LITHONIA, Ga. - Big runs by Quincy Cullins combined with a shutdown performance from the Rams’ defense propelled the Newton football team to the 20-6 victory over Arabia Mountain after the game was cut short due to lightning in the second quarter
After two big wins over county rivals, Alcovy and Eastside, Newton was looking to continue its undefeated season, facing Arabia Mountain which were 0-3 going into the game.
Newton’s front seven dominated the trenches early, forcing Arabia to a quick fourth down after a sack by junior Malachai Arnett and forcing the punt.
After being stopped quickly by the Arabia Mountain defense, junior Quincy Cullins came through on a fourth and four, getting into open space for a 39-yard touchdown run, giving Newton the 6-0 lead after the missed extra point attempt.
On the second play of Arabia Mountain’s next drive, the Newton defensive line busted through to force the fumble and give Newton the ball back deep into Arabia Mountain territory.
Newton capitalized quickly off the turnover, marching through the red-zone and capping off the drive with an 8-yard touchdown rush by Cullins to give Newton the 13-0 lead.
It would be Newton’s special teams that would make the next big play. After three quick stops, senior Jerrol Hines would take the punt return all the way in for the score to add on to what was a dominant first quarter for Newton and making the lead 20-0.
After being held to zero first downs in the first quarter, Arabia Mountain offense would strike big on the first play of the second quarter, connecting on a 60-yard touchdown pass from Damion Fitzpatrick to Jordan Barrow to put Arabia Mountain on the board with a score of 20-6 after a failed two-point attempt.
Halfway through the second quarter, Arnett would get into the backfield to get his second sack of the game, this one putting Arabia Mountain on their own 1-yard line. Before the next play could be called, the game was put on hold for a lightning delay, with 6:54 left in the second quarter.
After around two hours of being in the lightning delay, the game was called with a final score of 20-6.
With only a quarter and a half of playing time, Cullins performance early gave Newton the lead they needed, rushing for 65 yards on six carries, and getting in for two touchdowns.
The Newton front seven played lights out for a whole quarter and a half, holding Arabia Mountain to only one first down in the game, which was the long touchdown pass
After earning the win in the called game, Newton will head to Buford next week to take on the undefeated Buford Wolves.