xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement
Advertisement

Despite offensive success in win vs. Utica, Sherman Wood says Salisbury football can do more

The Salisbury football team punctuated Saturday's 36-19 victory over Empire 8 Athletic Conference rival Utica at Sea Gull Stadium with the team's best offensive performance of the season.

The offense recorded season highs in total yards (513) and rushing yards (402) against a Pioneers defense that had entered the game allowing an average of 340.5 total yards and 155.0 rushing yards per game.

Advertisement

As encouraging as those numbers were, however, Sea Gulls coach Sherman Wood said they did not paint a full picture of the offense's potential.

"Before we saw the stats, we just felt that we had not played a total game of football," he said Thursday. "We had a couple big plays in the first half, but we felt like we could have had another touchdown. So in other words, we're not satisfied with those stats. That's great, but to be honest with you, once we broke down the film, we felt we could've had 650 yards or 700 yards, because we made some mistakes in that first half. We came out and did the job in the second half, but I'm telling you that we have yet to play a total game of football."

Advertisement
Advertisement

On defense, Salisbury surrendered 367 passing yards to Utica senior quarterback Connor Butkiewicz, who connected with senior wide receiver Anthony Acevedo for eight completions, 178 yards and two touchdowns.

But Wood pointed out that Acevedo's scores accounted for 45 and 62 yards, and that after Acevedo's second touchdown, he was targeted six times, catching just three balls for 36 yards. Wood noted that the Sea Gulls gave up just one touchdown to the Pioneers in the second half.

"We knew coming into the game, they would challenge our secondary, but our kids have really stepped up to the challenge," he said. "There were some positives out of that process. … We stopped them on two fourth downs, we came up with a couple big interceptions, and we only gave up six points. Against that type of team, to only give up six points in the second half, we took those positives and we want to build off of those."

Recommended on Baltimore Sun

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement