SALISBURY, Md. – The 30th edition of the Route 13 Rivalry proved to be a shootout as the No. 14/15 Salisbury University football team picked up a 45-38 victory over the No. 8/12 Wesley Wolverines in an important New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) contest at Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday.
Final Score: No. 14/15 Salisbury 45, No. 8/12 Wesley 38
Records: Salisbury (4-0, 2-0 NJAC) | Wesley (4-1, 1-1 NJAC)
Location: Sea Gull Stadium – Salisbury, Md.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- After Dante Daniel recovered a fumble on Salisbury's opening possession of the game, Marcellus Pack went 51 yards for a touchdown on Wesley's first play of the game.
- On Wesley's ensuing drive, Wesley ran the wildcat with Ruhann Peele and he scored on an eight-yard power run to put Wesley up 14-0 in the early parts of the game.
- Salisbury responded on their next drive when Jack Lanham found a wide-open Lenard Prue down the sideline for a 40-yard touchdown to cut the Wesley lead in half with 2:56 to go in the first.
- Salisbury started their first drive of the second quarter deep in Wesley territory after a 24-yard punt return by Chris Clark. Shamar Gray got to the end zone on a pitch play for a 21-yard touchdown to tie the game at 14.
- Salisbury took the 21-14 lead with 6:35 to go in the half, three plays after a Lanham 32-yard keeper got the maroon and gold in a goal-to-go situation and Chad Gleason got the around the edge of the Wesley defense and scored from three yards out.
- Wesley answered quickly with a Ricky Hess 79-yard touchdown catch and run to tie the game at 21.
- After back-to-back punts, Salisbury took a 24-21 lead into the halftime break when Bert Schrecongost capped off a long 10 play, 71-yard drive with a 21-yard field goal.
- The Salisbury defense forced Wesley to go three-and-out to open the second half. Two plays after his 52-yard run got them down near the goal line, Lanham would drive through the Wesley defense and dive past the goal line for the three-yard touchdown.
- Wesley responded on the next drive with a Peele 24-yard touchdown catch to cut the Salisbury lead down to 31-28.
- After starting the drive on the Salisbury 12-yard line, the Salisbury offense marched down the field and Grey would get his second touchdown of the day with a seven-yard scamper to bookend an 11 play, 88-yard drive right before the quarter horn to give Salisbury the 38-28 lead.
- Wesley would drive down the field on their ensuing drive but the Salisbury defense held tough in the red zone and hold the Wolverines to a 20-yard field goal by Nick Bruhn to make it a one-touchdown game.
- But, another long Salisbury drive with Grey's third touchdown on the day would be the insurance needed for Salisbury.
- Jon Mullin would find Peele again to make it a 45-38 game in favor of Salisbury with 4:12 left in regulation.
- Looking to get the ball back, Bruhn's onside kick was recovered by Raekwon McCarter with just over four minutes to go in the game.
- Gleason would ice the game with a 19-yard run on 3rd-and-7 to ice the game and seal the victory for Salisbury.
- Both teams combined for 952 yards of total offense. Salisbury tallied 506 yards of total offense, including 417 yards on the ground while Wesley totaled 446 yards of offense.
- Jack Lanham carried the ball 17 times for 139 yards and a rushing touchdown. He also went 5-of-11 through the air for 89 yards and a touchdown.
- Chad Gleason toted the rock eight times for 95 yards and a touchdown.
- Shamar Gray found pay dirt three times on the day. He totaled 88 yards on 11 carries.
- Michael Fowler notched 51 yards while Hopeton Mair recorded 45 yards on the ground.
- Lenard Prue was the recipient of Lanham's 40-yard touchdown throw, his lone reception of the day.
- Patrick Bernardo paced the Salisbury defense with 10 tackles, including a tackle for loss.
- Sean Carroll registered six stops while Jamarkus Brumskin secured five tackles.
- Andrew Raines, Joseph Manso and Jamere Furbush each had four tackles for Salisbury. Raines picked up two tackles for loss.
- Salisbury held the advantage in time of possession over Wesley, 38:00-22:00.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- This is Salisbury's first win at home over Wesley since a 35-18 victory over the Wolverines on Oct. 30, 2004.
- Salisbury looks to keep the momentum going when they host the Rowan Profs on Saturday, Oct. 19 for Homecoming 2019.
- Kickoff from Sea Gull Stadium is at 1 p.m.
- Live stats, video and audio are all available.
- Prior to the game, Salisbury University will recognize the Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019 and Octavion Wilson for his nomination for the Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year award.
- The homecoming court will be announced at halftime of the game.