Falcon football team heads to Bangor
A trip to Bangor might just be what Salisbury needs as it looks to get back in the win column following last week’s 42-14 loss to Northern Lehigh. The Slaters (2-5) have won just two games this season and are in the midst of a four-game losing streak.
However, one of those victories has come against that same Northern Lehigh team that Salisbury came up short against last Friday. Bangor outlasted the Bulldogs in Week 3 to escape with a 28-21 victory on its home field.
Head coach Andy Cerco isn’t concerned with records and where teams sit in the standings. He’s solely focused on preparing his Falcon team with the best chance of picking up another victory in the competitive Colonial League.
“They’re a little bit all over the place,” Cerco said. “In a couple of games, they threw the ball a lot, but other games they focused more on the running game. So I guess it’s a little bit like us where depending on what we think our advantage is, that is what we’re going to go with.”
Through watching film, Cerco pointed out the quarterback play from both junior Rein Farensbach and freshman Eric Striba. Farensbach has completed 36 of 85passes this season for a team-best 491 yards. He’s thrown four touchdowns, but also has six interceptions through seven games.
One of the Striba’s favorite weapons has been senior wide receiver Nathan Owens. He has caught 18 passes for 360 yards and three touchdowns. His 20-yards per catch average is best on the team.
“One of their wide receivers, he can make some catches,” Cerco said. “I’m looking at the film and I’m like, ‘Wow, how did he come away with that ball?’ All of a sudden he has the football in his hands. He’s a playmaker.”
Senior wide receiver Nick Davanzo has also been a key contributor in the passing game. He’s hauled in a team-high 24 passes for 442 yards and five touchdowns. Those two figure to be relied upon heavily, as the next pass catcher has accumulated just six catches for 66 yards.
Sophomore running back Kael Godshalk handles a majority of the duties out of the backfield despite being an underclassman. He leads Bangor with 302 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 91 carries.
Luckily for the Falcons, they figure to match up better against Bangor’s offensive line in Week 8.
“They’ve got a nice little running back,” Cerco said. “They use a couple of different quarterbacks. Up front their offensive and defensive lines…they’re not like a Saucon Valley or Northern Lehigh offensive line.”
Game time is set for 7 p.m. at Paul Farnan Field at Bangor Memorial Park Stadium.