Newport Rolls Over Holy Cross, 51-6
Sat, 10/18/2014 - 08:25 RCN Newsdesk
The second play of the game provided a harbinger of things to come for Newport on a night it dominated its opponent, Holy Cross. But sometimes, it pays to be more lucky than good.
Well inside their own territory, senior quarterback Paul Price retrieved an errant shotgun snap that sailed over his head. Recovered, Price found a wide open Rico Hollis 40 yards down the sideline sneaking past the Holy Cross defense which thought it had the Wildcats’ quarterback for a significant loss. Only 25 seconds in, Newport jumped out to an 8-0 lead.
On the Indians’ ensuing drive, junior quarterback Hamilton Scott led his team down the field to the Newport 25, where their momentum ended, ultimately missing a 40-yard field goal wide right.
With good field position, Newport took advantage. On a sweep down the right sideline, junior Tyree Bolden gave the Wildcats another big play. Adding salt to the Indians’ wound, Bolden was taken down by his facemask, tacking on additional yardage and giving Newport the ball near the Indians’ 20. Two plays later, senior back Dominic Joseph took the handoff 14 yards up the middle into the end zone for the Wildcats’ second score of the evening, putting the home team up 16-0.
Following a Holy Cross’ punt, Newport once again made its way deep into Indians’ territory. A few plays later, Price capitalized, zigzagging across the field, beating a host of Holy Cross defenders to the pylon, diving in to put the Wildcats up 23-0.
After senior Bryan Burton’s interception to close out the first quarter, Price kept the ball himself on third down and ran 45 yards for another Newport touchdown. But it was called back by holding. On the next play, Price spotted Bolden down the middle, hitting him in-stride between two defenders, putting Newport up 30-0 early in the second.
When Holy Cross was forced to punt, Newport senior David Lynam took advantage of several carries: first, a 20-yard run to the Indians’ 40, then a second down run for nine yards. Bolden again found the end zone on the Wildcats second-consecutive drive with a 31-yard touchdown run. The lead expanded to 37 points.
After Newport senior linebacker Gage Jones jumped a slant route, Joseph took the ball 43 yards the next play, putting the offense in scoring position. Two plays later, Lynam joined the Newport barrage with a five yard run up the middle. It was 44-0 at the half.
In the second half, Newport found the end zone only once – early in the third quarter -- making the final tally, 51-6.
Against a running clock and his starters resting in the second half, Head Coach Matthew Schmitz said it’s important to be patient with the younger players. When freshman quarterback Eric Atkins fumbled the snap and Holy Cross recovered, he was sent back into the game on the Wildcats’ next series.
“Eric’s going to be a good player for us," Schmitz said. "Things like that, it’s important for him to get some live bullets around him.”
But the coach said he was most proud of his team bouncing back from last week’s tough five-point loss against neighborhood foe Newport Central Catholic. “We put a lot into that game. I’d be lying if I said we didn’t. June, July, and August we put into that game and that’s what I’m proud about tonight (the ability to bounce back)."
Next week, the Wildcats will try to move their overall record over the .500 mark when district opponent
Lloyd visits Newport Stadium. The winner will move to 3-1 in the district standings.
Story & photos by Jason Finnell, RCN contributor
Other local scores courtesy of NKY Sports
Beechwood 62, Dayton 0
Highlands 36, Holmes 0
South Oldham 17, Scott 6
Ryle 21, Campbell 14 (F/OT)
Walton Verona 56, Trimble Co. 7
Conner 32, Grant Co. 20