That aspiration has been the calling card of Newton coach Terrance Banks all offseason and all summer long.
“With the kind of size we have up front and the speed we have in other places, I definitely think being the most physical team is an attainable goal,” Banks said.
Eastside running back Taylor Carter also noticed an uptick in the pace and energy of practices once the equipment came on.
“I think pads on the first day separated the football players from just athletes out playing football,” Carter said.
However, the junior tailback did acknowledge that getting back into full contact work does take some getting used to.
“The pads feeling has to come back to our team,” he said. “But when it does, our team will be ready.”
Newton County football fans will have opportunities to get early glimpses of what several teams will be trotting out come mid-August when the season kicks off.
Newton will host defend- ing Class AAA state champion Cedar Grove in a scrimmage at Sharp Stadium this Saturday at 6 p.m. On next Friday, August 11, Alcovy will scrimmage at Miller Grove at 5:30 p.m., and Eastside will travel to scrimmage Walnut Grove at 7:30 p.m.
Each team will begin their seasons the following week with home games at Sharp: Newton will host Drew Thursday August 17, Alcovy will face Duluth Friday August 18 and Eastside will welcome Luella on Saturday August 19, with all games scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.