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Hounds set pace in 3-1A football
From The News-Courier staff—
KNOX CITY—The Knox City Greyhounds took control of the District 3-1ADI football race with another great defensive effort that produced an unexpected bonus, a 55-8 “mercy-rule” win over the Crowell Wildcats at Dick Todd Stadium in Crowell before a disappointed homecoming crowd.
The Hounds are now 2-0 in their bid to repeat as champions after another earlier win over pre-season favorite Paducah but have to wait until Oct. 30 to play Spur to assure themselves of that goal.
“We played lights out football on Friday night,” said Coach Caleb Callaway. “Our guys came out from the opening kickoff and never slowed down.”
The Wildcats were coming off a big offensive explosion in an opening 90-50 victory over the same Bulldogs, a new district member who had ousted the Hounds in the playoffs last season.
The Hounds limited the Wildcats to just 139 yards, 64 on the ground and 75 in the air, as Crowell quarterback Seth Bearden connected on only 9 of 21 passes and turned two pick 6s for touchdowns. The interceptions by Anthony Hernandez and Austin Hacker allowed the Hounds to pad their lead to 28-0 in the first quarter.
“Any time your defense can put points on the board you are having a good night,” Callaway added, pointing to the interceptions plus a fumble recovery.
“Offensively we never had an empty possession and that is a testament to our guys blocking and doing their jobs,” Callaway said.
The Greyhounds rolled up 315 yards of total offense, mainly on the ground as Tyler Delosrios gained 138 yards on 13 carries, scoring four touchdowns, while Tres Frausto gained 107 yards on 12 carries, scoring twice.
“Our guys are getting better every day, and I couldn’t be more proud of them,” Callaway said. “We have a football team that plays for each other, and when you have that it makes you tough to beat. We still have some things to improve upon, but Friday night was a near flawless performance by our team.”
Crowell converted only two of six third downs and one of four fourth downs while the Hounds made good on five of eight third downs and one of two fourth downs.
The Hounds scored on the last play of the first half to lead 49-8, but had to wait until the 5:39 mark of the third quarter to end the game on a 20-yard run by Delosrios
“We are now in the driver’s seat in our district but must continue to keep improving as we play this week and then travel to Spur the last week with a chance to lock up the district championship,” Callaway said.
He added he was excited to be at home this week against Northside and “see our seniors play their last home game.”