Neshaminy stunned by William Tennent
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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.
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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.
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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.
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.