Salisbury junior defensive back Weston Schaffer didn’t just make the game-saving play. He made two on Saturday afternoon that lifted the Falcons to their first win of the season.
Schaffer intercepted a third down pass from Wilson quarterback Ben Hindmarch on the potential game-tying drive in the quarter. But that wasn’t all. Schaffer returned the interception 47 yards for a touchdown that cemented a 21-7 victory for the Falcons (1-2) over the Warriors (0-3) at Wilson Area High School.
One could argue Salisbury played better for much of the first half in last week’s Colonial League girls soccer rivalry game against Northwestern. The Falcons, however, didn’t start or end that half on the best of notes.
Ultimately, it was Salisbury’s inability to play a complete 80 minutes that led to its first loss this fall.
Northwestern scored two goals exactly a minute apart in the final moments of the first half, then tacked on one more in the second half to down the Falcons 4-2 last Tuesday night at Salisbury High School.
Senior captain Erica Holben exited Saturday’s match against Minersville with leg cramps with 11 minutes to play. But that didn’t seem to affect Holben’s play when she returned to the field.
When Holben reentered the game, she picked up where she left off. Holben scored her fourth goal of the game in the 88th minute to help the Falcons (2-0) cement their 4-2 win over the Miners (0-1) at Salisbury High School.
In head coach Jane Brennan’s first season, the Salisbury field hockey team took steps forward. Finishing above .500 in the Colonial League and qualifying for the district tournament last fall was a solid start.
But the Falcons’ most impressive accomplishment under Brennan may have came in this season’s opener.
Salisbury, now 2-0 in the early going this fall, opened up with a 5-4 overtime victory over last year’s District 11 Class A champion Moravian Academy last week. The Falcons followed that up with a 2-1 victory over Freedom on Saturday morning at Salisbury High School.
Salisbury head coach Andy Cerco called a timeout with just under 29 seconds to play in Saturday’s opener against Pen Argyl with the Green Knights six yards away from a game-tying touchdown. Cerco and the Falcons predicted Pen Argyl’s game plan, but ultimately didn’t have the answer to stop it.
Salisbury didn’t have to worry much about Pen Argyl’s passing attack in Week 1. At least not until the final drive when the Green Knights made nine of their 17 pass attempts.
But the Falcons will have to adjust their mindset and defensive game plan heading into Week 2 against one of the Colonial League’s top passers.
The irony is a bit chilling. Perhaps unsettling and alarming even.
On a Sunday back in 1988, Ted Brennan’s father suffered a heart attack in church when he was 51 years old. He didn’t survive.
Nearly 30 years later to the day, and at the same age as his father, Ted suffered one as well.
The Limeport Bulls kept getting knocked down. But they always found a way to get back up.
After facing a 1-0 deficit to top seeded Northampton in the Blue Mountain League championship series, the Bulls fought back to even things up. The Giants took Game 3, and Northampton led for much of the next game, which would have clinched a title for the Giants.
Head coach Jason Weaver knows what his incoming senior class brings to the table. Sean Snyder has been running the point guard position for years, and Tommy Sylvester is a returning three-point specialist.
Weaver saw them both take steps this summer, along with returner Kahleel Foster and other varsity regulars, but what was most impressive in June and July was what some lesser-known players showed their head coach. A number of underclassmen played key roles in supporting those seniors to a 5-6 record in the Cedar Beach Summer League.
Jack Reichenbach was always destined to be a jumper. He was around it throughout most of his childhood.
His father, Dan, was a district record holder at Salisbury for 30 years and an All-American at Moravian. His oldest brother, also named Dan, is a district record holder and Salisbury High School record holder who jumped at Lehigh University. Jumping is in Jack’s blood.