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SALEM 43, CEDAR RIDGE 8 ... Hounds keep rollin'

Thursday, October 1, 2009

MEET ME AT THE QB: Salem defenders Jason Huff (86), Jordan King (31) and David Foster (3) gang up on Cedar Ridge quarterback Tuff Murphee. Photo/Mullins
Getting great production on both sides of the football for the third straight game, the Salem Greyhounds improved to 3-0 on the young season with a commanding 43-8 rout of the Cedar Ridge Timberwolves in 3-2A Conference play Sept. 25 at Greyhound Stadium.

Not only did the 35-point rout move the Hounds to 2-0 in conference play, it also made for a happy homecoming evening for Salem and its legion of fans.

The Greyhounds got their power running attack cranked up early in this one and Salem ran for 240 yards in the contest.

Salem's first score of the night came via a 21-yard rushing touchdown around the right side from quarterback Ty Berry (46 yards rushing) at the 5:05 mark of the first quarter. Jason Huff knocked down the PAT to give Salem a 7-0 lead.

And it wouldn't be long before the Greyhounds tacked on another TD to that score, thanks to heads-up defense.

The T-Wolves were faced with a third-and-4 from their own 35 when an errant snap sailed over the head of quarterback Tuff Murphee. An alert Jesse James scooped up the loose football and without stopping, ran it all the way into the end zone for a touchdown with 3:28 showing on the clock. Huff's extra-point made it 14-0, Salem, after one.

Salem extended this lead with a pair of scores late in the second quarter.

Cedar Ridge fumbled the football deep in its own territory and Jordan King fell on the pigskin at the T-Wolves' 15-yard line.

One snap later, Dustin Ray (30 yards rushing) blasted 15 yards up the middle for the Hounds' third TD of the half, this one coming with 4:09 left until intermission.

On the ensuing kickoff, Salem's defense came up Aces once again, thanks to a spectacular play from Huff.

Cody Weathers was near midfield, running the kickoff back, when Huff slammed into him and pulled the football from his hands, giving the football to Salem at the Cedar Ridge 40-yard line.

Berry (83 yards passing) hit Huff (76 yards receiving) with a big 35-yard pass that helped move the football to the T-Wolves' 5-yard line. But the Cedar Ridge defense held firm and Salem had to settle for a 24-yard field goal from Huff that gave the Greyhounds a 23-0 advantage at the half.

Neither a week's worth of homecoming activities, nor the halftime intermission could cool off the Hounds in the second half.

On the first snap from scrimmage in the third quarter, Clint Ray (71 yards rushing) broke off a huge 66-yard run down the left side for a touchdown, boosting Salem to a 29-0 lead.

On Cedar Ridge's next series, the Salem defense forced another fumble and David Foster came up with the loose football for the Greyhounds deep into the T-Wolves' side of the field.

Three plays later, Berry burst through from five yards away on first-and-goal to add to the Hounds' touchdown tally. With Huff's extra-point, Salem pulled ahead 36-0 after three quarters of play.

Rocky Smith (57 yards rushing) got in on the scoring fun with a shade over four minutes left in the game as he scampered for a 40-yard TD for Salem's last trip into the end zone in the game. Huff's PAT made it Salem 43, Cedar Ridge 0.

The T-Wolves avoided being shutout by scoring on the last play of the night.

Matt Hudson reeled in a 6-yard touchdown pass just before time expired for Cedar Ridge's lone TD. Grant Carroll caught the 2-point conversion pass to make the final score 43-8, Greyhounds.

Nick Gaskins added 18 yards rushing for Salem, while Jesse James ran for 16 yards in the game.

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