After snapping a lengthy losing streak and winning more games last year than they had in awhile, the next thing on the to-do list for the Cross County T-Birds was to try and win a homecoming game, something they have failed to do for five years.The T-Birds can cross that off their list as they used a potent rushing attack to knock off the Salem Greyhounds 46-6 Oct. 24.In addition to the salty running game for the T-Birds, they also flashed a stout defense, holding the Greyhounds to 56 yards rushing, and 122 in the air, while taking the ball away from Salem seven times, keeping the Greyhounds from building any momentum.Cross County struck early as they used a 70-yard run on their first play from scrimmage to take the ball down to the Greyhound 11-yard line.Rolandis Hill finished this drive off with a short scamper to put Cross County up 6-0 early in the first.
The Greyhounds didn't help their cause any by fumbling the ball away on their first play from scrimmage, with the T-Birds taking possession at Salem's 23-yard line.
Hill went to work again, scoring from 9 yards out to post Cross County to a fast 12-0 lead.
Disaster struck once again on Salem's next series, as on fourth-and-25 deep in their own territory, the snap went over punter Kyle Estes' head, into the end zone, once again giving the T-Birds a short field to operate on.
Hill posted his third TD of the game as he ran in from 7 yards out, giving Cross County an 18-0 lead, not the kind of start the Greyhounds were hoping for.
After the T-Birds intercepted Greyhound quarterback Phillip Taylor, Taylor repaid the favor by intercepting T-Bird quarterback Aaron Bowles, setting up Salem's best drive of the first quarter.
The Hounds moved the ball to the T-Bird 35 behind the running of Rick Cowart and Woody Harlow, before the drive ended with the third Greyhound turnover of the first quarter.
Undaunted, the Greyhounds managed a score early in the second quarter as Taylor hit James Wagner for a 21-yard TD, capping a six-play, 47-yard drive. The PAT was no good, leaving Salem trailing 18-6.
Cross County got right back in the driver's set on their next play from scrimmage as Kendall Boykin scampered 52 yards into the end zone, wiping out any momentum the Greyhounds might have gathered, as the T-Birds went up 26-6.On Cross County's next series, Bowles hit wideout Kory Ward, the T-Birds' only pass completion on the game, for a 68-yard TD pass that extended the lead to 24-6.
For good measure, the T-Birds used a 24-yard run from Boykin just before the half to give Cross County a 40-6 lead over the stunned Greyhounds.
The third quarter opened on shaky ground for Salem as Ward intercepted Taylor on the Greyhounds' first possession, running it back for a 35-yard TD that rounded out the scoring as Cross County cruised to a 46-6 win.