Salamanca grabs C South road win
League play continues to treat the Salamanca football team well.
After a Week 1 loss to Franklinville/Ellicottville, the Warriors have gotten back on track with three consecutive victories all in league play. Friday night, Salamanca flexed its offensive versatility in a dominant first half, taking a 42-0 halftime lead en route to a 42-16 victory over Silver Creek/Forestville.
The Warriors matched their 107 passing yards with 110 rushing, with four different players scoring a touchdown including two each for Arlen Newark and Zach Trietley.
Newark flashed big-play speed with a 34-yard touchdown run and a 70 yard punt return to the end zone. Trietley had a 43-yard touchdown catch from quarterback Maddox Isaac and a six-yard TD run.
J.T. Auman added a touchdown in the running game, finishing with six carries for 36 yards and Lucus Brown caught a 24-yard touchdown pass from Isaac. Isaac was 2-for-3 for 67 yards and Jaxson Ross completed his only attempt for 40 yards to Cory Holleran.
Salamanca scored late in the first to take a 7-0 lead before a five-touchdown barrage in a 35-point second quarter.
“We got off to a little bit of a slow start but we quickly came back with multiple big plays,” SHS coach Chad Bartoszek said. “I think we ended up scoring on four or five long plays, we had two passes, we had a nice screen pass to Trietley and then Arlen ended up taking a punt return to the house. So they came in a pretty big wave toward the back end of the first and into the second.”
On defense, the Warriors got interceptions from both Newark and Holleran and Jaxson Ross, J.T. Auman and Camden Farmer all recovered fumbles.
Dekkyn Krantz and Thomas George both registered a sack and Trietley made a team-high seven tackles.
At 3-1 (3-0 league), the Warriors will look to keep their league streak alive in a home game against Fredonia next Friday.
“It's a really good feeling right now because we can start to really build upon what we put together in preseason,” Bartoszek said of the win streak. “I feel like most of our offensive and defensive gameplans are in, our personnel's pretty solid and now we're just building all the other characteristics around it to go out and compete to win this league. As you can see with scores, it's still very competitive and we've got a tough one next week against Fredonia.”