Falcon football falls in 2018 finale
Southern Lehigh’s offense came into Salisbury on fire last week. The Spartans, which entered the regular season finale with five consecutive 40-plus point games, eclipsed the 50-point mark in each of their prior two contests.
The Spartans did that once again on Friday night.
Quarterback Logan Edmond accounted for five total touchdowns, and Southern Lehigh (7-3) erupted for a 50-0 victory over the Falcons at Salisbury High School.
“Their quarterback has really developed well over the past couple of years,” Falcon head coach Andy Cerco said. “This year he has a command of the offense. He gets it out to those kids, and they are good athletes. The difference, too, with Southern Lehigh is their offensive line is real good.”
It only took one offensive play for Southern Lehigh to show off its two most potent weapons. Edmond hit Dalton Mussellman for a 75-yard touchdown throw that put the Spartans in front 7-0 early after a Salisbury three-and-out.
The Falcons (2-8) drove 54 yards on their ensuing possession, but Aaron Kahn’s 47-yard field goal was just short.
Southern Lehigh took advantage. The Spartans went 80 yards over seven plays, capped by the first of three rushing touchdowns by Edmond. Edmond then hit Mussellman again on the second play of the second quarter—this one a 43-yard connection—that put the Spartans in front 21-0.
“[Mussellman] was a lot faster than our defensive backs,” Cerco said. “We were in cover 3. With our free safety situation, we had two guys that were scheduled to play JV football at free safety. When they are going vertical like that, it’s a lot of stress on a player in general.”
That lead grew to 35-0 by halftime, putting into place the mercy rule once the third quarter kicked off. Edmond capped back-to-back three-play drives for Southern Lehigh with rushing touchdowns, the second an 8-yard keeper that made it a 35-0 advantage.
Edmond finished 8-for-14 with 281 yards through the air and two passing touchdowns. He added 67 more yards on the ground and those three scores.
The Falcons gained a bit of momentum coming out of halftime, as Delano McKenzie intercepted Edmonds’ first pass of the second half. But a negative play and an illegal shift pushed the Falcons back offensively, and Salisbury suffered a safety on its next play.
“Our kids played as hard as they could,” Cerco said. “With what our situation is with how many injuries we have, it’s not really an excuse, it’s just a fact that our starters are not able to play, or at least a significant amount of them. Some of the guys that were playing were really banged up.”
Four plays later, Mussellman scored from 15 yards out around the left end for a 44-0 Spartan advantage after the extra point. Mussellman finished with 188 total yards (141 receiving) and three total touchdowns.
Hunter Hughes ended Southern Lehigh’s scoring with a 1-yard touchdown burst up the middle with 6:33 to play in the fourth quarter.
McKenzie led Salisbury with five receptions for 75 yards. Jacob Kamp ran six times for 25 yards. Both are a part of a senior class that will be tough to replace next season.
“They can see beyond just the score,” Cerco said. “Yeah, you go out and compete and you want to win and have the best record. I’d love to be 10-0 every year. But some years there are factors that you can’t control, and you have to do the best you can with the situation you are in.”