LANGHORNE — D'Andre Pollard will remember Friday night's District One Class AAAA playoff quarterfinal as the most prolific rushing performance of his career to date.
Neshaminy's star junior tailback did not break his career-high for yardage. In fact, his 177 yards were more than 30 shy of his per-game average.
Yet, Pollard toted the rock a brutal 37 times in the Redskins' 56-27 win. And Neshaminy might've needed even more from Pollard had the visiting Rams not turned the ball over six times.
Neshaminy scored 43 points directly off of those Spring-Ford miscues.
The victory means that fourth-seeded Neshaminy (11-1) will host a familiar foe in the semifinal round next Friday night. Suburban One League National rival Abington (10-2), the No. 8 seed, knocked off top-seeded Garnet Valley Friday night and will travel to Harry E. Franks Stadium.
No. 11 North Penn will host No. 15 Perkiomen Valley in the other semifinal.
Neshaminy eventually won by the Mercy Rule last night, but the contest was anything but easy-going for Pollard and the Redskins in the first half.
Spring-Ford took a 14-6 lead early in the second quarter with a big assist from a Neshaminy turnover.
The Rams had just moved ahead 7-6 on a 12-yard pass from Matt Daywalt to Gary Hopkins when Neshaminy's quarterback and center screwed up a snap and the Rams fell on the loose football at the Redskins' 28.
Spring-Ford's star halfback Jarred Jones carried a sweep around left end for 28 yards and the first of his two touchdowns to put the Rams up by eight. Jones would go on to rush 17 times for 120 yards in the game.
Neshaminy could've fallen further behind soon after that when quarterback Tyler Wombough tossed an interception, again in Redskins territory. But Neshaminy's Devon Brown picked off Daywalt on the next play to recapture the ball for the Redskins.
Neshaminy piled on the points from there as Pollard's eight-yard touchdown run finished a 12-play, 60-yard march. Wombough passed to Denny Lord for a two-point conversion that tied the game at 14-14.
On the ensuing kickoff, Brown fell on a muff by Spring-Ford at the Rams' 20. Pollard carried three straight times to put the Redskins into the end zone and put them in front, 21-14, going into halftime.
Pollard scored on a 10-yard run midway through the third to make it 28-14. He added a 31-yard touchdown later in the quarter to make it 35-14. An interception by Denzel Hughes and fumble recovery by Trokon Buesmaill set up those scores.
Spring-Ford answered with a nine-yard touchdown pass from Daywalt to Brett McGill before Neshaminy marched 66 yards in 11 plays to open the fourth quarter. Blake Sullivan capped the drive with a 20-yard touchdown run.
Soon after, Brown scored on a 50-yard interception return, then Matt Magdelinskas scored on a 35-yard interception return to put Neshaminy up, 56-20, and signal the continuous game clock.
Neshaminy began the game brightly, driving 74 yards in 14 plays and taking a 6-0 lead on Lord's one-yard touchdown leap. Spring-Ford blocked the kick and followed with a long scoring drive of its own.
In other District I playoff action, North Penn knocked off Pennsbury with a 31-21 win over the Falcons. Ahead 13-7 at the half, the Knights pulled away with 18 points in the third quarter. And Perkiomen Valley absolutely slaughtered CB West 60-20.
Neshaminy 56, Spring-Ford27
(Nov. 15 at Neshaminy)
Spring-Ford (9-3) 0 14 0 13 — 27
Neshaminy (11-1) 6 15 14 21 — 56
N-Lord 1 run (kick blocked)
SF-Hopkins 12 pass from Daywalt (Gulati kick)
SF-Jones 28 run (Gulati kick)
N-Pollard 8 run (Lord pass from Wombough)
N-Pollard 3 run (McDonald kick)
N-Pollard 10 run (McDonald kick)
N-Pollard 31 run (McDonald kick)
SF-McGill 9 pass from Daywalt (kick failed)
N-Sullivan 20 run (McDonald kick)
N-Brown 50 interception return (McDonald kick)
N-Magdelinskas 35 interception return (McDonald kick)
SF-Jones 35 run (Gulati kick)