SALEM — Football is a game of momentum.
Those were the words of Salem head coach Scott Connolly after Friday’s 28-19 loss to Gloucester at Bertram Field.
Momentum was a huge factor in Friday’s Northeastern Conference/Cape Ann League Tier 2 clash as Salem rode the momentum it gained in the first half to a 19-7 lead at the break.
Unfortunately for the Witches, they could not stop Gloucester’s second half momentum as the Fishermen dominated the games final 22 minutes scoring the games final 21 points for the win.
Connolly was quick to credit the Fishermen for their physical play.
“They wore us out in the second half with their power running game,” Connolly said. “We had a good first half, we executed and we were efficient. But in the second half they took it to us and wore us down.
It’s a game of momentum. Gloucester got the momentum in the second half and ran with it.”
Trailing 19-7 at the start of the third quarter Gloucester needed a score on its first drive of the half and it did just that. Fullback Jordan Pallazola capped off a nine play 61 yard drive with a two yard plunge to cut the Witches lead to 19-14 with six minutes to go in the quarter.
On the Witches ensuing drive Gloucester built on its momentum as senior Austin Titus recovered a Witches fumble that set Gloucester up in Salem territory.
Four plays later Mark Horgan raced 33 yards on a reverse to give the Fishermen their first lead of the day at 21-19.
The Gloucester defense came up big again on Salem’s next drive forcing a three-and-out and followed up the defensive stand with another scoring drive. This time it was a nine play, 55 yard drive culminating with a three yard run from Pallazola to make it 28-19.