Salesianum’s Zach Gwynn threw for two touchdowns, and Carson Salvo rushed for two more, as the Sals defeated Concord 34-6 in a Saturday morning battle in North Wilmington.
The Sals may be known for their rushing attack, but it was their well-timed passing game that kept the aggressive Concord defense in check.
Early in the first quarter, Gwynn found Logan Bushweller on a long pass that set the Sals up inside the 5-yard line, and Nick Merlino fished with a 5-yard power run to the right to put the Sals on the board.
Salesianum’s defense held Concord on a sack by Ryan Bryson, and it turned into points just before the end of the quarter, as Gwynn found a streaking Jassiem Lynch behind the defense for a 47-yard connection, and a 14-0 lead at the quarter.
Concord’s Lennox Nembhard and Brandon Dennis would pick up interceptions in the second quarter, the latter of which was returned to the Sals’ 5-yard line in the final minute of the half.
The Raiders could not punch it in, and were forced to try a fake field goal on the final play of the half that was slammed down by Salesianum’s Bushweller to keep the Raiders off the board.
Salesianum’s offense picked up steam after the break, as Carson Salvo knifed through the defense for a 17-yard touchdown early in the quarter, and Gwynn found Bryson for a 23-yard strike to push the lead to 28-0 with 13 minutes to go.
Salvo fired one last, well, salvo for the offense, sprinting 71 yards for a touchdown, but a missed extra point prevented a running clock.
Concord would break down the shutout on the final play of the game, as Dillon Coughenour found Jasper Brown for a nice catch on the sidelines, but it wasn’t enough for the Raiders.
Salesianum continues their road trip as they travel to 0-1 Sussex Tech next Friday at 7pm. Concord will host Newark next Saturday at 10:30 as both teams look for their first victory on the season.