Tommy Mann Jr.
The Orange Leader
NEWTON, Texas —
The Newton Eagles running attack was just too much for the Orangefield Bobcats to overcome on Friday night.
The Newton Eagles ran past the Bobcats Friday night on Curtis Barbay Field at Singletary Stadium in Newton for a 36-0 victory. The Eagles offense racked up 397 total yards in the win.
The No. 2 state ranked Newton Eagles offense wasted little time in setting the tone for the night. The Eagles struck for two quick scores in the first quarter with a big run and by capitalizing on a Bobcats fumble for a quick 16-0 lead.
Running back Brandon Johnson broke around the left side of the Eagles (3-0) offense and soared past the Orangefield defense for a 45-yard score. Johnson added the two-point conversion with a jaunt around the right side and the Eagles were up 8-0.
Orangefield could not move the ball with any success on its next series. Orangefield’s Mason Sonnier dropped back for the punt, but he was unable to get the ball downfield as an Eagles defender was in his face and blocked the kick out of bounds at the Bobcats 23 yard line.
Newton wasted little time in striking again as quarterback Roney Elam completed a pass for 13 yards and a first down at the Orangefield 10-yard line. Elam then sprinted around the left side of the line and came up short at the 2-yard line.
On the next play, Eagles running back Kevin Shorter scooted in for the touchdown. He also added the two point conversion on a run around the left for a 16-0 lead which held through half-time.
The Bobcats (2-1), led by running back Carl Wiley who had 31 carries and 126 yards on the night, found first downs hard to come by most of the game. Just when Wiley appeared to break the line of scrimmage, a horde of Eagles defenders would close in for the tackle.
When the Orangefield offense did appear to generate some success, turnovers proved costly against a team like Newton. Following a Bobcats fumble in the middle of the third quarter, the Eagles capitalized on the mistake with a 48-yard touchdown run by Calun Foster and a 22-0 lead following the missed extra point.
“Newton is just so explosively talented on offense,” said Coach Josh Smalley of the Bobcats. “They physically beat us up front.”
In the fourth quarter it was more of the same for the Bobcats. Following a 31 yard punt by Sonnier, Newton running back Kevin Shorter split the Orangefield defense on a 68-yard touchdown run.
The next Bobcats drive stalled and Sonnier was forced to punt once again. This time, on the Eagles first offensive play after the kick, Johnson took the hand-off and blasted through the defense for a 51-yard touchdown and a 36-0 lead following the extra point by Logan Westbrook with 8:03 left to play in the game.
“We couldn’t control the clock or the line of scrimmage,” Smalley added. “We ate a big piece of humble pie tonight. But we get to heal up and come out next week and get ready for (Beaumont) Kelly.”
OF 0 0 0 0 — 00
New 16 0 6 14 — 36
New: Brandon Johnson 45 yard run, Johnson run
New: Kevin Shorter 2-yard run, Shorter run
New: Calun Foster 48-yard run, kick failed
New: Shorter 68-yard run, Logan Westbrook kick
New: Johnson 51-yard run, Westbrook kick
First downs 7 11
Rushes-yard 55-182 40-384
Passing 0 13
Comp-Att-Int 0-2-0 1-5-1
Fumbles-Lost 3-2 7-3
Penalties-yards 1-05 2-28
Rushing: OF, Carl Wiley, 31-126; Carmichael Wiley, 15-40; Colby Choate, 7-16; Matthew Watkins, 2-0; Newton, Kevin Shorter, 17-162; Brandon Johnson, 9-126; Calun Foster, 5-71; Roney Elam, 5-17; Bo Wood, 1-7; Gabe Foster, 1-5; Jace Thomas, 1-3; Tanner Holmes, 1-(-7);
Passing: OF, Carmichael Wiley, 0-2-0 ; Newton, Roney Elam, 1-5-1 13;
Receiving: OF, none; Newton, Chase Mattox, 13