The Saline football team boasted 24 late points to pull away for the 31-7 victory over Bedford on the road Sept. 8.
With the contest deadlocked at 7-7 with under eight minutes left in the third quarter, the squad rallied for 24 straight points – 17 of them in the fourth quarter – to notch the win over their SEC Red rival. The Hornets scored the only points in the first half on a 6-yard touchdown pass from senior quarterback Cole Daniels to junior Brendan Murphy at the 6:46 mark in the first quarter.
Overall, Daniels completed 13-for-21 in passing for 233 yards and two touchdowns, and Murphy led the way with 106 yards receiving. Saline would carry the 7-0 advantage into halftime.
After the break, Bedford drew the match even on a 19-yard TD pass with 7:49 left in the third quarter. It proved to be the only points the stifling Saline defense would allow. After the Bedford touchdown, the Hornets struck on a 4-yard touchdown run by Daniels with 1:26 remaining in the third to retake the lead.
Daniels also led the offense with 57 rushing yards, keeping the ball ten times against Bedford, while junior Brendan Munday totaled 11 carries for 53 yards.
The squad then added 17 points in the fourth quarter to seal the victory. Daniels connected with senior receiver Andrew Diuble on 58-yard TD pass at the 11:29 mark in the fourth quarter to push the advantage to 21-7. In the game, Diuble recorded six catches for 98 yards.
In the final four minutes of play, senior kicker Vinnie Patteri added a 22-yard field goal and junior Hayden Scott completed the scoring with a 3-yard TD run. Patteri also made all four of his extra point kicks against Bedford.
On a night the Saline offense mounted 435 total yards, the stingy Hornet defense limited Bedford to only 186 total offensive yards, including just 45 yards through the air. Senior Trevor Garbo led the defense with 6.5 tackles, while fellow senior CJ Gildersleeve totaled six tackles in the win. Junior Brad Wisniewski also had 4.5 tackles.