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Wildcats Fall At Mt Zion

By Toby Gullion

(MT ZION) - Heading into Salem's road game at Mt Zion, coach Kevin Greene said his team would need to sustain drives and stop any big plays while trying to deal with junior tail-back Austin Ray.  Salem was unable to do the latter in their 32-12 loss on the road as the Mt Zion rusher finished with touchdown runs of 53, 54, 44 and 40 yards out for a 290 yard evening.

The Braves got a 53 yard scamper from their leader on the third play from scrimmage to help the Braves to a 6-0 lead. 

Salem would then get bad news as sophomore quarterback Colton Harness had to leave the game due to injury early in the 2nd quarter.  Dakota Koehnke would come in and the Cats would fumble the handoff on his first possession. 

Mt Zion took advantage turning it into a touchdown to make it 12-0 where the game would stay until the second half.

The Braves then got a 44 yard run by  Ray to end the third and another 40 yard scamper for a score to start the fourth quarter and finish off Ray's day with the Braves holding on to a 32-0 lead.

Salem would score twice in the game's final 8 minutes, getting a 10 yard touchdown pass from Koehnke to Aaron Ingles and Chris  Woods would take a handoff 53 yards for a score in the game's final minute.

Salem will head to conference champ Charleston next week before closing out the season at home against Freeburg.

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