Expect Neshaminy to move to final

Neshaminy's D'Andre Pollard (right) stiff-arms Pennsbury defender Charles Snorweah in a Nov. 1 game. Pollard has gained an area-high 2,355 yards and has scored 32 touchdowns. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer
Neshaminy's D'Andre Pollard (right) stiff-arms Pennsbury defender Charles Snorweah in a Nov. 1 game. Pollard has gained an area-high 2,355 yards and has scored 32 touchdowns. MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer
Posted: November 23, 2013

Abington is banged up, but fresh off an upset win over a previously undefeated team. Neshaminy has rebounded nicely from an embarrassing loss at the end of the regular season.

The Suburban One League National Conference rivals are set to meet again, in a PIAA District 1 Class AAAA semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday at Harry E. Franks Stadium in Langhorne.

In Week 9, the visiting Redskins downed the Ghosts, 31-14, and improved their advantage in the head-to-head series to 29-10.

No. 4 seed Neshaminy is spurred on offense by D'Andre Pollard, a 5-foot-7, 170-pound junior who has carried 246 times for an area-high 2,355 yards and 32 touchdowns.

Abington, the No. 8 seed, counters with Craig Reynolds. The 5-10, 190-pound senior has rushed 249 times for 1,765 yards and 26 TDs.

Here is a closer look at the matchup.

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Rankings. The Ghosts (10-2) are ranked No. 9 in Southeastern Pennsylvania by The Inquirer; the Redskins (11-1) are No. 8.

Coaches. Tim Sorber is 92-67 in 14 seasons at Abington; Mark Schmidt is 159-65 in 20 years at Neshaminy.

Playoff history. It is the teams' third playoff meeting in five seasons. The Redskins are 2-0, with a quarterfinal win (35-21) in 2010 and a first-round triumph (24-17) in 2009.

Huge splash. Pollard, a first-year starter, has rushed for at least 150 yards and two or more TDs in nine of 12 outings.

Resilient. Reynolds, who is being eyed by the likes of Delaware, remained in the Ghosts lineup after suffering a medial collateral ligament sprain in Week 5.

Beefy group. Neshaminy's stout offensive line is anchored by center John Koch (5-11, 245), guard Dan Johnson (6-0, 240), tackle Mike Palmer (6-4, 255), and tight end Luke Carrezola (6-3, 245).

Depleted. Abington has had to replace three injured starters: quarterback Anthony Lee, running back Tyler Schreiner, and linebacker Keith Boggi.

Stalwarts. Neshaminy's defense is spearheaded by Carrezola and fellow end Dorian Arthur, middle guard Alex Nicolas, and linebackers Denny Lord (63 tackles), Matt Bianchino, and Cole Creighton.

Big challenge. For the Ghosts, a defense focused on stopping Pollard is led by tackle Jake Clark, end Paul Goerlich, linebacker Daron Boone, and linebacker-strong safety Juawine Sowell.

Analysis. The Redskins, with another strong effort against Reynolds (75 rushing yards in Round 1), move closer to their first district title since 2004.

Pick. Neshaminy, 28-7.

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