In a Friday packed with thrilling matchups, Newton County's three high school football teams went 0-3, but two of them stood strong and were a few plays away from getting a win.
For a year now, Lowndes has had this game circled on its calendar because last year Newton went down there and beat them, and this year they're gonna do it again.
Being named the Atlanta Touchdown Club's lineman of the week is an accomplishment in itself, but for Eastside senior defensive end Arthur Holmes it could mean greater things.
It was a mismatch.
Coming up this Friday is probably the biggest rematch in Newton history. The Rams are traveling down to face Lowndes - currently ranked No. 11 in the state by maxpreps.com - again after beating them 15-14 last year on the final play of the game that saw Davonta Jones catch a pass to tie the game before the extra point was good. The Covington News talked with Rams' head coach Terrance Banks about playing in that hostile environment and his preparation for another shocking win down in Valdosta.
Other than a stellar fifth inning that saw Newton score all five of its runs, Eastside - rocking the pink unis on Monday - owned the game and the rivalry this season making them 2-0 to finish the series against its rival, as the Lady Eagles ran away with a 13-5 victory.
Newton High School topped rival, Rockdale High School 10-5 on Tuesday evening. The Lady Rams dominated for much of the game, holding a 10-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Bulldogs showed heart and scored four runs in the seventh, but Newton closed the door and took the victory.
In its first home football game of the season at the new Social Circle Athletic Complex, the Redskins (0-2, Region 8-AA) fell to Temple, 21-0. The new complex opened officially on Aug. 18, and new head coach Chad Estes is looking to change the losing culture down in Social Circle.
For the second week in a row, Newton's game got cancelled after almost one full quarter of play against Westlake. This game was supposed to be the one to test Newton, and see if its two wins weren't just wins because they were against weak competition. Although there was only a small sample size to judge from, as neither coach had the benefit of a halftime or end of a quarter to make adjustments, it was enough to see that the Rams are special. It was enough to make one believe that they can go down to Lowndes ...
This isn't David vs. Goliath. Eastside (2-0 Region 4-AAAA) is too good of a team to be David, but Griffin (2-0 Region 4-AAAA), ranked No. 3 in the state by maxpreps.com, is definitely goliath-level football. A better comparison would probably be Rocky Balboa vs. Apollo Creed - the first time - with Eastside being Rocky and Griffin, the undisputed champion, being Apollo.
Off to an 0-2 start, Alcovy (Region 2-AAAAAA) and its coaches are keeping it simple with the team, as they look to get better just two weeks before region play begins.
Social Circle High School opened its new complex this season and will host its first football game of the season on Friday night. Redskins' head coach Chad Estes speaks on the upcoming game against Temple, what it means to his team and why you should come out and watch.
There is a saying, 'the best defense is a good offense,' but there's another saying 'defense wins a championships.' Newton (2-0, Region 2-AAAAAA) subscribes more to the mantra of having a good offense, and Westlake (2-1, Region 3-AAAAAA) is more of a defensive juggernaut.
Before I start let me say that there are many fumbles in regard to the Ray Rice situation (such as Roger Goodell and the Baltimore Ravens' handling of it), but I want to focus on Monday's overreaction to the Ray Rice incident and how it reflects poorly on us as people.
Three local standouts, senior Aubree Thacker (Alcovy), Eastside juniors McKensi "Taz" Powell and Catlin Ray were selected to the 2014 GADC Elite 80 by the Georgia Dugout Club coaches as Georgia Elite High School softball players. College coaches from all over the state packed the stands to watch as players showcased their talent.
It's been 25 years since Pete Rose's lifetime ban came down from Major League Baseball. Now is the time to lift Rose's ban and let him into the Hall of Fame.
School hasn't started back quite yet, and coach BJ Kennedy has his track and field club staying busy this summer.
Heather Wood has done this before, and last time she did it well.
Everything is the same. The Newton All-Stars have been doing the same thing they were doing before they were district champions, and that's not changing anytime soon.
The Rockdale Riptides have six swimmers who have qualified to swim in individual events at the 2014 Georgia Swimming 14 & Under Long Course Championships that will be held July 16-19 at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Georgia.
The beginning of the new school year is just weeks away, and we all know what that means: Friday night football is on the horizon.
It's a known fact that summer heat, especially in Georgia, can lead to exhaustion, fatigue and/or dehydration- even more so for teenage football players practicing outside in high temperatures.
Archery coach George Ryals first saw Dillon McGeorge when he was in the sixth grade. McGeorge was about 11 or 12 then when he came into Ryals' Archery Learning Center in Snellville with an interest in target archery.
Although his summer basketball season is over, we caught up with head coach Rick Rasmussen to ask him a few random questions so Newton County to get to know one of its heralded coaches.
Signings don't usually come this late in the summer, but as they say 'better late than never.'
This Fall, two Covington natives will be indirectly competing against each other for the Paul Hornung Award as Devon Edwards and Akeem Hunt have both been named to the preseason watch list.
The Southeast Striders Track and Field Club of Covington will send three of its 10 athletes to the Jr. Olympic Nationals in Houston, Texas beginning July 21 through July 27.
Saturday's epic contest was one of the best game's I've ever seen live, and I'm not talking about Argentina vs. Belgium.
I've honestly never been a fan of the Hawks. To me they've always been one of those teams that I hope does well – if only because I'm from Georgia – but in the back of my mind (or the front – wherever common sense is located) I knew they wouldn't.