District 1 Talk

Written by: on Wednesday, September 9th, 2009. Follow David Mika on Twitter.


North Penn

North Penn shocked the defending 4A State Champs Bethlehem Liberty by beating them 42-10. North Penn running back Craig Needhammer rushed for 219 yards on 20 carries.

Liberty, the 2nd ranked team in Big School, took an early 7-0 lead on a 54-yard pass from Anthony Gonzales to Jim Wagner. After that it was all North Penn.

Needhammer scored the Knights’ first touchdown, a 19-yard run in the second quarter. His 81-yard run to the 5-yard line set up the Knights’ second score, a 1-yard run by Needhammer, and that made it 17-10 at halftime. Needhammer had a 99-yard run late in the fourth quarter.

Last year, North Penn opened the season with a 23-15 win over Liberty but fell to the same team, 21-14, in the state Class AAAA semifinals.

North Penn plays Lansdale Catholic next.


The Redskins lost to the Indians last year and things didn’t look any better on the opening drive when the Redskins fumbled deep in its territory on the first snap of the game. But Souderton failed to gain a first down and missed a short field goal.

The Redskins scored on its next three possessions to take a 21-0 lead. Senior running back Bryan Dean rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns (one rushing and one receiving).

Coach Schmidt plans on using two quarterbacks this season. Charlie Marterella threw a 37-yard touchdown pass and Brian Titus threw a 34-yard touchdown pass to Dean in the first quarter.

Neshaminy rushed for 283 yards and won the game 35-6 over Souderton.

Neshaminy plays Hatboro-Horsham next.


Quarterback Sam Kind was 15 of 26 passing for 195 yards and two touchdowns. Junior running back Juilen Ireland rushed 25 times for 109 yards and two touchdowns. He had 58 yards receiving.

Abington led 17-3 at halftime and cruised for a 31-10 win over Central Bucks East.

Abington plays Plymouth-Whitemarsh next.

Dowingtown West

Senior quarterback Bret Gillespie made it all possible, when he rolled out of the grasp of a Penncrest defender to hit Lewis Smith with a 54-yard touchdown pass with 4:11 left to play, giving Downingtown West a 40-37 lead.

But Penncrest drove back down the field and reached the Whippets’ 12 yard line, when Lions quarterback Matt Atkinson’s second and 5 play was intercepted by Mulville in the closing minutes of the game to help preserve the win.

Both teams combined for 1,007 yards of total offense (Downingtown West 503 and Penncrest had 504).

Gillespie completed 17 of 25 for 307 yards and three touchdowns. Kessan Christopher rushed for 117 yards

Next up for Downingtown West is Glen Mills.


After Conwell Egan Catholic took a 3-0 lead on the opening drive of the game. Pennsbury scored 34 unanswered points to defeat Conwell Eagan 34-3.

Pennsbury rushed for 374 yards on 39 carries. Senior fullback Dante Devine rushed for 138 yards on 16 carries (two touchdowns), quarterback Brandon Pepper had 96 yards (three touchdowns) and Jeff fisher had seven carries for 106 yards.

Pennsbury next opponent is Frankford at home.

Week 1 Scores

District 1 > 09/04/2009 :
Abington Galloping Ghosts 31
Central Bucks East Patriots 10
Avon Grove Red Devils 49
Kennett Blue Demons 14
Bayard Rustin Golden Knights 42
Spring-Ford Rams 6
Bensalem Owls 30
Overbrook Panthers 6
Bishop Shanahan Eagles 21
Academy Park Knights 26
Boyertown Bears 41
William Allen Canaries 15
Bristol Warriors 23
Kennedy-Kenrick Catholic Wolverines 18
Calvary Christian Academy Cougars 21
Fleetwood Tigers 0
Central Bucks South Titans 7
Council Rock South Golden Hawks 31
Central Bucks West Bucks 6
Bethlehem Freedom Patriots 58
Chester Clippers 21
West Chester Henderson Warriors 29
Chichester Eagles 6
Haverford Township Fords 36
Conestoga Pioneers 3
Owen J. Roberts Wildcats 13
Council Rock North Indians 21
Father Judge Crusaders 35
Downingtown West Whippets 40
Penncrest Lions 37
Garnet Valley Jaguars 15
Unionville Indians 14
Glen Mills Battlin Bulls 45
University City Jaguars 6
Harry S. Truman Tigers 6
Cheltenham Panthers 7
Interboro Bucaneers 27
Springfield-Delco Cougars 7
Lansdale Catholic Crusaders 20
Downingtown East Cougars 35
Lower Merion Aces 14
Exeter Township Eagles 23
Methacton Warriors 0
Quakertown Community Panthers 39
Octorara Area Braves 28
Harriton Fighting Rams 31
Oxford Area Hornets 24
West Chester East Vikings 20
Penn Wood Patriots 47
Sun Valley Vanguards 7
Phoenixville Phantoms 21
Great Valley Patriots 27
Pottsgrove Falcons 34
Pennridge Rams 21
Pottstown Area Trojans 22
Blue Mountain Eagles 34
Ridley Green Raiders 21
Coatesville Red Raiders 6
Souderton Indians 6
Neshaminy Redskins 35
Upper Dublin Cardinals 14
Perkiomen Valley Vikings 21
Upper Moreland Golden Bears 6
Strath Haven Panthers 10
Upper Perkiomen Indians 20
Muhlenberg Muhls 13
Wissahickon Trojans 35
William Tennent Panthers 14
District 1 > 09/05/2009 :
Hatboro-Horsham Hatters 7
Frankford Pioneers 0
Jenkintown Drakes 6
York Vo-Tech Spartans 14
Upper Merion Vikings 37
West Philadelphia Speedboys 20

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3 Responses to “District 1 Talk”

  1. TRENT says:



  2. NPfootball says:

    things will be diff this year for North penn. they will take it all the way like they did back in 03

  3. Matti says:

    Neshaminy – Souderton 2009 Recap