The Newton High School football didn’t disappoint its spirited fans during the Rams’ 2014 season opener Friday, dominating Berkmar from start to finish to the tune of a 48-21 victory.
Newton seemingly couldn’t do much wrong , offensively moving the ball with ease all night long. Romario Johnson, Davonta Jones, and Deandre Huff all had electrifying plays on the offensive end. Defensively, Newton pitched a shutout into the third quarter. Linebackers AJ Palomino and Tony Collins had some nice tackles also Erin Francis and Steven Montac played well for Newton’s secondary.
“We looked good,” Newton coach Terrance Banks said. “There are always some things to work on but anytime you can put up 48 points, you feel good.”
Newton’s stellar play started on the Rams’ first possession, as Johnson kept the ball on a read-option play and took off down the field gashing Berkmar’s defense for an 80-yard touchdown. Shortly after, Newton got the ball back on offense and drove the ball down the field methodically. Johnson completed seven passes on the drive for 46 yards, and finished it off with a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jones. Newton finished off the first quarter leading 13-0.
On the second play of the second quarter, Johnson completed an intermediate pass to Huff and he took off, gaining 79 yards for a touchdown. Newton’s defense continued dominating, making Berkmar punt on all of its offensive possessions in the first half.
Newton got the ball back deep in its own territory with around 45 seconds left in half. After two completions, the Rams got the ball out to the 40-yard line with 8 seconds left. Johnson threw a bomb down theft sideline and it was caught by Deandre Huff for a 60-yard touchdown. Newton went into the half with a 27-0 lead.
The Patriots did come out the half with a little bit more aggression. On their first possession of the second half, they were able to move the ball down the field led by running back Randy Griffin. He finished off the drive with a six yard touchdown.
But Newton came right back and scored immediately. On the second play of the following drive, Johnson found Jones on a short completion as he made a couple of people missed he was off 66 yards down the field for a touchdown. On the extra point, Newton fumbled the snap but Augustus Murray was able to pick the ball up and find Jones in the end zone for a two-point conversion. But the nail in the coffin came on the next possession, as Newton lined for a punt, but it was a fake and Jones found Kurt Taylor for screen pass and he was off with a host of blockers down the field for a 54-yard touchdown. At that point, the game was over. Taylor was able to score again on an 80-yard TD run.
Berkmar scored two touchdowns late in the fourth quarter with Newton putting going to its bench.
Newton hits the road next week as it travels to Meadowcreek.