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at times so far this year. Two weeks ago M.L. King throt­tled the Rams 56-0 at home. But last week they looked good in ev­ery phase of the game as they de­feated Greenbrier 28-14 on the road.

“It’s about try­ing to get a young team to un­der­stand that the com­pe­ti­tion level changes from week to week,” Collins said. “We have to be able to play a good game and then come back to work on Mon­day with to­tal fo­cus on the next team. This Mon­day I thought we did that.”

Demetrius McCray had his best all-around game against Greenbrier. He ran and threw for a touch­down and kept his team ahead all night. The Rams will need more of the same as Dou­glass thumped them 47-0 last year.

Collins plans to use McCray and backup Tyree Wil­liams at the same time in hopes the two will give his team an­other of­fen­sive di­men­sion.

“Demetrius is our quar­ter­back and is not in dan­ger of be­ing re­placed,” Collins said. “We would still like to get Wil­liams some game ex­pe­ri­ence be­cause he is the next quar­ter­back. Our thought process was that by play­ing [Tyree] Wil­liams, that we could then throw it to Demetrius which would give us a boost in our pass­ing game.”

Con­sis­tency seems to be the next step for New­ton’s pro­gram. Collins’ young group is still learn­ing how to close out games. But the dif­fer­ence has been no­tice­able, es­pe­cially in the run­ning game.

“We have guys on the same page for once and we have stayed true to what we want to do,” Collins said about the dif­fer­ences in his team this year. “Last year we did too much on de­fense and we never es­tab­lished a run­ning game. Just think, last year we av­er­aged fif­teen rushes a game and so far we have had three games where we had over fifty rushes.”

The two teams match up al- most iden­ti­cally from a scor­ing stand­point. The Rams are scor­ing 18 points a game while giv­ing up 25.4 where as the Astros come in at 18.0 and 26.0 re­spec­tively.

De­fen­sively, the Rams played well last week and held the Wolf­pack to 14 points. Af­ter giv­ing up 56 two weeks ago, the Rams will need to keep it close in or­der to have a shot at a win.

“Last year I was too tight and I made every­one around me tight and caused us to stop hav­ing fun," he said. "Now that were hav­ing fun it ap­pears that we are play­ing bet­ter.”

On pa­per, New­ton and Dou­glass seem to match up well. But Collins is cau­tiously op­ti­mistic about tonight’s game. The Rams have been up and down and he said you never know what you’re go­ing to get un­til his team takes the field.

“I wish I knew which team is go­ing to show up,” he said. “I hope that the team that con­trolled the line of scrim­mage and ran the ball last Fri­day comes back. The bot­tom line is we are in a place not many thought we would be and now we have to find a way to make the next jump in build­ing a solid pro­gram and that’s winning a big re­gion game.”

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