Stahlman, Hoag lead Warriors in opener

The Salamanca football team is off and running and, well, passing.

The Warriors found success through the ground and air Friday night in their season-opening non-league matchup at Springville’s Pop Warner Field, winning 36-8.

Junior running back Jesse Stahlman scored the game’s first touchdown and his team never trailed, leading 6-0 after the first quarter and 28-0 at halftime.

Stahlman finished with 102 yards.

Salamanca’s new starting quarterback, Hayden Hoag, had a strong debut with 105 passing yards on 4-of-6 passing for two touchdowns and ran for two more (including a 40-yard score). Cole Hedlund scored both passing touchdowns and had three catches for 70 yards.

Salamanca coach Chad Bartoszek said the Warriors “looked the part” in their debut, even with some finer details still to clean up.

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“We were still pretty good execution-wise,” Bartoszek said. “It's still early in the season, so we hadn't had a ton of live reps against a full 'D,' which is pretty typical early on in the year. But I was happy with just the way we were physical. We were still hitting, we were still attacking the ball, we had some guys who really brought it and those are the things that are hard to coach up. You just want your team to have some of those characteristics to be successful. I think our guys showed that they're going to be capable of holding their own up front, we're going to be able to defend, we're going to be able to move the ball. It's just we're going to have to get better execution-wise when we get into our league schedule.

Bartoszek complimented Hoag on his first game, which earned a Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports Week 1 top performers recognition.