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Football: Neshaminy grounds Golden Hawks

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It’s been a tough season for the Council Rock South football team.

But the Golden Hawks soldier on.

A case in point is Saturday’s 31-6 loss to Suburban One League National Conference rival Neshaminy at Council Rock North’s Walt Snyder Stadium.

The Redskins scored a touchdown on the second play from scrimmage in the game, then got another on their second possession to take a quick 14-0 lead.

When CR South quarterback Nick Striffolino spent the second half on the sidelines on crutches, Noah Caldani stepped in.

Caldani, a senior, didn’t complete a pass, going 0-9, but he led all rushers with 104 yards and scored the Golden Hawks’ lone touchdown of the game late in the fourth quarter. CR South failed on a two-point attempt.

“It’s tough to come in especially when we were already losing to Neshaminy,” Caldani said. “They’ve always been a good team so we knew we had our work cut out for us. We had a lot of high hopes coming into this game and it’s a shame that our quarterback went down.

“I did my best but of course I’m upset and frustrated but at the end of the day I’m just happy to be out here because we only have one game left.”

Caldani is also on the bowling team at CR South. He is considering West Chester and would like to play football. He hopes to become an athletic trainer.

CR South sacked Neshaminy quarterback Brody McAndrew three times. Shemar Mills had two sacks for the Golden Hawks and Damon Culver chipped in one.

Nick Gordon intercepted McAndrew for CR South.

“This wasn’t the game we expected,” said Brandon Berghaier, a defensive end and senior captain for CR South. “We had a good week of practice. I personally thought the fact that they put up a big lead early started to wear on us.

“Some of the younger, more inexperienced guys started to get their heads down and even some of the older guys did that. You have to keep your head and keep a positive attitude. We had it toward the end of the game but I think we lost it halfway through.

“They scored two (touchdowns) quickly and for some of us that was a downer. As a senior captain my job is to keep everyone’s head straight and even I was getting a little discouraged but I’m not going to be the one to put my head down and start crying about the score or getting blown out in the beginning. We have to keep working.

“I just think our heads weren’t in it and that’s a shame because this was not Neshaminy’s best game for sure. I’ve seen them play outstanding games but this wasn’t one of our better games either. When you look at last week, when we played Pennsbury, our defense was killing it but this week I personally think our defense just didn’t come out and dominate the way we did last week.”

Berghaier also plays lacrosse for the Golden Hawks.

He will attend Chestnut Hill College where he will continue his lacrosse career while majoring in secondary education.

The Golden Hawks close out the season on Friday, hosting league and district rival Council Rock North at 7 p.m.

“North is always a big one,” Caldani said. “We always get a big turnout in the student section. We’re excited to play our rivals for our last game and it should be a good one.”


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