New­ton kicks off against Berk­mar

The Covington News - - SPORTS - SHA­KEEM HOL­LOWAY shol­loway@cov­news.com

Fi­nally, foot­ball is back. New­ton High School will be the first team in New­ton County to kick-off the sea­son, and its open­ing at home against Berk­mar, a team that Rams’ head coach Ter­rance Banks used to be an as­sis­tant for.

Berk­mar fin­ished its 2013 sea­son on a seven-game los­ing streak af­ter win­ning the first three games, while New­ton is look­ing to go for a school record with three con­sec­u­tive play­off ap­pear­ances.

“This is what you work for all sum­mer long, it’s here,” Banks said. “Men­tally it’s noth­ing spe­cial. This is what all the hard work in the sum­mer is for. We’ve had a chance to look at film, and Berk­mar be­ing the first op­po­nent we’ve thought about them in-depth for a while. Now it’s time to get out there and get af­ter that.”

Banks and his team will look to keep up the pace on of­fense, tir­ing out other teams with a strong run­ning game in a fast-paced no-hud­dle tempo.

“Hope­fully that’ll lead us to points,” Banks said. “That’s who we are so we can’t change that now. Hope­fully we can fin­ish drives and not turn the ball over, that’s what we’re gonna go out there and try to ex­e­cute.”

Banks says get­ting the plays into the quar­ter­back and let­ting the quar­ter­back sort of read the de­fense is a key to his of­fense, but re­ally it’s all about tempo.

“It’s re­ally all about tempo. It’s some­thing you don’t nec­es­sar­ily see a ben­e­fit from in the first and third quar­ter. But it’s some­thing hope­fully that’ll help us in the sec­ond and fourth quar­ter,” Banks said. “Last year we played 11 games and we outscored our op­po­nents eight times in the sec­ond half. The key for us this year is: that’s cool and dandy but you only won five, so we need to find a way to make sure we score enough points in the first half [so that] if we do in­crease the scor­ing mar­gin in the sec­ond half we’ll come out vic­to­ri­ous.”

Banks’ high-oc­tane of­fense is led by ju­nior QB Ro­mario John­son, who is com­ing off a sea­son that saw him throw for 1,700 yards, will look to get the ball to skill player Davonta Jones.

“He’s got­ten bet­ter as a quar­ter­back, bet­ter as a passer this year. He’s grown be­cause we’ve been able to get more qual­ity

Last year we played 11 games and we outscored our op­po­nents eight times in the sec­ond half. The key for us this year is: that’s cool and dandy but you only won five, so we need to find a way to make sure we score enough points in the first half [so that] if we do in­crease the scor­ing mar­gin in the sec­ond half we’ll come out vic­to­ri­ous.

— Ter­rance Banks

Rams' head coach

coaches in, so his quar­ter­back play as far as be­com­ing a bet­ter passer will im­prove, and I think if that im­proves and his com­ple­tion per­cent­age im­proves that will def­i­nitely change the game,” Banks said. “As far as be­ing a sec­ond-year starter he just feels com­fort­able in the of­fense. Davonta is Davonta. We just gotta find a way to get him the ball. When you get him the ball, ex­cit­ing things can hap­pen.”

New­ton has the weapons on of­fense with John­son, Jones and wide re­ceiver De­an­dre Huff. They have six re­turn­ing starters on de­fense, if you in­clude two trans­fers. Berk­mar will be their first test to see if they can put it to­gether.

Sha­keem Hol­loway /The Cov­ing­ton News

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