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goal line to give the Wild­cats a 14-7 lead.

Five plays later, New­ton tried to fake a punt, but Harde­man was tack­led short of the first down. Val­dosta took over at the Rams’ 47, and on the first play, Alex Ca­son made a leap­ing catch along the Wild­cats’ side­line for a 31yard gain. That set up a 35yard field goal by Good­son with 44.5 sec­onds left in the first half, which gave Val­dosta a 17-7 lead at half­time.

Late in the third quar­ter, a Val­dosta drive ap­peared to stall at the New­ton 41, but the Rams were flagged for rough­ing the passer, which gave the Wild­cats a first down at the 26. An eight-yard run by Tim McClain and a 16-yard run by Joseph moved the ball to the 3.

On third-and-goal from the 1-foot line, on the sec­ond play of the fourth quar­ter, McClain took the hand­off and crossed the goal line, ex­tend­ing Val­dosta’s lead to 24-7.

The Wild­cats put the game away with an eight­play, 61-yard scor­ing drive on their next pos­ses­sion. McClain’s 31-yard run moved Val­dosta to the Rams’ 13, and three plays later, Joseph ran the ball in from the 2-yard line for his third touch­down of the night, giv­ing Val­dosta a 31-7 lead with 6:07 left in the game.

“I thought we did some things re­ally well,” Gille­spie said. “It was re­ally kind of along the lines of what we ex­pected, as far as the foot­ball game went. We let the ball get out on us on that one touch­down, and that was dis­ap­point­ing, and we still had a cou­ple of drops.

“But other than that, I thought we played a lot bet­ter. I re­ally do... For the most part, we did some good things, we re­ally did, and we were able to move the ball. And we were able to stop them.”

New­ton re­turns home against Langston Hughes on Thurs­day at 7 p.m.

Mac In­gram /Spe­cial to The Cov­ing­ton News

New­ton wide re­ceiver David Comer (24) runs the ball on a re­verse dur­ing the Rams’ game against Val­dosta on Fri­day, as Val­dosta de­fen­sive end Eli­jah Thomas (97) chases af­ter him.

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