Newton faced its toughest competition of the season on Friday since beating Butler in an exhibition match before the regular season and it showed as Newton got blowed out 67-42 against Tucker.
Newton had put up a good fight. They were in it with Tucker the entire game, but the defending state champion Lady Tigers had taken a six point lead with just a couple of minutes remaining in the contest. To lose by a few points to a team that won a state championship last year would be an honorable moral victory. But the Lady Rams didn't want a moral victory. They wanted to make a statement.
More than just bragging rights are on the line for Friday night's Newton/Tucker matchup. Tucker, which was added to Region 2-AAAAAA this year, is pretty much a powerhouse in every high school sport and that doesn't change in basketball.
Facing a rival for the third straight game, Newton dominated once again, with the girls winning 54-52 and the boys winning 70-51.
The rivalry that exists between Eastside and Newton has been well documented. For any contest or sporting event that the two compete in, the ultimate goal is to beat the other one, the school across the county.
Salem's girls survived against a strong push from a promising Newton team with a bright future, but Newton's boys dealt the Seminoles their second loss of the season.
Newton, both the girls and the boys, got convincing victories over county rival Eastside. The girls started it off with a 76-51 victory and the boys followed it up by winning 57-43.
All good things must come to an end. Newton's outstanding playoff run ended on Friday after a devastating 43-29 loss to Etowah.
Before the season, Rams' head coach Terrance Banks talked a big game about his team. It had some wondering if he was just being arrogant or if there was actual truth to his words. The Rams just lost their last game of the season, going 2-1 in the playoffs, but it seems Banks was right about a lot.
This week is a special edition of our athletes of the week page. With Eastside and Alcovy basketball having away games, we decided that Newton's seniors would be the athletes of the week. All of Newton's seniors have made some type of impact on this season, but we can only highlight a few of them. Honorable mentions: Nuka Yobo and Steven Montac.
With five minutes and 31 seconds left Newton awaited a kickoff with the game tied at 29. It was everything the Rams wanted, until it wasn't.
All year long Newton football made its money on offense where Rams' head coach Terrance Banks had nine returning starters from last year's team. As the Black Knights know, the Rams live and die (mostly living) on the arms and legs of Romario Johnson. However, it's been the Rams' defense that has propelled the team to new heights in this year's playoffs.
They say pressure either makes pipes burst or it makes diamonds. Plenty of pressure was on Newton to follow up the win against Valdosta and solidify the Rams as a program to be reckoned with. The only pressure that showed against Central Gwinnett was the pressure from the Rams' defense.
Newton versus Heritage was all it was hyped up to be, at least in terms of the jawing between the two sides in the crowd. To begin the boys matchup, Newton fans brought out their newspapers (Covington News papers of course) when the boys varsity players were announced. It was a smart play, and it worked. Although, the fan contest is over, you can still sends us your fan photos for a chance to get the #FanPhotoOfTheWeek in our weekly Sunday edition.
Before last week, Newton never won a state playoff game. Now, they've won two. The Rams scored 15 unanswered points to beat Central Gwinnett 15-14 and advance to the third round where they will hit the road to face Etowah next Friday.
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.
For his efforts on the gridiron last week, Newton defensive back Isaiah Fassett has been named the Newton Athlete of the Week.
The Newton Rams and Alcovy Tigers varsity cross-country programs competed in the Region 2-AAAAAA championship meet at Druid Hills Middle School this past Saturday.
The Newton Rams kept their playoff hopes alive Friday night on the road, defeating Luella in a 13-7 defensive battle.
For his efforts on the gridiron throughout the course of the 2013 season, Newton High wide receiver Taylor Hawkins has been named Rams Athlete of the Week.
The Newton High varsity football team had three goals entering the season and, despite a 3-5 start to the year, the Rams can still complete their third - and most important - goal Friday night on the road with a win over Luella.
Newton crowned homecoming king Corey Thomas (above) and queen Amari Davis Friday night during halftime of the Rams' 56-23 loss to the Lovejoy Wildcats.
Homecoming night was memorable for all the wrong reasons Friday night for the Newton High varsity football team, as the Rams stumbled 56-23 to region-leading Lovejoy at Sharp Stadium.
For his efforts against the Rockdale County Bulldogs last week, Newton High sophomore DeAndre Huff has been named the Rams' Athlete of the Week.
The Newton Rams will have the opportunity to knock off their second top-10 ranked opponent of the season tonight at home, welcoming Lovejoy to Sharp Stadium for homecoming.
The Rockdale County Bulldogs claimed their first win over rival Newton High in over a decade Friday night at Reid Stadium, biting the Rams 28-21 in overtime for their second region victory of the year and their first win in the County Line Classic.
The Newton Rams take the road tonight for a region contest with a little rivalry flair, as Newton travels to Reid Stadium to take on Rockdale County at 7:30 p.m.
After catching a pair of touchdown passes to lead Newton High to a 32-21 victory over Druid Hills last Friday, the Rams' Davonta Jones was named Newton's Athlete of the Week.
The Newton Rams earned their second region win of the season Friday night, getting back to .500 with a 32-21 victory over Druid Hills at Sharp Stadium.
After recording four hits in back-to-back games against Luella and Alcovy in the Region 2-AAAAAA softball postseason tournament, Newton shortstop Ciara Bryan has been named Rams Athlete of the Week.