LANGHORNE >> The undefeated Neshaminy High School football team may have faced its last stiff test of the regular season on Friday night, but the Redskins made it look more like a passing drill in a summertime 7-on-7 camp.
Quarterback Mason Jones orchestrated a symphony of offensive weapons in Neshaminy’s 42-14 rout of visiting Central Bucks South in a Suburban One League cross-division game.
Five different Redskins scored touchdowns. Jones threw four touchdown passes, including two to Zach Tredway and one each to Mike Garlick and Oleh Manzyk. Running backs Will Dogba and Mike Crescenza also found the end zone.
“That’s our goal. We want to spread the whole field. It’s our philosophy. They can’t take away one without leaving something else open,” said Head Coach Steve Wilmot. “That’s football 101.”
And on defense, Neshaminy seemed to be rounding into playoff form, too, as its mix of young talent and senior leadership held the high-powered Titans’ offense to a pair of inconsequential scores.
The performance will have prognosticators tipping the Redskins (7-0) to run the table in the 10-game regular season. They have Bensalem, Council Rock South and Pennsbury left on the schedule. But Wilmot still wasn’t touching that kind of talk.
“I don’t think about 10 and 0. I just want to take one step per week,” Wilmot said.
Admittedly, the Titans (5-2) were a big hurdle to clear. They looked to be the Redskins’ most likely upset threat after opening the season with five straight wins. But now, the Titans have lost to the top two teams in District One — North Penn and Neshaminy — back to back.
“Although their score was a little lopsided last week, I saw how their offense executed and their defense executed. They’re a physical football team,” Wilmot said of the Titans.
CB South was no match for Neshaminy’s skill, however. Tredway, a 6-4 wide receiver, got the scoreboard rolling less than two minutes into the game when he took a slant pass from Jones and ran away from the defense for a 46-yard touchdown. His height would become a bigger factor later in the game on both offense and defense.
Neshaminy stalled after moving 52 yards on its next possession, but Jones opened the second quarter with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Manzyk. It was the sophomore tight end’s sixth touchdown catch in three games.
CB South’s Tyler Watson halved the Titans’ deficit when he ran for a one-yard touchdown on a fourth down play midway through the second quarter. The score capped an 80-yard drive for the Titans, who used a spread-option running game to keep Neshaminy off balance at times. Watson ran for 113 yards in the game while quarterback Jack Johns ran for 69 and passed for 188.
Neshaminy’s Jones passed 51 yards to Garlick for the quarterback’s third touchdown toss just before halftime. On the play, Jones lofted an inch-perfect pass to the receiver on the left sideline. Garlick caught the ball in stride and blew past a defensive back to reach the end zone. The Redskins led, 21-7.
Jones totaled 214 yards passing in the game.
CB South kept in close early in the third quarter when Johns passed to Sean Charpentier in the right slot for an 18-yard score. But Neshaminy answered with Dogba’s 25-yard touchdown run, which capped a 78-yard drive.
The Redskins iced their victory in the fourth when Jones passed four yards to Tredway for a touchdown, then Crescenzo ran three yards for another with just two minutes to go. On Tredway’s score, Jones lobbed the ball to the back corner of the end zone to allow his tall receiver to out-leap a defender.
Tredway used his length on defense, too, as he broke up on CB South pass in the end zone and defended a half-dozen other passes. The senior was one of the veteran leaders on defense. Fellow seniors Hayden Rooney and Dogba also stood out at linebacker, while sophomore defensive end Luke Hitchen made several tackles in the offensive backfield. Manzyk, a linebacker, made an impactful return to the defense after recovering from a twisted ankle.
Neshaminy 42, Central Bucks South 14
(Oct. 7 at Neshaminy)
CB South (5-2) 0 7 7 0 — 14
Neshaminy (7-0) 7 14 7 14 — 42
N — Tredway 46 pass from Jones (McDonald kick)
N — Manzyk 8 pass from Jones (McDonald kick)
CBS — Watson 1 run (Ridolfo kick)
N — Garlick 51 pass from Jones (McDonald kick)
CBS — Charpentier 18 pass from Johns (Ridolfo kick)
N — Dogba 25 run (McDonald kick)
N — Tredway 4 pass from Jones (McDonald kick)
N — Crescenzo 3 run (McDonald kick)
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