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Indians start fast, finish strong

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

WRAPUP: After knocking off Cedar Ridge to notch their first victory of the season, the Salem Greyhounds have dropped three 3-2A Conference games. Photo/Mullins
It's not like Marked Tree's Michael Gray needs anything extra to pad his 2008 resume.

After all, the Indians' fleet senior running back rushed for 474 yards against Augusta Sept. 26, a feat that was good for the second most rushing yards in Arkansas high school history.

But Gray, along with fellow running back Earless Coleman, were at it again Oct. 17, racking up big numbers against the visiting Salem Greyhounds.

Gray put up 206 yards on the ground on 17 carries, while Coleman notched 126 yards on 14 totes, as Marked Tree pushed past Salem 49-6 at Don Lovell Memorial Field in 3-2A play.

If this year's edition of the Indians (6-1, 6-0 conference) are anything, they're explosive.

And Salem (1-6, 1-4) found this out firsthand, as Marked Tree jumped in front 30-0 after the first quarter and never looked back.

Coleman started the first quarter damage for Marked Tree with a 1-yard touchdown run with 8:28 showing on the clock. Gray ran in the 2-point conversion for an 8-0 Indian lead.

After Salem was forced to punt on its first possession of the contest, Marked Tree quarterback T.J. Lasiter hit Francisco Matos with a big 76-yard touchdown pass to give the home team a 16-0 advantage.

After another Greyhound punt, Gray, who had scored 18 touchdowns on the season before the Salem game, peeled off a 19-yard TD run at the 4:02 mark of the first for the Indians' third touchdown of the first quarter. Chris Williams carried in the 2-point conversion to push Marked Tree on top 24-0.

The Indians capped their first quarter scoring spree with an 11-yard quarterback keeper for a touchdown by Lasiter with 1:52 left in the frame.

Up 30-0 after one, Marked Tree continued to add to its tally with two touchdowns in the second quarter.

Gray busted across the goal line from 11 yards out for his second TD of the first half midway into the second quarter, boosting Marked Tree to a 36-0 lead.

Coleman than notched his second TD of the first half on a 29-yard run that turned out to be the last snap from scrimmage of the first half, sending the squads to intermission with the Indians in control of a 43-0 game.

The Hounds managed to bust up the shutout in the third quarter.

On Salem's first series of the second half, Jason Huff ripped off a huge 44-yard gain, setting up Salem's lone score of the game.

On second-and-goal from the 5, Salem quarterback Kyle Berry plugged across the right side with 4:56 left in the third. The 2-point try was stopped, but the Greyhounds erased the goose egg from their side of the scoreboard.

Salem tried an onsides kick after the touchdown, but Marked Tree recovered the football and took a 43-6 lead into the final frame.

In the fourth quarter, Chris Williams posted a 21-yard touchdown run for the Indians with 2:18 left in the game, wrapping up Marked Tree's 49-6 victory.

Elkins' John Bunch holds the Arkansas high school record for most rushing yards in a game -- 608 against the Winslow Squirrels in 1974.

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