SOUDERTON, Pa. Moments after Neshaminy steamrolled North Penn, 42 7, to claim the District One football title Friday night, a bunch of the Redskins offensive linemen were frolicking on the field with their newly earned championship trophy.
A reporter asked them if they had decided on a nickname for their history making group, to which one of the super sized teenagers shouted, How about the ugly guys?
As a unit, Pollard and the Neshaminy line had just completed a work of art on the football field. The Redskins churned out 321 yards on the ground in a game that was touted as a battle of titans. Pollard s 235 yards and four touchdowns led the way.
Neshaminy will play at least one more game against either St. Joseph s Prep or Parkland in the PIAA Class AAAA semifinals next weekend. The next stop after that would be Hershey.
Neshaminy claimed its third ever district title. The Redskins also won the Class AAAA bracket in 2001 and 2004. They went on to win the state title in 01 and finish as state runner up in 04.
Neshaminy s win snapped a four game losing streak to North Penn, all coming in playoff action. North Penn had beaten the Redskins in the district title games in 2010 (42 6) and 2008 (28 0).
We really wanted to come out and establish the line of scrimmage, Pollard said. We knew we had to score every drive if we wanted to keep the game comfortable.
They did and it was.
The Redskins (13 1) drove 72 yards on their first possession, 67 on their second and 50 on their third. Pollard scored on runs of 15, 42 and five as Neshaminy lead 21 7 after one quarter. The Redskins didn t attempt a single pass in that span.
Fullbacks Blake Sullivan and Denny Lord also found running room. Sullivan ran 8 times for 69 yards, while Lord ran four for 21 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
North Penn s only reply was a 66 yard scamper by Nyfease West early in the first quarter. But the Knights (10 4) just couldn t keep up.
Even when the Redskins didn t score, they had North Penn s number. Early in the second quarter, Chris Watson punted for the Redskins. Denny Lord downed the ball about one inch before the goal line.
Neshaminy soon got the ball back and marched 31 yards with Lord securing a five yard touchdown run.
North Penn s best opportunity came at the start of the second half. The Knights drove from their own 35 to Neshaminy s 10. But quarterback Austin Shearer, under heavy pressure, took an intentional grounding penalty that pushed the Knights back to the 29. North Penn eventually failed a 51 yard field goal attempt.
Meanwhile, the Redskins defense never let the Knights establish consistency with the run or pass, despite allowing the occasional big play. Luke Carrezola and Dan Johnson each sacked Shearer. Cole Creighton Zack Martin Womens Jersey and Denzel Hughes each intercepted the North Penn quarterback.