Pan­thers hand Rams se­cond straight loss

Langston Hughes 44, New­ton 7

The Covington News - - SPORTS - MATT SMITH msmith@cov­news.com

The New­ton Rams suf­fered their se­cond con­sec­u­tive road loss Fri­day night at Langston Hughes, fall­ing to the Pan­thers 44-7 at Langston Hughes Sta­dium.

The loss drops the Rams to 1-3 on the sea­son head­ing into re­gion play next week against county-ri­val Al­covy.

Since de­feat­ing Lown­des Sept. 6, New­ton has sur­ren­dered 85 points to the Pan­thers and Val­dosta, while find­ing the end­zone just three times in their two losses.

"Langston Hughes played sound foot­ball tonight," New­ton coach Ter-

rance Banks said. "We had two key in­juries and three starters who were un­able to dress. When that hap­pens, it forces us to play kids who don’t have game ex­pe­ri­ence. Those guys (who were out) had to sit and watch the game. Hughes took ad­van­tage of that and we didn't play con­sis­tent enough to win."

Langston Hughes run­ning back Keion Davis found the end­zone five times in the win for the Pan­thers, help­ing Hughes to a14-0 first half lead.

New­ton's Ro­mario John- son threw for a first-half touch­down for the Rams only score of the game, cut­ting the Pan­thers' lead to 14-7 at half­time with a scor­ing toss to se­nior wide re­ceiver Tay­lor Hawkins.

Hughes scored 30 unan­swered points in the third quar­ter, in­clud­ing two more touch­downs on the ground from Davis, who also caught a touch­down pass from quar­ter­back Ki­nan Humphrey. The Pan­thers' de­fense also got into the ac­tion, scor­ing a de­fen­sive touch­down and a safety dur­ing the pe­riod for the 44-7 fi­nal.

"We have to get more con­sis­tent on of­fense and work through some of the prob­lems we have right now," Banks said. "Hughes gave us a very good game and we hung in there in the first half. The men­tal and phys­i­cal er­rors in the se­cond half led to a big quar­ter for them, but it's some­thing we can con­tinue to work to­ward."

New­ton re­turns to ac­tion next week against Al­covy Fri­day at Sharp Sta­dium.

The Rams have a chance to even the county se­ries be­tween the three pro­grams with a vic­tory over the Tigers.

Last sea­son, New­ton de­feated Al­covy 14-7, giv­ing the Rams their first re­gion vic­tory of 2012.

An­thony Banks/The Covington News

The New­ton Rams fell to 1-3 Fri­day night with a 44-7 loss to Langston Hughes on the road. New­ton has been outscored 85-21 in their last two road con­tests.

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