Charleston and Salem met on Friday night in their final Apollo Conference game of the year and Salem’s last Apollo Conference game ever as they move conferences after this year. Both teams come in winless in the conference with 0-4 records.
Charleston, who has not won a game since September 2nd at Mt. Vernon, took the lead in the second quarter on a 37 yard touchdown pass from Seth Higgins to Kevin Beard. With Tanner Coffey’s kick, Charleston led for the first time in Apollo Conference play this year, 7-0.
With under a minute left in the first half, Charleston’s Bryce Frederick ran in from three yards out just before halftime to extend their lead to 14-0.
After the break, Salem came out with a little more offense. Shaun Reid caught a 39 yard touchdown pass from Nathan Roth early in the third quarter. Roth ran in the two point conversion and Charleston’s lead was cut to 14-8.
Just over a minute and a half later, Roth found the endzone again. This time, Roth ran in from 24 yards out. The two point conversion failed and the game was tied 14-14 after the third quarter.
With both teams looking hard for their first Apollo win of the year, nobody was able to score in the fourth quarter so we went to overtime.
Salem was on offense first and fumbled the ball away to Charleston. The Trojans got to the one yard line where Gilbert ran in his second touchdown of the night and Charleston wins their first Apollo game of the year.
With the win, Charleston snaps a five game losing streak dating back to week three, and improves to 3-5 on the year and 1-4 in the Conference. Charleston will finish up their season at Highland.
With the loss, Salem loses their fifth straight and drops to 1-7 on the year and 0-5 in Apollo play. Salem will wrap up their 2016 season hosting Freeburg next week.
Neither Charleston nor Salem are able to make the playoffs this year.