After what Abington went through this season injury-wise, just being alive at this part of the season was an accomplishment in itself for the Ghosts.
Despite losing starting quarterback Anthony Lee and running back Tyler Schreiner to season-ending injuries, Abington had to almost completely rely on its star senior, running back Craig Reynolds, to lead the offense for a majority of the season.
And while the Ghosts' season ended in disappointing fashion — a 35-14 loss to Neshaminy in a District One Class AAAA semifinal on Friday night — Reynolds certainly took on the role as well anyone could have asked.
The defeat, which was the second of the year to the Suburban One National Conference rival Redskins, ended Abington's playoff hopes and kept the Ghosts from the district final — a game that Abington (10-3) has never played in.
"The thing about it is that a lot of kids stepped up,' Abington coach Tim Sorber said. "Obviously, Reynolds stepped up huge and carried a load, but Jordan Neely and Khari Jefferson stepped up and I thought our tight ends played well and our offensive line stepped up huge. We talked about that. With a good quarterback going down, guys would have to step up individually to be successful offensively and they did that. That's a great accomplishment.'
And the guy in the middle of all of that success was Reynolds.
Reynolds ran for 125 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries on Friday night, giving him a season total of 263 carries for 1,826 yards and 27 touchdowns before this Thursday's annual Thanksgiving Day meeting and season finale with Cheltenham, which will be the running back's final game of his high school career.
"You don't want to lose, but we were chasing a district title and we lost. Neshaminy is a good football team and don't take anything away from them,' said Reynolds, who left the game early in the fourth quarter after sustaining a leg injury. "I'm proud of the guys. We had difficult injuries and just hung together as a unit and I love Abington football. These guys did a great job.'
Reynolds didn't do it alone. The defense played tremendously throughout the season. The Ghosts' offensive line was there all season to make the blocks and open the holes, and David Kretschman stepped in as only a sophomore to start at quarterback.
"The guys always help and I wouldn't be where I am and this team wouldn't be here without the guys up front and at quarterback,' Reynolds said. "I'm blessed to have an offensive line like I do and I'm just proud of the team as a unit for what just happened. We made it to the semifinals of districts and I'm proud of that.'
While it was a total team effort on part of the Ghosts, the season would not have been made possible if not for Reynolds, who set the all-time Abington rushing record two weeks earlier in a district playoff with Upper Dublin.
Abington's loss on Friday night was ugly, there was not denying that. The Ghosts were outgained in the first half in total yardage, 244-36, while only recording two first downs — one on a penalty — in the opening up 24 minutes. They trailed 28-0 after the first half and were unable to complete a single pass.
But after the disappointing, lopsided loss, there was no reason for Reynolds, Sorber and Abington to hang their heads. There were no disappointments regarding the season as a whole, and there was only one team which prevented the Ghosts from attempting to prove that they were the best team in the district in 2013.
"They put their head down and went to work,' Sorber said. "We made a nice run and were a 10-win ballclub and not too many people can say that. How many teams are left in the state of PA playing football? We were one of them. That's quite an achievement.'