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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.

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