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Football: Aggies Defeat No. 6 Ranked Salisbury in 41 -27 Win

Sep 28, 2008

Mike Isgro threw for 297 yards and four touchdowns while Matt Cook ran for 161 yards and two scores as Delaware Valley College defeated a top 10, Division III for the second straight game with a 41-27 triumph over No. 6 Salisbury University.

The Aggies opened the season with a 27-19 halftime loss to Division I FCS Iona College and trailed No. 3 Wesley College, 16-0, at halftime in week two. They rallied for a 25-22 victory over the Wolverines, and following the bye week, racked up 487 yards of total offense against Salisbury (3-1) to improve to 2-0 on the year.

Leading the way was Isgro as the junior quarterback completed 17 of 29 passes and set a career high with the four touchdown tosses. He rushed for 36 yards on eight carries and used his feet to avoid sacks and come up with big passing plays throughout the contest.

Isgro's first scoring pass was a swing toss to Chad Peterman and the junior wideout leaped over a defender and into the end zone for a 10-yard touchdown and a 14-14 ballgame with 3:55 remaining in the first half.

Later in the half, the Sea Gulls, primarily a running team, faced a 3rd-and-6 from the Aggie 33. However, Bobby Sheahin hit Kevin Tillage with a perfect strike in the end zone with 30 seconds left before intermission. Tommy Kowalicik's extra-point attempt was blocked by Zach McCann for a 20-14 Salisbury advantage.

Delaware Valley's Adam Smith returning the ensuing kickoff to his own 45-yard line and Cook followed with a two-yard run. On the next play, Isgro scrambled to his right and found Brandon Fox behind the secondary for a stunning 53-yard touchdown with just 7.5 seconds remaining. Shane Toohey added the extra-point and the Aggies had a 21-20 lead at the break.

Salisbury went three-and-out on the opening possession of the second half and Delaware Valley took over at its own 26 following the punt. Seven plays later, the Aggies faced a 3rd-and-22 from midfield. However, Isgro threw deep down the left sideline and the junior wideout made a diving catch in the end zone for his third touchdown in the last two games. Toohey's point-after upped the lead to 28-20 with 9:26 left in the third quarter.

It stayed the way until the opening moments of the fourth when Delaware Valley took advantage of a Sea Gull turnover. On a fair catch, returned Zach Holbrook collided with a teammate and the ball popped loose. Peterman recovered it for the Aggies at the Salisbury 25. On second-and-nine, Isgro found Butch Whiteside open over the middle and the fullback broke two tackles and scored from 24 yards out and a 34-20 advantage with 14:04 to go.

The Sea Gulls responded with a 13-play, 66-yard scoring drive to make it a one-possession game with 8:06 remaining. They had a second-and-goal at the 2 but were moved back to the 6 on a pair of Aggie stops. On fourth down, quarterback Ronnie Curley appeared stopped but a second and third effort resulted in a touchdown.

However, the Aggies came right back and drove 59 yards on nine plays. They converted a pair of third-down chances as Isgro hit Peterman for a seven-yard pass on a third-and-four, and then the quarterback ran for 21 yards on a third-and-three. The run put the ball at the Sea Gull 4 and Cook, who had 31 yards on the drive, bulled his way into the end zone on the next play. Toohey's kick made it 41-27 with 2:46 remaining.

Salisbury drove to the Delaware Valley 45 on the ensuing possession but Sheahin's pass was intercepted by Charles Squitiere at the goal line to seal the win. It also wrapped up a strong effort by the Aggie defense in the second half as, after giving up 267 yards of total offense in the first stanza, they held the Sea Gulls to just 104 yards in the final 30 minutes.

Salisbury opened the scoring with 4:13 remaining in the first quarter as Bryan Woolson's 27-yard touchdown run capped an eight-play, 96-yard scoring drive. Delaware Valley followed with a 15-play, 76-yard drive that culminated with a one-yard scoring push by Cook with 13:20 left in the second. Shelby Fisher regained the lead for the Sea Gulls just eight minutes later with a two-yard trip to the end zone. However, the Aggies outscored Salisbury, 34-13, the rest of the way for the upset victory.

Cook, a sophomore, had career highs of 34 carries and the 161 yards. Peterman finished with five catches for 44 yards and one score while Fox added three receptions for 146 yards and two trips to the end zone. Kyle Gesswin led the defensive charge with 12 tackles.

Curley carried the ball 13 times for 99 yards and one score while completing two of five passes for 25 yards. Woolson finished with 90 yards and one score on nine rushes while Sheahin was 3-for-5 for 72 yards and a touchdown. Matt Barnes had a game-high 14 tackles in the loss.

Athletics information provided courtesy of Matthew Levy, Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director. To hear more about Aggie wins, feel free to visit the Delaware Valley College Athletics site at athletics.delval.edu