BY JEFF FALK
It wasn’t as much about getting revenge as it was just getting it right.
On Monday night, the Palmyra football team defeated Boiling Springs 28-22 to set straight a heart-wrenching setback at the hands of the Bubblers. Many close to the Cougar program pointed at Boiling Springs’ erasing of a 23-point deficit as the reason they didn’t qualify for the 2010 District Three Class AAA playoffs.
With the win, Palmyra improved to 2-0 on the campaign and 1-0 in the Capital Division of the Mid-Penn Conference. And Monday was reminiscent of that particular contest because of the way it unfolded.
Again, Palmyra built a comfortable advantage, 28-7 in the final period. But this time, the Jon Hicks-led Cougars’ defense stepped up and slammed the door.
Before coming up gimpy early in the second half, senior tailback Preston Bare had another big game for Palmyra. The 6-0, 200-pounder rushed for nearly 180 yards and three scores.
Bare ripped off a pair of long runs and added a short burst, as the Cougars ran out to a 21-7 margin at the break. Palmyra’s lead reached 21 points when junior quarterback Mason Laudermilch hit Jordan Harro for a touchdown strike.
In the final tally, Boiling Springs outgained the Cougars by about 50 yards. The Bubblers are now 1-1 on the year and 0-1 in the Capital Division.
Last week’s heavy rains moved the regularly scheduled Friday night contest to Monday.
Elsewhere in scholastic football on Monday:
Pine Grove 47, Elco 21
In Pine Grove, the youthful Raiders continued their education at ‘The School of Hard Knocks’ and fell to 0-2. Elco fell behind 21-0 and never recovered.
Senior running back Dylan Hickernell was a bright spot for the Raiders, as he rushed for ‘a buck and a half’ and two touchdowns. A long scoring scamper by Hickernell pulled Elco to within 14 points of the Cardinals, now 2-0.
Pine Grove needed just three minutes to drive the opening kickoff for a 7-0 advantage.The Cardinals made it 14-0 on their second possession.
Hickernell scored on a short jaunt in the second half, while Elco’s other touchdown was the result of Anthony Pletz’s return of an interception at midfield.