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Falcons pull out first win

Salisbury grabbed its first win of the season by pulling off a 13-7 overtime victory against Palisades on Friday night.

Things looked good for Palisades early as Salisbury was forced to punt on its first drive and the Pirates marched down the field for a touchdown on their ensuing possession.

But the Falcons quickly answered, putting together a scoring drive of their own on the next possession.

The 80-yard drive started with some short runs from senior Chase Fenstermaker and sophomore George Spann before junior quarterback Nick Beck connected with junior Jake Gibbons for 14 yards and a first down. Salisbury ran the ball again the next two plays netting a one-yard loss but Beck found Fenstermaker for a 27 yard gain and another first down.

Fenstermaker capped the drive with a four-yard touchdown run that tied the game at 7-7.

Following this score the game became a complete defensive battle with neither offense putting together a drive of more than 32 yards and no points being put on the board for the remainder of regulation.

Palisades started with the ball in overtime and the Salisbury defense stood tall, forcing a field-goal attempt and giving the offense a chance to win it with their possession.

The Falcons’ offense marched onto the field and failed to move the ball on its first two plays. But on the third play of the possession Beck hit Gibbons for a 10-yard touchdown, giving Salisbury the 13-7 win in overtime.

Beck continued to improve as a passer in this game, completing 8 of his 14 passes for 102 yards and the offense managed to incorporate six different rushers who combined for 110 yards.

On defense the Falcons looked good, holding Palisades to 208 yards. Senior Ben Krauss led the team in tackles with 9 and junior Lucas Graver forced the team’s only turnover with an interception late in the fourth quarter.

Salisbury will look to build momentum following this win as it heads to Pen Argyl to face the winless Green Knights this week.

This is a great opportunity for the Falcons to pick up their second win of the season as the team should have some confidence coming off its first win and Pen Argyl has struggled this year, with its closest game being a 20 point loss at home to Tamaqua.

The game will kickoff in Pen Argyl at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Chase Fenstermaker's first-half touchdown against Palisades tied the game at 7-7 Friday.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Nick Beck completed an overtime pass to Jacob Gibbons for the game-winning touchdown against Palisades last Friday night in Kintnersville.