Palmerton loses again
nancy scholz/times news Palmerton's Alex Vignone finds running room against Salisbury. The Bombers' Trey Nelson (22) is providing a block in the background
Something had to give.
Salisbury and Palmerton entered their Colonial League battle winless on Friday night so someone was going to take a step forward, while the other would take a step backwards.
After a scoreless first half, it was the Falcons who stepped it up a notch and hit the win column with a 13-7 victory at Blue Bomber Stadium.
"Anytime you play in the Colonial League and get a win, it's always a positive," said Salisbury head coach Andy Cerco. "It's a tough league, Palmerton is a good football team and played a heckuva game.
"It's a real positive for our kids. They played hard. We challenged them at halftime to take care of what they were supposed to take care of. We talked about doing their job and winning the play. And they did that in the second half."
Salisbury actually used just a couple of big plays to set up both of its touchdowns.
A 30-yard gain by Mason Kresley and a 21-yard pickup by Dominic Rossetti on back-to-back carries set up the Falcons first score with 6:51 left in the first quarter. Michael Abraham scored from seven yards out and Brian Maehrer booted the point after to make it 7-0.
In the fourth quarter, the Falcons took over on their own 28 and used a six-play drive and two big runs by Teddy Denver for their other touchdown. Denver ran for 23 yards and 30 yards on back-to-back carries to put the ball down on the Bombers' five.
Troy Parton ran it in on the next play so with 10:32 left in the game, Palmerton had some work to do.
The Bombers answered on their next offensive series with Jerry Pereira carrying the ball three times for 35 yards. Freshman quarterback Zach Buck, who made the start against the Falcons, picked up a big first down on a third down keeper, but suffered what looked to be a concussion on the play.
Cody Peters took over and four plays later, Tre Nelson broke loose on a 15-yard TD run to make it a 13-7 game.
The Bombers had two more chances to put a drive together, but failed to score on either. Parton came up with a interception with 41 seconds left in the game giving Salisbury the ball and a chance to run out the clock.
"It's very frustrating," said Palmerton head coach Chris Walkowiak. "We couldn't get any offense going and I take the blame for that. We had chances. Our defense played great in the first half and gave us opportunities, but we never got the ball moving.
"When we did wake up, it was a little too late."
The Bombers did show some life running the ball as they picked up 152 yards with Alex Vignone accounting for 88 of them.
With road games at Saucon Valley and Palisades the next two weeks, Walkowiak said "we just have to keep working to get better and hopefully that first win will come."