There's a reason why Neshaminy is ranked as one of the top teams in the state.
No matter what Abington did, there was no stopping the Redskins' dangerous rushing attack, led by junior D'Andre Pollard. And when the Ghosts had the ball, they didn't have much room to work with.
The end result was a 31-14 Neshaminy win over the Ghosts in a Suburban One National Conference meeting at Abington High School's Stephen A. Schwarzman Stadium on Friday night.
In a battle between first-place and undefeated Neshaminy and one-loss Abington, the Ghosts, who were celebrating their Homecoming, were unable to stop Pollard — who rushed for 269 yards and three touchdowns — and turned the ball over one too many times en route to the 17-point loss.
"(Neshaminy) is a good football team and we had opportunities offensively to make it even closer or to even win the game and we just didn't do it,' Abington coach Tim Sorber.
"It was turnovers. We pissed the ball away a bunch of times and they capitalized. They're a good football team and when you turn the ball over that many times against a team like Neshaminy, they're going to score points.'
Abington (7-2, 4-2), which currently sits in third place in the conference behind Neshaminy and Pennsbury, stayed in the game until the third quarter, trailing only 10-7 at the half thanks to a very strong defensive effort and a four-yard touchdown run by senior running back Craig Reynolds in the second.
But a pair of fumbles, one interception and a number of penalties hurt the Ghosts, who allowed Neshaminy to go up by three scores before the end of the third quarter.
"They're a good team, but we had a lot of turnovers and we have a whole lot that we just have to fix as a whole team,' Reynolds said. "I'll make sure, as a captain, that myself and the other captains rally together for next week. We just have to take advantage of the opportunities and we didn't do that very well tonight.'
Abington had plenty of chances, especially thanks to a very undisciplined Neshaminy team, which committed a whopping 13 penalties for 124 yards.
But the turnovers and the play of Pollard, who rushed 30 times in the game, were too much for Abington to handle.
"I thought our defense played excellent in the first half and we were in good shape at halftime,' Sorber said. "I thought the momentum swung to us, even in the third quarter. Our defense played great, but so did Neshaminy's defense. Everyone talks about their offense, but they're a very good defensive team.'
The Ghosts were limited to just 66 yards on the ground. Neshaminy outgained Abington 328-208 overall in total yardage.
"I'm just proud of our guys for trying to stay together as much as possible,' said Reynolds, the 1,000-yard rusher who rushed 19 times for 87 yards and the one touchdown on Friday. "But we'll get ready for next week. It's Senior Night, our last regular season game and then we have playoffs, so you have to do what you have to do.'
Abington sophomore quarterback David Kretschman completed 11 of 18 passes for 142 yards, one touchdown and one interception in the losing effort. The touchdown came on a 67-yard pass to senior Christian Werner early in the fourth quarter. Jordan Neely added 63 yards receiving on six catches.
The Ghosts will host William Tennent next Friday at 7 p.m. in another National Conference meeting.
Neshaminy 7 3 14 7—31
Abington 0 7 0 7—14
N — Wombough 3 run (McDonald kick)
A — Reynolds 4 run (Seydel kick)
N — McDonald 39 FG
N — Pollard 9 run (McDonald kick)
N — Pollard 32 run (McDonald kick)
A — Werner 67 pass from Kretschman (Seydel kick)
N — Pollard 1 run (McDonald kick)
First downs 16 9
Rushing yards 299 66
Passing yards 29 142
Total yards 328 208
Passing 3-10-1 11-18-1
Fumbles-lost 1-0 3-2
Penalties-yards 13-124 8-69
Punts-avg. 2-32.5 6-34.33
Neshaminy: Pollard 30-269, 3 TD; Wombough 5-(-16), TD; Lord 4-24; Sullivan 4-22.
Abington: Reynolds 19-87, TD; Culbreath 3-7; Kretschman 4-(-19); TEAM 1-(-9).
Neshaminy: Wombough 3-10-1, 29.
Abington: Kretschman 11-18-1, 142, TD.
Neshaminy: Pack 2-23; Hughes 1-6.
Abington: Neely 6-63, Reynolds 2-1; Boggi 2-11; Werner 1-67, TD.
Neshaminy: Hughes. Abington: Reynolds.
Neshaminy: Carrezola, Athur. Abington: Goerlich 2.