No. 15 Salisbury holds on to defeat Wesley, take Route 13 Rivalry

SALSIBURY, Md.- Going down 14-0 early in the first, the Salisbury Seagulls came back and defeated Wesley 45-38. The Seagulls move to 5-0 on the year while the loss drops the Wolverines to 4-1.

The two teams were polar opposites in the first quarter. The Gulls going three and out on their first two drives while the Wolverines able to capitalize and put two in the end zone to take the 14-0 lead early. The first coming on their first play from scrimmage, Marcellus Pack took the handoff off the left side 51 yards to the house. On their second drive, Wesley got it going with the trick plays, Ruhann Peele from the eight yard line to make it a 14 point game.

The Gulls would wake up on their next drive, Jack Lanham hit Lenard Prue down the sideline for the 40 yard strike as the first quarter ends. After a Wesley four and out, Salisbury would strike again. A pitch off the right side goes to Shamar Gray and he outran the defense to the end zone to tie us up at 14. Salisbury keeping the momentum on their side, getting on  the board on their ensuing drive. A pitch to Chad Gleason for a three yard score to give the Gulls their first lead of the game with just over two minutes in the half. That lead didn’t last more than fifteen seconds as the Wolverines got a quick strike, Mulin to his Tight End Ricky Hess for 79 yards. Going into the half, the Gulls would take a 24-21 lead with a Bert Schrecongost 21 yard field goal.

The second half would start with a Wesley punt and Salisbury took advantage. A six play, 72 yard drive capped off by a three yard TD run by Lanham to extend the Seagull lead to 10 with ten minutes to play in the third quarter. It would turn into a shoot out in the second half, both teams trading a few scores and in the fourth quarter, the Gulls would extend the lead to 14 with Grays third score of the game with a little under three minutes to play.

Wesley in hurry up mode got the job done, Mulin found Peele for their second TD connection of the half to cut the lead to seven once more 45-38. It all came down to the ensuing onside kick and SU’s Hunter Cleaver came away with to seal the game for the Gulls. Salisbury gets their first win in the “Route 13 Rivalry” since 2015, 45-38.

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