Strong Beginning for Saline Middle School Football
by Hardyj on SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
A beautiful sunny afternoon was the backdrop for the first Middle School Football games of the season. The Blue Squads played at home against Chelsea, while the Gold traveled to Chelsea for their match-up.
During the 7th grade Blue contest, the afternoon sunshine was clouded in the first quarter by an injury to a Saline player. After the athlete was assisted off the field by his parents and taken for medical treatment the officials restarted the game. At half-time Saline had a lead of 26-0 over Chelsea. By the end of the third quarter, the young Hornets had increased the lead to 32-0, which was also the final score. Coach Matt Ceo praised his team for listening, being coachable, executing, and putting forth great effort. Ceo stated, “You practice how you play, and you play how you practice–And that is exactly what happened.”
The 8th grade Blue game began with Chelsea taking an 8-0 lead with 4:45 left in the first quarter. Chelsea’s lead was short-lived as the Hornets fought back with a touchdown and 2 point conversion at 1:08, which ended the first quarter in a score of 8-8. At half time it was still a standoff at 8-8. A 75-yard run at 7:39 in the third quarter put the Hornets on top 14-8, which was also the final score. Coaches Gary Salowich and Ryan Biaocco commended their team for fighting hard and not giving up. The aggressive Hornet defense was swarming as they rushed the pass and tallied up a number of sacks. The coaches also praised the team for executing the half-time adjustment, which provided better ball possession and resulted in the game winning third quarter touchdown.
The 7th grade Gold Hornets turned in a big win with a 40-0 overthrow of Chelsea, while the 8th grade Gold Squad fought to finish but were defeated 12-6.
The Gold Hornet’s next contest is at home against Bedford, while the Blue Hornet’s will be on the road against Monroe.