Pirates run over Bombers
Palisades has had its way with Palmerton on the football field for quite some time now.
Nothing changed on Friday night when the Pirates scored 28 second half points to pull away for a 48-6 victory over the Blue Bombers in a game they dominated offensively.
Palmerton trailed by 14 points at halftime, despite having only one first down and just 10 yards total offense.
And as the game went on, time of possession was widely in favor of the Palisades offense and it just wore the Bomber defense down as was evident on the last four Pirate scores.
"Offensively, we're not very good right now," said a disappointed Palmerton head coach Paul McArdle. "We've got to figure things out and that's on me.
"We have talent, we have kids playing hard. We need to get some first downs to get that tempo going.
"The defense was on the field a long time today. I think they ran 45 plays to just 14 by us in the first half. They took it to us. They were big and more physical today than I've seen them all year long."
The Pirates, who had just lost two games in a row, took the opening kickoff and marched 55 yards on seven running plays with Adam Hardy going the final three yards for the score on a keeper with just over three minutes off the clock. Mike McClintock booted the first of his five extra points on the night for a 7-0 lead.
The Bombers, despite not doing much offensively, took the momentum for a short time when Alex Vignone busted through to block a punt and Shane Christman picked it up on the 15-yard line and ran it in for his team's lone score of the night. The extra point attempt was blocked keeping the Pirates in front 7-6 entering the second quarter.
With eight minutes left in the half, McClintock booted a 33-yard field goal to make it 10-6 and with 3:03 remaining Stanell broke loose on a 26-yard scamper giving the Pirates a 17-6 lead.
McClintock then added a 22-yard field goal as time expired giving Palisades a 20-6 advantage at intermission.
Palmerton had its best offensive drive of the night on the opening possession of the third quarter, only to see it stall at the Palisades 28 on downs.
On just their third play, the Pirates saw Hardy break loose for a 65-yard TD and they quickly led 27-6 and there was no looking back.
Stanell scored again on a five-yard run to make it 34-6 entering the final quarter before Hardy found paydirt again with 11:06 left in the game to make it 41-6 sending the game under the "Mercy Rule".
With 3:13 remaining, sophomore Jason Thompson circled around the left end for a 37-yard TD to add the exclamation point
"We've just got to figure things out here. It's disappointing because I know we've got more than we're showing right now," said McArdle, whose team dropped to 1-4.