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Mullane: No heartbreak at Heartbreak Ridge, just fun and touchdowns

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On Sunday mornings September through Thanksgiving, nearly 100 kids gather at Heartbreak Ridge at Neshaminy High School and play football. These are no ordinary kids.

Coach Bob Wargo walked onto the field amid the kids and tumult and shouted, “Are you ready for football?”

He voice boomed around Neshaminy’s Harry E. Franks Stadium.

A shout came back from the kids, “Yeah!”

“I can’t hear you!” Wargo thundered.


“Who are we?”


It was time for practice on a crisp Sunday morning.

“Greatest day in the world,” Wargo said, “Great day for football.”

He looked at one kid and said, “Atta boy, Anthony!”

It was Anthony Lepre, 11, who is in a wheelchair. Anthony is in his seventh season with Coach Wargo.

The Mustangs are no ordinary football team, because these aren’t ordinary kids. Each is disabled, some profoundly so. Wargo is their coach and inspiration, a big voice and a kindly presence at each game. He retired in 2009 after teaching social studies in Bensalem for 35 years. He spent as many years coaching varsity football at Bensalem and Neshaminy.

“You teach them, you show them,” he said. “And the parents can take it easy for 90 minutes.”

For 13 happy seasons Bob Wargo and his........

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