Mak­ing his im­pact felt

New­ton's Hunt get­ting it done on the grid­iron

The Covington News - - Sports - By Josh Briggs

If you haven’t seen him play yet, you need to check out a New­ton Ram foot­ball game.

the home crowd Satur­day against McIn­tosh as he rushed for 108 yards on of­fense while mak­ing four tack­les on the de­fen­sive side.

More im­por­tantly, Hunt ripped off an 82-yard touch­down run when his team needed an an­swer to a McIn­tosh touch­down late in the game. For his per­for­mance, Hunt has been named the Cov­ing­ton News/Johnny’s Pizza Prep Ath­lete of the Week.

Hunt’s coach Nick Collins was pleased about his young player’s con­tri­bu­tions and said Hunt is a ris­ing start that em­bod­ies the new at­ti­tude of Ram foot­ball.

“Akeem showed what we have said he could do which is make big plays,” Collins said. “He still has a way to go as far un­der­stand­ing the prepa­ra­tion part of the game, but he is a big play maker.”

Hunt’s per­for­mance

helped

the

Rams de­feat an up­start McIn­tosh team and move to 1-1 head­ing into tonight’s matchup with county ri­val East­side.

“It felt re­ally good,” Hunt said of his 82-yard run. “I don’t start on of­fense so I was fresh. They sub me in for sweeps be­cause I’m fast. I just needed my block­ers and I got out on the edge. It felt good.”

The Rams used sev­eral run­ning backs, in­clud­ing se­nior Quin­ton Pooler who is more of a phys­i­cal, up the mid­dle back, to pun­ish McIn­tosh. But Hunt’s speed adds a new el­e­ment to New­ton’s of­fense.

Af­ter Satur­day’s win, Collins spoke about a new-found at­ti­tude on his team. Hunt says he’s felt it too. As a fresh­man, he played at the Var­sity level last year. The Rams strug­gled both Collins and Hunt feel like the team is turn­ing the cor­ner and good things lie ahead.

“There’s a dif­fer­ent feel­ing on the team this year,” Hunt said. “Every­one is ded­i­cated and it wasn’t like that be­fore. We’ve got good coaches and a new prin­ci­pal. I feel good about the team and how we are do­ing so far.”

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Light­ning fast: Akeem Hunt's 82-yard run helped New­ton earn its first win, 22-15 over McIn­tosh Satur­day at Sharp Sta­dium

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