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Tide keeps rolling with 52-13 victory over Salem

  • Concord High School quarterback Robert Law rushes for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Red Tide's victory over Salem High School at Memorial Field in Concord on Friday, September 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School quarterback Robert Law rushes for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Red Tide's victory over Salem High School at Memorial Field in Concord on Friday, September 13, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School's Leo Sudieh tries to avoid a tackle while returning a kickoff during the Red Tide's victory over Salem High School at Memorial Field in Concord on Friday, September 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Concord High School's Leo Sudieh tries to avoid a tackle while returning a kickoff during the Red Tide's victory over Salem High School at Memorial Field in Concord on Friday, September 13, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • With a pair of 100-yard rushing games already, Walters Ndi and Concord are off to a fast start to the season. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    With a pair of 100-yard rushing games already, Walters Ndi and Concord are off to a fast start to the season.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Russ and Kristi Atherton take inventory inside their new beef cattle facility in Barnstead on September 13, 2013. The Athertons recently switched from a partnership in a dairy operation in Lee, moving to Barnstead and building their new facility next to their new home, where they homeschool their two children.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Russ and Kristi Atherton take inventory inside their new beef cattle facility in Barnstead on September 13, 2013. The Athertons recently switched from a partnership in a dairy operation in Lee, moving to Barnstead and building their new facility next to their new home, where they homeschool their two children.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Behind great protection from his offensive line, Concord quarterback Rob Law rifles a pass downfield against Salem on Friday, September 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Behind great protection from his offensive line, Concord quarterback Rob Law rifles a pass downfield against Salem on Friday, September 13, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Concord High School quarterback Robert Law rushes for a touchdown in the first quarter of the Red Tide's victory over Salem High School at Memorial Field in Concord on Friday, September 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Concord High School's Leo Sudieh tries to avoid a tackle while returning a kickoff during the Red Tide's victory over Salem High School at Memorial Field in Concord on Friday, September 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • With a pair of 100-yard rushing games already, Walters Ndi and Concord are off to a fast start to the season. <br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Russ and Kristi Atherton take inventory inside their new beef cattle facility in Barnstead on September 13, 2013. The Athertons recently switched from a partnership in a dairy operation in Lee, moving to Barnstead and building their new facility next to their new home, where they homeschool their two children.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Behind great protection from his offensive line, Concord quarterback Rob Law rifles a pass downfield against Salem on Friday, September 13, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

They’re going batty for football once again at Concord High.

In its second straight dominant outing, the Crimson Tide disposed of Salem, 52-13, last night in a home-opening win that even a pesky bat couldn’t derail.

With Concord leading 33-7 late in the first half, the game was delayed for several minutes to capture a bat that was flopping around the 12-yard line. The Friday the 13th visitor apparently was injured after swooping too close to a play, and officials sent both teams to their respective sidelines as the chain crew came in to help remove the intruder.

Concord, wanting nothing to do with the varmint, wasted no time getting out of there. Walters Ndi sacked the Salem quarterback at the 9 to turn the ball over on downs, then took the handoff on the ensuing play and bolted up the middle of the field for a 91-yard touchdown. The 39-7 lead at halftime was more than enough to move the Tide to 2-0 and drop Salem to 0-2.

“We’ve been a slow-starting team (in past years), so this has been nice,” Concord Coach Eric Brown said.

How dominant was the Tide? It took Concord all of two plays to get on the scoreboard. Five of Concord’s eight touchdown drives took three or fewer plays. And seven different Tide players reached the end zone.

“Salem did a good job taking away our base off-tackle run … but that’s the nice part of our offense, if they take something away, we have other options,” Brown said.

Quarterback Rob Law led the charge, scoring two touchdowns on the run while rushing for 92 yards on five carries and throwing for two more scores, completing six of seven passes for 115 yards – all in the first half. Law’s 61-yard touchdown run after a faked handoff on the second play of the game set the tone.

“It all starts with the line first, blocking for the running backs, then the play-action pass,” Law said. “I like it all, whatever’s open, whatever helps us win. One game the running game works, one game the passing game. And tonight it was both.”

“Rob had a rough game against Central, but watching that film did him a lot of good,” Brown said. “That’s a credit to him. He really focused on his mechanics and footwork and it showed tonight.”

Leo Sudieh (65 yards on five carries) capped Concord’s most prolonged drive (nine plays) with a 5-yard touchdown run, but Salem answered when quarterback John Cerretani connected with Jake Poore for a 35-yard pass to make it 13-7 late in the first quarter. That was as close as the Blue Devils would come. After Sudieh returned the kickoff 26 yards to the 41, Law spied Seimou Smith 5 yards behind the Salem defense and lofted a deep pass for a 59-yard touchdown and a 20-7 lead after a quarter, following Kevin Condict’s PAT.

“It’s all about timing on routes like that,” Law said. “That was play-action, too, and it had the safety stopped in his tracks.”

The second quarter was more of the same. Jacob Szulc pulled in a 3-yard TD pass from Law. Ndi recovered an errant Salem snap and three plays later Law scrambled into the end zone from 13 yards out. Then Ndi finished the half with his length-of-the-field score.

Marc Gaudet tacked on a 31-yard touchdown run to send the game to running time in the third quarter, then, after Concord’s Tyler Kukla recovered a Salem fumble, Josh Ames scored from a yard out to cap a 39-yard drive and finish the Tide scoring. Douglas Maroun gave Salem its final points with a 2-yard run with 31∕2 minutes to play.

(Sandy Smith can be reached at 369-3339 or ssmith@cmonitor.com.)

Concord 52, Salem 13

Salem (0-2) 7 0 0 6 — 13

Concord (2-0) 20 19 6 7 — 52

First Quarter

Con—Rob Law 61 run (Kevin Condict kick), 0:57.

Con—Leo Sudieh 5 run (kick failed), 7:14.

Sal—Jake Poore 35 pass from John Cerretani (Christopher Sheikhabdou kick), 11:04.

Con—Seimou Smith 59 pass from Law (Condict kick), 11:21.

Second Quarter

Con—Jacob Szulc 3 pass from Law (kick blocked), 3:56.

Con—Law 13 run (Condict kick), 6:00.

Con—Walters Ndi 91 run (kick failed), 11:37.

Third Quarter

Con—Marc Gaudet 31 run (kick failed), 4:21.

Fourth Quarter

Con—Josh Ames 1 run (Condict kick), 4:17.

Sal—Douglas Maroun 2 run (kick failed), 8:35.

Sal Con

First downs 11 11

Rushes-yards 37-92 32-374

Passing 75 115

Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0

Comp-Att-Int 3-8-0 6-8-0

Sacked-Yards Lost 3-15 1-3

Fumbles-Lost 5-2 1-1

Penalties-Yards 0-0 4-40

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Salem, Jason Martinez 13-42, Maroun 3-26, Joshua Rodriguez 1-17, Charles Sibanda 2-11, Zachary Luiapaka 2-6, Cerretani 4-2, Matthew Loffredo 7-(minus-2), Nicholas Shumski 5-(minus-10). Concord, Ndi 6-127, Law 5-92, Sudieh 6-65, Gaudet 4-34, Tyler Martel 4-33, Ames 5-16, Chris Cummings 3-7.

PASSING—Salem, Cerretani 3-7-0-75, Shumski 0-1-0-0. Concord, Law 6-7-0-115, Jacob Lewis 0-1-0-0.

RECEIVING—Salem, Poore 2-65, Trevor Couture 1-10. Concord, Smith 2-66, Gaudet 2-27, Ndi 1-19, Szulc 1-3.

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