LOUISVILLE - Salem dug itself into a hole it couldn't get out of it.
The Quakers trailed 34-0 in the third quarter, made a late push, but failed to make a successful comeback as Salem (2-2) fell 41-28 to Louisville (4-0) on Friday.
Salem entered the fourth quarter losing 34-6 when the Quakers decided to make a late push. After a 14-yard run from Louisville's Connor Zwick gave Louisville a 41-6 lead, the Quakers scored three straight touchdowns to make things interesting late. Louisville, however, would hold on for their fourth straight win of the season
Matthew Weingart threw for 202 yards and two touchdowns, while adding a rushing touchdown for the Quakers.
Haeden Panezott rushed for 87 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries. Marcus Crittendon had five receptions for 111 yards and a touchdown. Mike Popa added 81 yards and a score on four catches.
Salem begins Northeastern Buckeye Conference play when the Quakers visit Alliance next week.
L - Walter Shrock 54 run (Jordan Hughes kick)
L - Dylan Cade 33 run (Hughes kick)
L - Dakota Jones 3 run (kick failed)
L - Walter Shrock 38 run (Hughes kick)
L - Andrew Minster 5 pass from Connor Zwick (Hughes kick)
S - Mike Popa 33 pass from Matthew Weingart (Caleb Quinn kick)
L - Connor Zwick 14 run (Hughes kick)
S - Matthew Weingart 1 run (Quinn kick)
S - Haeden Panezott 16 run (Quinn kick)
S - Dan Rumsey 10 pass from Matthew Weingart (Quinn kick)
First downs 920
Total Yards 297430
RUSHING-Salem, Haeden Panezott 18-87, Marcus Crittendon 7-16; Louisville, Walter Shrock 13-143, Connor Zwick 11-80, Dakota James 12-34
PASSING-Salem, Matthew Weingart 11-18-0-202, Trace Jenkins 2-13-0-17 ; Louisville, Connor Zwick 15-29-1-190
RECEIVING-Salem, Marcus Crittendon 5-111, Mike Popa 4-81, Dan Rumsey 3-30; Louisville, Alex Hollifield 8-92, Brice Mathie 5-35, Andrew Minster 2-31, Kyle Best 1-26, Kyle Woost 1-6
INTERCEPTIONS- Salem, Logan Taylor
FUMBLE RECOVERIES-Salem, Josh Campbell, Mike Popa