Greyhounds race past Lions 55-6
Newport flashed its superior speed and went on to run past Manila 55-6 in 3A-3 senior high football action Friday night at Greyhound Field.
Speedsters Tharon Davis and Monquel Cox combined for 303 yards rushing on the night. Junior Clemmie Akorn added four touchdowns, two rushing, while also catching a pair of touchdowns passes. Newport’s sixth straight win improved their overall record to 6-1 and their conference mark to a perfect 4-0, keeping them tied with Osceola atop the league standings.
Davis finished the night with nine carries for 173 yards and three scores while Cox picked up 130 yards on 10 rushes and a touchdown. Senior quarterback Cash Forrester went 8-14 for 116 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Akorn snared three passes for 99 yards.
Manila took the opening kickoff at their own 34 and marched 64 yards to a first and goal at the Newport two. Quarterback Layne Sims got things started with an eight-yard run before Brett Carter picked up the first down. Sims then found Michael Parker over the middle for a 36-yard pickup and a first and 10 at the Greyhound 19. Sims then scampered 17 yards before being knocked out of bounds at the Newport two. Three straight rushes left the Lions two yards short, setting up a fourth down. Sims looked to pass, but was forced to scramble, and was stopped just inches shy of pay dirt.
Newport took over and after a two-yard pickup on first down, Davis found daylight, streaking 97 yards for the first score of the game. The first of Rolondo Noguez’s eight extra points put the Greyhounds on top 7-0 with 6:44 left in the first quarter.
Akorn scored on a 14-yard romp, putting Newport ahead 14-0 at the 3:25 mark. With just 44 seconds left in the first quarter, Forrester connected with Akron on a 43-yard touchdown pass, giving the ‘Hounds a 21-0 advantage. Davis barreled into the end zone from a yard out with 9:49 left before half, giving Newport a 28-0 lead.
The Lions finally got on the board, putting together an 11 play, 76-yard touchdown drive. Sims picked up a first down on three consecutive rushes to get the scoring march started. A six-yard toss from Sims to Parker, followed by a seven-yard quarterback draw by Sims gave Manila a new set of downs at the Lion 48. Sims then darted 21 yards, setting up another first and 10 at the Greyhound 31. Carter bulled his way for eight yards up the middle before Sims threw a back-shoulder pass to Parker, who made an outstanding catch at the Newport two-yard line. Carter capped off the drive, barreling into the end zone on the next play. The point after failed, leaving the Lions trailing 28-6 with 5:02 left before intermission.
Akron answered for Newport, scoring on a three-yard run with 2:15 left in the half as the Greyhounds increased their lead to 35-6.
Manila threatened late in the half. Sims broke off runs of 19 and 17 yards, but a backward lateral was misplayed by the Lions and the ensuing fumble was recovered by Davis of the Greyhounds. Parker picked off Forrester’s desperation pass before half, sending the two teams into the dressing room.
Newport scored a pair of third quarter touchdowns. Davis scooted in from 25 yards out, followed by a five-yard touchdown run by Cox, giving the Greyhounds a 49-6 lead after three quarters. Newport capped off the scoring when Gavin Tarwater hooked up with Akorn on a 24-uard touchdown pass midway through the fourth period.
Manila finished with 197 yards total offense. Sims topped the century mark, rushing for 102 yards while completing four of nine passes for 80 more. The Lions (3-4, 1-3) will return to conference play next Friday night at Hoxie. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.