By Luis Arreola III
Special to the News
Emotions were running high at Bobby Morrow Stadium this past Friday as the San Benito Greyhounds opened up their first home game of the season against the San Antonio East Central Hornets with an exhilarating win, bringing their record to 2-0. The Greyhounds managed to put together another dominating performance, silencing any remaining skeptics with a captivating a 49-28 victory.
The vicious Greyhound defense began the game, shutting out the Hornets three & out on the first drive. As the offense took the field, the hounds had momentum rolling in their favor. At the 6-minute mark in the first quarter, quarterback Erick Retta gave the greyhounds its first points on the board baffling the Hornets with a 9 yard QB draw. The Hounds ended the first quarter with the lead, 7-0.
Early in the second quarter, the Hounds were unfortunate and gave up a fumble, which eventually led to a 69-yard handoff by the Hornets, tying up the score 7-7. The Hounds offensive unit pounded their way, driving deep into Hornets territory. Star running back, Tyrone Harper, managed to get inside the end zone rushing for a 2-yard TD. The Hounds had another opportunity to score before the quarter ended, however they came up only one yard short. The first half came to a halt with San Benito ahead, 13-7.
With the second half underway, the hounds received the ball first. A crucial flag was thrown when the Hornets were called for Roughing the Passer, giving San Benito another opportunity to put up points on the board. Retta threw his first touchdown to Wide Receiver Tyler Solis, linking up for a 29-yard touchdown completion. With the Hounds in front, 19-7, East Central managed to block the extra point attempt, running it all the way back for a touchdown; however, a flag was thrown in favor of the Hounds. One of East Central’s players helmet accidently flew off and continued to play. Officials came together to rule that the play would end in an extra point miss. The Hornets managed to put up an additional six points on the board throwing a 48-yard touchdown pass to bump up the score 19-14.
With the Hounds back on offense, Retta contributed another touchdown with a 16-yard quarterback keeper, giving the Hounds a comfortable 25-14 lead. The two-point attempt was converted bring the score to 27-14. The next Hornets drive resulted in a quick three and out, giving the ball back to San Benito. With determination on their side, Tyrone Harper once again broke the plain to score on a 28-yard run. Following another 2-point conversion, the score led to a remarkable 35-14 lead. Hornets were able to air it out, throwing a 12-yard touchdown pass, bring the score up to 35-21. With the last drive of the 3rd quarter, QB Erick Retta took a shot down field to Marcelino Morales, completing a 52-yard touchdown. Hounds were up 42-21 at the end of the 3rd quarter.
With the 4th quarter underway, the Greyhounds brutal defense managed to cause havoc in the backfield, forcing a bad snap which led to a Hornet turnover. Greyhound offense was able to find the end zone on another touchdown pass, this time, to a different target. Retta scanned the defense and was able to fling the ball to wide-out Isaac Pope, hooking up for a 37-yard pass, bringing the score to 49-21. Within the closing minutes of the game, East Central managed to find the end zone one last time completing a 25-yard pass, bring the final score to a dominant 49-28 win by the Greyhounds.
With their perfect record intact, the Hounds will host a non-conference game vs. McAllen Memorial on Friday, September 9 @ 7:30p. We hope to see you out supporting our mighty Greyhounds.