Photos: Newport Comes Back, Stops Holy Cross from First Win
Holy Cross had the lead with just three minutes remaining on Saturday, and the Indians' first win of the season was in sight.
Instead, it was Newport's long losing streak that would end as the Wildcats scored two late-game touchdowns to run away with the win, 30-21.
Newport (2-6) scored first in this battle of struggling teams when the Wildcats sacked Holy Cross quarterback Dylan Couch in the end zone for safety.
The Indians answered with a 20-yard touchdown run by Ka'sheem Smith, giving HC its first lead of the season, 7-2.
Two minutes later, Newport was back on top, with a 30-yard touchdown run by Giaunte Jackson. With a two-point conversion, the Wildcats led 10-7.
Holy Cross (0-9) would take the lead back before the half when James Davis threw a 33-yard pass to Sebastian Baker for a touchdown and a 14-10 advantage.
Early in the second half, Jackson added his second touchdown for Newport and the Wildcats regained control, 16-10.
In this back-and-forth game, Holy Cross went back on top with a two-play 63-yard drive capped by a 52-yard pass from Couch to Baker for his second touchdown.
After Giaunte Jackson recplaimed the lead for Newport, Holy Cross had two more opportunities to score, but Kaleal Davis intercepted passes both times, securing the win for the Wildcats.
Both teams have touch tests next week. Newport faces off against rival Newport Central Catholic (4-4) while Holy Cross has a date with Lloyd (6-2).
-Brian Frey, RCN photographer