Run­ning to an­other vic­tory

Holmes, Henry lead North­west­ern in win

The Morning Call - - Sports - By Michael Blouse Michael Blouse is a free­lance writer.

North­west­ern Le­high quar­ter­back Justin Holmes car­ried three times in the first 43 sec­onds of the sec­ond half. He gained 65 yards and scored eight points.

It was pro­duc­tion for the Tigers and a sign of things to come.

Holmes fin­ished with 233 yards rush­ing, and se­nior run­ning back Nick Henry added 100 yards and three touch­downs as 4-1 North­west­ern over­pow­ered Sal­is­bury 39-28 in a Colo­nial League clash Fri­day night in Sal­is­bury Town­ship.

Coach Josh Snyder’s Tigers never trailed and im­proved to 3-0 in league ac­tion. Sal­is­bury is now 1-3 over­all and in league play.

Holmes’ eight-point se­quence to start the sec­ond half in­creased North­west­ern’s lead from 21-14 to 29-14, and al­though Sal­is­bury fought hard un­til the end, quar­ter­back Quintin Stephens and the Fal­cons couldn’t stop North­west­ern.

The Tigers amassed 243 of their 347 rush­ing yards af­ter half­time.

North­west­ern fared OKon­the ground in the open­ing 24 min­utes, as well.

Henry capped the first two scor­ing drives with runs of 2 and 1 yards, re­spec­tively. Se­nior Justin Rodda sprinted in from 13 yards out for the Tigers’ third touch­down. Rodda’s TD, and a two-point con­ver­sion, put North­west­ern ahead 21-7 with 4:59 left be­fore in­ter­mis­sion.

Sal­is­bury’s first-half of­fense came thanks to Stephens’ scram­bling abil­ity and his right arm.

All three of the Fal­cons’ big plays — com­ple­tions of 38, 42 and 30 yards — started with Stephens elud­ing the de­fend­ers with his legs and ended with him find­ing open re­ceivers down­field. His first touch­down was a 38-yarder to Chad Parton and his sec­ond was a 30-yarder to Joshua Brooks. The last one came with 45 sec­onds re­main­ing and cut North­west­ern’s ad­van­tage to 21-14.

Stephens was 6-of-11 for 130 yards in the first half and 17-of-31 for 246 yards over­all. He passed for three TDs. Parton caught 10 passes for 169 yards.

Both teams con­tinue their coro­n­avirus-short­ened Colo­nial League sea­sons next week.

North­west­ern puts its three-game win­ning streak on the line against Sau­con Val­ley at Tiger Sta­dium. Sal­is­bury at­tempts to pick up its sec­ond ‘W’ in 2020 against North­ern Le­high at Bull­dog Sta­dium. Both games are set to start at 7 p.m.

PHO­TOS BYDAVID GARRETTPHO­TOS/SPECIALTOT­HE MORN­ING CALL

North­west­ern’s Justin Rodda breaks free for a touch­down run dur­ing the Tigers’ Colo­nial League win over Sal­is­bury on Fri­day night.

North­west­ern’s Justin Holmes tack­les Sal­is­bury’s Chad Parton.

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