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Bulldogs visit Salisbury for homecoming

Thursday, October 3, 2019 by TODD KRESs tkress@tnonline.com in Sports

Fresh off its two-game winning streak, Salisbury shifts its focus to Northern Lehigh in Week 7 when the Bulldogs visit for Homecoming Night. It’s a chance for the Falcons to build on their 4-2 start.

Northern Lehigh (3-3) is led by a three-headed monster at the running back position. White Matt Frame leads the way with a team-best 423 yards on 56 carries to go with two touchdowns, Mike Repsher (44 carries for 240 yards) and Joe Abidelli (41 carries for 208 yards) are both averaging over five yards per carry. Abidelli leads Northern Lehigh with four rushing touchdowns.

The Bulldogs are capable of moving the ball through the air, too. Starting quarterback Zach Moyer has complete 30-of-66 passes for 398 yard and seven touchdowns through six weeks. He’s also thrown seven interceptions, however, leaving the Falcon defense in an opportunistic spot on Friday night.

Moyer’s main targets in the passing game include Repsher and Trevor Amorim. Repsher has caught 12 passes for 163 yards and two touchdowns. Amorim, meanwhile, boasts a 19.45 yards-per-catch average to go with a team-high 214 receiving yards and two touchdowns.

One area the Falcons might be able to capitalize on is Northern Lehigh’s inability to get off to a fast start. The Bulldogs have scored just nine total points in the first quarter in six games this fall.

Going back to last week’s 35-22 loss to Southern Lehigh, the Bulldogs once again failed to score in the opening quarter. Northern Lehigh trailed 21-0 at halftime, and then 28-0 in the third quarter before finally getting on the scoreboard.

It was the Bulldogs’ running game accounting for much of the offense. Frame ran 15 times for 79 yards, while Repsher finished with a team-high 81 yards on the ground and one touchdown. Abidelli added 53 yards and a score.

With last week’s results, Salisbury leads the Bulldogs by a full game in the Colonial League West Division standings, so Friday’s matchup figures to have plenty of implications on how the teams finish 2019. The Bulldogs have lost both of their last two games, while the Falcons have been on the winning side of each of their prior two.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Salisbury High School.