Greyhounds dash 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.
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.