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Falcons fall to SV, 42-6

The Salisbury football team fell to 0-2 with a 42-6 loss to Saucon Valley last week.

The Falcons couldn’t contain Panther running back Jared Rohn, who rushed for 146 yards on 17 carries and found the end zone three times. Saucon Valley piled up 222 rushing yards in the game.

After a scoreless first quarter, Rohn got the Panthers on the board with a 10-yard touchdown run. They made it 14-0 when Peter Albano found Shane Kerosetz for a 41-yard touchdown to give Saucon Valley at 14-0 halftime lead.

Rohn broke free for a 34-yard touchdown run in the third quarter before Salisbury answered.

Falcon quarterback Jacob Bucchin hit Jamanni Cruz for a 70-yard touchdown that got Salisbury within two scores at 21-6.

The Panthers responded with another Rohn touchdown, this one from 23-yards out to make it 28-6 in the third quarter.

Saucon Valley added two scores in the fourth quarter. The first came when Caleb Grim blocked a punt that was recovered in the end zone by teammate Constantine Donahue. Landon Beckowski (8 carries, 64 yards) capped the scoring with a 15-yard touchdown run.

Salisbury’s offense moved the ball in the game, gaining 166 yards on the ground on 39 carries while adding 75 yards through the air on just three completions. The Falcons gained 10 first downs to Saucon Valley’s 13 and had just two penalties in the loss, while the Panthers were flagged six times.

But Saucon Valley moved the ball in chunks, facing just six third-downs in the game and converting two, while the Falcons went 2-for-12 on third downs.

The Salisbury running game was led by Derek Trinidad (13 carries, 72 yards) and Jason St. Leger (12 carries, 57 yards).

George Spann led the Falcon defense with 10 tackles, followed by Andrew Lucas (7), Trinidad (5), St. Leger (5) and Dominic Figueroa (4). Dominic Popovich had an interception in the game.

Salisbury will look for its first win of the season when it hosts another 0-2 team as Jim Thorpe visits Friday night on Military Appreciation Night.

The Olympians’ losses both game against teams that are now 2-0. They were shut out 35-0 by Blue Mountain in their opening game and lost 39-14 to Bangor last week.

They have been battling injuries the first two weeks of the season and have a first-year starter at quarterback.

Jim Thorpe’s strength is up front with Syracuse-bound linebacker/offensive lineman Noah Rosahac has been a force to be reckoned with the past three seasons. Now in his senior-year, he’s listed at 6-foot-5, 270 pounds. He’ll be looking to lead his team to its first win Friday, while the Falcons will be trying to earn their first victory.

PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ The Falcons take the field for their home opener last Friday night against Saucon Valley.
PRESS PHOTO BY NANCY SCHOLZ Salisbury's Derek Trinidad battles for yards against Saucon Valley. Trinidad led the Falcons with 72 yards on 13 carries in the game.