HELLERTOWN - Every Friday night, high school teams have the challenge of facing off against an opponent in hopes of pulling out a win.
Not Palmerton, however.
According to Palmerton head coach Chris Walkowiak, his squad plays against more than just one opponent.
"Every week, we play against two teams," he quipped. "We play against the opponent, and we play against ourselves. So far this season, we have beaten ourselves almost every night."
This season has not faired well for the Blue and White, as they consistently turn the ball over and are unable to respond to the opposition's big plays. This has turned into a 0-4 start, after dropping last night's 42-7 contest against Saucon Valley.
The Panthers featured a three-headed warrior that led the offensive charge in the backfield duo of Nick Savant and Chris Mamay, along with QB Keith Mosher. The three of them teamed up for all seven of the Saucon Valley scores.
The first possession saw Mamay run up the middle for a 36-yard TD.
Palmerton came right back with its own flashy running back as Alex Vignone out-maneuvered tacklers and out-sprinted defenders for a 76-yard score to help his team take a 7-6 lead after Jon Schwarz's PAT.
"We had a great start tonight," Walkowiak stated. "We responded well to their first score by coming right back at them. But then they hit us with some big plays and we didn't respond so well after that."
The Bomber coach was exactly right, as the Panthers took over after that, scoring 38 unanswered points for the Mercy Rule win.
By the end of the first quarter, the hosts held a 14-7 lead, as Savant scored on a five-yard run and Mosher connected with Nate Harka for the two-point conversion.
The second quarter was all Panthers, as they scored three times. Savant scored on a 67-yard run, and was ensued by two Mamay scores. His 48-yard run up the middle of the Bomber defense came right before a 35-yard TD reception from Mosher, making the score 35-7 at intermission.
The Panthers' initial possession of the second half turned into a two-yard Savant score, putting the clock in continuous motion, by virtue of the mercy rule.
"Every week, we talk about what we need to do and tonight, we did those things pretty well," Saucon head coach Matt Evancho mentioned. "This first win is a huge weight off of our shoulders and it gives our players more belief in our system."
Walkowiak reflected afterwards about the state of the season for the Blue Bombers.
"Give Saucon Valley credit," he said. "They were more physical on both sides of the ball and they took the momentum away from us and kept it. We just need to go back to the drawing board and get more physical and more consistent."