Lord is unbeaten Neshaminy's veteran leader

Neshaminy's D'Andre Pollard rushed for four touchdowns in Friday's 35-0 romp over C.R. South. DAVID SWANSON / Staff
Neshaminy's D'Andre Pollard rushed for four touchdowns in Friday's 35-0 romp over C.R. South. DAVID SWANSON / Staff
Posted: October 15, 2013

To say that Denny Lord has been a mainstay for Neshaminy's football squad is a major understatement.

A rugged linebacker and fullback, he has started every game for the Redskins since his freshman year. It's an impressive mark of 46 consecutive starts.

What was it like for Lord to be a freshman starter for one of Southeastern Pennsylvania's perennial powers?

"The older guys really helped me out a lot," the senior recalled. "I wasn't too nervous about it. They made sure I kept my head in the game."

With the 6-foot-1, 225-pound Lord making solid contributions on both sides of the ball, Neshaminy is 7-0 overall, 4-0 in the Suburban One League National Conference, and ranked No. 4 among area squads.

After playing outside linebacker his first three seasons, the 18-year-old is positioned inside this year. Through seven games, he has registered a team-best 32 tackles, including 25 solos.

In Friday's night's 35-0 blanking of National Conference rival Council Rock South, Lord notched six tackles, with four solos. It was the Redskins' fourth shutout of the year.

"We really don't focus on shutting teams out," Lord said. "If it happens, it happens. We focus on doing our jobs."

With Neil French and Jay Weidenbaugh as co-coordinators, Neshaminy's defense has yielded an average of just 4.9 points per game. The starting unit has allowed only 20 points, all in a 42-20 conference defeat of Council Rock North.

"Our coaches work so hard," Lord said. "They know everything about our opponent going into a game, including all their formations. Everybody knows what to expect."

The other headliners on defense are ends Luke Carrezola and Dorian Arthur, tackles Mike Palmer and Alex Nicolas, outside linebackers Cole Creighton and Trokon Buesmaill, and backs Devon Brown and Denzel Hughes.

"I'm not one of the team's captains, but I still try to be a leader," said Lord, who also posted six tackles (four solos) in a 28-0 nonleague shutout of Souderton. "I mostly do it by example."

Neshaminy's linebacking corps is rounded out by Matt Bianchino. "As a group, we work well together and do a good job of communicating with each other," Lord said.

The Redskins are tied atop the National Conference standings with sixth-ranked Pennsbury (6-1, 4-0). The league title will likely be decided when the Bucks County neighbors meet in Fairless Hills on Nov. 1.

"We're 2-1 against them since I've been here," said Lord, who also plays basketball (guard) and baseball (catcher). "It'd be great to get one more win in that series. I don't want it to end up a tie."

Lord, of Levittown, has received football recruiting letters from Massachusetts, Rutgers, and Temple. "It'd be great if something worked out with one of those schools," he said. "But I'm going to play football wherever I go."

Paprocki recovering. C.R. South senior quarterback Greg Paprocki said he was "doing OK" after suffering a concussion in the second quarter of Friday's loss to Neshaminy.

"I just have a headache and my neck is a little sore," the 6-foot, 165-pound senior said Sunday. "I'm going to see a neurologist this week, probably Monday."

Paprocki's head smacked the wet turf hard on a tackle by a Neshaminy player. After a 20-minute delay, he was carted off the field by medical personnel and taken to St. Mary Hospital in Langhorne.

Paprocki, of Holland, gave the thumbs-up signal before leaving Walt Snyder Stadium. "I just wanted to make sure my teammates knew I was OK," the 18-year-old said.


The Inquirer TOP 25

FOOTBALL

Last week's rankings in parentheses.

Rk. Team Rec.

1. St. Joe's Prep (1) 5-1

Freshman De'Andre Swift scored twice in a 35-28 win over archrival La Salle. Next: Saturday vs. No. 12 Father Judge.

2. Coatesville (2) 7-0

Jalen Hudson chipped in two rushing touchdowns in a 56-7 pounding of Kennett. Next: Friday at West Chester Henderson.

3. Imhotep (3) 5-1

Tyliek Raynor's 60-yard TD jaunt was one of the highlights in a 45-13 romp over Bonner-Prendergast. Next: Saturday vs. Prep Charter.

4. Neshaminy (4) 7-0

In a 35-0 blanking of Council Rock South, linebacker Denny Lord notched six tackles. Next: Friday vs. Bensalem.

5. Arch. Wood (5) 6-1

Jarrett McClenton rushed for 176 yards and three scores in a 35-6 defeat of Lansdale Catholic. Next: Saturday at Archbishop Ryan.

6. Pennsbury (7) 6-1

The Falcons totaled 350 yards on the ground in a 40-0 shutout of William Tennent. Next: Friday vs. Council Rock North.

7. La Salle (6) 5-2

Junior tailback Jordan Meachum carried 20 times for 103 yards in the loss to St. Joe's Prep. Next: Friday at No. 25 Roman Catholic.

8. Garnet Valley (8) 7-0

In a 33-7 triumph at Strath Haven, Steve Lehman found pay dirt on a blocked punt. Next: Friday vs. Harriton.

9. Pottsgrove (9) 7-0

The Falcons defense yielded only 16 yards and three first downs while beating Pottstown, 38-0. Next: Friday vs. Phoenixville.

10. W.C. Rustin (11) 7-0

Terry Loper and the run-happy Golden Knights blitzed Sun Valley, 49-0. Next: Friday at

No. 21 Unionville.

11. Episcopal Ac. (14) 6-1

12. Father Judge (15) 5-2

13. C.B. West (12) 6-1

14. Academy Park (13) 5-1

15. Spring-Ford (16) 5-2

16. Perk. Valley (17) 6-1

17. West Catholic (18) 6-1

18. Abington (19) 6-1

19. Upper Dublin (22) 7-0

20. Malvern Prep (10) 3-2

21. Unionville (21) 6-1

22. Pennridge (23) 5-2

23. North Penn (24) 4-3

24. Down. West (25) 5-2

25. Roman Cath. (NR) 3-4

Under consideration (listed alphabetically): Archbishop Ryan (4-3), Central Bucks South (4-3), Frankford (4-3), Plymouth Whitemarsh (5-2), Upper Darby (5-2), West Chester Henderson (4-3).

- Rick O'Brien


robrien@phillynews.com

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