BY RICKY POLLITT
Salisbury University’s football team slaughtered Southern Virginia University in its record setting 91-7 victory at Sea Gull Stadium Saturday afternoon.
The win set up three new records for Salisbury as they broke records for most points scored in a game, most touchdowns scored in a game, and largest margin of victory. All were previous records held by the 84-7 victory SU had over Husson September 18, 2010.
It was all ground and pound for the Sea Gulls (2-1) who put up 548 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns, while having 13 different players take turns running the ball against the Knights (0-3).
“Executing, doing what we do in practice and coming out here and playing definitely makes us more confident,” junior slot back Aaron Moore said. “We have to ignore the score and keep getting better each week.”
The game started with a 48-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Ryan Jones to senior wide receiver Isaiah Taylor to put the Gulls up 7-0. Jones only completed two passes during the game, but made the big plays when called upon.
“We’ve been doing a lot of play-action, which comes from the options we have, so the secondary will run down thinking its option, and I’ll pull back and dump it over the top,” Jones said.
Salisbury finished the first quarter with 28 points, and went into half time with a 63-7 score. The Gulls did allow SVU sophomore quarterback Shawn Honeycutt to find a wide-open receiver for a 48-yard score, but after that the Knights never saw the end zone again.
Sea Gulls head coach Sherman Wood was excited to show off his new team in front of the Salisbury home crowd for the first time this season.
“Fifty percent of the people out here today have probably never seen our program before,” Wood said. “It’s great to let them know we have a quality team, but it’s even more important seeing the execution, and taking care of things the way we needed to.”
The Gulls had eight different players reach the end zone on the day. Moore put up 104 rushing yards with three touchdowns, while Jones and junior super back Connor Cononico finished with 78 yards rushing and two touchdowns, and 71 yards rushing and one touchdown, respectively.
“(Southern Virginia) established what they were doing early on, and the line was doing a great job getting to their players,” Jones said. “We’re just doing what we can do to score whatever possible. If we do that, we’ll be alright.”
Salisbury now holds a record of 2-0 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference while the Knights continue to search for their first win of the season.
The Sea Gulls head on the road to face conference opponent TCNJ, before returning home to take on Rowan on homecoming weekend.
“We’re going to focus on being us. We’ll watch the video, and if there were mistakes we need to focus on correcting those mistakes,” Wood said. “It’s a different ballgame now, so it’s time for us to get going.”