The Newport Greyhounds ended regular season play with a record of 9-1.
The 2020 Hounds suffered one loss to the defending 2019 3A State Champions Harding Academy. Harding Academy completed the conference schedule undefeated. The game took place on Friday, October 30. The Hounds have spent the last three weeks practicing for their first playoff game this Friday night.
Throughout the conferences, effects from the pandemic have caused cancelled games and many questions concerning how to proceed with playoffs. Each week of football has been a gift with no guarantee of future games. The Hounds have remained healthy during this uncertain time. The Arkansas Activities Association altered the playoff bracket to include teams which wanted to compete for the State title but may have been affected by Covid cases and players needing to be quarantined. Those that opted in played last week, but others chose to conclude their seasons.
Newport hosts the Corning Bobcats this Friday at Greyhound Field. Corning advanced after a win against Baptist Prep last week, 58-28. The winner of the game between Newport and Corning will advance to the next round and play the winner of Hoxie vs. Lake Village (Lakeside High). Other games to watch include Paris/Salem and Greenland/Perryville.
Statistically, the Greyhounds ended regular season play with a total 342 scored points compared to 180 total points by opponents. Offensive yards totaled 3,225 in 479 offensive plays, averaging 6.7 yards per play. Of the total yards, 1,653 rushing and 1,572 passing. Newport completed 124 of 184 passes. Offensive leaders include Sophomore Quarterback Dejai Marshall with 124 rushing yards and 1,572 passing yards, Senior Running Back Tharon Davis with 699 rushing yards and 252 receiving yards, Sophomore Isiah Kendall with 518 receiving yards, Senior Chris Reynolds with 371 receiving yards and Junior Jamarriel Balentine with 331 rushing yards and two receiving yards.
Defensively, the Hounds totaled 363 tackles, 46 assisted tackles, 58 tackles for a loss, and 43 sacks, as well as four defensive touchdowns. Defensive leaders include Jakeyvin Davis with 83 tackles (75 solo and seven sacks), Tyler Johnson with 52 tackles (36 solo and 15 sacks), Chris Reynolds with 36 tackles (30 solo and two sacks), Chris Young with 32 tackles (28 solo and three sacks) and Kiland Ellis with 26 solo tackles. Interceptions were made by Jadarius Reed (3), Kiland Ellis (3), Chris Reynolds (2), Tristen Griffin (1) and Chris Young (1).
Remaining available tickets can be purchased at GoFan.com or through the app. The game will also be livestreamed on Facebook by Cable 15. Game time set for 7 pm.