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Noah Palm Scores Five times, Cocalico takes one from Cedar Cliff @CocalicoFball @CedarCliff_AD

Written by: on Friday, August 30th, 2019

 

Rarely does a team outgain an opponent by nearly 100 yards and lose, but tonight at Cedar Cliff was one of those nights. “Too many mistakes, but that’s something we can clean up and become a good football team. That being said, Noah Palm is the real deal” said Cedar Cliff coach Colin Gillen of the Colts 43-14 loss to a Cocalico team led by All-State and New Hampshire commit Noah Palm.  Palm scored five times tonight, including a 90 yard fumble return, a 46 yard td run, a 78 yard run and a 13 yard pass to Ronald Zahm. Add in a 14 yard run and a fake punt run that gained a first down and you could say easily “he had him a night”.

“First of all I couldn’t do anything without my teammates. They’re all who I work for” said Palm. “I’m always trying to do the best I can, but without them I can’t do anything.”

The Eagles opened up a 20-0 lead by the middle of the second quarter, but Cedar Cliff never gave in. Palms 14 yard td pass came after Eagle QB Gannon McMeans was picked off by Zahm. Mistake number two for the Colts came on the next series when a low snap to the punter caused him to drop his knee which barely touched the ground giving the Eagles the ball at the 17 of Cedar Cliff.  Palm Waltzed in from 14 yards out to make it 14-0 after the kick.

 

Jaheim Morris then put the Colts in good position by first ripping off three long runs to help get them within striking distance with Cedar Cliff getting inside the 20 , but while Charles Drain made a stop on Morris, Palm stripped the ball out and raced 90 yards for the score. The pat failed leaving the score 20-0 with 7:21 left in the half.

Cedar Cliff came right back, and in 4 plays they had their first points of the game on a 20 yard Morris run.

 

The celebration didn’t last long as another mistake, a 15 yard penalty, gave Cocalico great field position.  Austin Vang scored from the one putting the Eagles on top 28-7 going into the locker rooms.

Cocalico slammed the door shut on their first drive of the second half. On fourth down, Palm saw an opening when taking the punt snap and dashed for a first down.  He then went 46 yards to paydirt making it a 36-7 lead. “They just weren’t set and coach told me if I see a hole I should go for it, so I did” said Palm

For the Colts, a bright spot was Morris. The speed, powerful back went around, over and through defenders for 212 yards on the night. McMeans was 18-30 for 202 yards with one interception.

For the Eagles, Palm led the way with 193 yards rushing, 3-3 passing for 73 yards and the 90 yard return gave him 356 all purpose yards on the night.

“He’s very competitive, even during practice. He’s just hard to contain” said Cocalico Head Coach Dave Gingrich.


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