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Salisbury pulls away to defeat Apprentice, 48-17

The Baltimore Sun

Salisbury opened its Atlantic Central Football Conference schedule with a 48-17 rout of the Apprentice School yesterday at Apprentice Field in Newport News, Va.

Salisbury (4-1, 1-0 ACFC), ranked No. 17 in the poll, broke open a tight game early in the fourth quarter with two touchdowns in 14 seconds.

The Sea Gulls capped a four-play, 45-yard drive when Randal Smedley (eight carries, 60 yards) scored his second touchdown of the game from 5 yards out with 13:30 left in the game. Matthew Bookard then picked off Phil Caralla and returned it 24 yards for a touchdown at the 13:16 mark to put the game out of reach. Salisbury added two touchdowns late and outscored Apprentice 27-0 in the fourth quarter.

Salisbury quarterback Ronnie Curley ran for a touchdown and caught another, and Bryan Woolson added 48 rushing yards.

Apprentice (1-3, 0-1) struck first as the Builders scored a touchdown on their third possession of the game. Sam Arnold capped a 35-yard drive with a 1-yard plunge early in the second quarter. Salisbury answered two drives later when senior running back Shelby Fisher (nine carries, 54 yards) rumbled in from 5 yards out to tie the score at 7 with 5:21 left before halftime. The Sea Gulls added another touchdown and led 14-7 at the half.

Salisbury started the second half with a four play, 49-yard drive that ended with the first of Smedley's two rushing touchdowns. Apprentice responded with a quick strike when Caralla hit Markim Gordon for a 39-yard touchdown pass. On the ensuing possession, the Builders' defense forced a fumble and the offense drove the other way for a 25-yard field goal by Matt Edelen, which cut Salisbury's lead to 21-17.

MUHLENBERG 28, JOHNS HOPKINS 23:: The fifth-ranked Mules jumped out to a 28-10 lead and held off a furious fourth-quarter rally by Johns Hopkins as Muhlenberg posted a victory at Homewood Field. In a game that featured more than 900 yards of offense, three 100-yard receivers and two 100-yard rushers, it was a late interception that sealed the win for the Mules, who won their 15th straight regular-season game and improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Centennial Conference. Johns Hopkins, which had 511 yards of offense against Muhlenberg's third-ranked defense, dropped to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the conference.

WESLEY 38, FROSTBURG STATE 6:: Shane McSweeny threw for 289 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 12 Wesley to a win over Frostburg State on Frostburg's homecoming. The loss gave the Bobcats (1-3, 0-1 ACFC) their first defeat on homecoming in five years, and the Wolverines (2-1, 1-0) extended their winning streak over Frostburg to five.

BOWIE STATE 28, LINCOLN (PA.) 2:: The Bulldogs finally played a home game and gave those in attendance a good showing, blitzing Lincoln (Pa.) to capture the fifth Prince George's Classic. The win moved Bowie State to 3-2 overall and 2-1 in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

JUNIATA 12, MCDANIEL 10: : Juniata quarterback Jay Leonard threw for 186 yards and ran for 27 yards to lead the host Eagles (1-4, 1-2) to their first-ever Centennial Conference football victory over McDaniel. The Eagles, who came into the game averaging 57 rushing yards, ran for a season-high 153 yards as part of their 339 yards of offense. T.J. Develin led the Green Terror (2-3, 1-2 CC) with 88 yards on eight carries and scored the only touchdown for McDaniel on a 70-yard run in the first quarter.

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