Rams out­shine Ea­gles

The Covington News - - SPORTS - JAVON DICK­ER­SON news@cov­news.com

It may have been the most hyped scrim­mage in New­ton county foot­ball his­tory. There were no kick­offs, punt re­turns, or hits to the quar­ter­backs but it was foot­ball, and more im­por­tantly to the com­mu­nity it was New­ton vs East­side. For the first time in two years New­ton was back on top and de­feated the Ea­gles 36-23.

It is im­por­tant to note that both teams did not play their starters the whole game. New­ton only played their starters for one quar­ter while East­side played their first-team for the first half. But both teams had some suc­cess from their starters, es­pe­cially the Rams.

“It was good in­ten­sity and a chance to hit some­body else,” New­ton head coach Ter­rance Banks said. “We have a lot of things to work on, but we’re happy we did the lit­tle things right.”

There were glimpses of great­ness from the Rams first team of­fense, led by All-Area quar­ter­back Ro­mario John­son and All-Re­gion re­ceiver Davonta Jones. They were able to con­nect on a seven-yard pass into the end zone for a touch­down, for the first points of the game.

“This year I want throw for more yards,” John­son said. “Be­cause we’ve got more ex­plo­sive play­ers I can get the ball to on of­fense.”

New­ton’s start­ing of­fense was able to put up 16 points while on the field. On cer­tain drives they looked sharp and were able to move the ball down the field con­sis­tently. There was some sloppy play as far penal­ties and dropped passes, but not too bad for the first game.

“As far as the of­fense, we did what the coaches ask us to do, and we made plays and we did good mov­ing the ball for­ward,” Davonta Jones said.

New­ton’s first-team de­fense made some great plays on the field, but also showed that they need work on some things as well. They did put some points on the board when Jeremiah Bun­drage re­turned a

fum­ble for a touch­down on East­side’s third pos­ses­sion of the game.

“As a de­fense, the whole de­fense just jelled up,” de­fen­sive back Steven Mon­tac said. “We’re re­ally un­stop­pable now be­cause we all on the same page and we’re just balling.”

The Ea­gles’ of­fense was no pushover. East­side’s play on of­fense re­vealed weak­nesses in New­ton’s de­fen­sive line and also the se­condary, which had a cou­ple of missed as­sign­ments.

“We made some big plays, but we got some stuff we need to work on,” de­fen­sive back Donta Jones said. “But we’ll be bet­ter next week.”

Now the Ea­gles just didn’t get RAM med over, they made some good plays on of­fense and de­fense with their starters in the game. Quar­ter­back Austin Hol­loway had suc­cess con­nect­ing with re­ceiver Josh Sims through­out the game, and even­tu­ally on a touch­down pass. The Ea­gles first-team of­fense put up 13 points while in ac­tion.

The Ea­gles de­fense did need some work as New­ton was able to move the ball on them well. The Ea­gles de­fense is com­posed of play­ers with no var­sity ex­pe­ri­ence es­pe­cially in the se­condary, with only one player with var­sity ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I want to make sure we’re im­prov­ing ev­ery week,” East­side head coach Rick Hurst said. “When we go down to West­min­ster Thurs­day, we want to look bet­ter than we did to­day.”

Both teams did play with good ef­fort and put on a great show for the com­mu­nity, and were able to get some pos­i­tives from the first game of the sea­son.

New­ton starts its sea­son next week at home Fri­day night against non- re­gion op­po­nent Berk­mar High School. East­side will be hit­ting the road on Thurs­day night for another scrim­mage against West­min­ster High school be­fore the Ea­gles open the sea­son against Al­covy on Au­gust 29.

File photo /The Cov­ing­ton News

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