Salisbury, Md. -- October 8, 2011 -- The Salisbury football team scored a 65-23 victory this afternoon at Sea Gull Stadium in an Empire 8 league contest. The win kept 22nd-ranked Salisbury unbeaten at 5-0 overall, 3-0 in the league. The Pride fell to 3-2 overall, 1-2 in the conference.
It was a decent score from an SC point of view at halftime. The Sea Gulls led, 28-23, but the Pride had scored 14 points in the final 2:12 of the second quarter to pull within five.
But Salisbury scored two touchdowns in the first five and a half minutes of the third quarter to begin pulling away. The Sea Gulls outscored SC, 17-0, in that period, and added another 20 points in the fourth quarter to shut out the Pride in that half.
It was expected to be an offensive show. SC and Salisbury were ranked 1-2 in the Empire 8 in several categories. Entering the game, in scoring offense, SC was averaging 43.5 points, while Salisbury was averaging 40.0 points per game. In total offense, it had been SC averaging 497.5 yards to Salisbury's 467.2. And in rushing offense, it had been SC averaging 405.0 yards to Salisbury's 358.5 yards per game.
In this game, Salisbury out-rushed SC, 376 to 273. The Sea Gulls also out-passed SC, 188 to 92. Time of possession was in Salisbury's favor, 35:15 to 24:45.
For Springfield, senior quarterback Josh Carter (Marlborough, Mass.) rushed for a team-high 72 yards and 1 TD. That TD was of one yard. He also passed for 70 yards and 2 TDs on 4-of-6 completions.
Sophomore Austin Bateman (Ganesvoort, N.Y.), subbing for Carter in the final quarter, ran for 59 yards, including a long of 26 yards, in nine carries. Junior halfback Mike Davis (Madison, Conn.) ran for 49 yards in four carries, followed by junior halfback Andy Bean Coventry, R.I.) with 31 yards in four carries.
On defense for the Pride, senior FS James Kikel (Glendale, N.Y.) led the squad with 15 tackles, including five solos. Senior SS Matt Ramos (Milford, Conn.) followed with 10 tackles and one pass break-up.
SC next Saturday (Oct. 15) hosts another tough Empire 8 foe, Ithaca, at 2 pm on Homecoming Day.