Report by Blake Smith. Photo by Leanna Hoskinds-Sportz Fan Photos.
The Melbourne Bearcats took to the road Friday night to open conference play the Newport Greyhounds.
The Katz defense brought their a-game to Jackson County, giving up only 7/1 half points to a very vaunted Newport offense.
However, the offense could not get anything going in the first half, only crossing the 50-yard line once, which led to a 7-0 halftime deficit.
The teams went back-and-forth in the third quarter, with neither able to get on the board until the Greyhounds broke through late in the period.
The Katz drove right back and answered with a Riley Grey touchdown run, cutting the deficit to 14-6.
Newport answered with a two-play, 54-yard drive full of explosive plays their offense is known for.
However, Melbourne would not go quietly, on the ensuing kickoff, Ryan Worsham returned the kick 72 yards inside the Newport 10 yard line, and the offense would come through, as the Greyhounds punched in another touchdown run with just under two minutes to play.
The Bearkatz recovered the onside kick, but a late interception sealed the victory for the Greyhounds by a final score of 21-14.
The Katz return home next week to host their rival, the Salem Greyhounds.