Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback and former Newton High School football star Demetrius McCray is gearing up for his third season in the NFL and he's hoping that it'll be his best yet.
Barely leading with minutes left in the game, a Newton turnover gave the ball and a chance to take a commanding lead back to Etowah. Again and again Etowah lined up and ran through Newton, eventually scoring two touchdowns in the final minutes of the game, advancing to the final four and sending Newton packing.
Editor's note: While on vacation in Seattle for the holiday weekend, I called up Newton head coach Rick Rasmussen to talk about how he thought summer went for the Rams' basketball team. Rasmussen talks about the Rams' new style of play, how this team compares to his most recent final four team and if they're a high school copy of the Golden State Warriors.
Newton lost star point guard D.J. Hill to college along with a number of other talented seniors, but the team isn't in a rebuilding state of mind. With the additions of freshmen Ashton Hagans and Colby Rogers plus the emergence of juniors J.D. Notae and Dante Johnson Newton will be a formidable bunch when the season starts.
The Newton Rams football team won its second 7-on-7 camp of the summer beating Dorman 22-14 at UGA. The AJC ranked Rams' receiver/defensive back Deandre Huff second overall of the top 10 performers at the camp. Running back Kurt Taylor Jr. was ranked 10th on the same list. The Rams will move on to South Carolina to play some of the best teams in the southeast.
At Newton, under head coach Rick Rasmussen, the boys' basketball team has notoriously ran a slow-paced pass heavy offense to minimize the opposing team's ability to exploit the Rams' lack of athleticism in transition. That ends this summer.
Azariah Foster has found a home for his future in track and field. Foster signed with Jackson State University this week where he will look to continue the success he's had at Newton. As a Ram, Jackson competed in the 110 and 300 hurdles. He placed fourth in the state in the 110, qualified for state in the 300 and also competed on the 4x400 relay team.
The Newton Rams football team went up to North Atlanta to win Cam Newton's 7-on-7 championship. Newton's next stop is a paid trip to Charlotte for the finals. Head coach Terrance Banks says the team is still a work in progress, as they look to dominate the summer before the regular season starts.
Newton girls basketball hosted a mini-camp for players in grades 4th - 12th this past week where players learned fundamentals, had fun and played some five-on-five basketball with teachings from the entire Lady Rams coaching staff.
At the FBU camp last weekend, Newton running back Kurt Taylor Jr. was named top running back in the entire camp. He was also invited to the prestigious Army All-American combine.
What a difference a year makes. Freshmen become sophomores, sophomores become juniors and juniors become seniors. With that caveat is a revolving door of athletes and coaches that come together to reach a common goal: win. There was a lot of the latter between the two bordering counties of Newton and Rockdale and we recap some of the best stories of the 2014-2015 academic year here.
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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.