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“It’s a dif­fer­ent feel­ing when you’re in a game rather than out of it by half­time,” Collins said.

The Chiefs cut New­ton's lead to 15-6 af­ter Cam Porter capped off a 55-yard drive with an 8-yard touch­down run. The Chiefs went for and con­verted the 2-point con­ver­sion but elected to set­tle for the ex­tra point af­ter a penalty negated the con­ver­sion and backed them up 10 yards.

Up 15-7 head­ing into the fourth quar­ter, the Rams wasted lit­tle time re­spond­ing as Akeem Hunt took sec­ond play of the en­su­ing drive 82 yards to pay dirt to ex­tend New­ton's lead 22-7.

McIn­tosh re­fused to go qui­etly. The Chiefs came right back on their next pos­ses­sion and scored again, this time on a 14yard pass from Porter to Bradley Lar­son. Af­ter a cir­cus catch se­cured the 2-point con­ver­sion, McIn­tosh cut New­ton's lead to 22-15 with 6:59 to play.

Af­ter a Ram three-and-out, McIn­tosh got the ball back near mid­field with plenty of time left for a scor­ing drive. Con­sec­u­tive plays of 10 and 20 yards gave the Chiefs the ball near the Ram 30-yard line. But Dean­dre Rashada picked off an er­rant pass over the mid­dle to get New­ton ball back and seal the win.

With one win un­der its belt, New­ton will go back to work this week to pre­pare for a big game against East­side, which will be looking to com­plete the county sweep Fri­day at Sharp Sta­dium. In the mean­time, Col- lins is pleased with his team’s per­for­mance and be­lieves Ram foot­ball is on the mend.

“To get a win this early, es­pe­cially go­ing into the East­side game, it’s huge,” Collins said. "Last year was dread­ful. The dif­fer­ence is Dr. Sams and ath­letic di­rec­tor Tracy Cur­tis came in al­lowed me to hire the guys I needed to hire. The coaches are do­ing a great job and the kids are hav­ing fun, we’re all re­laxed and I’m hav­ing fun.”

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