome8:00pm1412
Oct. 31SaturdaySouthamptonHome2:00pm1812
Nov. 14SaturdayRoyersfordAway2:00pm3312
Nov. 21FridayJenkintownHome8:00pm137
Nov. 26Thursday***BensalemHome10:00am67
Points2421080
Pts Avg24.210.8
Record910
* Homecoming **Senior Night ***Turkey Bowl

1953

Head Coach:  Harry E. Franks

Mr. Redskin – Tom Buckley

Mr. Back  – Don Cameron

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Lower Bucks County League - Co-Champions

(Neshaminy Redskins & Bensalem Owls)

League record: 6-1

Members: Bensalem, Bristol, Council Rock, Delhaas, Morrisville, Neshaminy, Pennsbury & Southampton

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1953 Neshaminy Redskins

1954

There is an interesting article - here - about the Neshaminy-Muhlenburg game and Hurricane Edna. It rained so hard and it was so dark that none of the spectators knew what was happening in the game and the reporters could not keep their note pads dry. Then Hurricane Hazel moved directly over the area on Friday  October 15th forcing the game to Saturday October 16th.  The real treasure is Stan Covington's playbook - many thanks to Don Cameron's daughter for supplying us with game programs, photos and play diagrams!

DateDayOpponent:H/ATimeN.H.S.Opp.Ties
Sep. 10FridayMuhlenbergHome8:00pm1813
Oct. 2SaturdayEddystoneAway2:00pm3212
Oct. 8FridayDelhaasHome8:00pm470
Oct. 16SaturdayCouncil RockHome2:00pm3212
Oct. 22FridayMorrisvilleHome8:00pm277
Oct. 29FridayBristolAway8:30pm5713
Nov. 6SaturdaySouthamptonAway2:00pm328
Nov. 12FridayPennsburyAway8:00pm316
Nov. 19FridayPleasantvilleAway8:00pm206
Nov. 25Thursday***BensalemHome10:00am536
Points349830
Pts Avg34.98.3
Record1000
* Homecoming **Senior Night ***Turkey Bowl

1954

Head Coach:  Harry E. Franks

Mr. Redskin – Don Cameron

Mr. Back  – Don Cameron

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Don Cameron

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1954 Harry Franks wins Coach of the Year

Lower Bucks County League - Champions

League record: 7-0

Members: Bensalem, Bristol, Council Rock, Delhaas, Morrisville, Neshaminy, Pennsbury & Southampton

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1954 Neshaminy Redskins

1955

DateDayOpponent:H/ATimeN.H.S.Opp.Ties
Sep. 9FridayMuhlenbergAway8:00pm621
Sep. 23FridayPleasantvilleHome8:00pm1213
Sep. 30FridayEddystoneHome8:00pm620
Oct. 6ThursdayCouncil RockAway8:00pm390
Oct. 15SaturdayMorrisvilleAway2:00pm1412
Oct. 21FridayBristolHome8:00pm126
Oct. 28FridayWilliam TennentHome8:00pm346
Nov. 4FridayPennsburyHome8:00pm206
Nov. 12FridayDelhaasAway8:00pm4013
Nov. 24Thursday***BensalemHome10:00am146
Points1971030
Pts Avg19.710.3
Record730
* Homecoming **Senior Night ***Turkey Bowl

1955

Head Coach:  Harry E. Franks

Mr. Redskin – William Barrett

Mr. Back  – Andrew Davis

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1955 Coaches

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1955 Roster

Lower Bucks County League - Champions

League record: 7-0

Members: Bensalem, Bristol, Council Rock, Delhaas, Morrisville, Neshaminy, Pennsbury & William Tennent

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1956

Neshaminy opened it's current field for the first game of the 1956 season against Hatboro where three thousand fans attended.  For more info on Heartbreak Ridge go here.

DateDayOpponent:H/ATimeN.H.S.Opp.Ties
Sep. 7FridayHatboroHome8:00pm276
Sep. 14FridayPennridgeAway8:00pm200
Sep. 22SaturdayUpper DublinAway2:00pm140
Oct. 5FridayMorrisvilleHome8:00pm340
Oct. 12FridayBristolAway8:00pm1413
Oct. 20SaturdayWilliam TennentAway2:00pm147
Oct. 26FridayPennsburyAway8:00pm771
Nov. 2FridayDelhaasHome8:00pm216
Nov. 9FridayCouncil RockHome8:00pm390
Nov. 22Thursday***BensalemHome10:00am196
Points209451
Pts Avg20.94.5
Record901
* Homecoming **Senior Night ***Turkey Bowl

1956

Head Coach:  Harry E. Franks

Mr. Redskin – Don Boyer

Mr. Back  – Dale Puff

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The_Bristol_Daily_Courier_Sat__Sep_8__1956_First game new field

The_Bristol_Daily_Courier_Sat__Sep_8__1956_-Bill FIscher George Rumsey

The_Bristol_Daily_Courier_Sat__Sep_8__1956_-Bill FIscher George Rumsey

Lower Bucks County League - Champions

League record: 6-0-1

Members: Bensalem, Bristol, Council Rock, Delhaas, Morrisville, Neshaminy, Pennsbury & William Tennent

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1956 Neshaminy Redskins

1957

DateDayOpponent:H/ATimeN.H.S.Opp.Ties
Sep. 13FridayPennridgeHome8:15pm013
Sep. 20FridayUpper DublinHome8:15pm330
Oct. 4FridayAllentownAway8:00pm732
Oct. 11FridayBristolHome8:15pm196
Oct. 25FridayPennsburyHome8:15pm67
Nov. 2SaturdayDelhaasAway2:00pm60
Nov. 9SaturdayCouncil RockHome8:00pm2712
Nov. 16SaturdayMorrisvilleAway2:00pm62
Nov. 22FridayWilliam TennentHome8:15pm2519
Nov. 28Thursday***BensalemAway10:00am196
Points14897
Pts Avg14.89.7
Record730
* Homecoming **Senior Night ***Turkey Bowl

1957

Head Coach:  Harry E. Franks

Mr. Redskin – Frank Conroy

Mr. Back  – Tom Stricker

1957 mr back award

1957 Redskin Awards

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1957 Bensalem Thanksgiving Day Game

Lower Bucks County League - Co-Champions

(Neshaminy Redskins & Pennsbury Falcons)

League record: 6-1

Members: Bensalem, Bristol, Council Rock, Delhaas, Morrisville, Neshaminy, Pennsbury & William Tennent

1957_team

1957 Neshaminy Redskins

1958

DateDayOpponent:H/ATimeN.H.S.Opp.Ties
Sep. 12FridayChesterHome8:00pm440
Sep. 19FridayPennridgeAway8:00pm1326
Oct. 3FridayAllentownHome8:15pm180
Oct. 11SaturdayWilliam Tennent Away2:00pm2019
Oct. 17FridayPennsburyHome8:00pm120
Oct. 24FridayDelhaasHome8:15pm326
Oct. 31FridayCouncil RockHome8:00pm340
Nov. 7FridayMorrisvilleHome8:00pm661
Nov. 15SaturdayBristolAway2:00pm276
Nov. 27Thursday***BensalemHome10:30am70
Points21363
Pts Avg21.36.3
Record811
* Homecoming **Senior Night ***Turkey Bowl

1958

Head Coach:  Harry E. Franks

Mr. Redskin – Al Gaskill

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1958 Action Shot

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Lower Bucks County League - Co-Champions

(Neshaminy Redskins & Morrisville Bulldogs)

League record: 6-0-1

Members: Bensalem, Bristol, Council Rock, Delhaas, Morrisville, Neshaminy, Pennsbury & William Tennent

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1958 Neshaminy Redskins

1959

DateDayOpponent:H/ATimeN.H.S.Opp.Ties 
Sep. 11FridayBristolHome8:00pm467
Sep. 18FridayPennridgeHome8:00pm376
Sep. 25FridayWilliam TennentHome8:00pm210
Oct. 2FridayCouncil RockAway8:00pm330
Oct. 9FridayEastonHome8:00pm713
Oct. 16FridayWoodrow WilsonHome8:00pm590
Oct. 23FridayLower MerionHome8:00pm270
Oct. 31SaturdayMorrisvilleAway8:00pm200
Nov. 7SaturdayPennsburyHome8:00pm417
Nov. 13FridayDelhaasHome8:00pm336
Nov. 26Thursday***BensalemAway10:30am5213
Points37652
Pts Avg34.18 4.73
Record1010
* Homecoming **Senior Night ***Turkey Bowl

1959

Head Coach:  Harry E. Franks

Mr. Redskin – Herb Cummings

Mr. Back – John Kurtz

Mr. Lineman – William Watkins

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Celebrating a victory

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1959 Bensalem Thanksgiving Day Game

 

 

Lower Bucks County League - Champions

League record: 8-0

Members: Bensalem, Bristol, Council Rock, Delhaas, Morrisville, Neshaminy, Pennsbury, William Tennent & Woodrow Wilson

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1959 Neshaminy Redskins

Featured Game of the Year - the only game available! Even though this game is marked 1960 it is actually from 1959 due to uniforms. Thanks to Chadom Watkins for saving this valuable footage.