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Year one

Year one

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.

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Updated: oct. 18, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Newton falls in first round

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.

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Posted: oct. 15, 2014 11:34 p.m.
Athletes of the week: 10/6

Athletes of the week: 10/6

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.

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Posted: oct. 11, 2014 3:48 p.m. | Updated: oct. 11, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Game analysis: Finding gems

Game analysis: Finding gems

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.

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Posted: oct. 11, 2014 3:53 p.m. | Updated: oct. 11, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Newton Rams' offense: Read & react

Newton Rams' offense: Read & react

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.

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Posted: oct. 11, 2014 3:58 p.m. | Updated: oct. 11, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Falcons hold clinic at Newton High

Falcons hold clinic at Newton High

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.

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Posted: oct. 07, 2014 2:47 p.m.
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Outmatched

Outmatched

The saying goes numbers never lie, that saying is inaccurate. Numbers won’t necessarily lie, but they won’t tell you the full story.

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Posted: oct. 04, 2014 10:31 p.m.
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Friday night football roundup

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.

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Posted: oct. 03, 2014 11:30 p.m.
Feast or famine

Feast or famine

Now it counts for real.

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Posted: sep. 30, 2014 8:07 p.m. | Updated: sep. 30, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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U.S. Baseball Academy partners with Newton

U.S. Baseball Academy is pleased to announce the opening of its Covington, GA location and the beginning of registration for its winter/spring program.

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Posted: sep. 25, 2014 8:38 p.m. | Updated: sep. 25, 2014 10:00 p.m.
Ciara Bryan: Newton Athlete of the week

Ciara Bryan: Newton Athlete of the week

The Covington News has chosen Ciara Bryan as Newton High School’s athlete of the week. Bryan plays shortstop for the Lady Rams. For the week of September 15, the Lady Rams went 2-0 in the region and Bryan helped by accumulating seven hits and two home runs.

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Posted: sep. 23, 2014 8:35 p.m. | Updated: sep. 23, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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‘...it won’t be a nice environment’

‘...it won’t be a nice environment’

Coming up this Friday is probably the biggest rematch in Newton history. The Rams are traveling down to face Lowndes — currently ranked No. 11 in the state by maxpreps.com — again after beating them 15-14 last year on the final play of the game that saw Davonta Jones catch a pass to tie the game before the extra point was good. The Covington News talked with Rams’ head coach Terrance Banks about playing in that hostile environment and his preparation for another shocking win down in Valdosta.

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 10:40 p.m. | Updated: sep. 16, 2014 10:47 p.m.
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Lady Rams rout Rockdale

Lady Rams rout Rockdale

Newton High School topped rival, Rockdale High School 10-5 on Tuesday evening. The Lady Rams dominated for much of the game, holding a 10-1 lead going into the bottom of the seventh inning. The Bulldogs showed heart and scored four runs in the seventh, but Newton closed the door and took the victory. 

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Posted: sep. 16, 2014 10:25 p.m. | Updated: sep. 16, 2014 10:32 p.m.
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Rams show promise, game cancelled

Rams show promise, game cancelled

For the second week in a row, Newton’s game got cancelled after almost one full quarter of play against Westlake. This game was supposed to be the one to test Newton, and see if its two wins weren’t just wins because they were against weak competition. Although there was only a small sample size to judge from, as neither coach had the benefit of a halftime or end of a quarter to make adjustments, it was enough to see that the Rams are special. It was enough to make one believe that they can go down to Lowndes ...

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Posted: sep. 13, 2014 6:08 p.m. | Updated: sep. 13, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Homecoming

There is a saying, ‘the best defense is a good offense,’ but there’s another saying ‘defense wins a championships.’ Newton (2-0, Region 2-AAAAAA) subscribes more to the mantra of having a good offense, and Westlake (2-1, Region 3-AAAAAA) is more of a defensive juggernaut.

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Posted: sep. 11, 2014 7:49 p.m. | Updated: sep. 11, 2014 10:00 p.m.
Full Circle

Full Circle

Ashley Coles has been with Brittney Ellis as a pitching coach since Ellis was eight. Now, it’s come full circle as they enter their inaugural seasons at Newton High School. Ellis is a freshman pitcher for Newton and Coles is the Lady Rams’ head coach.

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Posted: sep. 10, 2014 1:24 a.m. | Updated: sep. 10, 2014 11:55 a.m.
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Rams looking to conquer Rome

Rams looking to conquer Rome

In a rare, late Saturday evening matchup, Rome High School will travel to Sharp Stadium to take on Newton in a battle of spread offenses.

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Posted: sep. 04, 2014 6:52 p.m. | Updated: sep. 04, 2014 10:00 p.m.
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Rams live and die with Johnson

After scoring a combined 111 points in just two games to start the season, it’s safe to say Newton’s high-powered offense is going to be tough to stop. It’s also probably safe to say that Newton will live and die on the shoulders – and the legs – of junior quarterback Romario Johnson.

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Posted: sep. 02, 2014 9:04 p.m. | Updated: sep. 02, 2014 10:00 p.m.

Kiwanis club hosts high school coaches

The Kiwanis Club hosted Newton County high school football coaches yesterday, and they spoke about an array of topics such as the season, former players, Newton County school system and more.

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Posted: aug. 28, 2014 7:47 p.m. | Updated: aug. 28, 2014 10:00 p.m.

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