Wk 7 RNK 2022 Pulaski County @ Salem game

Wk 7 RNK 2022 Pulaski County @ Salem game 451 333 SWVA High School Sports

Salem uses big plays to beat Pulaski County 49-14 at Willis White Field

Spartan Stadium, Willis White Field, Salem, VA – It was home-coming night for the one-loss Salem Spartans as they hosted the 3-2 Pulaski Cougars. The Cougars’ game plan was a good one – keep the ball in their hands with run-heavy play calling in order to keep Salem’s explosive offense off the field. Easier said than done, but in the first half Pulaski’s plan definitely worked. The Cougars ran the ball for 36 times and tallied 173 yards on the ground and put two touchdowns on the board. The problem for the Cougars was that every time Salem got the ball they scored, and scored fast. Pulaski’s time of possession in the first half was just short of a whopping 20 minutes of the 24 minute total. However, in the short amount of time that Salem had the ball, they rung up the score board for 27 points off of big plays. Touchdown passes of 23 and 87 yards in the 1st quarter, coupled with an 86-yard kickoff return for a score and a 17 yard touchdown reception with just three seconds left in the second quarter gave the Spartans a 27-14 lead at the half which Pulaski could not overcome. The scoring barrage continued in the second half and Salem claimed a 49-14 victory. Spartan Coach Don Holter commented after the game that “they got two good drives going there in the first half and they earned 14 points. We made a few adjustments at halftime, settled our kids down – our goal was to play shutout second half and they did that, and I am proud of them for that.”

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