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Friday night football roundup: 10/31

There weren't many scares for the local high school football teams tonight. Some teams were tricked and others were treats. Here's the Halloween Friday night football roundup.

October 31, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Playoffs?

With just two games left for most teams and one game for others, the playoff race is in the final lap and the teams are headed toward the finish line. Some teams fare better than others, but every Newton County high school football team has a shot at making it to the big dance. Here are the current playoff implications for each team. (Note: this was written before Newton's game against Lovejoy).

October 25, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Year one

Speaking to head coach Ashley Coles after her team became the runner up in region 2-AAAAAA, she was confident her team could advance to the second round. Those expectations, although they were not met were very realistic. The Lady Rams came into the first round with an 13-15 record and Tift came into the matchup with an 11-17 record. After Tift's sweep against Newton the two teams finished with identical records. Coles recaps her first year as head coach and speaks on the future of the program in this Q&A.

October 18, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton falls in first round

Newton's softball team fresh off asecond place finish in the Region 2-AAAAAA tournament hosted the first round matchup of the Georgia AAAAAA state playoffs against Tift County.

October 15, 2014 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Athletes of the week: 10/6

Artice Hobbs and Josh Slaton have been selected as the athletes of the week for their respective schools. Newton and Alcovy played on Friday. These two players stood out amongst their peers. Eastside played late on Saturday, after press deadline; the Eagles' Athlete of the Week will be named at www.covnews.com on Monday.

October 11, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Game analysis: Finding gems

Without two of their usual starters, senior receiver Davonta Jones and defensive back Steven Montac, the Rams were able to fend off a scrappy Alcovy team and cruise to a 33-7 victory. Within the game Newton was able to realize the depth it has at quarterback and at running back. The Tigers saw that they're not without promise on defense and that turnovers are still a problem.

October 11, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Newton Rams' offense: Read & react

Romario Johnson looks off to the sideline as the rest of the offense gets set. The coaches are signaling to Johnson with an array of arm movements, not a play but a playlist. In Rams' coach Terrance Banks' spread offense the quarterback is the key to the offense's success. Johnson gets the options from the coaches, and it's up to him to read the defense's coverage and choose the best play.

October 11, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Falcons hold clinic at Newton High

The fourth Atlanta Falcons Heads Up Clinic of the fall took place at Newton High School on Monday night in Covington. This clinic included 112 parents in attendance during the informational session and 194 youth participants.

October 07, 2014 | Staff Report | Newton


Outmatched

The saying goes numbers never lie, that saying is inaccurate. Numbers won't necessarily lie, but they won't tell you the full story.

October 04, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Friday night football roundup

Sunday is for the NFL, Saturday is for college football, but Friday? Friday is for the gridiron warriors that eventually gravitate to college, and for some, the pros. Friday is for high school football.

October 03, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


Feast or famine

Now it counts for real.

September 30, 2014 | Shakeem Holloway | Newton


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Newton falls in all-star game

The Rockdale all-stars shined the brightest in the annual Newton County vs. Rockdale County game at Rockdale High's gym Thursday.

April 20, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | Newton


Newton track tops Region 2-AAAAAA

The Newton boys' track team won Region 2-AAAAAA and the girls' finished second in a continuation of strong performances by both Rams teams.

April 20, 2013 | By Xavier McKnight | Newton


Banks named Newton football coach

Terrance Banks is Newton High's newest head football coach.

April 11, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | Newton


America's pastime

As the 2013 baseball season began Sunday and Opening Day kicked off at Turner Field in Atlanta Monday, it's not only time for peanuts and Cracker Jacks but also for the crack of the bat, the smell of the leather and the trading of baseball cards.

April 02, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | Newton


Young Lady Rams win 2 straight

Gizelle Ferguson and Precious Buddington led Newton's girls soccer team to a 3-1 victory over Rockdale on Friday.

March 30, 2013 | | Newton


So close, so great

History often remembers the best teams, and the best teams are often the closest knit.

March 16, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | Newton


Newton rallies for 3rd straight win

Newton was unbeaten in Region 2-AAAAAA play prior to Tuesday night, and needed a dramatic comeback, and the help of Shawn Guckenberger, to keep its streak alive.

March 12, 2013 | Javon Dickerson | Newton


Allen leaves Newton for M.L. King

Cortez Allen is returning to M.L. King High School and the football program he helped start 11 years ago to be the Lions head coach.

March 01, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | Newton


Newton's run ends

Newton kept it close throughout the first quarter of its sweet 16 matchup at Tift County, but the hosts, Blue Devils, and their crowd became too much.

February 26, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | Newton


Thanks for the memories

Newton County basketball has more tradition than any other sports program in the area, setting national records, winning state championships, being guided by a legendary hall of fame coach and having players move on to the next level.

February 21, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | Newton


Lady Rams travel to Tift

The Newton girls' basketball team has never reached the state's elite eight, but the 2012-13 version is on the verge of doing just that.

February 21, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | Newton


Dramatic rally leads to win

The Newton girls' basketball team moved on to the second round of the state playoffs Tuesday.

February 19, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | Newton


No. 2, No. 100 come up for Newton

With only two seniors on the Newton girls' basketball team roster, senior night wasn't as much a chance to honor as much as it was a chance to make a statement Friday night against Druid Hills.

February 09, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | Newton


Newton sends gym out with a loss

The gymnasium at 140 Ram Drive will never again have a Newton basketball team run up and down the hallowed hardwood in a regular season game, and it was sent out with a loss.

February 09, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | Newton


Rockdale runs past Rams

The Newton boys' basketball team had plenty of momentum, winning five straight, going into Friday night's game against Rockdale.

February 02, 2013 | Bryan Fazio | Newton


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