SALISBURY, MD. ---- Salisbury's
quarterback Dan Griffin ran for 238 yards and four rushing
touchdowns, in the 45-21 win over the Hawks. Salisbury only attempted
two passes and carried the ball 71 times on Saturday.
Huntingdon had trouble keeping the Sea
Gulls option attack off the field, allowing Salisbury to control the
time of possession 36:13, compared to the Hawks 23:47 in the game.
The Hawks were held to 287 total yards of offense, while Salisbury
gained a total of 505 yards with 475 yards coming on the ground.
Freshman Trevor Manuel led the Hawks
with three rushing touchdowns, while freshman quarterback Taylor
Hughes came in the game and led Huntingdon on it's only three scoring
In the first half, the Hawks fell down
14-0 in the first quarter from two Sea Gulls rushing touchdowns.
Salisbury found the end zone behind Dan Griffin's 9-yard run and
Randal Smedley's one-yard dive.
The Hawks answered back in the second
quarter, after freshmen quarterback Taylor Hughes checked into the
ball game. Hughes taking his first snaps his collegiate career, led
the Hawks on two scoring drives to tie the ball game 14-14.
Huntingdon scored off of a Trevor
Manuel 5-yard touchdown, capping a 10-play 62 yard drive with 12:04
to go in the half. The tying score came one-minute later after
Salisbury didn't field a short kick-off, and Austin Bennett recovered
the ball on the Sea Gulls 36 yard line.
After the Salisbury turnover, freshman
Taylor Hughes led the Hawks 36-yards for the tying score, from a
one-yard dive by Trevor Manuel. The Corey Robertson extra-point kick
tied the game 14-14, with 11:01 to play in the first-half.
Salisbury responded immediately with an
eight-play 68 yard drive to regain the lead 20-14, coming from a
Brandon Norwood 13-yard touchdown run. The Sea Gull's missed the
extra-point, making the score 20-14, with 6:35 to play in the
The Sea Gulls were able to add to the
lead with :33 seconds left in the first-half, from a two-yard dive by
quarterback Dan Griffin. Salisbury's extra-point attempt was made to
extend the lead 27-14 into the half. Salisbury's late first-half
score came from a 10-play 66 yard drive.
Salisbury held the ball 19:51 to the
Hawks 10:09, during the first-half.
The Hawks opened the second-half with
an unsuccessful drive on the opening drive. The Sea Gulls took over
their first drive of the second-half and drove the ball into
Huntingdon's territory. The Hawks stopped Salisbury on a
fourth-and-ten attempt at the Huntingdon 16 yard line.
After the Sea Gulls failed to convert
the fourth down, Huntingdon was held to three-and-out on the next
possession. Carl Sanders bobbled the snap in the Hawks end zone and
fell on the ball for the safety, giving the Sea Gulls a 29-14 lead.
Salisbury continued to control the
clock, after a ten-play 68-yard drive during the third quarter. The
drive ended with an A.J. Rosenthal 33-yard field goal, extending the
Sea Gulls lead 32-14.
Huntingdon looked to cut into the Sea
Gulls lead early in the fourth quarter, with Taylor Hughes in as the
quarterback. After a late hit by Salisbury causing Hughes to exit due
injury, Trevor Manuel came in the wildcat formation and Salisbury
picked off a Manuel pass in the Sea Gulls end zone to stop the Hawks
Two plays later, Salisbury's
quarterback Dan Griffin kept the ball around the right end on a
79-yard touchdown run. Griffin's score put the game out of reach,
making the lead 39-14 with 10:31 to play in the fourth quarter.
Taylor Hughes led the Hawks on the
third and final scoring drive of the day, cutting the lead to 39-21
with 5:46 left in the game. Trevor Manuel capped the 13-play 57 yard
drive on a fourth-and-goal one-yard dive for the score.
Salisbury's run heavy offense continued
to drain the Hawks defense late in the game. The Sea Gulls continued
to extend the lead, coming from a 5-play 49 yard drive. Dan Griffin
found the end zone for the fourth time of the day on a 22-yard dash,
giving the Sea Gulls the final score of 45-21.
The Hawks were led by freshman Taylor
Hughes, who went 9-for-13 for 117 yards, in his Hawks debut. Hughes
led the Hawks on all three of the scoring drives and ran for 41 yards
on 12 carries. Neal Posey completed 4-of-8 passes for 30 yards in the
Hawks loss. Parker Roberts led Huntingdon on the ground, with nine
carries and 42 yards.
Cody Pearcy paced the Hawks with four
receptions on 20 yards, while Tyler Young hauled in a game-high 44
receiving yards on two catches. Walker Gantt and Trevor Manuel each
caught two passes on the day for 22 and 15 yards, respectively.
Defensively, Keith Anthony tied the
current school single-game record with 17 total tackles, including
five solo stops. Kirk Johnson followed Anthony with 14 stops, while
Kaleb Futral recorded 10 tackles and one sack.
The Hawks (3-4) look to snap the four
game losing streak on Saturday, Oct. 23, against Webber International
in Babson Park, Fla. Kick-off is set for noon.