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.
Dezmon Billingslea just got done moving his tassel over after being pronounced officially an alumni of Newton High School. Now the All-Region 2-AAAAAA linebacker is set to move on at Kennesaw State University, but first he had some parting words for his former Rams teammates.
MJ Boykin signed his national letter of intent to attend Reinhardt University after he received a full scholarship to play baseball. Boykin stole 15 bases in his senior season as a Ram and hit .368.
It was a historic day for the Newton High School Soccer Program on Wednesday afternoon, as Kenquavious McCollum became the first male soccer player in over 15 years to sign an athletic scholarship.
Brishanti Weaver finished up her high school athletic career with the Newton High School Lady Rams on Monday when she officially signed her national letter of intent to attend Albany State University. She was awarded a full scholarship on athletics and academics, and she will continue her career with the Great Danes.
Precious Price officially concluded her career with the Newton Lady Rams on Wednesday when she signed her scholarship to attend Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Georgia, where she will continue her basketball career with the Chargers.
The following is a review of the 2014 Newton Rams spring athletic season:
Rockdale County's Candace Hill paced all area contenders at the 2014 Class AAAAAA girls state track and field championships, leading the Lady Bulldogs to a pair of state title finishes at the event held at Hugh Mills Stadium in Albany this past weekend.
It came down to a winner-take-all game for Newton and McEachern's baseball teams Saturday afternoon, with the winner moving on to the second round of the Class AAAAAA state playoffs.
The Newton Rams varsity baseball team put on a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde performance Friday night in its opening round playoff series against McEachern, rallying for a comeback victory in game one before getting run ruled in game two.
As the regular season comes to a close, a new baseball season begins Friday night – the playoffs.
The Newton High School boys varsity soccer game at Harrison scheduled for Tuesday, April 29, has been postponed.
Newton High, Alcovy High and Rockdale County High School combined to qualify for 26 events at the Georgia High School Class AAAAAA state title meet after competing in last Saturday's 6A Sectional at Tift County High School.
Newton pitcher Daniel Croom threw four innings of no-hit baseball, and hit two RBI triples in the Rams' nine-run first inning, as Newton demolished the Morrow Mustangs 16-0 in four innings and clinched the Region 2-AAAAAA crown Friday at Morrow High School.
Rockdale's girls soccer had no shot at making the state playoffs Wednesday, but that didn't stop them from closing out the season with a 1-0 (3-1) win in penalty kicks over rival Newton.
A late goal helped the Newton Rams boys varsity soccer team spoil the Salem Seminoles Senior Night Tuesday on the road.