SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury university football team welcomed The College of New Jersey to Sea Gull Stadium on Saturday night for the Gulls second night contest of the season. Salisbury claimed its second straight New Jersey Athletic Conference victory in as many contests downing the visiting Lions 38-7.
Jack Navitsky, who was making his first career collegiate start, finished the game with 152 rush yards and two touchdowns while also adding in 35 passing yards and a touchdown in an impressive opening performance under center for the maroon and gold.
Salisbury (3-0, 2-0 NJAC) totaled 437 rushing yards as four players rushed for touchdowns in the victory, while five of eight Sea Gulls rushed for 45 or more yards as Navitsky led the way with 152.
Navitsky opened the scoring less than two minutes into the contest rushing for a 69-yard touchdown run to give the Sea Gulls a 7-0 lead. He would call his own number again less than 10 seconds into the second quarter scrambling from 18 yards out to break a 7-7 tie to cap a three play 44-yard play drive.
TCNJ (0-4, 0-3 NJAC) responded to the Sea Gulls opening touchdown drive with a drive of its own taking over seven minutes off the clock and finishing it off with a touchdown to level the score at 7-7, as quarterback Andrew Donoghue hit wide receiver Vinny Guckin in the right side of the end zone. It is the first points surrendered by the Salisbury defense in almost 100 minutes of game action since giving up a touchdown to Albright in the season opener at the 6:52 mark of the second quarter.
Trevor Skoglund capped the scoring for the first half as he added to the lead right before the break knocking in his first field goal of the season to stretch the maroon and gold advantage to 10, 17-7.
The Sea Gulls added to their lead with 5:58 left in the third quarter as Navitsky tossed his second touchdown pass of the season hitting Matt Scott for an 18-yard strike. The pass capped the Gulls longest drive of the evening using 11 plays to go 77 yards in 4:48. It was Scott's first reception of the season.
Kadarrius Campbell continued the explosive third quarter by the maroon and gold offense pushing the lead to 31-7 on a 20-yard touchdown scamper. Campbell concluded the night with eight carries for 46 yards.
The defense continued its outstanding start to the season holding the Lions scoreless after allowing the opening drive touchdown. Shane Gaines recorded the defenses' first interception of the season and the fifth of his career. Tom Montag and Patrick Bernardo combined for 12 total tackles to lead the team with six each while Matthew McFarland posted team-highs in both sacks and tackles for loss with two and two and a half respectively.
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, September 29 when it travels to William Paterson University for its first road contest of the season. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.