Story by Jon Meek; Photo by Heather Foster
The Newton Eagles hosted the Gilmer Buckeyes Friday night at the 4th and final pre-district game of 2018. It was also the third 4A opponent the Eagles have faced. Gilmer (4A) has three state titles and started the season ranked the #3 team in class 4A. After the Buckeyes suffered a couple of losses early this season, they looked to rebound against Newton in one of the state’s most anticipated match ups of 2018. The Eagles (4-0) have been no stranger to big games this season and have responded to the pressure game after game. All eyes were on this game just waiting to see how it would play out.
Newton got the ball first and went on a 14-play, 73-yard drive, capped off by quarterback Josh Foster’s 10 yard run. Now that’s a mouth full! The score was 7-0 Eagles early in the first quarter. Gilmer got the ball and on their second play Darrell Bush found a hole between guard and tackle and ran 67 yards; 7-7. Newton’s next possession fell short for the Eagles as they shook off the rust from their bye week and were forced to punt. Gilmer responded to the defensive stop and in 7 plays and 80 yards, the Buckeyes got back on the board 13-7 Gilmer. The Buckeyes lined up in swinging gate and never closed it scoring a 2 point conversion, 15-7 midway through the first quarter.
The final score was 51-31 Eagles. The Eagles next game is October 12th at Kountze at 7:30 p.m. If you can’t attend the game, listen to 102.7 on the radio live every week.
Pictured is Newton’s Josh Foster with the quarterback keeper adding 6 more points to Newton’s lead against Gilmer.