by Bill Turner
The William Fleming Colonels had been looking for a change of fortune to end their 16-game slide that extends back to the end of the 2009 season. Salem provided just the cure last Friday night at Salem Stadium, but when opportunity knocked, Fleming couldn’t open the door.
Salem fumbled the ball five times, losing three; but, in the end, the Salem defense held tough as the Spartans ground out the 21-0 win on homecoming night.
The Fleming offense struggled all evening, picking up only 57 yards on the ground and 19 yards via the passing game.
On the Salem side, the Spartans got what they needed with 222 yards on the ground and Salem quarterback Chad Fisher throwing for 88 yards on 4-of-5 attempts.
Jordan Daniels led Salem with 149 rushing yards including touchdown dashes from 47 and 18 yards out. Fisher hit wide receiver K.J. Helm with a 35-yard TD toss for the only score of the second half. Drew Lyle was 3-for-3 on Spartan points after.
Jonathan Hagins was the Colonel workhorse, picking up 47 yards on 12 carries.
Salem (3-2) opens River Ridge District play Friday night as the 4-1 Cave Spring Knights visit Salem Stadium. Fleming entertains Franklin County in the Western Valley opener for both teams.