Greyhounds dash Manila's state playoff hopes

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Manila defenders Grant Salzer (23), Kyle Bell (22) and Kris Kerley (41), zero in on Newport running back Monquell Cox (4).  The Greyhounds defeated the Lions 49-12, ending Manila's state playoff hopes.

Newport ended Manila’s two-year state playoff run with a 49-12 victory over the Lions in 3A-3 conference football action Thursday night at Lion Field. The victory gave the Greyhounds a berth in next week’s 3A state playoffs.

Newport got on the board when Joe Broadus scored the first of his five touchdowns with a one-yard plunge at the 7:25 mark of the opening quarter, giving the Greyhounds a 7-0 lead.

Manila came right back with a touchdown of their own when quarterback Lane Sims found wide receiver Robert McCallie all alone for a 38-yard touchdown strike with 3:07 left in the quarter. The two-point conversion run failed, leaving Newport with a slim 7-6 advantage.

Manila's Robert McCallie (12) signals touchdown after Lion running back Logan Hamilton bulls into the end zone from a yard out against Newport Thursday night at Lion Field. 

Newport scored on its next possession when quarterback Cash Forrester hooked up with Julius Clark on a 15-yard touchdown throw with 11 seconds left in the period. Rolando Noguez tacked on his second straight point after, pushing the Greyhounds lead to 14-6.

Manila bounced back, scoring on a one-yard Logan Hamilton run with 8:53 left in the half. Kyle Bell’s acrobatic 21-yard reception from Sims helped set up the score. The two-point conversion pass was intercepted, leaving the Lions down 14-12.

Broadus ripped off a 26-yard touchdown run on Newport’s next possession, increasing the Greyhound lead to 21-12. Broadus’ third touchdown of the half, a five-yard scamper, gave the Greyhounds a 28-12 halftime advantage.

Newport got two more scores in the third period, one when Broadus rambled in from 19 yards out and the other on a Forrester 13-yard touchdown strike to Oshae Pruitt. Braodus scored the game’s final touchdown on a four-yard run with 11:35 left in the game.

The Lions finished the season 2-8 overall and 2-5 in conference play, while the Greyhounds improved to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in conference action.

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