GLASSBORO, N.J. – The No. 24 Salisbury University football team rolled to a convincing 45-7 victory on Saturday afternoon downing the Profs of Rowan University to remain unbeaten behind a 496-yard rushing attack performance by the Sea Gull offense.
The Sea Gulls (8-0, 7-0 NJAC) raced out to 24-0 lead at the break behind four scoring drives on seven first half possessions. Salisbury was led by Kadarrius Campbell and Jack Navitsky, who finished the game with 149 and 113 rushing yards respectively and four combined touchdowns.
The Salisbury defense was dominant once again as it held Rowan's (5-3, 4-3 NJAC) offense in check all day limiting the Profs to 145 total yards and forced them into one turnover for the afternoon. Harold Kwigova led the defensive effort with seven total tackles and four tackles for loss while Sean Carroll tallied his third interception of the season.
Navitsky opened the scoring on the Sea Gulls opening drive capping a six-play 72-yard drive, as he raced into the end zone from 49 yards out for his fifth rushing touchdown of the season.
After a Trevor Skoglund 28-yard field goal built the advantage to 10-0 Navitsky found the end zone again, this time from 11-yards out to push the lead to 17-0. His score capped a two-play drive that stared from the Rowan 16-yard line.
The maroon and gold offense continued to roll in the second half as it took its opening possession and marched straight down the field to extend is leads to 31-0. Campbell capped the drive scoring on a 63-yard rushing touchdown for his only score of the game.
The Profs best scoring chance in the third quarter came when they drove the ball deep into Sea Gull territory and faced a fourth and thirteen from the Salisbury 20-yard line. Rowan quarterback Nick Couzzi stepped up to avoid the rush and lofted a ball down the right side line to a wide open John Mannion but the ball was thrown a bit too far and went off Mannion's finger tips to land incomplete.
Frank Pipich Jr. ended the scoring on the day for the Sea Gulls as he punched it in from 12 yards out midway through the fourth quarter to help the Gulls to a 45-0 lead with 6:28 left to play. It is Pipich's first touchdown of the season and second of his career.
Rowan managed to score with under two minutes left to play in the contest to avoid the shutout, scoring on a five-yard passing touchdown from quarterback Riley Giles to Nick Grosso. It was the Profs longest drive of the afternoon covering 67 yards in nine plays and took 4:29 off the clock.
Salisbury returns to action next weekend on Saturday, November 3 when it hoists rival Wesley College on Senior Day for the Sea Gulls. Kickoff between the two programs is scheduled for 12 p.m. at Sea Gull Stadium.