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Sigler And Marshall Too Much For Palmyra

Thursday, November 27, 2003

By Jerome Michaels
SJSports Special Correspondent

After being shutout in their season opener to Delran, Palmyra won 5 of their next 6 games that propelled them into the playoffs. Unfortunately for Ty Belford’s Panthers, they would lose to Glassboro in the first round. As for Burlington City, the Blue Devils had a rough start but finished the season strong. These two met on Thanksgiving Day and gave the Burlington City’s fans something to cheer about. Quarterback Matt Marshall threw 3 touchdown passes and Nolan Sigler scored twice highlighting the Blue Devils’ 24-7 victory.

Sigler has been a reliable back all season long for the Blue Devils and he proved it again during the first quarter. His 45-yard touchdown run gave the City the early 6-0 lead. Palmyra would respond, as they were able to move the ball into their opponent’s territory. Quarterback Nick Strom completed a 20-yard touchdown reception to Robert Marinnie giving the Panthers the 7-6 first quarter lead with 1:46 showing on the game clock.

During the second quarter, City’s defense dominated giving the offense excellent field position. Marshall would engineer three scoring drives before the half ended and it was all Burlington City from then on. Early in the second quarter, Marshall found Raymond Mahood open for a 16-yard touchdown reception. Just under four minutes later, Sigler was at the receiving end of a 45-yard catch and run giving The Blue Devils the 18-7 advantage. The last touchdown of the day occurred with 1:53 remaining in the half. Greg Hodgson got in name in the scoring column with touchdown reception. With the win, Burlington City finished the season with a respectable 6-4 record.

Photos by Mark Fletcher

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