Falcons earn first victory
Salisbury junior defensive back Weston Schaffer didn’t just make the game-saving play. He made two on Saturday afternoon that lifted the Falcons to their first win of the season.
Schaffer intercepted a third down pass from Wilson quarterback Ben Hindmarch on the potential game-tying drive in the quarter. But that wasn’t all. Schaffer returned the interception 47 yards for a touchdown that cemented a 21-7 victory for the Falcons (1-2) over the Warriors (0-3) at Wilson Area High School.
“When he threw the ball I made a break on it,” Schaffer said. “My teammates did the rest by giving me good blocks. I was lucky enough to get in.”
“I think it feels great for our kids,” Salisbury head coach Andy Cerco said. “They put a lot of time into this sport. It’s a big commitment. We work from Thanksgiving until the season. Football is a different sport. It’s not like other sports where you can kind of show up and play in the season.”
The pick six by Schaffer put Salisbury ahead by two touchdowns with just over two minutes remaining. A quick turnover on downs for the Warriors ended the game shortly later.
Despite being on the field for much of the second half, Salisbury’s defense stepped up when it needed to most. And Schaffer came up with the game’s biggest plays.
After Wilson opened the second half with a 7-yard touchdown run from Hindmarch to cut Salisbury’s lead to 14-7, the Warriors were in business once again after a quick Salisbury three-and-out. A 21-play drive for Wilson saw the Warriors march down to Salisbury’s 10-yard line with a first-and-goal opportunity. After three runs for minimal yardage, Schaffer broker up a fourth down pass on the goal line to prevent the game-tying touchdown.
“We’re out there and giving it our all,” Schaffer said. “We called [Wilson’s] play out, and we just made a good play all around. I figured since they kept running the ball [that they would throw it].”
“We talk about our kids being complete athletes, and Weston is one of those kids that buys into that,” Cerco said. “He is a smart football player. He is very coachable. He thinks positively about the team, the game and the coaches.”
Salisbury’s offense ran just 13 offensive plays in the second half. The final was a kneel down from quarterback Jacob Kamp in the waning seconds.
Early on, however, the Falcon offense moved the ball. Chad Parton’s 4-yard touchdown run in the opening quarter sealed a nine-play Salisbury drive for a 7-0 advantage. Three drives later, Kamp hit Timmy Buda for a 32-yard touchdown and a 14-0 lead with two minutes to play in the half.
“We were on the field a lot in the second half,” Cerco said. “That’s not ideal for our team, or any team for that matter. Our kids are great kids. No matter if it’s an up or a down, or our defense is on the field a lot or offense is on the field a lot, they are going to play hard. They step up and make plays.”
“It’s a good win,” Schaffer said. “We feel good. We’re going to come back next week strong and work hard.”
Buda led Salisbury with 70 yards on the ground, while Kamp ran for 28.
Anthony Micci recorded 81 yards on 15 attempts to lead Wilson.
Salisbury returns to action on Friday night at home against unbeaten Saucon Valley (3-0). Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Salisbury High School.