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.
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.
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.