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With a 4-2 overall record and 3-1 mark in the Empire 8 Athletic Conference, there's not much that has sounded the alarm for the Salisbury football team this season.

But one red flag for the program is the frequency of yellow ones.

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The Sea Gulls have been penalized 55 times, tied for the 24th most in Division III, for 472 total yards, 39th most.

Coach Sherman Wood attributed the spate of penalties to the team's mindset on the field.

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"We're just an aggressive football team, and sometimes our aggression can hurt us at times," Wood said Wednesday. "I'm not going to shy away from that aggression. … We're the fastest team in the Empire 8 Conference. What people try to do is slow down our speed, and they'll do anything to frustrate us or distract us to do that. What we have to encourage our kids to do is that is what is to be expected, and we have to cut it out, shut our mouths and don't hurt ourselves based on what people are trying to do."

Salisbury has lost more yards due to penalties than its opponents in each of its six games and has committed more infractions in four of those games. Wood understands that the team must cut down on those penalties if it hss any hope of making the postseason.

"That is a concern," he said. "I'm disappointed about that. We continue to work on that. That's the best I can tell you. You can hear the kids in practice. When somebody jumps offsides, they're saying, 'We can't do that; we're hurting ourselves.' That's something we continue to work on."

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