With only one more week left in the high school football regular season, Salisbury (6-3) won’t have to travel far for its final game of October. And the Falcons are very familiar with their Week 10 opponent.
Salisbury travels to rival Southern Lehigh (8-1) on Friday night for a matchup of teams separated by a few miles on Route 309.
The Spartans are one of two teams in the Colonial League with only one loss, and have already qualified for the District 11 tournament.
With a strong core of the 2018 team back this past fall for the Salisbury boys soccer team, head coach Mark Allinson had high hopes for the Falcons. But unfortunately, a large number of injuries derailed the team from achieving those goals.
At one point midway through the season, Salisbury was without eight regular starters. The result was a 2-15-1 record for a Falcon team that struggled to generate enough scoring opportunities on offense.
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.
Salisbury’s girls tennis team competed in the District 11 Class 2A team tournament last week.
The Lady Falcons earned the No. 6 seed overall and faced No. 3 Central Catholic in the first round last Tuesday.
The Vikettes took the match 4-1. Salisbury ends the season with an 8-7 overall record, including the district playoff match.
Several Salisbury doubles team competed in Monday’s District 11 doubles tournament.
The scoreboard may have looked nearly identical to its regular season win over Saucon Valley, but Salisbury’s victory over the Panthers in the Colonial League girls soccer semifinals was anything but similar to that late-September win.
Kerry Seiler scored Salisbury’s first goal, and Quinn Wittman added the final two in a 3-0 victory for the No. 4 seeded Lady Falcons on Saturday at Northern Lehigh High School.
Salisbury scored three goals in the regular season meeting as it defeated Saucon Valley back on September 28, 3-1.
Salisbury sophomore Mackenzie Hankee has only been playing tennis for two seasons. But she continues to impress head coach Rob Benson on the court.
Most recently it was her performance during the District 11 Class 2A singles tournament. Despite coming up short against Notre Dame’s top player Keiran Lencheski (6-2, 6-1), Benson continued to see improvement from his second-year player.
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.
Even in its losses this season, the Salisbury offense has generally been able to keep up with its opponents through.
Friday’s loss against Northern Lehigh was the Falcon offense’s first hiccup of the fall. The Bulldogs (4-3) ruined Salisbury’s Homecoming Night by running for 301 yards on the ground en route to a 42-14 win. The win halted a two-game winning streak for the Falcons (4-3).
Salisbury’s only offensive touchdown came with 54 seconds left in the game when Blake Lettko scored from 21 yards out.
The last time the Salisbury girls’ soccer team qualified for the Colonial League playoffs was back in 2016 as the fourth and final seed.
Since then, the Colonial League expanded its playoff format to six teams beginning this fall. The Lady Falcons (12-4 overall; 9-2 in Colonial League) will be returning to that stage in 2019, and they wouldn’t have even needed the expanded tournament to do so.
Fresh off its two-game winning streak, Salisbury shifts its focus to Northern Lehigh in Week 7 when the Bulldogs visit for Homecoming Night. It’s a chance for the Falcons to build on their 4-2 start.
Northern Lehigh (3-3) is led by a three-headed monster at the running back position. White Matt Frame leads the way with a team-best 423 yards on 56 carries to go with two touchdowns, Mike Repsher (44 carries for 240 yards) and Joe Abidelli (41 carries for 208 yards) are both averaging over five yards per carry. Abidelli leads Northern Lehigh with four rushing touchdowns.