LYNN - The Salem front seven really showed up for last night’s game at Manning Field against Lynn English after the week before when the group had a hard time stopping the Lynn Classical ground game.
Offensively, however the Witches took a step back and Salem lost its second game in a row, 23-12 to the Bulldogs to drop to 3-3 on the season.
After the game, the visiting head coach was pleased with his defense, in particular the defensive line.
“I thought our defensive line played excellent. They were very, very good tonight against a big offensive line,” Salem coach Scott Connolly said. “I was very proud of my defensive line.”
Jared Louf-Woods was a beast in the trenches, recording a pair of sacks and a handful of tackles including a couple that went for losses.
Louf-Woods, Andrew Romeo, Kyle Coleman and Cameron Harvey gave the Bulldogs offensive line all they could handle.
Unlike last week against Classical, it wasn’t big drives that killed the Witches, but big plays. The Bulldogs (4-2) scored on their second drive when running back Isaiah Davis went for a 35-yard touchdown run off the left edge. Davis would add a fourth quarter 55-yard touchdown run, totaling 225 yards rushing including five runs of 30 yards or more.
“In spite of being banged up, I think we got better tonight. Some kids got some action that normally wouldn’t,” English head coach Peter Holey. “Plus we got the win to boot.”
Offensively the Witches were inconsistent and lacked discipline in their blocking. Almost every big Salem gain got called back for some sort of hold. In the third quarter, QB Christian Dunston converted a third and long with a 30-plus yard run deep into Bulldog territory but it was called back on a chop block that occured 10-yards downfield.