Palmerton head coach Chris Walkowiak isn't one to look for excuses.
And with the number of starters standing on the sideline watching Saucon Valley put on a clinic en route to a 49-6 win over the Bombers, he didn't blame it on injuries.
"I'm disappointed about the game tonight, Walkowiak said afterwards. "The score isn't indicative of the team we have or how we are capable of playing.
"Not taking anything away from Saucon Valley, they handled us well and deserved to win. But I know we have more in us that our performance showed."
The Bombers had starters Tre Nelson, Tyler Rodgers and more in street close for this one. And starting quarterback Logan Lesher joined them after taking a shot on the last play of the first half.
Meanwhile, the Panthers showcased an awesome ground game with running back Nick Savant rushing for 103 yards and quarterback Keith Mosher throwing three touchdown passes and breaking it open with a 60-yard TD run on the first play of the second half.
Both teams battled back and forth until just over a minute in the first quarter. The Bombers had their backs to the wall with a third down on their own nine-yard line. Saucon Valley's Evan Culver intercepted a pass and ran it 14 yards into the end zone for a touchdown. Alec DeLong blocked the PAT attempt keeping the score at 6-0.
The Panthers put together a 13-play drive that took over five minutes off the clock and Savant caught a 19-yard pass from Mosher for the score with 2:12 left in the half. Mosher hooked up with Nate Harka for the two-point conversion for a 14-0 lead.
The Bombers shot themselves in the foot just over a minute later when the Panthers took over on the PHS 16 after a bad snap on a punt attempt.
Mosher connected with his tight end Mike Kane for another TD and Giacomo Pazzaglia's PAT set the score at 21-0 at intermission.
Mosher's 60-yard run to start the third quarter made it 28-0. And it didn't take Saucon long to send the game into "Mercy Rule" conditions.
With 7:01 still left in the third quarter, Mosher found Josh Shuck open for a six-yard TD and Pazzaglia's PAT made it 35-0.
In the fourth quarter, both team's went to their JV squads. Culver ran in for another Saucon Valley TD from 25 yards out and Pazzaglia's boot upped the lead to 42-0.
The Bombers saw some daylight from freshman running back Andrew Ringler, who broke loose for a 62-yard touchdown with just over 10 minutes left in the game.
Saucon Valley answered with another score from Steven Herbold on a 40-yard run and Pazzaglia's PAT set the final score at 49-6.
"We just didn't play Palmerton football," Walkowiak added. "We took a step back tonight and that'll change for next week. We have to get back to basics and play better.
"We needed to have some people step up and we just didn't execute. They took it took us tonight. And they took advantage of a couple of turnovers to break it open and that's what good teams do."
The Bombers dropped to 2-2 with the loss, while Saucon Valley upped its record to 3-1.
Next week, Palmerton stays at home to host Palisades, who upped its record to 3-1 with a win at Northern Lehigh.