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.
It took over two quarters of play, but when the Newton Lady Rams varsity basketball team finally woke up Wednesday night, they woke up energized, outscoring Rockdale County by 15 in the second half, edging the Lady Bulldogs 56-45 at home in Region 2-AAAAAA action.
The Rockdale County wrestling team will once again represent Region 2-AAAAAA at the Georgia High School Team Dual Wrestling Championship, edging Luella and Newton at the Area 2-AAAAAA duals this past weekend.
The Salem Seminoles girls varsity basketball team hosted the Lady Rams Saturday in the team's second and final matchup of the season, besting Newton 53-41 in the rivalry clash.
The Newton Rams basketball team got back into the win column Saturday evening, after falling to region opponent Luella on Friday night.
The Newton Rams varsity basketball team ran into a buzzsaw Friday night, falling 73-67 to Luella on the road.
There were a lot of expectations placed on the Newton Lady Rams varsity basketball team on opening night this season.
While most families will spend Christmas morning discussing presents under the tree and what foods will be filling their bellies as sugar plums dance in their heads, one Newton family's focus may be turned more toward the hardwood than sleigh bells.
Taking to heart coach Tiffani Johnson's admonishments about getting off to a fast start, the Newton Lady Rams jumped out to a 22-2 first-quarter lead and never looked back as they defeated the Morrow Lady Mustangs 69-38 at Morrow High School in a Region 2 AAAAAA battle.
New York Yankees Hall of Fame catcher, Yogi Berra, famously said, "it ain't over till it's over!"
The Newton Rams and Eastside Eagles varsity basketball programs were in action late Tuesday night, squaring off against region opponents before the holiday break.
It was a jam-packed house at Eastside High Friday night, as the local police had to turn fans away as the Lady Eagles hosted Newton High in a rivalry contest.
A classic rivalry will be renewed tonight when the Lady Eagles and Lady Rams tipoff, and both programs are eager to show they belong in the upper echelon of Georgia high school basketball.
The Lady Rams were able to add another win to their record Saturday afternoon, as they came out in dominating fashion and blew past non-region opponent Cedar Shoals 51-21 at home.
The Newton boys varsity basketball team dropped its first game of the season Tuesday night on the road, falling 55-46 to Lovejoy in region play.
The Newton Rams boys varsity basketball team finished off its Thanksgiving holiday week with a win, defeating Cass High School 58-36 last Saturday to improve its record to 4-0.