Breaking down Palmyra's 42-6 win over Bowling Green on Friday:
SPARK FROM THE BENCH
Palmyra held a slim 14-6 advantage over Bowling Green in the opening minutes of the second half. The two teams had just traded interceptions, with the Bobcats coming up with the latest.
The Panthers needed a spark to regain the momentum, and sophomore Dalton Perkins provided just that.
His quarterback sack on third-and-long pushed the Bobcats back inside their own 10-yard line and forced a punt. Five plays later the Panthers were celebrating in the end zone and never looked back in the 42-6 rout of Bowling Green.
“Dalton is just a sophomore who came in and gave us some good reps tonight,” Palmyra coach Kevin Miles said. “He is a kid who is explosive, long and lean and really gets after it. That sack gave us a good spark that we needed tonight.”
After a turnover and some silly mental mistakes in the first half, the Panthers turned things around in the final few minutes before intermission.
“I think we went in there and kind of really ripped into each other, telling each other to do this or that,” senior Peyton Plunkett said.
The two-way player mentioned the “ripping” was not conducted in a negative way, but rather making sure everyone knew what their job was.
“It was really just about being a good teammate making sure we all were holding each other accountable,” he said. “I really think that helped us in the second half. We have some great teammates who really listen to everyone, which is what is going to help make us great.”
The Panthers outscored Bowling Green 42-0 over the final 26 minutes of the game.
With Plunkett and quarterback Jacob Kroeger garnering much of the attention, Tucker Aeschliman quickly had a nice game for the Panthers.
The junior is usually the third option in the Panthers running game behind the aforementioned Plunkett and Kroeger, but he accounted for 38 tough yards on the ground Friday night.
He had 14 yards on the Panthers 16-play scoring drive to tie the contest in the second quarter. He also had a burst for 17 yards in the third, which gave the Panthers a first-and-goal.
“Tucker is a super young man who works his butt off each and everyday,” Miles said. “He started to catch our eye last year as a sophomore and has done nothing but get better each and everyday. I have grown to respect and trust him in all parts of the Palmyra football program.”
THEY SAID IT
“We kind of changed up our ‘D’ a little bit with going to a three backer set, which we really have not done. But we came out in the second half, performed well. We really got our blitzes down and started ripping harder. I really feel like on defense we really just wanted to win more and put the game away.” -- Palmyra fullback/linebacker Peyton Plunkett