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Junior Hounds dominate Rector

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

LEAD THE WAY: Justus Sparks (7) creates a hole for J.J. Gray in the Salem junior Greyhounds' win over Rector Sept. 10. Photo/Mullins

That's about the only way to describe the Salem junior Greyhounds' 3-2A Conference opener against Rector Sept. 10 at Greyhound Stadium.


BOTTLED UP: The Salem junior Greyhounds kept Rector from getting any kind of offense going with a stout defensive attack Sept. 10. Photo/Mullins
The junior Hounds simply had their way all night long on both sides of the ball and cruised to a 38-8 victory over the junior Cougars.

Salem had a total of seven snaps from scrimmage during the first half and scored four touchdowns off those seven snaps.

The junior Greyhounds were so dialed into the junior Cougars' option-based offense that they allowed Rector a total of just four yards during the first half of play.

PLOW AHEAD: Justus Sparks picks up some extra yards against the junior Cougars. Photo/Mullins
For the game, the Salem defense came up with four takeaways against Rector -- two interceptions, a fumble recovery and a botched punt.

Rector's first series of the evening ended with a three-and-out, giving the ball to Salem.

On the first play of the game for the junior Hounds, Dillon Turner pitched the ball to J.J. Gray and before you could even breathe, Gray ran 54 yards down the left sideline for a touchdown. Gray rushed for 106 yards and three TDs in the game.

The junior Greyhounds' defensive line devoured Rector all night long, keeping the junior Cougars from finding the corner and running wild.

But running wild is just what Salem did.

On their second series of the game, the junior Hounds got a 37-yard touchdown run from the electric Gray. Turner added the 2-point conversion to give Salem a 14-0 cushion after one.

Just inside the start of the second quarter, Justus Sparks picked off Rector quarterback Mitchell Webber and ran the ball all the way to the junior Cougar 15-yard line.

From there, Gray notched his third TD of the game on a blast up the middle. Turner hit Blake Hensley with the 2-point conversion pass to extend Salem's advantage to 22-0 with 6:00 left in the first half.

On Rector's next series from scrimmage, David Tarpley and Hunter Delargy teamed up to sack Webber on third down, forcing Rector to punt for the fourth time of the half.

One snap later, Sparks broke free for a 64-yard touchdown with 2:29 left before intermission. Nathan King carried the 2-point conversion in to give Salem a commanding 30-zip lead.

King later picked off a Rector pass to send the teams to the break with Salem in control by 30 points.

Dakota Reynolds opened the third quarter with a 54-yard touchdown run for Salem and King's 2-point carry pushed the junior Greyhounds on top 38-0.

Rector did avoid the shutout with a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Webber ran in from four yards out for the junior Cougars' lone touchdown of the game. The successful 2-point conversion wrapped up the contest with the junior Hounds posting a 38-8 victory.

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