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Struthers’ Ryan Carcelli is swarmed by plenty of Salem defenders in the course of the Quakers victory on Saturday.
SALEM — Led by quarterback Jackson Johnson, Salem jumped out to a 14-point lead after one quarter and went on to publish a 34-19 Division IV playoff victory over Struthers at Sebo Stadium on Saturday evening.
Johnson, the sophomore helmsman, compiled 330 yards, together with 190 on the bottom and 140 by means of the air and scored two dashing touchdowns and added one other by means of the air to tempo the Quakers. Salem outgained Struthers 424-362.
“We jumped on them early and didn’t should play from behind,” stated Johnson.
“That is playoff soccer and you need to be prepared.”
“Jackson (Johnson) ran the ball laborious however the offensive line was simply coming off the ball mashing individuals and that’s what you need,” Salem head coach Ron Johnson stated. “We’ve got a very distinctive offensive line and we ran it for (274) and that’s all good.”
Brady Clyde of Struthers carries the ball in opposition to Salem as teammates John Horton (59) and Dom Carcelli block for him.
Struthers coach John Bayuk stated his crew damage itself with errors.
“It’s laborious once you shoot yourselves within the foot,” Bayuk. “We had dangerous snaps (the Wildcats had 5 fumbles, shedding one) and silly penalties and we’ve obtained to repair these issues.”
Struthers was led offensively by standout Aiden Corridor who rushed for 161 yards on eight carries and scored one of many Wildcats’ three touchdowns.
The win improved the Quakers’ report to 4-3 and so they advance to fulfill second-seeded Poland in a second spherical D4 playoff sport subsequent Saturday evening at Poland at 7 p.m.
With the loss, Struthers is now 2-5 on the season.
“Simply psychological errors,” stated Bayuk. “You possibly can’t come right down to Salem and have psychological errors and assume you’re going to win the sport. It was simply sloppy stuff we’ve to repair up.”
Salem set the tone early because the Quakers jumped out to a 20-6 lead after the primary quarter on landing runs of 1 and 44 yards by Johnson and a three-yard scoring go from Johnson to Blaize Exline.
“We did what we needed to do to win,” Johnson stated. “We didn’t need to get foolish and put the ball in danger. We saved the chains transferring.”
The primary-quarter rating by Struthers occurred on a 68-yard run by speedster Corridor down the left sideline.
Salem prolonged its lead within the second quarter on a three-yard scoring run by operating again Jason Austin and a 30-yard scoring strike from Johnson to a leaping Exline in the long run zone which made it 34-13 with simply 18 seconds left earlier than halftime. Salem kicker Hayden Tomidajewicz booted 4 of the Quakers’ 5 PAT kicks.
“Jason Austin performed rather well tonight,” Johnson stated of his junior again who had 50 yards dashing.
Struthers scored its second-quarter landing simply minutes earlier when the Wildcats discovered the tip zone on a five-yard run by operating again Tyler Sanchez. Tyler Ferreri added the PAT boot.
The second half turned in to a defensive battle.
“We obtained very conservative within the second half,” coach Johnson stated. “We knew that they had the pace and so they might go yard at any time so the entire thought was simply to maintain the ball away from them, so we simply ran it, although there have been some issues there within the passing sport.”
Struthers scored the one landing of the second half on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Dylan Greenwood with 5:40 left within the sport. Ferreri added the PAT to shut the scoring out within the sport.
“I’m very happy with my youngsters, they fought laborious and all 12 months we’ve been taking three steps ahead and 5 steps again with accidents and each child has stepped up and did what they wanted to do and I couldn’t be extra happy with them,” Bayuk stated.