TOWSON, MD —
Junior quarterback Dustin Johnson ran for 83 yards and a touchdown and completed 7-of-11 passes for 79 yards and a score to lead No. 5 Salisbury to 23-7 victory over Frostburg State in the Sixth Annual Regents Cup Game Saturday afternoon at Towson University's Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Johnson won the Mike McGlinchey Most Valuable Player Award for the Sea Gulls, who improved to 10-0 overall and 5-0 in the Altantic Central Football Conference. Salisbury completed its third undefeated regular season in school history and awaits a likely bid to the NCAA playoffs. The field will be announced Sunday.
Freshman running back Antoine Beale (Landover, Md./Roosevelt) earned the McGlinchey Award for the Bobcats, who finished the season 2-8 and 1-4 in the ACFC.
Beale rushed for 135 yards on 20 carries and caught six passes for 60 yards and one touchdown.
Salisbury used its potent ground attack to score on its first two possessions and never looked back. The Sea Gulls took the opening kickoff and drove 61 yards in nine plays to take an early lead 7-0.
Junior running back Leroy Satchell carried the ball five times for 23 yards in the march, which he capped with a six-yard rumble. He finished with 25 carries for 105 yards.
Salisbury extended its lead to 14-0 on its next possession when Johnson hit sophomore running back Teddy Savage with a 30-yard scoring pass. Savage leaped and made an impressive grab between two Bobcat defenders just inside the far pylon.
The Sea Gulls dominated the opening 15 minutes, running 23 plays for 164 yards and controlling 12:25 of the clock. The Bobcats ran just six plays for 10 yards and had the ball for just 2:35 of the first quarter.
The Frostburg State defense came up with a much needed stop on the first play of the second quarter when senior Dan Ruppert (Stafford, Va./Brooke Point) intercepted Johnson and returned the ball to the FSU 28.
The Bobcats moved the ball to midfield, but sophomore Jimmy Ward (Poolesville, Md./Poolesville) was intercepted by Byron Westbrook at SU 19-yard line.
After forcing the Sea Gulls to punt, the Bobcats took over at their own 46 and moved to the SU 29. Ward hit senior Adam J. Snyder (Scottdale, Pa./South Moreland) for an 11-yard gain on third-and-12, and sophomore Antoine Lewis (Baltimore, Md./City College) ran for another five yards on fourth-and-one to give FSU a first down.
Ward then hit Snyder again for a short gain, but Snyder fumbled the ball and Mike Myrtle recovered at the Sea Gull 25 to end the scoring threat.
The Sea Gulls went right back to work, marching 75 yards in just nine plays to open a 20-0 cushion. Johnson led the drive, running for gains of seven and 14 yards and completing passes of seven and 13 yards before racing 25 yards into the endzone. Brock Boland's extra point attempt hit the upright and Salisbury took a 20-point advantage into the lockerroom.
Boland kicked a 48-yard field goal with 8:09 remaining in the third quarter to extend Salisbury's lead to 23-0, and Beale caught a 16-yard touchdown pass from Ward with 11:13 left to cap the scoring.
The Sea Gulls outgained the Bobcats 336-281, including 257-77 on the ground, and snapped a three-game losing skid to their cross-state rivals. Salisbury owned a decisive 34:49-25:11 advantage in time of possession.
Ward finished 17-of-36 for 204 yards and a touchdown, but he was picked off three times and sacked seven times.
Ruppert led FSU with 11 tackles and an interception, while sophomore Ryan Cutsail and freshman Mo Fokou added 10 stops each.
Senior linebacker Brad DeHaven led Salisbury with 10 tackles, including two sacks.
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Frostburg State University
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Frostburg, MD 21532-2303