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.
Eastside slipped held off a fourth-quarter rally to slip past Locust Grove 50-48 in overtime Tuesday to earn the season sweep and improve to 5-3 in Region 4-AAA play.
The Newton Rams took state-ranked Westlake to the limit before falling by a single point following a controversial call on the last play of the game. It was a game that saw numerous lead changes and a margin of difference of never more than five points before ending at 46-45.
Newton wrestling is headed back to the Class AAAAA State Duals. After a four-year hioatus, the Rams punched their ticked to the team dual meet at Macon thanks to a spirited runner-up finish in the Area 2-AAAAA Duals Saturday.
An old adage in sports says if you work hard in practice, eventually the coach will give you a shot to play. That's something Derrick Henry learned at Newton and carried with him to Winthrop University. And wouldn't you know it, it's really true.
Newton's girls exacted revenge for a pair of losses to Eastside last year with a 46-34 win Saturday.
The Newton Rams made sure there would be no repeat of last year's upset loss at Eastside Saturday. And they made it look easy.
With two region wins in their back pockets, the Lady Rams liked their chances at a third and the upset over Stephenson Tuesday. Then the two teams hit the floor and reality sunk in.
The Rams may have found their groove. All it took was a game against Stephenson.
The legend of Newton guard Stephen Croone is growing by the game. Unfortunately for the Rams, they have yet to capitalize on his newfound penchant for dramatics.
Newton's girls are off to their best start in six years after a 61-40 win over Langston Hughes Friday. Their win moved them to 2-0 in Region 2-AAAAA and 3-1, equaling their start to the 2006-07 – the season first under head coach Tiffani Johnson.
Rashard Cabane showed toughness in first start as a varsity Ram. He also showed enough to earn The Covington News Athlete of the Week
For the past two seasons, no team has been better in the county - in its region for that matter, than Newton's boys. The Rams are the reigning two-time Region 2-AAAAA champions and compiled a 33-1 region record since 2009. In short, they've been atop the mountain for a while. But things will look a lot different this year.
Newton survived four overtimes to beat region opponent Luella High School Lions 36-30 on senior night at Homer Sharp Stadium Friday. Unfortunately, the win wasn't enough to propel them to the playoffs.
Two weeks ago, the Rams' playoff hopes were left for dead. Four straight losses to open Region 2-AAAAA had taken care of that. With one game remaining, not only have Newton's postseason chances been resuscitated, they're very much alive.
If you like high school football, you're going to love Friday's slate of games. It will be perhaps the single-most important night of high school football Newton County has ever seen. For the first time since the county has had three high schools, each team's season finale carries significant weight.