Saucon Valley ran the ball on 45 of its 47 offensive plays last Thursday night. And Salisbury head coach Andy Cerco knew heading into the game that would likely be the case.
The only problem was the Falcons couldn’t find an answer for the Panthers’ ground game.
Saucon Valley (3-1) ran for 444 yards and averaged over nine yards per carry in its 41-22 victory over Salisbury last week on the Panthers’ home field. Both of the Panthers’ passes were incomplete.
A week after seemingly everything went against Salisbury during last week’s game, the Falcons will look to get back on track in Week 3 when they return home to host Wilson (1-1).
In the Falcons’ 38-17 loss to Northwestern last Thursday, Salisbury committed 15 penalties for 120 yards, and lost starting quarterback Trey Weber on the first series due to injury.
With a long week of preparation underway, Salisbury hopes to get back in the win column when the Warriors visit for a 7 p.m. kickoff on Friday night.
Unlike in the season-opening 5-0 victory last Friday at Notre Dame (East Stroudsburg), the Salisbury girls soccer team was forced to play from behind as it was down 1-0 at halftime.
The Falcons (2-0 overall) responded by scoring three unanswered goals in the second half to take down Minersville 3-1 last Saturday afternoon in a nonconference game at Salisbury High School.
When starting quarterback Trey Weber went down with an injury on the fourth play of the game, the air seemed to go out of the Salisbury Falcons side of the field last Thursday night. But when backup Quintin Stephens came in and rolled off the game plan to near perfection, he reinflated the Salisbury offense and finished with a big night passing.
Unfortunately for the Falcons, Northwestern used the momentum of opening its new turf field to take a 38-17 decision over the Falcons, who fell to 1-1 on the season.
The Salisbury field hockey team started off its 2019 season on the right foot.
Playing their season-opener against a Freedom team that got the kinks out in a game the day before, the Falcons went on the road and defeated the Eastern Pennsylvania Conference team on the Patriots’ home turf, winning 2-1 Saturday morning in a nonconference game at Freedom High School.
After going 10-9 overall last season, starting off the season with a win is just how the Falcons (1-0 overall) wanted it to go. And it all began with hard work in the offseason.
With starting running back Timmy Buda injuring his ankle a couple days before Friday’s season opener and playing at less than 100 percent, Salisbury junior running back Chad Parton felt an extra need to step up. And he did in a big way.
Parton scored three touchdowns—one each on offense, defense and special teams—as Salisbury (1-0) pulled away in the second half for a 25-16 win over Pen Argyl (0-1) on the Falcons’ home turf on Friday night.
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference ecently named its preseason favorites in both the East and West divisions during the league’s preseason media day. West Chester was tabbed to finish as the top team in the East Division, while Slippery Rock leads the West Division poll.
Last week was the opening week of high school football practice in the Lehigh Valley, which is used as a heat acclimatization period.
But Thursday night had a different feel for the Salisbury High School football team.
The entire Salisbury football community, from the youth through the high school team, came together and practiced on the high school’s field. It was a special evening for kids of all ages to come together and practice for a sport they all are passionate about.
Northampton pitcher Justin Aungst took a few steps off the mound towards the Giants dugout in the fourth inning, having thought a called third strike was coming from the home plate umpire. Instead, the former Salisbury ace had to walk back up the dirt after a called ball.
Limeport’s Damin Muth singled on the next pitch to bring home the Bulls’ first run of the game, leaving Aungst visibly upset.
There were plenty of teams from outside the Lehigh Valley area that competed in the A-Town Throwdown basketball tournament. Out of the 44-team varsity pool, more than half of the squads were not from District 11.
Salisbury was in a pool with three of those out-of-area teams, and despite going 0-3, the Falcons’ coaching staff saw a number of positives at Cedar Beach Park two weeks ago.