WACO — A third-quarter defensive stand in which Salado held the Waco Connally Cadets out of the end zone three times from the 1-yard line was the difference Friday night as the Eagles escaped with a 20-15 victory in District 9-4A-II action.

Salado (6-1, 2-0) was led by Noah Mescher’s 145 yards rushing on 22 carries, and his touchdown runs of 4 and 12 yards put the Eagles in the lead after the Cadets (3-3, 1-1) led early on a 27-yard field goal.

Wrook Brown provided the other Salado touchdown on a 31-yard run, finishing with 61 yards on just nine carries.

The game had zero passing yards, with Salado attempting just one pass that was incomplete, and Connally going 0-for-2 through the air.

SALADO 20, WACO CONNALLY 15

Salado 0 7 13 0 — 20

Connally 3 0 6 6 — 15

Con — 27 field goal

Sal — Noah Mescher 4 run (Wrook Brown kick)

Sal — Mescher 12 run (Brown kick)

Con — Long 16 run (run failed)

Sal — Brown 31 run (kick blocked)

Con — Gaither 5 run (run failed)

TEAM STATISTICS

Sal Con

Rushes-yards 44-242 34-226

Passing yards 0 0

Comp.-Att.-Int. 0-1-0 0-2-0

Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING—Salado, Mescher 22-145, Brown 9-61, Reid Vincent 5-16, Hutton Haire 5-10, Caden Strickland 3-10. Connally, Gaither 24-153, Long 1-16.

PASSING—Salado, Haire 0-1-0-0. Connally, Gaither 0-2-0-0.

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