Salamanca's Marsh named Bills & National Guard HS Coach of the Week #4

Jason Marsh, Salamanca head football coach, has been named the Buffalo Bills & National Guard Coach of the Week #4 after his Warriors beat Southwestern 21-10 last week.

It was the first regular-season loss for Southwestern since the 2007 season. Southwestern had won New York State championships in 2008 and 2009 and their winning streak had reached 39 games before the Trojans lost in the Section VI title game last fall.

Despite the enormity of the win, Marsh said that his players were not overly excited in the week leading up to the game.

“We just approached it like we would any other game,” he said. “It was a real close game until the fourth quarter.”

Salamanca led 6-3 at the half.

“We had scored on our opening drive but we hadn’t done much after that,” Marsh said. “We had the lead so we knew we had to play good defense.”

Marsh said that he did not notice any sense of excitement in the locker room at halftime.

“The kids were super excited that they were ahead,” he said, “but they just went out and kept playing. They just had fun. They weren’t nervous and that helped the coaching staff.”

Salamanca quarterback Tanner John rushed for 159 yards and ran for two touchdowns and passed for another.

The Warriors stretched their lead to 13-3 in the third quarter and then 21-3 in the final frame before Southwestern scored a late touchdown.

Marsh says that this week will be harder for his coaching staff than getting ready for Southwestern was.