BRANDYWINE HUNDRED – Salesianum's football team turned to the big play time and again Saturday morning while rolling to a 42-7 win over Concord at a sun-splashed Raider Stadium. The Sals combined their trademark power running game with several big plays through the air, improving to 3-0 on the season.
Salesianum, ranked second in Delaware, led 21-0 at the half and added three more touchdowns in the third quarter, putting the game away. Concord added a scoring pass late in the final stanza to avoid the shutout.
Senior running back Daulton Gregory scored the first touchdown of each half, but on two very different plays. He opened the scoring on a one-yard plunge on the Sals' first possession. Salesianum started the drive on its own 38-yard line after taking over on downs. The drive included an 11-yard pass to tight end Brian O'Neill, followed by a 40-yard run by running back Troy Reeder. A few plays later, Gregory found paydirt.
On the first drive of the second half, Salesianum had the ball near midfield, but two penalties on the same play put them back at their own 27. No problem. Gregory took the ball on the next play, and 73 yards later he was standing in the end zone. The point after touchdown made it 28-0.
In between, quarterback Matthew Sgro scored on a 3-yard keeper midway through the first quarter, and in the second, he hit O'Neill for a 42-yard score. On that play, O'Neill caught an eight-yard pass, then rumbled the next 34 yards, straight-arming the lone Concord defender to have a serious shot at tacking him.
The Sals added two more touchdowns after Gregory's long run in the third. Patrick Keough intercepted a Concord pass that was deflected by O'Neill and returned it 25 yards for one score, while Evander Blue closed out the scoring for the winners with a 12-yard run. That one-play drive came after a 48-yard punt return by Tyler Marroni.
Playing with a running clock, Concord got on the board when Elijah Davis made a diving 21-yard catch of a Austin Coughenour pass.
The Sals are back in action on Sept. 28 at Baynard Stadium against Glen Mills (Pa.). Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. Concord, which dropped to 0-3 playing its third ranked opponent, travels to Charter School Sept. 28 at 11 a.m.