Newton has earned a lot of offseason hype with the addition of highly sought after freshman guard Ashton Hagans, who has received an offer from the University of Georgia before stepping on the court. Hagans, along with returning guards JD. Notae and Jaquan Simms, hopes to form one of the best 'big three' in Region 2-AAAAAA.
With the County-Line Championship and the Region 2-AAAAAA Championship at stake, the Newton Rams (8-2,4-1 region 2-AAAAAA) took on region rival Rockdale County (2-8,1-4 region 2-AAAAAA) in the final regular season game. Newton dominated from the opening kickoff and pummeled Rockdale 42-0 to win the County-Line trophy and the region championship.
Coming off a lopsided 53-0 victory against Lakeside, the Rams are in sole possession of first place in Region 2-AAAAAA after Tucker defeated Lovejoy on Friday. Rockdale is the only thing standing in the way of Newton winning its first region championship since 1987 as the two rivals are set to face-off on Friday. Newton head coach Terrance Banks talked about the Rams focusing on Rockdale and what it would mean to win the region championship in this Q&A.
After a 20-16 upset to Lovejoy, Newton was left distraught and out of control of their playoff destiny. With two games left Lovejoy is the remaining undefeated team in region play and Newton will need help from Tucker if it plans to win the region. Some things went awry in the contest for Newton, but they did enough things right to win. Below you'll find some takeaways from the game and what they have to do with Newton's season going forward.
In a battle of the two remaining undefeated teams in the region Lovejoy (4-4, 3-0 Region 2-AAAAAA) and Newton (6-2, 2-1 Region 2-AAAAAA) met at Twelve Oaks Stadium on Friday night in what will likely determine the region champion, and Lovejoy came away with the 20-16 win.
Romario Johnson. Kurt Taylor Jr. Deandre Huff. Jeremiah Holloman. Artice Hobbs. Augustus Murray. All names of some of Newton's best skill position players, and by now, names that you likely know. But do you know, Lewis Naza, Dakori West, Jordan Reed, Chance Harrison, Javon Porteous-Punch, Karlen Singleton and Alex Jacobs? They make up Newton's undersized offensive line that has performed exceptionally well, helping to create big play opportunities for the Rams' skill players.
Today, Newton junior running back Kurt Taylor announced on Twitter that he had verbally committed to attend college and play football at Michigan University. Taylor has visited the school multiple times now, but when he went to see the Wolverines play Brigham Young three weeks ago Taylor knew right then that was the school for him as Michigan throttled BYU 31-0.
Britney Ellis' right knee popped in the third inning of a blowout against Tucker on September 24, senior night. Grimacing in pain on the brink of tears, Ellis asked for the trainer, Kelsey Ney, to take a look at it. She did. Ney worked her magic, but in order to finish the game, Ellis would have to play through the pain. And so she did.
It's well known that cancer is a disease that is more and more common, and it's also known that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Newton County elementary and high schools do their part in awareness every year not only by wearing pink, but honoring survivors and remembering those lost.
Just a week ago when Newton and Rockdale met on the softball field at Newton it took the all the Lady Rams had and then some to mount a comeback in the bottom of the seventh that saw Newton score five runs to beat the Lady Bulldogs 13-12. This time the Lady Rams scored eight runs in the second inning alone leading to an 18-1 mercy-rule victory over Rockdale.
Newton head coach Terrance Banks, stood tall tucked away in the corner of Adams Stadium in his khaki slacks, Newton blue collar shirt with a black long sleeve shirt under it and white headphones in his ears. Still over an hour until game time, it was calm on a damp Friday evening.
If you've watched ESPN lately, maybe you checked the "recruits" section of the ticker at the bottom of the screen that probably read something like this, "4-star linebacker Jaquan Henderson (Covington, Georgia) verbally commits to UCLA."