There was more than just a football game last Friday night for Salisbury.
Trick or treat was also held in Salisbury Township that night. But there was one treat in particular that stood out among everything else, and it happened on the game's final play against Southern Lehigh.
In terms of Lehigh Valley boys' soccer competition, Salisbury and Northwestern have had a number of close battles over the years.
During their latest meeting, with a district semifinals appearance on the line for the winner, that rivalry lived up to the hype once again.
After 80 minutes of regulation, one in which no team held a lead for more than 8:45, it would take at least one overtime session to declare a winner. But unlike Salisbury's win over Northwestern in last year's district tournament, the Falcons had a bitter taste left in their mouth this time around.
One might think that a team that gives up 31 first-half points would just stick its head in the sand and find itself facing a mercy rule-loss shortly after the third quarter began.
That wasn't the case last Friday as the Salisbury football team would have nothing of the sort against Palmerton.
Instead, the Falcons came out and owned the second half despite falling to the Bombers 38-28 and ending Salisbury's chance to qualify for a district playoff berth, dropping to 4-5 on the season.
It's hard to believe we've gone throw two-plus months action of high school football already.
On Friday night, the Colonial League slate for Salisbury culminates against one of its biggest rivals. The Falcons (4-5) host Southern Lehigh (8-1) at 7 p.m. at Salisbury High School. The Spartans are tied with Northwestern and Saucon Valley atop the Colonial League standings and need a win for a share of this year's league title.
There was a time in Kyle Gonoude's cross country career when he didn't worry much about race strategies. He would just focus on running fast and passing people and let his talent carry him.
Now a senior in his fourth year of competitive distance running, he's learned to combine his talent with knowledge of the courses, wisdom of how to pace himself and the ability to use other runners to his advantage.
It makes him pretty tough to beat, as Jim Thorpe's Jonathan Condly found out at last week's District 11 Championships.
The Salisbury girls' soccer team is well aware of the pressure that comes when a district playoff game goes to penalty kicks.
The Falcons rose to the occasion last season. In a district first-round game against Palisades in 2013, Salisbury scored on its first three penalty kicks while goalkeeper Jordan Kamp kept the Pirates out of net, advancing the Falcons to a district quarterfinals appearance.
The odds may have been stacked against her. And an injury on the last day of September against Palmerton certainly didn't help her cause to make history.
But as the second-to-last regular season game against Northern Lehigh approached, there was still hope for Salisbury forward Mackenzie Groff. Two regular season games remained, and if things went right for the Lady Falcons, a number of league and district playoff games could also be on the horizon for the senior to cement her name atop the school's all-time leading goal scorers.
Salisbury finally broke through in the West Division with its first divisional-game victory last week against Catasauqua.
Back-to-back losses to Northwestern and Northern Lehigh kicked off the Falcons' division schedule after going 3-2 against the East Division.
In last season's league meet, Salisbury's Kyle Gonoude crossed the finished line 13 seconds before any other runner to earn the top spot in the Colonial league.
Not much changed at the top of this year's finishers, but the way Gonoude captured his second straight league title was even more impressive than 2013. He finished with a time of 16:51.44, nearly 29 seconds in front of second-place finisher Joe Espinal of Wilson on Wednesday at DeSales University.
The relationship between a quarterback and his top wide receiver is special, unlike any other on the football field.
In terms of that combination, the Falcons may have one of the most feared quarterback-receiver tandems in the Colonial League. And during last Friday night's game against Catasauqua, that duo shined once again under the lights at Salisbury High School on Homecoming Night.