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.
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.
It was an up-and-down first two games for the Newton boys' soccer team, dealing with injuries at some key positions and experience at others.
In opening game on Senior Night the Lady Rams exploded from the opening tip and never looked back as they pounded the Lady Indians from East Coweta by a 64-31 margin.
Five Newton Ram seniors were recognized on Senior Night Friday and it was those seniors who were instrumental in a 73-61 win over East Coweta.
A Newton High School freshman took championship in his fighting division in a six-day karate competition in Sacramento.
After a tough loss to Stephenson on Friday night, the Newton Lady Rams bounced back on Saturday afternoon with a convincing 60-41 win over the Heritage Lady Patriots.
The Newton Rams culminated their week of three road games with a 73-52 beat down of the Heritage Patriots on Saturday afternoon at Heritage.
The Stephenson Jaguars will not shed any tears when the new region alignments go into effect next basketball season. For the eighth straight time, Newton came away with a win after a 67-44 drubbing Friday.
Newton's girls started slow but came on late to snatch a 56-45 win over M.L. King Friday.
Though you wouldn't know it by their record, the Newton Rams (12-5, 5-3 Region 2-AAAAA) have had a trying season so far. Of their five losses, four have been by two points or less including three as time expired. But the Rams looked like a team ready to go on a roll after Friday's 67-55 win over M.L. King.
The Newton Lady Rams saw their game against Luella slip from their grasp Tuesday as they dropped a one-point heartbreaker 56-55.
The Newton Rams faced a much-improved Luella team Tuesday looking to bounce back from a disappointing loss to Alcovy over the weekend and did just that with a 58-47 win.
The Covington Rotary Club gave its annual Newton County Champion award to Newton High School this year. Newton coach Cortez Allen accepted the trophy Tuesday afternoon, thanking the Rotarians over lunch. He described the program's difficulties this year, including losing two key players to injury.
In the girls' contest, Newton played perhaps its best overall game from start to finish in earning 79-69 road win to split the season series.
The Newton Rams took the long bus ride to East Coweta Friday hoping to rebound from their gut-wrenching loss to Westlake Tuesday. They did so and more as they came out of the gate firing on all cylinders and coasted to a 90-51 win.
The Lady Rams also dropped a tough decision at home on Tuesday night as they fell to Westlake by a 55-51 final.