SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University football team claimed the 15th-annual Regents Cup game with a 70-14 win against Frostburg State University, marking the 10th straight win in the series for the Sea Gulls.
Sophomore quarterback John Dunbar led the way offensively for Salisbury (6-4, 5-2 Empire 8 Athletic Conference) rushing for a game-high 109 yards and four touchdowns, while throwing for another score and 28 yards. Dunbar was named Salisbury's Mike McGlinchey Most Valuable Player of the game. Senior safety Greg Stanton led a staunch defensive effort with two interceptions, one of which he returned for a 93-yard score and five tackles.
Frostburg State University linebacker Rowan Pinkett made eight tackles in the game, six solo stops, a sack and two tackles for loss, to be named the Bobcats' McGlinchey MVP.
The 70 points is the most for Salisbury since the Sea Gulls won at Utica College, 70-45, during the 2011 season.
The game began with an inauspicious start as Salisbury fumbled the opening kickoff and the Bobcats (1-9, 0-7 Empire 8), running a no-huddle offense, charged 28 yards for the game's first score, a 5-yard touchdown run by Mike Fourth, less than a minute into the game.
Salisbury drove into Frostburg territory on the ensuing drive, but the effort would stall out at the Bobcat 19-yard line, as the Gulls turned the ball over on downs.
Frostburg State appeared to be heading for a two-score lead, driving 47 yards on 11 plays, inside the Salisbury 15-yard line. But as Teron Tyre tried to extend the drive, Stanton reached up to grab Tyre's pass at the 7-yard line. He worked down the left sideline, picking up a few blocks and rumbling 93 yards, tying the game at 7-7.
Salisbury would capitalize on another takeaway, when junior Nick Ochoa forced a fumble, recovered by sophomore Nick Anzallo early in the second quarter. It took just four plays, highlighted by Desmond Sivels' 40-yard run and capped by Dunbar's first rushing score of the day, getting in from 6 yards, giving the Gulls the lead.
Stanton's second pick of the day set up Dunbar less than two minutes later for a 2-yard touchdown run and a 21-7 lead, giving the Gulls control.
Frostburg would cut the lead in half, when Ken Emmons hooked up with Haydan Roberts from 23 yards out, dropping the SU lead to 21-14 with 4:35 left in the first half, but the Bobcats would not score again. Frostburg, which gained 217 yards in the game leading up to the Emmons-to-Roberts strike, gained just 95 yards the rest of the contest and only crossed into Salisbury territory once more, making it only to the 43-yard line.
Salisbury scored on its next seven possessions, into the fourth quarter, to put the game away. Along with Dunbar's final two scoring runs, Salisbury got scores from four seniors, who were among 20 honored before the game. Nick Aloi found pay dirt twice, from 1 and 40 yards, while classmate Lonnie Liggins scored from 12 yards out, Dunbar found senior Michael Copenhaver with a 28-yard strike and Joey Sutch scored the final touchdown of the day midway through the fourth quarter.
Salisbury saw 12 different players with carries in the game for a total of 482 yards, the most since the Sea Gulls ran for 559 against Utica on Nov. 3, 2012.
The Sea Gulls now await the possibility of more football this season, in a postseason contest. Check www.suseagulls.com early next week for more information, as it becomes available.