The Newport Greyhounds travelled back to Lawrence County on Friday, September 28th to take on the Hoxie Mustangs. The Hounds defeated the Mustangs 35-25 in a battle of discipline and positivity. There is no doubt to the amazing skill of this 2018 team, but the fight last Friday was against more than the Mustangs. “Great teams find a way to win,” stated David Black on his Cable 15 broadcast of the game. That statement rings true for this 2018 Newport Greyhound Football team.
The first quarter ended with neither team scoring, 0-0. The second quarter was more eventful with both teams scoring twice, 14-13. # 21 Julius Clark scored on a three yard pass from Quarterback # 16 Cash Forrester, followed by a eight yard rush by # 2 Tharon Davis. The Hounds took the lead with a two point conversion pass from # 21 Clark from Forrester.
The Hounds suffered a few setbacks in the third quarter. The Mustangs scored twice, 14-25. The Hounds rallied in the fourth and answered the Mustangs with three touchdowns by # 2 Tharon Davis, # 4 Monquell Cox, and # 16 Cash Forrester. # 5 Clemmie Alcorn added a two point conversion and # 18 Rolondo Noguez added an extra point kick. Final score 35-25.
Offensively, the Hounds had 28 first downs, 35 rushes for 210 yards, and 21 completed passes of 34 for 209 yards. With a well balanced offense, the Hounds are set to make a great playoff run. Rushing leaders include # 4 Monquell Cox with 21 carries for 125 yards, #2 Tharon Davis with 10 carries for 79 yards, and # 5 Clemmie Alcorn with three carries for three yards. Receiving leaders were # 4 Cox with five receptions for 75 yards, # 2 Davis with three receptions for 39 yards, # 21 Clark with five receptions for 38 yards, # 20 JT Haynes with three receptions for 38 yards, # 5 Alcorn with two receptions for 12 yards, and # 9 Zaywin Smith with three receptions for seven yards. # 21 Clark had three punt returns for 27 yards.
Defensively, the Mad Dog Defense made 39 tackles. Leaders include # 32 Julius Pruitt (9 tackles), # 5 Clemmie Alcorn (8 tackles and an assist), # 2 Davis (3 tackles and an assist), # 70 Dalton Phillips (3 tackles and a sack), and # 52 Zane Watkins (3 tackles).
Year to date offensive statistics include a total of 196 points, 2256 yards, 307 offensive plays, 1127 yards rushing, 1129 yards passing, and 85 of 139 completed passes (61%). Offensive leaders include Forrester with 1117 yards, Tharon Davis with 669 yards, Monquell Cox with 642 yards, Julius Clark with 414 yards and Clemmie Alcorn with 217 yards. Defensive year to date include 251 tackles, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, and two defensive touchdowns. Defensive leaders include Julius Pruitt with 43 tackles, Clemmie Alcorn with 33 tackles, Dalton Phillips with 22 tackles, Zane Watkins with 22 tackles and 20 tackles for Alex Emery.
Tomorrow night is Homecoming for the Newport Greyhounds. Festivities begin at 6:30 pm on Greyhound Field. Prior to the game, a reception will beheld in the lobby of the Fieldhouse for the 1968 Undefeated Greyhounds. Also, the Newport Band is hosting the Annual Chili Supper in the cafeteria. Make plans to come early, eat chili, reminisce with the ’68 Hounds and admire the beautiful Homecoming Court. Go Hounds! Beat the Harrisburg Hornets!