After just three games, the rushing attack of the Warriors has yet to be slowed by any of its opponents. While there was expected to be a slight drop off in production from the running back position after Craig Needhammer graduated last year, none is showing just yet.
Needhammer was possibly the greatest running back ever in program history, holding the records for both career rushing yards and rushing touchdowns.
Coming into the season, Blake Bowman had played largely as Needhammer’s backup and Scott Palmer had no offensive snaps.
However, the combination of Bowman and Palmer has combined to produce a 100 yard rusher in all three games of the season so far.
Palmer kicked off the season with 112 rushes on just 15 rushes in a losing effort against Stevenson.
Bowman now has two straight 100 yard games after 111 against Susquehanna and 140 against Wilkes on Saturday. Bowman has also scored in all three games for the Warriors including twice this past Saturday in the home opener.
The rushing attack continues to get stronger every game as the offensive line starts to come together as a full unit. Most of the line has now started all three games with a shift at the right tackle and left guard positions after Saturday.
With each game played , there has been an increase in rushing efficiency and a dramatic decrease in sacks as well.
With the combined power of Bowman and Palmer starting behind an increasingly successful offensive line, the offense could be firing at full speed very quickly.