Two late field goals give Salisbury win, share of league title

Salisbury 30 Frostburg State 24

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College Football

November 13, 2005|By JEFF SEIDEL | JEFF SEIDEL,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Salisbury kicker Brock Boland hadn't been busy recently. He tried just two field goals in the team's past five games but showed little rust when the Sea Gulls needed him last night.

Boland kicked a tiebreaking 45-yard field goal with 3:38 left and added a 31-yarder later to help Salisbury overcome several miscues and hold on for a 30-24 victory over Frostburg before 3,192 in the Regents Cup game at Johnny Unitas Stadium at Towson University.

The win ended the Sea Gulls' two-game skid and stopped Frostburg's four-game winning streak. In addition, Salisbury (7-3) finished with a 4-1 record in the Atlantic Central Football Conference and ended in a three-way tie for first place with Brockport State and Wesley.

Boland hadn't attempted a field goal in the past two games and had made six of nine overall.

"The atmosphere was different, [and] I couldn't hear anything," Boland said with a laugh. "But I was very excited, and I just liked showing my team that I could do it."

Aided by four Salisbury turnovers, Frostburg State (6-4, 1-3) rallied from 10- and 14-point deficits.

"We just knew Frostburg would keep fighting," Salisbury coach Sherman Wood said.

Boland booted the tiebreaking field goal after Byron Westbrook's 27-yard kickoff return gave the Sea Gulls the ball at midfield. Justin Ritter then intercepted Frostburg quarterback Jimmy Ward at the Bobcats' 29-yard line, and Boland added the 31-yarder with 1:58 left.

Frostburg State had problems slowing Salisbury's triple-option attack. The Sea Gulls were averaging 341.3 yards a game, ranked third in the nation, and ran for 240 yards last night.

They started quickly as Jamar Garner ran for a 7-yard touchdown and quarterback Travis Peters added an 11-yard scoring run for a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter. Ward's 29-yard touchdown pass to Bobby Alkire tied the game at 14 with 3:20 left in the half.

Salisbury took a 17-14 lead on Boland's 29-yard field goal early in the third quarter. Leroy Satchell (107 yards) then ran for a 30-yard touchdown to give the Sea Gulls a 24-14 edge later in the period.

The Bobcats wouldn't go away, cutting the lead to 24-21 on Shanorm Young's 7-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter. Mark Sedlock tied the game at 24 on a 32-yard field goal with 6:31 left.

Frostburg State 0 14 0 10 - 24

Salisbury 7 7 10 6 - 30

First quarter S-Garner 7 run (Boland kick), 10:56

Second quarter S-Peters 11 run (Boland kick), 13:37 FS-Young 3 run (Sedlock kick), 5:00 FS-Alkire 29 pass from Ward (Sedlock kick), 3:20

Third quarter S-FG Boland 29, 13:32 S-Satchell 30 run (Boland kick), 6:11

Fourth quarter FS-Young 7 run (Sedlock kick), 13:11 FS-FG Sedlock 32, 6:31 S-FG Boland 45, 3:38 S-FG Boland 31, 1:58 A-3,192.

FS S

First downs 14 17

Rushes-yards 26-53 63-240

Passing 207 36

Comp-Att-Int 21-35-2 6-9-1

Return Yards 88 112

Punts-Avg. 6-35.2 6-30.0

Fumbles-Lost 4-3 5-3

Penalties-Yards 6-41 5-18

Time of Possession 25:34 34:26

Rushing-Frostburg State, Young 19-48, Meetre 1-11, Ward 6-(-6). Salisbury, Satchell 22-107, Peters 23-62, Savage 6-31, Garner 5-17, Leonard 2-16, Newton 3-7, Team 2-0. Passing-Frostburg State, Ward 21-35-2-207. Salisbury, Peters 6-9-1-36. Receiving-Frostburg State, Howze 6-50, Alkire 5-59, Changuris 3-35, Young 3-3, Frank 2-34, Shorter 2-26. Salisbury, Newton 2-3, Satchell 1-12, Early 1-10, Garner 1-8, Dickerson 1-3.

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