FROSTBURG, Md. – The Salisbury University football team traveled to take on Frostburg State University on Saturday and came away with a 27-10 win and the Regents Cup to cap off regular season play. It marks the 11th-straight year that the Regents Cup has been claimed by the Sea Gulls.
Salisbury (6-4, 5-3 Empire 8) came out strong, scoring the first 13 points of the contest and would not let go of the lead, scoring two more touchdowns to pad the score.
Salisbury rushed for 391 yards in the game, with three Sea Gulls running for over 100 yards on the day. Sophomore slot Aarron Moore carried the ball for 112 yards on 10 carries, while junior Jerome Johnson had 107 rushing yards and sophomore Connor Canonico notched 104 yards.
Frostburg (4-6, 2-6 Empire 8) won the coin toss but deferred, giving SU the first offensive opportunity. The Sea Gulls' first possession consisted of a seven-play, 57-yard scoring drive with a touchdown pass from sophomore Ryan Jones to Moore on a 29-yard connection to take an early 6-0 lead.
Salisbury's defense came out ready as well, allowing only 18 yards for the Frostburg offense on its first drive, and holding the Bobcats to a three-and-out on their second possession. Johnson paced Salisbury on its next drive, early in the second quarter, breaking off a 13-yard run followed by a 40-yard rush to get the Sea Gulls just outside of the red zone. After taking it down to the 1, Canonico would punch it in and sophomore Zak Osborne would put through the point after to increase Salisbury's lead to 13-0.
The Gulls went into halftime with a 13-3 lead after giving up a field goal to the Bobcats with 1:40 left on the board, but Salisbury was not done scoring.
Freshman Alex Potocko kicked the ball off to start the second half, and the SU defense came out of the locker room strong again. Frostburg's first drive went three-and-out again, only managing to gain three yards. The Sea Gull offense would take advantage again following successive 19-yard rushes from freshman Josh McClain and Canonico putting Salisbury in scoring range. After two carries by Jones that totaled 9 yards and a 3-yard run from Canonico, Moore would score again, this time on the ground for a 4-yard rush to increase SU's lead to 17 points.
With 12:33 to go in the fourth quarter, the Bobcats would try for the comeback, completing a 70-yard pass from Ken Emmons to Thomas Moore for a touchdown to shrink the Sea Gull lead to 20-10, but Salisbury would answer with another score of its own to finish off Frostburg. With 7:06 left in regulation, Moore took the ball in on a 59-yard rushing touchdown to bring the game to its final score of 27-10.
The score was Moore's third of the day, which allowed him to be named the Mike McGlinchey Most Valuable Player for Salisbury.
Salisbury will await its postseason fate on Sunday as the field for the NCAA tournament and Eastern College Athletic Conference bowl games will be announced.