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New­ton’s punt at­tempt to give the Lions their first of­fen­sive pos­ses­sion on the Ram 19-yard line.

M.L. King cap­i­tal­ized on good field po­si­tion. My­ers hit Cory Phillips for a 12-yard touch­down pass and af­ter Ben­jamin Walker’s PAT was good, the Lions had a 7-0 lead with 9:14 left in the first quar­ter.

“I’m em­bar­rassed,” New­ton head coach Nick Collins said. There’s just no other way to put it, I’m just em­bar­rassed.”

M.L. King took the ball into the end zone on a 19-yard run by quar­ter­back Cameron My­ers but the Lions were called for the first of sev­eral hold­ing penal­ties.

New­ton held M.L. King out of the end zone to get the ball back at their 27, but still could not move the ball and had to punt.

Joel Kight re­turned the New­ton punt 20 yards to the New­ton 25 but an­other hold­ing penalty brought the ball back to the New­ton 46.

On the next play, Demetrius McCray in­ter­cepted My­ers’ pass and New­ton took over at its own 7-yard line.

New­ton ad­vanced the ball to its 11-yard line on a cou­ple of two-yard runs by Quin­ton Pooler and Fred Smith be­fore they had to punt the ball away to the Lions.

New­ton’s de­fense held the Lions again, forc­ing them to punt, but once again New­ton was held to a three-and-out.

The Lions couldn’t ad­vance the ball on their next three of­fen­sive tries hav­ing to punt the ball to the Rams.

Af­ter a punt rolled dead at the New­ton 40, the Ram of­fense con­tin­ued to sput­ter.

The Lions put the ball in the hands of their full­back Mack Brown who chalked up first down yardage but the Lions were called for an­other hold­ing penalty forc­ing the Lions to punt.

The Lions failed on a fake punt and turned the ball over on downs with 5:17 left in the first pe­riod.

Penal­ties killed the Lions yet again. M.L. King in­ter­cepted the ball and took it the dis­tance but the touch­down was called back for yet an­other Lion hold­ing penalty.

On the next play New­ton was called for a face­mask vi­o­la­tion, but M.L. King was caught hold­ing. The penal­ties off­set and M.L. King had the ball at the New­ton 15-yard line with 3:35 left in the first quar­ter.

An on­side kick gave M.L. King the ball back but Demetrius McCray in­ter­cepted a pass at the Ram 7-yard line to kill the drive.

M.L. King re­turned the fa­vor when Chris Eruchula in­ter­cepted a McCray pass.

Sev­eral plays later, Brown scored for M.L. King on a 7-yard burst up the mid­dle. With the PAT, M.L. King led 14-0 with 2:47 re­main­ing in the pe­riod.

It was all M.L. King in the first pe­riod with Kight go­ing 62 yards on a pick six to ex­tend the Lions’ lead 21-0 at the 1:17 mark.

M.L. King owned the sec­ond pe­riod as well. Eruchula ran in to the end zone on a 16-yard burst to give the Lions a 28-0 lead just 37 sec­onds into the quar­ter.

M.L. King scored on their next pos­ses­sion off an 8-yard strike from My­ers to Joshua McClure with 4:20 left in the first half.

“I knew com­ing in that M.L. King was a darn good team,” said Collins. “I just ex­pected our guys to do some things dif­fer­ently, and I’m just highly dis­ap­pointed.”

By the time half­time rolled around, the Lions had a comfortable 42-0 lead to take to in­ter­mis­sion.

The Lions con­tin­ued their on­slaught against the Rams scor­ing 14 points in the sec­ond half to end up with a 56-0 shutout over New­ton.

M.L. King man­aged 213 yards of to­tal of­fense com­pared to just 94 for the Rams.

“We’ve got to un­der­stand that we can’t be afraid of that bunch up the road and I’m not sure we’ve con­quered that fear yet,” said Collins. “I don’t care what you might say; there’s no way that they’re 56 points bet­ter than we are. I’m not say­ing fear was a big fac­tor in the game, we just didn’t play well.”

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