Wk 10 NRV 2023 Christiansburg @ Salem

Wk 10 NRV 2023 Christiansburg @ Salem 752 1294 SWVA High School Sports

Too much Salem for short handed Blue Demons in 49-10 set back

Willis White Field, Spartan Stadium, Salem, VA – The talent loaded Salem Spartans scored the first six times they had the football to put the game out of reach. University of Tennessee commit, RB/LB 2 Peyton Lewis scored from 11-yards out with 2:46 in the first to get things going for the Spartans.

Cburg answered that first score with an impressive drive of their own. Sophomore QB 10 Izaiah Cotto (20/128 rush; 1/7,4,INT passing) and RB 21 Xavier Joplin (23/162 rush) moved the Blue Demons 67 yards on 17 plays ending in a K 6 Spencer Conner field goal from 29 yards. Spartan LB’s 18 Julian Warme and 7 Jaelyn Allen stopped Cotto on second and third down runs for a 4-yard loss and a 1 yard pick up, respectively.

The boot made it 7-3 with :23 left in the first. That was as close as it would get. Lewis ran hard all night no more evident then his second score on Salem’s second drive fo the second quarter. The Senior finished off a 2 play drive with a 46-yard blast around the left end. He bounced off would be tacklers and then cut back across the field to the end zone showing off his electric speed in the final sprint.

Lewis would end the night with 126 yards on 14 carries and 2 TDs in three quarters of play. RB 22 Josiah Persinger, showing off his speed, scored on a 25-yard run around right end. A potent Salem passing game makes the Spartans that much tougher to handle. Salem QB 8 Eli Taylor three touchdowns on a 9/14,118 yard night. His favorite targets were WR 23 Khamari Garner (4/58,TD), and 6 Josiah Moyer (5/52,TD). TE/LB 7 Allen and also caught an 11 yard score.

The Blue Demons had two turnovers in the third quarter – a fumble on their first drive, and then Cotto was intercepted by DB 4 Coen Logan. Both turnovers led to Spartan points. Christiansburg was missing two of their key offensive weapons on the night. QB/DB 4 Tanner Evans was lost for the season a few weeks ago with a knee injury and RB 14 Matt Annis was out with an ankle/foot injury. The Demons hope to have him back for the playoffs. – Cap’n Crunch

Salem – Peyton Lewis 14/126,2TD, Josiah Persinger 1/25,TD, Jayveon Jones 1/11, Ruimel Nugent 3/19, Dontay Davis 2/8, Josiah Boardley 2/5, Eli Taylor 1/3, Team 1/(-1) Christiansburg – Xavier Joplin 23/162, Izaiah Cotto 20/128, Kenyan Jones 1/2
Salem – Eli Taylor 9/14,118,3TD Christiansburg – Izaiah Cotto 1/7,4,INT
Salem – Khamari Gardner 4/58,TD, Josiah Moyer 5/52,TD, Chris Martin 1/13, Jaelyn Allen 11 Christiansburg – Brody Blount 1/4
Salem – Chris Martin 3/39 Christiansburg – Spencer Conner 5/29
Salem – Jayveon Jones 1/18, Chris Martin 1/32, Coen Logan 1/24 (INT), Josiah Moyer 1/4 Christiansburg – Xavier Joplin 4/80, Jeremiah Thompson 1/6, Jacob Evans 1/21, Izaiah Cotto 1/7

Scoring –
1st quarter
Salem – 11-yard Peyton Lewis TD run; PAT Wesley Cox
Christiansburg – 29-yard FG Spencer Conner

2nd quarter
Salem – 25-yard Josiah Moyer TD catch from Eli Taylor; PAT Wesley Cox
Salem – 46-yard Peyton Lewis TD run; PAT Wesley Cox
Salem – 1-yard Dontay Davis TD run; PAT Wesley Cox
Salem – 6-yard Khamari Garner TD catch from Eli Taylor; PAT Wesley Cox

3rd quarter
Salem – 11-yard Jaelyn Allen TD catch from Eli Taylor; PAT Wesley Cox
Salem – 25-yard Josiah Persinger TD run; PAT Wesley Cox

4th quarter

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