The Newton Record
NEWTON — Lake overcame a 21-6 halftime deficit but fell short of forcing overtime as Timothy Bridges was stopped just shy of the goal with 43.3 seconds left in the game as the visiting Bearcats took two-point victory in the first-ever meeting between the two Scott County schools.
Forest stuck early after recovering a fumble deep in Lake territory. It took only two plays for Ronnie Patrick to score from 10 yards out with 10:25 left in the first quarter for an early 7-0 lead.
The Bearcats went up 14-0 with 11:54 left in the first half when Lavadius Lyles found Marshall Jones on a 3-yard pass play.
Lake then responded with with a 14-play, 74-yard drive as Jeremy Johnson scored on a 2-yard run with 4:38 left in the first half and Forest led 14-6.
Forest them moved down the field quickly as Lyles hit Zackary Reed on an 11-yard touchdown pass with 1:31 left in the half and the Bearcats lead 21-6 at the half.
Lake struck first in the second half when Donatello Pittman blocked a Forest punt and Shaquille Pinkston caught it in midair in the end zone or a touchdown. The try for two failed and Forest led 21-12.
The Bearcats, now 6-2 on the year, went up 28-12 with Patrick scored on a 23-yard run with 5:22 left in the third quarter.
Lake then took control of the game and started to run at will on the Bearcat defense. Johnson capped off a 13-play drive when he scored on a 1-yard run with 10:50 left in the fourth.
After forcing a Bearcat punt, Lake went on a 14-play drive that covered 68 yards. Johnson bulled in from 4 yards out with 43.3 left in the game to make it 28-26. Bridges was then stopped at the goal line by a host of Forest defenders to give the Bearcats the win
Scott Central 34, Union 14
Scott Central broke open a close game with 21 second-quarter point as the Yellowjackets lost their fourth straight contest.
Scott Central is now 4-3 on the season and 2-2 in 5-2A play. Union falls to 3-5 on the season and 1-4 in 5-2A play.
Union scored two straight touchdowns in the second half to cut the lead to 21-14 as Matthew James scored on runs of 1 and 3 yards.
But the visiting Rebels added two fourth-quarter scores by Eric Wagner to take the victory.
Newton 32, Kemper County 20
The Tigers overcame a 20-8 halftime deficit to win their second straight 5-2A contest and setup a 5-2A matchup with Lake and a spot in the Class 2A playoffs.
“We played as good a half as we have played in the second half,” Newton’s Tim Moore said. “We got in the I and ran power at them all night. They really didn’t stop it, we stopped ourselves in the first half. But we ran the ball right at them in the second half and didn’t even throw a pass. It was a good win for our kids, to come back like that in the second half.”
Newton’s first-half score came from Kevin Harris on a 1-yard run.
In the second half, George Williams scored on a 3-yard run and Brandon Gill on a two-point conversion to make the score 20-16.
Lee then intercepted a Kemper pass and returned it 23-yard for a touchdown. Gill ran in the two-point conversion and Newton led 24-20.
Dominique Williams added Newton’s last score and Gill the two-point conversion for the final score.
Newton is now 4-4 on the season and 2-2 in 5-2A play and hosts Lake next week.
Newton County 9, Heidelberg 0
Newton County’s vaunted rushing attack didn’t find the end zone this week.
With the win, the Cougars captured the 5-3A title with only one division game remaining against Morton in the season finale. The 5-3A championship comes a year after going 2-8 and not making the playoffs.
The passing game came through for the Cougars when Cory Edwards hit Gabe Loper on a 62-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter for a 6-0 Newton County lead.
Jose Acosta added a 28-yard field goal in the third period and County led 9-0.
The Cougars are now 7-1 on the season and will take on 6-2 Forest next week.
The shutout was the fifth of the season for Newton County.
Heidelberg falls to 1-7 on the season.
NCA 55, Macon Central 14
The Generals won their second straight contest against old division foe Central Academy.
The Generals are now 5-4 on the season and will take on Sylva-Bay next week in a key 4-A district game.
No scoring details were available.