Charleston, which struggled in the second half against Effingham (above) last week, was outscored 14-0 by Salem in the final quarters Friday night.

By Rob Calhoun

Salem broke open a close game at the half by using a ball control offense to claim a 35-14 victory over Charleston at Jim Finks Field on Friday night.  The Wildcats had the ball for just over 20 minutes in the second half and limited the Trojans to five yards of total offense.

Charleston opened the game with the football and on the second play from scrimmage, Trevor Green intercepted a pass for Salem.  Three plays later, Green scored on a six yard run to make the score 7-0.

The Trojans were able to strike right back.  After a short kickoff, Charleston took the ball downfield going 66 yards before Corey Spour ran in from 14 yards out to tie the game, 7-7. 

Salem scored again before the end of the first quarter when Cole Graham ran in from 10 yards out to give the Wildcats a 14-7 lead.

After the two teams exchanged punts, Charleston tied the score again, 14-14.  Brayden Doyle scored on a bruising 5-yard run, carrying several tacklers into the end zone.

The Wildcats used a mixture of pass and run on their next drive capped off with Green scoring his second touchdown, this time on a run from 1 yard out. to put Salem ahead, 21-14

Charleston drove down the field right before the half.  However, an interception in the end zone ended the Trojans’ threat.

Salem took over the game with a ball control offense in the second half.  The Wildcats went on a drive that took almost five minute that culminated in a quarterback keeper by Rylan Quinn that made it 28-14.  After a three and out by Charleston, the Wildcats went on another long drive that lasted seven minutes before turning the ball over on downs.

The Trojans went four and out on their next offensive series before Greene scored his third touchdown, catching a 4-yard pass from Quinn for the final score of the game.

Charleston (2-4) will play its final three games at home, starting with a Friday matchup against Mahomet-Seymour, which are coached by former Trojans quarterback Jon Adkins.

(You can listen to Rob Calhoun broadcast Charleston High football games each week on Victory 103.9 FM, or myradiolink.com.)

Scoring

19:28OPPTrevor Greene6RunBrady Munter Kick
 4:18CHSCory Spour14RunConnor Woodley Kick
 1:21OPPCole Graham10RunBrady Munter Kick
   
28:21CHSBrayden Doyle5RunConnor Woodley Kick
 3:46OPPTrevor Greene1RunBrady Munter Kick
   
37:09OPPRylan Quinn1RunBrady Munter Kick
   
45:27OPPTrevor Greene4PassBrady Munter Kick

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

Rushing

Charleston: Braden Doyle 6-26 1 TD, Cory Spour 4-17 1 TD, Nick Cheney 9-(-19). Salem: Trevor Greene 16-92 2 TD, Keyton Mitchell 15-54, Cole Graham 8-39 1 TD, Donovan Williams 2-12, Rylan Quinn 1-1 1 TD, Caden Bee 2-(-24)

Passing

Charleston: Nick Cheney 16-29 156 2 INT. Salem: Rylan Quinn 10-16 145 1 TD

Receiving

Charleston: Sam Schuette 3-87, Brayden Rennels 4-32, Corey Spour 6-19, Jordan Socarras 2-11, Brayden Doyle 1-7. Salem: Laten Wayer 5-74, Caden Bee 2-51, Trevor Greene 2-22 1 TD, Keyton Mitchell 1-(-2)