For the first time this 2012 football season, No. 2-state ranked Salisbury found itself with a deficit at 7-0 halftime of its Homecoming game with Marceline when Tigers running back Blake Belzer scored on a 2-yard run.
But the Panthers were resilient in the second half keeping their Lewis & Clark Conference rival from finding the end zone the rest of the evening and Salisbury bounced back to earn a 20-7 victory reported Salisbury football coach Kirk Stott.
A balanced offense helped Salisbury (5-0, 1-0 LCC) keep its season record perfect as senior quarterback Austin Wyatt threw for 133 yards completing 6-of-11 passes – including one INT - and the team netted 160 total rushing yards.
Senior running back Jake Latomondeer owned 82 yards rushing on 22 carries and Wyatt scrambled 10 times for 33. Daniel Linneman carried the ball three times for 21 yards.
In the passing game, Wyatt found his cousin Keegan Wyatt three times for 40 yards, and his twin brother Zach had two receptions going for 31 yards and a touchdown. Brady Francis made a 65-yard TD reception.
Marceline falls to 2-3 for the season and 0-1 in conference play.
Salisbury Panthers hit the road this Friday to play at conference rival Slater.