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|Hounds run by Newton|
Huntington School made its first MPSA home playoff game a memorable one as the Hounds defeated Newton County Academy 44-24 Friday in Ferriday.
"I thought our kids played hard and played well," said Huntington coach Chad Harkins. "We have not turned the ball over lately and that's a big ingredient for us to win."
Huntington went 65 yards on 10 plays on its opening drive with Kevin Brown doing most of the legwork, including finishing off the drive from two yards out. The drive took more than five minutes off the clock. Jeremy Randall ran in the conversion.
A tackle behind the line of scrimmage by Josh Lee on Newton's first possession forced the Generals to punt.
Huntington then went 67 yards on 17 plays with Randall scoring from four yards out with 7:45 remaining in the second quarter. The conversion failed.
"We moved the ball and ate up about a quarter in that first half," Harkins said. "They stayed with us early, but that goes with the emotion of the playoffs."
Newton moved to the Huntington 31 on its second possession, converting a fourth-and-one. But two plays later, Mike Dekerlegand recovered a fumble at the Hound 30.
Huntington was forced to punt and the Generals moved the ball down the field, aided by a 22-yard pass from Rob Roberts to Chris Harris.
Justin Dearmon completed the drive going in from three yards out to pull the Generals to within 14-6.
Huntington increased its lead late in the third quarter as Lee scored on a 17-yard run and Brown added the conversion.
Roberts answered on the final play of the third period with a 12-yard run and the Hounds went into the final period up 22-12.
Lee increased Huntington's lead in the final period with a 9-yard run and the conversion run.
Dearmon scored on a 3-yard run to keep the Generals within 12 points.
But Huntington put the game away as Brown scored on a 59-yard run and Lee returned a fumble 25 yards for the score.
Randall finished with 184 yards on 19 carries, while Brown had 92 yards and Lee 71.
Huntington visits Porter's Chapel Friday.
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