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HIGHLAND 0, NEWPORT 42 Rebs unable to stop Greyhounds' ground attack

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Photo/Sparks STACKED UP: Scott Gatewood plows through a pile of Newport defenders Sept. 25.
It's easy to say that it was Newport's speed that propelled it to a win.

However, closer inspection shows that it was the Greyhounds' patience, vision and quickness that gave them a 42-0 win over the Rebels in 3-4A Conference play at Highland on Sept. 25.

It's not like Newport just picked a hole and ran through it.

The runner burst through the initial hole, paused to look around and then used a quick stutter as he weaved his way down the field scoring on six of the Greyhounds' nine possessions.

Defensively, the Greyhounds' size and quickness limited what Highland could do with the ball.

Rebel Head Coach Clay Wiggins called most of the rushing plays between the ends and the Rebels managed about 135 yards using 30 rushes through the interior and about 10 to the outside to go with four incomplete passes.

Newport didn't throw a single pass and ran 35 times for just over 400 yards.

The Greyhounds scored once in the first quarter, on a 9-yard touchdown by Darrion Watkins.

Then Newport scored three times in the second quarter, on a 31-yard scamper by Artez Brown, a 58-yard run by quarterback Ryan McGaughey and Brown again on a 57-yard run, for a 27-0 halftime lead.

A Rebel fumble on the second half opening kickoff gave Watkins a chance for a 1-yard TD and the 2-point conversion.

Even though the competition clock had already started, the Newport coaches gave Brown another series and he delivered a 57-yard touchdown run along the sideline for the final score.

With 13 flags in the game, Newport (1-3, 1-0) led with nine of them for 60 yards, while Highland was flagged four times for 30 yards.

The Rebel rushers were led by Scott Gatewood with 11 carries for 56 yards. Martin had 29 yards on 14 carries.

Highland (1-3, 01) will travel to Trumann to take on the winless Wildcats on Oct. 2.

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