We are taking the advice of Newton football announcer Bill Dolan when he says “Ram fans get on your feet,” and we urge the rest of Newton County to do the same.
The Newton High School football team won its first playoff game Nov. 14, and then did one better Friday night defeating Central Gwinnett. Newton is now in the quarterfinals of the state football playoffs making it one of the eight best teams in the largest classification of high school football in the best football state in the U.S.
They have made it this far in tremendous fashion after earning the fourth and final spot in their region.
Newton went down to Valdosta High School, arguably the greatest team in the history of high school football, and won in the hallowed “death valley.” The Rams defense was stellar, with Newton being in the right spot all night, coming away with six interceptions.
In the second round Friday night, Newton went behind 14-0 in the first quarter. It was all Newton from there, as it scored 15 straight points.
Newton coach Terrance Banks and the Rams made the right adjustments, never gave up and were in the right spot to come away with the win.
We now urge Newton residents to be in the right spot and get behind the Rams as they will travel to Etowah for a chance to play in the state semifinals.
This historically is a basketball town, with the Rams setting records, winning championships and earning the adoration of the county. Now we need to get behind the football team. The Rams have made it this far behind hard work and a strong will. Is that not worth rewarding with your support?
The crowd wasn’t what we hoped for at Sharp Stadium Friday, so we think the county should make up for it this week. We realize this week will be filled with travel for Thanksgiving, and Etowah High School is 70 miles away. However, throughout the week get behind the Rams, if you don’t travel to support the team.
Congratulations Newton football for making it this far, and Eastside as well for winning its first-round playoff game. We are proud of our Rams and will be rooting them on as they challenge the Etowah Eagles.