Kick­off on the hori­zon

2013 football sched­ules re­leased for lo­cal teams

The Covington News - - SPORTS - XAVIER MCKNIGHT sports@cov­news.com

The sched­ul­ing for the 2013 high school football sea­son has been re­leased, and all of the New­ton County pro­grams are very ex­cited for the up­com­ing sea­son.

Al­covy’s reg­u­lar sea­son will be­gin with an away game at Jones County on Thurs­day, Aug. 29, while New­ton and East­side play their open­ing reg­u­lar sea­son game against each other, with New­ton as the home team at Sharp Sta­dium.

It marks the first of three home games to open the reg­u­lar sea­son for the Rams.

New­ton fin­ished as the No. 2 team in Re­gion 2-AAAAAA last sea­son, win­ning three games in a row en route to a 5-6 sea­son, and is un­der the tute­lage of first-year coach Ter­rance Banks. Cortez Allen left New­ton to pur­sue a head coach­ing job at M.L. King.

Al­covy also reached the play­offs last sea­son, fin­ish­ing fourth in Re­gion 2-AAAAAA and end­ing 2012 with a 4-7 record, but has plenty of tal­ent re­turn­ing in 2013.

“This is go­ing to be one of the bet­ter se­nior class of play­ers to come through,” Al­covy coach Kirk Hoff­man said.”

Both New­ton and Al­covy coaches say cross-town ri­valry games and a matchup against de­fend­ing Re­gion 2-AAAAAA cham­pion Love­joy are what they are most look­ing for­ward to.

“A lot of our games will be tough,” Banks said. “Six of the teams we play made the play­offs last year, so we have a rough sched­ule and ev­ery game is a tough game.”

New­ton, though it has a new school, will con­tinue to play at Sharp Sta­dium, and will host its home­com­ing game against Druid Hills Oct. 11. The next week, the Rams will travel to Rock­dale and play in the Bull­dogs home­com­ing. The ri­valry game was re­newed in 2012 af­ter re­clas­si­fi­ca­tion with the two teams en­ter­ing the same re­gion.

“We ex­pect to be com­pet­i­tive in ev­ery game and take ev­ery game one game at a time.” Banks said. “Our goal is to com­pete for a re­gion cham­pi­onship and make it to the state play­offs.

All of the New­ton County high school teams are very ex­cited about com­pet­ing against their in-county ri­vals.

East­side had the best record of the three New­ton County teams last sea­son, go­ing 7-4, win­ning four games in a row at one time.

The Ea­gles will have an­other chance

for a streak in 2013, play­ing four straight home games af­ter open­ing against New­ton and trav­el­ing to Jack­son.

New­ton’s sched­ule will fol­low games with Lown­des, Val­dosta, Langston Hughes, Al­covy, Druid Hills, Rock­dale, Love­joy, Luella, and Mor­row.

Al­covy’s sched­ule will con­tinue with games against Perry, East­side, Jack­son, Luella, New­ton, Mor­row, Druid Hills, Rock­dale and Love­joy.

East­side’s sched­ule will fol­low with games against Jack­son, Al­covy, Ch­es­ta­tee, Madi­son County, Lanier, Lump­kin County, Wal­nut Grove, Stephens County, and Mon­roe Area.

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