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Postseason is the Only Thing Sweeter Than Revenge

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.
Malcom LaudermilchBare 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.

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