A second quarter interception return for a touchdown and a fourth down stop on the first play of the final quarter helped to push the Lourdes football team to a 58-42 homecoming win against the Palmyra Panthers on Pioneer Field Friday night.
It was a fluky play that got the scoring started as Palmyra took what appeared to be a broken play on a punt attempt and rushed 62 yards to pay dirt to lead 6-0.
Lourdes got the ball and went 60 yards on a drive that included a 15 yard run by Aidan Aldana and was capped by a short Colter Fulton touchdown run and then two-point run to make it 8-6.
Palmyra was forced to punt on the subsequent possession and Lourdes came back with a 48-yard scoring drive which featured Fulton runs of 12 and 13 yards.
Andrew Aldana capped the drive with a seven yard run and Fulton added the two-point run. It was 16-6.
A 17-yard interception return by Fulton at the 2:27 mark enabled Lourdes to go up 22-6.
The Knights responded to a 45-yard touchdown run by Palmyra with a 15-yard Fulton to Andrew Aldana touchdown with 11 seconds left until half and led 30-14.
Lourdes opened the second half with a drive which stalled and resulted in a punting situation. The Knights went with a fake punt and ended up being held short of the yardage needed.
Palmrya went down and scored on an 18-yard pass and then got a two-point rush and trailed 30-22.
Lourdes marched 48 yards for a score on a short run by Andrew Aldana and led 38-22, but Palmyra struck back with a 69 yard drive capped with a short run and point after run and trailed again by one score at 38-30.
Lourdes scored on a 44-yard pass from Fulton to Blake Miller  but missed on the point after and led 44-30 with 1:58 left in the third quarter.
Needing to keep pace, the Panthers got the ball at their own 26 and got runs of 16 and 22 yards to get the drive going.
Facing a 4th-and-5 in Knight territory, Palmyra went for it and Tanner Kochanowicz came up big with a tackle on the edge to force a turnover on downs.
Lourdes got a 10 yard run by Fulton and runs of 17 and 20 by Andrew Aldana to set up a 4-yard Fulton touchdown run. Although the point after failed, Lourdes led by 20 points with 7:59 left in the game.
Palmyra scored on the next drive but used four minutes to go 55 yards, and, after a one yard run and a failure on the point after, trailed 50-36 with 3:49 left.
Andrew Aldana scored on a 34-yard run on the Knights’ next possession and a two-point run made it 58-36.
Palmyra posted a touchdown with under a minute left to cap scoring for the game.
The Knights got the ball on an on-side kick recovery and ran out the clock to secure the win.
The win gave Lourdes three in a row and pushed the Knights’ overall record to 4-3 with a single game left on the schedule, an Oct. 18 clash at Weeping Water, 4-2.