COVINGTON, Ga. - After a dominating 42-7 victory over the Eastside Eagles, the Newton Rams have secured yearlong ownership of the Newton Cup, and the performance of Rams offensive playmakers played a massive part in that.
With talented athletes like Nyland Green, Diondre Glover Jr., Robert Lewis and last weeks Covington News player of the week Jerrol Hines out catching passes, it was one of the talented members of the Rams backfield earning this week’s player of the week honors.
Junior running back Quincy Cullins, a former member of the Eagles, had a standout showing against his old team finishing his night with three touchdowns and an unofficial 76 rushing yards. Those scores alone would have been more than enough to give his new team the victory.
Cullins rushing numbers may have been higher in their rivalry game, but the Rams offense had multiple drives that started in the opponents half of the field due to their defense forcing turnovers. The short field provided Cullins with these scoring opportunities, which he took full advantage of early and often.
The plethora of playmakers in the Rams offense makes it hard for one member to stand above the rest, but head coach Camiel Grant Jr. is not surprised at all by this outstanding showing from the talented running back.
“Despite his stature, he is a very good between the tackles runner and his patience and his ability to accelerate once the hole opens; I think that’s what separates him,” said Grant. “He has a very good understanding of what the running play is supposed to bring.”
Grant believes Cullins ability to not try to do too much and to just play within himself is what made him stand out in this game, but knows that he had more play for in this game as well.
“I think we would be foolish not to accept the fact that he wanted it,” Grant said. “There was something a little extra going against his former team so, you know, the juices were flowing but he really just stayed within the scheme and ran the ball that he has always ran it.”
Grant was very pleased that Cullins did not try to do too much and just did what was best for the team. This mindset seems to have paid off for Cullins and has earned him an honor he most definitely deserves.
Amazingly enough, Cullins has now been a part of two straight teams to earn the Newton Cup. This was an outstanding performance for the junior running back with his new team, and if his success continues, the Rams offense will be even more formidable.
Look out for next week’s edition of player of the week as a representative from Eastside, Alcovy or Social Circle may lock down the honor.