Bombers fall to ND
The lack of an offense early and turning the ball over six times kept Palmerton from getting off on the right foot on Friday night.
Notre Dame of Green Pond capitalized on a couple of breaks and rolled to a 26-6 victory over the Blue Bombers in the Colonial League opener for both.
The Crusaders scored two TDs in the first quarter and answered the bell with another at the start of the second half and the Bombers never recovered.
"Offensively we didn't get it done tonight," said Palmerton head coach Chris Walkowiak. "Our defense set us up in the first half with two or three opportunities to score. It was all turnovers (six) that we gave them and they capitalized.
"Give them credit. They capitalized, that's what good teams do and we didn't."
Notre Dame put together a 13 play, 62-yard drive to score on their first offensive possession converting on two fourth down plays to keep it alive.
Reggie Carter snuck in from the one to give Notre Dame a 6-0 lead with 5:47 left in the opening quarter.
The Crusaders recovered a fumbled punt on the Bombers' 22 later in the quarter and in two plays Carter scored again on a seven-yard run for the 12-0 advantage.
The Bombers had the ball in Notre Dame territory quite a bit in the second quarter, but couldn't score.
Alex Vignone intercepted a pass and took it down to the Crusaders' 18, but a four-and-out gave it right back to Notre Dame.
Logan Lesher intercepted a pass giving the Bombers the ball on the Notre Dame 30. Two plays later, the Crusaders got it back when Noah Miller picked off a pass on his own eight.
As time was winding down in the first half, Palmerton's John Snyder blocked a punt and Tre Nelson recovered on the ND 11. The Bombers couldn't capitalize again.
"We waited for something to happen, while they (Notre Dame) got off the bus and came ready to play," said Walkowiak. "We didn't make the best of our opportunities. You only get so many in a game and we didn't execute."
Notre Dame scored on its first possession of the second half on an eight play, 50-yard drive with Miller catching a seven-yard pass from Theadford for six with 8:45 left in the third quarter.
The Bombers were inside the 20 twice in the third quarter, but the Crusaders picked off two more passes to end drives.
A 30-yard pass completion from Cody Peters to Jerry Pereira set up the Bombers lone score of the night. Peters scampered seven yards into the end zone with 2:31 left in the game.
A 63-yard TD run by Juvany Georges ended the scoring for the Crusaders on the first play after Palmerton's score.
"John Snyder played a heckuva game defensively," added Walkowiak. "We need more kids to step up and have games like that."