Souderton battles past Neshaminy
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“We wanted to come out fast,” said Williams, who rushed for 165 yards on eight carries. “Neshaminy’s a great football team and we had to be perfect tonight. I’m glad we were able to show that Souderton is a good football program and that Souderton is going far.”
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do it. Don’t get on the bus and go down there if you don’t believe you’re going to do it.’”
Neshaminy turned the ball over three times. A pivRWDl SlDy FDPH RQ WKH firsW series of the night. After ‘Skins quarterback Hugh Hart dazzled the crowd by scrambling 53 yards to Souderton’s 21-yard line, Indians cornerback Tyler McKeon picked him off at the 10.
Two plays later, the dynamic Williams exploded through the defense for a mega-gain of 80 yards, setting up his own 10-yard touchdown run that put the Big Red ahead.
Williams followed it up on the next Souderton series by taking an inside reverse 56 yards to the house.
Reinhard added to the score in the second quarter when he reached the end zone up the middle from 20 yards out. The Indians’ traps and counters were effective behind well-executed blocks combined with skillful, bold running.
Neshaminy got on the board in the fourth period with less than six minutes remaining, when Hugh Hart found Justin Andrews for a 22-yard TD completion.
Twice in the first half, the Redskins squandered good field position by fumbling the ball away. Down 12- 0, Andrews returned a kick 42 yards across midfield, but Souderton’s Kyle Wenger recovered the ball three plays later. Early in the second quarter, Reinhard pounced on a ‘ Skins fumble at the Souderton 45.
AlsR LQ WKH firsW KDlI, 1Hshaminy’s Cole Creighton returned a punt 38 yards to the Indians’ 43, but the en- suing drive went three-andout.
The Big Red chewed up clock in the third quarter with a pair of long, nonscoring drives. Neshaminy mounted a long drive of its own down to the Souderton 15, but stalled on fourthand-two when the Indians stuffed a short pass in the EDFNfiHld.
After a gargantuan performance in the first two quarters, Williams didn’t carry the ball in the second half because of a tweaked ankle. He’s dayto- day.
Souderton had two PATs blocked and a failed 2-point conversion, resulting in the unusual 18-point score.
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