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By Zach Maxwell
Tristin Baxter’s four touchdowns helped pace another district win for the Knox City Greyhounds, this time a 76-28 home decision over Crowell.
The Hounds put up 40 points in the first quarter, paced by Baxter’s scoring runs of 10, 46 and 32 yards in sequence. Knox City led 40-12 after one quarter and held a 62-28 lead at the half.
Baxter reached the end zone with 8:20 remaining in the first and with two points from Kendale Smith, the Hounds were off to an 8-0 start. Crowell answered the score but Baxter’s 46-yard run followed on the heels for a 16-6 lead.
Cameron Hernandez found a 45-yard hole moments later and suddenly Knox City was out to a 24-6 start. Ryan Shaver scored on a short pass from Bryson Callaway before Crowell would answer on a 30-yard run to cut the score to 32-12.
Baxter’s 32-yard score came with six seconds left in the first for a 40-12 lead thanks to Smith’s fifth successful point-after attempt of the quarter.
Crowell cut the score to 40-20 in the second quarter before Hernandez got his second TD of the game – a 44-yard run which brought it up to 48-20 Hounds. Callaway hit Shaver for a 29-yard pass and suddenly Knox City was way out ahead 54-20.
Crowell would score in the final minute of the half but the Greyhounds answered that too, on another, shorter pass from Callaway to Shaver in the closing seconds of the half for a 62-28 lead.
Knox City would score two more in the third, a Tristin Baxter goal-line score and another connection for Callaway to Shaver for the final touch with 4:28 left in the third.
The Hounds amassed 434 total yards of offense, 331 of those from rushing on 27 carries. Baxter had 145 yards on 12 carries, Hernandez collected 117 on eight, Callaway had 53 ground yards and Caleb Arrieta had 16 on three totes.
Callaway was 7-for-8 through the air with 103 yards and four touchdowns. Shaver had 78 yards on five receptions while Kobe Roberts had 25 yards on two catches.
Knox City (4-4, 2-0 in district play) travels to Northside High (0-7, 0-1) this Friday in Vernon.