GODDARD — For the second time this season, the Newton High School football team was able to make defensive adjustments on the fly to stop its opponent and claim a 32-7 win over Goddard Eisenhower Friday in non-league play at Goddard District Stadium.
It was the fewest points the Railer defense allowed since beating Eisenhower 28-7 Oct, 4, 2013.
“We made some adjustments and the kids really responded to it,” Newton coach Chris Jaax said. “The kids started to concentrate on their effort.”
Junior Kolyn Sauceda had two interceptions in the second half that led to a Railer touchdown.
“The first half, I came out a little slow,” Sauceda said. “Then I dropped a pass. At the half, I told my teammates I would pick it up. I was able to pick up and we got it done. The coaches came in and yelled at us (after Eisenhower’s first drive). We needed to do better. We’ve been doing better as the season has gone on. After that, we played better. I have to give credit to the offense (for the scores).”
Newton was led on offense by Colton Davis, who had 134 yards rushing on 21 carries with three touchdowns and hit nine of 24 passes for 154 yards and two touchdowns. Josh Edson had five catches for 105 yards and a touchdown.
“What they were trying to do was force us to pass,” Jaax said. “We struggled on our first two drives, but after that, they stepped up and started making plays. (On Newton’s second drive,) we converted on a couple third downs and a long fourth down.”
Eisenhower, 2-5, was led by Collin Mackey, who hit eight of 21 passes for 79 yards with two interceptions. Mackey also rushed for a touchdown. Parker Wentzel had 17 carries for 85 yards.
Eisenhower opened the game by making a defensive stop and going 80 yards in 12 plays, scoring on a six-yard Mackey run.
Newton replied with a 74-yard drive that ended on a three-yard Davis run. Newton missed the extra point kick.
Newton took the lead with 5:03 left in the half on a 50-yard Davis run.
A bad snap late in the half stopped a Railer drive.
Newton got the ball back and scored on a 54-yard pass from Davis to Josh Edson with 44.2 seconds remaining in the half. A bad snap stopped Newton’s extra-point attempt.
Newton held a 227-89 advantage in total offense in the first half, holding the Tigers to 14 yards total after the first drive.
A Sauceda interception stopped Eisnhower’s first drive of the second half. The turnover set up an 11-yard Davis run. The two-point conversion pass was stopped short of the goal line.
Sauceda intercepted again three plays later. A horse collar tackle gave Newton the ball on the 13, where Newton gave the ball back on downs after a trick play (a wildcat snap to Matt Seirer, who pitched to Boone Roberson, who tried to throw it into the end zone).
One play later, Newton got the ball back on a lost fumble. Newton needed just three plays to score on a seven-yard pass from Davis to Roberson. Kaden Weber Gonzalez hit the PAT kick.
Newton lost a fumble on its own 26 with 1:35 to play, but prevented Eisenhower from scoring in the remaining time.
Newton improves to 3-4 and plays at 7 p.m. Thursday against Salina South at Salina Stadium. The Cougars are 0-7 after a 45-24 loss to Hutchinson.
“We lose a day of practice this week,” Jaax said. “They do some things we’re not used to. They play defensively very well. They held Central to one of their lowest scores of the season. They held McPherson to their lowest score. (The chance to reach .500) is exciting. We can give ourselves a chance to have a home game. That’s what it was important to win this game by more than 13 points.”
1q. GE Mackey 6-yd. run (Young kick) 4:17
2q. N Davis 3-yd. run (kick failed) 10:39
2q. N Davis 50-yd. run (Weber-Gonzalez kick) 5:03
2q. N Edson 54-yd. pass from Davis (run failed) :44.2
3q. N Davis 11-yd. run (pass failed) 4:29
3q. N Roberson 7-yd. pass from Davis (Weber-Gonzalez kick) :44.8
RUSHING — Newton: Davis 21-134, Jones 4-12, Roberson 3-3, Forest 3-4, Seirer 3-12, Edson 2-6, Schmidt 1-0. Goddard Eisenhower: Mackey 12-(-7), Wentzel 17-85, Mackinnon 3-19, Hogan 1-(-4), Turney 2-9, Roy 1-4.
PASSING — Newton: Davis 9-24-0, 154 yards; Schmidt 0-1-0, 0 yards; Roberson 0-1-0, 0 yards. Goddard Eisenhower: Mackey 8-21-2, 79 yards; Hogan 1-3-0, 14 yards.
RECEIVING — Newton: Jones 1-4, Edson 5-105, Maxwell 2-35, Roberson 1-7. Goddard Eisenhower: Ryan 1-6, Omli 1-7, Turney 2-16, Wentzel 2-22, Houser 2-23, Barrientos 1-11.
Missed field goals — none.