Nolehi runs over Falcons
NANCY SCHOLZ/Special to THE TIMES NEWS Northern Lehigh's Matt Gill gets tackled by a Salisbury defender, but not before picking up some yardage.
SALISBURY TWSP - It's hard enough for the Colonial League's best defenses to tackle Cody Remaley. But Salisbury, which had given up 44 points per game heading into its Homecoming night contest against Northern Lehigh, seemed to have little chance to catch or bring down the Colonial League's all-time rushing leader.
Remaley only needed seven carries to gain 192 yards and four rushing touchdowns in a 67-28 rout of the Falcons.
"My line, with [fullback] Matt [Gill]," Remaley said. "They did an awesome job tonight. I think I was only tackled two or three times."
Not only did Remaley only get tackled on three of his seven carries, but he took one of his two kick returns for a touchdown.
The Bulldog's blocking combined with Remaley's speed and stiff arms, was more than most Salisbury tacklers wanted any part of.
The senior now has 5,192 yards, according to TIMES NEWS records.
"I never thought I'd have this kind of career," he said. "When I got the opportunity to play as a freshman I knew there could be big things to come. I knew I had to get bigger, stronger and faster each year. I knew if I put my work in it would pay off in the end."
Remaley, who ran track in the offseason, has been clocked by the coaching staff around 4.4 seconds in the 40-yard dash. He's also achieved his goal of getting stronger every year. More than once he neutralized Salisbury defensive backs with a quick stiff arm.
"My God is he fast, especially on turf," said Northern Lehigh head coach Joe Tout. "I don't think people can adjust to that angle. The normal angle that a safety's going to take or a corner is going to take, they're not going to get him. And you see the strength now. If he's one on one, he's going to stiff arm you, get around you and score. And I think that's pretty awesome to watch."
Tout was pleased his team jumped right on Salisbury. A week earlier it let a struggling Palisades team hang around for a half. This week, the Bulldogs were getting subs in the game before halftime.
Tout wanted his team to take a step forward before it faces undefeated Pen Argyl next week with a league title possibly in the balance.
"This helped us prepare," said linebacker Kirk Bender. "It got us sharper for next week."
Northern Lehigh went up 8-0 when Remaley took his second carry of the game 50 yards for a score.
The Bulldogs went up 16-0 on a 16-yard reception by Jake Kern from quarterback Dylan Hoffman.
Their next drive was all of one play, a 47-yard Remaley run for a touchdown and a 28-0 lead with 6:17 left in the first quarter.
After a Northern Lehigh safety on a botched Salisbury punt snap, Remaley took the ensuing free kick 55 yards to the end zone for a 26-0 lead with 5:01 remaining in the first quarter.
Remaley scored his fourth touchdown when he went 36 yards to pay dirt on a fourth and four.
Kern, the team's back up quarterback, connected with Caleb Johnson on a 12-yard touchdown pass to make it 47-0 with 9:34 left in the first half.
Kern also ran for a touchdown, taking a reverse 36 yards in the first half.
Remaley's only second-half carry went 29 yards for a touchdown.
The Bulldogs capped their scoring on Trevor Yashur's 58-yard run.