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PINNED DOWN: Bearden's Blain Harris gets snowed under by a pack of Greyhound defenders in the opening round of the 2009 Class 2A State Playoffs Nov. 13. Photo/Mullins
Superstitious types might consider it bad luck to play a game on Friday the 13th.

Superstitious or not, it's probably not the best luck in the world to have to play that Friday the 13th game on the road, some four-plus hours from home, against the top-ranked team in the state, no less.

But finding themselves in the post-season for the first time in five years, that's just what the Salem Greyhounds were faced with Nov. 13.

A long road trip to Bearden, home of the Class 2A's number one team, the Bears.

And in the end, it wasn't supernatural forces that undid Salem's (6-4) bid for an upset -- it was just plain old turnovers that hurt the Hounds.

Salem turned the football over to the high-powered Bears (11-0) four times in the first half and Bearden took advantage of those en route to a 63-14 victory over the Greyhounds.

Bearden running back Rickey Brown had a huge first half for the Bears, posting five touchdowns in the first two quarters of play.

Brown scored his first TD of the game on the Bears' first series of the night, wrapping up a 94-yard, six-play drive for the home team.

Brown pushed his way across the goal line on second-and-goal from five yards out at the 6:03 mark of the first. Aaron Stell kicked the point-after and Bearden led 7-0.

Salem's second possession of the game ended after two snaps, thanks to an interception by Bearden defensive back Jarell Moore.

This led to a 52-yard scoring march for the Bears, capped by a 10-yard TD scamper from Brown with 3:10 showing on the first quarter clock. The PAT gave Bearden a 14-0 advantage.

It looked a lot like déjà vu on the Hounds' next series, as Moore notched another interception for Bearden. This one he ran back 35 yards for the Bears' third TD of the first quarter. The extra-point pushed Bearden on top 21-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, the Greyhounds couldn't hang on to the football and Bearden recovered it at the Salem 20-yard line. One snap later, the Bears stood in front 28-0 thanks to Brown's third touchdown of the first quarter.

Although they were down 28-0 after the first quarter, the Hounds proved they still had plenty of fight left in them.

Ty Berry (149 yards passing) hit Jason Huff (43 yards receiving) with a nice 22-yard touchdown pass at the 11:05 point of the second period to get the Hounds on the scoreboard.

Huff then booted the PAT to make it Bearden 28, Salem 7.

But it didn't take the Bears long to add to their cushion.

Bearden quarterback Defonta Lowe hit Moore with a 34-yard touchdown pass at the 6:33 mark of the second to boost the Bears in front 35-7.

The Greyhounds' next series ended with another turnover and Bearden turned that miscue into a 10-yard touchdown run from Brown with 5:04 left until the half.

Brown also caught the 2-point conversion pass to give the Bears a 43-7 lead.

Brown's fifth touchdown of the first half came with 57 ticks on the clock, on a 5-yard run on second-and-goal that sent the teams to the half with Bearden in front 50-7.

Bearden scored once in the third quarter on a 34-yard touchdown pass from Caleb Clark to Moore at the 5:30 point of the frame, giving the Bears a 56-7 lead after three.

The Hounds found the end zone one last time on a 25-yard TD pass from Berry to Shane Travelstead (73 yards receiving) with 10:30 left in the game.

Travelstead out-jumped two Bearden defenders, pulled down the football and then bull-dozed his way into the end zone.

Huff kicked the extra-point and Salem trailed 56-14.

The Bears' last score came on an 8-yard run from Anthony Ross with 3:30 left in the game.

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