Newton’s offense, penalties hurt in loss
For a team with only seven points in four games, every yard counts, and for Newton football, it can’t squander any field position away.
That was exactly the case Thursday night as Newton, which once again struggled offensively, gave away 120 yards on 13 turnovers in its 10-0 loss to Langston Hughes at Sharp Stadium.
The first drive for the Rams was indicative of the way things would go as quarterback Kemani Pitman was sacked for an 11 yard loss, followed by a 16-yard run by James Hardeman. However, after that run, the Panthers picked up on Newton’s offensive strength and shut down the senior running back, who ran for over 100 yards against Valdosta six days earlier.
Then on defense, the Rams had a 5-yard penalty.
Kemani Pitman scrambles as Langston Hughes gives chase in Newton’s 10-0 loss at Sharp Stadium Thursday night. One of Thursday night’s many penalty flags lies in the background. Newton had 13 penalties for 120 yards.