Salem trounces Midland on Homecoming; Turner has monster night
Salem hosted Midland last Friday night during Homecoming week and trounced the Mustangs 59-14. The dominance of the Greyhounds was evident early on and the game was taken over in the first quarter.
After Salem won the toss and elected to receive, they started their first series on their own 43. Jordan Turner made his presence known right off with a 14 yard run on the right side, moving the ball into Mustang territory. Salem QB Gavin Guiltner hit King with a swing pass that picked up eight yards, then Turner struck. Turner went off right tackle for the final 35 yards for the TD with less than two minutes gone off the game clock, putting the ‘Hounds up 6-0.
Midland started their first series on the Greyhound side of midfield, but after three plays, they were still three yards short of a first down. Gambling and going for it on third down, the ‘D’ line of Salem stuffed the run, taking the ball back over at their own 41 yard line.
Eli Hale picked up four yards on the left side then two plays later, Turner went right side for 31 yards, getting Salem into the red zone. Hale went up the middle for a couple yards then a pass interference call against Midland in the endzone gave the ‘Hounds a first and goal from nine which Turner took care of on the next play, scoring his second TD of the night midway through the first quarter, giving Salem a 12-zip lead.
Midland stalled out on their next drive, facing a fourth and one when they tried to pick up the first down with a hard count trying to pull Salem offsides. All they wound up doing is jumping early, backing themselves up five yard and having to punt the ball with just over four minutes to go in the first.
With the ‘Hounds at their own 30, Turner got the handoff and got a key block from Gabe Miller on a cutback off the right sideline back to the middle to spring Turner for the touchdown. Peyton Barker crashed through on the two point conversion to up the Salem lead to 20-0 with 3:56 left in the first.
Midland started piecing together a drive and picked up their first, first down of the night when they got to midfield but the Salem ‘D’ was keeping the pressure on. On third and five, the Mustangs fumbled the ball and Barker scooped up the ball and took it back for a touchdown with 52.4 seconds left. Guiltner fired a pass to Ethan Sanders for the two point conversion, making it a 28-0 lead for Salem.
Midland tried had to get back in it, but another three and punt closed out the first quarter with Salem in full control.
Salem opened the second frame with the ball resting on their own 41 yard line. One play, one score. Turner took the handoff from Guiltner and blasted over the right side for 59 yard to up the Salem lead. Barker went over left tackle for the extra two points, making it a 36-0 lead for the ‘Hounds.
Midland started trying everything in their arsenal to get something to work against Salem but couldn’t pull it off. On first down, Chance Pebler crashed through the line to make a tackle for a loss. On second down with the Mustang QB scrambling, Barker unleashed a furious hit on him, dropping him for a three yard loss. Midland decided to try a sweep but the ‘D’ line strung it out and Hale made the tackle for a loss, pushing the Mustangs into a fourth and 15 which forced a punt.
Salem set up on their own 38 and on first down, Hale went right side for 43 yards, getting Salem back into the red zone. Turner took care of it from there, covering the last 19 yards by going up the middle then cutting it to the left side for the TD with 10:04 left in the first half. Hale went up the middle on the two point conversion, upping the Salem lead to 44-zip.
Midland picked up the tempo and got a first down on the first play of the new series then got eight on the next play, giving them a little momentum. They tried to keep it going by airing it out, but King broke up the pass play with s well time leap. Nate Owens kept the next run snuffed out by making a sure tackle, forcing Midland to punt the ball away once again. Tristan Goodson and Barker got alternating runs on the next series, until Goodson went up the middle for a three yard score with 2:40 left in the half. King, in for Guiltner as QB, handed off to Barker on the two point conversion, which pushed the Salem lead to 52-0, which stood at halftime.
Midland had a small spark to start the second half, scoring on a 59 yard run on their first play, but the ‘Hounds had the commanding 52-7 lead and a non-stop clock going.
Salem started their first series of the second half on the Mustang side of the fifty, then got help when Midland jumped offsides. Goodson went for a couple of yards on the first snap of the second half for Salem, then Barker tightroped the left sideline before cutting it back to the middle for a 40 yard TD with 6:46 left in the third. King split the uprights on the PAT, making it a 59-7 game.
Midland put together another sustained drive that spilled over into the fourth quarter and scored their second TD with 10:33 left in the game then tacked on the PAT to set the final score of 59-14.