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.
The Salisbury field hockey came out on fire and put Northwestern back on its heels early in last week’s game.
Unfortunately for Salisbury, it wasn’t able to take advantage of the quick start and wound up going to overtime before falling to the Tigers 1-0 last week. The game, originally scheduled to be at Northwestern, was moved to Northern Lehigh’s turf field because the Northwestern field was unplayable due to recent rains.
Salisbury coach Mark Allinson doesn’t shy away from putting his team up against teams from bigger schools. He believes that playing tougher competition is one way to help his players to improve their skills.
That’s why he was looking forward to games against Northampton and Allen on this year’s schedule. The Falcons (2-4-0 Colonial, 3-7-1 overall) lost to Northampton 3-0 and tied Allen 1-1.
The Salisbury golf team competed in Monday’s Colonial League Championship Meet at Bethlehem Municipal Golf Course.
The Falcons’ Ashley Karol took third place in the girls field with a round of 107, while Tanner Ruth led the Salisbury boys contingent with a 99, which garnered a tie for 42nd place. Teammate Alex Suter shot 108 on the par-72 layout.
The Hawks came back from an early 13-0 deficit to beat Parkland 24-16.
Bethlehem Catholic (3-1) outscored the Trojans 17-0 in the second half and 24-3 in the final three quarters. The Trojans (2-2) only points after the first quarter was a 48-yard field goal by Devin Bartholomew late in the first half.
Nicholas Lucien (4 receptions, 155 yards) caught a pair of touchdown catches for the Hawks, while Paul Carreras (3 carries, 73 yards) ran for the other score.
Zamar Brake completed 11 of 17 passes for 193 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
A young Salisbury soccer team is bound to take its lumps this season, at least until some of the younger players figure out the rigors of varsity soccer.
Meanwhile, an experienced Northwestern team struck early against Salisbury last week and picked up a 7-1 win over the Falcons.
Emmaus coach Sarah Oswald obviously had a big smile on her face after her team beat rival Parkland 2-1 last week. As someone whispered something to her, the smile somehow got even bigger. What she was told was that the win by her team snapped a 70-game Parkland win streak against District 11 opponents.
“I had no idea about that streak,” said Oswald. “It just feels good to get a good win and this is a team that has consistently come after us and has had the better side of the draw and we were able to put our best effort on the field.”
Shane Artis took fourth place in Saturday’s 30th Annual Centaur Invitational Cross Country Meet at DeSales University.
The Salisbury junior, who was running the course for the fifth time in his varsity career, finished in 17:12.6.
“It was pretty decent race,” he said. “Those hills are killer here. I just wanted to see what I could do, try to get a good time. I was trying to stay in the low 17s for sure.”
Artis is coming off a junior season that saw him make his first trip to states in fall for cross country and again in spring for track.