Salamanca tops Timon in Senior Night shutout

The Salamanca football team honored its seniors Friday night, showed some offensive flashes and put the game away early enough to get some rest and start preparing for a busy week ahead of the Warriors.

With all that in mind, Salamanca coach Chad Bartoszek walked off the Veterans Memorial Park field happy with a 28-0 non-league, home regular season finale victory over Bishop Timon.

Senior quarterback Hayden Hoag completed 7-of-12 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns and an interception. Senior wide receiver Cole Hedlund scored both passing touchdowns, marking three catches for 91 yards. Hayden’s twin brother, tight end Harley Hoag, pulled in two passes for 55 yards and

The senior-laden passing game helped balance out a big day from junior running back Jesse Stahlman, who had 13 carries for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

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“We're going to see some more of that type of coverage: Allegany did it, teams are going to try to come up and try to really stuff us up front because of the way Jesse's been running the ball and the way he's been playing,” Bartoszek said. “So we're going to need those plays. I could tell that Hayden had a little bit of moxie to him tonight where he's been letting some things float. He let the one float, but everything else he was pretty on point. He's a real good thrower and he's going to lead us to where we need to go.”

Salamanca escaped the on-field action with minimal injury concerns, but scratched speedy sophomore wideout Lucus Brown with an injury suffered in pregame warmups.

“Hopefully we get him back,” Bartoszek noted.

Running back Clarence Prude led Timon (1-5) with 70 rushing yards.

Bartoszek admitted the coaching staff was mindful of a quick turnaround ahead for the Warriors. Salamanca (4-1, 2-1) travels to Falconer on Tuesday to play Cassadaga Valley/Falconer/Maple Grove in a Section 6 Class C South divisional game rescheduled from Week 4. The Warriors then are set to play Chautauqua Lake on the following Saturday for three games in eight days.