Salem put together a strong drive on its ensuing possession driving the ball deep into Gloucester territory but Freshman Alex Enes came up with a big interception in the end zone to thwart the drive and essentially seal the win for Gloucester.
“We had success in the first half but in the second half they did a good job taking away Dunston’s scrambling ability,” Connolly said. “They brought one less backer and had their defensive linemen wait and look for the scramble. They did a good job at it.”
Salem came out of the gates on fire building an early 13-0 lead scoring on its first two possessions.
The Witches capped off a 15 play 63 yard 8:48 drive with a 13 yard touchdown pass to Ben Sattiewhite to make it 7-0.
Salem followed up with a three-and-out on defense and scored again on its ensuing offensive possession when Dunston hit a wide open Ben Kapnis for a 35 yard score to make it 13-0 Witches.
Horgan scored from 14 yards out with a minute to play in the half to cut the lead to 13-7 but Salem came right back. Dunston made two big completions down to the 34 yard line then hit Sattiewhite with a 34 yard touchdown strike on the final play of the half to make it 19-7 Witches at the break.
“We clicked in the first half,” Connolly said. “Defensively we were efficient and we put together a nice eight minute drive to keep their offense off the field. Then we just started to wear down.”