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Written by: David Burnworth on Sunday, May 2nd, 2021
This was my first trip to Salamanca also my first time seeing both of these teams play. Even with gusting wind coupled with mind-boggling snow and the cold, I was able to enjoy what turned out to be a very competitive game. When all was said and done only five points separated these two and both showed two dominating players. For the home team Big Bad Jarod White and for the Cardinals, Xander Hind. White seemed to be on in 15 or 20 tackles, while Hind up to being hurt ran the ball as hard while making some nice gains. The game really seemed to change in favor of the Warriors after Hind left with his injury. I believe he was injured on a very clean, hard it from White.
Lucas McKenna would get the Warriors on the scored board with a sweet 14-yard run, with the aid of some nice blocking and speed. Jarrett Pond would make good on his PAT to make this a 7-0 game, with 8:24 left in the opening quarter. Salamanca would go up 13-0 when Lucas Brown took in a 23-yard pass from McKenna. Hind would make like Thurman Thomas and break off a 56-yard run for a touchdown at the 11:12 mark of the 2nd half. Ethan Shields hit the PAT to close the lead to 13-7. After getting the ball back the Randolph offense put together a good drive that ended on a 5-yard run from Isaac Hind, with the PAT we had ourselves a 14-13 game with 4:05 left in the half.
The Warriors offense would respond with a 42-yard pass from McKenna to a wide-open Lucas Brown. Brown took the pass in stride and easily raced for the score to make this a 19-14 game. Even with the snow and the wind, both teams were able to produce enough offense to keep the crowd very much into this one.
With the wind picking up and the snow blowing around like December day, neither offense could find much success until the Warriors started to put together a little drive that ended on a 1-yard touchdown run from super Sophomore, Jesse Stahlman. As good as the young Sophomore is on offense I like him better on the other side of the ball. The touchdown gave the home team up 25-14. The Cardinals offense struggled big-time after Xander White left the game but it was not for lack of effort. They would play until the very end and be rewarded by scoring a touchdown as time expired. Luke Pagett would record the score on a 7-yard catch.
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