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From the Cheap Seats
Football is cooking in Newton County
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While I was in Rockdale County last night watching the Bulldogs earn their first Conyers Cup since 2008, something else was brewing in Newton County.

Alright, well maybe only one game was actually “brewing” in Sharp Stadium, but you get the point.

While football may have been officially welcomed back to Newton County last week for the start of the 2013 season, Friday night marked the sport's true return.

Newton County teams went a perfect 3-0 on the night.

The flawless record marked the first time that all three county teams won on the same night since Oct. 2, 2009.

That night, Alcovy squeaked out a 19-18 win over Dutchtown, Eastside used a field goal to down Stephens County 30-27, and Newton blew past Redan 36-16.

Friday was a special night for Newton County and hopefully a sign to come for football in the area.

Winning is like cooking a fine stew; it takes a lot of individual ingredients coming together at the right time, a slow simmer of passion and a little bit of luck to get the taste just right.

The Rams, coming off a last-minute loss to Eastside last week, had every reason to enter Martin Stadium against Lowndes flat.

A rivalry hangover against a top-5 team usually doesn't end well for a visiting program.

A win for Newton just wasn't in the script. The upstart Rams under first-year head coach Terrance Banks aren't supposed to be making the headlines. Good thing the Rams didn't follow that story line.

While the Rams' victory says a lot about the shape of their program and the direction it's headed, it also says a lot about the direction of football in the county.

Football is beginning to rise up again in Newton County.

I think our schools are ready.

Next week, we get our second county match-up of the season when the Eagles host Alcovy.

I hope the “pigskin stew” our teams are cooking up continues to boil. There's enough winning to be served all around.