CATASAUQUA - Earlier in the week Palmerton head coach Chris Walkowiak mentioned in a pre-game interview that in order for Palmerton to stay with Catasauqua on Friday night they would have to contain Catty wide receivers Paryss Marshall and Ricky Houser
Unfortunately, for Palmerton that didn't happen.
Houser caught two passes for 72 yards and two scores, while Marshall caught three balls for 64 yards and a touchdown as Catty rolled to a 38-7 Colonial league victory over the Bombers
Palmerton actually stuck with the Roughies in the first quarter, holding Catty to just seven points and forcing them to punt once.
"Palmerton played us solid defensively tonight," said Roughies coach Tom Falzone. "They came out with something new for us this year that they must have been saving and we had to make some adjustments early on. Once we settled down and were able to get comfortable then we had some more success, but they deserve a lot of credit because they came out firing early."
The Bombers fought hard throughout the night, but it was obvious that the speed and athleticism of Houser and Marshall we're just a little too much for them to overcome. Pair that with Catty quarterback Zack Bradley's ability to throw the ball accurately while on the run and you have a tough combination to stop for anyone.
In the second, Catasauqua showed just that, scoring two touchdowns and adding a field goal to extend their lead to 24-0. Catty kicker Joe Harakel got things rolling with a 26-yard field goal and on the Roughies next possession Bradley found a streaking Houser across the middle for a 26-yard score. Soon after that Catty took advantage of good field position, starting at their own 35. A 30-yard pass play to Marshall and then a 5-yard plunge from Devin Flores gave the Rough Riders a 24-0 lead going into the half.
"They got some big plays on us when we were taking some chances on blitzing, it's pick your poison with a team like Catty," said Walkowiak. "We were doubling Houser and Marshall all night, but when we had to bring pressure those guys made plays. That's what good football players do. A lot of credit has to go to their quarterback Bradley as well because we had guys in position, he just put the ball where only his guy could catch it."
Houser and Marshall both made an impact in the third quarter as well.
Bradley found Houser for a 46-yard pitch and catch at the 11:08 mark and then found Marshall late in the third for a 28-yard touchdown strike to give Catty a 38-0 lead.
Palmerton certainly didn't give into the Roughies on the evening, but when your playing the fifth ranked team in the state you know it's going to be a tough night.
Offensively, is truly where the problem was for the Bombers on night. They accumulated just 100 total yards of offense and gained only six first downs.
"Defensively we held them on multiple occassions," said Walkowiak. "Offensively we just struggled and we know we're a work in progress in that department. Our offensive line has kind-of been our achilles heel throughout the year and we need to get better there. Bottom-line we just need to be more consistent on the offensive end and play complementary football. Our kids are always going to battle and they love to play. We just need to put more points on the boards, turn things around, and try to get a couple more wins here before the end of the season."