Late touchdown propels Douglass past Newton ASTROS 18, RAMS 13
COVINGTON — The Newton Rams tipped their hand in the first two minutes of their homecoming region battle, losing 18-13 to the Frederick Douglass Astros on a drizzly Friday evening at Sharp Stadium. “I can’t complain about the effort,” head coach Nick Collins said. “The effort was there, we just beat ourselves.” Douglass won the toss but deferred to the second half. Newton (3-5, 2-3 in Region 2-AAAAA) fumbled the onside kick to start the game, but the Rams’ defense held the Atros to two yards to force a punt. Newton started its first drive from its own 4-yard line and went 96 yards on one play when quarterback Demetrius McCray called his own number and took the pigskin on a 96-yard scoring romp for the first score of the game. Cody Sandler’s point after try sailed perfectly through the uprights to give Newton a 7-0 lead with 10:17 left in the first period. Newton came right back with an onside kick and recovered the ball at their 49. The Astros’ defense adjusted quickly to the Rams’ running game and stopped McCray for no gain on the first play, before throwing him for a 1-yard loss, then stopping D.J. Hill after a 3-yard gain. Newton attempted a fake punt but the Astros weren’t fooled at all. McCray ran to the left side of the Astros’ defense but was stopped after a 3-yard gain. Douglass got the ball on downs at the Newton 42 to start its first possession of the game. The Astros went 60 yards in five plays and scored off a 3-yard touchdown run ,but the 2-point conversion try failed and the Astros came within one point of the Rams to go in at the half down 7-6. The Astros took the lead when Braylon Williams connected with Jamal
Trevail Hicks (19) runs down Douglass' quarterback early in the second quarter of Newton's homecoming game at Sharp Stadium Friday. The Rams lost the game after a late touchdown.