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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The saying goes numbers never lie, that saying is inaccurate. Numbers won't necessarily lie, but they won't tell you the full story.
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.
Now it counts for real.
The Region 2-AAAAAA basketball playoffs are still more than a week away, but don't tell that to the Rockdale or Newton hoops teams.
When the Newton boys' basketball team went through its four game losing streak at the beginning of January, things took a bleak turn for the Rams.
Heading into its most difficult stretch of the season, Newton has now won four straight after defeating Cedar Shoals 57-45 Saturday.
One team committed 11 first-half turnovers, another scored just five points in the third quarter, but in a rivalry none of that seemed to matter late in the game Friday night.
When Alcovy and Newton meet on the basketball court, it's always a rivalry, but today's affair will be even more hotly contested.
After four straight losses, Newton is back on the winning track.
The Interact Club of Newton High School will host a charity basketball tournament Saturday, Feb. 23, between 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Newton High School gym.
The Newton boys' basketball team ended its first trip around Region 2-AAAAAA and a rare losing streak Tuesday.
The Newton boys' basketball team is in an unfamiliar place after a 65-50 loss at Rockdale Tuesday night.
Newton kept Breanna Richardson and Rockdale at bay long enough to hold on for a win Tuesday night.
As Newton heads into the second half of the basketball season, it will have more experience in big games, and big wins than many of its 2013 opponents.
Newton headed into Thursday night's Yule Tide Christmas Classic in Hanceville, Ala., with the confidence of three straight wins.
The Newton Rams shut down Eastside Saturday, handing its cross-town rivals its first loss of the season and proving they are one of the state's better defensive teams.
Trying to repeat a 21-win season is difficult enough, but looking to do it with an almost entirely new team is even more challenging.
Newton recovered from its first loss in a big way Friday, running away from Jackson, Atlanta on the road.