vs. Williston Northampton
|Date:||November 4, 2017|
Knights Snap Winless Streak Behind POG Faulstich
Williston Northampton arrived on the Hilltop Saturday for a game under the lights at Wachtmeister Field, riding a two-game win-streak to even their season’s slate at 3-3. They faced a Salisbury squad still looking for its first win with just two games remaining on its 2017 schedule. With a resounding 42-14 victory in front of an ecstatic home crowd on a chilly fall evening, the Knights are winless no more. Quarterback and Player-of-the-Game Brad Faulstich used his arm and his legs to carry Salisbury to the victory, connecting on a picture-perfect 16-yard rainbow into the near-corner of the end zone to receiver Jack Hanau for one score and firing a 7-yard bullet to Dylan Castaneda for another. Faulstich took it to the house on his own for another score, abetted by downfield blockers as he dodged tacklers on a 3rd-and-18 keeper for 43 yards and the first score of the game. Hanau was Faulstich’s primary target with three catches on the day, including a 22-yard gainer on 3rd-and-26 to set up the TD-pass on the next play from scrimmage and the Knights’ second score of the game.
The versatile Faulstich finished with 72 yards in the air and 92 on the ground. Alex Indelicato continued his return-to-form with 24 carries from the running-back slot, good for 145 yards, a nifty 6-yard-per-carry average. Indelicato’s performance included a 5-yard burst for a touchdown in the 4th quarter. Hanau finished with 39 receiving yards, while Faulstich also found Castaneda three times for 12 yards. Raleigh Wynot contributed on offense as well, converting five extra-point opportunities in the game.
The tandem of Charlie Dean and Bennett Psyhogeos teamed for the highlight-of-the-game on the defensive side of the ball. With Williston facing a 3rd-and-5 from its own 30, Dean tracked down the quarterback after a long pursuit toward the Salisbury sideline. Dean’s impact jarred the ball loose, and it took a perfect hop into the arms of an onrushing Psyhogeos. The big middle-linebacker never broke stride as he rambled 26 yards for the touchdown.
The opportunistic Knight secondary picked off five passes, led by Castaneda’s two picks. Hanau also made his mark on defense, collecting a Williston pass to snuff another Wildcat drive. Interceptions by Dylan Sanchez and Winston Jules furthered the miseries of the opposing q.b.
Sharkell Mathews led a defensive front that limited the Wildcats to just 44 yards on the ground. Mathews contributed 3 tackles and 3 assists. Dean finished with 2 tackles and 3 assists, while Psyhogeos had 2 and 2. Sanchez and Amos Gilbert each made 3 tackles and were credited with 1 assist. In a terrific-all-around showing, Jules, who also had a 22-yard reception, added 2 tackles, 2 assists, and a sack to go along with the interception on his defensive resume.