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Newton wins second straight
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The Newton Rams have now won two games in a row.

After falling in their first four games, scoring just seven total points, the Rams defeated Druid Hills 19-3 on Friday night.

Newton (2-4, 2-0 Region 2-AAAAAA) put all three phases together as the defense held Druid Hills (2-4, 0-2) to just a field goal, the special teams blocked a field goal and punt and the offense had big scoring plays.

"We were excited that we had production out of all three portions of the game," Newton coach Cortez Allen said.

The Rams looked like the winning team from the onset as they took the first drive of the game 80 yards for an early lead. Kemani Pittman finished the drive with a 56-yard pass to David Comer.

It was one of Pittman's two touchdown passes of the game, the other coming on a scoring throw to Aaron Pierce.

After Rockdale blocked a punt in the third quarter, and returned it 10 yards, James Hardeman scored on a 25-yard run.

The Rams continue to play balanced football on offense with Pittman and his receivers, along with Hardeman all keeping defenses honest from either the run or pass.

"I think just based on teams watching film and doing their background on us they see that we're balanced," Allen said. "Even though (Pittman's) young, he has a good strong arm and we have threats on the offensive side of the ball."

The Red Devils never got any closer than 13-3, even after challenging in the fourth quarter. However, after lining up for a field goal, the three-point chance was spoiled as Newton blocked the kick.

It was the second straight game of offensive improvement for Newton, after the Rams defeated Alcovy 14-7 on Oct. 5.

Druid Hills dropped its third straight game, after falling to Lovejoy 58-3 on Sept. 28 and Luella 49-7.

The win moved Newton into second place in the region behind Lovejoy, which is 3-0 in region play. The Rams look to continue their spot in Region 2-AAAAAA when they host Rockdale on Friday. The Bulldogs are coming off a dramatic come-from behind 21-20 win against Luella on Friday.

"I was very impressed last night with their come-from-behind victory," Allen said. "And, it's homecoming, we're going to be expecting a big crowd.
"It's one of the state's oldest rivalries and its going to be renewed in a region ball game. It's going to be exciting."