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Salisbury remains undefeated; Morrisville State gives Seagulls first half scare

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Nationally ranked (13) Salisbury University football (7-0) remained undefeated Saturday afternoon, topping Morrisville State 56-20 in Morrisville, but were challenged in the first half as the Mustangs trailed by just one at halftime.

Salisbury took the early lead off a three play, 52-yard drive at 11:41 in the first quarter as Valdase Morris (Salisbury, MD/Wicomico) carried the ball 48-yards for the score for his first of three touchdown scores of the afternoon.

Seconds later, Morrisville State stormed back evening the contest with a 76-yard pass from quarterback Billy Poling (Waretown, NJ/Southern Regional) to wide receiver Brandon Tape (Auburn, NY) for the score. Poling was 10-for-26 on the day for 118 yards and a score.

Salisbury regained the lead midway through the first, as Jamar Garner (Frederick, MD/Thomas Johnson) ran past the Mustang defense for the 76-yard score.

In the second, Morrisville State’s Derek Mulson (Rensselaer, NY/LaSalle) hit two field goals, one at 40-yards and the second at 42-yards to bring the Mustangs within one of Salisbury at the half.

Salisbury tallied just 126-yards on the ground in the first half as the Mustangs took to the air, recording 114.

Salisbury added four scores, two in the final 1:39, in the third quarter to cushion the lead over the Mustangs heading into the fourth. Ronnie Curley (Ellicott City, MD/Howard) scored on a 14 and 29-yard run; Morris on a 38-yard pass from Curley and Kevin Tillage (Woodbridge, VA/Garfield) on a 32-yard pass from Bobby Sheahin (Brookville, MD/Sherwood).

Sheahin extended the Seagull lead seconds into the fourth quarter off a 51-yard run before Morrisville State’s Tape added his second score of the afternoon off a 61-yard pass play from Darnell Murphy (Auburn, NY/Auburn). Murphy led the Mustangs in the rushing game, tallying 27, while completing three of eight passes in the fourth quarter for 63 of Morrisville’s 181 passing yards. Tape led all receivers with 147 yards and two scores on four receptions on the afternoon.

Morris sealed the win for the Seagulls with a final 19-yard run at 12:44 in the fourth. Morris tallied 122 yards on the ground to lead Salisbury with Garner adding 102. Salisbury had 402-net rushing yards on the day.

Morrisville State’s Luke Visingard (Endicott, NY/Maine-Endwell) led all defenders with 14 total tackles, 11 solo, including three sacks for a loss of seven yards and five for a loss of 16-yards. Visingard also forced three Salisbury fumbles, recovering one.

Tommy Moyon (Woodside, NY/Proctor Academy) added nine for the Mustangs.

Salisbury quarterbacks Sheahin and Curley were a combined 4-of-9 in passing for the day, tallying 82-yards while being sacked six times.

Jarrell Chandler (Salisbury, MD/Wicomico) led Salisbury with eight tackles, including two sacks and four tackles for a loss of 22 yards. Matthew Bookard (Lanhan, MD/Eleanor Roosevelt) and Antione Cuff (Landover, MD/Charles Herbert) each added seven.

Morrisville State falls to 1-6 overall and will return to the field on Saturday, October 27 against Brockport.

Morrisville State enters its second year as a provisional member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), Division III in 2007. Upon successful completion of the provisional period, Morrisville State will be a candidate for full accreditation as a member of the NCAA.

Morrisville State College offers more than 70 bachelor and associate degrees. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine. The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus also offers programs in business, technologies, liberal arts/education transfer, and nursing to Chenango County area residents and employers.