WILMINGTON, Del. — Glen Mills coach Kevin Owens says every time his football team walks onto the field and plays a game, it's a positive thing.
Walking onto the field was just about the only positive to come out of a 45-7 loss to Delaware's Salesianum Saturday evening at Baynard Stadium, though.
"Sallies is a good football team, we're a good football team.,' Owens said. "The bottom line is we did not play the way we were supposed to play football tonight and we got what we deserved.'
The Bulls (2-3) didn't get onto the board until 9:16 in the fourth quarter when quarterback Dontae Coates kept the ball at the goal line for a 1-yard touchdown to cut the deficit to 31 points. The drive was set up by a big kick return by Kani Little, who ran the kickoff back to the Salesianum 37 at the end of the third quarter.
That drive was the only solid offensive showing of the evening for Glen Mills. Salesianum increased its lead again as Evander Blue rushed in the final touchdown of the night from 59 yards out.
Owens said he certainly didn't expect to see Saturday's tilt end in such a blowout. The Bulls finished with just 117 yards on offense. Blue had 117 himself on the ground, and the Sals finished with 414 yards of offense.
"I envisioned a great football game, I envisioned a game within one touchdown or overtime or something like that,' he said. "I did not envision a 45-7 game and I think that me, as a coach, has got to take a look at that, and we've got to get back to work on Monday.'
The Sals (4-0) are always unforgiving on the ground behind the quick feet of Blue and the strength of 235-pound back Troy Reeder, but it was a balanced attack that buried Glen Mills early. Quarterback Matthew Sgro threw for 105 yards on 6-of-10 passing including a 13-yard touchdown to Brian O'Neill, who made his way into the end zone after a few athletic moves near the sidelines.
"They're a very, very talented football team,' Salesianum coach Bill DiNardo said of Glen Mills. "We knew we were going to have to play a certain brand of football, we were going to have to have a lot of toughness today and we were going to have to make a lot of big plays and I thought we certainly did in the first half.'
Owens was disappointed after the game and gave his players a passionate talking to, but it was clear all of the Bulls were leaving the field with their heads held high. After a 38-point loss, Owens likes to look at that as another positive.
"I've got a bunch of kids with a lot of class, a lot of character, a lot of young men that work hard,' he said. "Yeah, I'm going to get on them but guess what? On Monday, they'll be ready to go for Chichester and homecoming this week.'