Salesianum takes command late, tops Caravel 36-12

Salesianum takes command late, tops Caravel 36-12

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Salesianum takes command late, tops Caravel 36-12

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Sallies RB Josh Patrick with a 62-yd TD run
Sallies RB Josh Patrick with a 62-yd TD run
Salesianum’s Patrick with a 23-yd TD run
Salesianum’s Patrick with a 23-yd TD run
Sals Mikey Drake hauls in 41-yd pass from Zach Gwynn
Sals Mikey Drake hauls in 41-yd pass from Zach Gwynn
Sals’ Nick Merlino runs it in from 11 yards
Sals’ Nick Merlino runs it in from 11 yards
Sals Peyton Mullin intercepts pass
Sals Peyton Mullin intercepts pass
Sals’ Josh Patrick with an 11-yd TD run
Sals’ Josh Patrick with an 11-yd TD run
Caravel’s Mandela Montgomery runs it in from 1 yard out
Caravel’s Mandela Montgomery runs it in from 1 yard out
Converted tight end Joshua Patrick rushed for 105 yards and three touchdowns.

Converted tight end Joshua Patrick rushed for 105 yards and three touchdowns.

GLASGOW  – Salesianum School may have led Caravel Academy at halftime Friday night at Bob Peoples Stadium.

But the Sals needed the second half to take command.

Once that happened, any likelihood of a Caravel upset was dashed in what became a 36-12 Salesianum triumph.

The Sals outscored Caravel 23-0 in the second half.

“The first half we were just God awful. We just didn’t do a good job. But our kids responded,” said Sallies coach Bill DiNardo, who celebrated his 58th birthday in winning fashion. “. . . We struggled defensively. Our defensive coordinator, Paul Salvo, made some real good adjustments and we were able to figure them out a little better and put our kids in a better position late in the first half and the second half.

“Offensively, in the second half, the offensive line did some really good things. They played their best half of football.”

Joshua Patrick, Sallies’ 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior switched this week from tight end to running back, gained 105 yards on eight carries with 63-, 23- and 10-yard touchdown runs.

“He gave us the spark we wanted and made everyone else better,” DiNardo said.

Patrick’s 10-yard TD burst on the second play of the fourth quarter allowed the Sals to take a 29-12 lead. It closed a 14-play, 72-yard drive consisting entirely of running plays.

“I had my big linemen making holes for me,” Patrick said. “It wasn’t much, just running through those big holes they were making. I just hit the holes and I was determined to get the rewards for our linemen.”

On their previous possession, the Sals had gone ahead 22-12 after Zachary Gwynn’s 41-yard pass to Michael Leonard — the Sals’ lone completion — set up Carson Salvo’s 2-yard TD run. Just before that, an errant snap on a Caravel punt led to a safety to start the third quarter that inched the Sals ahead 15-12.

“The second half we came out with a lot more fire, a lot more desire,” Patrick said.

Nicholas Merlino added 85 yards on 11 carries, all in the second half, for Sallies, including an 11-yard TD dash that closed the scoring with 4:17 to go. That ended an 11-play, 63-yard march.

Salesianum (3-1) was coming off last week’s 60-26 shellacking at Smyrna in a rematch of last year’s Division I state title game, which Smyrna won in overtime.

A visit to Middletown looms next Friday for the Sals, who had earlier wins over Father Judge (Pa.) and Caesar Rodney.

Division II Caravel (1-3) hasn’t shied away from tough foes, having also lost to Concord and Elkton. The Bucs’ win was over Delmar.

“I thought our kids played with a lot of heart and came out inspired tonight,” Bucs coach John Reed said. “They have numbers over there, and we gave up some early penalties that hurt us.”

Caravel recovered an onside kick to start the game and needed just eight plays — all runs — to cover 48 yards. Mandela Montgomery scored from the 3.

Salesianum quickly tied it 7-7 after Patrick took a pitch on the Sals’ second play and sped around the right side 63 yards for a touchdown.

Caravel threatened again on its next possession, getting to the Sallies 29 before being pushed back and punting. The Bucs had more misfortune when Montgomery’s punt return for a TD was erased by a penalty. Then they appeared to have the Sals stopped at the Caravel 48.

But a roughing-the-kicker penalty on a punt gave the Sals new life and Patrick took advantage, zipping 23 yards for a touchdown as Sallies went ahead 13-7.

Caravel cut the lead to 13-12 before halftime on Maverick Jackson’s 43-yard field goal and by tackling Patrick for a safety after the Sals’ next possession started at their 1-yard line. Caravel ran 35 first-half plays to Sallies’ 12 and outgained the Sals 136-98. But Sallies finished with a 288-151 advantage in total yards.

Contact Kevin Tresolini at ktresolini@delawareonline.com. Follow on Twitter @kevintresolini.

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Salesianum 36, Caravel 12

Salesianum 7 6 9 14 – 36

Caravel 7 5 0 0 – 12

C – Montgomery 3 run (Jackson kick)

S – Patrick 63 run (Urban kick)

S – Patrick 23 run (kick failed)

C – Jackson 43 FG

C – Safety; Patrick tackled in end zone

S – Safety; Caravel snap goes over punter’s head and ball is kicked out of end zone

S – Salvo 2 run (Urban kick)

S – Patrick 10 run (Urban kick)

S – Merlino 11 run (Urban kick)

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