The Salem High football team was back on the gridiron this Friday after taking a week off. Salem will play Cave Spring in their first of back-to-back games at Bogle Field, followed by a game against Hidden Valley on March 26.
Cave Spring is 1-2 but the Knights put up a good fight against Patrick Henry last Friday before losing 32-18. The Knights gave up two long scores to open the game but played a 3-1 PH team even after that.
In the days of COVID coaches aren’t allowed to attend games to scout, so Salem coach Don Holter has been pouring over video of last week’s game and previous games Salem has played against the Knights.
“They have good size up front and they have some speed,” said Holter. “They have some hard-nosed kids.”
The status of Salem quarterback Chauncey Logan, Jr. was up in the air at press time. “Deuce” was injured during practice, and if he can’t go sophomore DaRon Wilson will start at quarterback for Salem.
“DaRon can do the job,” said Holter. “We have all the faith in the world in him.”
Salem continues to lead the Virginia High School League Region 4D rankings with a 3-0 record and a rating of 25.3. Pulaski County, 4-0, is second at 23.0 and the Spartans and Cougars are on a collision course for their April 2nd meeting at Salem Stadium. That game could very well determine home field for the region, and possibly the state semifinal as well.
Salem’s junior varsity team defeated Franklin County last week, 26-0, to improve to 3-0 on the season. The jayvees will host Cave Spring tonight at 6 pm at Salem Stadium.