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.
All the talk has died down now. Newton football was named Fox 5's team of the week on Thursday and has drawn plenty of media attention the past week for its victory over Valdosta. None of that matters tonight when the Rams take on Central Gwinnett at 7:30 at Sharp Stadium.
After their stunning playoff victory over Valdosta, the Rams have garnered plenty of attention. On Thursday morning, Newton held a pep rally, as Fox 5 came to award the football team with their trophy as the team of the week. Rams' head coach Terrance Banks accepted the trophy after the pep rally.
If cheering was the contest that counted then Heritage was easily the victor, but it didn't. Neither did the many entertaining dance-offs between the fans of the two schools, but what did count was the Ws for both the girls' and boys' varsity basketball teams.
On Tuesday, the Newton Lady Rams held a practice at Philips Arena. The players got to practice on the Atlanta Hawks' homecourt and also attended the Hawks/Lakers game that night. The team was able to be on the court at halftime and rebound for the players.
Play 12. That's been the goal all year for the Newton Rams. You see, playing 12 games in high school football means that you've won a first round state playoff game, something Newton hasn't done, ever. The Rams won two region playoff games in 1987, but region playoffs were eliminated in 1994 and Newton has never won a state playoff game. Until now.
Win or go home. That's what the playoffs are all about. That's what the Eastside Eagles and Newton Rams are facing next Friday, as both teams scratched and crawled their way into the Georgia State Playoffs. The first round kicks off November 14th for both teams.
The game of the season between two rivals ended in classic fashion. Newton took the game and the county championship crown in a thrilling 29-26 victory. Rockdale played great, the Bulldogs led for most of the game, but it was Newton's final drive that drove the nail in the coffin. Here's some takeaways from the game.
The game was all but over. Rockdale was nine yards away from the endzone and led Newton 26-21 with just over five minutes to go. On third and nine Steven Montac jumped a route and intercepted a Zuri Minnifield pass and the Rams were back in business at their own five-yard line.
In April 1956, Homer Sharp, principal of Newton County High School, proposed an idea for an athletic field for the school's sport activities. A month later, that athletic field came into action as the county's board of education approved the proposal. Due to the help of the citizens in the community, the stadium was opened on September 21, 1956. It was named after Homer Sharp, because of his hard-work and passion to get the field done. Since then, the field has been used for high school sporting events, recreational uses and graduation ceremonies.
It's that time of the year. Leaves are falling off trees, temperatures are dropping, windy days are upon us, football is nearing its end and it's time to head inside the gymnasiums and hit the hardwood. The Newton Lady Rams aren't wasting any time, as they already are in the gym getting ready for their season.
With less than three weeks until Newton plays its exhibition game the Rams are trying to get the chemistry back that they had this summer. The summer saw the team go 21-9 despite sophomore standout Darvin Jones missing 10 games.
It took over two quarters of play, but when the Newton Lady Rams varsity basketball team finally woke up Wednesday night, they woke up energized, outscoring Rockdale County by 15 in the second half, edging the Lady Bulldogs 56-45 at home in Region 2-AAAAAA action.
The Rockdale County wrestling team will once again represent Region 2-AAAAAA at the Georgia High School Team Dual Wrestling Championship, edging Luella and Newton at the Area 2-AAAAAA duals this past weekend.
The Salem Seminoles girls varsity basketball team hosted the Lady Rams Saturday in the team's second and final matchup of the season, besting Newton 53-41 in the rivalry clash.
The Newton Rams basketball team got back into the win column Saturday evening, after falling to region opponent Luella on Friday night.
The Newton Rams varsity basketball team ran into a buzzsaw Friday night, falling 73-67 to Luella on the road.
There were a lot of expectations placed on the Newton Lady Rams varsity basketball team on opening night this season.
While most families will spend Christmas morning discussing presents under the tree and what foods will be filling their bellies as sugar plums dance in their heads, one Newton family's focus may be turned more toward the hardwood than sleigh bells.
Taking to heart coach Tiffani Johnson's admonishments about getting off to a fast start, the Newton Lady Rams jumped out to a 22-2 first-quarter lead and never looked back as they defeated the Morrow Lady Mustangs 69-38 at Morrow High School in a Region 2 AAAAAA battle.
New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher, Yogi Berra, famously said, "it ain't over till it's over!"
The Newton Rams and Eastside Eagles varsity basketball programs were in action late Tuesday night, squaring off against region opponents before the holiday break.
It was a jam-packed house at Eastside High Friday night, as the local police had to turn fans away as the Lady Eagles hosted Newton High in a rivalry contest.
A classic rivalry will be renewed tonight when the Lady Eagles and Lady Rams tipoff, and both programs are eager to show they belong in the upper echelon of Georgia high school basketball.
The Lady Rams were able to add another win to their record Saturday afternoon, as they came out in dominating fashion and blew past non-region opponent Cedar Shoals 51-21 at home.
The Newton boys varsity basketball team dropped its first game of the season Tuesday night on the road, falling 55-46 to Lovejoy in region play.
The Newton Rams boys varsity basketball team finished off its Thanksgiving holiday week with a win, defeating Cass High School 58-36 last Saturday to improve its record to 4-0.