By Mike Williamson- firstname.lastname@example.org
The Saline football team built a big lead but had to hold off a late Bedford rally to pick up a 31-26 win over their rival Friday night.
Andrew Arbaugh returned from an injury and had a big night with four touchdown passes, including thee of over 50-yards.
Bedford took an early 6-0 lead on a 47-yard TD run just 1:50 into the game.
Arbaugh hit Brendan Murphy with a 60-yard scoring pass and JT Turners extra point gave the Hornets a 7-6 lead. Turner nailed a 37-yard field goal with 34 seconds left I the quarter to make it 10-6.
The Hornets struck twice in the second on a 55-yard touchdown pass from Arbaugh to Koltin Malinczak and a 50-yard strike from Arbaugh to Murphy to make it 24-6 halftime lead.
Bedford cut the lead to 24-12 with a two-yard TD run in the third, but Arbaugh connected with Murphy for the third time for a score, this time from 24-yards to make it 31-12.
The Mules made things interesting with touchdown runs two minutes apart late in the fourth to cut the lead to 31-26.
Saline recovered a squib punt but could not pick up a first down. They downed the punt at the Mule eight-yard line. Bedford picked up one first down, but the drive stalled, and the Hornets held on fourth down. They took over and ran out the clock for the victory.
Arbaugh completed just six passes but tossed four 222 yards and four scores.
Murphy caught four of those passes for 153 yards and three touchdowns, while Malinczak caught two for 69 yards and a score.
Brendan Munday rushed for 85-yards on 19 carries.
Alex Morrison had a big night with 12.5 tackles, while Connor Terech had six solo and three assists and Jonah Ashby six solo, one assist, and a big quarterback sack on Bedford’s final drive.