Newton blown out, 56-20
MCDONOUGH — Kenneth Patrick sat on the ground and peeled the dirty white pieces of athletic tape from his legs.
He didn’t even take the time to stare at the scoreboard clock, didn’t bother watching the final seconds of his freshman season tick away. Instead, Patrick — and the team he quarterbacks — already was focused on the future.
Newton High ended its 2007 season Friday night by doing what it did for most of the past three months — losing.
The latest and last chapter was written in a 56-20 defeat at Union Grove, a game that was wildly entertaining for a while thanks in large part to Patrick’s sheer athleticism.
And, while youthful mistakes did rear their head from time to time, experience is the best teacher. That’s why Newton first-year head coach Nick Collins summoned a large number of inexperienced players and let them cut their teeth at the varsity level.
“We have to,” Collins said. “I’ve said it before. At