It was another season to remember for the Pennsbury Football team and their fans.
At the start of the year, there were many question marks. They had to find out if there was improvement from the first year under new head coach, Dan McShane, and his spread offense. The quarterback had to get sharper and receivers had to learn how to run pass patterns. The offensive line had to adjust to pass blocking and there were a couple of holes to fill. The defense looked good and just needed to improve with experience from the year before.
It didn’t take long to answer most of the questions as the Falcons got off to a good start. Quarterback, Zach Demarchis, looked like a different player with his running and passing. The receivers turned out to be the biggest surprise. Names like Burke, Palmer, Cook and Turk would soon be heard from. They had mastered their skills in the off season. Pennsbury was no longer just a ground and pound ball club. They were now diversified. This changed the way teams now had to prepare for the Falcons attack.
Although they stumbled twice against nemesis North Penn and arch rival Neshaminy, they still looked like the better team in both of those games.
They played for the Suburban One League National Conference Championship in front of one of the largest crowds reminiscent of the early 70’s with everything on the line. They out-performed the Redskins, but lost in the final seconds on a trick play. Before the season began, hardly anyone was sure that this team would make the playoffs. They not only got into the Pa. District One Class 6A playoffs, the Falcons shut out the first squad they played and got back with a resounding victory in the district quarterfinals against Neshaminy. Here was a team that surpassed all expectations by earning a berth in the district semifinals against a strong and talented Coatesville squad, probably the best Red Raider team since the days of all-everything, Billy Joe. Coatesville may have ended Pennsbury’s season, but didn’t dampen the outstanding year.
I’ve broadcast Lower Bucks football for over half a century. There is no better football than what the fans get to watch in this area. Some of the big reasons are teams like Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills. It’s a joy to watch them play.
Now, if they would only get a new press box.
WBCB’s Vince Reed contributed to this report.