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work with the resur­gence of D.J. Hill sup­ply­ing the ground power on the rainy night in Ge­or­gia.

Hill gained just as many yards as the en­tire Wolf­pack of­fense in the first pe­riod of play, tal­ly­ing 53 yards in­clud­ing an 11-yard touch­down burst up the mid­dle of the Greenbrier de­fense to put his team on the board. Demetrius McCray went into the end zone from three yards out to con­vert the two-point play and give the Rams an 8-7 lead with 11.6 sec­onds left in the pe­riod.

The Ram de­fense, led by tackle Brian Forde, de­fen­sive backs Bart Lind­sey and McCray, along with line backer Quin­ton Pooler, kept Greenbrier off the board as the Rams went to the locker room at the half with a shaky lead, 1-point lead.

“I thought we were flat in the first half and didn’t do the things we should have,” said New­ton coach Nick Collins, “but we an­swered the chal­lenge in the sec­ond half and we re­ally stepped up.”

New­ton opened the sec­ond half from mid­field and went the dis­tance. Hill capped off the drive with a 3-yard plunge up the mid­dle and af­ter the PAT at­tempt went wide right, the Rams led 14-7 at the 6:17 mark of the third pe­riod.

The Rams kept the Wolf­pack backed up in their own ter­ri­tory and forced the home team to punt on three con­sec­u­tive pos­ses­sions.

The Rams’ of­fense con­tin­ued its as­sault on the Wolf­pack’s de­fense with Akeem Hunt, Fred Smith and Hill pro­vid­ing the ground pound­ing. The three backs drove the Rams 70 yards from their 29yard line and Pooler capped the drive with a 1-yard touch­down to give the Rams a 21-7 lead with 1:40 left in the pe­riod.

New­ton scored one more time on a 26-yard pas play from McCray to Lind­sey and New­ton took a 28-7 lead with 1:10 left to play in the game.

Greenbrier scored in the fi­nal sec­onds of the game on a 75-yard drive with Ross con­nect­ing on a 25-yard pass to Ben Turner. The Wolf­pack moved the ball down to the New­ton 1-yard line with 15 sec­onds re­main­ing be­fore Turner went across the goal line. The PAT was good and New­ton’s lead di­min­ished 28-14 as time ran out.

With the win, the Rams headed back on In­ter­state 20 west with a much-needed re­gion victory.

The Rams’ of­fense chalked up 232 yards while their de­fense held the Wolf­pack of­fense to 165. Hill had 73 yards on nine car­ries to lead the Rams rush­ers.

“I thought that the way Akeem [Hunt], D.J. [Hill], Demetrius [McCray] and Quin­ton [Pooler] ran the foot­ball was in­dica­tive of where we’ve got to go if we want to play for a play­off spot,” Collins said.

“It feels good to get this one,” added Hunt. “We’re go­ing into week eight and we needed this one baby.”

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