MARLINGTON OH- After a slow start by the high powered Quaker offense, they were able to find traction on the ground to the tune of 260 yards and knock of Marlington 35-17. After recent weeks where the aerial assault was in full force, it was the run game that dominated the night for the Quaker offense.
Jackson Johnson led the way with over 100 yards on the ground of his own, but was not alone, as Blaize Exline and Jason Austin carried the load for 80 and 89 yards respectively.
Salem was also aided by their defense, who surrendered only 3 points through the first 3 quarters, before Marlington was able to put two late touchdowns on the board. The Quakers also forced three turnovers on the evening, all interceptions, by Cam Jaquette, Donnie Oesch, and Damon Wolfe.
Wolfe’s interception couldn’t have come at a better time for the Quakers, who saw the Dukes driving and looking to cut into the Quaker lead. Deep in Quaker territory, Marlington tried to run a pitch to the left, which ended up in the hands of Wolfe, who would rumble 93 yards for the score, and put the game on ice.
Salem (6-1) now heads into the meat of the schedule with games next week at Carrollton, Canton South, before finishing off the regular season at home against West Branch. Combined, those teams are 17-4.
*Contributed By YSN’s Jarrod Niederhiser