Saturday, October 29, 2005
By Vincent Lewis
On a day when the Panthers would be honoring several new members with their induction to the Hall of Fame, Palmyra would be looking for a way to cap off the celebrations by picking up a win against Bordentown in a Burlington County/Olympic League Freedom Division game. A victory would be even sweeter for Palmyra as they look to assure themselves a five hundred record to qualify for the upcoming Group 1 tournament. Trailing by a touchdown at halftime, the Panthers would give the Hall of Fame crowd a lot to cheer about as Palmyra’s two fourth quarter scores would provide an exciting comeback. Palmyra would score the winning touchdown with 58.9 seconds remaining and defeat Bordentown 12-7.
There were nine former Palmyra players recognized during the halftime celebrations as the following special guests were inducted into Palmyra’s Hall of Fame. Joe Kalani, Richie Edmonds, Gerald Meunier, Elmer Adams, Coach Ed Stickel, Ozzie Hamelman, Elwood Young, Tom Moorehouse and Marvin Johns. After the nine awards were handed out, one more special award was given to Bud Maurer, the former Palmyra Coach and current Athletic Director.
On this day, the two teams were successful running the ball but just could not show any results on the scoreboard during most of the first half. It wasn’t until late in the second quarter that Bordentown began to put together a drive that resulted in the game’s first score. Bill Devovitch capped off the scoring drive with a 4-yard touchdown run with 2:58 remaining in the half to give the Scotties the 7-0 lead at intermission.
After witnessing the appreciation for the ten former players receiving recognition for their efforts at Palmyra, the current players would begin to respond for head coach Ty Belford. It wasn’t until 5:57 of the fourth quarter that Will Brown, who finished the game with 169 yards on 15 carries, broke free for a 75-yard touchdown run. The Panthers attempted to take the lead on a 2-point conversion but the Scotties were able to maintain their one point lead. Bordentown was success on the ground with Darnell Ganges who picked up 171 yards on 26 carries. But the Panthers would get the ball back late in the game and scored when quarterback Quran Pratt tossed a 24-yard touchdown pass to Nick Storm just under a minute remaining in the game. With Palmyra’s victory, the Panthers will at least finish with at least a five hundred percent record before the cutoff date next week. With a win against Cinnaminson, Palmyra would definitely secure a spot in the playoffs.