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2022 Team Preview: Palmerton Area Blue Bombers (11)

Written by: on Saturday, August 13th, 2022. Follow David Mika on Twitter.

 

Head Coach: Chris Walkowiak

Assistant Coaches:
Mike Falcone
Mark Versuk
Fred Lesher
Logan Lesher
Will Cameron
Junior Ortiz
Chris Frace
James Hunsicker

Team Name: Palmerton Blue Bombers

2021 Record: 8-2 (9-3 Overall)

Stadium: Blue Bomber Stadium

District: District 11

Class: AAA

League: Colonial-Schuylkill League, Red Division

Key Starters lost:
Lucas Heydt Athlete/OLB
Harrison Dailey WR/OLB
James Denicola WR/LB
Jeremy Mooney OL/DL
Shade KlotzOL/DL
Dominic Dengler OL/DL
Shea Finney OL/DL

Offensive Starters Returning: (7)
Matt Machalik – JR – QB – 6’1 195
Daniel Lucykanish – SR – Athlete – 5’8 165
Dalton Drake – SR – WR – 6’1 170
Stephen Jones – JR – RB – 5’8 170
Ty Sander – JR – RB – 5’8 175
Clayton Christman – JR -OL -5’10 230
Zack Anthony – JR – OL – 6’0 270

Defensive Starters Returning: (7)
Matt Machalik – FS – JR – 6’1 195
Emilio Gonzalez – LB – JR 5’11 200
Daniel Lucykanish – SR – DB – 5’8 165
Dalton Drake – SR – DB – 6’1 170
Ty Sander – JR – LB – 5’8 175
Clayton Christman – JR -DL -5’10 230
Zack Anthony – JR -DL – 6’0 270

Special Team Starters Returning:
N/A

Key Newcomers:
Cole Serfass – SR – WR/LB 6’3 210
Kendall Robinson – SR – DB/WR – 5’10 165
Alex Konze – JR – OL/DL 5’11 200
Logan Anthony – FR – OL/DL 6’2 290
Beau Stahler – FR – OL/DL 5’10 200

2021 Returning Player Stats:
Matt Machalik – QB/Free Safety/ATHLETE
Rushing:
1,539 yards
150 carries
10.3 AVG.
– Highest avg per carry in the league) with 7 games of having 100 plus rushing this season. Matt set the single-season school touchdown record for TD’s with 31 ( 29 rushings and 2 Int’s returned for TD’s.

“Matt threw for 1,308 yards on the season (4th best in school history) and 9 TD’s. He had 1811 all-purpose yards on the season and tallied 201 points on the season for us.”

Defense:
70 total tackles
41 solo
29 assists
2 tackles for loss
7 interceptions (single-season school record) 7 INT’s – 2 were returned for touchdowns
4 pass deflections
1 fumble recovery

Daniel Lucykanish – Slot Back/Athlete/Defensive Back
Receiving:
35 receptions (7 th place in school history)
568 yards (7 th place in school history)
3 TD’s
averaged 16.2 yards catch
Rushing:
30 carries
324 yards
10.8 yards a carry (1 game of 100 plus rushing) 6 TD’s
1183 all-purpose yards 64 points scored on the year
Defense:
52 tackles
27 solo
25 assists
2 Tackles for loss
3 INT’s
6 Passes defended

Clayton Christman DL – Defensive Tackle – Sophomore
Defense:
75 total tackles
49 solo
26 assists
9 tackles for loss
2 QB sacks
6 QB hurries
Offense:
29 pancake blocks on the year

Zack Anthony DL –
18 pancake blocks
24 tackles
3 tackles for loss
2 QB sacks
8 QB hurries

Ty Sander – OLB
Defense:
51 tackles
33 solo
18 assists
7 tackles for loss
3 QB sacks
5 QB hurries
5 forced fumbles
1 pass defended

Stephen Jones RB
Rushing:
65 carries
454 yards
7 yard avg a carry
2 games of 100 plus yards
8 rushing TD’s
Receiving:
8 receptions 65 yards

2022 Offensive Outlook: “We have a great group of skill kids returning that provided much explosiveness in our offense last season. Our line has a key nucleus of starters returning which will need to help with the development of the younger lineman in the unit this year.”

2022 Defensive Outlook: “We have a key core group of players that gained a ton of playing experience last season. We will need to rely on our experience while focusing on tackling, creating turnovers and limiting the big plays.”

2022 Special Teams Outlook: “We will be looking to be more consistent in our extra point attempts while focusing on the punting and kickoff game to limit opponents starting field position.”

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