PEN ARGYL It was "the thing" Chris Walkowiak would have liked to see more of from his Palmerton football team on Saturday
It was "the thing" his Blue Bombers' opponent, Pen Argyl, was able to produce several times to walk away with a 28-7 Colonial League victory.
"The thing" that Walkowiak said Palmerton was missing was big plays and it played a huge role in the Bombers falling to 2-7 on the season.
"We know we are capable of doing that," said Walkowiak, who saw seven of the Blue Bombers' 10 offensive series in the game end with a punt. "We're frustrated right now because we know we are capable of producing big plays like that.
"We're just not doing it consistently, but we are getting there."
With the game scoreless in the first quarter, Pen Argyl got its first big play when it recovered a fumble on the Palmerton 25-yard line.
It only took five plays, including a 14-yard reception from Ryan Hunt to Mike DePaolo, to set up the first of three Ryan Lobb touchdown a three-yard scamper to initiate the Green Knights' scoring.
Big play number two produced a 14-0 Pen Argyl lead early in the second quarter as Lobb broke free for a 57-yard run before the Blue Bombers' Sean Doherty chased him down at the eight-yard line. A play later, DePaolo took it in for a touchdown. Jacon Krincek added the extra point.
The Bombers responded with a 14-play drive, but it failed to produce points when the Pen Argyl defense came up big on a fourth down play from the four-yard line. Signal-caller Zach Buck connected with Nick Sander for an 11 yard gain in the drive and also hooked up with and Dominic Shivone for 18 yards. But Palmerton just couldn't find that big play to punch it in right before half.
"It was nice to move the ball," Walkowiak said. "We showed we could move the ball. We got to the four yard line and we just didn't put it in. That was a huge missed opportunity."
In the second half, two bigs play happened right away in the Green Knights' favor.
Lobb scored on a 28-yard touchdown run on the Green Knights' first series of the second half. Shortly after that, Lobb recovered a fumble, which occurred when Buck was sacked deep in Bomber territory, and returned it nine yards for a touchdown. In a matter of 59-seconds, Lobb helped the Green Knights double up on the score and make it 28-0 with 9:54 left in the third quarter.
Tre Nelson showed the Bombers are capable of making big plays on the Bombers' ninth possession of the game as he raced 71-yards for a touchdown run.
"Tre's capable of making plays and that's the big plays we're talking about," Walkowiak said. "We are capable of doing that. He's a great player and we executed. That showed what we were capable of doing.
"We just need to finish things and that's really what we're not doing. So, that's what needs to be done."
Althought the Bombers have struggled for wins, Walkowiak stated the final game of the season with Northern Lehigh (1-8) speaks for itself.
"Archrival Northern Lehigh," Walkowiak said. "Enough said right there. We will be ready to play Friday night because it's Northern Lehigh.
"It's another opportunity to try and end the season on a positive note."