What does the UW- Whitewater football team do the night before a big game?
It has a team meal.
And according to Twitter, the night before the No. 3 Warhawks defeated No. 8 Salisbury on Saturday, 31-14, the team’s traveling party of about 80 cleaned out a Salisbury Chinese restaurant, leaving the place “without a pan of food.”
As for the game?
The Warhawks took advantage of big plays at opportune moments in the matchup of teams ranked in the top 10 by d3football.com.
The Warhawks (2-0) scored 17 unanswered points in a 10-minute span over the third and fourth quarters to take control.
Quarterback Max Meylor finished 16-of-23 for 227 yards and four touchdowns. Wide receiver Ryan Wisniewski caught five of the passes for 129 yards and two scores, and wide receiver Tyler Holte totaled five receptions for 54 yards and one touchdown.
Running back Alex Peete rushed 18 times for 86 yards and caught a 10-yard scoring pass.
Defensive back Jaden Hendrickson paced the defense with six tackles. Defensive lineman Mac- kenzie Balanganayi had five tackles and forced a fumble.
Whitewater held the ball for more than 33 minutes during the game to limit the Sea Gulls’ potent triple-option offensive attack. The Warhawk defense held Salisbury to 2-of-10 on third down and registered four sacks.
After a fourth-down running play inside the UW-W 15-yard line was stopped for no gain by Balanganayi and linebacker Julian McPhail, the Warhawks drove 88 yards in 12 plays for the first score. Keyed by a 29-yard run by wide receiver Sam DeLany, Meylor hit Holte on third down for a 12-yard touchdown to give UW-Whitewater the lead with 6:58 left in the second quarter.
Following a punt by Salisbury (1-1), Meylor hit a wide-open Wisniewski on the first play of the ensuing drive for a 70-yard touchdown to make it 14-0 with just over two minutes remaining in the first half.
The Sea Gulls forced a punt to open the second half and then found the end zone in five plays to cut the UW-W lead in half with 8:54 to play in the third quarter.
Whitewater responded by converting three third downs during a nine-play, 65-yard drive, including a 34-yard touchdown from Meylor to Wisniewski on third-and-18 to put the Warhawks ahead 21-7 at the 2:42 mark of the period.
UW-W tacked on 10 more points on Meylor’s 10-yard touchdown pass to Peete and a 36-yard field goal by kicker Kacper Lupa following an interception by Shane McGrail.
Salisbury scored late on a fumble return.
NO. 3 UW-WHITEAWTER 31,
SALISBURY (MD.) 14
Whitewater 0 14 7 10 — 31
Salisbury 0 0 7 7 — 14
UWW—Tyler Holte 12 pass from Max Meylor (Kacper Lupa kick), 6:58.
UWW—Ryan Wisniewski 70 pass from Meylor (Lupa kick), 2:21.
S—Jack Lanham 14 run (B. Schrecongost kick), 8:54.
UWW—Wisniewski 34 pass from Meylor (Lupa kick), 2:42.
UWW—Alex Peete 10 run (Lupa kick), 14:40.
UWW—Lupa 36 field goal, 8:30.
S—Carroll 45 fumble recovery (Schrecongost kick), 5:05.
First downs 20 12
Total net yards 360 247
Rushing yards 133 122
Passing yards 227 125
Punt returns 1-(-8) 0
Kickoff returns 2-32 5-78
Interceptions ret. 1-2 0
Comp-att-int 16-23-0 9-19-1
Sacked-yds lost 2-22 4-18
Punts 3-29.0 6-27.0
Fumbles-lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties-yards 1-8 5-35
Time of poss 33:14 26:46
RUSHING—Whitewater, Peete 18-88, DeLany 1-29, Strasburg 6-26, Edmonson 2-6, Meylor 7-19, Custer 1-0. Salisbury, Gleason 5-34, Gray 4-29, Lanham 12-46, Bildstein 6-18, Wilson 1-15, Adewumi 1-3, Prue 1-0.
PASSING—Whitewater, Meylor 16-23-0-227. Salisbury, Lanham 9-19-1-125.
RECEIVING—Whitewater, Wisniewski 5-129, Holte 5-54, Kumerow 2-15, Zausch 1-12, Peete 1-10, DeLany 2-7. Salisbury, Cleaver 3-69, Mendez 1-36, Clark 2-8, Bildstein 1-7, Gleason 2-5.