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The rest of the game went much the same with New­ton (0-4) able to gain just 56 yards of of­fense, in­clud­ing 34 rush­ing. The Rams ran for 35 yards on nine car­ries in the fourth quar­ter.

“We have no points, so we have noth­ing to do but con­tinue to build,” New­ton coach Cortez Allen said. “We saw some good things in spurts of­fen­sively we just want to con­tinue to main­tain.”

The Rams had just three yards of of­fense, in­clud­ing four yards on 2 of 8 pass­ing by Pit­man in the first half, and didn’t get a first down un­til late in the third quar­ter.

On third down New­ton went to the air as Pit­man found Aaron Pierce on a 15-yard pass for the first new set of downs in the game for the Rams with 3:07 left in the third quar­ter. The com­ple­tion moved New­ton out to the Rams’ 40; how­ever, an il­le­gal chop block penalty moved the Rams back to their own 25, and New­ton even­tu­ally set­tled for an­other punt.

An­other stalled drive by the Rams led to Langston Hughes (4-1) tak­ing over on the Rams’ 41. The Pan­thers then used a 16-yard pass to set up a 41-yard field goal by Stephen White­head to break the shutout for a 3-0 lead early in the fourth quar­ter.

The Rams couldn’t re­spond, de­spite their sec­ond first down of the game, a 14-yard run by Harde­man, on their next pos­ses­sion and gave the ball back to Langston Hughes on New­ton’s 35yard line.

From there, the Pan­thers didn’t have far to go, us­ing an 11-yard run and then a 20-yard pass play to set up a 4-yard touch­down by Keon Davis with 8:48 to play for the fi­nal score.

The Rams gave up 185 yards of of­fense with 118 of those yards com­ing in the sec­ond half. Langston Hughes quar­ter­back Kenny Moxey was un­der pres­sure through­out most of the night by Kings­ley Ejike and Treyvon Richrd­son, and Aaron Pierce came away with an in­ter­cep­tion, but the Pan­thers’ field po­si­tion proved to be too much.

“The de­fense did an out­stand­ing job,” Allen said. “We ended up giv­ing up 10 points be­cause of bad field po­si­tion. We feel like de­fen­sively our kids are play­ing out there in a high level, but if you only give them 25 or 35 yards to go things hap­pen.”

New­ton be­gins Re­gion 2-AAAAAA play against Al­covy at Sharp Sta­dium Fri­day.

“We’re still young,” Allen said. “It’s a process, we have to keep plug­ging away at it."

Bryan Fazio /The Cov­ing­ton News

Dez­mon Billingslea is tack­led by two Langston Hughes de­fend­ers dur­ing the Rams’ 10-0 loss Thurs­day.

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