Neshaminy stunned by Wil­liam Ten­nent

The Advance of Bucks County - - SPORTS -

There was no con­tover­sial call by the ref­er­ees, no postgame dis­cus­sion by the RI­fiFLDOs DQG WhH rHIs GLGQ’W have to bring the teams EDFN RuW RQ WhH fiHOG WR NLFN the ex­tra point.

Wil­liam Ten­nent se­nior quar­ter­back Joe Lutz made sure of it, con­nect­ing with re­ceiver Jimmy Lewicki on an 18-yard touch­down pass with 1.6 sec­onds left on the clock. Lutz hit Lewicki DW WhH fivH DQG WhH 3DQWhHr wide­out would not be de­nied, drag­ging a Red­skin de­fender into the end zone.

The Neshaminy faith­ful who made the trek to Claude Lodge cield to see the game in Warmin­ster wDs sWuQQHG. 7hH 3DQWhHrs hDGQ’W EHDWHQ WhH ‘6NLQs LQ 21 years and Neshaminy enWHrHG WhH 6HpW. 21 GuHO wLWh a 37-7 record in the se­ries.

2Q WhH BOuH & 5HG’s sched­ule since 1945, the 3DQWhHrs DrH wHOO NQRwQ in Langhorne. Al­ways tough and com­pet­i­tive, the 6Fh­mLGWmHQ NQRw QRW WR take any­thing for granted whHQ LW’s WLOOLDm 7HQQHQW hud­dled across the line. With ev­ery game count­ing to­ward the Na­tional League cham­pi­onship, this one stung.

Af­ter win­ning the toss, Neshaminy elected to keep it on the ground. nuar­ter­back Hugh Hart di­rected his WrRRps GRwQ WhH fiHOG wLWh Nate Hall chew­ing up some big yardage. Run­ning into a snag in close, that open- ing ef­fort ended in a Nick 7uFFL fiHOG JRDO Ds hH GrLOOHG one from the 22-yard stripe Ds WhH 6NLQs WRRN D 3-pRLQW lead.

WLWh WhH 3DQWhHrs’ IROORwing drive end­ing on a Cole Creighton in­ter­cep­tion of a Ten­nent aerial, Neshaminy was back in busi­ness inside WhH HQHmy’s 50. BDQJLQJ around a bit, it was Hart rip­ping off on a nice run to high­light a quick drive that ended with Blake “The BLJ BuOO” 6uOOLvDQ WDNLQJ LW across the goal line from the two. With Tucci hit­ting the 3A7, WhH 6NLQs wHrH RQ WRp, 10-0.

WLWh DQRWhHr 3DQWhHr drive com­ing up short, Neshaminy had the ball back af­ter a short punt. Then head­ing right down the fiHOG, LW wDs RQOy D IumEOH Ey D 5HGsNLQs’ EDFN WhDW stopped the drive just short of an­other score for the 6NLQs.

Hold­ing the hosts to a three-and-out, the ball was back to Neshaminy in a hHDrWEHDW. 6WDrWLQJ DW mLG­fiHOG, WhH 6NLQs Gr­RvH GRwQ WR WhH 20 EHIRrH WurQLQJ WhH ball over on downs.

With less than two min­uWHs rHmDLQLQJ LQ WhH firsWhDOI, WhH 3DQWhHrs wHrH not done, though, as they FREEOHG WRJHWhHr DQ 80-yDrG drive to score just be­fore the hDOI. 7hH 3A7 EORFNHG Ey DRQ 3DORmErD DQG 7rRNRQ Bues­maill, the teams went into the locker room with WhH sFRrH, 10-6, IDvRr: 1Hshaminy.

Back out to start the sec­ond half, it was Wil­liam Ten­nent re­ceiv­ing the

kick­off. With the ‘Skins’ de­fense stiff­en­ing, the Pan­thers soon punted and it was Neshaminy with the ball. Re­turn­ing the fa­vor, Ten­nent re­fused to al­low the Skins much of­fense and that set the tone for the third-quar­ter as the two teams traded punches with no de­ci­sive blows landed.

Once again com­ing alive on a late drive, it was the Pan­thers that showed some life as the quar­ter ended.

:LWh WhH finDO SHrLRd un­der­way, Ten­nent opened wLWh D firsW-Dnd-gRDO DW WhH one-yard line af­ter a clutch fourth-down catch to keep its ef­fort work­ing. A pass play took it across as Ten­nent went up 13-10 fol­low­ing the PAT.

Be­gin­ning an im­por­tant drive, Hart had his troops PRYLng dRwn­fiHOd wLWh Devon Brown mak­ing a nice run that had the ball at the Pan­thers’ 18 yard line. But Neshaminy came away with­out any points as the drive stalled and a Tucci fiHOd gRDO DWWHPSW PLssHd from that spot.

See­ing time wind­ing down, the ‘Skins de­fense held Ten­nent to a three­and-out and af­ter the punt, the of­fense took over at its 43 with 2:43 re­main­ing. Nate Hall started it up with a six-yard jaunt fol­lowed by Hart’s pass to Denny Lord, who picked up 25 big yards to the Pan­thers 29.

0LssLng Rn WhH firsW WwR, on third down, it was Hart find­Lng HDOO whR WRRN LW WR WhH 11 IRr D firsW dRwn. crom there, it was Hart find­Lng LRrd, whR sSun out of one tackle and then dragged an­other de­fender into the end zone. Tucci hit the PAT and it was Neshaminy back on top, 17- 13.

Boot­ing the ball to Ten­nent, the Pan­thers’ of­fense came out swing­ing and found some se­ri­ous ground be­fore go­ing to a fourt­hand-10 at the Neshaminy 32 with 20 sec­onds on the clock. Al­most sacked, Lutz HsFDSHd WR WhH 18 IRr D firsW down. And with less than fiYH WLFNs OHIW, hH IRund LHwicki on a slant to the left. The PAT was good and the score went to 20-17 for the Warmin­ster squad.

With the win, the Pan­thers move to 2-2, 1-0 in the SONL. The Skins, fall to 2-2, 0-1 in the SONL.

crom here, Neshaminy vis­its Tru­man where they’ll take on the Tigers who are com­ing off a loss to Penns­bury.

Archived photo cour­tesy J.S. Gar­ber

Redskins rusher Denny Lord, right, reg­is­tered a fourth-quar­ter touch­down run to put Neshaminy on top, 17-13. Host Wil­liam Ten­nent scored with a sec­ond left how­ever to up­set the ‘Skins last Fri­day night.

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