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Posted: November 7, 2013 9:00 p.m.

Rams have chance to even record

Anthony Banks/

The Newton Rams can even their record at 5-5 with a victory over the Morrow Mustangs Saturday afternoon. The Rams can clinch the No. 2 spot in the region with a win and an Alcovy loss.

The Newton Rams have an opportunity Saturday afternoon to even their record on Senior Day, as they host the visiting Morrow Mustangs in their final regular season game of the year.

The Rams enter the game with a 4-5 overall mark, but have an opportunity to clinch the Region 2-AAAAAA No. 2 seed, and a home playoff game with a win and an Alcovy loss.

History is on Newton's side against the Mustangs, as the Rams enter the contest with a 7-5-1 all-time mark against Morrow and are 4-1 in their last five contests, including a 40-0 shutout over the Mustangs last season.

Newton coach Terrance Banks said that the past doesn't matter, but the Rams hope history repeats itself at least one more time this weekend.

"The most important thing is that we get ready to win this weekend and get into the postseason," Banks said. "There, everyone has an even record. We start all over and we just want to keep winning."

Banks said that earning the region's No. 2 seed was important to the Rams' program.

"It's very important," he said. "We have a routine and we want to keep it. If we play at home, we can follow our regular school day, we don't have to rush ourselves and we don't have to travel an hour or two for the first game."

Morrow enters the contest with a 1-8 overall record and is winless in region play.

"I feel confident going into this game, but we have to make sure that we stick to the game plan," Banks said. "It's a very important game for us, so we can't be worried about past records. They're a faceless opponent and we have to do the best we can."

Banks said that the Mustangs will try to hurt the Rams downfield and that his defense has to be ready for the deep play.

"They run a one-back style offense that wants to get vertical," he said. "They want to create some match-up problems and throw the ball up."

On defense, the Mustangs have given up an average of 42 points a game in region play, including 66 points to Druid Hills last week.

"Our offense has to remain focused this week," Banks said. "Our team cannot get caught up on their record. They can't get caught up that they gave up 66 points last week. Every game is a new night, so we have to stay focused and get the win."

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