Class 1 fifth-ranked Salisbury proved to be an un-gracious host Friday to their Lewis & Clark Conference fellow member.
While the varsity defensive unit was on the field the Panthers yielded just a couple of first downs and less than 70 total yards of offense to Slater and never let the Wildcats celebrate a score.
When matters were all said and done, an over-matched Salisbury program took care of business on their home field keeping Slater winless with a 42-6 win.
“We held Slater to something like five first downs during the game. Three of them were in the fourth quarter when we made a lot of substitutions having our younger kids play, and Slater ended up scoring their only touchdown with just 30-seconds left in the game,” said Salisbury football coach Kirk Stott. “We did a good job controlling the line of scrimmage. Most of Slater’s offense came about on maybe four big runs. They have three kids who have really good speed and are capable of scoring against any team if they can get open.”
The victory keeps Salisbury’s record spotless at 6-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play as the Panthers prepare for a marquee matchup come Oct. 11 when No. 2 Westran comes to town sporting the same record.
“I think everybody from both schools are ready to see this game played. I know this will be a big challenge and it will let us know where we are as a football team,” said coach Stott. “It will take our best preparation and us playing our best game to beat Westran.”
Salisbury found the end zone twice and added a Brady Francis field goal in the first quarter, and led 30-0 by halftime. A touchdown was also scored in each of the last two quarters of play.
Daniel Linneman of Salisbury paced the offense running for 182 yards on 24 carries, and four TDs. Francis added 59 yards on nine carries as the Panthers team generated 277 rushing yards in the game.
“We ran the football pretty well. As a team we averaged about 7-yards per carry. Daniel Linneman had a big night rushing the ball for us and he finished with four touchdowns,” said coach Stott. “We tried to throw the football 14 times, but five to six of those were from the same series when we tried to put a touchdown together right before the half. We had a touchdown from a screen pass called back on us because a penalty was called for us not lining up right. After looking at game film I saw we were fine on that play so we got hankered on that call.”
Francis completed 3 of 14 passes for 30 yards. Josef McCloud had a 20-yard recception while both Linneman and Keegan Wyatt made a catch that went for 5 yards.
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