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 2011 Newton Rams epitomized an up-and-down football team, punctuated by its final game of the season when, with the playoffs on the line, they beat region rival Luella in four overtimes only to find out their postseason hopes had been squashed earlier in the night with East Coweta's narrow victory.
Newton High School football coach Cortez Allen has another tough schedule - including two trips to football-crazy Lowndes County - and a "baby" at quarterback, but he also has his eyes trained on the playoff berth the team thought it had last year.
Newton's 2012 football season officially begins Aug. 31 against Eastside, but the Kemani Pitman era may have gotten started on Saturday.
Heritage's ace pitcher capitalized the K in her first name Wednesday with a no-hit, 13-strikeout performance that led the Patriots to a 9-0 win against Newton on Wednesday.
The Newton Rams softball team is still looking for its first win of the 2012 season after completing two days of action this weekend.
John Richard Moore was getting ready to start a new clinical treatment and felt that it was time to come back home last week.
Jake Reed is a hall of famer.
A busy summer proved to be a successful one for the Newton boys' basketball team.
Before the Newton basketball team began its summer season, coach Rick Rasmussen said it would be like a mini season due to the amount of games the Rams would be playing.
Basketball is a passionate game, full of equal parts skill, ego and determination. Long after they leave the high school courts, players hold onto those traits waiting for a chance to shine once again.
The Newton boys' basketball team is hosting its second annual Rams Summer Youth Basketball Mini Camp next week.
Newton boys' basketball team put together a pretty impressive 2012 season, compiling a 19-7 record and entering the region tournament ranked No. 10 in Class AAAAA.
Newton High School senior and former star softball player Kelsey Swinson signed a letter of intent to play at Fort Valley State University Tuesday.
Newton football coach Cortez Allen had some pretty important questions that needed answering heading into the Rams' 2012 spring practices.
The Newton track team spent almost as much time on the podium as it did on the track this weekend.
Newton is using this spring football season to get its younger players ready for the 2012 season, in particular a player who will see a large part of the spotlight.
Sophomore Kemani Pittman is being worked as the No. 1 quarterback after playing 2011 as the junior varsity starter.