Six games into the season, Melbourne’s record remains unblemished despite a sluggish start on the offensive side of the ball in a 43-21 win at home against the Salem Greyhounds. Melbourne’s defense forced the Greyhounds to punt after three plays on their opening possession, after Melbourne won the coin toss but elected to defer until the second half.
Trey Wren’s first pass of the game was intercepted by the Greyhounds for a quick one and out for the Katz offense. Salem would capitalize on the turnover and cross into the end zone; however, a holding penalty negated the touchdown and placed the Greyhounds behind the chains. Carter Bray deflected Salem’s fourth down touchdown pass at the goal line.
The ensuing possession for the Bearkatz showed some signs of momentum as the Katz drove down the field, only to be abruptly stopped on the 35-yard line with a high snap that was recovered by Salem. Once again, the Bearkatz defense stepped up to halt the Greyhounds drive with two big sacks by Jace Rush to force Salem to punt the ball away.
Melbourne would not be denied on their third possession as Trey Wren fired an aerial bullseye to Carter Bray on third and 14. Robert Langston punched across the goal line for the first score of the game in the final seconds of the first quarter. Fernando Ventura booted the extra point for a 7-0 Bearkatz lead.
The lead propelled to 14-0 for the Bearkatz when Carter Bray ripped the ball from Salem’s running back as Salem was trying to answer the Bearkatz touchdown. Salem’s back tried to find the edge, the Katz defense surrounded him, and Bray ripped the ball and appeared out of the pile to jet to the end zone. Ventura split the uprights for the extra point.
Wren engineered a 75-yard drive that culminated in a quarterback keeper touchdown to increase the lead to 21-0. Salem would strike for a touchdown after a Melbourne penalty gave the Greyhounds good field position. They would run a fake punt play to convert the 2 point conversion to set the score 21-8. Wren would then carry for his second rushing touchdown on the Katz next possession to increase the lead to 28-8 for the Bearkatz.
The next three possessions ended with interceptions by Logan Seay and Nathan Woodall while Salem intercepted one pass from Wren, therefore, Melbourne took the 28-8 lead into the locker room.
Melbourne would add two more touchdowns in the third quarter via Wren’s third rushing touchdown of the game and Chayse Been with another rushing touchdown. Carter Bray punched across the goal line for the 2-point conversion to invoke the sportsmanship rule at 43-8 in the third quarter. Salem would add two touchdowns in the fourth quarter but they could not overcome the deficit.
Trey Wren tallied three rushing touchdowns and completed nine of 15 passes. Melbourne finished the night with 359 total offensive yards. Carter Bray led all receivers with four receptions for 107 yards. Wren and Robert Langston each had 96 rushing yards on 23 collective carries. Langston had one touchdown. Chayse Beene tallied a rushing touchdown. Ventura added five extra points.
Melbourne will travel to Perryville on Friday, October 14. Kickoff is 7 p.m.