CLYDE — After being shutout in consecutive weeks, the Salamanca offense rebounded in a big way on Friday night.
With 435 total yards, the Warriors defeated Section 5’s Clyde-Savannah, 48-32, on the road as quarterback Lucas McKenna threw for three touchdowns and ran for three more.
McKenna threw for 150 yards (11-for-17) and ran for 180 on 17 attempts. Isaac Brown scored twice, running for 99 yards on 11 carries and catching four passes for 63 yards. Lucas Brown and Jarrett McKenna also had touchdown catches.
“We were able to get back to some of the things we had success with early in the year,” Warriors coach Chad Bartoszek said. “Lucas was running the show. We started having success early running the ball and they went to Cover 0 and sent everybody so we had to throw it at times and that just created some holes for people, some of our weapons on the outside and it was fun to get the ball around to some different people and see our kids having fun again.”
The Warriors (3-3) scored their first two touchdowns off of short fields after recovering back-to-back kickoffs, but neither were onside kick attempts.
“We lost both of our kickers the last couple weeks," Bartoszek said, "so we had Kody Shinners kicking and he squibbed a couple over and we ended up with them and we capitalized on both. So it was a great way to start.
"They kept answering, though, with (Camden) Chance, No. 5, he had a couple just great runs. He was breaking tackles and out-running everybody.”
Salamanca’s offense looked more like the at-times flashy unit from its 2-1 start to the season, before shutout losses to Portville and Clymer/Sherman/Panama.
“We have had success at times throughout the year and just unfortunately we ran into two really good teams the last two weeks and two really good defenses,” Bartoszek said. “We talked about the snowball rolling and what happened to our confidence the last two weeks. Well, early on, this week we got it going in our direction and our kids started to believe a little bit and trust in what we were doing and have some fun with it.”
Clyde/Savannah replaced Maple Grove in the Warriors’ schedule after the Red Dragons moved to eight-man football in August. Winning made the nearly three-hour bus ride back feel better, Bartoszek acknowledged.
“We had a great little afternoon (before the game),” he said. “We were able to have a team dinner, or a team lunch, at the casino. We had a long bus ride, but it kind of made it interesting and different, just being in a different section and so far away from home. When we got there it was hard to get rolling. It was hard to get the guys going. We opened up with kickoff, and we kind of mis-kicked it and ended up with the ball. I think that kinda got us going. Going into the game we did look a little flat, just that first kick sparked us. I think the kids were excited to do something a little different, we were able to have fun with it, and fortunately we won so the ride home is a little less painful.”
Salamanca 21 7 14 6 — 48
Clyde-Savannah 14 12 0 6 — 32
Salamanca — Lucas McKenna 48 run, Aly Hill kick, 7-0
Salamanca — Lucus Brown 15 pass from L. McKenna, Hill kick, 14-0
C-S — Camden Chance 7 run, Steven Dunn kick, 14-7
Salamanca — L. McKenna 47 run, Hill kick, 21-7
C-S — Brandon Baker 45 pass from Dunn, Dunn kick, 21-14
C-S — Chance 65 punt return, kick failed, 21-20
C-S — Caden Marriott fumble recovery in end zone, run failed, 21-26
Salamanca — L. McKenna 11 run, Hill kick, 28-26
Salamanca — Isaac Brown 53 pass from L. McKenna, Hill kick, 35-26
Salamanca — Jarrett McKenna 31 pass from L. McKenna, Hill kick, 42-26
C-S — Hunter Doneselaar 5 pass from Dunn, run failed, 42-32
Salamanca — I. Brown 61 run, kick failed, 49-32
First Downs 17 15
Rushes-Yards 32-285 39-109
Passing Yards 150 195
Comp-Att-Int 11-18-1 10-21-0
Total Offense 435 304
Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0
Penalties-Yards 16-110 7-36
Punts-Avg 1-30 3-28
Total Plays 50 60