Canton 49, Salmon River 0
Salmon River played their first first game in four decades with a home opener against the Canton Modified Bears.
Saturday’s game was defined by the Bears smothering defense. Canton’s terrific D was a result of a clinic on tackling by the likes of Logan Stiles, TJ O’Brien, Cole Clifford, and Uriah Noble. The Defensive Line was firing on all cylinders with Patrick Smith Jr., Landon Bice, and Murphy Burke all getting in the backfield for several tackles for loss. The dynamic linebacking duo of Hayden Shatraw and Kaedan Luther led the defensive energy while making several key stops as well.
Offensively there was a shootout between the two Canton Quarterbacks in Jameison Zysik and Kolby Todd. After ending the first half with deep connections to Duke Butler, Todd kicked off the second half with a 65 yard throw and catch to receiver Cole Clifford on a deep shot. Clifford outran the defense to score. Zysik’s offense was clicking as they moved methodically down the field, picking apart the Salmon River defense in the short game. Athletes Lilly White, Ben Kenna, along with Evan and Cole Clifford led the offense in playmaking.
The biggest play of the day came at the end of the game. Leading the huddle and calling his own plays, Zysik marched the team down the field for the last possession of the game. With only 20 seconds left on the clock, he found Kolby Todd in the endzone draped in double coverage. Todd MossedTM em’, coming down with a highlight touchdown that would be called back for offensive holding!
“We preach getting 1% better every day and I think we could see the growth today. Each game the boys and girls come out and look to be putting the little things together,” Coach Delosh told us. “I’m especially proud of my defensive line, they embrace their roles and love playing defense. A lot of our guys end up playing multiple positions, so it’s good to see them take pride in stepping up when their name is called.” He added, “Being a first year coach, I get to learn with them and I’m excited to be a part of this team’s growth.”
“It’s good to see the team out there playing with intelligence and confidence. Well executed football is fun football,” Coach Grant added. With next Thursdays game against OFA in mind Coach followed up by saying, “This is only the first game of the season; I’m excited to see how we can improve this week and pair our early success with another good outing against Ogdensburg next week.”
This post comes courtesy of Coach Trey Grant.