Tonight at Sharp Stadium 7:30 p.m., Newton will face Collins Hill, a mirror of itself in terms of offense in attempt to make it back to the elite eight for the second-straight year.
The Eagles have four Division-I level talents on defense in defensive end Tomon Fox, linebackers Emmanuel Belmar and Robert Snyder and defensive back Jordan Betrand. Eagle QB Drew Dinsmore threw for almost 300 yards and three touchdowns against Lambert and he’ll face a talented Newton defense that shut out East Coweta in the second half. However, head coach Terrance Banks, believes this game will come down to the players because of how similarly the teams are in style.
“We run the same exact offense as Collins Hill does to a T being that the offensive coordinator at Collins Hill and myself spent four years as co-offensive coordinators at Duluth. You’re watching two teams who are carbon copies of each other,” Banks said. “It comes down to which quarterback is more equipped to make plays. Our defense has practiced against us since forever and they know what we do and likewise Collins Hill defense has practiced against them forever so they know what they do. It’ll come down to which kids are able to thread the needle, make a check at the line and make a better play. We just gotta do what we would normally do if we were facing a team of their caliber, especially at this point.”
Senior QB Romario Johnson is coming off what was arguably his best season at Newton. He recently won Region 2-AAAAAA Offensive Player of the Year and had over 300 yards of total offense in Newton’s win against East Coweta.
“They’re a sound defense. That’s the biggest thing they pose. We gotta take whatever they give [us] and that’s it. We have faced this kind of talent before. That’s what we get when we play Lovejoy and Lovejoy had probably the best defensive line we’ve played all year. That’s what we got when we played Tucker and that’s what we got when we played Lowndes,” Banks said. “It’s all about doing the things that make us successful. It’s just one of them things where we just gotta go make a play. This is a classic Jimmy and Joes game. Whoever got the better Jimmys as opposed to the other team Joes gone win. It’s really that simple. There’s no trickeration, there’s no new calls.”
If the Rams win they will play the winner of the Camden County/Roswell game.