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By Zach Maxwell
Knox City won its second game in a row in big fashion with a 56-6 decision on the road at Aspermont.
Tristin Baxter was the key with a hand in five ‘Hounds touchdowns. He picked up 98 yards on five carries with another 84 yards through the air from Knox City quarterback Bryson Callaway.
“I felt our guys came out playing fast and played really well all night,” said Greyhounds Coach Caleb Callaway. “We had one hiccup in the 2nd quarter where we gave them a short field and a score but other than that our defense played well all night limiting their yards.”
Baxter scored all three TDs in the first quarter, the first on a 37-yard reception from Callaway and the next two on huge runs of 48 and 36 yards respectively. Kendale Smith got two of three point-after attempts, all of which added up to a 26-0 start for the Greyhounds.
Aspermont got their lone score early in the second to cut it to 26-6 but Ryan Shaver answered with a 10-yard scamper to increase the Knox City lead. Callaway collected a 22-yard scoring run, then Baxter ran it in for a 48-6 lead. Baxter’s final score, a five-yard jaunt with 45 seconds left in the first half, was enough to put the game out of reach.
“Offensively we were able to jump in and out of different formations and work on some plays we have been plugging in as we get closer to district football games,” Coach Callaway said. “We were able to get a score and a stop as the half expired to end the game by the 45-point mercy rule. It was really nice to pick up these last two wins as we start our district schedule this week against Paducah.”
Callaway said Paducah is a team his kids are “very familiar with.”
“We have been playing them for all the years I have been here and we know what they have,” he said. “We know we have to contain their speed and tackle well. Offensively we have to be able to make quick reads and adjust as the game goes on. We know we have a new record and a new season starting this week as these are the games we have been preparing for all year.”
Statistics vs. Aspermont:
Knox City amassed 361 total yards on offense: 218 on 20 rushes and another 143 as Callaway was 6-for-8 through the air. After Baxter, Callaway had 79 yards on five carries, Cameron Hernandez had 31 yards on nine carries.
Nicholas Trevino had a 26-yard catch, Shaver caught one for 20, Hernandez one for nine and K. Smith one for four.