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run. We had the bye week off, and we drew it up on the chalk­board, then we went out and pro­duced it on the field.”

The Grayson of­fense didn’t re­ally get rolling un­til the sec­ond half when fa­tigue and, per­haps a lit­tle frus­tra­tion, started to set­tle in. So look­ing ahead, the de­fense isn’t the prob­lem for New­ton.

Here’s the big­ger is­sue: An of­fense that has scored a pal­try 13 points in its last three games, and that in one game against South Gwin­nett back on Septem­ber 30. That’s af­ter the Rams were putting up 35 points per game dur­ing the first five con­tests.

It was hard to pin­point one par­tic­u­lar of­fen­sive prob­lem that was worse than an­other against Grayson. There was an as­sort­ment of blown block­ing as­sign- ments, mul­ti­ple false start penal­ties, some dropped passes and, of course, the fact that Grayson’s de­fense is pretty stout — ar­guably the best New­ton will see this sea­son.

Jef­fries said he still has con­fi­dence in his squad’s of­fen­sive abil­ity, de­spite the rough patch.

“I mean it’s pretty tough to watch, but we’ve just gotta help make our of­fense bet­ter,” Jef­fries said. “We have to stay up, and we’ve got to keep them up. We have to just take our mistakes, watch film and see what we didn’t do, and then fix it and just keep get­ting bet­ter.”

Part of that process may in­clude a sim­pli­fy­ing of things of­fen­sively, Banks said. It helps that tail­back Nuru Tinch is back from in­jury. Through five games he had 210 rush­ing yards with a 5.4 per carry av­er­age and two touch­downs. He got a few car­ries Fri­day night. And with all of the pieces he has on of­fense, tal­ent is not the is­sue.

“Some­times you can have too many weapons at your dis­posal,” Banks said. “We need to so­lid­ify some things and stick with it. We need to hone in on our sets and our per­son­nel and work with it.”

Shiloh (2-6 and 1-2 in the re­gion) will come into Sharp Sta­dium on Thurs­day with a de­fense that’s giv­ing up al­most 35 points per game, so the Rams of­fense should have a chance to get well on of­fense this week.

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