Palmerton pulls away from Catty in season-opening win
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PALMERTON, Pa. – After building a 14-0 lead and seeing it slip away in the first half, Palmerton rallied for 42 unanswered points to win 56-14 over Catasauqua in a Colonial League football game at Blue Bomber Stadium on Friday night to open their 2020 campaign. It was also the first contest of the season for the Rough Riders.
The Blue Bombers stormed out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and looked to take control of the home contest. The Rough Riders had an answer though in the form of a 14-0 scoring burst of their own, which knotted the game with 11:15 left in the second quarter. From there it was all Palmerton as the hosts rattled off six straight touchdowns to cruise to the victory.
Sophomore quarterback Cole Serfass piloted the Bombers in the season-opening victory. Serfass, who also is a contributor on defense, finished with 204 rushing yards on 20 carries, 20 passing yards, and five total touchdowns. He also recovered a fumble on defense in the second quarter, which led to one of his own rushing touchdowns a few plays later.
The Palmerton defense held Catty to 220 yards of offense, most of which came on one big scoring play for the Rough Riders. On the first play of the second quarter Catty’s Anthonie Hunsicker broke through the line and went 89-yards for the rushing touchdown. He scored both touchdowns for them on Friday night, as he also recorded a 35-yard rushing score late in the opening quarter. He finished with 141 rushing yards on eight carries.
Hunsicker also is a linebacker on defense and intercepted a Palmerton pass with 7:32 left in the second quarter when the Rough Riders trailed just 21-14. However, two plays later on offense Catty dropped the snap which led to the aforementioned fumble recovery by Palmerton’s Serfass.
The Rough Riders had four fumbles in Friday’s setback and lost two of them.
Palmerton’s senior kicker Jon Perloni went 8-8 on extra point attempts as the Blue Bombers offense kept him busy in their first outing of the shortened 2020 season. Palmerton punted only one time in the win.
Catasauqua will be on the road again next week to visit Pen Argyl on Oct. 2 at 2:30 p.m. Palmerton will travel for the first time this fall and visit Notre Dame Green Pond on Friday night at 7 p.m.
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