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 Newton Rams will join Alcovy in the second round of the winner's bracket in the Region 2-AAAAAA postseason tournament, outlasting the Luella Lions 5-3 Tuesday night at Alcovy.
After falling in the first match of a tri-match against Eastside on Thursday, the Newton Rams rebounded with a straight set win over Alcovy.
The Newton Rams won their region opener, while grabbing their second win of the season, against the Alcovy Tigers on Friday night 17-14 at Sharp Stadium, spoiling the Tigers' hopes of obtaining the Newton Cup.
For his efforts on the gridiron, Newton High sophomore running back Artice Hobbs has been named Rams Athlete of the Week.
While its 1-3 record may not be what the Newton High varsity football team would like to carry into Sharp Stadium Friday night, a new season for the Rams begins as they take on rival Alcovy in their first region game of the season.
The Newton High School varsity volleyball team dropped a non-region contest to Heritage Tuesday night, falling in straight sets to the Patriots on the road.
The Lady Rams 1963 regional champion and state runner-up varsity basketball team reunited this past weekend, celebrating their 33-1 overall record. Members of the region championship team include, first row: Sandra Lester Needham, Day Morcock Kennon, Betty Jaynes, Rosemary Laster Powell and Lynda Satterfield LaFollette. Second row: Diane Carter Dickson, Donna Dooley Tomlin and Ameila Spillers Moseley. Third row: Carlyn Maloy McConnell, Kay Shaw Coggin, Carolyn Strange Ariail and Susan Cooper Wilson.
Freshman starting pitcher Maddie Cronic threw a no-hitter for the Newton Lady Rams on Senior Night, as the varsity softball team ended their regular season Thursday night with a 12-0 win over the Lovejoy Wildcats.
The Newton Rams suffered their second consecutive road loss Friday night at Langston Hughes, falling to the Panthers 44-7 at Langston Hughes Stadium.
The crash came hard for Newton coach Terrance Banks after the fall.
Newton junior Racheal Brown has been named the Rams' Athlete of the Week this week for her relentless effort on the cross country course.
The Newton varsity volleyball team's senior class went out with a bang Tuesday night at home, defeating county rival Alcovy 3-1 on Senior Night.
The Newton Rams fell to 1-2 Friday night on the road at Valdosta, as the Wildcats earned a 41-14 victory over the Rams in non-region play.
On Wednesday afternoon, the Newton Rams softball team hosted the Seminoles of Salem at Newton High, falling 4-3 in non-region action.
The Newton Rams have an opportunity to knock off their second consecutive top-10 opponent tonight, but this time, the Rams won't be sneaking into Lowndes County.