Eagles 71 – Wildcats 0
By Jon Meek, Photo Courtesy Heather Foster
The Newton Eagles off-season was anything but quiet in 2018. The hometown of Newton has been abuzz with colleges calling for the Newton 3 or the news that offensive lineman Caiden Walker committed to Louisiana Tech. Then there was the schedule. Many teams refused to schedule Newton because of the veteran squad returning. Fresh off an undefeated State Championship Season, the Eagles returned 9 starters on offense and 7 on defense. Senior WR/DB Tamauzia Brown ranked in the top 200 players in the nation. Brown is considered the best two-way player in the nation and has committed to TCU. Senior RB Darwin Barlow also committed to TCU. Barlow has offers from many schools: LSU, USC, Nebraska, to name a few. Senior QB/DB Josh Foster led the way when he was the first to commit to TCU. Foster’s two older brothers play defensive back at McNeese State. Then there is Junior James Sylvester. He is ranked in the top 100 players in the nation. JJ stands at 6’4 and 235 pounds. JJ holds offers from Texas A&M, Oklahoma and a few other big schools. The media has really jumped on the bandwagon. Newton has been picked to repeat and holds the #1 ranking in Class 3A. Maxxpreps voted Newton the #1 small school in the nation. (Schools with 1,000 or less students.)
Fans excitement grew as each day drew closer to game one with their rival, the Kirbyville Wildcats. The Wildcats are a young team this year with a new head coach. The Eagles started the season off near perfect like they just walked off the bus from Arlington. Darwin Barlow took a handoff on the first play of the game and raced untouched 76 yards for the first touchdown of the game. Kicker Caleb Colon, who would be busy most of the night, kicked the extra point and only 15 seconds into the 2018 season, Newton had their first touchdown.
The entire game was dominated by Newton and the score certainly reflects that. Newton now prepares for a bigger test. Silsbee once ranked #4 in 4A Division 2, lost to PNG last Friday 42-144, but they competed well in the first half and will no doubt play hard this Friday.