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SALEM OH- Salem’s offense has been one of the most explosive units we have seen in the 2021 season. Big play after big play has Salem off to an impressive 4-1 start to the campaign. A majority of those big plays are coming off the feet of senior wide receiver Blaize Exline.

Some call Blaize the “x factor” of Salem’s offense, and they might be right. The Quakers seem to find success if they can get Exline the ball in space. His elite speed, and ability to read the field in front of him make him one of the most dangerous players in the YSN family. But if you ask him, he says the most improved part of his game is his route running. A dive into film will quickly show just how right he is. Blaize is able to run pristine routes that give opposing secondaries a lot of problems. Another big attribute to Exline’s game is his ability to make cuts on a dime. It really makes him hard to read. He’d call it a sense of the unexpected.

Blaize was kind enough to drop in to Running Point this week to talk about his season, and winning Baird Brothers Big Dog of the Valley this week. He also talks with Anthony Hartwig and Ty Bartell about his coaching staff, how he gets ready for Friday nights, and much more. Check out the latest Salem Football Player Profile “Blazing Past You.”

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SALEM OH- With both teams eliminated from the playoffs, Salem and East Liverpool renewed one of the longest standing rivalries in the state of Ohio on Friday Night. After 48 minutes, with little not much score to show, the Quakers came out on top 14-7 over the Potters in the defensive struggle.

Same struck first with a little over a minute left in the 1st quarter on a 47-yard touchdown pass from Jackson Johnson to Blaize Exline, but the Potters would respond in the 2nd with a touchdown strike of their own to tie the game at seven apiece at halftime.
Salem would get on the board again in the 3rd with a short pass from Johnson to Jax Booth for 6 more plus the extra point to take a 14-7 lead, which would prove to be enough to hold on for the win.
The Quaker defense came up with a couple huge stops in the fourth quarter to end the Liverpool hopes of a comeback and preserve the victory.
Salem (5-4) does not have an opponent yet for week 10, but is scheduled to take on United the following week.
*Contributed By YSN’s Jarrod Niederhiser


POLAND, Ohio –

Sophomore quarterback, Jackson Johnson, and the Salem offense needed no time at all to get going against what has been regarded as one of the top defenses in the area. In less than 4 minutes, Johnson had his first touchdown pass of the game to junior receiver, Blaize Exline.

The offense showed it was alive and the defense fed off their enthusiasm, forcing the Bulldogs to go three and out on their first drive of the game. Following a pair of drives that would stall out, Salem would get the ball back on their own 3-yard line.

Despite having their backs against the wall, the Quakers still looked to be aggressive. In under 3 minutes, Salem was able to go 97 yards and extend their lead to 14, thanks to a great catch and run from junior receiver, Austin Sinkovich.

Up two scores on the defending Region 13 winner, Salem reached into their bag of tricks and pulled out an onside kick. The Quakes would recover, and had the Bulldogs on the ropes, and just 39 seconds later, Salem was holding a 21-0 lead, curtesy of Johnson’s third touchdown pass of the half.

Dazed and confused from the Quakers right hook, Coach Ryan Williams threw a wrinkle in hisBulldogs offense. Taking over at quarterback would be 6 foot 1, 220-pound fullback, Christian Colosimo. With Colosimo at the helm in their wildcat formation, Poland was methodically marching down the field until Colosimo took the air out of the stadium with a 57-yard bomb to senior Andrew Centofani, closing the Salem lead to just 15.

After a pair of stops from both defenses, Salem would take over in their own territory with a little over a minute remaining in the half. Trying to keep their aggressiveness, Salem took Johnson on a designed quarterback run on the first play of the drive, but a great tackle by Poland’s Peyton Mrakovich knocked the ball loose and allowed the Bulldogs to take over in Salem territory.

Looking to take all the momentum into the locker room, Poland would go for it on 4th and goal from the Salem 2-yard line, but Colosimo would lose control of the ball diving across the goal line, leaving the score at 21-6 going into the half.

Although their attempt to close the lead to one score heading into the locker room was unsuccessful, Poland picked up right where they had left off in the second half of work. The Bulldogs took 4 minutes and 50 seconds off the clock with their first drive of the second half. Great runs by junior quarterback, Jack Fulton,highlighted the Poland drive that was eventually capped by a 7-yard touchdown run from Mrakovich, a failed two-point conversion left the score at 21-12.

With the offense coming into its own, the Bulldog defense made sure they wouldn’t be left behind, keeping the Quakers out of the endzone and giving their offense the ball back. After a huge run by Fulton into Quaker territory, the Bulldogs would close the gap even more with Colosimo’s second touchdown of the night, this time from 11 yards out on the ground.

After another failed Quaker drive, Poland would get the ball back in their own territory with under 8 minutes remaining. Trailing by a field goal, the Poland offense went to work. An end around run by Andrew Centofanti got the Bulldogs into Salem territory, then impressive runs by Colosimo and Fulton had the Bulldogs into the endzone for their 24th unanswered point of the night.

Salem’s final drive of the night spelt more of the same for the Quakes. Poland had weathered the Quaker storm early, and made some key adjustments coming out of the half to get in the face of and contain the Salem dual-threat quarterback.


Poland: The Bulldogs will play host to the Chagrin Falls Tigers (5-2), who were automatically advanced into the next round following a forced cancellation from Field.

Salem: Though there is no game scheduled for next week as of now, the Quakers still have matchups against East Liverpool (4-4) and United (5-2) in the coming weeks.

*Contributed By YSN’s Jamie Thomson


SALEM OH- In a 1st round playoff match-up between old conference rivals, Salem got the better of Struthers on Saturday night by a score of 34-19.

The fireworks started early with the Quakers putting 20 points on the board in the 1st quarter using the ground game effectively. The Quakers would add two more scores in Quarter number 2 to take a 34-13 lead into the break, and would hang on to win 34-19.
Jackson Johnson accounted for 4 scores (2 rush, 2 pass) with both through the air being to Blaize Exline. Jason Austin would add the other Quaker score on the night.
Salem travels to Poland next week for round 2 of playoff action.
*Contributed By YSN’s Jarrod Niederhiser


SALEM OH- In a matchup that usually features points galore, the Quakers and Aviators battled to a uncharacteristically low score, with the Quakers coming out on top 20-13 at Sebo Stadium.

It looked like it it would stick with the trend with alliance scoring within the first 3 minutes of the game on a 9 yard touchdown but Kayden Davis and another in the second to take a 13-7 lead over the Quakers at the Intermission. The young Salem defense came to play and held the Aviators to just 6 points the rest of the way (all in the first half) en route to victory.
The Quakers took control of the game to start the second half on a beautiful reverse on the opening kick off between Blaize Exline and Jax Booth. The return set up a 2 yard touchdown score by Jackson Johnson, who followed that up 2 minutes later with another to give the Quakers a 20-13 lead.
The young defense, which has had its ups and downs all season, applied the pressure to the Alliance backfield through the second half coming up with sacks and hurries, led by John Kidd, Divine Allah, and company, at the perfect time to stall Aviator drives, and preserve the victory.
The Quakers (3-3) play host to a familiar foe from their days in the MAC in Struthers, next week in the first round of the State Playoffs at Sebo Stadium.
*Contributed by YSN’s Jarrod Niederhiser


MINERVA OH- After a scoreless first quarter, the Quakers would come out firing in the 2nd scoring twice in the first 4 minutes of the quarter on a pair of touchdown passes from Johnson to Exline and Booth.

Salem looked primed to score again but a fumble gave the ball back to the lions who marched down and scored, cutting the lead to 14-7 at the half.
In the second half, the Quakers set the tempo scoring first to go up 21-7 and never looked back, scoring 28 second half points to hold off the pesky Lions 42-26.
Jackson Johnson led the charge accounting for 5 touchdowns (4 passing, 1 rushing), including 3 to Blaize Exline.
Salem (2-3) returns home next week to host Alliance at Sebo Stadium. Kick-off is at 7.
*Contributed by YSN’s Jarrod Niederhiser


SALEM OH- Salem dug themselves a hole for the 4th week in a row, but unlike last week they were unable to overcome the deficit, falling to Marlington 45-35 at Sebo Stadium.

The Quakers fought all the way back to cut the Duke lead to 1, 28-27, but never got closer as Marlington was able to close out the Quakers. The Dukes used a powerful rushing attack, led by Nolan Hooker who rushed for over 200 yards on the way to victory.
Jackson Johnson led the way with 5 touchdown passes with over 400 yards, and Blaize Exline and Jax Booth both had huge games receiving for the Quakers, but were also plagued by turnovers (4 ints) and a couple penalties that ended Quaker chances to get back into the game.
Same returns to action next week on the road at Minerva. Kick-off is 7 p.m.
*Contributed By YSN’s Jarrod Niederhiser


CANTON OH- In a game that started out promising for the Quakers, it ended with the same result as week one with a 40-20 loss at the hands of Canton South.

Salem took their first drive of the game all the way down to the Wildcat 1-yard line, and a chance to score first, but a fumble on 3rd down ended the drive and it was all South from there. The Wildcats would score on the following drive never looked back.
Blaize Exline added 2 more touchdown catches from Jackson Johnson to his season total, and Johnson added the third on the ground.
Salem (0-2) heads back to Sebo Stadium next week to take on Carrollton. Kick-off is at 7 p.m
*Contributed by YSN’s Jarrod Niederhiser



Going along with the chaos of 2020, why should the football season opener be any different? After numerous lightning delays and torrential downpours, Salem and West Branch play 2 halves of football on 2 different days, concluding on Saturday with the Warriors coming out on top 44-20. Quarterback Brock Hillyer led the Warrior attack up and down the field, spreading the ball around to the wide array of weapons at his disposal.
After trailing at halftime 14-0, the Quaker offense showed signs of life striking on the 1st play of the second half to cut it to 14-6, but the defense was unable to stop the Warrior attack.  The Quakers never got closer than 10 the rest of the way, trading blows with the Warriors until a late interception and TD to follow put the game away.
Jackson Johnson threw 2 TDs (both to Blaize Exline) and Jason Austin ran for the other Quaker score.
Salem (0-1) travels to Canton South next week, while West Branch (1-0) travels to Minerva.
*Contributed by YSN’s Jared Niederhiser