Saucon blanks Blue Bombers
rich george/SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Palmerton's Alex Vignone runs away from a Saucon Valley defender.
Palmerton had trouble finding it's offense.
Saucon Valley didn't have much offense either, but the Panthers found just enough to spoil the Blue Bombers' Homecoming Game by winning their first game of the season, 21-0, on Saturday afternoon.
"We didn't come out to play," said Palmerton head coach Chris Walkowiak. Give Saucon Valley credit. They took it to us from the start. We had a very slow start and from there it was all downhill."
The Blue Bombers were forced to make some offensive changes with senior quarterback Cody Grohotolski on the sidelines and backup quarterback Cody Peters injured. Junior tailback Alex Vignone was called on to take the snaps and the Saucon Valley defense clamped down on the Bombers' running game.
Palmerton managed just one first down in the first half, had just two yards rushing and never crossed the 50-yard line.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Panthers scored on a five-play drive with 9:45 left in the half when junior running back Mark Laub busted into the end zone on a 12-yard run. Saucon's Megan Huston booted the first of her three extra points and the Panthers had a 7-0 lead.
With 3:10 left in the half, the Panthers scored again as quarterback Kenny Solt found Josh Hough open for a 24-yard touchdown reception and they took a 14-0 lead into the locker room at the half.
The Bombers came out with a little more life in the second half, but still didn't manage to cross the goal line.
They actually crossed the 50 on their first offensive possession. The next time the Bombers touched the ball, they drove all they way down to the Saucon 14, only to see the drive stall when Vignone was sacked on fourth down back at the 23.
Another Palmerton drive stalled at the Saucon 29 and also at the Saucon 26.
"The second half was much better," said Wlkowiak. "We regrouped a little bit defensively with the third quarter probably being our best quartr. But there are four quarters to this game and the bottom line is we have to execute better and get off to a better start and play all-around better.
"We were very comfortable with our game plan despite the offensive changes, but we just didn't come off the ball the way we needed. Saucon Valley did what they needed to do to make plays."
Saucon's Brian Herbold fell on a Palmerton fumble at the Bombers' 19 and after Laub took it down to the two, Solt pushed it in on a keeper. Huston's kick with 4:30 remaining in the game ended the scoring.
With the loss, Palmerton dropped to 2-2 heading into this Friday's contest with winless Palisades.
Walkowiak and his staff are hoping to end the first half of the season above .500, but in order to do so, the Bombers will have to get a complete all-around performance from both the offensive and defensive lines and backfields to do so.