After Connell knocked off Freeman in the first round of the Class 1A playoffs, Chandler Salisbury stood there and bled.
The quarterback and linebacker had received a nasty cut above his eye, but he didn't let it slow him as the Eagles' defense stuffed a one-loss Freeman team.
So, it makes sense that his favorite position is not the one that is generally built for the headlines, but rather his spot on hidden in the second layer of the defense is what he enjoys the most.
"It's a sport where you can go hit someone and not get into trouble," he said. "I like defense a lot."
Salisbury and the Eagles face Cashmere at 1 p.m. today at the Apple Bowl in Wenatchee in a Class 1A state quarterfinal.
The 5-foot-9, 180-pound senior used to be a defensive end, but moved to linbacker his freshman year. He started as a sophomore, helping lead the Eagles to a state title. As a junior, he took on the added responsibility of being the quarterback as well as continuing his defensive responsibilities.
He has handled it well, once again piling up big numbers for the potent Connell offense. Salisbury is 103-of-167 for 1,732 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Not bad for a kid that would rather be out hitting the opposition.
"Ever since junior high, I've been the quarterback," he said. "Back then I was the tallest player, so the quarterback position seemed right. I've gotten bigger, just not taller since then. We make it work."
Salisbury is one of 10 children, including eight sons and he is one of a few to play football at Connell.
His older brother Sterling helped lead Connell to its first state title in 2002, playing safety.
"We are pretty close," Chandler said. "He plays the big brother part and brings me back down if I start getting a big head."
Chandler's younger brother Garrett is the starting kicker this season. Garrett has been stellar on extra points throughout the year and even kicked two field goals in the early going of the win against Freeman last week.
It's only the second time the two have been on the same team, and they are enjoying it.
"The coaches always tease me that (Garrett) is a better kicker," said Chandler, who also used to kick. "It is fun having him there."
Now, the Salisburys and the rest of the Eagles must figure out how to have fun against a Cashmere team that has had their number the last four years.
Connell is 1-4 against the Bulldogs the last four seasons, including a 47-14 rout earlier this year in Connell.
"I don't have an answer as to why we've struggled with them in the past," he said. "We've been battling Cashmere for as long as I've known. We've been winning and losing against them. It's definitely a good rivalry. It's always a hard-fought game."
Another can be expected today, with plenty of big hits go around.