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Salem falls to Wesleyan

— The Salem football team dropped its first game of the season Friday, 38-19 to Wesleyan. Salem (1-1) trailed just 21-19 at halftime, thanks to a big day from quarterback Damian Gordon. The senior had a 42-yard touchdown run to get the scoring started for the visitors, then connected on a touchdown toss with Licash Lackey.

Gordon rushed for nearly 150 yards.

"He had a pretty good day," Salem coach John Starr said of Gordon.

Lackey also added his own scoring run, but the Seminoles were shut out over the final 24 minutes.

"I think first half we played pretty good on both sides of the ball," said Starr. (Wesleyan) caught one touchdown pass off a deflection, one kid broke four or five tackles on a touchdown run. (Salem) played hard, they played good, we just got to be able to finish plays."

Salem, which was coming off a win over rival Rockdale in week one, will travel to Evans Memorial Stadium next weekend for a date with 2-0 Heritage.

"We got our hands full with Heritage," said Starr. "They are going to come out there...they’re probably the best defensive team in the region, they’re going to play hard and play fast. We just got to do our thing."

Wesleyan, trying to get back to the state playoffs after reaching the state semi finals in 2010, evened its record at 1-1 in the first-ever meetings between the two schools.