Falcons bounce back, beat Bangor
Unlike last season, Salisbury has been fortunate enough to avoid a bunch of injuries to key players. The starting offensive line the past few games has not only stayed free of injury, but it’s been a key piece to the Falcons’ success.
That unit was instrumental on Friday night in helping Salisbury rebound from its worse loss of the season. The Falcons ran for 198 yards and dominated in the trenches en route to a 46-14 win over Bangor last week at Paul Farnan Field at Bangor Memorial Park Stadium.
“It’s a necessary job,” senior tight end Kyle Killiri said. “It needs to be done. If we don’t do it right, they can’t run right. So we need to do the best that we can up front so they can do the best that they can.”
Killiri, along with center Anthony Scarcia, guards Ben Krauss and Matt Butz, and tackles Gaige Marcks and Brandon Brotzman, opened up holes all night and a number of Falcons benefited from those openings. Leading the way was Chad Parton, who finished with three touchdowns.
Parton opened the game with a 4-yard touchdown run midway through the opening quarter. Then, he bounced a second-and-goal carry to the right side of Salisbury’s line and found the end zone 15 yards later for a quick 12-0 advantage.
“Our lineman did outstanding,” Parton said. “They were moving people. The holes were so big that you could fit a car through them.”
“They were in a different front than what we were used to,” said Killiri. “But we adjusted and held them in check.”
Kael Godshalk and Bangor’s offense responded with a quick four-play scoring drive of its own. Godshalk, who ran for 70 yards on the series, scored on a 19-yard burst up the middle to cut Salisbury’s lead to 12-6.
But the Falcons would answer not even four minutes later. Quarterback Quintin Stephens scored on a 3-yard read-option run to swing momentum back over to Salisbury.
After punts from both teams, Parton recorded the first of two interceptions that handed the ball back over to Salisbury. Seven plays later, Stephens found senior Timmy Buda for a 20-yard touchdown pass to make it 26-6 with 21 seconds left in the half.
“We all came together after the loss [against Northern Lehigh],” Killiri said. “We played our hearts out and did our best.”
“It’s a big spark,” Parton said. “I feel like we needed this, and we’re just going to carry this into the last two games of the season.”
Bangor received the opening kickoff, but it didn’t take long for Salisbury to get back on the scoreboard. An errant snap on Bangor’s first play from scrimmage of the half ended up in the end zone where Kyle Pingarelli recovered the ball for a touchdown.
After a Slater punt on the next drive, Timmy Buda capped a five-play drive with a 21-yard touchdown that increased Salisbury’s lead to 40-6 with 7:30 left in the third quarter.
Parton then halted Bangor’s next drive with an interception. He added his third score of the game—a 12-yard run around the right side—to cap the Falcons’ scoring.
“This is probably the best game we had all year as a team,” Parton said. “We just played as a unit and kept digging throughout the whole entire game.”