New­ton bas­ket­ball en­joys night out in Athens

Rams bond dur­ing trip to watch Ge­or­gia bas­ket­ball

The Covington News - - SPORTS - By Bill Dolan

For most high school stu­dents, the Thanks­giv­ing break means a time to re­lax, un­wind and eat lots of food. Lit­tle thought is given to school or any­thing as­so­ci­ated with it.

That is un­less you play sports and your sea­son opener is only days away, as is the case with the New­ton High School boys bas­ket­ball team.

With their first game quickly ap­proach­ing on Tues­day against Jack­son, the Rams were not able to re­lax much over the break. They could be found in the gym ev­ery day (ex­cept Thanks­giv­ing Day) work­ing, work­ing and work­ing some more.

How­ever, all of their hard work did not go un­no­ticed as the coach­ing staff planned a lit­tle out­ing for the team based on its hard work.

Last Tues­day’s prac­tice went as nor­mal; that is un­til the end of the day when the Rams loaded up into a car­a­van and headed for Athens.

In a bus­man’s hol­i­day of sorts they were go­ing to watch the Univer­sity of Ge­or­gia bas­ket­ball game against Elon Univer­sity.

But what night wouldn’t be com­plete with­out a trip to The Var­sity?

The en­tire group en­joyed the un­par­al­leled cui­sine of the world’s largest drive-in restau­rant, din­ing on such de­lights as chili dogs, dou­ble cheese­burg­ers, onion rings and more.

It was then time to head to Stege­man Coli­seum. New­ton head coach Rick Ras­mussen had made ar­range­ments with the UGA staff for tick­ets to

has missed the past five, the Colts are 3-2 and Man­ning has thrown for eight touch­downs with nine in­ter­cep­tions.

The Colts are an ex­am­ple of a team with the worst kind of in­jury luck, hav­ing a bunch of play­ers out at the same po­si­tion, in this case at re­ceiver.

In­juries are a ma­jor fac­tor in the down­fall of last sea­son’s other Su­per Bowl team, Chicago.

But New Eng­land, of course, is the ex­cep­tion.

The Pa­tri­ots are an ex­cep­tion to ev­ery­thing th­ese days, in­clud­ing the rule that ev­ery team is sup­posed to be close to .500. And even when they have had in­juries, they’ve sur­vived. Hey, they won a Su­per Bowl with Troy Brown, a wide re­ceiver, as the nickel back in a sec­ondary that had lost sev­eral real DBs with in­juries.

Even through this un­beaten sea­son, when they’ve been win­ning games by an av­er­age of 41-16, the Pa­tri­ots haven’t been in­jury free.

Richard Sey­mour, one of the NFL’s best de­fen­sive line­men, was on the phys­i­cally un­able to per­form list to start the sea­son and has seen spot duty in the last three games. They’ve been with­out their top two run­ning backs, Lau­rence Maroney and Sammy Mor­ris, for much of the sea­son, and Mor­ris is gone for the year.

The way this sea­son is go­ing for New Eng­land, it could prob­a­bly af­ford to lose any player but Tom Brady and still cruise to the ti­tle.

Don’t bet on Brady go­ing down. Even though Bill Belichick has been list­ing him on the in­jury list ev­ery week for years with a “shoul­der,” Brady will make his 105th straight start to­day.

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