Flashes slip past Salem

Published 1:00 am Saturday, October 9, 2010

St. Aloysius shrugged off two disappointing losses with its biggest play of the season.

St. Al fumbled on the Salem 20-yard line and the defense surrendered a long run to set up a touchdown. But freshman Matthew Foley and senior linebacker Shelton Headley stuffed a two-point conversion to preserve a 7-6 road win over Region 4-1A foe Salem on Friday.

Another freshman, Michael Foley, recovered the ensuing onsides kick.

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“It’s a big win for us and it came at a good time,” St. Aloysius coach B.J. Smithhart said. “I’m proud of them. They bowed their necks when they had to. It got wild there at the end.”

Offensively, the Flashes broke a 0-0 deadlock as Ford Biedenharn rolled out and found John Austin Jones for an 8-yard TD toss, Biedenharn’s first of the season.

The Flashes were plagued with turnovers, as they lost three of four fumbles and had a bad shotgun snap. But the Flashes needed only one good drive to take the lead.

“Our kids never quit,” Smithhart said. “They’ve never had a down day at practice. The defense played real good tonight.”

The Flashes (3-4, 1-2) got back into the Region 4-1A playoff race with a victory and will face archrival Cathedral next week.

Salem fell to 2-6 and 0-5 in region play.