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Late touch­down pro­pels Dou­glass past New­ton ASTROS 18, RAMS 13

The Covington News - - News -

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

An­thony Banks/The Cov­ing­ton News

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.

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