Salisbury entered Friday’s game against Northern Lehigh already without two of its top play makers in running back Chad Parton and fullback Kyle Pingarelli.
If that didn’t make things tough enough, the Falcons lost another one play maker against the Bulldogs. Maybe even their top one offensively.
The Bulldogs (4-3) ran for 247 yards on the ground, led by Justin Paul’s 159, en route to a 27-13 victory over Salisbury (2-5) at Northern Lehigh High School.
Perhaps the biggest game left on both teams’ schedules, at least in terms of the Colonial League field hockey postseason picture, took two days to finish.
After a storm that postponed last week’s game between Salisbury and Northwestern, the two teams picked that contest up on Saturday with about 53 minutes of game time left to play. It seemed as if the layoff affected the Falcons more than the Tigers.
When Salisbury hosts Bangor in Week 8 of the Colonial League football season, both teams will be looking to get back on the winning track.
Salisbury (2-5) is coming off a tough loss to Northern Lehigh a week ago in which several of its play makers were sidelined with injuries. Bangor (3-4) has lost three straight after starting the season 3-1, including last Friday’s 51-13 letdown against Palisades.
The Colonial League held its annual tennis tournament last week. Despite the Falcons’ youth, a number of Salisbury players had impressive outings last Thursday at Saucon Valley High School.
Leading the way was sophomore Paige Gibbons at the No. 2 singles’ spot. Gibbons won her first eight-game pro set over Bangor’s Gioia Beltrano, 8-5. The Falcon sophomore then dropped her next match against Moravian Academy top-seeded Miranda Gibson, 8-0, and then against Southern Lehigh’s Kayla Lebby, 8-0.
Rylee Donaldson’s sophomore soccer season was filled with injury as the speedy forward and midfielder missed half of the 2016 season with a broken arm.
There was also a bit of insult added to injury. After a remarkable freshman season, Donaldson couldn’t help but look into the future and think of where she could possibly wind up in the Salisbury record books. That is, up until that injury sidelined her for 11 games two years ago.
The main focus of Salisbury’s football practice last week was Catasauqua’s run game and the triple option scheme the Rough Riders run.
It turns out, however, the highlight of Saturday’s game was Salisbury’s rushing attack.
Senior quarterback Jacob Kamp ran for over 100 yards, and Salisbury totaled 273 on the ground in a 35-7 win over Catasauqua on Saturday afternoon. The win improved the Falcons to 2-4 and snapped a two-game losing streak.
Despite being young and a bit inexperienced, the Salisbury girls tennis team has been impressive this fall season.
It’s been a streaky season for the Falcons, but Salisbury is currently sitting fourth in the Colonial League standings at 7-4. The Falcons sit behind Moravian Academy (10-0), Southern Lehigh (10-1) and Notre Dame of Green Pond (6-2).
Not many people walked into Salisbury High School’s football stadium last Friday night expecting the Falcons to defeat unbeaten Saucon Valley.
By the time the third quarter was just getting started, some of those people started to believe that perhaps the Falcons could pull off the upset.
In the end, Saucon Valley’s running game was too much to overcome for Salisbury. Senior running back Ian Csicsek ran for 280 yards and five touchdowns as the Panthers (4-0) scored the final two touchdowns to halt the Falcons’ comeback, 41-27.
Maybe it just takes a couple of drives for Salisbury to get into the rhythm of a game. Judging by their last two outings, one can certainly make that case for the Falcons’ football team.
Despite another early deficit—this one 14-0 against Notre Dame (Green Pond)—Salisbury responded with two scores to tie the contest in the second quarter. But the Crusaders’ high-powered offense was too much to contain.
The Crusaders (4-1) responded with 35 unanswered points before the fourth quarter got underway to dispose of Salisbury last Friday night in Green Pond, 55-21.
When Salisbury kicks off Week 6 against Catasauqua, fans will get a look at a rare sight with a Saturday afternoon game at the Falcons’ home field. Yes, a Saturday afternoon game for Salisbury on its turf.
The Falcons will look to snap their two-game losing streak in which opponents have outscored them 96-48. A victory would get Salisbury back into the win column for the first time since its Sept. 8 against defeat of Wilson, its only victory of 2018 thus far, which also came on a Saturday afternoon.