The Salem Seminoles blasted their way to their first victory of the season, blowing past the visiting Wesleyan Wolves 26-0 Friday night at Seminoles Stadium.
The Seminoles came out hot in the first quarter and scored the first points of the game on a 76-yard touchdown run by quarterback Licash Lackey.
"I thought he did a lot of nice things," Salem coach John Starr said. "He played hard and I thought he did a nice job."
Following Lackey's score, the Seminoles drove the ball down the field 78 yards, finishing the drive on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Lackey to Robbie Cyrus for a 12-0 Seminole lead.
The Seminoles carried the 12-0 advantage into halftime, but came out in the second half ready to execute on offense again.
In the third quarter, the Seminoles took an 18-0 lead on a 7-yard touchdown run by Hasan Boddie and made the lead 20-0 on a two point conversion by Lackey.
On their first play of the fourth quarter, Salem scored again on a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown by David Noble. The Wolves' offense continued to sputter at the end of the game and Salem held for the program's first shut out victory since a 21-0 win over Winder-Barrow in 2008.
"We're just glad for the win," Starr said. "Our kids came out and played hard."
The win moved Salem to 1-1 on the year.
Salem returns to action next week against Heritage at home in a 7:30 p.m. contest.
The match-up against the Patriots is Salem's second of the year against Rockdale County foes after falling to Rockdale County 20-0 in its opening game.