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Sals come up just short in football showdown with top-ranked Middletown

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum had a 13-0 lead over top-ranked Middletown midway through the second quarter of the teams’ football showdown on Oct. 13, but the visiting Cavaliers scored three different ways on their way to a 19-13 win in front of a sellout crowd at Baynard Stadium.

The teams were tied at 13 when the second-ranked Sals sacked Middletown quarterback Drew Fry on a fourth-and-six deep in Salesianum territory with 4:47 to go in the third quarter. On the second play of the Sals’ possession, however, Cavaliers defensive back Tamar Teagle stepped in front of a Zach Gwynn pass and returned it 40 yards for the decisive touchdown. Read more »

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Balanced Sals cruise in football home opener

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum, ranked second in the state in Division I by 302Sports.com, finally got to play at home after three long weeks on the road, and they didn’t disappoint their fans in a 42-0 win over Urbana (Md.) on Sept. 30. Quarterback Zach Gwynn threw for three touchdowns while fullback Garret Million and wide receiver Sean Regan found the end zone twice. Read more »

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Salesianum impresses on both sides of ball in football opener at Concord

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BRANDYWINE HUNDRED – Salesianum faced an early start in its season-opening football game Sept. 9 at Concord, but the hour didn’t seem to make a difference. The Sals came out and displayed a multi-pronged offense and a stout defense in a 34-6 win over the Raiders.

Sallies, ranked third in Division I by 302 Sports, set the tone on their first possession of the game. Jassiem Lynch returned the kickoff to the Salesianum 37-yard line, and the offense went to work under the guidance of senior quarterback Zach Gwynn. They marched down the field, converting a fourth down along the way. On a second-and-10 from the Raiders’ 37, Gwynn hit a leaping Logan Bushweller with a 34-yard pass, setting up a first and goal. Nick Merlino punched it in from two yards out for the 7-0 lead. Read more »

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Three-run sixth pushes Sals past Hodgson, into baseball semifinals

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum and Hodgson engaged in an old-fashioned pitchers’ duel when the teams met in state baseball tournament quarterfinal action on May 31, but the Sals’ bats came through late in a 4-2 victory. Sallies moves on to face top-seeded Conrad on Thursday night at Frawley Stadium.

The 13th-seeded Silver Eagles scratched out a run in the top of the fourth, and with the way their pitcher, William Hart, was dealing, it appeared that lone tally might be enough. But No. 5 Salesianum rebounded to tie the game in the fifth and scored three times in the bottom of the sixth. That was enough to get the victory. Read more »

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Five-run fifth carries Sals past Sussex Tech in first game of twinbill

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum shut down Sussex Tech’s potent offense and broke open a close game with five runs in the fifth inning in a 8-4 nonconference baseball win on April 18 at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington. It was the first of a pair of games for the Sals on the day; they defeated St. Mark’s in the nightcap.

The Sals, who were the visiting team despite playing just a few miles from their Broom Street campus, did not waste any time getting on the board. Walks to Josh Maguire and John Andreoli, followed by an error, loaded the bases with no outs. Tech starter Brady Parks struck out Joe Setting, but Zach Gwynn followed with a single to left field that scored two runs. Parks settled down after that, and the Sals would not score again until the fifth. Read more »

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Sals overpower Spartans in annual football showdown, await playoff future

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum let St. Mark’s hang around for the first quarter of the rivals’ annual Holy War football matchup on Nov. 11, but the Sals asserted themselves in the second quarter, scoring 24 points on the way to a 31-0 shutout at a crowded Baynard Stadium. The win in the season finale improved the Sals’ record to 7-3 and they will find out this weekend their first-round Division I playoff opponent and where they will play.

Neither team could generate much offense in the first quarter, as the Sals and Spartans kept the ball on the ground most of the time. Salesianum stopped St. Mark’s best drive of the first quarter deep in Sals territory, forcing a punt that would lead to the game’s first points. Read more »

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Salesianum holds off Father Judge in football opener

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WILMINGTON – Salesianum hosted Father Judge of Philadelphia on a muggy evening on Sept. 9, and the Sals held on for an impressive 16-13 win.

It was Salesianum’s first game of the season, while Judge came in 2-0 and had put up a lot of points. The Sals’ defense was stout throughout the first half, holding the Crusaders to only three first downs. Salesianum’s offense, however, could not capitalize, turning the ball over on downs three times. Finally, the home team took advantage of good field position, with quarterback Zach Gwynn finding senior wide receiver Mike Drake for the 7-0 lead. Read more »

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To regain football title, Salesianum turns to new faces at skill positions

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WILMINGTON — A year ago, Salesianum coach Bill DiNardo had experienced skill players returning on offense but an untested offensive line. This year, it is the opposite, as the line returns intact, but the Sals are replacing their quarterback, running backs and wide receivers from a team that advanced to the state championship game.

“Our skill is new. Our skill is untested,” DiNardo said. “I think they’re very talented, and I think they’re going to be very good, but we haven’t seen them under fire yet – yet. But this is typically where you are at this time of year.”

The veteran coach has had to replace a lot of talent in his long career on the sidelines.

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Smyrna edges Sals in OT for football championship

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NEWARK – The Division I football state championship came down to one play, and the Smyrna Eagles responded at the most important time. Smyrna’s defense stopped Salesianum’s bruising Colby Reeder on fourth down from the 1-yard line in overtime, giving the Eagles a 32-26 win and the 2015 state championship.

Salesianum won the coin toss in overtime and elected to give Smyrna the first possession. A holding call put the Eagles in a third-and-20 situation, but quarterback Nolan Henderson hit Jared Gillis for 19 yards. Running back Will Knight took it in on fourth, giving the Eagles a six-point lead and the chance to win the title. Read more »

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