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|Hounds fall to Rebels|
They held a track meet at Huntington Stadium Friday night in the Hounds' season-opener against Central Private of Baker.
But it was the Rebels who had the stronger kick, as CPS outscored the Hounds 20-0 in the final period to defeat Huntington 53-24.
"We ran out of gas," said Huntington coach Chad Harkins
The two teams combined for just over 900 yards in total offense, with Bobby Muse of Central Private rushing for 373 yards on 19 carries, while Eric Bowens of Huntington totaled 298 yards in total offense.
After being unable to stop Muse most of the night, Huntington had Central Private backed up on their own 25-yard line midway in the third period. After a five-yard gain, the Rebels went to the air for a 70-yard pass play from Jason Young to Ryan Bowman that seemed to take the last bit of air out of the Hounds with 4:06 remaining in the third period.
On Huntington's next possession, Steven O'Bryant returned a fumble 36 yards for the score with 8:22 remaining in the game to seal the win.
"We had our opportunities," Harkins said. "We turned the ball over five times. I think our offensive line did a better job than what I thought during the game. We had some missed blocks and some of our backs missed their blocks. But we'll regroup and come back."
After 11 minutes of no scoring, the contest turned into a scoring frenzy as Huntington got on the board first on a 34-yard scoring run by Bowens with 15 seconds remaining in the opening period. The conversion pass failed.
CPS went up 7-6 on its next possession as Muse scored on a 31-yard run and Brandt Moore added the kick.
"We want see many more backs as good as Muse," Harkins said.
Muse then broke loose on a 75-yard run to put the Rebels up 13-6 before Bowens answered with a 63-yard scamper that pulled the Hounds to within 13-12 at halftime.
CPS increased its lead to 21-12 as Young hit Bowman on a 74-yard pass and the two teamed up on the conversion.
Bowens, who finished with 197 rushing yards, then broke several tackles on an impressive 59-yard run with 8:40 remaining to bring the Hounds to within 21-18 as the conversion pass failed.
"We have got to find someone who can kick the football on extra points," Harkins said.
Muse answered less than a minute later with a 48-yard run to extend the CPS lead. Huntington answered again as Jess Dossett avoided a heavy rush and hit Bowens with a short pass that Bowens converted into a 45-yard scoring play. The conversion failed leaving Huntington trailing 27-24.
But Central Private would score the final four TDs, the second long TD pass from Young to Bowman, the fumble return for a TD, an 80-yard scoring run by Muse and a 13-yard TD scamper by Trevor Shepard.
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