Redan handed Newton its first region loss by the score of 36-6 at Homer Sharp Stadium on Saturday.
The Rams (0-4 overall, 0-1 Region 2-AAAAA) offense was on the field for three series for much of the first quarter. Newton has only scored 13 points so far during the season.
Redan's (3-2 overall, 1-1) offense exploded on a seven-play drive that started at its own 42-yard line. Running back Mack Brown took the toss and rumbled down to the Newton 18-yard line. Using the "I" formation, Brown then took it in for Redan's first touchdown of the game.
After Detray Shivers' kick, the Raiders led 7-0 with one minute and 24 seconds remaining until the second quarter.
Newton had possession at its own 34-yard line in the beginning of the second quarter. But quarterback Demetrius McCray threw an ill-advised pass that was intercepted by Justin Moore of Redan and returned to the Newton 35-yard line.
Redan capitalized on the turnover when quarterback A.J. Walker connected with wide receiver Phillip Moore for a 35-yard touchdown. After Shivers' kick, the Raiders led 14-0 with 11:47 to play in the second quarter.
Newton was unable to move the football and had to punt it away to Redan's 47-yard line. The Raiders' offense began to eat up yardage on a six-play drive, first in the air as Walker hit wide receiver Travis Walker for 33 yards to Newton's 15-yard line. On the ground, Brown then picked up an additional 10 yards on two carries to the Rams' 2-yard line. A.J. Walker called his own number and took it in for the touchdown. Shivers' kick made it 21-0 with 6:19 before the half.
Going into the third quarter, the struggle continued for the Rams. But the Newton defense was able to stop Redan at Newton's 46-yard line to force the Raiders to punt.
Redan's punter, Andre Riusthom, booted a 45-yard punt and pinned the Rams at their own yard line. Newton attempted to run out of its own end zone but running back Quinton Pooler was hit hard by defensive back Brandon White on a safety-blitz in the backfield. Redan's defense added on to make it 23-0 with 9:05 in the third.
With 7:21 remaining in the third, Redan began to move the football in the air as Walker hit wideout Angelo Burns for a 16-yard pass, good for a first down. Then Walker hit Riusthom for 14 yards and another first down to the Newton's 23-yard line. After a run-play to the 20-yard line, Walker's luck ran out when he attempted a pass and was picked off in the end zone by Newton defensive back Rueben Hatchett for a touchback.
Newton followed by taking advantage of the turnover with an 11-play drive. McCray threw a pass to D.J. Hill for 11 yards, giving the Rams their first down of the night.
But it was one of few highlights on the evening for the Rams.
Newton will travel to Luella on Friday for yet another region contest.