CATASAUQUA They say that "possession is nine-tenths of the law."
If that were the case in Friday night's Colonial League battle between Palmerton and Catasauqua, then the Blue Bombers would be innocent, but quite guilty of turning the ball over.
Palmerton fumbled five times and was intercepted twice. The Rough Riders capitalized on three of those miscues to score a 35-0 shutout win.
"Turning the ball over seven times definitely led to our demise tonight," Palmerton head coach Chris Walkowiak said. "They came out and jumped on us early, so give a lot of credit to Catasauqua. But turnovers will hurt and tonight they were demoralizing."
On their Homecoming weekend, the hosts took advantage of some untimely sloppiness on the Bombers' part and held fast on defense, cruising to the win.
In the first frame, Catty struck twice.
On their first possession of the game, the Rough Riders used a Jake Bloszinsky to Vinny Pellechia 14-yard scoring pass to jump in front. The second Catty score of the period came with 46 seconds left as Bloszinsky passed to Sa'Quon Burton for another score. Zachary Pattison added PATs on both for the 14-0 advantage.
"I'm happy that we executed on offense for once this season," Catasauqua head coach Tom Falzone said. "I understand that Palmerton is a little banged up right now, but we're healthy everywhere and that makes a difference."
Falzone's squad added another score before halftime to balloon the lead to 21-0 at the break. This time, it was Sa'Quon Burton's turn to pass to Patrick Burker for a 36-yard score. Donald Hunter recovered a fumble on the play previous to the score to set up the third TD of the night.
The third quarter started out in Palmerton's favor as Dallas Miata had a brilliant 71-yard kickoff return to the Catty 19.
However, the Rough Rider defense held fast and the Bombers turned it over on downs.
"Our defense was nice tonight," Falzone said. "Palmerton moved the ball at times, but our guys played well. We also benefitted from the fact that they shot themselves in the foot with the turnovers."
Near the end of the third, the Rough Riders moved the ball into the Palmerton red zone and eventually scored again on another Bloszinky to Pellechia scoring reception this one from 17 yard – for the 28-0 lead.
The Bombers took the ball and coughed it up again, leading to a Ra'Von Burton five-yard score to round out the night.
"I'm proud of the effort by our kids and even though the scoreboard didn't show it, I'm happy with the way we played in the second half," Walkowiak stated. "They fought and they didn't stop fighting up until the very end."